1250 Shelf Life.

It might interest you to know that the Teen made me adjust the colors of Alex’s costume. She was pestering me while I was working and demanded that I change it till it suited her. On my drawscreen it looked fine, but when I looked at it on the regular one there was a distinct blue tint to some of the purple. It really irritated her, so I sat there and changed it till she said it was okay. She has very clear ideas about what she likes as far as fashion is concerned. Our only major disagreement is animal prints. I detest them. They are so rarely done well. She loves them, and I give her crap about it quite a bit. There’s actually very little of it in her current wardrobe, but what little there is I dislike. Cheetah spots are the worst and zebra stripes are about as good as animal prints get, IMO. That said, if it’s part of a cohesive outfit they aren’t a problem, but you can’t just throw animal prints in with random clothes and expect them to look good.

The Teen actually asks me my opinion about clothes a lot because I often forget to be tactful in those situations, especially if she springs it on me when I’m doing something else. She seems to like those snap reactions. I expect because they are genuine, and everyone else tends to tell her everything looks fine.

She’s go a weird hang up about t-shirts. Will hardly wear them in public. She swears they look weird on her, but I can’t figure out what that entails specifically. They just look like t-shirts to me.

She never comments on my wardrobe apart to say that it’s the same thing all the time, which it is. I subscribe to the cartoon school of fashion, which means I find a thing I like and buy copies of it. Some people might think I wear the same clothes every day, but that’s not the case. Sometimes I switch up my undershirts just to throw people off.

The Teen read her first comic collection the other day. She couldn’t make it through a single thing I owned, but she read all of the first Deadpool collection. At least the first numbered volume they had at the store anyway. My mother bought it for her and was really annoyed at how little you got for $15. I have to say I understand why they cost so much, but that expense is certainly part of why I don’t bother with Marvel or DC anymore.


Her first line isn’t “I’m purrty smart”? I am so ashamed in you.

Alex raises a good point. I’ve seen some beautiful older women cosplays, like mother Zelda and kid Link, as well as a woman dressed as Miss Frizzle, but never an animal one that looked good. That doesn’t mean there isn’t, but age appropriate cosplay is important. YMMV.
Incidently, Nina would look fantastic as Evilyna from He Man. Speaking of age appropriate cosplays.

I want to body build just once in my life so I can do justice to Grom Hellscream at a Blizzard convention.

Just once… I even have contacts in Abilene who have a cosplay costume and prop business, so I know where I’d go to get the work done.

If I ever find any scraps of old model airplanes and other little bits like that laying around, I would give it to them. They WOULD find a use for it somewhere, somehow.

Ah — finally — an end to the punishment. ‘S funny — when I think of a catsuit, I think of Emma Peel (or Catwoman). Ms. Wurfel is rockin’ the Royal Purple, though. That said, The Teen is right about Alex’ costume. I can see where you’ve changed the colors to be less blue (kind of set my teeth on edge) and looking through the Archive, I see the stripes on her skirt keep changing. Well, it’s a comic, it’s supposed to be ephemeral.

I just wonder, given her color sense and taste in clothes, what will The Teen’s choice of Significant Other be like, if and when the time comes?

Oh, yeah — As Alex says: “The offer has no expiration date,” and “I’m not sure what the shelf life is for a cosplayer.” I just find it amusing that she hit that concept twice. Must have been on her mind. Also:

Coming Soon From Scruffle and Dustcough: Life With The Teen by Jackie Wohlenhaus!

You know, I gotta say, I totally love this comic, but honestly I think I look forward to your little tri-weekly blog/blurbs that follow each new page almost as much. Especially the ones about you and the Teen. It’s kind of, I don’t know, just great. They’re so funny and sweet and sometimes sad but just totally real.

It’s like, I continually am wanting to hear more about these little snippets. Seriously, if you ever did kind of a semi-autobiographical comic or something just about you and the Teen, I think it’d be so totally amazing. Like, I think I’d speak for a bunch of people here if I said I’d read the hell out of something like that.

Looking bad in a t-shirt is a terrible thing. It’s the difference between “That there is a young gentleman my boy. One day you’ll be matured and accepted like he is.” and “That there is a cave troll. We shun contact with those, son.”

It has to do a lot with body types and the quality of the t-shirt. Men look good in some women’s t-shirts but girls look frumpy and plain which is sometimes the goal.

At some point I realized I rarely did anything fun and certainly extremely little where the opinions of other people of my clothes mattered but I did go perform labor often requiring I get very dirty both at home and elsewhere. After that realization my wardrobe quickly morphed into endless black T-shirts, jeans, and to mix it up some black shorts. Works out fine for me, my family and friends don’t ever have a hard time picking me out of a crowd and people find me easy to remember!

There is a zoo in England that will not admit people wearing animal print clothing.

Alas, it’s not for fashion reasons. Rather, it’s because they’ve found that animal prints upset the zoo animals.


Tigers will attack ANYTHING that looks ever a LITTLE like one of their own kind! The video of what those Siberians did to their tiny stuffed toy counterpart was educational! (I will NOT be wearing black and white camo if I go on one of those guided trips to that country… )

The zoo in my hometown managed to score a couple of cougars. A stroller was coming along behind me with a child’s coat on it. It had a tiger print on the inside lining. (The child was elsewhere. Her dad’s arms, or the like.)

One cougar was pretty much just napping, but the other one jumped up and began hissing at the stroller. My uncle helped the family close the jacket. As soon as the print was out of sight, the other cougar not only stopped hissing, but visibly relaxed. It wasn’t long before it slumped down next to the other one again.

I was just looking through this and I realized she said she is doing a human representation of a character from a thing about cats? I did a human version of sonic, tails and amy rose for a con not long ago.

I don’t know why, but somehow this makes me want to cosplay as fat old versions of superheroes once I’m old enough to do that.

Also I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one who likes the cartoon school of fashion. I tend to vary colors though.

I’ve seen cosplayers of all ages, although the older cosplayers tend to seem more into LARP themes and Renaissance fair deals. Although there is a lot who like to cosplay as whatever theme their kids have, which is usually interesting. That all said, I’ve always been someone who works at cons rather than an attendee…

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