Cap-Inspired Outfit with Bag

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An outfit to go with my latest cross-body bag project:

Cap Inspired Bag Outfit Collage

Converse Star Player Ox shoes in radio blue / white from Amazon

Fendi Unisex FE 1026 317 square plastic eyeglasses in military grey from Overstock

Unisex Cap t-shirt in heather blue by Spicetag on Etsy

I really like the coloring of Captain America’s body armor in Winter Soldier, but it’s hard to find subtler pieces I’d consider wearing myself. So much of merchandise made on the basis of superheroes or pop culture phenomena consists of cheesy or overly cartoony designs (i.e., the stuff that’s made for little kids).

The references to Cap in this outfit are basically only visible in the blue and grey color combo and a white star on blue. And the geeky glasses. 🙂 Much more my style.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Discoveries: Gender-Swapped Avengers

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Superheroic thoughts are invading my brain again – the release of Captain America: Civil War is only two weeks away. In that vein, these mashups of various photos to gender-swap Marvel superheroes fit right in. They are the work of Hungarian Tumblr-user Ágnes Domokos (aka disimilis), and just amazing. I made a collage to have my favorites all in one place:

Gender-Swapped Avengers

Ágnes Domokos a.k.a disimilis on Tumblr; collage by Eppu Jensen.

First row: Amber Heard as Cap, Emily Blunt as Winter Soldier, Kristen Stewart as Loki and Jennifer Lawrence as Thor.

Second row: Willa Holland as Spidey, Kerry Washington as Nic Fury, Chris Pine as Black Widower and Shailene Woodley as Hawkeye.

Bottom half: Zoe Saldana as Falcon, Teresa Palmer as Quicksilver, Jared Leto as Scarlet Warlock, Mila Kunis as Hulk and Kate Beckinsale as Antonia Stark.

Grouping them together like this is quite arresting: it shows how white and male Marvel Cinematic Universe’s superhero lineup is. Even if you were to add Lady Sif from Thor movies and Maria Hill and Agent 13 from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, superpowered (or extremely competent normal-human-powered) female protagonists would still only amount to around a third of the main characters, and it wouldn’t do anything to correct the overbearing whiteness. Tut tut, so disappointing.

Visit Ágnes’s Tumblr – besides Avengers (part 1, part 2, part 3), she has done other superheroes, too, including Daredevil and Star Lord plus Deadpool. Köszönöm szépen, Ágnes!

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Native American Style Mainstream Genre Icons

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Jeffrey Veregge, an artist and member of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe in Washington state, makes positively fantastic versions of mainstream genre icons like superheroes, movie characters, Transformers, aliens, and the like.

Jeffrey Veregge Early Bird

Early Bird by Jeffrey Veregge.

Veregge himself says of his work:

“This site, the work that is seen on it is a reflection of a lifetime love affair with comic books, toys, TV and film. Taking my passions and blending them with my Native perspective, artistic background and the desire to simply be me. Basically I am just trying to have fun and get back to that kid that went to art school to begin with, wanting to create artwork that I want to see and make just for the hell of it.”

Jeffrey Veregge Shield Logo

Shield by Jeffrey Veregge.

Several of his designs would make fantastic fabric prints, like this Flash-inspired one, for example:

Jeffrey Veregge Scarlet Blurr

Scarlet Blurr by Jeffrey Veregge.

If there was a fabric Flash version, I’d use it for pencil cases, zipper travel pouches, or a table cloth. Or maybe tall, tall shades with a wide border on the bottom; that would look really striking.

Visit Veregge’s home page for more!

Cross-posted from Co-Geeking.

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Fan-Made Black Widow Origins Trailer

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Black Widow fans must be out in force: not only is there a great title sequence (by Christopher Haley) for an imagined Black Widow movie, a fantastic trailer for an imagined origins movie has surfaced:


The unknown creator did a great job pasting various movie clips together into an arc and forming a cohesive trailer with music and everything. Like Haley’s title sequence, this is professional grade work. I’d go see that movie! I recognize snippets from at least Iron Man 1 and 2 [oops, not the first IM], Winter Soldier, Avengers, Age of Ultron and Lucy. I haven’t seen other Jeremy Renner movies besides his Marvel work, so I couldn’t I.D. any of those. What did I miss?

P.S. The end “credits” are a hoot! Definitely pause the vid to read through.

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New in Store: Book Bags Listed

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Just added to the Playfully Grownup Home shop: small book bags / grab bags / shopping bags. A few come in cheerful summery fabrics, and two were inspired by Captain America’s blue battle suit in Winter Soldier.

New Book Bags May 2015

They’re just under 10” x 11” / approx. 25 x 27 cm – small enough to fold and tuck into a pocket, but large enough to hold several books or DVDs, snacks, essentials, etc. when extra carrying capacity is needed.

I’m thinking the stars in the navy blue bags are too big; I’d like to shrink them just a hint if I should make any more. Any thoughts?

Fan-Made Black Widow Title Sequence

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For his After Effects class final project, Christopher Haley created an incredible title sequence for an imagined Black Widow movie. He writes in the YouTube intro:

“Cut off one head, two more shall take it’s place… For this speculative title sequence of a Black Widow film I decided Black Widow’s villain would be… Black Widow. Yelena Belova, to be specific. Belova believes herself to be the superior Black Widow, and in some ways she is right. Swift and ruthless, Belova is the most talented assassin to graduate from the Red Room–and now she is Hydra’s most deadly weapon. At Belova’s side is a super-soldier of her own, Alexi Shostakov–the Red Guardian, who also happens to be Natasha’s former lover. When the new heads of Hydra make a play for the power of the infinity stones it is up to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s top agent to stop them.”


I just love it! Besides containing obvious homages to older James Bond title sequences, which work really great, it also seems to nod to the Captain America: Winter Soldier titles. The music selection (Sour Times by Portishead) is fantastic, too – apprehensive and a little threatening, befitting the world of spy games. Great job all around, Christopher!

And a small neat note: actor Samuli Edelmann, whom was cast as Alexi Shostakov (Red Guardian), is a fellow Finn. I also like Rosamund Pike a lot. Seeing her in a Black Widow movie would be awesome. 🙂

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Discoveries: 8-bit Art by Adam Lister

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Artist Adam Lister creates geometric, pixelated versions of popular characters and paintings, geeky or mainstream. His approach has been described variously as urban, vintage and cubist. Whatever your preferred descriptor might be, Lister’s watercolors surely epitomize an inventive and inquisitive mind. Just some of his work that I like most include an 8-bit version of Van Gogh’s The Starry Night…


Adam Lister.

… The Iron Man…


Adam Lister.

… and The Godfather


Adam Lister.

Simply brilliant! More at Adam Lister Gallery page.

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