Merchant Hall table set up (location: A3)
Cosplaying Litchi Faye Ling from BlazBlue
2:00pm - Signing at YayaHan.com table A3 inside Merchant Hall
4:30pm - Opening Ceremonies in Main Events (Hall Potomac A & B)
7:00pm Dead or Alive cosplay group -as Christie
9:00pm - Sociology of Cosplay panel in panel room 3 which is named "Harbor 6"
Debuting new video game costume
11am - 1pm - I'll be floating from my vendor table A3 to photoshoots
1pm - Craftsmanship judge for the Masquerade
5:30pm - Masquerade (Performance judge) in Main Events (Hall Potomac A & B)
9:00pm - Host for World Cosplay Summit Preliminaries in Main Events (Hall Potomac A & B)
Cosplaying Carmilla from Vampire Hunter D
10:00am - Carmilla video shoot with Ackson (marble floor by Gazebo), photographers welcome
After the shoot I will be hanging around my vendor table, A3, inside the Merchans Hall
I am super excited to a part of Katsucon this year - had to miss it in 2011 which makes this trip that much sweeter. Hope to meet many new friends and catch up with all my dear buddies who I haven't seen in so long. I'm hard at work on my new costume, it will be interesting to wear it for 12+ hours on Saturday since my schedule won't permit much of a break.
Photography was done by radio legend Howard Stern, the location was a beautiful townhouse in Manhattan.
You can download the issue for $0.99 from the App store - it is an interactive magazine designed for the iPad with a ton of great interviews, reviews, galleries & more!
The style of the photoshoot was an Editorial look at the world of cosplay featuring well-known characters from the sci-fi and comic book realms. There were 6 cosplayers including me and my smexy girlfriends and . We had 7 hours in this unique opulent townhouse and produced photos in 4 separate locations within. You can see a video of the behind-the-scenes happenings and photos from the shoot here!
An interview with Champion! producers about the shoot and magazine is here.
Thank you to everyone at Champion!, Howard, Judy Stephens of Mavel and my fellow cosplayers for the great experience!
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This took a while to compile but I have a solid list of all the event I'm traveling to this year, up until September. More will be added as I confirm them, and the shows past Dragoncon will be updated in a few months. This list is long enough for now.
If you're curious whether or not I'll be at a convention near you, this should provide all the answers. I look forward to all of them and to meeting lots of new friends
Naka-Kon: 10th - 12th Feb, Kansas City, KS *Cosplay Guest and Vendor*
Katsucon: 17th - 19th Feb, National Harbor, MD *Cosplay Guest and Vendor*
Megacon: 17th - 19th Feb, Orlando, FL *Vendor* Due to my committed appearance at Katsucon this weekend, I will not be at Megacon myself. YayaHan.com has a presence in the dealer hall with my full line of cosplay products. </p>
Cosplay ComCom: March 31st, Tijuana, Mexico *Cosplay Guest*
Anime Matsuri: April 6 - 8, Houston, TX *Cosplay Guest*
Sakuracon: April 6 - 8, Seattle, WA *Exhibitor* Due to my committed appearance at Anime Matsuri this weekend, I will not be at Sakuracon myself. YayaHan.com has a presence in the Exhibitor hall with my full line of cosplay products .
MTAC: April 6 - 8: , Nashville, TN *Vendor* Due to my committed appearance at Anime Matsuri this weekend, I will not be at MTAC myself. YayaHan.com has a presence in the dealer hall with my full line of cosplay products.
Anime Central: April 27 - 29, Chicago, IL *Exhibitor*
Animethon: August 10 - 12, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada *Cosplay Guest*
Dragoncon: August 31 - September 3, Atlanta, GA *Dealer*
More events will be added as I confirm travel plans. If you would like to see me at your convention or event, please visit my booking page for more info. (I can fly for free so getting to places even last minute is a breeze.)
Ada Wong on Saturday, and Litchi Faye Ling on Sunday
I will have a greeting table in the hall where I'll be available for photos and autographs, and I am doing 1 panel on Saturday and 2 panels on Sunday.
Looking forward to meeting everyone there! A lot of great artists will also be present and I can't wait to check out their new work.
After the weekend I will have a chance to sight see and explore Costa Rica as it's my first time there. I had to dig through boxes in my basement to pack summer clothes since I had stashed them away lol. It'll be nice to wear shorts and tank tops for a change! I am a summer/hot weather girl at heart and look forward to the sun and jungle
See you guys soon!
100% of the funds raised will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross.
We have been promoting this calendar since July last year and are close to selling out! It was a huge undertaking to get all of the cosplayers in it, who live around the world, to sign this one calendar and it is a highly collectible, one of a kind, piece!
Please take a look at the EBay auction, and spread the word!! We want to raise as much as possible for the Tsunami victims of Japan, they still need a lot of help and the News has for the most part moved onto other matters.
Posting from my hotel room in Austin, TX. After a much too exciting day and a half of making products, shipping orders, packing, locking my key inside the car, last minute errands and airport fun times, I am laying in bed in the comfy At&T hotel, where Ikkicon day zero is already happenin', RELAXING. It's pretty awesome.
This is what I'll be wearing this weekend!
Friday: Gothic Princess, Saturday: NEW COSPLAY DEBUT!, Sunday: Rarity - MLP!
I am hosting 2 panels this weekend, details on the convention schedule.
I updated my travel schedule with three new convention guest appearances, which starts off 2012 with a bang and a 5 week convention tour for me. Here are the 4 upcoming shows while I'm waiting on confirmation on the last one.
Ikkicon: 30th Dec 2011 - 1st Jan 2012, Austin, TX *Cosplay Guest and Vendor*
Sukoshicon: 7th - 8th Jan, Destin, FL *Guest of Honor and Vendor* Register with code:yayafan2011 and receive $5 off!!
Alburquerque Comic Con: 13th - 15th Jan, Albuquerque, NM *Anime Guest and Vendor*
Why are so many cons going on simultaneously in January?! I was torn between Sukoshicon, ALA and Arizona Comic Con for next weekend, but in the end my desire to be ON THE BEACH won out. Yes, Sukoshicon is held ON THE FRIGGING BEACH in the same gorgeous resort hotel as Anime South a few years back, where I was also a Guest and had a fantastic experience. I am excited to return to Destin and enjoy a weekend of anime, cosplay and ocean.
If you are going to Sukoshicon but have not registered yet, use this code:yayafan2011 and receive $5 off!!
More from me after this weekend's shenanigans, have a happy new year, everyone!
Those who've been following me for a while know how much I love crafting - sewing, patterning, beading, sculpting, casting, painting... costume making allows me to constantly be creative and even after all these years and all these costumes, what I do for fun and relaxation is costume crafting. If I didn't have a business to run or daily responsibilities, that is all I'd be doing.
I am very happy to have taken some time in December to do just that, and I'll have a new costume to debut at Ikkicon this weekend, in Austin. With 3 - 4 being worked on right now for later con debuts.
Ikkicon kicks off the new year like it has for me for the past three years! Austin is a fun city to celebrate New Year's Eve in, with 6th street just a couple of blocks from the hotel. And the flat landscape ensures that I'll get a great view of fireworks again. I'll be helping out with the costume contest again, running a couple of cosplay panels and my cosplay products will be available at my booth right outside the dealer hall.
After Ikkicon I'll be making Guest appearances in Destin, FL, Alburqueque, New Mexico, and San Jose, Costa Rica in January. It's a jam-packed month!
I'm still uploading images to my WorldCosplay account, hope to see many other cosplayers there!
I also updated my website with Rarity and My Little Pony photos
But I was asked to help support a new cosplay website called WorldCosplay.net, made by the same organizers as Cure. It promotes social interactions between cosplayers from around the world and has a sleek simple setup. I made an account on WorldCosplay.net which you can find here.
Since I was uploading photos anyway, I also joined Cure tonight! Here is my Cure Cosplay account.
Obviously both accounts are brand new and don't hold many uploads yet, but I will continue to add to them. I encourage other cosplayers to check out both websites for great cosplays and photos from around the world and signing up as well.
I'll be posting my Cosplay Summary 2011 before the end of the month. Till then, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
I am both happy and perplexed that December is already upon us. This year flew by but at the same time so much had happened in 2011 that last Christmas seemed like an eternity ago. If you know me, you know that Halloween and Christmas are my two favorite holidays. (With Dragoncon over Labor Day weekend thrown in as 3rd fave.)
While I normally plot far off getaways in December because the con season over by then (last 3 years I was in England/Scotland during this month), this year I have to stay in town for work. But it's good projects and great preparation for a bigger and better 2012. I always look to the future and what can be done to improve my life and happiness. 2012 will be an exciting year and I want to be as ready as possible for it.
December is also a great crafting month for me - I took two trips in the last month to the LA Fashion District and bought materials for 6 new costumes. I am working on 4 right now and will debut at least one new costume at Ikkicon www.ikkicon.com at the end of the month. It's now become tradition for me to venture out to Austin, TX, to celebrate the arrival of the New Year and attend this well-run nice anime convention. I will be a participating Cosplay Guest again, hosting panels and assisting with the costume contest. It is also a great opportunity to purchase the Cosplay For a Cause www.cosplayforacause.com charity calendar benefiting the Japanese Red Cross!!! All proceeds will be donated to help rebuild Japan, and there are less than 300 calendars left! If you buy the calendar at Ikkicon, you can immediately start using it on the Sunday of the con, January 1st 2012!
So if you'll be at Ikkicon, stop by my table in front of the dealer room, have a chat and check out the cosplay wares and calendar. I look forward to seeing you!
This is the result of the first shoot! Amber from Sucker Punch!
Photography: Jay Tablante
Styling & Costume Creation: Yaya Han
Make-up: Yaya Han
Hair: Ara Fernando
Art Direction: Raffy Tesoro / Jay Tablante
Production Design: Raffy Tesoro
Digital Imaging: Ryder Aquino
Model: Yaya Han
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I have some NYCCcosplay interviews to share! The first is "Cosplay Tips" for the Howcast.com tea, who came by my booth and asked me great questions about cosplay, what I do in this community, and what tips I have for cosplayers starting out and wanting to compete! Thank you guys for being so interested in cosplay! (I weep a little at how short look in this video, since Ben was so tall and I am vertically challenged!)
Marvel Live also interviewed me alongside Marie-Claude and Riddle, while we all were wearing Marvel costumes. This is a first look at my Domino costume from X-Force, which I crafted in time for NYCC. MC was dressed as Ms. Marvel which she made entirely out of latex (!) and Riddle was wearing a fan-favorite cosplay of hers, Wasp. We were interviewed by talented photographer and Marvel web designer Judy Stephens, who also runs the cosplay blog on Marvel.com! You get to watch me trying real hard not to swear on camera, what with the Marvel youth audience and all. But while dressed as a battle-seasoned mercenary (carrying that arsenal of weapons and sporting black lipstick/eye tattoo), it was hard to give up the tough girl attitude lol.
In other news, I am starring in a Resident Evil fanfilm called "Ada Rising". It is a shortfilm written and produced by PlanetZero and Anime Matsuri. I was very happy when they asked me to step into the role of Ada Wong, one of my favorite video game characters!
Destructoid has the first peek at the film here!</center>
The filming took place in Houston over 2 weekend and we wrapped last night! Thank you again to John, Deneice and Alin for letting me be a part of this project, I am just as excited about the film release in December 2011 as everyone else.
GeorgeM Cosplay Photography grabbed a few shots of me during the last night of filming. Thanks so much!
The film will be released on www.AnimeMatsuri.com in December 2011 so check back!
So New York Comic Con happened, and exceeded all of my expectations! As an exhibitor, NYCC is a hard show to set up at because of the Javits Center's location and inaccessibility to a lot of things, but I got to load in on Tuesday before a lot of other vendors arrived, which helped a lot. On Wednesday I could relax and do a photoshoot with Filipino Photographer Jay Tablante. We did three costume looks and I can't wait to see the photos! Thank you, Jay, for the opportunity to shoot together. Here are a couple of phone pic snapshots of some of the costumes we shot - Amber and Catwoman!
On Thursday I finished setting up and the hall opened for 3 hours in the afternoon. I changed into Amber just in time for the first Cosplay For a Cause calendar signing at my booth, with Riddle and Marie-Claude. I was pulled aside for an interview and photos with the New York Post for an article they published in the Sunday paper, which turned out to be rather disappointing and misleading. It was nice to meet some Sucker Punch fans though and do some more shots in Amber. I was salute-happy that day
Friday was Girls with Guns day for me lol - I got into Baroness from G.I. Joe early in the day and did a photoshoot as well as videoshoot. I also took advantage of the Hasboro booth's G.J. Joe background stand haha. Later that afternoon I donned my newest costume, made for NYCC and the Jay Tablante shoot - Domino ala X-Force of the Marvel Universe. I made the bodysuit out of a rubber coated spandex and gunmetal grey knit, in a custom pattern designed by me. The eye tattoo is a silicone patch, so I wouldn't have to paint it on every time. Gathering the arsenal was the most fun part of the costume I think. I have 2 hand guns, a P-90, 2 sets of throwing knives and a big knife strapped to my arm lol. Felt particularly badass as Domino.
Seth Green came by my booth so I had to ask him for a photo! Also got to pose on the Marvel Avengers stage for a bit and do a live stream interview in the Marvel Skybox Studio, yay!
Saturday started off with Catwoman (hung out with the Christian Bale Batman suit at Legendary Pictures booth for a while), and another successful Cosplay For a Cause signing. I want to thank Meagan-Marie, Riddle and Marie-Claude for taking time out of their busy schedule to walk over to my booth each morning to do the signing with me. I think the fans really appreciated seeing us together and the calendar sold well with our combined presence. It was really awesome of them to each do a brand new photoshoot for the calendar, but to make the effort to partake in at-con signings really shows how much they care about the cause and the charity effort. At the end of the year we are announcing on the website how much money will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross, and these ladies really went the extra mile to help push for those numbers. One of the guys who bought a calendar, Joseph, have us a nice print of the 4 of us! I also got to do a video interview with Nerd Caliber where I talk about the calendar.
Later that day I changed into my USO Girl outfit and went to the Marvel stage, in hopes of meeting the Avengers cast. A huge Thank You to Judy and Mike for allowing us the opportunity to get posters signed and photos taken with Chris Evans and Tom Hiddleston! The shot with Chris even ended up on Entertainment Weekly's article about new Avengers footage being released at NYCC. I was happy to get my helmet signed by Chris and Tom as well <3
On Sunday I wore my Steampunk Madam costume and did an off-site photoshoot with Anna Fisher, who rented out the Juliet Supper Club for a few hours. I am a great admirer of Anna's photos and it is always a pleasure to shoot with her. These images of the Steampunk outfit are some of my very favorites. The fabulous hat is a loaner from The Blond Swan, who have asked me for a while to model for them. This was a great opportunity to grab some commercial shots for them as well.
All together it was an amazing weekend - I met so many great people and got to see my friends a lot as well. What more can a girl ask for? Definitely posting more photos soon, and I'll also try to do con reports more often. It's all a matter of time lol.
(Contributing photos by Brian Boling, Joseph Lin, Anna Fisher, Judy Stephens, Jay Tablante Team, Mike Rogers, Ron Gejon, Nancy Rivera, Northcountry Boy and unknown)
Last thing I will leave you with is a gallery addition - Baroness Ana DeCobray from G.I. Joe! Enjoy the photos and costume construction notes!*NEW*
It's a 4-day con where I'll have a booth inside the exhibitor hall - booth #379. A map of the event can be found here!
Most of these costumes I'm bringing for various photoshoots so I'll be cosplaying all weekend. Might even bring more cosplays just for fun.
When I'm wearing these is still being fleshed out so I'll post a proper schedule soon. Also, debuting a new cosplay from the Marvel universe so WATCH OUT! ^_-
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I just wanted to say a general Thank You to all my watchers for being here, being interested in what I produce and giving me feedback. 99.99% of the comments are very positive and encouraging, as well as humbling. I know I should be responding more to them, but it seems repetitive to say thank you to each comment and I don't want to make it look like I'm trying to drive up the comment quantity either.
Please just know that I appreciate your feedback.
As for the criticism I also receive, thank you for those who take the time to write constructive criticism and suggestions. I see these as well. I may not always take your suggestions or agree with your criticism, but I appreciate them. Please just understand that like any other artist, I am set in my ways of doing things, and the imagery and outfits I create are my voice. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder so everything is subjective . Whether or not you like my photos, please know there is a reason behind everything that I do, from craftsmanship techniques, material use, makeup, posing and photography style. I hope that in the end, you can just accept what I present as a whole picture.
This being Deviantart, there will always be the random overtly negative remarks out of left field, and that's ok too. I hide and block the extremes, the vulgar, obscene, rude and racist ones. My general practice is that I don't have to let my corner of the internet be the stage for someone else's hate. Go get your own corner ^_-.
My portfolios and community pages will always be about creativity, artistry and beauty. I always hope that my work will share the best parts of me with the world, and if I am lucky, that the Deviations will inspire and please my audience, and by displaying the results, I can see a timeline of my own creation and push myself harder to get better. Time will always be my enemy but I'll try to give it all I got! Thank you so much for commenting and for watching.
With that said, I did manage to update my website quite a bit this week, in case you're interested in new cosplay galleries and videos.
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10am - 11am Signing at my booth G13 in the lower level dealer hall in Marriott
11:15am - 1pm Marvel's Thor group photoshoot wearing Sif
1:30pm - 4:30pm Signing at my booth G13 in the lower level dealer hall in Marriott
6pm - 9pm Game of Thrones gathering/ group photoshoot wearing Daenerys Targaryen
10pm - ? Latex fun
10am - 11am Signing Cosplay for a Cause calendars at the table in the lower level of Hyatt
11am - 1pm Sucker Punch group/photoshoot wearing Amber
1:30pm - 6pm Signing at my booth G13 in the lower level dealer hall in Marriott
7:30pm - ? Captain America USO Girls gathering/photoshoot wearing Chrous Girl outfit (debut)
10am - 11am Signing Cosplay for a Cause calendars at the table in the lower level of Hyatt
11:15am - 1pm Signing at my booth G13 in the lower level dealer hall in Marriott
1pm - 4pm Cobra's Finest/ G.I. Joe gathering/photoshoot wearing Baroness (debut)
4pm - 6pm Signing at my booth G13 in the lower level dealer hall in Marriott
9pm - ? Archer group/photoshoot wearing Ninja Assassin (debut)
No cosplay. Hungover probably.
10am - 11:30pm Signing at my booth G13 in the lower level dealer hall in Marriott
12pm - 1pm Signing Cosplay for a Cause calendars at the table in the lower level of Hyatt
1:30pm - closing Signing at my booth G13 in the lower level dealer hall in Marriott
I also will most likely pack a couple of extra fun costumes like the Absinthe Fairy, just in case the mood strikes right. As you can see, nothing too crazy this year, just want to party and geek out to my favorite fandoms!
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The facebook event page for the Fight Club!
Here is my photo gallery from the Atlanta edition.
A video of the Atlanta event to give you an idea of what NYC's Fight Club will be like!
I just got back from guesting at Otakuthon in Montreal which was a charming convention full of great cosplayers. I really enjoyed meeting them and many of the con attendees, who were so kind and welcoming to me. It was great to see some of my Deviantart watchers in person and I appreciate all the great feedback on my DA page and costumes. I also had the pleasure of giving a few cosplay panels as well as co-MCing the Masquerade. It was really lovely to see a convention so dedicated to costume craftsmanship and I hope that kind of enthusiasm will carry over to some events in the United States too!
Sadly these days I am so busy that it's near impossible to find the time to write a proper con report. But I'll leave you with a beautiful video made by Ackson that sums up Otakuthon nicely. Look out for me around 1:50 into the video
Hope to see many of you in New York! After that it's Dragoncon mad dash timez!
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Wednesday: Flying in for Preview Night - no costumes of course, just going to drool over the new goodies on display!
Thursday: Daenerys Targaryen (book version) from A Song of Ice and Fire - I'm going to TRY to go to the Game of Thrones panel
no costumes in the afternoon as I want to SHOP!
(Need to add that I don't know who did the fanart of Dany but the dragons are so cute!)
Friday: 10am - 12:30pm modeling at Anovos booth in Star Trek TOS red dress
1pm modeling at Gentle Giants booth
afternoon Amber from Sucker Punch (stalking the Bunny Mech)
and Sif from Thor (comic book version) for photos
Saturday: Sif from Thor, 1pm judging the costume contest at Marvel booth,
afternoon Ame-Comi Wonder Woman
Sunday: No costumes, gotta head back home since Otakon is the following weekend (egads!)
I'll also be modeling at the Lucas Film party and rocking it out at various other parties at night. I'm also supposed to be in the Morgan Spurlock documentary about Comic Con but who knows how they cut and edited the footage they shot of me last year... lol.
Since I have three new costumes, I am open for photoshoots and groups if they line up time wise. I'm very excited to see old friends, go shopping, eat great food and geek out at the mecca of the fandom world!
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I am happy to announce that I have come to a settlement agreement with Happy Sun Enterprises, after suing them for copyright infringement in August 2010.
While I can't disclose the terms of the agreement, I am very glad the whole ordeal is over, and that HSE will not sell their remaining cat ear products, which are substantially similar to my copyright protected cat ears.
See comparison photo:
For those who thought I was going overboard by filing a lawsuit over something as seemingly trivial as cat ears - please understand that HSE imported over 50,000 pair of cat ears from Korea, sold almost 18,000 pairs since 2008, and made over $230,000USD. Still think cat ears are trivial?
So from here on you should not see any of this style plastic cat ears at conventions, unless they are at my booth or with licensed wholesale buyers from me. Please email me if you see anyone selling substantially similar products as mine, with photos of the booth, items and sellers. I would really appreciate it!
Anime Expo is coming up and I have been working non stop to prepare for it. I have a booth inside the Exhibit Hall, toward the front, row 500. The booth number is #522, and you will find my full line of cosplay items for sale, as well as photo prints and, for the first time at a con, the Cosplay For a Cause charity calendar!!! I am super stoked to be a part of this project, which was thought up and put together by my friend Riddle. The 12-month calendar (2012) features 18 cosplayers from around the world, in brand new never before seen images. All proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross benefiting the Tsunami victims in Japan.
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Here is the event schedule with my panel description: www.metroconventions.com/contr…
I will also be the Hostess for the Costume Contest again, which is always great fun at Metrocon. The caliber of costumes goes up every year and I'm excited to see what everyone will come up with. The costume contest will take place on Sunday at 3pm, so see you there!
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Thanks again to everyone who ordered cosplay accessories and prints from me toward the end of March, I was able to raise $500 to donate to the Red Cross!
I posted photos of my newest costume, Catwoman, recently and was surprised to find that one them got a Daily Deviation! Thank you to Rosella-of-Daventry for the suggestion and to KubusRubus for the feature.
This is the image:
I'm in Hawaii right now since I just finished selling my products at Kawaii-Kon, and I have till Thursday to explore the Island and do everything from swimming, beach, scuba diving and hiking. It is beautiful here and I love the food and natural scenery so much. Will also try to do a photoshoot while I'm here.
Next up for me are Anime Central and Fanime, so stay tuned!
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Like everyone else, I am shocked and stunned at the tragedies that occurred in Japan these last few days. My heart goes out to all of the people affected and I'm relieved to know that my friends residing in Japan are safe. So many people have lost their lives, loved ones and homes and I want to do what I can to help. I am making a personal donation to The Red Cross, but I wanted to reach out to my friends and fans get as much support as possible.
So, from today until April 1st, ALL proceeds from sales through my online store will also be donated to The Red Cross. They have been on the scene since the earthquake hit and are sheltering thousands of people and providing medical care, food, water and essential items to those in need.
So if you're in need of a cosplay item, now is a great time to stock up for your upcoming event. Additionally, ALL proceeds from my print store sales through April 1st will also be donated directly to The Red Cross.
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