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American Cosplay Experience Pick of the Month

2 Nov


I always get fangirly giddy whenever one of our cosplays get’s featured, or reblogged, or mentioned in some random way or whatever. I was just talking about that not too long ago.

Anyway, it looks like Jonathan’s Spike Spiegel cosplay from Cowboy Bebop is the American Cosplay Experience pick for the month of November. If you go to the main website here, you’ll see his pic in the top right corner, in a little window of awesome.

So every time fellow nerds log in to troll cosplay photos, upload their own works, yadda yadda, they’ll be assaulted by my handsome hubbies awesomeness. Considering there’s like a bajillion registered costumes on that site, and only a handful of “Pick of the Month”s, I think it’s pretty frikkin’ sweet. (Oh, the things I swoon over as a doting wife….)

You can see our full Cowboy Bebop cosplays and photoshoot here. It was one of our best shoots, if I do say so myself. ^_^

Cowboy Bebop Cosplay in Hanford, California

14 Jun

In March of 2011 I was working at the Kings County Library and one of our regular anime-loving patrons returned some Cowboy Bebop DVDs. I was always showing the geeky patrons our cosplay photos, and when they asked if I’d done Bebop yet I said no, but we would eventually… especially since my parents dog Brandi would be a perfect little Ein. Then I started thinking.. Brandi isn’t as young as she used to be, and she’s got health problems. I have planned for YEARS to have her be our Ein… what if something should happen.. I’d be so sad that we waited. So I ran the idea by my parents, my sister, and my (at the time) fiance and they all said, “Let’s dooo eeeet!”…. or something to that effect. (About a year after this photoshoot, Brandi did pass away, as a very old, very happy puppy.)

This was at the point in our cosplay journey where Jonathan and I were in full “do it yourself” mode when it comes to our costumes, and while my mom helped me find some clothing pieces to take apart and use as templates to draft the Faye Valentine top / shorts, Jonathan and I sewed our costumes 100% ourselves.

As for the cast, I was Faye Valentine, Jonathan was Spike Spiegel, my sister was Ed, and my poppa was Jet Black. (This was his first cosplay and I am super excited that he decided to join us!) My poppa and I make bonsais for fun every now and again, so we made the one in the pictures for this shoot. We had a lot of friends helping with the photoshoot, from helping with hair and makeup on set, to taking the pictures, to acting as stagehands during the shooting. It was so fun how it all came together.

The location we shot at is actually a tiny Western town on someones private property in Hanford, CA. We asked for permission to shoot there and they said sure.. and when we arrived on the scheduled day, they came out to watch.. and it turns out one of the guys is a HUGE Bebop fan! His wife even came out wearing a Cowboy Bebop t-shirt! It was a super fun day!

Also! These were out first costumes to win a cosplay award! We won first place in the group division for Cosplay Wigs USA online competition. We won $150 in cash and 3 free wigs! Wahoo!!

Our Photos Featured in 1000 Incredible Costume and Cosplay Ideas Book

9 May


So last summer Jonathan and I decided to submit some of our cosplay photography images to Dr. Grymm Laboratories after they sent out a nation-wide request for cosplay photography to feature in their new book.

From Dr. Grymm Laboratories on what this book was all about, “You can see the appeal of having these incredible photos that really show off the work that is put into a costume and making all the details perfect. Along with that comes the ability to roleplay a bit and have some fun. I find that my favorite images are the ones where the cosplayers are really getting into the spirit of becoming the character. For instance I saw a Yuna cosplay last night where the subject was standing on water and splashing with her staff. It looked straight out the game. More than that though, IT LOOKED FUN. Those are the things we want to highlight with this project. Innovation, artistry and fun.”

After submitting our portfolio last year, we forgot about it completely till we received an e-mail about a month ago saying that some of our photos were used and the book would soon be available for purchase. Again, figuring we’d buy it once it was out, we forgot about it. Then, just a few days ago, my mum came over with a surprise… the book! She had ordered it and guess what… we were in it! Many times! Wooooooo!



It’s always fun to have projects you pour your heart and soul into being put in the spotlight and featured. We don’t often seek the spotlight with our costumes, and rarely participate in masquerades or contests, so it’s thrilling when we do put our work out there and get a positive response.

I also think it’s cute that the book lists us as Gingi Edmonds and Jonathan Freeman (since we submitted it before the wedding). It’ll definitely be something sweet to show Tessa – this is what your parents did before you were born!

Here are all the photos that the book used – I’m surprised they picked these ones since there were so many more that I would have assumed would get picked first! But I’m not complaining. ^_^

Cowboy Bebop with me as Faye Valentine, Jonathan as Spike Spiegel, my dad as Jet Black, my sister as Ed and my parents dog Brandi as Ein. Taken on private property in Hanford, California. March 2011.



Firefly with me as Kaylee Frye. Taken at the Kings County Sheriff’s Office boiler room in Hanford, California. July 2010.


Fruits Basket with me as Tohru Honda and Sean as Yuki Sohma. Taken at the Japanese Art Institute in Hanford, California. January 2012.


The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian with me as Susan Pevensie and Jonathan as Prince Caspian. Taken at Hospital Rock in Sequoia National Forest, California. October 2010.


Rurouni Kenshin with me as Kaoru Kamiya, Jonathan as Kenshin Himura and Sean as Sanosuke Sagara. Taken at the Japanese Gardens in Fresno, California. May 2012.




Thor with me as Lady Sif and Jonathan as Thor. Taken in the foothills of Kettleman Hills, California. May 2012.




If you are interested in purchasing the book, you can pick it up off of Amazon.com here.