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This Tuesday, Injustice: Gods Among Us was released.  Also this Tuesday, I dressed up as Alt Harley from the game and got to run around NetherRealm Studios in Chicago - yes, the studio that brought the game to life!  (They're also known for this one thing "Mortal Kombat".)  When I saw the concept for Alt Harley, her Michael Jackson jacket and goth boots spoke to me.  The artist asked if I would like to visit the studio to debut my costume.  I think I speak for many cosplayers (okay, I will go ahead and say ALL cosplayers) when I say DREAM. COME. TRUE.  What cosplayer *wouldn't* want to dress up and meet all the creators of the game, in the game studio, and get a tour and to run around and touch things!  That's right peeps, nanny-nanny-boo-boo.  NANNY BOO BOO TO YOU.  I'm jealous of myself, actually.  Here are possibly the 2 most joyous hours of my cosplay life:

JiaJem NetherRealm Studios Injustice

Not really posing here, just swinging my arms in glee being surrounded by Midway era nostalgia.  Growing up around Chicago, Midway (now NetherRealm) was a pretty big deal; not like out in California where you trip over game studios.  This is Chicago's nerd cred right here.  I'm standing in it.  They practically have a Mortal Kombat museum in the main hallway, featuring action figures, trading cards, comics, and movie props.  I can't believe they just keep them on the shelves, with no glass, some one might take them!  SOMEONE NOT ME.  *caresses mint condition Sindel figurine* OH HOW DID THAT GET IN HARLEY'S POCKET.  Wait, what pocket?  Don't you know cosplayers always sew hidden pockets?  (Mine has two.)

Cyrax Love

Pretending to kiss Cyrax, but I didn't want him to mess up my lipstick.  I hate when dudes do that.  BTW, I *did* take close up photos of these masks and other props, including the insides of them, for cosplay/general prop making reference.  (These are from the movies!)  But that's for a different blog post.

Injustice: Gods Among Us Concept Design Team
Okay, enough MK nostalgia.  Here's what I'm here for - the Injustice: Gods Among Us team!  These are all of the concept artists.  They drew all the new character designs and all the backgrounds for the game.  In case you can't tell, they're only artists by day, and are superheroes by night.  The guy to my right (your left) is Justin Murray, who designed the Alt Harley that I'm dressed up as.  (The guy to his right, Hunter, designed her default outfit.)  I should stop there, or else I'm going to be listing every character with every artist, so I'll just stick with the Harleys.

Jennifer and Jia

Here's Jennifer from the 3D modeling department, she's the gal that turned the concept into reality.  I was super psyched to meet her, after staring at her work while figuring Harley's costume out.  I'm sure she knows it inside out, better than me... she was polite not to point out any discrepancies.... to my face....  Haha kidding, she wouldn't do that!  She's too nice - no wait, THERE ARE NONE.  IT IS FLAWLESS.  (Actually there are a few cut corners but I'll let you figure it out.)

Harley Quinn, Injustice: Gods Among Us

Here I am playing with myself.  THREEWAY, AW YEAH.  Apparently this unoccupied desk belongs to a guy from QA who loves Harley, but left work earlier that day.  This will teach him to stay all day.  Also I should add I really liked his WWE controller skin.  We have something in common.  (CM Punk is from Chicago, but I'm glad Undertaker won 21-0.)

New Injustice Controller
Anyway, here's a cooler, bigger Injustice controller!  I'm modeling it poorly, and this guy agrees. :/

Harley in Goro's Lair

This is the break room at NetherRealm.  How do they even get games done?  Maybe a solid month of playing vintage Midway arcades would get old after awhile; I'm up for that scientific experiment though.

Yum Treats
GTFO Green Lantern, seriously. (Actually, I should probably be kicking him...)

And here, pictured below, are some super secret concepts for Mortal Kombat 10, specifically Raiden. *Please note this is not the actual concept,  because I had to sign an NDA.  But I did my best to replicate what I saw.

MK10 Raiden Concept as recalled by Jia

 After running around the studio for the last hour of the work day, I went out to take some awesome Gotham City pictures in downtown Chicago!  (Hullo, where The Dark Knight was filmed, yusssss!)  I'll get those up ASAP, but in the meantime here's a preview with a boring background.  Some days it RAWKS to be a cosplayer!

Harley from Injustice: Gods Among Us

Photo by Kyle Johnsen
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Woerlan Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Absolutely AWESOME costume. Love how you did the accessories.
JiaJem Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Thanks! Those boots can do some serious damage! :o
Animexcel Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Whoaaa. That's fantastic! You are.. perfection here.. *_*
Are you wearing this at ACen?
JiaJem Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Prolly..... though, there seems to be a backlash of cosplaying western video games at anime conventions. Understandably.
CuteyKitty Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Oh wow you brought that to life! It looks amazing! I wanted to make this Harley but wow seeing yours. Haha . Might have to hold off. But stunning job. The details are perfect. And it looks like you had a blast there. Lucky!
JiaJem Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
DO IT. I know the dude that made it would loooooooooooooooooooooooove to see it!
CuteyKitty Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Haha thanks ;p One day I will so tackle this one. But till then keep on dreaming about it.
EmmyLou Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I can't tell if you painted on your mask or not. Either way, if its painted it looks amazing. If its a mask, it still looks amazing. Please paint on my next one if its painted on.
JiaJem Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
It's a mask. (Wonderflex with stretch pleather on top, glued with contact cement.) I *was* just going to paint it, since it's hard to tell even in the game. I thought that would be easier. In retrospect, I'm GLAD I made a mask, painting black/white symmetrical face paint would have been way bitchier! 2 hours to make a mask once, or 2 hours to draw and smudge borders/redo both borders on a black/white makeup line, euuuuuuugh!
EmmyLou Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
And here I was making mine out of leather and latex. I think I'm up to 3 masks and I still hate them all. I'll have to try wonderflex :P
JiaJem Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Actually I've been dying to try Worbla, but couldn't justify dropping a load of cash for such a small project. I think it would be perfect for a mask!
EmmyLou Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm gonna buy it soon for a bigger project. I'll probably use the scraps to try out a mask
ChibiChise Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

You and that concept art is totally amazing, and so very jealous you were able to go to the studio and cause all the mischief! ahaha

You're so adorable, I hate you.
:iconmegustaplz: <3
Xavietta Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What a fun adventure! Still excited to see the rest of your Gotham pix, too!
the-mirror-melts Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome costume and yes I'm jealous that you toured the studio. What an experience that must have been!
DarrynGrey Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Miss you!

Good to see you still making great costumes, and all my jealousy for getting to go to NetherRealm Studios.
tfcreate Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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