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A Wizard behind the screen of Geeky Philly

Posted in Community, Costume Carnival, Events, Miscellaneous on May 20, 2017 by Kali Morgan

Cosplay Prom is this Saturday, and  Philly’s geeks will celebrate with a party created by local geekster Jason Richardson. To celebrate this annual occasion, PASSIONAL interviewed Jason about all the geeky inspriationthat helped make this an annual event! Born and raised in a Jamaican family from Philadelphia, Jason Richardson grew up geeky and worked as a graphic designer for a solutions company for 10 years before  turning freelance. Now he produces local events, runs J1Studos and hosts geek talk radio show called Black Tribbles Thursday nights on 106.5 and Philly CAM internet radio

He credits his Mother, who worked at UPenn bookstore in the 80s for introducing him to all things geeky when she brought home books on science as well as comics and other nerdy reading. In the ramp up to his Cosplay Prom this weekend, we interviewed Jason about his history, exploits and future plans.

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What was the first nerdy event you attended? My first event was Otakon in the early 90s, an anime convention where for the first time I met massive amounts of other people with similar interests. Was exciting to meet other nerdy people- especially other nerdy people of color. Which when I was young nerdiness you were told was a “white thing.” Just going and seeing that there were other brown folks that were nerdy was amazing- When I was in West Philly I was told I was a sellout trying to be white because I was into comic books .
Since then there has been more people of color getting comfortable expressing their nerdiness , even though there is still racism and sexism sometimes when POC and women “represent their geekdom”  at conventions and other places.

What wast the best party geeky you ever attended? I go to quite a few cons as a guest, supporter or contributor even as a fan and they are all great. My best experience was an anime convention in San Antonio Texas Antarctic-Con  when I was 16 I skipped school bought plane tickets and flew with a friend to Texas to meet al to of my my favorite artists who worked for Antarctic Press. I was even given a job offer to work on a manga (anime inspired graphic novel) called Robo-tech but I chickened out because I was young and didn’t think I was good enough… I have kicked myself ever since for not going for that opportunity so now I try to take any opportunity I can.

How did you start throwing parties? When I started J1 Studios I wanted to create events to bring people out and I loved the idea of conventions and I wanted to create small events where people come together to be nerdy with me. In 2009 I a started video game tournament and people came out to compete and win money playing fighting games like Street Fighter. All of my events are funded out-of-pocket

Tell us about the Cosplay Prom: Cosplay is so cool and people are passionate enough to be the characters that they love so much. We held contests at our (early)  events for best cosplay and I liked the idea of creating a cute safe prom setting because traditionally prom is a place where introverted people like nerds and geeks have a hard time expressing themselves.  I know that there were lots of nerds out there that were afraid of prom and didn’t go to prom so I created this event to cater to that demographic.
Did you miss out on your prom? Want to go to a nerdy prom? Was your prom “meh”? Want to cosplay and dance?” (My event is an) ALL AGES prom where you get to show up in cosplay to dance and have a great time- in a gym, with dance lights, a DJ, and balloons!! Mingle, eat, party, and dance!
The first cosplay prom I started three years ago with 40 so nerds at a South Street pizzeria. Last year it moved to Old Pine Center and brought out almost 100 people in spite of April snow on the day of the event. This year we won awards that have sparked the interest of more people because folks loved the performances, snacks and gymnasium setting of the prom.  A photographer is also included in the price of a ticket with a backdrop.   As much as possible with my limited budget I try to create a nerdy prom experience for the people who go.

Tell us about this year’s event on Saturday:
We got Snacks from D’Emiloi’s Old World Ice Treats
DJ Tygermouth  with Traps and Trees will be doing the dance floor.
There will be a live performance from from singer, songwriter, cosplayer Racheael Rota
Photographer Shinob-E will be posing and taking prom pictures.
There are prizes from  Philadelphia’s Sanrio retailer Asia Crafts who have donated 2 gift baskets with action figures and more for the two winning cosplayers at the Cosplay Prom and a raffle winner will get tickets to this summer’s J1Con.

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This year guests can opt to enter a raffle to win FREE TICKETS TO THE NEXT J1-CON!
ONLINE (add $5 for ‘at door’ prices):
$15 for Standard Ticket
$20 for Standard Ticket + 1 J1-Con ticket raffle
BUY TICKETS HERE

****** A portion of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society, the rest will go towards J1-Con *****

SAVE THE DATE FOR J1CON: This August 26-7 J1 con will be happening at 820 Spring Garden St in Philadelphia.

April Showers Bring… French Wetlook!

Posted in Costume Carnival, Criminal Accessories, Fantasic Femme Fashion, Men's Style on April 25, 2017 by Kali Morgan

The skies are cloudy in Philadelphia where we have collected the most awesome seeds of sexiness and style.


Thanks to French fetish designer Patrice Catanzaro, the fantasy flowers are blooming early with luxurious 4-way stretch wetlook and shiny patent vinyl looks that are perfect for #veganfetish and #shinyfashion fantasies!

Valentine’s corsets for a lifetime!

Posted in Corset Corner, Costume Carnival, Criminal Accessories, Fantasic Femme Fashion, Gift Guides, Miscellaneous on February 12, 2017 by Kali Morgan

Looking for the parfect gift for yourself or a loved one? If you want a firm fashion foundation that is guaranteed to last, pick up one of these brand spaking new styles from Black Iris corsets. All of these styles are backed by Black Iris’ Lifetime Warranty against defects- If your corset breaks they will repair or replace it, and you can conveniently handle warranty claims through us here at PASSIONAL.

My Vinyl Valentine

Posted in Costume Carnival, Criminal Accessories, Fantasic Femme Fashion, Men's Style on February 12, 2017 by Kali Morgan

Looking for fun, flirty fetishistic fashions to share this Valentines? Look no further than this new collection from Patrice Catanzaro!

Free Corsets & More til Sunday- BOGO FREE

Posted in Corset Corner, Costume Carnival, Criminal Accessories, Fantasic Femme Fashion, Gift Guides, Men's Style, SALE!!, Transform Yourself on February 2, 2017 by Kali Morgan

Love is in the air, and as we step in to a cocky new year, what better excuse to celebrate her upcoming 21st anniversary then to throw the biggest Department Sales we have ever thrown in our history!

Stop by with a friend (or a suitcase to stock up) now through Sunday, February 5 and you can take home a free corset of lesser or equal value with any Corset you purchase.  This in-store only sale includes men’s corsets, and select corset dresses applies to in stock merchandise only (all sales final although warranties still in effect)

Not just Corsets- BOGO FREE
Men’s Boxers and Briefs sizes S-6XL

But the party does not stop with corsets, we are also giving away designer men’s fabric underwear for free with each underwear purchase of equal or greater value. This in ludes fabric briefs and boxers sizes S-6XL by Andrew Christian, Greg Homme, Male Piwer and Bear Skn

Naughty or Nice at the Right Price!

Posted in Community, Corset Corner, Costume Carnival, Criminal Accessories, Fantasic Femme Fashion, Gift Guides, Men's Style, Rubber Lover on December 23, 2016 by Kali Morgan

Whether your gifting will focus upon the good, the bad or the beauteous this season, PASSIONAL is prepared to provide you with the pefect pollyanna , the sexiest secret santa, or the most amazing ensemble with which to ring in the new year!

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The facts, and simply the facts are what we need to help you get a good fit on the perfect gift. For womenswear (including feminine gender expression styles and corsets): The key sizes needed are US dress size and US shoe size to box up awesome cocktail party couture or after hours minimalist fantasy. For menswear (including masculine gender expression styles and chest harnesses)  : The key knowledge needed to help you find a good fit is US Pant size (in inches) and US Unisex T-shirt Size (XS-6X) and Shoe Size. If you give us these numbers, we can help you choose a great outfit that should be a decent fit! What’s more, we will box it up and give you a bow to present with your package and provie a gift receipt so any imperfect sizing issues can be fixed before the end of the year.

Not sure what to get? We have great gifts to fit every budget, and we have separated these items into Nice (gifts you can give family members or workmates) and Naughty (for special eyes only).

Let’s start with Nice gifts (in case you thought you would have to go to the mall for fashionable accents)

Nice and affordable (Under $50)

Nice & Affordable For Him: Natural fiber and campy underwear from BearSkns – A guy hasn’t  truly found comfort months until they have slipped into bamboo boxer briefs, and luckily BearSkns makes a body-positive brand that comes size XS-6XL. They also have fun “bear camo” and other colorful styles of masculine underthings

Nice & Affordable For Her:  Dechronic glass pendant. Our current collection is handcrafted locally and features a variety of nature-inspired designs. Although commissions are welcome, we are sorry we cannot guarantee custom before the end of the year. 

Nice and Affordable For Anybody: The Rogue and The Wolf makes unique unisex jewelry with dark design schemes and nature inspired shape. Also unisex T-shirts and Tank Tops are a favorite any time of year and winter makes a great excuse for Hats and other headgear.

Nice Investments (under $200)

Nice Investments For Him: All of our fabric kilts are less than $200 but so are some of our new geekerific rubber designs by Latex 101 with fan favorite designs inspired by The Transformers, Ghostbusters and Batman

Nice Investments For Her: The vast majority of our current  corsets  fall in the under $200 pice range, but so do our wigs if there is a cosplayer on your list who wants stylable hair in imaginitive color combinations. RockStar wigs also donates a wig for each of their wigs that sells so you can truly give a gift that keeps giving.

Nice For Anybody:
Leg Holsters
provide handy storage for anybody and can clip onto belt loops or slip over a belt or harness for serious utility. Other legwear featured can be enjoyed by many or any who wear or watch these items in motion!

Lovely Luxuries: No limit
For Her:  We have acquired a collection of custom corset dresses, skirts and gowns from our hometown creators Delicious Corsets


And now for some naughty!

Naughty but Affordable (under $50)

Naughty but Affordable For Him: Vegan, sexy and absolutley affordable the Neo-Skin Harness is a great option for underwear or over the clothing cosplay.

Naughty Affordable For Her Strapped- up cupless bra and crotchless set one size 29.99 or the Little devil headband 24.99 for inspiration

Naughty but Affordable For Anybody: Ring eye mask 29.99 makes anybody anonymous for mysterious magic! For a Daddy, Dominatrix or even an object this unisex mask will have multiple applications.

Naughty Investments (Under 200)

Naughty Investments for Him:  Check out the leather spiked g string w/ pouch 189.99 that comes complete with a snap of pouch and an internal glory hole or the naughtier than naked kilt jock.

Naughty Investments for Her: We recommend the Warrior corset 159.99 and Side buckle leather skirt 109.99 that functions as a mini skirt with revealing buckles connecting the front and back panels of what might otherwise be a loin cloth.

Naughty luxury (sky’s the limit) 

Naughty Luxury For Her Ellen Durkan’s Fettered Fantasies range in price from $75.00-$4K. Is it extravagant bondage or luxury fashion? Or both?

Nauthy Luxury For Him: Check out the leather Military Jacket with fully tailored features and lovely finishing from Northbound. We don’t even have a photo for this on our website, but you must stop by the store and try it on!

 

Fettered Fashion Fantasy from Ellen Durkan

Posted in Corset Corner, Costume Carnival, Criminal Accessories, Fantasic Femme Fashion, Gift Guides, Miscellaneous on December 16, 2016 by Kali Morgan

With regular features in Numinous Magazine and other features ingested by couture connoisseurs , local artist Ellen Durkan merges traditional blacksmithing with fetters-inspired fetish fashion for an exclusive collection of gifts that range from glamorous accessories and adornments to bondage equipage