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Cosplay Medics Con Survival Kit — The Basic Bag
Hello, Cosplay Medic here! We’re here to share our tips on how to survive cons with minimal damage to yourselves, others, and your costumes, so you can have a good time! This here is a basic guide to what to carry with you in your bag so that you can avoid cosplay meltdowns or potential hospital visits!
What you should carry:
- Water! The Cosplay Medic Corp cannot stress the importance of water enough! Keeping hydrated a cons, especially summer ones, is crucial! Carry a refillable water bottle and take a swig from it often. If you are feeling thirsty, you’re already dehydrated!
- Emergency medicine (examples: ibeproufen and inhaler). Make sure you carry medicine to help you power through sudden headaches, aching feet/back, and other ailments. If you’re asthmatic, make sure you have got an inhaler!
- Ace bandages and band-aids. Ace bandages may be a female crossplayer’s best friend, but they are also good for sprained ankles and twisted knees. Carry an extra one just in case! Also carry bandaids for cuts, blisters, and scrapes!
- If you’re a girl, it’s a good idea to carry around sanitary napkins or tampons just in case your monthly friends decides to come calling in the middle of the con!
- Hair gel and deodorant: In case of wig malfunctions, carry a small bottle of hair gel or hair glue. Also carry around deodorant and re-apply it every couple of hours. Nobody wants to smell your b.o.! (Disclaimer: deodorant is not a substitute for a shower. TAKE AT LEAST ONE SHOWER A DAY.)
- Invest in some business cards to give to your new friends! If you don’t have the money for business cards, carry around a notebook so you can trade tumblrs/deviant arts/facebook info with your new buddies!
- Carry around safety pins for quick costume fixes. If you’re super ambitious, carry a small sewing kit as well, in case of rippage. The safety pins will hold your costume together until you can get out of the way to whip out the sewing kit!
- Tissues are always a good thing to carry. Also, carry a small snack or sugary gum in case your blood sugar takes a sudden nose dive. Don’t forget to eat!
- Finally get a nice sturdy bag to put everything in. Decorate it and make it stand out, so that if it’s stolen or lost you can identify it easily! (Putting a name tag on the inside with your contact information isn’t such a bad idea either!)
Other things you might want to carry:
- Duct tape/super glue for quick fixes
- A Cell Phone (and possible your Cell Phone Charger)
- $20-$40 in Emergency Money
- Your gaming device of choice
- A small bag of make up for quick touch ups
- sandwich baggies and Tupperware to organize your small things, like band-aids, safety-pins, tampons/pads, and sewing kits.
Please note that this is just a small list! You can add or subtract any of these items (thought we don’t suggest you subtract anything). Customize it to fit your needs!
Happy con-going! Be safe, and have fun!
You’ll probably find this useful at some point.
Man, where was this chart when I was in library school?
Reblogging because EVERYONE (ESPECIALLY COLLEGE STUDENTS) needs this in their life. -H
*kisses you lots* thaaaaaank you beautiful person <3
• Accidentally close a tab? Ctrl+Shift+T reopens it.
• Bananas release dopamine, eat them when you’re sad.
• CTRL+SHIFT+ESC is the one handed version of CTRL+ALT+DEL
• Don’t brush your teeth hard, it makes them sensitive and removes enamel.
• Don’t like spiders? Put citronella oil on your walls and they will not go there.
• Drink one glass of water for every alcoholic drink you have, you’ll get drunk without getting a hangover.
• Get clear ice cubes by boiling water before freezing it
• Heal paper cuts and immediately stop the pain with chapstick.
• If you accidentally write on your dry erase board with a permanent marker, scribble over it with a dry eraser marker to remove it.
• If your shoes smell, put them in the freezer overnight, it will kill the bacteria.
• Make bug bites stop itching with a banana peel.
• Make a paper longer with 12-point text, but 14-point periods and commas.
• Need to get around a blocked website at work? Try replacing the http:// with https://
• Never send your resume as a word file (unless asked) Instead, print it to a pdf file, it’s much cleaner and professional looking.
• Pick a flavor of gum you don’t normally chew, and chew it while studying during a test.
• Place a piece of bread in a container with your homemade cookies and they will stay soft.
• Put a dry towel into a dryer with wet clothes, they will dry faster.
• Put toothpaste on a pimple and it will dry out.
• Practise fake smiling in the mirror every day before going to work/school, you’ll genuinely start to feel happier.
• Rub canola/olive oil on knives before cutting onions, you won’t cry, alternatively chew gum and you won’t either.
• Short on time with a wrinkled dress shirt? Hang it up in the bathroom to steam it flat.
• The night before, place things you don’t want to forget the next morning on top of your shoes.
• Use hydrogen peroxide to remove blood stains from clothing.
• When cleaning windows use newspapers or coffee filters instead of paper towels, they will not leave streaks.
• When microwaving bread products/pizza put a glass of water in with it, it will keep your bread for going spongy.
• When you move into a new place you’re renting, take pictures of any and all damage, then post them on facebook (privately if preferred) so you can use the reference date as proof you didn’t do it.
• When searching plane tickets online delete your cookies prior, prices go up when you visit a site multiple times. <sma
I’ve been asked on multiple occasions what my methods and materials are, so this post is a compilation of what I hope shall be the most helpful information for anyone curious. This is not a tutorial so much as what I’ve found works best for me. Behind the cut, there be many pictures and words!
We were at my grandparents’ house for Easter today, and my brother brought along the Nintendo Wii for our cousins to play
Only he forgot the sensor bar :T the thing that makes the wii-motes work and junk
Then he remembered this crazy myth he heard basically said if you light two candles, they act as a sensor bar.
I DON’T KNOW HOW
BUT IT TURNS OUT IT FUCKING WORKS.
So if you ever lose or break the sensor bar, and don’t mind your TV looking like an offering to Satan, I recommend candles :I
I’ll remember that for the next time my sensor bar stuffs up…
This also works with flashlights, in case you don’t have any candles handy. c:
The “sensor” bar doesn’t actually have any sensors. The sensors are in the Wii-mote. The sensor bar is actually just a line of infrared LEDs that an IR camera in the Wii-mote can see, which means you can substitute other IR sources, like candles and flashlights.
Science, hail Satan.
The Player Taste Levels
Drawing from films
Drawing from films is a ridiculously useful exercise. It’s not enough to watch films; it’s not enough to look at someone else’s drawings from films. If you want to be in story, there’s no excuse for not doing this.
The way this works: you draw tons of tiny little panels, tiny enough that you won’t be tempted to fuss about drawing details. You put on a movie - I recommend Raiders, E.T., or Jaws… but honestly if there’s some other movie you love enough to freeze frame the shit out of, do what works for you. It’s good to do this with a movie you already know by heart.
Hit play. Every time there’s a cut, you hit pause, draw the frame, and hit play til it cuts again. If there’s a pan or camera move, draw the first and last frames.
Note on movies: Spielberg is great for this because he’s both evocative and efficient. Michael Bay is good at what he does, but part of what he does is cut so often that you will be sorry you picked his movie to draw from. Haneke is magnificent at what he does, but cuts so little that you will wind up with three drawings of a chair. Peter Jackson… he’s great, but not efficient. If you love a Spielberg movie enough to spend a month with it, do yourself a favor and use Spielberg.
What to look for:
- Foreground, middle ground, background: where is the character? What is the point of the shot? What is it showing? What’s being used as a framing device? How does that help tie this shot into the geography of the scene? Is the background flat, or a location that lends itself to depth?
- Composition: How is the frame divided? What takes up most of the space? How are the angles and lines in the shot leading your eye?
- Reusing setups, economy: Does the film keep coming back to the same shot? The way liveaction works, that means they set up the camera and filmed one long take from that angle. Sometimes this includes a camera move, recomposing one long take into what look like separate shots. If you pay attention, you can catch them.
- Camera position, angle, height: Is the camera fixed at shoulder height? Eye height? Sitting on the floor? Angled up? Down? Is it shooting straight on towards a wall, or at an angle? Does it favor the floor or the ceiling?
- Lenses: wide-angle lens or long lens? Basic rule of thumb: If the character is large in frame and you can still see plenty of their surroundings, the lens is wide and the character is very close to camera. If the character’s surroundings seem to dwarf them, the lens is long (zoomed in).
- Lighting: Notice it, but don’t draw it. What in the scene is lit? How is this directing your eye? How many lights? Do they make sense in the scene, or do they just FEEL right?
This seems like a lot to keep in mind, and honestly, don’t worry about any of that. Draw 100 thumbnails at a time, pat yourself on the back, and you will start to notice these things as you go.
Don’t worry about the drawings, either. You can see from my drawings that these aren’t for show. They’re notes to yourself. They’re strictly for learning.
Now get out there and do a set! Tweet me at @lawnrocket and I’ll give you extra backpats for actually following through on it. Just be aware - your friends will look at you super weird when you start going off about how that one shot in Raiders was a pickup - it HAD to be - because it doesn’t make sense except for to string these other two shots together…
I also recommend watching film noirs!!! They have a lot of great perspective (atmospherical), churoscuro, lighting, and camera angle…I haven’t watched a lot of film noirs but I recommend The Night of the Hunter, The Visitor (1946 version), Battle of Algiers, and Citizen Kane
LeSean Thomas did this with Fifth Element.
This mallard is a friggin genius