Welcome to Cosplay Tuesday! Every week we feature one of our costumes and talk a little more in-depth about it. This week, in honour of her return to the Avengers, we’ll be turning the spotlight on Lin’s Wasp aka Janet Van Dyne!
How do I even begin to explain Janet Van Dyne.
Flawless, hair insured, does car commercials in Japan, etc.
But really, if there was a superhero that was an insta Yes, This Is Totally Fictional Me, there would be a tiny checkmark right beside her name. All the best things about her — brightness and zeal for a life worth living large, a passionate relationship with fashion, doing what’s right and just all the same. I like to think I have a little bit of that in me, too. It’s a nice thought to live up to.
(Just as a lot her faults are mine, too. Eep.)
Before this becomes a completely teary testemonial, let’s start with… which outfit? New Mission, New Outfit. Right. Well, I was having a hard time picking — the modern black/gold one was out, because I was really aiming for a retro vibe with more than a little George Pérez inspo. I finally decided on a style with a few personlisations; mainly, the colour combi.
Because this was being made for an Avengers photoshoot, I wanted something a little more iconic — so I flipped the palette for red/yellow, which is more synonymous with classic Wasp outfits. Aaaand, there you go. Of course, not before agonising forever with Bria, who now probably knows more about the history of Wasp outfits than she could ever want.
The construction was actually ridic easy, because I stumbled on the perfect red leotard. From there, it was as simple as modifying the neckline with a “W” and making wristlets from black spandex, and getting a pair of yellow leggings. Boots poached from Quasar; wig bought and slightly styled for ultimate retro chic; belt borrowed from Nico Minoru ver. 3.0.
The wings were made from 12-gauge wire, shaped and layered over with electrical tape WHICH IS THE BEST BY THE WAY; the iridescent film is actually just gift wrap plastic sheeting. My leotard has a low back, and underneath it I’m wearing a sort of bracer with two channels sewn in — the wings have two prongs that get slotted into these channels, and is held in place by the belt. It’s actually quite easy and comfortable, if a little hard to sit in!
And can I just say. The Avengers Assembling @ Dragon*Con 2012. Best time or bestest time ever. It was seriously really amazing this year, and though coming together with friends is always a joy and a blessing especially when we’re being freakin’ superheroes, this year was really something. So, as always, the highest of fives to my costuming compatriots from The Superhero Costuming Forum, and for our Captain America for making the magic happen.
Want to relive the magic? We always love re-watching the Epic Dragon*Con videos made by beatdownboogie and DistractotronChannel for that good time feeling. Or if you want to check out more of Lin’s costumes, just head over to her cosplay gallery!
Welcome to Cosplay Tuesday! Every week we feature one of our costumes and talk a little more in-depth about it. This week, we’ll be turning the spotlight on Bria’s Mai costume from The Beach episode from Avatar: The Last Airbender.
This was probably the best costuming decision I ever made. Let me tell you how positively thrilling it was to be wearing this at Dragon*Con this year in the horribly oppressive Atlanta heat. I’d worn head to toe black the day before which made this even more of a pleasant change. Wearing this was amazing… or at least it was until I went inside for a BSG panel and froze.
It also helps that Mai is basically my spirit animal. She was also the first character where I put on the wig and costume and immediately went “WOW OKAY I WAS MEANT TO COSTUME THIS CHARACTER”.
This was one of the easier costumes to make and happened during my Spring Break last year. (Oh the irony of making Spring Break!Mai during my Spring Break.) It did, however, involve some guesswork and a lot of staring at fabric. The skirt was just a slightly modified version of a pattern I found in my pattern drawer. I originally considered editing the pattern to remove the pockets but then I remembered Rule #2 of Costuming: If you can add in pockets, HAVE POCKETS. Okay so maybe I couldn’t fit my wallet, my camera, AND my phone in them but it was better than having to ask my dear friend Brandyn to carry all of my stuff. The skirt definitely took some tweaking but the best part was that I didn’t have to hem it!
The top was what involved most of the staring. I’ve never made a bandeau top before and therefore got to practice my clueless face quite a bit. I wish I could give you a magical formula for making one but at the end of the day, I just took a lot of measurements of my chest, crossed my fingers, cut the fabric, and hoped for the best. Getting the elastic to work on the inside took a little bit of trial and error but eventually worked out!
The toughest part of this costume was actually assembling the wig. Although my natural hair is about right for the costume, my lack of bangs made going the wig route a better plan. I found a short wig to use as a base on Ebay and then cried while trying to cut the bangs to the appropriate length. (Honestly, I’d be happy to never have to cut bangs ever again.) The rest of was a matter of buying some extensions and hair buns and bobby pinning the crap out of everything and hoping it would stay in place for the afternoon.
And of course, you can’t have Mai without her fellow Fire Nation ladies. Lin was Azula (~with lightning in her hair~) and our friend Abby was our Ty Lee. Ozai Angels, am I right? We got up to some ridiculous shenanigans outside the Hyatt and it was the best. They involved Mai looking bored, Ty Lee being crazy happy, and Azula and Zuko trying to kill each other and insisting that THEY had the prettiest hair of all time. (Uncle Iroh could not be found to give everyone soothing tea.)
I also have to pause and give some major props to my friend Brian for letting Lin and me clothesline him into being our Zuko about two weeks before the con. Brian is a costuming newbie and originally though we were joking when we tweeted and told me to be our Zuko. (Spoiler Alert: We’re never joking with costuming suggestions.) Somehow, he managed to pull this costume together just in time for the convention and a friend of a friend offered to help him out with the burn scar makeup. And he didn’t even drop ice cream on me!
Want to see more of Bria’s work? Then head on over to her Costume Gallery!
Welcome to Cosplay Tuesday! Every week we feature one of our costumes and talk a little more in-depth about it. This week, we’ll be turning the spotlight on Lin’s Captain Britain version of Betsy Braddock, aka Psylocke of Uncanny X-Force!
The decision to cosplay Psylocke is both relatively easy and difficult. As somebody of asian descent, it’s an automatic box checked off; but at the same time, I rebel a bit against the idea of being slotted according to my ethnic makeup. But mostly: I do not have the thighs for a swimsuit costume!!
Original flavour Psylocke was one of my favourite characters growing up, because she was so sassy and glam, and I’ve learned to love her again as she’s matured into the more serious (but still sassy!) class act she is today. One of my favourite costumes of hers was the Captain Britain variant, but I was afeared of the hair.
So, just imagine my delight when they re-introduced this costume in the Otherworld story arc of Uncanny X-Force! IT’S OKAY IF YOU GIVE AWAY YOUR SADFACE TO TREE PEOPLE, BETSY, I NOW HAVE PURPLE HAIRED BRITAIN COSTUME LEGITIMACY.
This was made for Ottawa Comic Con as a quickie costume, but was relatively easy as far as construction goes — it’s basically a two-piece outfit composed of a V-neck top with blouson sleeves (super comfy red cotton jersey I LOVE SEWING THIS!!), and legging-style pants (white and blue spandex). Purple-black wig was purchased; white boots poached from a SHIELD costume; mask is a base that’s been re-shaped and painted.
The psychic knife was made of a piece of acrylic sheeting that I cut into the desired shape, with two cutouts so I could hold it in my fist. Hot glue gun was layered over it to create dimension; red and purple stained glass paint gave it colour and further texture. I did my best to duplicate the look of her psychic blade by layering the paint along edges and crevices to simulate light effects — I like to think it looks alright.
And, not gonna lie, I really loved wearing Psylocke. It feels like a good fit. As much as I originally avoided her, the influx of pants-wearing Betsy and the understanding that she’s a badass ninja who could do with some traction from her footwear (THANK YOU KRIS AND SAM!!) has me thinking this is not a bad way to go.
… who am I kidding. I’ve recently made her sleveless catsuit from the Dark Angel saga. And besides, it gives me an excuse to holla at Fantomex cosplayers.
Want to see more of Lin’s costumes? Then head over to her Costume Gallery!
We’re introducing something new today! Starting this week, we’ll have a weekly feature called Cosplay Tuesday, where we’ll feature one of our costumes and talk about it a bit more in depth.
First up is Bria’s Echo!
I first made this costume for the Avengers vs Villains photoshoot at Dragon*Con 2011. I fell in love with Echo (aka Maya Lopez) the very first minute she appeared on the pages of New Avengers. Of course, she was wearing the costume and codename of Ronin back then, but that didn’t make her any less awesome. Originally, I wanted to try and do the Ronin costume, but wasn’t comfortable trying such an ambitious project at the time. (Don’t worry, I made it for D*C the next year!)
Some costumes are mostly sewing, others are mostly buying. This one was a little bit of both, combined with a fair amount of luck! I found the pants for incredibly cheap months before I started really working on the costume. Where I really lucked out was with the top. I breathed a very loud sigh of relief when the top popped up on the American Apparel website.
What took trial and error were the triangles and the gloves. The triangles are 1″ equilateral triangles of white fabric sewed to the top. I eyeballed where to put them, so sorry that there is no awesomely good tutorial here. (I’ll admit that I made the silly mistake of originally sewing them to the wrong side of the shirt and cursing a lot as I took them out and redid them.) The gloves aren’t really gloves and more like very loooooong strips of grey fabric that I wrapped around my hands and arms. I originally had wanted to try and attach them to gloves somehow but struggled with how to make it work, so I went the route of several yards of fabric strips and lots of double sided body tape. I’m actually rather satisfied with how it worked out because I felt like the boxer-style gloves felt more organic and more like something that Maya would do.
And, of course, the costume isn’t complete unless you find a friend with tiny hands to smack you in the face with white paint.
I’m planning on making some upgrades to the costume, including perhaps adding another triangle to the top, adding feathers to the gloves, and maybe letting Maya level up with the weapons.
You can check out more pictures on the actual Echo costume page here!
Con reports, let’s do this thing. Lin is back from the perfection that was New York Comic Con, and here to share the little tidbits that you may have missed from her sporadic online presence over the con weekend, re: black hole that was the Javits Convention Center.
- Marvel NOW!: Join the ReEvolution
- Stan Lee’s World of Heroes
- Marvel Television Present
- Marvel NOW!: Cup o’ Joe
- Women of Marvel
A series of caplocks sans capslock:
Two unannounced Marvel lady titles; a possible third, but it’s on the fence because it’s a little risqué. And to top it off, there’s apparently some things in the works for Wasp? My baby gurrrrrl, I possibly had tears on my face. (Aside from Rick Remender currently doing that weird robot acsension thing with Janet Van Dyne, hopefully.) There’s going to be Ultron down the line, picking up probably from the things in Mighty Avengers? so WHO KNOWS, WHO KNOWS ROBOTS FOR ALL. /speculate
1. Seen at the Lego booth. Keepin’ the dream alive, yeah.
2. Clark Gregg at the Marvel TV panel.
Agent Coulson is back for the SHIELD television show, yep. Surprise-but-not-really-a-surprise appearance from Clark Gregg. What a cutie. Had feels all over his face when they presented that Agent Coulson in memoriam video.
Feels all over my freakin’ face for new Guardians of the Galaxy and Nova books. Euphoria quickly followed by apprehension, re: team. I get it, I get it. Movie tie-ins; bringing it closer to the rest of the Marvel 616. But do we really need to bench Moondragon or Mantis for Iron Man? I’ve already given up on Phyla-Vell because my heart can’t take the anyway.
Star-Lord, your helmet oh no. But trust in Steven McNiven because he’s good people.
1. Lin as Leah and Nara Rouge as Kid Loki with the amazing Stephanie Hans, artist for Journey Into Mystery.
2. Get your copy of Phonogram signed by Kieron Gillen whilst dressed as Leah? Magic obviously happens.
1. We don’t know what the term for a group of Kid Loki is, but here you go. With editor Lauren Sankovitch throwing up the gang signs.
2. So a friend and I totally vogued with Kieron Gillen at a photobooth. Assholes, Inc.