Some more astounding work and creativity from #AnimeMidwest.
I saw some great work on the first day of Anime Midwest. Here’s just a small sampling.
Trinity and I have made it back to Anime Midwest for another year. I’m looking forward to the convention as an attendee as opposed to a presenter. I want to see what other people are doing and the information they’re sharing with others:
My first-day schedule looks like:
- Linkara and the Geek Talk Comics
- Worbia workshop
- Cosplay Creeps and How to Handle them
- Con Parents
- V is for Villians Concert
Trin and I also brought two costumes each. We’ll be out on the floor getting seen. I promise lots of pictures for the social feeds and future galleries.
If you see a WWI Pilot Batman or Pirate Deathstroke, be sure to say hi!
The final gallery of shots from the Steampunk Chicago Stroll through Graceland includes pictures of:
- Carrie Elizabeth Getty’s Tomb, a small, square monument designed by Louis Sullivan. The tomb marks the first example of Sullivan’s involvement in the architectural style known as the Chicago School.
- The tomb of Fridolin Madlener memorializes the man that gave the world Fig-Rye.
- The Tomb of William O. Goodman, viewed from across the pond.
- The tombstones of Daniel Burnham and his family rest on a small private inland in the cemetary.
- The grave of Marshall Fields marks the resting place of one of the 19th Century’s most wealthy men.
- A young flutist sits atop the gravestone of Dr. Christopher D. Manuel.
Carrie Elizabeth Getty's Tomb
This fourth gallery of images from the Steampunk Chicago Stroll through Graceland captures a number of notable monuments.
- The tombstone of architect Louis Sullivan. A relatively modest monument marks “Father of Modern Skyscrapers” and the man behind “Form ever follows function” grave.
- The Tomb of William O. Goodman. Goodman hired Howard Van Doren Shaw to design this tomb and the Goodman Theater, both in honor of his son, Kenneth Sawyer Goodman.
- The Tomb of Potter and Bertha Palmer rises like a Greek Temple on the edge of the cemetery’s pond. Potter Palmer pioneered the idea of customer satisfaction in retail before turning his attention to real estate and hotels.
Tomb of William O. Goodman
On Sunday I had the distinct pleasure of strolling through Graceland Cemetery with Steampunk Chicago. After a few months out of the scene, I welcomed the opportunity to reconnect with some friends and made new ones.
I also took a lot of pictures, over 150 of them. The partially sunny day and the cool breeze made for great lighting and comfortable costuming.
I will post the pictures in a series of galleries over the next few days. Gallery #1 features:
- The Victor Lawson Monument, designed by Lorado Taft to honor the publisher of the Chicago Crusader.
- The Schoenhofen Pyramid Mausoleum, a steeply sided gray pyramid containing the family of well-known Chicago brewer Peter Schoenhofen.
- The Pullman Monument, built for railroad man and industrialist George Pullman.
- A Man of Sorrows, a monument to Charles Hutchinson, one of the founders of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Making the Perfect Mallet
The character uses a baseball bat in Suicide Squad, but when Trinity decided to cosplay as Harley Quinn for Anime Midwest, she wanted a mallet. Not just any mallet, a big honking mallet that a strong man would swing around with glee and wild abandon.
Unfortunately, Trinity weighs slightly more than a strong man could bench press with one hand. Building this prop required materials that would be large enough to make a statement and light enough for a wisp of teenager to comfortably carry for a few hours around a convention floor.
We searched the Internet for help and found http://www.instructables.com/id/HARLEY-QUINN-HAMMER/. We took it from there ourselves.
Building this prop required:
- 1&1/2″ PVC pipe cut to a six-foot length
- Two 1&1/2″ PVC pipe caps
- 1/2″ wooden dowel cut into two six-inch lengths
- 12″ cylinder concrete form cut to four feet
- Box cutter
- Duct tape
- Drill with a 1/2″ bit
- Tape measure
- Paint and brushes
To build the mallet:
- Drill two 1/2″ holes through the PVC pipe, at one end, just far enough apart to fit inside the concrete form;
- Cut two 1&1/2″ holes in the center of concrete form, opposite each other;
- Insert the PVC pipe through the holes in the concrete form;
- Thread the dowels through the PVC. Secure the dowels to the interior of the concrete form with glue and duct tape;
- Cover the ends of concrete form with duct tape;
- Hammer the PVC caps onto the ends of the pipe; and
Building the Mallet, in Pictures!
Due to a scheduling snafu, my presentation on Japanese Middle Schools got bumped from Anime Midwest this year. This doesn’t include my notes, but here’s the Sway I planned to use during the session.