Sunday, November 19, 2006


I am working on the quiver for my Speedy costume. I purchased a papier mache wine bottle gift box from Hobby Lobby for about four bucks. I plan to cover the outside of the main body with red FunkyFoam. I will cover the removable lid with yellow FunkyFoam and punch holes in it for the fake "arrows". I'm planning on about four arrows, including the infamous blue arrow. The quiver will also double as a purse, since regular purses are such a pain when in costume. I'll need to construct a strap as well. I may make it out of the same material as I'm using for my cloak (yellow nylon ripstop) so that everything matches.

Box before any changes:

Red FunkyFoam:

To cover the bottom, I placed the bottom of the box on the Foam and traced a circle around it. I used a mechanical pencil, but I had the lead retracted. I scored the foam where I needed to cut it. No lead was needed. I had to score around it a few times to get a definitive line that I could cut. I then cut out the circle with scissors (NOT my fabric scissors!) and glued it onto the bottom of the box. I used a glue specific for FunkyFoam. It is very tacky, even when it is dry.

I'm having a lot of fun playing around with this. Next, I'll be creating a yellow circle for covering the top of the removable lid while the bottom of the quiver is drying. Then I'll cover the cylindrical bodies of the box and lid with red and yellow foam, respectively.

You know, it is really hard for me to tell the true color scheme of her quiver, because it depends on who the colorist is of any given issue. I've elected to go with a red body and yellow trim.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Won't You Take Me to Funky...Foam?

Move over, Funkytown! I have discovered the miracle that is FunkyFoam! I think I have found the material for my bracers for the Speedy costume. It is certainly not the actual material that she would wear, but it does look cool. It comes in 2mm sheets at 79 cents a sheet, so it's a dirt cheap way for me to accessorize my Speedy costume. If it works out, I will adapt the red unitard to my next idea... Iron Maiden! Watch out, Tony Stark! And maybe a gender-bended Flash as well.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Speedy Costume, Revisited

Upon careful consideration, I have decided that I don't have the correct equipment to sew spandex for the Speedy costume. Therefore, I have ordered the red unitard base from a company that makes custom costumes.

For the amount of work that they will put into it, I feel that the price is reasonable(about $140 and change, including shipping and custom construction fees). Here is the link to their web site:

Cool Costumes

I ordered a unitard with a mock turtle neck, attached gloves and "booties", and a back entrace zipper. They can customize any unitard/skirt/shirt made out of spandex or PVC. They can change the neck, the length of the sleeves, etc.,to whatever you want. The site is fun to play around with to see what kinds of costumes one can create.

I'll let you know how it turns out. I am so excited about this. I'm not a standard size, so it will be nice to have an outfit tailored to me! I've gotten an email back from one of the seamstresses about my order already, and she was very nice to talk to.

I will still be making the cloak and the bracers and gaiters and the arrow crest. A friend of mine suggested that I make the crest removable so that I can use the unitard as a base for other costumes. I think that is a good idea -- it will help me get more out of the investment in the base piece.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

New Art for "Nadir"

Angel-gidget has done it again! This is an illustration for "Nadir", chapter 9, with Bart and Raven in the spotlight and Gar and Wally in the background.

Bart to the Rescue

I really like this picture. The look on Bart's face is so angry and so protective at the same time. I think she really captured the emotion well.

Thanks, angel-gidget!

Ooooooh, Titans #40 out today! I can't get it until work is done for the day. I'll post my thoughts on it later.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Happy Anniversary to B & M Amusement

Next Wednesday is the 7th anniversary of B & M Amusement, my local comic shop. Congratulations! We have been with them for a couple of years or so now,and a week just isn't complete without a visit with Buddy, Mary, and Tyler. They have made the mister and myself feel at home in the shop, and I truly appreciate it. Many thanks, guys, and here's to many more years in the future!

For those of you in the Southeast Tennessee area, you might want to pop in and pay them a visit some time. They have the largest back issue collection in Chattanooga. If it's not on the shelf, they can order it for you.

Here is their web site:

B & M Amusement