Bespoke Leather Fun at NYC ComicCon!

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I create bespoke leather today, but you may not know that I started out dreaming of being a costume designer.

As a kid,  I was obsessed with costumes.  Studied costume design under Lester Polakov and José Varona at the Studio and Forum of Stage design starting at 14.  By the time I got into United Scenic Artists  at 17,  Broadway was in the dumps & the rest is History!

I spent a lot of time as a kid making costumes for my sister.  For Star Trek Conventions, the super Early Comic Cons and Red Sonja Cons.  I was about 11 when I started doing these.  After the very first one they became full on productions.  First, we’d crash with an entourage: photographer, another actor, me and someone who could drive besides my sister.  Then we’d get into our pre-arranged room share – do a quick change and a major appearance.  This always included a mini performance that my sister and the other actor worked out.  Sword fights, some sort of conflict, and usually some smoke!   We’d win whatever the prize was and clear out back to Jersey!

Also, I got to meet some amazing people along the way.  From Stan Lee and Roy Thomas, to Issac Asimov, Barry Windsor Smith & Frank Thorne (who is a great friend of ours to this day!) and my Idol,  William Ware Theiss, the costume designer from the original Star Trek Series.  Plus Early NYC Scenester Animal X (who was my biggest competition at the cons!) Basically it was a blast!

Since then I’ve gotten to do stage wear from time to time, but not so much full on costume.

So, it was a real thrill it was to be asked to bring to life a Brand New Comic Character! to debut at NYC’s ComicCon.

Created by writer/producer Tina Fine and illustrated by Mark Reihill.  We meet Offgirl as she discovers she has developed an unusual Super Power. (Frank Thorne after reading the first 2 issues, seemed just a teeny bit jealous…”Onerous Orgasms! Now why didn’t I think of that!!!”)

That’s just the start, there’s more to come… you can check out the first 3 issues online.   But it’s worth buying the books, because they are gorgeous.  Beyond the incredible artwork, the paper is fantastic – absolutely sensual.  Keep an eye out – plans are in the works to go far  beyond paper…

Finally,  Offgirl herself  is perfectly embodied by Actor/Singer Jillian Hite and we could not have completed her look so perfectly without the help of  @WingWeftGloves.