Batwoman

I had another lovely photoshoot last week with Tyrone Islington in my Batwoman Burlesque Cosplay.  This fantastic costume goes with a Nerdlesque act that I haven’t performed in quite a while, but will be reviving this summer for the Peepshow TO performance at Yeti Con!  If you haven’t gotten your Yeti Con tickets yet, don’t miss out!

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Fan Expo 2014

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Stargirl (Sevvy Skellingtong) Wonder Woman (Betty Quirk) and Supergirl (Dolly Monroe) from the DC Bombshells Collection.  Photo by Very Frank Pictures.

This past weekend my friends from Peepshow TO and I put on our best cosplays and strutted our stuff at one of the biggest Nerd Conventions in North America: FAN EXPO!  Fan Expo brings together fans of Comics, Sci-Fi, Anime, Horror and Gaming for a weekend of geeky fun.  The Peepshowers had a booth in the Horror section of the con and spent most of our time advertising our next show Garters of the Galaxy: A Marvel Inspired Burlesque.  We had a blast chatting up con goers and posing for photos in cosplay.

This year I really over extended myself by attempting to do 2 brand new cosplays for the con.  On Friday the Peepshow crew did a Sparkly X-Men Group cosplay in which I portrayed the White Queen Emma Frost.  For the big day, Saturday, we did another group cosplay.  This time it was the DC Bombshells, which is a set of female DC characters as 1940s pinup girls.  For this group I did Supergirl, which was such fun to make and to wear.  On the final day I decided to wear an old favourite, my Batwoman burlesque cosplay.  Overall the highlight of the weekend was definitely getting to meet the Queen of Cosplay herself; Yaya Han!  Yaya is such an inspiration for me as a cosplayer.  Her costumes are flawless and she really embodies each character she portrays.

Please enjoy a few of my photos from this year’s Fan Expo…

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Emma Frost and Magik heading to the con on Friday

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The Queen of Cosplay: Yaya Han!

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Lady Robocop

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Betty Quirk as X Men Psylocke

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Getting friendly with Daryl Dixon

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Gambit (Sevvy Skellington) Domino (Zilly Lilly) Magik (Brittany) and Emma Frost (Dolly Monroe) hanging out at the Peepshow Booth

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Sailor Chibi Moon!

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Our friend Ajay Fry came to visit us

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Day 2: Getting coffee in cosplay

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DC Bombshells Mera (Delicia Pastiche) and Batwoman (Zilly Lilly)

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Dex Morgan cosplaying Gaslight Catwoman (www.facebook.com/DexCosplay)

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Leelando Calrissian as DC Bombshells Poison Ivy

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Chilling with the Batmobile

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Brittany as DC Bombshells Catwoman

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Charlie Quinn joined our group as DC Bombshells Flash!

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Beautiful Mermaid!

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Group Selfie with our booth neighbour friends!

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Amazing Wild, Wild West cosplays!

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Zilly Lilly as Molotov Cocktease with the Star Wars favs

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Rocket Racoon with a baby Groot

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Ran into my friend Serena… I mean Sailor Mars!

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Leelando Calrissian and Betty Quirk as Harley Quinn and Yoshi

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Rufio and Captain Hook from the film Hook

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Batwoman swooped in to steal the spotlight

Peepshow TO at Atomic Lollipop

This weekend is going to be insanely fun for those attending the convention Atomic Lollipop!  From July 11-13 we will be taking over the Ontario Science Centre for a weekend of insane games, panels and shows.  On Saturday at 9pm Peepshow TO will be taking over the main stage with a Cartoon and Comic themed show.  Come out and see my legendary Batwoman act!

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Batwoman!

A few weeks ago I was so lucky to perform in the Nerdlesque Festival in New York city as the vibrant superhero Batwoman.  Not Batgirl… Batwoman.  I also performed this act at Peepshow TO’s Nude 52 show last October.  I thought I would share some of the photos from these events of the epic costume I put together for this act.  This is another example of Burlesque Cosplay, where slight modifications are made to help with the removal of each item.  Instead of having one full bodysuit I decided to cut out the thighs and put in garters.  I also made the boots into bootcovers that are removed like stockings with a simple nude dance shoe underneath.  The most fantastic part of this costume though is the cape!  This thing is a monster that stretches past my reach and has dowels sewn in to help me hold it up.  But my absolute favourite part of the costume in my amazing mask which is leather and was made for me by the brilliant leatherworker and costume designer Adam Smith!  I love the way this costume turned out and I have found each time I wear it that there are a lot of Batwoman fans out there that appreciate the outcome of my effort and love seeing this fierce, Jewish, lesbian badass hero come to life!

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Photo by Monty Leman

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Photo by Monty Leman

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Photo by Paul Giachetti

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Photo by Lick My Lens Cap http://www.lickmylenscap.com

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New York and Nerdlesque

Well, I had a whirlwind trip to NYC last week with some of my burlesque peeps for the Nerdlesque Festival!  I left on Wednesday morning and returned very early Saturday.  Even though I wasn’t in New York for long I managed to pack in a lot of adventures, take a look…

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Myself, Betty Quirk and Sevvy Skellington were representing PeepshowTO!

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The first thing we did in NY was find some pizza!

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Yum yum!

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I wandered off on my own to find Mood! I’m so excited to make some new outfits with the fabrics I got there. Stay tuned…

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I even got to meet Swatch!

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In the evening we went to Cafe Un Deux Trois and the food was to die for… or kill for….

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Then it was time for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, starring Neil Patrick Harris!

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We may or may not have stalked NPH!

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While wandering around Time Square we found a familiar face in Time Out magazine! Our very own Zilly Lilly!

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By the way, the weather was so sunny and warm we didn’t even need jackets!

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On Thursday morning we met up with some of our fellow Toronto Nerdlesquers for brunch in Brooklyn! Zilly Lilly, Betty Quirk, Loretta Jean, Sevvy Skellington, Helen of Tronna and me!

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I had these delicious vegan, red velvet pancakes!

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Then we stopped by the store Evolution to look at skulls, taxidermy and other wonderfully weird items.

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I even picked up some Mermaid supplies…

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Friday was the day of the show, so we didn’t do a whole lot, but we did eat a whole lot of vegan doughnuts!

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And Leelando showed up!

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All decked out in his Rogue outfit…

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Backstage at the show with Betty Quirk, about to make our NY debut!

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Love that Rogue hair!

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Pikachu Sevvy and Gambit Betty!

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Leelando and Betty Quirk killed it with their Rogue and Gambit act!

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I had a blast doing my Batwoman act!

I am so proud to have performed at the Nerdlesque Festival! I never could have imagined that one day I would be doing burlesque for a screaming audience in New York City.  It’s definitely an experience I will never forget!

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Group shot of our gang!

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Myself as Batwoman and Zilly Lilly as her lady Maggie.