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Coming To The NCA Conference? Bring A Bathing Suit & Join The 'Porpoise Revue'


The National Costumers Association is looking for five more willing participants to join us in doing a “Porpoise Revue."

What is a Porpoise Revue and who who can join? ANYONE with a bathing suit, willing to laugh, no swimming required (we stay in the shallow end! The Porpoise Review is the "NCA version" of synchronized swimming -- these movements are very simple!

Please let us know you're interested: email [email protected]



NCA Welcoming Special Effects Artist Rj Haddy To 2019 Annual Conference

The National Costumers Association is thrilled that special effects artist Robert J. "Rj" Haddy II will present at next week's NCA Annual Conference in Kansas City, Mo. He will speak on "Everything You Wanted To Know About Airbrushing & Airbrushing Techniques" and "Prosthetic Application and Makeup Techniques," and he'll also serve on a panel of makeup experts. 

Haddy is a multi-disciplinary, award winning creative who has worked as an Actor, Director, Producer, Writer, FX Makeup artist, Costume Designer and fabricator, Puppeteer, and Production Designer. Definitely a Jack of all artistic trades, but Rj’s career as a creative started well before any professional credits were added to his resume. Making puppets from tennis balls in kindergarten, then moving to costumes and make up by the time he was 12 , to racking up trophies for theater conferences during high school (in an era when none of that was cool) does offer some legitimacy to his claim of “being cosplay before it had a name."

No matter what the artistic endeavor or challenge -- read more about Rj on his NCA bio page here -- he just likes to create and do things that please his aesthetic and he's always ecstatic (not to mention shocked) that someone else thinks so too.

Register for the full conference here. Also, if you're in the Kansas City area, sign up for one or more of the sessions -- our a la carte menu registration page is here. 




Welcome To Kansas City, Part II -- 1st Happy Meal, 1st Multiplex and Truman's Haberdashery

Kansas City is home to the 2019 Annual Conference of the National Costumer Association. But ... did you know the following

  • You probably know about the famous shuttlecocks on the lawn of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, but did you know that the museum is supposed to be the net in the badminton game?
  • By the late 1940s, 86 factories were manufacturing garments in Kansas City.
  • In 1963, what is widely believed to be the first multiplex movie theater opened in Ward Parkway Shopping Center.
  • More than 25 colleges and universities call the Kansas City area home.
  • Before Harry S. Truman went into politics, he owned a Kansas City haberdashery.
  • The Happy Meal was invented in Kansas City. Bob Bernstein, founder of local advertising agency Bernstein-Rein, got the idea after noticing his son staring at a cereal box during breakfast.

Source: KC Parent Photo: Wikimedia Commons



A New Owner for Taney’s Costume Shop in Pennsylvania

A popular theater costume shop in Scranton, Pa., has a new owner, WBRE-TV reports.

Taney’s Costume Shop opened in the early 1900s and is on its third owner. If you walk inside the store you will notice masks to props and everything in between. The shelves are filled with theatrical products. 

Jim O’Hora sold his store in two days after owning it for 45 years. The new owner is Craig Friedman.

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Fan Conventions For The Coming Week

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Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia 2019 June 13-16, 2019 Philadelphia Convention Center
Philadelphia, PA
Amazing Las Vegas Comic Convention 2019 June 14-16, 2019 Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV
Celebrity Fan Fest 2019 June 14-16, 2019 Freeman Expo Halls & Coliseum
San Antonio, TX
Heroes Convention 2019 June 14-16, 2019 Charlotte Convention Center
Charlotte, NC
ArlingCon 2019 June 15, 2019 University of Texas at Arlington University Center
Arlington, TX
Galactic Con Maryland 2019 June 15, 2019 Howard County Fairgrounds
West Friendship, MD
Skokie Comics Fest 2019 June 15, 2019 Skokie Public Library
Skokie, IL
Tosho-con 2019 June 15, 2019 East Orange Public Library
East Orange, NJ
Greater Austin Comic Con 2019 June 15-16, 2019 H-E-B Center at Cedar Park
Cedar Park, TX
Washington State Summer Con 2019 June 15-16, 2019 Washington State Fair Events Center
Puyallup, WA
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