Geek Girl Brunch Judges the Wasabassco Burlesque Costume Contest

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Ma’at, Techno Babble & Bella Blackheart [Photo by Hyuk E Kim]

The Geek Girl Brunch co-founders we’re asked to judge the Wasabassco Burlesque SUPER! Heroes vs Villains costume contest back in May. After we were done freaking out about how excited we were, we started freaking out about what we were going to wear. 

To enter the contest the contestants had to create original characters. So you know what that meant, as judges we just HAD to create our own original characters. We had a very long email thread going between the three of us full of Etsy links and partial back stories. In the end, Bella Blackheart, Techno Babble and Ma’at, The Scribe were born… and cosplayed. 

Bella Blackheart 

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Origin Story: Bella is the daughter of a human woman and Shango, the African god of fire, lightning and thunder. Her mother died giving birth to her and she was raised by her father in the realm of the gods. Her father’s three wives, the goddesses Oshun, Oya and Oba, loathed Bella. She was a living reminder that their husband fell in love with a human woman.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetThroughout her childhood, the wives tried to have dangerous “accidents” befall Bella, but her father, Shango, always protected her. After 16 years of living with Bella, the wives could not stand it anymore. One night they tried to kill Bella in her sleep. But, as they discovered, killing the daughter of a god isn’t easy. So instead of losing her life, she lost an eye. 

Bella escaped to the mortal world and took up residence in a small ghost town in the American West called Blackheart. Bella lived alone in the town for years, only venturing out to neighboring towns to get supplies and food. One day, a roaming group of assassins came to Blackheart and attempted to take over the town for themselves, but Bella wouldn’t have that. After a fierce battle Bella came out victorious. Impressed with her skills, the surviving assassins asked her to join them. Bella, being tired of the solitary life, accepted their offer. Over time, she became their leader and they became known as The Blackhearts, the most infamous band of assassins in the Americas.

Character Design: It all started with the eyepatch. I knew, whoever my character would eventually become, she would have an eyepatch. Because just like bow ties, eye patches are cool. I wanted her to look badass, mysterious and someone you wouldn’t want to fuck with. 

Bella’s overall costume design was inspired by Elle from Kill Bill, Ginny from Pretty Deadly and Death from East of West. I’ve never really been a fan of Westerns, but the comics Pretty Deadly and East of West sparked a love for the genre and the aesthetic.

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Rachel as Techno Babble


She’s a doomsprite that works for the super villain The Viral Menace. She travels via viral thought, loves meme culture and has the ability to screw with your tech just enough that it doesn’t work but not enough to look like it is broken.

Yissel as Ma’at, The Scribe

Formerly Egypt’s personification of truth and justice, with scribes of her own. She’s been living among us for centuries in search of her stolen wings. All that she has of them is a single plume with which she writes events into existence, prepared to suffer the cost of her powers.

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8 thoughts on “Geek Girl Brunch Judges the Wasabassco Burlesque Costume Contest”

  1. Chymere A. - July 2, 2014 10:48 am

    Cool stories!! That’s pretty cool to dress up as your own original characters. Can this be manifested into some sort of comic blog? That would be absolutely dope.

    1. girlgonegeek - July 2, 2014 12:08 pm

      Thanks so much! It was a lot of fun writing her backstory I may expand it!

  2. Mariko - July 3, 2014 1:33 pm

    Amazing characters! Love your backstory, and you’re right. Eye patches are incredibly bad ass.

  3. Skye @ Planet Jinxatron - July 8, 2014 3:36 pm

    Get Bella Blackheart her own comic or movie or web series, something!

  4. Leslie - July 8, 2014 8:26 pm

    I really LOVE these back stories, and it gives me so much hope that I know you guys would LOVE Larping. It’s so fun to come up with these ideas all on your own and act them out!!! You guys are so beautiful and creative!! <3

    1. girlgonegeek - July 9, 2014 10:49 am

      I’ve always wanted to LARP! You can be my LARP sensei one day. :D

  5. Joie Fatale - July 16, 2014 3:01 am

    I love your characters! Great background stories!

  6. The Dame International - July 31, 2014 12:12 pm

    I LOVE your character and story! I want to read the comic! Also love the stories of your fellow judges :)


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