Tag: awards

The Scarlet Pimpernel

So… Alena is a rabid Scarlet Pimpernel fangirl. By rabid, I mean she has read all 17 of the Scarlet Pimpernel books written by Baroness Orczy (and amassed quite a respectable collection of early editions of Orczy’s works), watched every extant film and television version, seen the Broadway musical so many times she’s lost count, has a laminated membership card…

Terra Cotta Warrior

Our first terra cotta infantryman was commissioned by the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis for the National Geographic Treasures of the Earth exhibit, a permanent wing which includes replicas and interactive displays of the terra cotta warriors from Xi’an, China. Alena wore the costume for the members’ preview and the Grand Opening of the exhibit.  The suit is made of silicone rubber and…

Rurouni Kenshin

From the Tsuiokuhen OVAs and manga.

Kenshin (in his Hitokiri Battousai days) and Yukishiro Tomoe are made with great attention to historical and source accuracy, from historically appropriate fabrics even to historically-correct loom widths and authentically woven zouri (sandals). Hiko Seijuro’s costume is a bit more fancifully fun, with enormous shoulders and a fake physique.

Also here is Diane Woodring as Enishi, Tomoe’s cute psychopathic younger brother and future arch-nemesis.


Colossal Con 2011, Best In Show


Master Knows Best (Colossal Con 2011)

Gensômaden Saiyuuki

Gensômaden Saiyuki is based very loosely on the traditional eastern Saiyuki (Xiyouji) legend about a Buddhist priest traveling to India to retrieve a sacred text. In Minekura Kazuya’s version, however, the Buddhist priest and his party are traveling to quell an uprising of disturbed youkai and face wholly different challenges.

Yes, the characters really do wear jeans beneath their robes. That’s canon; I guess they’re exceptionally enlightened priests. No, we didn’t sew the jeans ourselves; we were lazy on that aspect. But we did dye Alena’s black to match.

The “scriptures” on the two priests combine to read the Apostles’ Creed.  (“I believe in God the Father, Almighty Maker of Heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ His only begotten son….”)


  • Best Advanced Performance, Animarathon 2007
  • Best In Show (craftsmanship & performance), Youmacon 2007


The Insane Wingéd Project of Doom

Actually, these character designs are from a truly awful (and rightfully obscure) video game called Animamundi: Dark Alchemist, but we prefer to think of the alchemist, archangel and demon as rooted in the tale of Faust.

Moving, articulated, 12-foot wingspans! What’s not to love?


  • Best Masters, Ohayocon 2008
  • 2nd Place Skit/Performance, Anime Central 2008
  • Best in Professional Division, Gen Con 2008