For this year's Comic-Con panel, Adam is joined by costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis and cosplayer Jay Justice to discuss the love of costuming and cosplay. Enjoy this conversation about the power of costumes and the stories they reveal.
Painting and applying the finishing touches to a project is usually my very favorite part of the process and this mini Mad Max inspired R/C car I've been working on is no exception. There's something incredibly satisfying about the storytelling you can imbue into your creation with the right amount of color, texture, and grime on a build like this.
Something that just about every post apocalyptic vehicle has in common is rust. There's no getting around the kind of oxidation a metal car is going to endure when traversing a post apocalyptic wasteland. So, after priming all my pieces with a rattle can spray primer, I airbrushed on a nice, burnt sienna rust layer. This was a thinned down, pre mixed acrylic paint. Nothing fancy here!
Some of the other parts of the car weren't going to be all rusty, so they were base coated with other airbrushed colors. The jerry cans, for example, would be made of a plastic, so they were painted red. Any of the parts that would be chrome were done with a rattle can of sprayed, black lacquer.
For this Comic-Con incognito walk through the show floor, Adam does something different and gets suited up from a booth in the exhibit hall. Dressed as Kylo Ren (costume by Anovos), he ventures out to meet other Star Wars cosplayers and visits the Lucasfilm booth to see some collectibles up close.
One of the best parts of Comic-Con is getting up close with rare movie props at the Prop Store booth. Brandon Alinger walks us through some of the collection on display, which will be going on auction later this year.
You might have caught the teaser trailer for this ambitious live-action adaptation of Futurama, and we check out the costumes, makeups, props, and puppets made for this unbelievable fan production. They even have an animatronic Bender!
Prop Shop had their helmet, lightsaber, and other prop replicas on display at their Comic-Con booth, and we get up close with one of our favorite pieces: Darth Vader's burnt helmet. We learn how the pieces are made, how they're derived from the original prop data, and check out a new piece unveiled.
After sculpting, molding, and casting the creepy LEGO-inspired cosplay, Frank spends a day in his shop painting the mask. Watch Frank go through the multiple paint layers and explain his thought process for each pass. It's so relaxing to watch!
The sculptures of the Shiflett Brothers look like they were pulled to life from the painted cover of classic fantasy magazines. We meet Brandon Shiflett at Comic-Con to learn about their work, kits, and collaboration.
We tour the Sideshow Collectibles booth at this year's Comic-Con--4,000 square feet of awesome toys and statues. From sixth scale Star Wars to life-size droid replicas, we get up close with these prototype sculptures and paint masters. Check out that Iron Giant!
We get up close with some historic model miniatures from our favorite sci-fi movies and shows! Prop Store's Stephen Lane has a deep repository of film production history, and shares with us the stories of these beautiful props.
Frank and Norm show and talk through the sculpting process for our LEGO-inspired Creepyfig cosplay. Frank explains how he formed this massive mask and gave it the necessary detail to make the sculpture look like it had a real skin.
Our latest project with Frank Ippolito lives at the intersection of creepy and amazing. For this year's Comic-Con, Frank designed, sculpted, and painted a LEGO-inspired mask, made to look like a real-life version of a minifig. We're calling it the creeppyfig, and it found its way home wandering through Comic-Con's exhibit hall.
We stop by the booth of artist Dominic Qwek at this year's Comic-Con. We're big fans of Dominic's sculptures and resin kits, and chat with him about his digital sculpting process and how it differs from working with physical materials like clay. His work inspires us!
In case you didn't know, Adam Savage LOVES Syfy's series the Expanse. So when he was asked to moderate the panel with its stars and producers at Comic-Con, he jumped at the chance. (By the way, if you're not watching it, you should give it a try!) Here's the panel in full.
The Tested team strolls through the massive Comic-Con exhibit hall in our annual walkthrough of the show! It's Simone's first Comic-Con, and we make sure to stop by the Star Wars, Weta Workshop, and LEGO booths to gush over costumes, collectibles, and artwork. Here are some of the best things we saw in our whirlwind tour of the floor!
It's time for Adam's Incognito walk through San Diego Comic-Con! This year, Adam's costume is a creature of his own creation--a bear suit that's more realistic than cartoonish. But he also couldn't help making it pop-culture related, so he made it inspired by the Leonardo DiCaprio film, The Revenant, complete with a Leo prop!
With every big sc-fi film release, we look forward to costume replicas that fans can cosplay at conventions. Anovos debuted new costumes from Star Trek and Star Wars at Comic-Con, and we chat with them about their process for sourcing fabrics, replicating patterns, and making costume kits.
We get up close with the beautiful helmet and prop replicas made by eFX collectibles at Comic-Con. Chatting with eFX founder Bryan Ono, we learn about how they're fabricating the Black Panther helm from Captain America: Civil War, and the process of replicating Harley Quinn's weapons from suicide squad.