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Dan Kudreyko – “Satisfying His Craving for Color”


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By Erin Corrigan

With 10 years of experience working in the position of a Multimedia Visual Artist and Environmental Technician, Dan Kudreyko is someone you could say is lucky enough to be able to thrive each day in something he is utterly passionate about. With his talents ranging from projects such as vinyl wrap, accessory design and web development, to even vendor production, screen-printing and mural projects, it is safe to say that they each play a significant role in Kudreyko’s day to day process of creation. Each and every one of these crafts serves as a muse in his life, while also providing a quality range of expressive flare.

For someone like Dan, the need for exploration and new experiences are simply a must. While even staying within the realm of the United States, he has grown quite fond of the Pacific Northwest and the immense beauty it has to offer. From glacier lakes, beaches and rain forests, Kudreyko says, “Long Island has no idea!”


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Currently, Kudreyko is titled as the Co-founder of a network determined to accompany the integration of visual artists, musicians, multimedia services and craft production, which is known as ‘The Gypsy Collective’. Among the professional providers and creative talent working together within the system, they specialize in subjects such as fashion, curating, design, live performances, culinary and much, much more.

You can see Dan Kudreyko’s smooth and colorfully thought out paintings and designs at SPARKBOOM’s “ArtSpace Unplugged” event Saturday August 9th from 6-10PM located on 20 Terry Street in Patchogue. With this occasion featuring over 40 different artists, four live musical acts, free Craft Beer courtesy of Saint James Brewery and a selection of tasty treats thanks to Mia’s River Avenue Deli… It sort of makes it impossible for you not to come. So RSVP here via FB and I promise you won’t regret it! For more of Dan Kudreyko’s innovative creations, visit: http://www.thegypsycollective.com/home-page/paintings.


IMG_1801Erin Corrigan is an aspiring writer with an open mind. She believes that music, art and poetry are the essential nutrients for every soul. Giving a voice to the budding faces of the literary and fine arts community is what she’s here to accomplish!

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Kasmira Mohanty – The Creative Side of Modern Technology



By Jenna Weis

Portraiture has been a significant foundation to the art world. For centuries artists have been commissioned to paint for some of the most influential people in the world as well as the everyday folk. To master the craft is one thing, but to bring the subject such life and vibrancy is the true artistry as graphic designer Kasmira Monhanty does in her portraits. Mixing tradition with the modern techniques of Photoshop and Illustrator, Mohanty compares her preferred medium with the Impressionist era stating “The invention of the paint tube changed the art world forever and most did not get what Impressionists were creating until later on.  I think the same is happening now.  I’m grateful to be part of that experience”



Mohanty’s artistic journey began quite modestly compared to what you see here. As a photographer for somewhat typical gigs, an experience teaching photography to students in need of inspiration set the bar for her work. She saw such a positive and energetic reaction from her students to their own portraits which forced her to discover the sense of value a self image can ignite for someone. “A portrait was no longer an image on a flat piece of paper, but a living breathing entity.  Till this day I cherish those images” she says.



Mohanty decided to abandon the palette and brush for a computer, digitally creating her work with Photoshop which took her years to master. A common thread in these portraits is the original patterns she uses quite generously. Inspired by ancient Rangoli designs, Mohanty designs and redesigns these images off the cuff, sometimes with symbolic undertones. Using her piece entitled Tara and Ellyn as an example, she explains “I used the Gemini symbol to create a pattern and in the space that was left in between I put two circles representing the phrase ‘two peas in a pod’.”

Bold confident colors with complex and simple patterns engage the viewer. There is so much to take in visually, but what is truly amazing is despite the combination of colors and patterns that tend to make an image flat, here the subject is so alive and soulful. You get a sense of a true living and breathing person before you. These portraits are a definite must see at SPARKBOOM’s Artspace Unplugged event August 9th from 6-10PM at 20 Terry Street in Patchogue. RSVP here.


rain roomJenna Weis grew up on Long Island and graduated from Commack High School in 2007. She received her Associates Degree in Visual Arts from Suffolk Community College then went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and Criticism from Stony Brook University. This is her second summer working for SPARKBOOMTM, first as Lead Blogger. She hopes the blog will really engage readers to want to see more of the artists work at our SPARKBOOMTM events and help further promote the artists themselves.

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Jimmy Doyle and The Engineers – The People’s Punk

jd1By Patrick Peterson

New to the SPARKBOOM™ scene, Jimmy Doyle and the Engineers are playing at the Cinema Arts Centre’s 30th Anniversary event for the Talking Head’s legendary film, “Stop Making Sense (RSVP here via FB)”.  Although it’s his first event with us, he’s attended many films at the C.A.C., so he’s happy to be involved and the arts in general.

He cares a lot about the arts, stating; “Playing music is what makes me the happiest in life.” Having started playing music when he was nine, with the usual band stuff. His musical talents continued to progress to the guitar during middle school and from there, he started developing bands. One of particular note, is The FAD.


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“I’ve been singing in a punk band called The Fad.  We temporarily disbanded in 2008 after an unfortunate van accident, while on tour in Colorado, left us without the means to continue traveling”, Jimmy says. After that, Jimmy continued to play in a few other bands over the years. “I decided to start something for me, which is how JDATE started about two years ago”, he recalls.

Though he thinks that he won’t make a world-wide impact, he would like to get back to touring like he used to. But it’s hard to doubt that he won’t at least impact the local crowd with some of his most endearing songs. Like one of his most heartfelt songs, “I’ll Come See You”, which you can stream here via Quote Unquote Records.

This is a really important song to him, Jimmy writes: “My friend Mitch Dubey was a fantastic person oozing with positivity. He was killed in his CT home a few years back during a home invasion.  One day, I got upset thinking about it and decided to write a happy-sounding song to pay tribute to the positive guy that he was.”

150951_433766296694378_1677915867_nIf you would like to hear this song and more, check them out on Quote Unquote Records.com, where they offer free music available for download with other great bands such as: Bomb The Music Industry!, Laura Stevenson, Cheap Girls & one of Jimmy’s old bands, Let Me Crazy.

Don’t forget to follow Jimmy Doyle and The Engineers on their Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

And if you’re in a band of your own, Jimmy says, “Tom Malinowski, our guitar player, offers affordable recordings so hit him up.” …Always helping arts – Thanks Jimmy.


IMG_0882Patrick Peterson Growing up, Patrick was nicknamed The Mayor. He had and still had an outgoing personality with a sincere, charming, dedicated personality to those he meets. He’s a writing, photography, and video game enthusiast who likes helping out the little guy.


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Geraldine Lozano – Unfolding the Riddle Inside the Enigma

By Erin Corrigan


From the essence of the largest city in the Northern Peruvian rainforest, emerged a beautiful and talented woman by the name of Geraldine Lozano. An editor of reality, as well as a preserver of delicate spaces, Lozano’s work is inspired by courageous individuals, development of transformation and the captivating, natural elements of the universe.

A wide range of mediums fit the palette of Ms. Lozano quite effortlessly. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in multidisciplinary studio, alongside a Master of Fine Arts degree in conceptual art, it is easy to recognize her involvement and dedication to an assortment of varying artistic angles. Geraldine quotes, “The medium is not the important part of making art. If I have an idea that involves a skill I don’t possess, I’ll take a class to learn it to make my art work.”  Her artistic mediums comes from a versatile list, allowing her to concentrate different creative ideas into very divergent beings. Painting, photography, cinematography, sculpting and installation each play an important, possessive role when it comes to expressing her daily-dose of inspiration.

inthewombofmotherearth2When following through with a desire or career indicative of art, Geraldine conveyed the importance behind challenging ones talent, as well as being true to oneself. She claimed that once she began to pursue her career as an artist she would do whatever takes in order to stay within the realm of creative fields. Geraldine also asserted the importance in terms of distancing herself from becoming too picky. The title held in front of jobs such as a textile designer, photo editor or an art consultant were irrelevant; as long as the trade called for the use of her imagination, along with a healthy dose of art, she knew her creative spirit would be more than satisfied.

You can view Geraldine Lozano’s mysteriously powerful works of art at SPARKBOOM’s “ArtSpace Unplugged” event Saturday August 9th from 6-10PM located on 20 Terry Street in Patchogue. With this occasion featuring over 40 different artists, four live musical acts, free Craft Beer courtesy of Saint James Brewery and a selection of tasty treats thanks to Mia’s River Avenue Deli… It sort of makes it impossible for you not to come. So RSVP here via FB and I promise you won’t regret it! You can also pay a visit to her webpage at geralozano.com.


IMG_1801Erin Corrigan is an aspiring writer with an open mind. She believes that music, art and poetry are the essential nutrients for every soul. Giving a voice to the budding faces of the literary and fine arts community is what she’s here to accomplish!

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Jeffrey Allen Price – Reconfiguring What is Mundane

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With his inventive methods in recomposing materials and symbolic gestures, the work of Jeffrey Allen Price is something to take a deeper look at. Broken down into several series of works all named by literal puns from the artist it is the reaction from nature that grounds these pieces. As a jack of all trades in the art world from paintings to performance art to installations, Price chose to encounter his art his own way using materials from his own life and his studio to assist. As a result aesthetically beautiful and intriguing works of art is created with unconventional, nature relying processes, alluding to the passage of time, death, and decay.

This artist has truly been dedicated to his work for the past 20 years not only collecting materials but also tending to his ABSORPTION MODULES. ABMODS, for short, is paper that has been stained with natural substances, weighed dimageown outdoors for a significant amount of time to be affected by nature. Prepared stacks of paper un-perfected by nature combined with the precise amount of care by Price, as if tending to a garden. He explains “After a period of weeks or months, I determine by aesthetic “feel” which GardenStacks are “ripe” and ready to be “harvested.”  They are then collected, dried and prepared to be “consumed,” or made ready for exhibition.” The natural process of the decaying paper corresponds to the same process of death. Price states “Their slowly disintegrating surfaces mimic the process of death. Absorption Modules absorb time.”

Jeffrey Allen Price will be exhibiting his work at SPARKBOOM’s ArtSpace Unplugged event Saturday, August 9th from 6-10 PM at 20 Terry Street in Patchogue, NY. Come experience his ritualistic configuration of the mundane. RSVP via Facebook here.

Explore Jeffrey’s website here: www.jeffreyallenprice.com


rain roomJenna Weis grew up on Long Island and graduated from Commack High School in 2007. She received her Associates Degree in Visual Arts from Suffolk Community College then went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and Criticism from Stony Brook University. This is her second summer working for SPARKBOOMTM, first as Lead Blogger. She hopes the blog will really engage readers to want to see more of the artists work at our SPARKBOOMTM events and help further promote the artists themselves.

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One True Pairing – Insight into Couple’s Cosplay

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OTP Cosplay by Cozpho Photography

I had the opportunity to chat with Riley (Stark Raving Cosplay) and Dera (Wild Cat Cosplay) who together form OTP Cosplay. For you who don’t know OTP is terminology for One True Pairing which individuals in fandoms use to describe characters they want to see together. They have been Cosplaying as a couple since 2010 totaling 8 cosplay couples and will soon be adding their 9th. They hope to add armor work to their repertoire with their upcoming League of Leagends cosplays.

What got you into cosplay?

Stark Raving: “Actually Dera (Wild Cat Cosplay/the other half of OTP) and a mutual friend are a big part of why I got into cosplay. They had been to several conventions in the past and asked me if I wanted to go to AnimeNEXT  in New Jersey with them, but they told me last minute they were dressing up. I always loved dressing up for Halloween so I decided I’d put something together the night before to wear. I was up all night sewing details and making the weapon to go with it because, well, I decided if I was going to do it, I was going to go all in. That day at ANEXT I met so many awesome people that I decided that day to attend Otakon the next month. We all went together, had a blast and began making plans for out next con and cosplays. I’ve been going to every con I can afford in cosplay ever since.”

Wild Cat Cosplay: “When I was a kid I always wanted to dress up as certain characters from Disney movies and TV shows that I loved. As I got older and I finally went to my first convention, I saw other people cosplaying and wanted to join in on the fun. So ultimately a combination of my inner child and other cosplayers got me into cosplay.”

What does cosplay mean to you?

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Stark Raving Cosplay taken by Cozpho Photography

Stark Raving: “Cosplay is a hobby that became so much more as the years went on. It introduced me to a whole world I never existed. And through cosplay I’ve learned many things about myself. The first time I put on a cosplay for a convention, I just thought of it as dress up. I quickly learned there was so much more to it than that. It’s about appreciating the character and paying homage to them. It also gives me an escape from the stress of real life; I basically get to step into someone else’s skin and be them for a day. I enjoy acting in character (though I admit I slip up quite a bit in my excitement) and seeing how other people react to seeing that character come to life. Cosplay also helped me get in touch with parts of myself I’d been ignoring; I’d struggled with some gender issues for a few years and my self image was less than stellar. The support and love I’ve gotten from the community, and especially the friends I’ve made, have helped me learn to love myself for who I am. I started out crossplaying, but as my confidence grew I added a few female cosplays to my repertoire.”

Wild Cat Cosplay: “To me, cosplay is a creative outlet and a great feeling of accomplishment. Nothing beats the feeling of finishing a costume and wearing it for the first time. Finishing a detailed prop alone is enough to make me dance around my house. Cosplay has made me feel like I’m skilled at something enough to give advice. It’s also a wonderful escape from the usual day-to-day. I can go to work for 9 hours, come home and dress up as a video game character or a protagonist from an anime to go take pictures. Cosplay to me also means confidence. I’ve never felt so confident in my whole life as I have coming into this community. Along with that, the people of the cosplay community are extremely accepting and welcoming. I’ve made tons of friends over the years and have come to connect the word “cosplay” with “friends”.”

Who was your first cosplay?

Stark Raving: “My first cosplay was Reno from Final Fantasy VII. I really liked his character when I played the game, and it was something quick and easy to put together for my first convention. I bought a jacket and white dress shirt, sewed the zipper in, made the EMR(Electro-Mag Rod) out of PVC pipe in an hour, and used my real hair plus red spray and a ponytail made of a chunk of hair I cut out of a cheap wig from the party store. I later remade the EMR and got a quality tail for my hair, but the jacket remained the same and I still have it to this day. I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of it.”

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Wild Cat Cosplay by Cozpho Photography

Wild Cat Cosplay: “That depends on what is considered a “cosplay”. The first one I actually worked on was alternate outfit Sakura from Street Fighter IV. However during my first AnimeNEXT, I threw together what I called “Sexy No Jutsu on vacation” which was a dressed concept for Naruto’s Sexy No Jutsu. Surprisingly I got pictures taken in that even though it was a last minute decision that morning and I didn’t think anyone would know what I was!”

How do you choose who to cosplay?

Stark Raving: “Mostly I just cosplay characters who I like, but I also consider how well suited I am to be them. I stick to tall men and women (I’m 6′ tall), and I consider the character’s build and face as well. There have been one or two characters that I have opted not to cosplay because I didn’t think I would do them justice, and if I don’t think I’ll do them justice, I usually won’t cosplay them. However, there is a large list of characters I would love to cosplay (I keep a folder on my Facebook to keep track and get friends’ opinions) and many of them probably won’t happen due to time and money constraints. That’s where my relationship and cosplay partnership comes in. I almost always cosplay with Dera. In fact I think I can count on one hand the number of cosplays I have done without her (and its kinda awkward at the con to be honest). If one of us really wants to cosplay something and the other isn’t really into it then we may cosplay separately, but usually we cosplay mutual interests, or we introduce the other one to whatever it is we love and hope they find a character they want to be. It’s always an agreement and we both do our best not to force anything on the other (it’s rude and cosplay is too expensive to do characters you don’t like) which can be hard but we make it work. Once characters are picked, we decide when to debut them and schedule accordingly.”

Wild Cat Cosplay: “Part of picking a cosplay for me is having a little meeting with the other half of OTP Cosplay, Stark Raving Cosplay. She and I will usually find characters from a game, anime, etc that we enjoy and decide to add them to our to do lists. Generally I go for characters that I truly enjoy and connect with. Recently I’ve tried to go for cosplays that push my abilities as a cosplayer, but not so far that I’d want to quit. I also try to pick cosplays that I will find fun to make. Maya from Borderlands 2 is a perfect example. I love her character, she pushed my sewing limits and was definitely a challenge, and the props alone kept everything fun.”

What is it like to be part of a couple cosplay and how did you to meet or decide to cosplay together?
Stark Raving: “Dera and I met through a mutual friend and became friends very quickly. We actually started cosplaying together before we started dating (less than a year before) as part of the same cosplay group (Blue Steel Productions). We were all friends who liked to cosplay and, well, group cosplays are fun so we decided to cosplay together as much as possible. Years later only 3 of us still attend cons and cosplay regularly, but Dera and I still work together. We cosplayed several couples as part of a BSP group and it was a blast to wear them, act like the characters together. We don’t always cosplay couples, but we pretty much always cosplay from the same series/game/ect. We however have one rule because of our own comfort: we do not cosplay characters who are blood related. We have nothing against people who enjoy incest pairings, but they make us uncomfortable and we’d kinda feel weird acting out any affection toward each other while we were wearing the cosplays. I actually love cosplaying with her though; I always have a partner to help me with sewing, with getting into character, and a companion all day at the con. Also, it keeps awkward situations from happening at group meetups if there is a pairing someone wants or at the con in general. It’s rare, but occasionally someone will get a little creepy and forward and having a buddy, especially a significant other brings the chances down to almost nothing.”

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OTP Cosplay by Cozpho Photography

Wild Cat Cosplay: “Riley (Stark Raving Cosplay) and I met through a mutual friend of ours back when we were both in college. We were originally in a large cosplay group with our friends and cosplayed together with them. As time went on, it became just the two of us. Cosplaying as a couple is tons of fun. We usually end up as characters that are paired together, whether by fans or by creators, and we just go with it. We’ll take pairing pictures when asked for them and enjoy having the “couples banter” going. That’s especially fun with Tony Stark and Pepper Potts. We’ve gotten very good at talking over each other.

I honestly believe my favorite part of cosplaying as a couple is being in character. Riley and I have been known to falling into the personalities and conversations of our characters for the duration of our building and sewing. During conventions and in pictures we try to convey our best performance of our cosplay, copying facial expressions, body language and whatever else we can to get as close to being the characters as we can, particularly when together.”

Anything else you would like people to know about you or cosplay?

Stark Raving: “I started out with strictly closet cosplay and commissions, but lately I’ve begun making 80% or more of each cosplay from scratch. I didn’t take lessons, I’m teaching myself and learning tricks from friends. I just want people to know that they should never think they can’t accomplish anything, there is always time to learn and improve. I’ve even started taking small commissions which is really exciting. I’m also an amateur photographer, and my page is Dapper Moose Photography. I mostly shoot cosplay and nature (animals and plants) but I’m hoping to learn more and broaden my horizons.”

Wild Cat Cosplay: “When I first started cosplaying, I either bought clothes from the store to make “closet cosplays” or had things commissioned that were harder or impossible to find, Seras Victoria from Hellsing Ultimate being a prime example. However over the years, I’ve learned how to make my own props and taught myself how to sew. I want people who are either just starting to cosplay or are hesitant to get into it because of skill to see that with enough patience and love for the characters and craft that nothing can stop you from improving and gaining experience.”


In addition to making a special appearance at Cosplay Sunday they will also be giving a lecture “Being the OTP: Cosplaying as Couple” where they will discuss different aspects of cosplaying as a couple from trials and tribulations to the excitement and joy when hard work pays off. If you are interested in cosplaying as a couple or if you just want to find out more about what makes them tick then don’t miss Cosplay Sunday, only 3 days away!

Don’t forget to RSVP to the event here!


alyssapicAlyssa Hesse is an intern at SPARKBOOM™ and studying Business Management at Adelphi University. When Alyssa isn’t working, she can be found on her unicycle or with her three cats.. When she graduates next year she hopes to make a career in industrial stage management.


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Rosemary Taylor – Energy, Emotion, and Power in Painting

RosemaryTaylor1By Caitlyn Shea

Rosemary Taylor produces powerfully evocative large-scale paintings. Her bold mark-making and gestural lines portray a strong sense of chaos and struggle, which she juxtaposes with vibrant color palettes. She produces paintings on canvas, paper, and walls that are emotionally charged and deeply engaging for viewers. The work cannot be digested quickly and one can spend a long time looking at her work and making new, haunting discoveries.

Incorporating figurative, landscape, and text elements alongside pure abstraction, Taylor’s paintings are wrought with narratives and symbols that explore the human condition. She explains: “I draw from my own personal and family history to make work that transcends the personal and evokes the universal. We all have personal experiences and relationships to these things. People’s experiences with violence, loss, healing, and recovery are different yet there is commonalities.”RosemaryTaylor2

Aside from the extremely visceral content of her paintings, Taylor is also expressive in her choice of materials. Every painting and installation has a strong sense of action and revision built into it. Her response to the work while it is in progress plays a significant role in achieving the finished result. Taylor describes her approach: “I incorporate many materials into my work such as spray paint; oil paint, acrylic, graphite, charcoal and, ink, and I often collage materials into the work as well. The work is raw and I often respond to the way the materials are working together. TRosemaryTaylor4he paintings go through many changes. The works go through a process of construction, deconstruction, and reconstruction.”

Inside her studio, Taylor works on many paintings simultaneously. She says that she surrounds herself with “anything from paintings from other artists, poems, lyrics, photos from magazines, or photos I have taken myself.” Currently, she is creating brand new mixed media works on paper for  SPARKBOOM’s Artspace Unplugged event.

Come view Taylor’s new work at SPARKBOOM’s Artspace Unplugged event August 9th at 20 Terry Street in Patchogue from 6-10PM. There will an abundance of art to see, live acoustic music and craft beer and food courtesy of Saint James Brewery and Mia’s River Avenue Deli! RSVP here via Facebook.


Caitlyn SImagehea is a professional fine art painter. She studied Studio Art and Art History at Pratt Institute and Skidmore College before graduating with a BFA from Adelphi University in 2011. Outside of her studio, Shea is captivated by the pluralism that exists in art today, and the ways in which individual artists define themselves and their practices in order to carve out a unique career. By interviewing participating SPARKBOOMTM artists, Shea looks to develop a dialogue between practicing artists and an audience that does not only include other art experts, but people who have a newfound urge to become involved in experiencing the work of fresh, exciting artists.

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Talking With a Living Doll

DollFilleI got a chance to talk to Toshi Salvino who goes by the name of Dollfille. Interested by such a unique name I asked her how it originated. “Dollfille is partly a play on words – doll+ “fille” which means “girl” in French, so I’m a doll-girl, but also a reference to ball-jointed dolls, which are another passion of mine. I own 3 but I had to become one myself. I needed something that could encompass my drawings, my makeup, cosplay, etc. so Dollfille is my name for “everything”.”

Her inner child came out when asked what cosplay means to her. “It’s like Halloween every day!” However, Dollfille proves that cosplay is more than just dressing up like it’s Halloween again, it really is a unique artdollfille3form that requires a lot of skill. “Cosplay is an acting challenge. I like to cosplay as characters whose roles really strike a chord within me or I have a lot in common with. But for my personal fashion – it’s my own artwork!”

“I am letting others see me the way I see myself.”

With cosplay you can be anyone you want which is what makes it so magical, if you want to be a princess for a day, you can be. “My very first cosplay was Kairi from Kingdom Hearts ! We looked similar, I always had a thing about secretly being a princess…I even wore her uniform to school quite often!”

Whether you have done cosplay forever or just starting out, she offers great advice for everyone, “Cosplay isn’t about who’s better or who has the best costume – it’s about the pure love for a character and about FUN and about making new friends. While I am in full sudollfille2pport of slaving away, making a costume as perfect as it can be, there’s nothing wrong with buying one just to wear it and enjoy it! The characters we love and identify with really help us each explore ourselves deeper as people -so isn’t cosplay as someone letting the world know a little bit more about yourself?”

If you love halloween as much as Dollfille then grab your costume or make a new one and show it off with pride on Sunday July 20th at Cosplay Sunday at Escape Pod Comics where you can meet Dollfille in person!



alyssapicAlyssa Hesse is an intern at SPARKBOOM™ and studying Business Management at Adelphi University. When Alyssa isn’t working, she can be found on her unicycle or with her three cats.. When she graduates next year she hopes to make a career in industrial stage management.



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Hugo McCarthy – The Man Behind the Make-Up

Hugo Hugo “CosGoblin” McCarthy is more than just a local Cosplayer. He is a Special Effects Make-Up Artist who has studied under Vince Collura of Action VanceFX and Wren Budd currently holding an internship at GutRotFX, a premiere special effects company on Long Island.

The combination of Halloween and belonging to a group of nerds got him into Cosplay. “Instead of going for generic costumes for Halloween, my friends and I wanted to accurately imitate our favorite anime or comic book characters. The occasional home-made Halloween costume inevitably escalated once I started going to conventions and events, but the actual cosplaying (imitating and acting as the character you are dressed as) started with Halloween costumes.” His first Cosplay was either Chucky, the killer doll from Child’s Play, or Cait Sidth, from Final Fantasy VII.

To explain how he picks his Cosplays, he says; “Usually, I’ll get into something and just find a character I really like, with a design I really enjoy, and then I’ll try to recreate that look. That, or a friend will recommend something to me and I’ll start doing the research on it, and then I just end up getting into whatever the character is from that way. That’s actually how I got into Blue Exorcist, my friend recommended that I cosplay Mephisto Pheles.”

To Hugo, Cosplaying simply means “hanging out with friends, doings things we love, spending a lot of time and money to create something we can be proud to wear. All around, to me, cosplay just means fun. I’m very much the type to say “do what you love and forget everyone else”, and that’s how I tend to view cosplay. If your cosplay isn’t the best one out there, or if your body type “doesn’t match”…do it anyway. As long as you’re comfortable, and you’re having fun, that’s all you really need.”

Cosplaying is how he discovered Special Effects make-up. He recalls; “I had always done my own make-up for my joker cosplay, but it wasn’t until I had done a cosplay of “The Spine”, a character from the band “Steam Powered Giraffe”, that I really looked in the mirror and said “hey…this came out really nice…I think I might like to do this for a living!””

hugo pictureSo, what does it mean to do be a special effects make-up artist? Hugo explains; “Well mostly my job as a make-up artist is to make things look believable, whether it’s meant to be realistic or not. If I’m making someone look beat up, I have to make that bruise I’m painting look like a real bruise! If I’m recreating a character face, it’s not going to look real of course, but it has to look believable. For example, if I’m doing make-up for the comic book version of “The Joker”. While yes, he is a cartoon, I have to be able to translate that look into real-world facial anatomy.”

According to Hugo the differences between Horror make-up and other types of application is this – Horror make-up has many more angles and accentuation involved, not to mention the blood and gore. “Mostly, when it comes to say, Zombie make-up, verses Beauty make-up, it’s really a difference of making someone look less healthy (Zombie) or more healthy (Beauty), for lack of a better comparison.” While he is proud of his Horror make-up application, he actually considers hand-painted characters to be his specialty.

At Cosplay Sunday, his lecture: “Horror make-up and Special Effects with drug store supplies” will explain how to apply Zombie and Injury make-up, such as cuts and bruises. Whether you want to incorporate these skills into your next cosplay or you just want a new activity to gross out your friends, you should definitely check this out.

RSVP to CosPlay Sunday via Facebook.

See Hugo’s lecture and meet other Cosplayers this Sunday on July 27th.


photo Alyssa Hesse is an intern at SPARKBOOM™ and studying Business Management at Adelphi University. When Alyssa isn’t working, she can be found on her unicycle or with her three cats.. When she graduates next year she hopes to make a career in industrial stage management.


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Hey, America! This is Johnnie Lee Jordan

By Moe Tompkins


Photo Credit: Stephen LeMarche

Ok. To answer the question that I’m sure everybody was thinking from the moment that they opened this page…‘yes.’ Johnnie Lee Jordan is his birth name. Sounds like a hairy-chested country singer right? The kind of guy that you listen to and go to see even though you hate country music because, well, ‘that’s the sexiest name that I’ve ever heard, how could I NOT go see him play, am I right?!’ Well, Johnnie is a down-to-Earth rock ‘n roll singer/song-writer/guitarist. I can’t say if he’s sexy or not, because I didn’t get to meet him in person, but his voice rang over the phone with the sultry smokey hue of one-thousand late-night gigs and after-parties. Alright, enough hyperbole.


Johnnie performing live on “Finn’s Revolution” (WUSB 90.1 FM), 7/15/14.

Jordan grew up in Patchogue, and started playing guitar pretty early in life. He remembers being inspired by the Smashing Pumpkins. He started writing songs soon after picking up the axe. He played his first gig in 7th grade with his ‘shed band,’ and the rest is history. He counts Tom Waitts, Jeff Tweedy, John Denver, and Jonathan Richman as major influences in his lyrically-driven, story-telling style.

Jordan has always envisioned himself as more of a ‘song and dance man.’ He cites among his influences KISS. He has respect for the spectacle, the ‘show’ part of playing, well, a show. But he strives to entertain without letting the music suffer. He engages the audience without insulting their intelligence. He went on to say “I love watching the crowd when I’m playing, and seeing someone who maybe isn’t completely paying attention….then there’s a moment, and I can see when I’ve got them.” It sounds like he manages to walk the fine-line between showmanship and the hammy antics of a Pop-music machine pretending to be a musician. In so many words, he keeps it real. Keeping with that line of think1779132_10152219803474360_1323501962_ning, JLJ is an artist first, and a musician second. He regularly dabbles in the visual arts, his favorite being collage work, and wouldn’t be opposed, to acting, dancing, or anything really.

Jordan is in the process of getting an EP mixed that will in his words, ‘EXPLODE,’ keep your eyes and ears open for that. He wanted to take special care to give a shout-out to Soda-Bomb, and of course, ‘The Boys,’ Jordan’s backing band (they kind of sound like The Pixies and television playing Tom Petty songs). Come check out Johnnie Lee this Saturday at the Sound Buffet, and see if the man is as sexy as the name; that’s what I’ll be doing.

See JLT and The Boys this Sunday evening at SPARKBOOM’s Sound Buffet in Heckscher Park, Huntington, NY, 6:30-10 PM. Johnnie will be giving away a special prize to an audience member. Want to find out how? You’ll have to attend! This concert is event is FREE ($5 Suggested Donation). RSVP here via FB!

Listen to Johnnie’s new EP, “Sol/Hum” at johnnieleejordan.com.


MImageoe Tompkins, a native of Islip, New York, holds a double degree in jazz studies and music education from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Upon acceptance to the College-Conservatory of Music he began simultaneous study both with Ray Charles Orchestra alumnus Marc Fields, and Tim Anderson of the Dayton Philharmonic. For several years he worked as a highly-in-demand trombonist on the Cincinnati scene and beyond playing everything from salsa, to reggae, neo-brass band sharing the stage with the likes of Streetlight Manifesto, The Aggrolites, and Foxy Shazam, just to name a few. He currently resides in Islip, working with the Long Island Arts Alliance and finally pursuing his own musical vision with his original group Slang (facebook.com/slangthebandli). When not making music, Moe can typically be found enjoying horror movies, fusion jazz, or White Castle.

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