Harajuku Day Fashion Meet-up 33

For this Harajuku style, I combined influences from Visual Kei and Street goth. No matter what you have heard or read, Harajuku fashion is not dead. It is changing but it is certainly not dead.

I kept the style light due to the weather being 96 degrees. I created an Avant Garde style make-up design using NYX cosmetics and added jewels.

As for my outfit, I wore the Moto Rush Mesh top By Current Mood from Dolls Kills, ACDC Rag Hip-Hop T-shirt, ACDC Rag puffy Skull skirt (black) from Fickle Wish, and cat Lolita-like tights from Hot Topic.

Supporting Local Artist

I believe that supporting local artist has more meaning and value than spending thousands on generic work. Art and culture has the ability to enhance the quality of life for a community. Art is something that truly nurtures the spirit. However, there are a lot artists today that are “starving artists” including myself.

It is really important to support local arts. When you do, you support all aspects of creative freedom. Artists create art to reflect their ideas and their hidden messages behind their work. The art is artists create are from our heart and passions. It is much more meaningful then those big corporate companies.

Society, unfortunately classified art differently. I am tired of seeing what most of society classified as art. Artists try to sell their work and some either want it for a lower price or free. By this, they devalue the work we put into the piece. It is not some piece of simple jewelry, drawing, design, clothing, books, etc. It takes hours, days, weeks, sometimes months to plan and create one piece.

For me, I also fit the mold of a “starving artist”. I am a graphic designer, an illustrator, I sell art prints, and even wrote poetry. It is difficult to obtain clients and potential buyers for art prints. At the end of the day, we do what we love and would love more support from the rest of society.

For those who follow me, I really appreciate you all. It means a lot to me. You can find my art prints at http://www.society6.com/LunaNightingale

San Diego Comic-Con International 2018

Every year, San Diego Comic-Con brings together fans and comic enthusiast from all over the world to celebrate the movies, TV shows comics, video games, art, and more that they love. This year’s conventions ran from July 18th-22nd in San Diego, with Wednesday being preview night. There is enough to see and do with or without a badge. For me, I took in everything San Diego including the Gaslamp District.

Everyone tends to come for the panels and guest at the infamous Hall H that will give the fans first look at the new trailers and the ultimate fan experience. Hall H is a 65,000 square foot centerpiece that now draws 130,000 excited sci-fi, fantasy, comic book, television, and film fans each year. In Hall H, you will see the very extent of pop culture. Below are the biggest trailers from Hall H:

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald

Aquaman

Glass

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Shazam!

Steven Universe: The Movie

The Walking Dead: Season 9

Fear The Walking Dead

Doctor Who: Series 11

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Star Trek: Discovery

Better Call Saul: Season 4

The Man in the High Castle

Nightflyers

The Orville

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The Purge (TV series)

Iron Fist

Disenchantment

The Gifted

Arrow, Season 7

Black Lightening

Young Justice

Titans

Legacies

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

The Flash

Supergirl

Family Guy

Voltron: Legendary Defender

Preacher, Season 3

There is so much that happens at Comic-Con that it is impossible to catch everything. On top of being trailer reveals, there were tons of exclusives. Funko Pop was probably the most popular booth in the exhibit hall where people were after the metallic Whiz Funko Pop. Me, on the other hand, all I wanted for months was the Black Lady Funko Pop (which was also available at Hot Topic). Other popular booths included Tokidoki, Nickelodeon (featuring the original Double Dare wheel), Viz Media, Syfi, Lego (featuring an enormous Thanos out of legos), Artist Alley, and many more. FYE also had their pop up shop at Horton Plaza near the Gaslamp. This is where I acquired the SDCC Harley Quinn exclusive in purple/green. I also met the jewelry designer for RockLove, Allison Cimino who worked with Marvel and the movie Black Panther to release limited edition Black Panther jewelry.

The entertainment hall is probably the second biggest attraction next to Hall H. You need a day at least to explore the entire hall. I visited my graduate alma mater, Academy of Art. What I was looking forward to is meeting Jerry “the King” Lawler and Lita at the 3 Boys Productions/Headlocked Comics.

Cosplay has always been a big thing for me. I did expect more cosplayers. On Saturday, I cosplayed as Harley Quinn. Not only did people loved my cosplayed, they appreciated it. I have been to a lot of conventions and most people like my cosplay but to feel appreciated is something I never expected. The children loved it so much that it made them extremely happy.

San Diego Comic-Con was as great as I figured it would be. Even if you couldn’t get a pass to get inside the convention center, there is plenty to do around the convention center and the Gaslamp area to enjoy.