1/15/2013- Where did 2012 go? Ah well... moving along. It's been an exciting year and unfortunately I have not paid the attention to my cosplays, conventions, and other stuff that I should. With a house remodel, general upheval, and a lack of inspiration... it's been like a year since I've really cosplayed or done any shoots. But, much thanks to ~UnsungHeros
, I'm jumping back in. I'm also getting back into horses and have been working very hard to start showing in February. We'll see where it all goes!
3/26/2012- In May there will be a Steampunk convention at the Town and Country in SD, CA. It will be May 11th - 13th and it looks like I'll be showing off some Kuroshitsuji Steampunk creations with ~UnsungHeros
. I'm very excited!
3/21/2012- To anyone interested in commissioning me, I have an important announcement. There is a new website which will be dedicated to commissions and fashion design (under construction right now). I will no longer be taking active commissions through my DA account, after it goes live. to those who have CURRENTLY commissioned me, nothing will change (Gas Mask, R-Shitei Grell, Zabuza, etc). However, any future commissions will be done through the site and prices will be raised to reflect: Faster turnaround time, more demanding commission schedule, and availability of original designs. Your FINAL chance to receive a commission from me via DA (which is technically now considered a "discount rate") ENDS March 28th- 1 week from today. I am accepting 5 final commissions, (EDIT: 2 spots left).
ALSO FOR SALE: We have top hats and parasols leftover from Anime Conji! We have 6 top hats (4 black, 2 white), and 6 parasols (white with embellishments). They are regularly $55 each or 2 for $80, but for these final 12 items, we are selling them for $35-$55 each plush shipping ($7.50 Priority). If you don't care which one you get, you can get one of them RANDOMLY for $29 plus shipping ($7.50 Priority)! All new parasol and hat designs will only be available on my new website, with starting prices at $80 each for existing designs and $95 for specialty commissions.
3/12/2012- Conji is this weekend. TOTALLY trying to finish merch and cosplays and commissions, AAUGH!! Hope to see some of you there, I'll be at booth D-3 in the exhibitor's hall! In other news, ~UnsungHeros
linked me to the Yaoi Con 2011 interviews with HisN'Hers Gaming (Thank you Hinata-Chan!). I'm in there as Farfarello, starting at 2:14 to 2:55. To the other guys and gals who got interviewed... Unsungheros- you looked lov3ely, but damn it if I wasn't on stage WITH You for that Masquerade win. Billy: You look adorable, my dear. Your whole interview just had me smiling, ear to ear. YaoiPatrol (x2): You guys are hilarious, hope to see you again next year... err.. this year! JR: Yes sir... the face for it. The abs don't hurt either, lol. Hinata-chan: Thank you for the interview and wow... I sound like a Disney character in this vid. o_O Farfie should never... ever... sound like a Disney character. Next time I cosplay him, I must remember to be the silent psychotic Irishman I am.
2/25/2012- New Items for Sale on eBay. Figures, Manga, and costumes! Go check it out! [link]
2/22/2012- Thanks to the lovely Elfy, Red Quill now has a Tumblr! [link]
. Thank you Elfy!
2/21/2012- This past Sunday, I had a beautiful photoshoot with Kimihirokun and UnsungHeros. Be ready for some, Kuro madness.... but... I'm not Grell! In other news, a new Grell costume IS now being sewn. I must say, so far I'm quite impressed with myself. A big thank you to *Antiquity-Dreams
for helping me figure out the draping at the back of the coat. I was at a TOTAL loss, but with our powers combined, we became VOLTRON, DEFENDER OF THE UNIVERSE! Oh... and the back of the coat looked pretty cool too, lol.
2/15/2012 - I had to share!!! A lovely fan of my cosplay made me a Valentine with my Blood Blossom Grell! I'm so flattered, I could die!
2/6/2012 - Over the weekend, some of my close friends and I had a photo shoot in LA at The Dream Factory. Pictures should be coming VERY soon. I would like to thank ~Kimihiro-kun
for inviting us up, all the photographers up there for being so wonferfully friendly and giving with their time, and these awesome people for drivign up with me, taking pictures, makign costumes, and just being damn awesome:
In other news, Winter Grell is now SOLD and will be on its way to Germany, first thing tomorrow morning. CONGRATULATIONS to Torsten M. I know you'll enjoy this costume every bit as much as I have!
There are currently 2 other OOAK costumes for sale, including Shippo and Circus Sebastian. Each is highly detailed and hand made. If you're interested, act quickly or someone else will snatch them up!
1/29/2012 - It's been a busy last couple of weeks with bonus pages for DNC, trying to get a second title ready to rock, looking for an editor and scheduling our first convention promotion! We will be at Anime Conji from March 16th to 18th (Anime Conji 2012
), located in the dealer's hall in space #D-3, with a panel at a yet unscheduled time. Hope to see you there!
1/18/2012 - I'm finally working on some new costumes for myself, s well as taking commissions. It's been a bit of a hiatus, but I have a new Grell costume in the works as well as an original from DNC. I can't wait to have pictures posted to show you!
1/17/2012 - Cosplay Commissions are OPEN for a limited time. The convention season is just getting started and all our "early bird" cosplayers have gotten their costumes. I'm ready to take on the next set! Commissions will be open until January 30th. If you have not reserved your place before then, the next opportunity will be March 1st. Please plan accordingly! I am taking both full and partial commissions. If you're interested, please drop me a note.
1/5/2012 - I just had to share... My goal for January was 10,000 hits on Red Quill. We are currently sitting at 10,111... a hundred over what I hoped for the END of the month. Despite a few hiccups in the New Year, I have to admit, things are off to an exceptional start. I am grateful to every one of you who helps make that possible.
In other news! NEW COSPLAYS ARE COMING!
Several commissions are on the way to their new homes and pictures will be posted of them on the dress form shortly. When their lovely new owners post pictures, I will feature them here in my journal. You guys are going to look stunning and ALL costumes had several test shots taken- with flash, without flash, etc. to see how realistic they would look in pictures. I would have to say that they all look AMAZING.
To those of you at ALA this weekend, have double fun for me! I'm getting ready to launch 2 new titles and working on shop goodies! I know there's a special lady who will be wearing (a hand delivered) Drocell this weekend and I can't wait to see the pictures!!!
1/4/2012 - I was beginning to think the start of the new year might be a bust, but as I logged in today, I found that my Ramona Flowers cosplay was featured on a French Blog site called, "Le Geek Communicant" ([link]
. I would like to thank ~iBlendVal
for letting me know and making it possible.
On another note, when I visited Red Quill's stats page today, I was thrilled to see a large upsurge in hits after our last upload. Thank you to everyone who had taken the time to read, promote, comment, work on, or just put up with my constant talking about this project. We're getting ready to launch two new titles in February and the shop should be open by mid-January.
Lastly, I am looking for an editor. I write and I edit, but there are two things working against me. 1. This is my own work (at least half of it) which makes it very hard to edit properly, and 2. I am running out of hours in the day and need someone to help me out. This is a paid/perk position. Please note for details and link to writing samples. I am looking for someone who has an excellent grasp of grammar, flow, and style. I'm looking for a tough, well seasoned critic who is able to meet a schedule. 18+ only with previous beta or editing experience, please.
1/3/2012 - WOW, it's 2012 already!!! I am cleaning out my cosplay closet and SEVERAL of my costumes are up for sale!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You can check them all out on eBay.
RING MASTER GRELL, CIRCUS SEBASTIAN, SHIPPO, AND WINTER GRELL are all up for sale. These are not copies, these are the ORIGINAL costumes.[link]
12/30/2011 - Had to share...
. Geikou, how do you make them so magically delicious?
12/24/2011- HAPPY HOLIDAYS! In other news... TotalBiscuit (one of my FAVORITE gamer-type announcers) takes on an explanation of SOPA and the Protect IP bill. Yes, these things are STILL around and bits and pieces have already been enforced. Think I'm joking? Check this out? [link]
. Even if you aren't an American (Which, interestingly enough, TotalBiscuit is British), you should watch as well, because this will effect you too! It's freakin' scary...and what's worse is that they already have the power in place to do it.
11/21/2011- Red Quill's 'Demons Never Cry' has been updated early this week, due to time constraints on my current commissions. So yay, you get it early! There haven't been a lot of comments (well, any... actually) but we're up to 3,600 hits since the beginning of the month with over 900 repeat visitors. I'm very pleased.
Cosplay commissions for FULL costumes are CLOSED until January. Sorry, that final slot was filled. I still have 2 micro-commission slots available (wigs, masks, etc).
11/16/2011- If you haven't heard about the Protect IP act and the Internet Censorship Bill... You should. This is VERY important to us here on DA. [link]
<--- A handy video. [link]
<-- More information and a handy petition. [link]
<--- Even more information and another petition. It's like Orwell's 1984 nightmare, come to life.
11/14/2011- The 4th illustration for Demons Never Cry was released today and I am... so very... in love with the artist as well as the co-author. They are both so incredible. It's one of those times when you feel privileged to be among such talented people. You can check it out here [link]
. In other news, we're getting ready to launch our second title, Mythos. There have been a few delays (all on me end), but we're getting close! The artists for this project are the esteemed :supernovadobe: and :antiquity-dreams:. They've been so patient, waiting for me to get things done. I love you guys
Lastly, I'm looking for an artist for our 3rd release, "The Trappings of Mortality". I'd like someone with a somber, gritty yet delicate style. I will be reposting the advert for 'artist wanted' by the end of the week with all the particulars.
11/7/2011- Is anyone else having major trouble with Facebook? Mine is all f*ckered up... Can't display. That aside, I have 1 full commission slot open and am considering opening 3 "micro commission" slots. I seems people are interested in partial costumes, wigs and the like. I have 2 micro commissions I'm waiting to be confirmed, which leaves one more open. Please send me a note if interested.
11/4/2011- I found a new Yaoi web comic that actually predates many of my favorites. It's called Shark Teeth and it's really quite interesting. I read from first to current in a little over an hour and really like the story. They were also gracious enough to affiliate with Red Quill. Their group is here #o0SharkTeeth0o
and I really think it's a good read. That, and it gets rather explicit rather... quickly. Thoroughly enjoyed.
11/3/2011- First off... what the HELL did DA do to journals? Let's make it overly complicated... Grr... Okay, enough of that. I just wanted to say thank you to the first group to give #RedQuillComics
an affiliation and let you all know you should check out her beautiful and unique gallery and comic. #The-Obsidian-Mirror
is the DA group devoted to the web comic and her DA gallery is *hakkyouhime
. Her art is just delicious!
10/20/2011- See you all at Yaoi con this weekend! Keep an eye out for people wearing Zarai military armbands if you're interested in entering our contest. They'll be around throughout the convention, so look sharp! The entry forms will be with the individuals wearing the armbands and the prize is a FREE costume commission by RedYume (Approximate $200 value). Other prizes include anime figures, manga, wigs and more! You'll have to track down all the clues, but it is going to be really fun!
The way it works is you get an entry form from any person wearing a Zarai armband. If you are unable to find someone or everyone is out of forms, you can take down the number codes without one. The only added challenge is that you then have to figure out what order they go in! When you are done collecting all the codes and looking up the code words, please reply to the statement in your own words. Yes... the final step is opinion based. We can't wait to hear what you have to say! Please reply via note at
10/19/2011- YAOI CON IS HERE... and I'll be heading up to the con in just a few hours. Here is my lineup...
Circus Sebastian- Friday/Saturday
Blackie (yes, the cat) from Ao no Exorcist - Saturday
Farfarello from Weiss Kreuz- Sunday/Rave
10/12/2011: Wow, have I been busy! The website I've been working nearly non-stop to build is up and I'm just waiting on a couple of things to upload before splattering the link to it EVERYWHERE. Also, I now know why publishers get paid an arm and a leg to format manuscripts. I can't imagine how terrible it was before user friendly GUIs, but even with them... it has taken hours upon hours of test runs and revisions to get the pages formatted properly for both web consumption and printing. What I thought was going to be a one afternoon project turned into a week or more of format, upload, revise, upload, print, revise, upload... I really hope you guys like it!
The artist working on 'Demons Never Cry' has gotten me the preliminary character design sketches and let me say... omg, WOW! Once I have finals on that, then we're really ready to rock! I don't know if I'll have anything to hand out at Yaoi con... it's SO close, but I'm going to try! I also have to finish my costumes for the con... unfortunately I am going to have to wait on Tegah until ALA, but that's more my fault than anything else. Procrastination, thy name is RED!
I have another lovely artist I'm talking to for character designs for another title, 'Dark Art'. I'm pretty excited about that too!I can't wait to link you all to my little baby project website. ::Looks at it fondly::. It's so pretty.
9/22/2011: UPDATED! I'd like to say thanks to all my friends who gave hugs and were very encouraging about the loss of my tablet and the eminent doom of the puppy that spilled coffee all over it. They were really great. But I'd like to say an especially big thanks to Tema and her idea to put the tablet in rice. It went kinda like this...
Tema took the broken, coffee laden tablet and placed it on a cookie sheet, surrounded it with rice and stuck it in the oven. The whole time, my brain was going, "Hm... this is faintly reminiscent of Hansel and Gretel.. into the oven with you! For those of you with your jaws on the floor- NO, the oven was NOT turned on. It was just a dry place to put the tablet while it had its rice treatment.
This morning (the last post happened after midnight last night) we took the tablet out of its oven-cave and plugged it in. To my surprise, IT TOTALLY WORKS NOW! Yes, Tema is incredibly win with her magical rice and oven treatment for broken and upset electronics. Again, let me reiterate... WE DID NOT TURN IT ON.
So, THANK YOU TEMA FOR YOUR AMAZING RICE TRICK. And to the rest of you... go buy wigs from Tema. I've seen them and they are every bit as cool as electronic rice resurrection.
<--- WIG COMMISSIONS!
<--- COSTUME COMMISSIONS!
And lastly, SEE YOU ALL AT YAOI CON! I saw that like... at least 15 of my watchers will be there. I can HARDLY WAIT. :
oes happy dog chasing tail circles::.
9/22/2011: Without getting into too much detail. My puppy climbed up onto my computer desk, spilled my coffee all over my tablet and... it is now completely not working. Please expect no photo updates until I get a new one... Which might take awhile. I hate to admit it, but I'm kinda devastated. I loved my tablet...
9/21/2011: The eBay auction for Party Girl Umbreon ended and the 'Buy it Now' winner seems to have changed her mind about it. Before it goes back up on eBay at $300, I'm offering it up on DA for $150, shipping not included. That's the dress- 7/8, thigh highs - one size fits most, mini top hat, black patent leather shoes- size 8, and detachable tulle and ribbon bustle. This offer does NOT include the ears, mask, or evening gloves. Those will still be an additional $65 if you want them. Last chance before it goes back up on eBay.
9/12/11: 30K pages views just FLEW past! WOW!!! Thank you to all my wonderful watchers who make it all worth wile. In other news, I have novelettes being released soon- currently interviewing artists for the position of illustration. I'll keep you posted! The hopeful (revised) release date is October 1, 2011!
8/9/2011: Last call for Extreme Autofest tickets in NorCal. I have extra and I'm giving them away. They usually sell for $25 each, so let me hook you up if you are a cosplayer or cosplay photographer! The show is August 13th at the Sam Mateo convention center!
7/1/2011: SEE YOU ALL AT AX 2011! I have NO idea what my cosplay lineup will be. Suggestions? GO GO GO!
6/14/2011: A few days ago I had a photo shoot with ~kimihirokun
was kind enough to share him with me at balboa and it was a LOT of fun. She cosplayed Obito and I cosplayed Shukaku. Here are two shots he has in his gallery that I don't have in mine.
6/6/2011: Yesterday I had a photo shoot with ~MikeRollerson
and it was a lot of fun. He took myself and ~UnsungHeros
to a location we haven't shot at before and it was just... just AMAZING. She went as Yamato and I was Adult Shippo. Here's a little taste of what we shot! I like to call this one, "Gone Fishin'" and the other, "Tracking". It seems Shippo is hungry!
6/1/2011: New Tumblr Entry on wigs! Wigs: Products and Care
5/18/2011: I am so sorry I haven't been on! Costumes have CONSUMED MY SOUL as I get ready for Fanime. Forgive my inattention! I am replying to comments and notes as we speak... err, right after we speak. Well, I might get a bagel first but.... YOU GET THE IDEA! To make up for my neglect, here is my Fanime lineup! Come out and say hello if you see me!
(In no particular order)
1. Shukaku (Human Form)
2. Shippo (Adult)
3. Punk Ash (Kuro)
4. Ball Gown Angela (Kuro) (Black and White Ball)
5. Blood Blossom Grell
5/13/2011: Work is underway to release a lovely novelette with my mysterious and talented co-author and our equally talented and amazing artist. I'll keep you posted on the website and whatnot. We're discussing the title at the moment!
5/7/2011: TONS of stuff up on eBay. Armor, hats, books, wigs, Hello Kitty Goodies and MORE: My eBay auctions!
5/7/2011: It's Official! Extreme Autofest is hosting a Cosplay Contest in conjunction with their NorCal Show! Please check it out! Extreme Autofest: Cosplay Contest
4/28/2011: NEW Post on Tumblr called Props: Things to Think About
4/21/2011: Reorganization of the art gallery is underway. All the folders have new names and images have been moved to their correct location. The "Featured" Folder will continue to be cleaned as we go.