• When The Historic Artcraft Theatre showed the classic holiday musical White Christmas, Alena (a lifelong Danny Kaye fan) and Yaexrae enthusiastically replicated the dresses from the famous "Sisters" number and appeared onstage and in the lobby of the theatre for the event. The dresses were patterned from scratch (inspired by Edith Head's original designs) and feature full-circle skirts made of satin, organza and chiffon, embellished lace bodices, matching tulle petticoats, and a ridiculous number of sequins. Fun fact: Due to multiple defective zippers (so far the dress has gone through three), Alena had to be sewn into her dress on the way to the performance. Alena as Betty Haynes; Yaexrae as Judy Haynes.

  • Mark as Link from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Awards Second Place in Professional Division, Gen Con 2010  

  • Laura as Rufus Shinra from Advent Children; Mark as Tseng from Advent Children; Alena as Vincent Valentine (Turks version) from... well, about five games. Some of which were better than others.

  • Alena as classic Lara Croft. A comfortable costume that uses my own hair, and action-packed photoshoots involving mountains, bridges and authentic ruins? YES, PLEASE.

  • We saw RotG at the late show on opening night, and (possibly due to the fact that it was a 10PM showing the night before Thanksgiving) we had the entire theatre to ourselves... which meant that about 10 minutes into the movie, we were already arguing vocally over which of us got to cosplay which character. I ended up with Jack, and immediately embarked on the search for a blue hoodie, only to find that nobody actually makes a hoodie like his with the dual front seams, bell sleeves, etc. So, about 20 hours of fabric dyeing, sewing, glue, glitter, artificial snow, wood-sawing and wig-styling later, I had a wearable costume -- which fortunately coincided with a gorgeous snowfall! (As