Nicole Wakelin

My Backpack Totoro

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We’ve seen plenty of plush Totoro backpacks, but Etsy seller DIKAdesigns makes these high end versions from heavy weight vinyl. It unzips into one large pocket with several inside pockets and has a black polyester lining.

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goat minions

People dress up their pets all the time. This usually means putting the family dog or cat in a costume, but this time around it’s a pair of twin Nigerian dwarf goats. I wonder how Gru would feel about having a couple of these guys join the team?

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We all know that many female superheroes tend to wear costumes that are impractical at best. Artist Lord Ingvard is working on a series of revamped costumes that are functional but still feminine. He writes:

I love comics and superheroes as much as the next nerd, but the women’s costumes—sweet mother of Moses!—the COSTUMES. At the very least, highly impractical. And at worst, incredibly sexist. I mean, EXTREMELY so. Honestly, I don’t know why women haven’t been a lot more angry and vocal about this kind of thing over the years. Like “Ferguson riot” angry. Don’t get me wrong, I believe that expressing one’s sexuality is a natural, healthy thing, and certainly not something to be censured or shamed, but holly hammer of Thor, there’s a time and a place for everything!

That being said, I just had to take a shot at addressing the most obvious problems. Now, I am not by any means an experienced or accomplished character designer. I am not suggesting these costume re-designs are ideal, or even very good. My main goal was to at least TRY to approach the subject of female superheroes with the degree of logic, equality, and respect they—and their readers—deserve.

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rapunzel cosplay

The trickiest bit of a Rapunzel costume is replicating that beautiful woven hairstyle. Redditor ohemgrace took it a step further by making the hair glow like it does in the movie. She used 120 LEDs in the wig and programmed them to fade on progressively. The lights are controlled by an arduino mega at the nape of her neck that’s connected by a wire to the battery packs in her pockets. Brilliant.

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Keep your pants up and look awesome doing it with these Star Wars and Sailor Moon seatbelt-style belts. Choose from Rebel, Imperial, R2-D2, or Millennium Falcon blueprint designs in a belt that fits waist sizes from 28-46 inches. Sailor Moon comes in one style for waist sizes 26.5-46 inches. All are officially licensed products.

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These POLYPODIS shoes look like they should be the official footwear of Cthulhu cultists. Designed by Kermit Tesoro, each shoe is a mass of tentacles that is both captivating and likely torturously uncomfortable to wear. Oh yes, Cthulhu would approve.

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Architect and fashion illustrator Shamekh Bluwi has come up with a unique way to combine his two skills into one. He creates paper cutouts of his dress designs leaving large blank spaces. He then holds them up to the real world and lets the city of Amman, Jordan complete the design.

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These cute mini tote bags are a great way to carry your essentials when you hit the beach this summer. Etsy seller MyMoemoe makes the 11.6″ x 10.8″ totes with cute polka dot fabric lining and two sturdy polyester handles. In addition to Toothless, Wonder Woman, and Ariel you’ll find lots of other pop culture characters including Pikachu and Jake.

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These little steampunk boxes from Brute Force Studios have straps and can be used like small purses. They also claim to prevent “nasty paradoxes of time travel”.

The first one opens and activates a mini black light when you press the screen. The second style has a secret back compartment with a mini plasma light inside.

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Storm clouds are gloomy, but not this one. This clutch handbag from Luna On The Moon is made of glittery fabric with matching gold lightning bolt charms. There are also two removable straps in a gold chain or rainbow design. It measures 22.5 cm wide x 33.5 cm long and is available in several different colors.

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