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This year's big costume project for the SDCC (aka, ComiCon International 2011) masquerade and Reno Worldcon (Renovation) was the Blue Meanie Boss!

Blue Meanie

Here’s the complete set of pics

I'd wanted to make him for a while: he looked like fun to perform and I love the Beatles and Yellow Submarine. Working on him was a one reason I was so scarce here: he was a large undertaking in every way.

HUGE kudos and thanks to my fellow Anything Goes School of Masquerade Arts builder-performers: Wayne, Henry, Lydia and Kim! for their wonderful animated Beatles costumes in the SDCC version of the skit!

Incredibly heart-felt thanks to [livejournal.com profile] genjitsu and [livejournal.com profile] waynekaa for doing the script and dialogue and voice and mixing for the Reno skit (as well as the AGSMA skit at SDCC!).


I also made a couple of faux-Rock Band guitar props . I'm really happy with how they turned out!


Blue Meanie details:
Constructed by Lynette and myself. We had a hard time finding any fur that looked like Blue Meanie fur...we considered ruffling up kong-fur; blue-dyed sheepskins (which would have weighed about a hundred pounds); and finally settled on...Clown Wigs! 39 of them! I got such an education on purchasing clown wigs: apparently there is a whole range of quality...we needed to buy the Sooper Deluxxe Clown Wigs, not the Deluxxe Clown Wigs if we wanted wigs that looked like every picture in every costume catalog in existance (they all use the same pic, though the wigs themselves range from thin-and-skanky to plush-and-poofy). I feel so enlightened. If I ever decide to change careers, I'm set!

We dismantled the wigs and essentially quilted them together. Very poofy. I also got an education on large-sized go-go boots: I was originally going to use those for the Blue Meanie's boots, so I had a dickens of a time trying to find them in my size (11+). Finally hit on the idea of searching transvestite resource sites and discovered another whole world of Amazing Facts, including where to buy man-sized go-go boots. The world is a wonderful place.

I used a pool toy to get his shape, which has the added benefit of efficient storage later. His hands have finger extensions so that I can manipulate the over-sized sausage-fingers. His head was the hard part: I made five different-sized foam-maquettes trying to get exactly the right proportions. His boots we ended up foam-sculpting from a pair of pimp-boots. Vision is sucky, but the effect is nice.


About half the people who saw him recognized him; the other half was perplexed.

Date: 2011-08-25 02:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gilmorelion.livejournal.com
Thank goodness you did this! Not only is it amazing, but now people won't keep bothering ME to do it!

Date: 2011-08-26 06:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] furtech.livejournal.com
You could always do Max...or Glove! I thought about making a prop Glove, but ran out of time.

Date: 2011-08-25 02:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lironess.livejournal.com
OMG that is fantastic!!!!

any WIP pics?

Date: 2011-08-26 06:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] furtech.livejournal.com
Coming soon! The work that went into him is almost as funny as the final result.

Date: 2011-08-25 02:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladyaxum.livejournal.com
It looked really cool! congrats on the awards!

Date: 2011-08-26 07:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] furtech.livejournal.com
Back at you! I had a great time hanging out with you and Sionna and Mark in Reno!

Date: 2011-08-25 02:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amarafox.livejournal.com
DUDE. That is all kinds of awesome.

Date: 2011-08-26 07:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] furtech.livejournal.com
Thanks!!

Date: 2011-08-25 04:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yippee.livejournal.com
That is really dang awesome!

PS - had my shoulder surgery last Wed. I'd mentioned. turned out i had a torn rotator cuff too. 3 weeks in a sling, 12 weeks PT.

Date: 2011-08-26 07:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] furtech.livejournal.com
Bummer on the rotator cuff-- but definitely listen to the PT people on recovery: you don't want to tear it again! It was a long rehab for me, but I'm glad I got it repaired. I'm at 100% on that shoulder now.

Date: 2011-08-25 04:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] foofers.livejournal.com
This is possibly The Greatest Thing Ever. Always thought that would be a neat character to make, but it just seemed like so much unobtanium. Clown wigs, indeed! Bravo!

Date: 2011-08-26 07:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] furtech.livejournal.com
Never underestimate the powers of OCD a determined costumer! The clown wigs were Lynette's inspired idea. We literally googled about 15,000 google images looking for "blue fur" and related searches. She found the wigs late in the game, but there had been no other good choices, so the wigs (though annoying), were perfect!

Thanks for the kudos! Love 'em coming from you (King of Beasts!)

Date: 2011-08-25 06:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] didjiman.livejournal.com
Ha ha, and I didn't know it was you you until I looked at the masquerade special issue when I GOT HOME! :-)

Congratulations!

Date: 2011-08-26 07:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] furtech.livejournal.com
Srsly?!? Which costume did you think I was in?!? Or did you not think I was in the masquerade? I'm highly amused! Also definitely ordering a ton of your pics!

Date: 2011-08-26 07:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] didjiman.livejournal.com
Seriously. I was too busy to THINK!!

BTW, what I REALLY love when I was shooting you was that you "shrugged" the head in - if you know what I mean - and the effect was perfect: before you did that, it was a person in a Blue Meanie suit. After that, it was Blue Meanie. Well done.

and yes, I'd appreciate some print sales. Not directed at you, but I do need some small sales to keep going at this. Not hoping to actually make money vis-a-vis hotel rooms, gas money etc. per se, but it would be good to make some-thing.

Anyway, will probably upload by this weekend. Just check my LJ for a status announcement.

Thanks.

Date: 2011-08-25 09:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oats-a-plenty.livejournal.com
The clown wig idea was great! Very innovative.

Date: 2011-08-26 07:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] furtech.livejournal.com
Thanks, Hyenagirl!

Date: 2011-08-25 12:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karisu-sama.livejournal.com
That is incredibly AWESOME!!! :D :D :D I totally wish I had seen it in person (I am *cougholdenoughtogetitcough*), and hope to see my hubby's photos soon!!! (once he processes everything!)

I would have TOTALLY been at Worldcon this year (even if only to help my husband in his role as Official Photographer in the photo room!!) -- except for the fact that this very same weekend happened to be the North American Taiko Conference (yes, we are talking about those wonderful Japanese Drums!!) which THIS year was actually being held, for the first time ever, IN MY HOMETOWN!!! (-- Note: NATC is only held every two years. Last time I went was in '07, in Seattle. I couldn't afford LA 2 years ago.)

(In addition to being a costumer, I am also a Taiko musician who plays with a semi-professional SF Bay Area group; so, sadly regarding this year's Worldcon scheduling, the NATC was very much a MUST NOT MISS for me. :D )
Edited Date: 2011-08-25 12:03 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-08-26 07:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] furtech.livejournal.com
Wow-- the NA Taiko Conference! I can understand why you had to choose that way! Hope your set went well!

Date: 2011-08-25 02:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] doronjosama.livejournal.com
Awesome! I love the Blue Meanies, that's such a perfect rendition of their leader!

Date: 2011-08-26 07:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] furtech.livejournal.com
Ah, fellow villain lover! I love that he's also *nuts*. Fun to do walk-arounds and do falsetto, creepy voice and scare kids.

Date: 2011-08-26 07:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] furtech.livejournal.com
Oooh!! Thank you! Extremely helpful!

(Plus thanks for all the work in both routines!!)

Date: 2011-08-25 04:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iisaw.livejournal.com
Holy Crap! That's so frikkin' cool!

Date: 2011-08-26 07:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] furtech.livejournal.com
I wish you and Carol could have seen him in all his poofy, creepy glory!

Date: 2011-08-25 05:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skorzy.livejournal.com
Pretty cool.

Date: 2011-08-26 07:14 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-08-25 05:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] okojosan.livejournal.com
That is incredibly amazing! You did an awesome job. I love the figuring-out thing too, using the clown wigs to construct the body's puffiness.

Really awesome work. I think I would have recognized him, though i probably wouldn't have remembered he was called a "Blue Meanie." Haha!

Date: 2011-08-26 07:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] furtech.livejournal.com
Thanks!! The figuring-out-thing sometimes backfires. I'll have some idea to use an exotic material and complicated process to shape it, and then Lynette says, "Why not use a popsicle stick?" and be totally right. D'oh!

Date: 2011-08-25 05:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] reddheart.livejournal.com
I TOLD D that was you! XD He didn't beieve me. I'm like "That's gotta be him! It just looks like what he would do!"

I think I've pegged you every time you've done something. I can't put my finger on why, but your stuff just has a signature to it that I pick up.

EDIT: I just realized that the Meanie's hands remind me an awful lot of Cornell's hands.
Edited Date: 2011-08-25 05:22 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-08-26 07:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] furtech.livejournal.com
Were you at SDCC or Worldcon? If so, I totally missed you!

Nice call on spotting me! Especially using the hands vs Cornell's as a reference point. My goal is now to totally sneak one by you...

I'm told my eyes are usually a give away, too.

oh YOU did this?

Date: 2011-08-25 06:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] c-eagle.livejournal.com
MAN....! That was epic!!! Glad y'all got an award, too!! *wing-thumbs-up*

Re: oh YOU did this?

Date: 2011-08-26 07:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] furtech.livejournal.com
Thanks! Can't wait to hear your full EF report! And puppet show recap! Did they premier a movie (fan-made) at EF also?

Date: 2011-08-25 06:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] penh.livejournal.com
SO AWESOME! I'm sorry I missed him at the con! :(

Date: 2011-08-26 07:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] furtech.livejournal.com
Which con were you at? If you posted more often your plans on LJ, I would know to look for you! (<--hint-hint)

Date: 2011-08-26 10:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] penh.livejournal.com
San Diego Comic Con, that is! I skipped the Masquerade in favor of seeing the Aquabats! play at the House of Blues.

Date: 2011-08-26 02:38 pm (UTC)
rcking: (grin)
From: [personal profile] rcking
Wow - that's great fun! Congrats!

Date: 2011-08-26 07:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] furtech.livejournal.com
He's definitely the most fun to walk-around in. I can get away with just about anything (except narrow doors...).

Date: 2011-08-26 09:30 pm (UTC)
rcking: (talking)
From: [personal profile] rcking
I bet - He's expected to be BIZARRE and unpredictable. So you can improvise as far out there as you can manage. And who can't love teeth that yellow! Wonderful nightmare fuel from the 60s.

Date: 2011-08-26 10:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] celedraug.livejournal.com
And this looked marvelous at Renovation! Being backstage to look at it closely was fun and Nayeli was concentrating on the bright blue color (at not quite 4 months old...hey she did good).

Date: 2011-08-28 01:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aeto.livejournal.com
Whoa.

Just... Whoa. :>

Amazing work. I knew EXACTLY what I was looking at at the first pic. I guess that makes me old. :>

Date: 2011-08-31 07:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zillabean.livejournal.com
Is there anything you CAN'T make?! This is remarkable, an incredible likeness, and my respect for your talent just grows and grows :)

Date: 2011-12-26 09:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crow-lover.livejournal.com
Wow, that's so awesome! I wasn't at the con, but I LOVE the Meanie Chief, and just wanted to tell you that you did a great job! He's so fuzzy and lifelike, I could just give him a hug! ^^

It's All Too Much

Date: 2017-05-28 11:37 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] flowroflyfe
So amazing. Can I ask you some questions about it?

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