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Costume Kingdom Supports The Arts

The Boys And Girls Club of America are running a fantastic program! They’re organizing a movie making camp out in Sellwood, Oregon, where the kids will be writing, directing and starring in their own films!

Last time this camp was run, the kids were making their own costumes. Since we’re based near Los Angeles, we’ve got a soft spot for filmmaking. We thought we could give the kids some options!

We picked out some of our favorite outfits and sent them out to Sellwood. When the future Spielberg¬† (or Batman’s Christopher Nolan, as our writer can’t help but mention) shoots their early works, were proud to say that we’ll have “known them when!”

Take a look at the video down below to see what cool stuff the kids are doing up in Oregon!

KPTV – FOX 12

– Logan, Your Friendly Costume Kingdom Neighbor

Race To The Finish

Shift into a faster gear and hit the raceway! Whether watching it on television, or hitting the BBQs right outside the track itself, NASCAR is one of America’s most beloved and watched sports! When you want to dress yourself in the style of your favorite race car driver, our NASCAR Costumes are just the ticket!

Adult Danica Patrick CostumeFor lady fans of NASCAR, your prayers have been answered! Danica Patrick has taken the world by storm and shows no signs of slowing! Breaking into the boys’ club of NASCAR with her GoDaddy stock car, Danica’s shown that you can drive fast and look good doing it! Put the pedal to the metal and get yourself in a sexy look for Halloween with this NASCAR costume! With our Adult Danica Patrick Costume, you’ll be ready to rock in a style that Danica pulls off easily! Get behind the wheel and pop on your shades as you race past the boys at Daytona! Now all you need is a supercharged car and a track to burn rubber on, though that’s something you’ll have to acquire all on your own! Shift into a higher gear and pick up this sexy costume to show off on Halloween night!

Adult Dale Earnhardt Jr. Costume

One of the poster boys for NASCAR is now available for you today! Driving the No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew / United States National Guard / 7-Eleven car, he’s won the Most Popular Drive Award for the Sprint Cup Series nine different times, and for good reason! Considered one of the nicest guys on tour, he’s also one of the most competitive! With our Adult Dale Earnhardt Jr. Costume, you’ll be in perfect form to get behind that patriotic wheel and race off to victory! Zoom to the finish line in style with this costume and take on all the other NASCAR racers with confidence and style!

With our NASCAR Costumes, you’ll know that we’re ready to get you set for Halloween! Here at Costume Kingdom, we’ve got all you could want to satisfy your need for speed! Check us out and browse through our wide array of costumes!

–Logan, your friendly Costume Kingdom neighbor

The Batsuit

And now, a special guest blog about the world’s greatest detective. –Logan

While heroes are avatars for the human condition; exemplars of what we could be with the right conditions, it is their suits that form their iconography, something tangible for us to associate with the name and power. Certain suits can be distilled down to a few colors or a flashing shape; red and yellow to most means the Flash, to a few it’s Iron Man. But few suits define the hero more than Bruce Wayne, or he’d prefer you call him Batman.

Born of the minds of Bob Kane and Bill Finger, Batman is a caped vigilante living his life in the pursuit of justice his slain parents were denied. But in keeping his identity a secret, Bruce Wayne formed an identity revolving around the clothing he wore, his Batsuit. This iconic piece of fabric and machinery has become as defining as the character himself, each phase of development leading to new story opportunities and even more daring escapes from tenacious pursuers. Batman is many things, a fighter, a detective, but above all, he’s a man in one kick-ass suit.

While the initial suit was simple fabric with a utility belt, it developed over time to incorporate more assistive measures. Some would argue this takes away from the true essence of what it is to be the Bat, but these measures added into the mythos, making the character great in power and mystique. Now he could dodge bullets and bend steel, through the application of technology. He was more than a man in a suit, he was a myth.

The key parts of the suit fall into two main categories: those to ensure Batman’s hidden identity and those to enable him to fight crime. The former is facilitated primarily by his cowl, fused to his cape and keeping his identifying features well concealed. It is this aspect of the Batsuit that generates the greatest compulsion amongst readers – the revelation of the identity of Batman being one of the ultimately negative fates that can befall Bruce Wayne, second only perhaps to death. This mask can hold technology and in it’s various incarnations it has held sensors and data outputs. But above all, above the cape and beyond the armor, the cowl is what makes the Bat in the man.

Beyond the darkness and shadow, the costume held color. Typically in one of two variations, the original blue and grey, or all black. The Blue and grey came from the original series in the ’40′s, where the darkness of the series was not typified, ditched in favor of a form of camp action. It wasn’t until much later in the series that the suit changed color and the series grew up, becoming something more than a man in tights. Many argue this changed with the ’80′s. This was due to two main influences; the introduction of the movies and variation in writing staff including the influence of Frank Miller – author of The Dark Knight Returns. This change made Batman a darker hero, but also brought the costume into greater consideration, the movies introducing the idea of a black bat suit; an idea that has stuck throughout the movie depictions of the world’s greatest detective.

The other change introduced mainly by the movie franchises is the addition of armor plates and Kevlar. Keaton’s Batman had body armor to accentuate his physique and intimidate the criminals. This was a departure from the tradition of the Batman, in that his suit only hid his identity, not his physical ability. With this change, Batman became more than his skills, he was contained within his suit and as such it became as much the hero as he. This continued through the subsequent movies including the latest releases by Nolan, where the Batsuit has become a technological marvel, with power accentuation and memory fabrics fuelled with high current electricity. This is as far as you can get from the original inception of Batman. However, Batman cannot be discussed without his gadgets.

From Batarangs to cable guns, Batman uses and is as much defined by his toys. Though the cable gun is a more recent addition to the arsenal, Batman has generally been assisted in his quest against crime by his utility belt. Best explained within the Nolan films, the belt is well equipped with a variety of canisters of materials to assist Batman in taking down the bad guy. Though it has varied throughout the narrative, it has generally been yellow, with or without the bat symbol. This piece of the costume gives batman his firepower. What has changed over time is the serious nature of the pieces within the belt. Initially a more comical object, producing various sprays and pellets that could make more costumes (including more utility belts), the ’80′s again produced a darker version of the tools, matching the changing mood of the book.

When talking of Batman, it is easy to speak of how the comic books have brought about the movies, but a more important consideration is how the movies have affected the books. While with a superhero film like Superman, the costume is written and done, with Batman the description and actuality of the suit is more fluid; the symbolism remains the same while execution varies. Nipples on the chest in the fourth Batman film may have been a faux pas that never made it to the page, but the all black appearance of the latest iteration of the print Batman owes its lineage to the late ’80′s Burton Batman.

The Batman costume has changed over time, but what it represents has stayed the same. It has always been about a vigilante who seeks vengeance against the criminals he could never stop – those who had slain his parents. In doing this, Bruce Wayne chose a hidden identity, an avatar to become. Some may say Bruce Wayne is Batman. In truth, Batman is Bruce Wayne. The man is now the vigilante, who wears a disguise during the day to hide in plain sight. In doing so, the costume becomes as much the character as the man himself. -Bretzke

Bretzke is a writer for PDXComicGeek.com, a blog for comic geeks by comic geeks, with daily reviews and news. Thanks for reading!

The Leaning Tower of Pizza and Burgers

Napoleon said “an army moves on its stomach,” and when we’re deep into the Halloween season, truer words couldn’t possibly be spoken. When we’re working late into the night to get your orders out, we get absolutely famished!

Stacks and Stacks of Burgers

When 11:30pm rolls around, I'm gonna be looking at these like it's smoked sirloin.

Listen, we’re working around the clock. If we were robots, we’d just need a little oil and gas to keep us going. But until we invent the Ship-Bot 3001, we’re going to have to come to terms that everyone needs some food. When all the stores have closed and it’s getting closer sunrise than sunset, we need some serious fuel to keep going!

I know when it gets late, and we’ve put in plenty of hours of work already, it starts to look like Dawn of the Dead out here. Things got too intense by midnight for one guy and he just had to take a couple nights off.

So yeah, we’re only human, and unless you’d like to see us lose our marbles and put on all the Tinkerbell Costumes, I think it’s safe to say we’ve earned a feast or two of burgers and burritos. Also, this is really to your benefit; you really don’t want to see me dressing up like Tink.

Trust me. You don’t.

Burritos and Burgers

A feast for kings!

It’s gonna be a whirlwind couple of weeks to Halloween, but we’re getting the job done! Our outfits are flying off the shelves as quick as we can stock them, and as long as we’ve got some tasty treats waiting for us, the days remaining to our biggest holiday of the year are going to speed right by us!

–Logan, your (very hungry and) friendly Costume Kingdom neighbor.

Get In The Game With Our Super Mario Bros. Costumes!

You too can look like the world famous plumber!

Mario has been apart of our cultural landscape since for over twenty-five years! Many of us have grown up with this cast of characters, from the brothers Mario and Luigi to Princess Peach! When it comes time for Halloween, what better way to show off that nostalgia for Nintendo’s pride and joy with an awesome Super Mario Brothers costume? Check out our Super Mario Brothers Costumes Theme and find the look that’s right for you!

Whether taking on the evil Bowser to rescue the Princess, or hanging with your brother Luigi, you’re going to need the perfect Mario costume! Get to transporting through pipes and busting heads with Koopa Troopas and Goombas in the right style with our authentic Mens Deluxe Super Mario Brothers Costume! Team up with young Toad with our boys’ Super Mario Toad Costume and rescue the damsel in distress, whether in the game or at your Halloween party!

This Sexy Princess Peach Costume will turn some heads!

Wanting a more feminine touch? Bring a sexy look to your Halloween party with a video game style! Turn heads and make the boys drop their controllers with this super hot Sexy Pink Princess Peach Costume! You’ll have Mario and Luigi ready to save you from any ne’er-do-well at your Halloween gatherings! And if you’re looking for a more traditional looking Princess Peach, we’ve got plenty of different looks to choose from! We’ve even got costumes in Plus Size and a Princess Peach outfit for girls!

No matter when you got into this fantastic game series, our costumes will show your colors with pride! There won’t be a soul at your Halloween party that won’t recognize this global phenomenon that’s well over two decades in the making, and still popular to this day!

Check out our Super Mario Brothers Costumes Theme today, and bring this classic nerd culture to your Halloween gatherings!

– Logan, your friendly Costume Kingdom neighbor!

Costume Barbeque

Me and my friends will find any reason to throw a party, so we decided to spice things up a bit this time. We’re having a summer barbeque couples costume party! You don’t necessarily have to be dating or married to the person you pair up with but the idea is that you have to match someone else. We also decided that 4 people can dress together as well, as long as it is divisible by two. Since it’s my friends party he’s going to dress up as The Bun Maker Costume

Shrek

I just saw the last of the Shrek trilogy and I have to say, all three of those movies were made very well, ESPECIALLY the first one. People look so funny in his costumes like the Shrek Adult Costume, Deluxe Shrek Adult, and the Super Deluxe Shrek Adult. All of these costumes look so comfortable yet exactly like the character. It’s also a good costume if your a little bigger and need a costume with extra room. The Shrek costume isn’t the only nice set-up from the movie but also the Deluxe Fiona Adult, Fiona Adult, and the Fiona Wig with Tiara and Ears. You also can’t forget the other main characters in the movie like Donkey Child Costume

High School Musical

I had been hearing a lot about this musical called High School Musical by Disney ever since it came out which I think was like 2 years ago. I always think that the made for T.V. movies aren’t going to be as good as the other movies that come out in theatres. Well, I was at the video store that other day and decided to just rent it to see what all the buzz was about. To be really honest, I thought it was a really well made movie for kids. They had such unique characters like the High School Musical Gabriella girl who was a cute actress (but kind of sang like Minnie Mouse). She really was dorbale though. There was also the “bad” girl, High School Musical Sharpay, who I absolutely thought sang better than the Gabriella character. The main star, High School Musical Troy

Costumes for 1920’s Indie Film Part II

Finding mens costumes for my 1920′s setting was not going to be easy or cheap. But thanks to Costume Kingdom I was able to pull it off and stay within my budget. The costume that I purchased the most of was the Black and White Zoot Suit Costume for Adults. Some of the men were heavier than others so thank goodness I was also able to buy the Plus Size Zoot Suit Costume that was also black and white. Since I did like the style of this Zoot Suit I also got the Yellow and Black Zoot Suit for Adults and of course the Plus Size Gold and Black Zoot Suit Costume. I bought about a doze of the Costume Polka Dot Tie accessory to go with all of the costumes. Another costume that I found that worked perfectly was the White Pinstripe Zoot Suit Costume that came with a hat and went perfectly with any of the girl costumes to match. I also bought the Turquoise Pinstripe Zoot Suite Costume just because I thought it would really make my main characters really stand out in their scenes. It also came with a snazzy hat and suspenders! Hopefully my film will be able to go to Sundance this

Costumes for 1920’s Indie Film

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