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#1 Edited by Kapalaka (44 posts) -


What do you guys think of Black Orchid's new look?

Personally, I am completely disappointed. I hoped for her iconic green spandex but instead got a bulky steampunk outfit. It's a total failure in terms of understanding her character and tailoring to the classic aesthetic. Sadira's attire and deadly attitude is more like classic Orchid than this. The green leather chest and green jean shorts just don't make sense for her.

Crossing my fingers her classic outfits can be unlocked because as it stands, not buying this anymore.

#2 Posted by Kapalaka (44 posts) -

Hey there! I grew up in Tampa and there area some great nooks and crannies to see stuff. If you're looking to cater to an older crowd, there are usually happenings at the Tampa Theatre. It usually plays older movies like Casablanca and is stunning. There is also a restaurant called "Ella's" that has been crazy popular lately and rightly so. The food is DELICIOUS and careful if you order a pitcher of Sangria: it's like two gallons of Sangria, never seen a pitcher that big. The University of Tampa is pretty beautiful to look at, too, and it is in the area of several good restaurants. My personal picks are The Fly Bar if you go in the evening, or Lastly, Dunderbaks sounds like a good middle-ground for you and your brother-in-law. Dunderbaks has an extensive beer menu for him, and you can enjoy delicious authentic German food. It's like World of Beer if it had quality food, it's crazy good. I recommend the following dishes: Saurbratten if you like beef, the French Connection, Barktofflen, and the potato pancakes. Do not leave Dunderbak's without eating some potato pancakes, you'd be doin' it wrong.

John's Pass is usually a good stop. It's in a beachy area, but the restaurants are quite good and you can walk around and get an ice cream cone, maybe watch the dolphins swim by from the double-story boardwalk.

If you like to dance, Ybor City in Tampa has a good variety of clubs. I like the Castle since it's more of a nerd/goth scene, but there are plenty of rap and techno clubs suited for different tastes. Orpheum and Czar are good for dancing and for those with you who enjoy drinking, they have reasonably priced drinks there.

If you feel like going over to Dunedin, the place usually has art shows and stuff like that, it's a crafty town. I'd go to eat at Bon Appetit, the crab soup there is ridiculously good.

Sorry for the wall of text, if you could respond with things that you like to do, I'd be able to narrow down some options. :)

#3 Posted by Kapalaka (44 posts) -

Congratulations! :D They sound like a fine choice indeed~!

#4 Posted by Kapalaka (44 posts) -

@Colourful_Hippie: Thank you! :D

@GunstarRed: Ah! That was an awesome episode. Clayface is definitely underrated, I wish they would put him in more. I do not believe he has been attempted in the movies at all, let alone in the realm of cosplay. This is the best one out there, though: Clayface cosplay

@tunaburn: Thank you. :) Bruce Timm does a great job designing his ladies. I wish I could get my hands on a legit print of his but even his doodles go for over 2 grand. God help you if you want one of the bat-ladies.

@Phatmac: Thank you for the compliment, and the support! :) And yea.... whatevs. Variety in blog content is always a good change of pace. We are gamers, but it does not mean we are solely gamers.

@medacris said:

I quite like the cosplay! I loved Batman:The Animated Series, although I've found something to like about every cartoon incarnation of Batman since, as well. My favorite villains were always Catwoman, Joker, and Harley Quinn, though I have soft spots for Ivy, Mr. Freeze, and The Penguin as well.

Sorry the cosplay poses didn't work out as well as you'd hoped, sometimes you can't always cosplay who you want or the way you want because of the weather. Hope you can make up for it next year.

Thank you very much! They were all excellent villains, it is difficult to choose just one to love! I don't know about you, but this holiday season I was singing the Joker's jiggle-bells cover: Jingle bells, batman smells, robin laid an egg, etc. In 2nd grade I thought a guy in my class singing it was just clever until I saw the episode, haha. Tying this back to cosplay, this is my favorite Joker cosplayer. Most people do the Dark Knight version these days, so very much appreciate when men attempt the classic Joker. What did you think of Anne Hathaway's rendition of Selina Kyle in "The Dark Knight Rises"? I certainly enjoyed it because it was obvious the director's inspiration for Catwoman's demure was that of Batman: TAS.

@alternate: lol Character designers usually don't have comfort in mind for most of their heroes and heroines. I couldn't tell you how many times we fell over attempting to do some of the lunges to recreate artwork pictures. My friend cosplayed Phoenix-force Emma Frost and I'm pretty sure that costume was lined with fashion tape.

@Video_Game_King: Hahahha! DERP! My money's on drunk. She's got some other pretty god derpy faces throughout the series. That was just one of the captured VLC snapshots for cosplay research. :D

@Winternet: :'D!!! Please tell me you're referencing the Harley x Ivy Christmas episode where they stole Bruce's wallet.

#5 Edited by Kapalaka (44 posts) -

@Aegon said:

Comic vine? This has nothing to do with video games.

Which is why it was posted in the "Batman" subforum. :) If you want to be that technical about it, though, Batman: TAS has a video game on GameBoy.

Edit: lol should've hit refresh before I commented, ah well! :D

@Laivasse: Awesome! I love what the Arkham games have done for the franchise. I haven't had a chance to play them yet, but hey I'm game for keeping Batman alive and well for when I have kids. And yay! I was hoping there would be Batman: TAS lovers on here. :D

@JasonR86: @Ghostiet: (Thank you. >_<)

#6 Edited by Kapalaka (44 posts) -

Poison Ivy was a dream-costume of mine ever since I was seven. I caught Batman: The Animated Series every Saturday morning on WB and weekday afternoons on Cartoon Network. I was fascinated with the world Bruce Timm and Paul Dini created and especially enjoyed episodes featuring her. She is an ambitious and strong-willed woman with a passion for what she thinks is right and I can't help but respect that despite her fanatical intentions. "Pretty Poison" was my favorite episode, and is the inspiration for the photo above. In one episode, we combine almost all of my loves: flowers, perfumes, and killer make-up. (Haha, and in the episode, it was literal.)

In late October/early November I flew up to Chicago for a field trip (for those of you new to my blog, I am a grad architecture student). I expressed my desire to have a Batman themed photoshoot in Chicago to QueenRiot and she made arrangements with a local photographer, pbjstudios, to make it happen. QueenRiot is the Catwoman pictured above, and she also brought along Peachykiki to be our Harley. My vision was to have us all posing with the Chicago skyline in the background since Chicago is the city that most resembles Gotham to me, but unfortunately it was too cold and this was not a possibility for any of the participants. Pbjstudios was nice enough to open up his studio to us to make this shoot happen. Thank you, Joe! :D

These last few photos were taken at Dragon*Con 2012. I had a wonderful time at the convention and look forward to cosplaying Poison Ivy in the future. The next time I don this costume I aim to have her wrist crossbow. I am dead-set on making it out of styrene but have been too lazy to pattern it out thus far, but the next DragonCon isn't until September so there is plenty of time.

If you would like to see more of my cosplay work, check out my other blog entries or my Facebook page: Kapalaka

Q: So who was your favorite Batman: TAS villain? Comment below! :D

#7 Posted by Kapalaka (44 posts) -

@Video_Game_King: Yes, but more importantly, you have to say kawaii-desu after everything because you are more Japanese than the Japanese in costume.

#8 Edited by Kapalaka (44 posts) -

@pyromagnestir said:

@Video_Game_King said:

You even got the image itself!? WHAT THE CRAP!?

Oh god! Ohgodohgodohgod! How did that happen!?! I MUST KNOW!

Well first I put the lotion on the skin, and then I highlighted everything and added a hyperlink. :D

@pyromagnestir: still not sure if you guys are trollan' me XD... but glad I could help? Go forth and rickroll your haters anew!

#9 Edited by Kapalaka (44 posts) -

@pyromagnestir: Hahaha! I almost fell into that trap, too. I'm in an 80s music mood now... can't go wrong with Billy Idol on Pandora!

@Video_Game_King: completely necessary. =O!