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Peter is now with PittStop Comics!

There’s nothing like walking into your local comic book store and they automatically know you’re name. That’s what we’ve had the pleasure of experiencing for the last several months since we discovered PittStop Comics just down the road from us. They have always been so cool, so accepting, so willing to take us into the circle. Which is why this announcement is so exciting for us, because Peter has officially joined the PittStop Comics crew! 

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So if you live in the San Fernando Valley, come check out this amazing shop! And make sure to say Hi to Peter!

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It’s our first Giveaway! Win 6 Tokidoki Marvel Frenzies!

If you follow us on Twitter or Instagram, you’re well aware of our current obsession with Tokidoki’s Marvel Frenzies. They’re cool, they’re small and we’re desperately trying to collect them all before they are gone for good.

Of course, we don’t get the ones we need all the time, which has left us with a lot of double and even triples. But instead of letting these little guys sit on a shelf somewhere, we wanted to give them away to a good home in our very first giveaway!

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The winner of the giveaway will get 6 awesome Frenzies: The Vision, Doc Ock, The Punisher, Invisible Woman, The Thing and Mr. Fantastic! 

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Head over to the Wrong Button blog to enter! 

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Cosplay Closet: Battle Bunny Riven— The Sword

This post comes a little later than promised, but here it is! Making the Battle Bunny Riven sword was a tough and awesome experience, and despite a few mishaps, I’m really proud to have pulled it off. I’d never even attempted to make something like this, and I’m really happy with the way it turned out.

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The Sword

If you’re looking to make something, the first place to turn is always YouTube. A quick search for a Battle Bunny sword turned up some great videos by Coca Rocha of Glamourous Gamer Girls. One set was a series on how to make the original Riven sword and a time lapse video on making the Battle Bunny version. These videos were super helpful in giving some step by step instructions and overall ideas on how to construct the sword.

If you’re thinking of constructing this sword too, I’d give yourself 2 weeks or more, depending on how busy you are. For us, we had 5 full days to work on the sword with some little work in between, and you have to give yourself time for things to dry too.

Here’s what we used:

  • 12 sheets of particle board
  • Tape or adhesive
  • Ruler
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Box cutter and/or x-acto knife
  • Fast mache or paper mache materials
  • Sandpaper/sander
  • Household Plaster
  • Spray paint
  • Acrylic paint

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The first thing to do is to sketch out the shape of the sword on the particle board. Fun tip: the Dollar Store sells these sheets so it’s cheap to stock up on them. We wanted the sword to be big, so we used two sheets, one of the top and one for the bottom of the sword. We freehanded the sketch and I used the videos and images as reference. Using a ruler to measure between things like wear the hilts leaf details began and ended was helpful too.

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Once you have the shape you want, use the box cutter or x-acto knife to cut it out. I’d suggest cutting it as close as possible since you can use this first piece to trace the other pieces. It also helps cut down on shaving and sanding later. After ours was cut out, we traced and cut out 5 more full sword shapes to layer.

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To give the sword mass, you simply hot glue the pieces together in a stack. How many layers you do is really up to you in terms of how think you want the sword to be. We did 6 full sword pieces and then two layers of just the hilt detail (circle with leafs, etc.) on each side of the sword. We also cut out the shapes near the hilt and at the top of the blade for two of the pieces to give them some depth.

When stacking, you want to be as exact as possible. We ran in to some problems where things were really off and we had to spend more time cutting these down so they were correct afterwards.

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After you have the sword shaped and stacked the way you want it, it’s time to mache. If you’re more comfortable paper mache-ing, that’s cool. I think Coco suggests in her video to do 3 or 4 layers to make sure the sword doesn’t break. But since we were a little short on time and the sword had a lot of little details, we decided to go with fast mache. You can find fast mache mix at Michael’s of JoAnn’s for about $25 and it’s enough to last you a while.

Basically, you mix it up with water until you get the right consistency, and then you spread it on the entirety of the sword. Admittedly, Peter was much better at this than I was. Mostly, you just have to be careful to spread it evenly and not let it get clumpy. It takes about 18 hours to dry and we did it one side at a time, so make sure to leave yourself enough time for it to completely dry or it could effect your sword.

After the fast mache is dry, you’ll probably have to sand the sword. I just used straight sandpaper in varies grains, but if you have a sander, that would be easier. Sand down any rough edges or to bring out the little details more. If you run into places that the fast mache didn’t quite cover or places that are a little lumpy, you can use the household plaster. This is the same plaster you’d use to cover nail holes in your wall and it’s available at Home Depot and Target. I used an old gift card to help spread and smooth the plaster on some places on the sword. The plaster takes about 2 hours to dry completely.

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And after all this time waiting for things to dry, you can start to paint. I used some plastic bags to cover different places on the sword, but the biggest area I did first, then the hilt. Don’t worry if some of the paint bleeds into some areas since you can always cover it later on.

Unfortunately, the day we were supposed to leave for San Diego, we noticed that the middle of the sword (where the two pieces of particle board were attached) was sagging a little bit. We really didn’t want the sword to snap in half so we made a last minute decision to wrap the middle section in painters tape. If we’d had more time, we could have re-fast mached that section, but we didn’t so we just went with a quick solution. We went with painters tape because we knew it could be painted over.

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Here is the final result! We did silver paint for the outside and edge, since it is a sword after all, and then used acrylic paint to do some detailing. We used a bright green to pop out some of the hilt details and we used a darker orange for the inside edges. I love the way the paint job turned out, it really made the sword look awesome.

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I was so excited to rock the whole Battle Bunny Riven cosplay at Gam3rCon’s cosplay lounge party. My favorite part of the sword was how big it was! It definitely looked intimidating. A lot of people asked about the sword and I was really proud to talk about making it. It really gives me the confidence to tackle other weapons projects in the future.

If you have any questions about making the sword, leave them below or check out the videos that helped me! 

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Cosplay Closet: Battle Bunny Riven— The Costume

It feels like I’ve been talking about my Battle Bunny Riven cosplay forever! I can’t remember exactly when I decided to create this cosplay to wear at Gam3rCon, but it’s finally coming down to the wire of when I’ll be actually wearing it! Before the final touches are put on the sword and I’m dawning my cosplay on Friday night, I wanted to give a little insight into the two main parts of this cosplay: the Costume and the Sword.

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The Costume

Obviously, it wouldn’t be cosplay without the costume. Luckily, the League of Legends Battle Bunny Riven costume was rather simple to put together. Some of the elements I already had from my Black Canary cosplay, like the corset and spandex bottoms, and the other pieces could either be purchased or easily made.

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  • Black Corset or “Bunny Suit”
  • Black Spandex Bottoms
  • Short Gray or Silver Wig
  • Bunny Ears and Tail
  • Purple or Pink Pumps
  • Sheer Black Tights
  • White Detachable Collar
  • White Shirt Cuffs
  • Short Black Necktie
  • Brown Sash with Carrot Buckle
  • Purple or Pink Ribbon

Along with the corset and bottoms, I had the necktie, cuffs and sheer tights already. I purchased the wig and shoes from Amazon, the collar from Etsy, and got the materials for the sash and the purple ribbon from JoAnn Fabrics.

The best thing about this cosplay, aside from the fact that it’s actually pretty comfortable, is that a lot of the pieces can be used in other cosplays!

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I love how this cosplay turned out and I can’t wait to wear it again! 

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Matt Smith announces departure from Doctor Who

Cue thousands of fangirls (and guys) bursting into tears simultaneously. It was announced over the weekend that Matt Smith, who plays the 11 incarnation of The Doctor, will be leaving the show after the Christmas special in December 2013.This means that Smith’s final two episodes will be the highly anticipated 5oth Anniversary special and the Christmas special before The Doctor will make his 12th regeneration.

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Smith had only good things to say about his nearly 4 years on the show, full statement on BBC News:

“Doctor Who has been the most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke, and that largely is down to the cast, crew and fans of the show.

“I’m incredibly grateful to all the cast and crew who work tirelessly every day to realise all the elements of the show and deliver Doctor Who to the audience. Many of them have become good friends and I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the last four years.

“Having Steven Moffat as show runner write such varied, funny, mind bending and brilliant scripts has been one of the greatest and most rewarding challenges of my career. It’s been a privilege and a treat to work with Steven – he’s a good friend and will continue to shape a brilliant world for the Doctor.

The fans of Doctor Who around the world are unlike any other; they dress up, shout louder, know more about the history of the show (and speculate more about the future of the show) in a way that I’ve never seen before.

“Your dedication is truly remarkable. Thank you so very much for supporting my incarnation of the Time Lord, number 11, who I might add is not done yet – I’m back for the 50th anniversary and the Christmas special.

Smith is a fan favorite and a favorite with critics as well, as he’s the only Doctor to be nominated for a BAFTA for his role. Smith was also the youngest actor to ever portray The Doctor, which might have influenced a lot of updates to the show, including a new title sequence and Doctor Who logo, as well as updated looks to the Daleks, the TARDIS, the sonic screwdriver and others.

There is no word yet on how Smith’s Doctor will regenerate or who will be replacing him, but show runner Steven Moffat seems just as excited as the rest of us.

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“Somewhere out there right now – all unknowing, just going about their business – is someone who’s about to become the Doctor,” Moffat hinted to BBC News.

“A life is going to change, and Doctor Who will be born all over again. After 50 years, that’s still so exciting.”

The 5oth Anniversary episode will air 23rd November 2013 with the Christmas episode to air after that.

Who would be your ideal choice for the next Doctor? Personally,we really would like to see him finally become a ginger. 

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On a Geekly Basis: The Nerdy Girlie

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Welcome to this week’s installment of “On a Geekly Basis,” a weekly feature that profiles awesome geeky people and things!

This week we want to introduce you to Megan Gotch, founder of The Nerdy Girlie Blog!

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A Nerdy Girlie 🙂

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I was definitely a nerd at a young age.  I loved Star Wars and Jurassic Park.  Couldn’t get enough of my Nintendos.  But it took my first trip to San Diego Comic Con in 2009 for my nerd flag to reach its full height and hasn’t come down since!

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I began blogging as a way to stay in touch with family, let them know how we were getting a long in San Diego.  But again San Diego Comic Con got a hold of me and I began The Nerdy Girlie after my 4th visit in 2012.

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I have a LOT of favorite fantoms.  Life long are Futurama, Interview with a Vampire, Harry Potter and books in general.  But more recently I have gotten into Doctor Who, Sherlock, Firefly, and Being Human.

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My on going project is my blog The Nerdy Girlie.  I have a few series that I am working on:  Every Day Cosplay and Geek Girls Gab.  Also every Monday leading up to Comic Con I have been posting to my San Diego Comic Con Guide.  I hope that my years of experience at SDCC can help out newer attendees and maybe even some vets.

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I would have to choose the 10th Doctor.  Ever since I began my Doctor Who obsession David Tennant has been my nerd of choice.  Hopefully we could have that drink on a far off planet in a far off time!

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Megan Gotch is the founder of The Nerdy Girlie blog site. Her nerdiness came on at a young age when she received an NES for Christmas. It then became full blown upon her first trip to San Diego Comic Con in 2009. Each year she eagerly awaits the Con and her fan girl list continues to grow. Megan enjoys TV, photography, writing and ballet. Her nerd crush is Zachary Levi and her current obsession is Doctor Who. She lives in San Diego and hopes to never leave.

Do you consider yourself a geek/nerd? Are you a Dungeon Master, gamer, cosplayer, have a geeky podcast, blog, or an extensive action figure collection? Are you a comic book writer/artist or storeowner? Do you make geektastic films or viral videos? Are you into geeky crafts or creations? We want to hear from you for a weekly feature on our blog!

Contact Us for more information on how to submit yourself or someone you know. 

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Wrong Button’s “On a Geekly Basis”

Hello fellow geeks and nerds!

We are pleased to reintroduce our weekly feature that has been running on our blog for almost 2 amazing months now! On a Geekly Basis features pictures, videos, podcasts and interviews with our favorite geeks and geeky things every week. Being a geek or a nerd means being apart of a very large community of awesome people and we want to introduce you to some of them!

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Here’s what we look for:

Do you consider yourself a geek/nerd? Are you a Dungeon Master, gamer, cosplayer, have a geeky podcast, blog, or an extensive action figure collection? Are you a comic book writer/artist or storeowner? Do you make geektastic films or viral videos? Are you into geeky crafts or creations? We want to hear from you for a weekly feature on our blog!

Please email wrongbuttonblog@gmail.com for more information on how to submit yourself or someone you know.

No one is too big or too small (as long as we can get in contact with them!).
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