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Cosplay Friday: The Justice League

Fri Mar 27, 2015, 10:48 AM
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The next couple of years promises to be full of comic book superheroes no matter where your allegiance falls in the DC/Marvel divide.


Following in The Avengers’ big screen footsteps, the Justice League of America (JLA) is finally getting its own live-action movie, even though the Justice League came along way before The Avengers were even born. A quick stroll down comic book lane reveals how the JLA got its start and unintentionally lead to some of Marvel’s most successful superhero teams.



The first team of superheroes in the history of comics was the Justice Society of America (JSA) who appeared in DC Comics All Star Comics #3 in 1940.


The original team included Doctor Fate, Hour-Man, the Spectre, the Sandman, the Atom, the Flash, Green Lantern, and Hawkman. DC Comics had a rule that whenever a JSA member received his own comic book title the character would leave All Star Comics and would become an “honorary member” of the JSA. This is why already independent Batman and Superman didn’t appear in the series, being automatic honorary members even though they weren’t present for the founding of the JSA. The comic had a good run, but after WWII there was a decline in the popularity of superheroes. It seems the golden age of the superhero ended when DC opted to stop publishing more JSA adventures and rebranded the title All-Star Westerns (which didn't include a single superhero).


It wasn’t until 1979 that any explanation for the team’s disappearance after the early 1950s was provided when it was revealed in The Defeat of the Justice Society! (Adventure Comics #466) that the JSA chose to disband and retire rather than present themselves unmasked in front of the Joint Un-American Activities Committee as demanded.



The death of the JSA lead to the birth of the Justice League of America (JLA) when in the late 1950s DC Comics’ editor Julius Schwartz asked writer Gardner Fox to reinvent the JSA. Schwartz, due to the popularity of Major League Baseball’s National and American Leagues, asked Fox to change the team’s name to the Justice “League.” The JLA made its debut with a whole new team in March 1960 in The Brave and the Bold #28 and quickly gained popularity, leading to their own series which became one of DC Comics’ best-selling titles.


During a round of golf, DC publisher Jack Liebowitz bragged to Marvel owner Martin Goodman about how well the new Justice League series was selling which prompted Goodman, knowing himself how popular the JLA was becoming, to ask his editor Stan Lee to create a superhero team for Marvel. The result was the Fantastic Four. The next Marvel team to follow prompted by the Justice League’s success was The Avengers. You can thank DC comics for spawning the dawn of the superhero team — but, ironically, in Marvel Comics!


Casting rumors continue to swirl as Warner Brother’s The Justice League movie moves closer and closer to production, but no need to wait until the movie’s release in 2017 to see your fave Justice Leaguers in the flesh. Thanks to these DeviantArt superheroes you can see the full league in all their live-action glory. These cosplayers join their collective superpowers to bring you a superheroic extravaganza!
















The real test of honor isn’t how you die, it’s how you live.”


— Superman










In Brightest Day, In Darkest Night, No Evil shall escape My Sight. Let those who worship Evil’s Might, beware my power, Green Lantern’s Light!”


— Green Lantern










[Hovering above the ground by spinning his arms] Hey ladies, check me out! I’m just like a helicopter! [Loses balance and crashes to the ground] I’m sorta like a helicopter…”


— Flash










Next time I let Superman take charge, just hit me. Real hard.”


— Batman










It’s faith, Hawkgirl. You’re not supposed to understand it. You just have it.”


— Aquaman










I’m used to being thanked when I save someone.”


— Hawkgirl










I am Diana, Princess of the Amazons! I won’t be denied!”


— Wonder Woman












Your Thoughts


  1. Who is you favorite The Justice League character and why?
  2. What would you like to see in future editions of Cosplay Friday?













The next couple of years promises to be full of comic book superheros no matter where your allegiance falls in the DC/Marvel divide. Following in The Avengers’ big screen footsteps, the Justice League of America (JLA) is finally getting its own live-action movie, even though the Justice League came along way before The Avengers were even born. A quick stroll down comic book lane reveals how the JLA got its start and unintentionally lead to some of Marvel’s most successful superhero teams.

Author/Curator: spotted
Designer: seoul-child

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Filming is now under way on CBS' Supergirl pilot, and DC Entertainment has released the first official images of Melissa Benoist (Glee) suited up as the iconic superhero. She has the cape, the logo, the skirt, and the boots! She's Supergirl all right! Hit the jump to check them out...






Warner Bros. Television, DC Entertainment, and CBS have released the first official images from Supergirl, the upcoming TV series which stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El, Mehcad Brooks (Jimmy Olsen), Calista Flockhart (Cat Grant), Chyler Leigh (Alexandra “Alex” Danvers), David Harewood (Hank Henshaw), Faran Tahir (The Commander), Dean Cain and Helen Slater (both in unspecified roles). Oscar winner Colleen Atwood (Memoirs of a Geisha) designed the suit you see below, and she had this to say about the design. "In designing Supergirl, I wanted to embrace the past, but more importantly, thrust her into the street-style action hero of today." What do you guys think?


Supergirl is expected to premiere this fall on CBS and will star Melissa Benoist as Kara, Laura Benanti as Alura Zor-El, Chyler Leigh as Kara’s foster sister Alex, David Harewood as Hank Henshaw, Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant, Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olsen, with helen Slater and Dean Cain in mystery roles. A release Date is not settled yet.


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The truest test of the freegender soul is if you can embrace who you are,
under the dress, or wig, or falsies,
under the makeup, and waxing, and shaving
can you embrace yourself.

Your smile
Your jawline
your high or low cheekbones
The way your eye sockets sink in or bulge out
The way your veins show on your arms
or your knobby knees
Or sinewy arches
The way your hips don't exist
Or your shoulders expand
The definition of your muscles...

Sinewy and springy
Bony and boxy

Can you find a way to not merely hide these aspects of yourself
Disguise and cover
But turn it around and work with
instead of against
your body.

This is the truest test
That you are faced with every day.

You, oh freegender brothers and sisters
Find the love of your body
Make peace with it
And you'll find the beauty and power you seek.
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White Roses for an Eternal Bond

Sat May 12, 2012, 10:00 PM by jeanpat:iconjeanpat:


White Roses for an Enternal Bond





May 13, 2012



There is a song, White Rose of Athens, sung by Nana Mouskouri, and with its haunting lyrics, it was one of my mother’s favorites.




"So goodbye my love till then


Till the white rose blooms again"




I had been living in Athens Greece for six years, and it was from there that I sent my mother the first gift of white roses as a “Mother’s Day” gift.  But I sent it on my birthday. In my early twenties, I came to the realization that my birthday was not only about me being born on that day.  The special day was also about my mother, who had given me the most wonderful gift of all... life! How can it be that Mother’s Day and Birthdays have been so unnaturally “separated?”


I wanted Mom to know that even though it was my birthday, my thoughts were also about her. The note that I included in that first bouquet read, “I have never thanked you for bringing me into this world. I would like to do that now with these white roses from Athens”. Every year after that first gifting, the white roses, the symbol of our eternal bond, were sent to her on my birthday, and needless to say that each time she was genuinely touched and loved the gesture.


Just six short years after this birthday tribute started, my mother was taken away from me forever. Now I could never again send those beloved roses to her. With her passing, we were once again separated, at least until we meet again.





"The summer days are ending in the valley


And soon the time will come when we must be apart


Now you must start your journey to the sailing


And leave me till another spring-time comes around"




Why don’t we avoid the Hallmark cliché for Mothers Day and create more personal gifts linking our birthdays with Mothers day? And why don’t we all evolve from the concept of “birthdays” to focus as much on the mother giving birth as the child being born? Let us not forget the eternal bond between mother and child.





"So goodbye my love till then


Till the white rose blooms again"




Mom has been gone for many years now, and in place of those roses, I light a candle for her on my birthday every year. Silently, I thank her for giving me life.




"Goodbye till then


Goodbye till then..."












There is a song, White Rose of Athens, sung by Nana Mouskouri, and with its haunting lyrics, it was one of my mother's favorites. "So goodbye my love till then Till the white rose blooms again" I had been living in Athens Greece for six years, and it was from there that I sent my mother the first gift of white roses as a "Mother's Day" gift. But I sent it on my birthday. In my early twenties, I came to the realization that my birthday was not only about me being born on that day. The special day was also about my mother, who had given me the most wonderful gift of all... life! How can it be that Mother's Day and Birthdays have been so unnaturally "separated?"
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Cosplay Friday: Howl's Moving Castle

Fri Feb 13, 2015, 4:30 PM
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Howl’s Moving Castle is best known as the 2004 animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki.


While it is as beautifully animated as all of Studio Ghibli's other films this was one of the few times Miyazaki based a film on an existing work. The film is an adaptation of British author Diana Wynne Jones’ 1986 young-adult novel by the same name and the first book in the Howl Series.


Miyazaki takes many liberties and diverts from the original story in various ways, however both the film and novel follow 18-year old Sophie’s adventure after being cursed with old age and the journey she undertakes to break her curse with a handsome and mysterious wizard named Howl. Howl, of course, has a magical moving castle and a “fire demon” friend named Calcifer.



In the beginning of the film, we see Sophie struggling with low self esteem.


She is plain, shy, and not attractive like her sister and mother or the other girls she works with in the hat shop. In the book, Sophie is as attractive as her sisters (Lettie and Martha), but struggles against fate, which she believes her life is ruled by. In her world where fairy tales are the everyday reality, destiny is predetermined and being born the eldest of three means she is destined for failure while the two younger siblings will go on to seek their fortunes. But Sophie, unbeknownst to herself, has magical powers. She has the ability to influence objects with her words. She speaks to her hats as she trims them in the hat shop, making predictions about the futures to come for the women who buy the hats. The irony here is that while Sophie believes her destiny is predetermined, she in fact has the ability to shape the lives of others through her words. Sadly, Sophie’s ability was not carried over into the film.


After being cursed by the jealous Witch of the Waste, both in the film and novel, Sophie finds herself in the body of a ninety-year-old, unable to speak of her curse to anyone. It is her curse that ultimately frees her from her fears and beliefs during the course of her curse-breaking quest. It is only when she has nothing to lose in her mind that Sophie finds and accepts her true self.












Curses abound in this story.


Howl, while the opposite of Sophie in personality and looks, is also cursed and hides from the world. He has lost his heart to a demon and at the beginning of the story is vain and only concerned with himself. In the book Sophie’s and Howl’s relationship develops slowly as they go from quarreling to realizing they’ve fallen in love.


Howl’s castle is a combination of machine and magic.  Miyazaki makes the steampunk-like contraption a thing to behold and it becomes almost another character in the film. It should be noted that as iconic as the castle has become, the design was not originally created for the film. The design was set to go on display at the Studio Ghibli Museum to fill up an empty space. It was later proposed to Miyazaki as the design for the castle.  In order to make it move, he added four chicken legs.


Both versions of the story carry similar themes of things not being what they appear, beauty coming from within, and the power of love to transform.


Speaking of transformations, check out the gallery of Howl’s Moving Castle cosplayers as they spin their own magic to become their favorite character from the movie.













You’re wearing that hat? After all the magic I used to make your dress pretty?”


— Howl










They say that the best blaze burns brightest, when circumstances are at their worst.”


— Sophie










I don’t cook! I’m a scary and powerful fire demon!”


— Calcifer










He’s calling the spirits of darkness… I saw him do this once before when a girl dumped him!”


— Markl










Here’s another curse for you — may all your bacon burn.”


— Calcifer










Oh, yes, I’m the worst kind of witch there is! The one that cleans!”


— Sophie












Your Thoughts


  1. Who is your favorite Howl’s Moving Castle character and why?
  2. What would you like to see in future editions of Cosplay Friday?













Howl’s Moving Castle is best known as the 2004 animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. While it is as beautifully animated as all of Studio Ghibli's other films this was one of the few times Miyazaki based a film on an existing work. The film is an adaptation of British author Diana Wynne Jones’ 1986 young-adult novel by the same name and the first book in the Howl Series.

Author: spotted
Curator: spotted


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WhAT ShAlL We dO WiTh cHaRLeS SnIPpY'S rEqUEST??

To WhIcH PlaCe AnD TiMe ShOuLd The BiOmAtRiX TaKe Him?
WhErE AnD WhEn WoUlD YoU Like To SeE?

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I changed my deviantART name, which was the last name that needed to be changed. AnimeAngel is no more. NOW THE REIGN OF RUFFLEBUTT.

Anywho, I changed some of my costumes around for Katsucon. New List!



Friday:
During the day - Eternal Sailor Moon
For my Panel at 2:15 - MAYBE Emma Frost
After - Test Suit Asuka

Saturday:
During the day - Nymph with Imari??? We haven't picked a time yet.
Sailor Moon again

Sunday:
Cammy White

I'm also hosting a panel!
- How to wear "skimpy" costumes while still being modest

A how-to guide on wearing more revealing costumes. This panel covers costume structure, types of double sided tape, the way you carry yourself, undergarments and tricks of the trade. Additionally, this panel also covers how to react to inappropriate comments, creepers/photographers and uncomfortable situations. Photographers can also attend since there is a small section on how to approach cosplayers and react to them. Q&A at the end!

See you guys there!
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Journal Entry: Fri Oct 25, 2013, 5:30 PM
Over the last two weeks, it has become very clear that ad networks are no loner the way to go. Each one I applied to either declined me or paid next to nothing.

So, I'm here to announce that all my future content will only be available to subscribers of my site. Each month I'll be releasing three new animations, and 30 comic pages for only $5. You can signup for a subscription here:www.sapphirefoxx.com/membershi…

For those you without a credit card, you can still signup for a subscription as long as you have a bank account. You'll need to link it to a PayPal account.

I know many people were concerned about suspicious credit card statements showing up that they wouldn't want family members to see. I've addressed this by having all payments be handled through PayPal, and any charge from my site will appear as "SF Creative Arts".


Miss Stewart by SapphireFoxx

I've just released a brand new animation called "Miss Stewart". Since this is the first time I'm making an animation exclusive, I went well above and beyond what I normally do in an animation to make this as awesome and as sexy as I could. It's over seven and half minutes of TG-goodness with a heightened level of sexy deviousness. The animation is about an over-achieving student who gets turned into the hottest teacher around, and gradually begins to enjoy his new career and body.

Shifting Roommates is also back with two new pages. Like before, there will be a page uploaded daily. The first eight pages will be the available to everyone as a preview to the series, but all the pages after that will only be available to subscribers.

My next animation will be about a guy turning into a bridesmaid for his sister's wedding, and it will be out in 7 to 10 days.

I'm very sorry to all the people who are unable to become subscribers for whatever reason, but this is the only option I have left if  SapphireFoxx is to survive. I hope that only day you will be able to join and catch up on the new content you'll be missing.

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Love it or hate I don't mind as long a you read it

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 20, 2012, 2:03 PM
I will now do all my best to support the cause of people with Social Anxiety Disorder. This is a cause that is really important to me, since my mother and many friends suffered of this illness. I, myself, have Anxiety Disorder and Bipolarity and I'm still fighting to live a normal life. Fortunately, I've recently had help and I'm getting better as the days pass. Living with Anxiety Disorder is really difficult. Most people will never get the help they need, or be laugh at by people who don't understand what they are going through. I was also surprised to see many people I look up too who also have mental illness. You are not alone. Stay strong, stay positive, even though it's hard. You can make it!

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  • Listening to: Rammstein and Korn
  • Reading: How to write fantasy novels
  • Watching: Game of Thrones season 2 <3<3<3<3
  • Playing: D&D
  • Eating: chocolate eggs ^_^
  • Drinking: Smooties