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At the start of San Diego Comic Con for the last five years, Her Universe, the company that is bringing more fannish fashion to the masses, puts on a show for Haute Couture designs with flare and plenty of effort.

This year, 24 designs walked down the runway, full of whim and flare. Feathers, sequins, transformative reveals and more than one gender-bend interpretation filled the evening that saw fans of all genres voting on one winner with two others chosen by a team of talented judges. Winners are set to design fashions for the line based on the next Avengers film.

What’s great about this show – besides looking at how well designers are able to render something high concept with a geek spin – is that the audience can watch as people passionate about fandom make inspired costumes without being cosplay. The reveals and dramatic turns make for a great few hours, and the models (who are sometimes the designers themselves) have a great time walking the runway.

Each designer is truly inspired by a film or TV show to create a look that speaks to the show without looking like it was made for the movie.

The winners, especially, are able to capture the spirit of their fandom in a way that makes you go, “Oh yes! I get that reference.

But what made this show different from the one I attended last year was a surprise guest. Her Universe had copies of some of their new Doctor Who fashions at the con (the feature is the Thirteenth Doctor’s first costume – trench, tee and pants). Jodie Whittacker, after being part of the panel for the show that morning came out to walk the runway in her signature trench, before talking about being the first female doctor and how there are ways to look at the role as being universal.

The trench and opening outfit can be worn by both genders without question. (At Gallifrey One this February there were already a number of men and women in outfits like the Thirteenth’s new one.)

Jodie took time to tease a few things of the new season, even as her showrunner, Chris Chibnall, looked on and recorded her.

Check out the winning looks below as well as Jodie with Her Universe founder Ashley Eckhart.

[Photo Credit: Roz]

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Comic Con 2018 has come to an end and while the final day of the annual fete tends to be a lighter day in terms of panel programmed there were still some interesting TV shows on tap. And, I’ve included a whole slew of pictures of cosplayers further below.

Supernatural (The CW)

Supernatural: Richard Speight Jr., Rob Benedict, Robert Singer, Andrew Dabb, Misha Collins, Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Alexander Calvert, Eugenie Ross-Leming, and Brad Buckner [Photo Credit:
Kevin Winter/Getty Images/Zimbio]

Riverdale (The CW)

Riverdale: Casey Cott, Mark Consuelos, KJ Apa, Marisol Nichols, Madchen Amick, Ashleigh Murray, Vanessa Morgan, Madelaine Petsch, Kelly Ripa, Luke Perry, Cole Sprouse, Lili Reinhart, and Camila Mendes [Photo Credit: Albert L. Ortega-Getty Images]

Mayans M.C. (FX)

Mayans, M.C.: Lynette Rice, Kurt Sutter, Elgin James, Norberto Barba, J.D. Pardo, Clayton Cardenas, Edward James Olmos, Sarah Bolger, Danny Pino, Emilio Rivera, Michael Kirby, Carla Baratta, Richard Cabral, Raul Max Trujillo, Antonio Jaramillo, Frankie Loyal, Joseph Lucero and Vincent Vargas [Photo Credit: Kevin Winter-Getty Image-Zimbio]

Set in a post-Jax Teller world, Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes is fresh out of prison and a prospect in the Mayans M.C. charter on the Cali/Mexi border. Now, EZ must carve out his new identity in a town where he was once the golden boy with the American Dream in his grasp.

Legion (FX)

Legion:
Ben Travers, John Cameron, Jeph Loeb, Nathaniel Halpern, Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart, Bill Irwin, Amber Midthunder, Jeremie Harris and Navid Negahban [Photo Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Image/Zimbio]

A 15 minute recap of the previous season aired before the panelists took to the stage where they revealed that when it comes to the show’s future they know almost nothing. In fact, writer and producer Nathaniel Halpern stated a flat “no” when asked if he could reveal anything about next year. When asked for his own perspective on where the show goes next, Dan Stevens said this: “I know that Lenny is obviously gonna have a part to play in it. We’re off together in some form. Syd’s a bit mad. But I don’t know very much at this stage.” [Don Kaye and Matthew Jackson at Syfy Wire]

OTHER TV TRAILERS

Roswell, New Mexico (The CW)

This reboot is focused on Roswell, New Mexico, ground zero for those who seek proof that aliens exist. Roswell native Liz Ortecho left it all behind 10 years ago, after the death of her beloved older sister, Rosa. But with her father ailing, she reluctantly returns to her tourist-trap hometown to move back in with him. When Liz arrives, she reconnects with Max Evans, her teenage crush who is now a Roswell police officer. Their chemistry is instantly electric. But Liz soon discovers a shocking truth: Max is an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life, along with those of his otherworldly siblings, Isobel and Michael. As the two grow closer after a decade apart, Liz finds it difficult to keep the truth from her best friend, Maria De Luca, and her trusting high school ex, Dr. Kyle Valenti. Also hiding their extraterrestrial origins are Isobel and Michael, with Isobel not even revealing the truth to her husband, Noah, and Michael keeping his identity hidden beneath a bad-boy exterior of hard living and casual hookups. Meanwhile, a long-standing government conspiracy spearheaded by Master Sgt. Jesse Manes, along with the politics of fear and hatred that run rampant in Roswell, threatens to expose Max and his family, and could endanger his deepening romance with Liz as well as their lives.

The Man in the High Castle (Amazon)

Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)

The Roz Report

Roz had the opportunity today to interview Sarah Kuhn, author of the Heroine books starring Asian American superheroines. She also wrote the romantic comedy novella One Con Glory, which is in development as a feature film. That full article will be published in a few weeks.

And, be on the look-out for other reports from Roz from her time at San Diego Comic Con 2018 very soon.

COSPLAYERS

Here are loads of pictures from Saturday night’s Masquerade and just some of the Cosplayers at San Diego Comic Con.

Until next year!

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Every year after I return from San Diego Comic Con, I have friends (or anyone I talk to about the con) ask about cosplay. I reply that I don’t cosplay (or dress up in costume), but I do appreciate the time and energy it takes for people to cosplay.

It’s easy to see all of those photos on social media, or to know someone else who goes to cosplay, but there’s so much more to cons than the cosplay.

However, cosplay is at the heart of many cons and SDCC makes a point to highlight all of the wonderful creations with the help of Her Universe, and a haute couture fashion show.

Just outside of the con on Thursday evening (on July 20), Her Universe highlights over twenty fashion designers and their works that match high fashion with fandom.

What I saw during this show was awe-inspiring and breathtaking in equal measure.

As someone who has a passing interest in high fashion (I do love Project Runway, but don’t normally follow too much from the inner workings of fashion houses), the show is a perfect way to think about the art of creating clothes and someone’s love of fandom.

Each artist creates one piece of high fashion based off one fandom and the audience helps to determine a winner (or winners) who will help design some ready-to-wear fashion for Her Universe next year.

Beyond just the idea of this high fashion show, Her Universe is working hard to make it possible for fandom to be fashionable and wearable. I remember as a kid that the only way to wear your fandom was in t-shirts, but now it’s possible to have a dress with Princess Mononoke inspired forests, just as it’s possible to wear an Outlander wrap jacket.

Fashionable ways to show your love for fandom has increased and between the Her Universe Fashion Show and their work to make fandom cute, there are more ways to show your love for fandom at a con. Cosplay is one way, cute shirts, skirts and dresses are another.

To see more fashionable fandom wear, check out Her Universe.

Photo Credit: rozofla

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The following comes straight form a press release:

CafePress Inc., the World’s Customization Engine, today announces its new partnership with BBC Worldwide Americas to bring exceptional Doctor Who-branded apparel and gifts to fans in North America via CafePress’ e-commerce store. With the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who approaching in November 2013 as well as the premiere of the new season that premiered September 1st on BBC AMERICA, fan interest in the show has never been higher. Doctor Who recently was on the cover of Entertainment Weekly, making it the first British TV series to earn the cover. This partnership, which will extend through December 2014, will give eager Doctor Who fans a chance to show and share their love for the iconic brand.

As part of this new partnership, CafePress and BBC Worldwide Americas will bring unique Doctor Who items featuring some of the show’s most popular characters, images and themes. Products available for purchase will range from “Bow Ties are Cool” (in honor of Matt Smith‘s portrayal as the Eleventh Doctor) and Cybermen t-shirts to TARDIS hoodies. Through this partnership, new designs will be released regularly to celebrate constantly evolving Doctor Who phenomena as well as milestones for the show. Fans will also have the print-on-demand option, where they can order the size, color, fashion body and graphic to suit their taste.

Doctor Who fans span several generations and we’re genuinely excited to be part of this phenomenon and make this shop available to such loyal and passionate supporters,” says Marc Cowlin, Director of Marketing at CafePress. “Whovians can prepare themselves to celebrate the pending 50th Anniversary of the show with truly unique gear.”

The international iconic brand and television hit Doctor Who is the longest-running sci-fi series in the world and continues to earn critical acclaim as BBC AMERICA’s highest rated series. From award-winning lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat (Sherlock, The Adventures of Tintin) and starring Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor, Doctor Who was the #1 downloaded series on the iTunes store for 2011 in North America and has been featured on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and G4’s Attack of the Show. Matt Smith and the cast came to San Diego Comic-Con 2012 for the second year in a row, filling Hall H with over 6,500 fans for an exciting panel that offered hints to the upcoming seventh season premiere.

For more information, and to shop for Doctor Who merchandise, visit CafePress.

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The following is the latest press release (verbatim) from Her Universe:

The largest gathering of Star Wars fans, Star Wars Celebration VI, is about to take place again in Orlando, Florida August 23rd through the 26th and Ashley Eckstein announced today that she and her fangirl apparel company, Her Universe™, will be there in a big way with a special event, a panel and exclusive merchandise.

• After receiving hundreds of requests from female fans all over the country to be a Her Universe model, Eckstein (the voice of Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars: The Clone Wars) is offering a free Her Universe photo shoot on Saturday, the 25th from 10am till 7pm in room W305A. Girls are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite Her Universe top or hoodie to be photographed by professional photographer Preston Mack. Her Universe shirts will be provided just for the photo shoot if girls do not have one on that day. A sign-up sheet will be posted outside of room W305A that morning for those wishing to reserve a time slot and it will be first come, first served. The completed photos will be posted to a special photo board following the event on Facebook so girls can tag, share and download their photos. “Her Universe is a brand for the fans, and when the fans overwhelmingly tell me what they want, I do my best to make it happen,” said Ashley Eckstein. “It’s important to me that I am not the only Her Universe model because fangirls come in all ages, shapes and sizes and I want to represent the entire fangirl community by using real fans as my models. I am also so excited to have Preston Mack! He is such an accomplished photographer and I am honored that he will be sharing his time and talents with us!”

• In addition, Eckstein will be hosting a very special panel with author Carrie Goldman based on her new book, Bullied – What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear. Carrie is the mother of Katie Goldman, the little girl who was bullied for carrying a Star Wars water bottle to school. Carrie has spent the past year and a half researching and writing about this topic and Ashley encourages fans to come and join the conversation. The panel will take place on Thursday, the 23rd from 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM in room W311 ABCD.

• Celebration would not be complete without exclusive Star Wars merchandise and Eckstein divulged that Her Universe will have two exclusives that fans have been asking for at the Her Universe booth #915. One of the most popular characters from the Star Wars expanded universe, Mara Jade, will be featured on a stunning new V-neck shirt with original art by renowned artist, Cat Staggs. Only 300 of these shirts will be available at CVI. “This is a shirt I was very excited to do,” said Cat Staggs. “I love Mara and wanted to depict her as both beautiful and powerful. She, like Leia, is such a fantastic character that while charming your socks off she can also take you down… I hope fans enjoy the shirt just as much as I did creating it.” Second, to accent the Mara Jade V-neck shirt, fans will have one more chance to pick up the exclusive R2-D2 3D Sterling Silver plated charm to add to the existing Star Wars by Her Universe charm bracelet. Standing 3/4” in height, there will be only 300 of these adorable little droid charms available at the convention. However, Eckstein recognizes that not all fans have the opportunity to join the fun and travel to Celebration VI, so she is making available a limited number (50 of each) of the two exclusive CVI items on http://www.heruniverse.com. The exclusives will be available starting at 10 AM EST on August 23rd. First come, first served. In addition to these exclusives, fans can buy Her Universe merchandise at booth #915 for female fans of all ages, including babies and plus sizes. Ashley will also debut two new tank top designs where fangirls can show their allegiance to the Republic or make a statement that they prefer the dark side.

You can learn more about Her Universe and purchase the current line of fangirl apparel and accessories by going to Her Universe and by following Eckstein on Twitter and visiting the Her Universe Facebook page.

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Her Universe Doctor Who Apparel

The following is a press release from Her Universe:

Her Universe™, a leader in female genre merchandise, announced today a license with BBC Worldwide, to create a collection of Doctor Who apparel for the ever-growing female fan base for the television show.

Her Universe recognized the burgeoning force of female Doctor Who fans and the need to create unique apparel and merchandise just for them. The international iconic brand and television hit Doctor Who is the longest-running sci-fi series in the world and continues to earn critical acclaim as BBC America’s highest rated series as well as the number 1 downloaded series for iTunes in 2011. The new Doctor Who collection by Her Universe will premiere in July with fashion tops featuring images, characters and phrases from the Doctor Who universe all with fashion-forward designs for girls to look “Geek Chic“. To recognize their female Doctor Who fans, BBC Worldwide has created a special Doctor Who logo which will only appear on merchandise from the Her Universe collection.

Ashley Eckstein, founder of Her Universe and known to sci-fi fans as the voice of Ahsoka Tano on the hit animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars also designed and created the Her Universe merchandise. “Her Universe is a line for the fans,” said Eckstein. “Many of our design choices and decisions are influenced by our fans and Doctor Who was the #1 requested license by fangirls for us to pursue next. It was truly a dream come true when BBC Worldwide asked us to do their female merchandise and I am beyond excited to share this extraordinary announcement with our girls today! In the words of the Doctor, I feel like screaming Geronimo!”

Doctor Who apparel and accessories from the Her Universe collection will be available in the U.S. and Canada at both Her Universe and BBC America Shop and through national retail outlets such as Hot Topic. Throughout 2012, the Doctor Who merchandise will also be available at select conventions including San Diego Comic Con.

Her Universe was launched in 2009 by actress and entrepreneur Ashley Eckstein, and her partner, The Araca Group, known as one of the most innovative theatrical production and merchandise companies in the world. Her Universe was created to directly address the expanding market of female fans by entering into its first agreement with Lucas Licensing to develop and produce a line of female-centered Star Wars apparel and accessories. The success of that line was followed up with a collection for the Syfy network including such shows as Battlestar Galactica and with BBC America for its Doctor Who franchise. You can learn more about Her Universe and purchase the current line of fangirl apparel and accessories by going to Her Universe and by following Eckstein on Twitter and visiting the Her Universe Facebook page.

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It’s December 1 and that means the big countdown to Christmas has started. You have 24 shopping days left to get just the right gift for your friends, family, co-workers, et al.

With that thought in mind, I wanted to provide a list of just a few cool online resources where geeks go to shop. Take a look at what these locations have available, as you just might find some cool, unique gifts for the upcoming holiday.

Enjoy!

Nextag provides electronics, jewelry, art supplies, computers, home and garden supplies, clothing and accessories and much more. The best part of their site is searching for TV related items for shows like Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, Glee, Once Upon a Time and even 80’s classic MacGyver. Check it out here.

The folks over at Ript Apparel have cool graphic tees and cheap limited edition t-shirts available for all kinds of genres. You can purchase their special daily t-shirts or visit their “Graveyard” section that features over 40 pages of unique t-shirts. You can visit them here.

Do you know someone who loves superheroes? Well, the Superhero Stuff is the perfect place to shop for them. You can get your hands on t-shirts, hats, hoodies, buckles, jewelry, figurines and much more. They can be found here.

The product line over at Her Universe just increased recently, adding to its collection new items honoring the TV shows Warehouse 13, Eureka and Battlestar Galactica as well as adding to its Star Wars collection. To find just the right fashionable apparel for the female sci-fi/genre fan, visit them here.

Lastly, for all you Doctor Who fans of the female persuasion (or for you guys who want to make your fellow lady Doctor Who fans happy), check out this cool book: “Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It

Here is the official description of the book: “A host of award-winning female novelists, academics and actresses come together to celebrate the phenomenon that is Doctor Who, discuss their inventive involvement with the show’s fandom and examine why they adore the series. These essays will delight male and female readers alike by delving into the extraordinary aspects of being a female Doctor Who enthusiast. Essays include Carole Barrowman discussing what it was like to grow up with her brother John (including the fact that he’s still afraid of shop-window dummies), columnist Jackie Jenkins providing a Bridget Jones’ Diary-style memoir of working on Doctor Who Magazine, novelist Lloyd Rose analyzing Rose’s changes between the ninth and tenth Doctors and much more. Other contributors include Elizabeth Bear (Jenny Casey), Lisa Bowerman (Bernice Summerfield), Mary Robinette Kowal (Shades of Milk and Honey), Jody Lynn Nye (Mythology series), Kate Orman (Seeing I), and Catherynne M. Valente (The Orphan’s Tales). Also featured is a comic from the Torchwood Babiez creators, plus interviews with Doctor Who companions India Fisher (Charley) and Sophie Aldred (Ace).

You can find the book at Amazon here.

Happy Shopping!

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