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Motor City Comic Con ’13 – A View From the Peanut Gallery

In Just Because..., Roughly About Films, shoot, writing on May 23, 2013 at 10:20 pm

About a week ago, as I write this, at the dirigible hangar they call the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Motor City Comic Con’s 2013 iteration went down. We were there to sell things at Megan’s artist table, and I was trying to get some footage for my documentary, The Costuming Mind. I got a fair bit of b-roll, and some good stills. (The footage is currently being edited.)
There were a goodly number of costumes out there, and some were really phenomenal.


I took a fair number of stills, shot a couple of interviews, and shot a good bit of B-roll footage. I think that I can help the footage I took already for the documentary plan.

We shall see what we shall see…100_0273

Is It Just Me?

In It Bugs Me, Just Because..., Roughly About Films on July 22, 2012 at 3:55 pm

This being Sunday, our normal routine is to read the paper, watch our favorite Sunday morning program (CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood), eat a leisurely breakfast, get the trash out of the house for Monday collection, and generally ruminate about the week gone by, and the plan for the week to come.

(Such plans, as you may have guessed, rarely survive first contact with reality.  Such is the way things go…)

Yesterday, we were one of a group of vendors at a comic, toy, and collectibles show not that far from us.  The sales were lackluster, but we made good contacts and had interesting conversations with people, and that makes up for quite a bit.  We all agreed that the events in Aurora on Friday cast us (as people “out of the mainstream”) in a bad light.

We wear costumes.  For the most part, we’re not interested in “real” things, like sports, cars, and girls/boys.  We aim for Man to reach the Moon once more, to move on to Mars, and perhaps then, to the stars themselves.

And they laugh at us, call us “geeks”, “nerds”, “losers”, and the like.  The mainstreamers, the “norms”, as My Beautiful Wife called them, hold someone who can throw or catch or hit a ball in higher esteem than most politicians.

Is it just me, or is the priority system of society bass-ackwards from how it should be? The intelligent, the imaginative, the ones who will, more often than not, formulate, or develop, or write the code for, or design what our future will look like, more than likely be the ones who were ostracized or laughed at as a “geek”, a “nerd”, a “loser”, or a “misfit”.  The jocks, or their toadies, the “jock-sniffers”, will quite often be the frustrated, helpless-feeling middle managers, mired in the muck of corporate life, hating where they are, but unable or unwilling to  strike out on their own to try something they want to do.

I feel sad, and angry, and helpless, and wanting to do something… anything… to bring this madness to an end.  I want to make someone see as I see… feel as I feel… so they can know at least a small part of what I know.

Words can be so inadequate… and moving pictures, the same.  But, absent telepathy, we have no better ways to do it.

So we just keep on muddling through…

Another New Endeavor…

In Film and Related, Just Because..., Roughly About Films on July 4, 2012 at 12:05 pm

I usually wouldn’t use this forum to promote myself, but I’m going to use this forum to promote myself.

My Beautiful and Talented Wife and I are working on a documentary about the creative process of costumers… any kind of costumers.  Scifi, fantasy, horror, historical re-creation, living history interpreters, film costumers, theater costumers… the works.

We just need some more money to get our prime interviews in Chicago and St. Louis later this year.

The IndieGoGo Campaign page, with a listing of the neat swag we’re offering, is at this link:

The Costuming Mind Movie

Just to whet your appetite, I’m linking to the promo we put up on YouTube, also.

Understand, I’m not trying to strong-arm anybody… It’s more of a begging thing.

Please help.  I appreciate it.

World Steam Expo 2012

In Just Because... on May 28, 2012 at 8:35 pm

We’ve just come home from being vendors at the World Steam Expo 2012, which was held in Dearborn, Michigan.  It was only twenty minutes or so from our house, so we commuted to and from the hotel.


The creativity of the costumers here was a revelation, and an inspiration, to us.  We wanted to see more, even when the convention closed.


I can’t wait for next year…


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