Comic Con STL Part 2-Con, Cars and Cosplay!

Welcome to part 2 of this blog of For this segment, I wanted to share the other parts of the Comic Con including the vendor room, a whole bunch of cosplayers and of course, the Costume Contest!

I had worked the Cosplay Circuit booth on Friday, so by Saturday I was chomping at the bit to see the show and dress up. My Steampunked/Mardi Gras’d Joker revealed:


With Lady Loki, Karen Simoncelli-Stone. My wig, Leg Ave. Jacket, Rubies c/o Johnnie Brock’s Dungeon. More on Lady Loki a bit further on…


So then off to the vendor room. Stopped by the Full Moon Features booth to say hi to a good friend, Dave Dyer of Dyer Straights Productions. I was hypnotized by all kinds of items.


Lightsabers! Sabers by Ultra Sabers. And more eight tentacled friends from


Saturday and Sunday afternoon was filled with cosplayers!





Thor cosplayer and costume contest judge Ryan Frye stopped by. He was just as charming and strong as Thor!



Even my vampire “Will” showed up; my vamp model, actor/writer, Patrick Renfrow and his family. FYI, wife Casidee Renfrow is in the online contest, hint, hint…



Amazing cars from the 1960’s Batman, the General Lee from The Dukes of Hazard and the Monte Carlo from Breaking Bad were there.


But the best moments belong to the Saturday night Cosplay Costume Contest. DJ Aflex pumped up the crowd at the start. Spontaneous dancing transpired. Even Elmo and the Cookie Monster got in on the action!


Close to 200 participants walked the stage, but in the end, the best of the best were announced including honorable mentions from each of the four judges (just a sampling pictured here):



Lady Loki won best in her category female villain. My reaction, I screamed like a five year old that had her candy stolen! Way to go Karen!



And for the second year in a row, Captain Jack Sparrow won Best in Show!

For a complete list of winners see Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis 2014. They will be returning to St. Louis in 2015, May 15-17.

PLEASE vote for any of the cosplayers in the online Cosplay Circcuit contest- search for this link on Facebook: Cosplay Circuit Digital Hall Awards – St. Louis

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Masks I Have Worn Pt.1

As Mardi Gras approaches, I decided it was a great time to add a hat to my Etsy store. Actually I’m a working on a few toppers and I’ll be sharing each of them in the next few weeks. This time of year also had me thinking about masks; how wearing them can not only change our looks but our inside emotions as well. I’ll go into more depth on this in a future blog.

In the meantime enjoy the creation of this Mardi Gras Top Hat. Each hat becomes a little production with its own photo shoot. I like to mix in a unique hairstyle and makeup in the photos. This can sound a little vain, taking a lot of selfies. To me, it’s art. I create a character to match the fashion. First two pics are of the initial make-up I wore to work at the costume/party shop. I found the wig (California Costume) at the shop; it was a keeper. The mask is courtesy of Johnnie Brock’s.


This second group was taken later that evening with the hat. The hat is really traditional New Orleans Mardi Gras opulent with a harlequin and his marching staff holding court from the top. A silver and gold mini mask sets on the front brim. An ornate fluer de lis and crown counterbalance the back side.

FrontFleur detail

Qtr View Back  Mask Detail

I touched up my makeup with kewpie doll cupid’s bow lips (OK, too much pouting on my part) and traditional Mardi Gras colors for t eyes: purple, green and gold.


I really enjoyed the finished product. I hope you do too!



Pt. 2 coming soon with more fun photos. Thank you for reading,



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