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Cosplay: Diesel Punk Captain America

24 Mar

Last month, I headed out to Joshua Tree for the afternoon with some of my friends to take fun photos of cosplay we had been hoarding away but never got good photos of! Here’s my first set, appropriately just in time before the opening of Captain America: The Winter Soldier! I did a Diesel Punk Captain America costume for San Diego Comic Con 2012, wore it for about.. oh… 3 hours before I deemed it too hot and uncomfortable and it was ruining my life, haha! That’s what I get for making shorts out of upholstery-thickness vinyl! I handmade the corset, shorts, straps, armbands, and gloves. A lot of rivets, and a lot of D-rings went into this, haha. I hand painted the “A” and Capt America wings on the hat, and dyed and distressed the straps and harness. It wasn’t terribly hard to make, but a little warm in the butt, which I’ll have to be careful of for next time, haha! Anyway, I’m glad I’m able to share these photos with you guys now, thanks to the wonderful Laurie of Lauren Elisabeth Photography. I hope you all appreciate how TOTES PATRIOTIC I am trying to be in these photos, haha. GO AMERICA!

One of my photos was used for this event that’s coming up this Thursday in Los Angeles! Stan Lee just retweeted it, so I’m sorta psyched for that, too. Hope to see you guys there!

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Stay tuned for more photos from our Joshua Tree shoot, coming soon!

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MasterChef Junior Contestant <3s Hello Kitty x Chubby Bunny!

25 Sep

Soon you’ll be able to see the iconic Hello Kitty Bow popping up on your TV screens every Friday! This Friday, September 27, 2013, MasterChef Junior will premiere on FOX, and contestant Dara’s signature look are her Hello Kitty x Chubby Bunny bows! ❤

MasterChef_Dara

The show follows kids aged 8 – 12 in a cooking competition being mentored by (MY FAVORITE GUY EVER) Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich, and Graham Elliot. Make sure to check out the premiere this Friday!

You can purchase all of the bows she wears in the show here: http://www.iamchubbybunny.com

 

Henshin yo! Sailor Moon Biker Gang Photoshoot

18 Sep

Holy cow, it’s been SO long since I’ve last updated my blog! I’m not sure if I have any readers anymore? Well, I thought I’d pick it back up again since I’ve been doing a ton of fun projects with friends lately!

For my birthday party last May, I made the theme MOON BITCHES, based off of Babs Tarr’s Sailor Moon Bosozoku Biker Gang art below:

Bosozoku Sailor Scouts!

But the party wasn’t enough for us- we wanted to really splash out and do a proper photoshoot with all 5 characters!  My friends and I got together and DIYed our own outfits, and styled our characters in our own little ways… Hope you all are ready for some awesomeness… because here it comes!

 

Photographer: Greg De Stefano, http://www.gregdestefano.com

Photo Editing: Greg De Stefano (Group) & Yume Ninja (Individual)

Sailor Moon: Michelle “Chubby Bunny” Nguyen, IamChubbybunny.com

Sailor Mercury: Mandie Bettencourt, GeekyGlamorous.com

Sailor Mars: Ruby Rocket, www.rubyleighyoung.com

Sailor Jupiter: Yume Ninja, YumeNinja.com

Sailor Venus: Jennifer Newman, instagram.com/jennernugen

 

Some notes on this set up:

We have all been cosplaying for waaay too many years- since back in the early 90s if you can even imagine that far back (yeah we’re kinda old). This project was a great chance to actually properly photograph and document a fun side project of ours, and I’m really grateful we did!

We all DIYed our own outfits out of various things we had laying around. My vest was a remake I did of a plain black one, adding Sailor Moon patches, safety pins, star shaped studs, and gradient painting the bottom blue and pink.

Some examples of the patches:

Vest Details:

Some tattoos:

 

 

We hiked around downtown Los Angeles for the outdoor shots on a sweltering day this summer, and I’m pretty pleased with the shots! We have plenty of blooper shots that didn’t make the cut, like us holding cute cats, walking (falling) on train tracks (near where they filmed parts of The Dark Knight! haha), and chugging 40s. Maybe some of those will creep up if we feel like people would want to see the blooper reel, haha.

We also majorly FAILED at getting good detail shots of our styling. We had a ton of cute Sailor Moon temporary tattoos emblazoned all over us, which you can kind of peek in the first 3 photos. You can buy some of the Sailor Senshi temp tattoos on Yume’s shop here!

Let us know what you think, and comment below! We had so much fun doing this shoot and hope to do more like it in the future!

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My Glamorous Pony: Opening night of “My Little Pony Project: Los Angeles”

15 May

On Saturday, May 5th, the long awaited opening for the “My Little Pony Night Out” finally arrived! Sweet Streets curated the show for Hasbro and Mighty Fine which drew in hundreds of fans from all over! The event was tailored to My Little Pony crowds of old and new! Giant blank Ponies were sent out to artists all over the world to customize and sell for this show. Tons of my artist friends had pieces in the show, so I was super amped to see what they had come up with!

I went to the gallery on the Thursday before the opening to help with setup and go to clean pony butts and comb pony hair all afternoon. The ponies had been shipped in from all over the world, so they needed proper styling help and readjusting once they were situated on their pony pedestals. (Every word I am typing is getting more and more surreal to me as I go along, haha.) It was totally amazing.

Combing manes. No big deal.

Some photos of the AMAZING ponies that artists had customized. These pictures don’t even do them justice.

That afternoon we also stuffed some giftbags for the press night they were holding on Friday. These bags are normally available via Mightyfine.com’s site when you purchase a t-shirt. They’re enormous and so cute! Love that engineer-looking Rainbow Dash!

I’ve been waiting for a chance to do a fancy Princess Celestia cosplay ever since I started watching the Friendship is Magic version of My Little Pony, and this event was totally the perfect opportunity for it! So, I had been working my little hands off on my Gatsby dress, as well as the Hello Kitty Sephora dress, so making time for this dress was pretty stressful towards the end there..! It was my first time working with such gauzy chiffon material (and actually hemming it.. usually I’m lazy and just double it up or burn it haha), so it was a bit tricky at first but I got it!

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Craft Box: Lumpy Space Princess Cosplay

19 Mar

This past weekend I attended Wondercon over in Anaheim for some wonderfully nerdy fun! I was mainly excited because on Saturday, there was an Adventure Time panel featuring creator Pendleton Ward, Finn’s voice actor Jeremy Shada, and a bunch of the animators, directors, and storyboarders who make that awesome magic happen.

I was originally planning a fairly complex Pancake Princess costume, but was so swamped the week before, I opted for an easy version of my favorite character, Lumpy Space Princess (or LSP for short)!

In the series she’s a big ‘ol lump of floating purple mass, so I just took notes on her purple puffiness, her gold star, and her valley girl tacky attitude and went to town! She talks about the “weekly Promcoming Dance,” in her first episode “Trouble in Lumpy Space” (click to watch), so I ran with that, and made myself LUMPY SPACE HIGH PROMCOMING QUEEN! haha. (Gratuitous Nerd Note: I would also like to add that Pendleton Ward tweeted at me, saying he liked my LSP outfit. kekekek. #nerdingouttttt)

All dressed up as Lumpy Space Princess! Puffy face in photos is MANDATORY!

Hair and makeup! Made a "stencil" using a decorative paper punch on a label sticker, then sticking it to my eye and putting shadow on for the "lumpy bubble" effect!

Photos of how I made the outfit, accessories, and hair, plus some fun snaps from Wondercon after the jump!

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Event Report: Tune in Tokyo’s: Akihabara Winter Wonderland w/Chubby Bunny!

23 Dec

2 days ago I was excited to be invited back to Tune in Tokyo‘s monthly event they host at Royal/T Cafe. This time, the theme was “Akihabara Winter Wonderland,” which included having guests dress up in Cosplay costumes from anime, manga, video games, or just winter-themed!

The Chubby Bunny booth at the event

I had a blast dressing up as Santa’s little helper and hanging out with the great people who work and visited the event!There were about 300 guests in attendance that night partying in the holiday spirit! It was great!

OH MY GOD IT'S SANTAAAAAAAA! This couple was so cute, and passed out little toys to everyone who took photos with them! Best costume ever!

Thanks to LA Weekly for this pic of my outfit 🙂 (And the new Chubby Bunny stickers!)

I didn’t take too many photos but you can see lots more here!

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Meet “Bunnies & Bows” artist, Aimee Steinberger: Triple threat… TO MY HEART!

12 Apr

Those who come to the events I host with Bubble Punch are sure to recognize these awesome artists when they see their work! As I mentioned before, all of the artists I chose have influenced me on a creative, professional, or personal level in some way.  I’ll be introducing some of the artists who have been sending me in their progress shots for the Bunnies & Bows gallery (debut & opening party May 7!) here!

Aimee Steinberger

Aimee Steinberger

Piece from "Kaguya Hime" series Aimee did, in her gallery exhibition in Santa Monica last year.

Aimee is one of those people that, as soon as you meet them, you can instantly sense their inner awesome. For me, I was able to immediately tell that Aimee was a very different person from many other people I’d met in my life. And true to intuition, Aimee’s her skills, positive outlook, professionalism, love of life, and blatant embracing of nerd culture. Some of the things you might not know about her from her resume one her website is that:

1) If you are ever sad, or feeling discouraged, she will take you to a rose garden, sit you down in some grass, and commiserate with you and make you somehow feel better without seeming to do any talking at all.

2) Knows more about flowers, especially roses, than anyone I know. But I guess most people I know hate/accidentally kill plants Hmm.

3) Makes amazing beautiful historical gowns FOR FUN. And I envy her sososososmuch for her talent with crafting things!

Aimee MADE THIS Marie Antoinette costume, based on the Rose oF Versailles, a Takarazuka theater production. Jaw dropping to the floor forever to this day.

She is SUCH a talented seamstress, rose caretaker, friend, curry-maker, and that is ON TOP of her insanely jawdropping resume!

Aimee is one of the artists I put in my show because of her triple-threat of awesomeness. We share a love of sewing, girly girly things, and the ever-useful ability of switching on our “professional mode” when called upon.

I have always counted myself lucky to know Aimee, and even luckier that she counts ME as someone to call her friend too. She is able to embrace her girlyness and otaku-ness, and at the same time, balance that with having an incredibly professional attitude when it comes to work. The careful balance of these two things is something I’ve always worked with, and it’s always so great to meet another person who is able to be successful professionally without giving up their “socially weird” side…!

Aimee is an animator, and a kickass one at that. She grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, and is an alumni of California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in Character Animation. She currently works as an animation artist, and is currently Assistant Director on the new series of Napoleon Dynamite and Futurama!, and has previously worked on Sit Down Shut Up, the Simpsons, and for Warner Brothers and for Disney. She is an award winning fan costumer (Yes.. COSPLAYER!), and writes and illustrates for various Japanese fashion, doll and manga publications. You can find Aimee’s full resume here.

Episode of Futurama that Aimee Assistant Directed. I LOVE THIS SHOW.

Suffice to say, Aimee is a jack of all trades, and someone who I think I am very lucky to call friend. As we speak she’s packing up to go to CHINA right now and be fabulous and probably take a ton of very awesome cosplay photos! This is our nerdom. It runs deep! Ok, fangirling aside, she is such a nice and positive person, and you’ll just have to meet her at the show!

She was kind enough to send this to me before she packed up for her global tour… a preview of her Bunnies & Bows piece! She’s such a sweetheart and drew it inspired after.. well.. you can guess… haha.

The piece so far is ADORABLE and I cannot wait to see more!

For all purchase inquiries, you can contact me at iamchubbybunny (at) gmail (dot ) com! Stay tuned for more artists’ previews for the Bunnies & Bows show!