Some of you may already be acquainted with Holly Conrad, a lovely and talented blogger who comments here sometimes and who was one of my recipients of the Geek Girls Unite blog award a few months ago. If you haven't been following her in the past couple months, you should know that she has been up to some EPIC things.
As I mentioned in one of my posts this past May, Morgan Spurlock (Super-Size Me) is working with the likes of Stan Lee and Joss Whedon on a documentary about Comic-Con fans, to be called Comic-Con Episode Four: A Fan's Hope. At that time, they were taking applications from people going to Comic-Con to find a handful of fans to follow for the documentary.
Holly, BioWare gamer geek and costume-maker extraordinaire, applied for the documentary and got a call-back interview and a request to make a ten-minute audition video. The video was AMAZING, showcasing her progress on two Mass Effect costumes--including an animatronic Grunt--and telling of her plans to enter them in the annual Comic-Con Masquerade. Kotaku picked up her video, and suddenly it had thousands of views. We were all rooting for her. Here is the video:
Really, given that video, how could the documentary people not want to feature her? Well, just before Comic-Con, the news broke that she and her costuming team had been chosen for the documentary! How awesome is that?
Holly Conrad (Verner) & Co. went to Comic-Con and totally rocked it. Check out this photo I poached from their Etsy site:
Felicia Day + Mass Effect = too much awesomeness to handle.
Their costumes and skit in the Masquerade earned three awards including Judges' Choice. Check out the video here. It's best if you know the game, but you can still appreciate the amazing costumes.
For the full story of their experience at this year's Comic-Con, I guess we'll just wait for the movie to come out next year!
But back to the present. Though Comic-Con is over, Holly's Normandy crew isn't ready to dock for good. They want to go to PAX in Seattle for a panel they've been invited to to talk about costume-making, animatronics, Mass Effect, etc., but they spent all their money on Comic-Con (those costumes are super expensive). They need some help. So if you are so inclined, you can go to Holly's blog and donate there. If you don't want to part with money without material gain, check out their Etsy store, Crabcat Industries. At the moment they are only selling Tali Bands (headbands made out of the fabric used for Tali's distinctive outfit), but they may have new stuff coming, and they do take requests.
So if you want to see Shepard, Tali, and Grunt take on PAX, make like Cerberus's secret donors and throw them some credit chits.