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!
I know, I know. Another Megarinri Inspired Outfit. But I just can’t help it! In honour of the new tv show Arrow totally rocking and the weather taking a turn for brrrr cold, today’s outfit is Megarinri’s Green Arrow! I’ve been wanting to put this outfit together and take pictures for ages. If you check out her original sketch, I’m actually wearing the same coat she used as inspiration. It was an impulse online buy and I haven’t regretted it once because this coat is just FABULOUS. You can never have too many fabulous coats.
This outfit is probably the one most directly copied from one of her sketches that I will ever do, but when you have both a coat and a purse that could be dead ringers for the sketch, it’s so hard not to! Also, please forgive the slight self indulgent shot of the Speedy Bandoulière below. It’s my baby and I just can’t help showing her off to the world.
Gold Scarf: Kenneth Cole
Khaki Skirt: Zara
Boots: Me Too
Purse: Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandoulière in Damier Ebène
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!
Tees? Not my thing. But when a sizable amount of comic book wear comes in the form of my age old nemesis, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. Which is essentially customising a tee by cutting it up. Boy, I’m just a regular superhero aren’t I.
As the “I Survived The Battle of New York” was a ~special exclusive~ from NYCC, and NYCC broke me as a person BUT IN A REALLY GOOD WAY, this will be a two-parter on How To Style A Tee When You Don’t Really Wear Jeans And Tees Are Not Your Thing Okay.
ROUND ONE: IT’S CASUAL DAYTIME AND I NEED A QUICKIE OUTFIT!!
Top: Marvel NYCC
Pleated Skirt: Zara
Belt: Forever 21
Tall Boots: BCBG
Captain Marvel Bracelet: Nara Rouge
Quickie Fashion Advice Time With Lin: Teeshirts don’t have to be same old, same old. Give crew necks a touch-up by cutting a wider neckline; cut basic sleeves at an angle for insta interest. And you don’t need to fancy it up, either — a quick way to navigate around this is to flip the bird at old adages, and just tuck it in with a skirt or a pair of skinny jeans. Add heels or ballet flats, and a funky belt. Voila!
Special heart-shaped thanks for the patent Coach wristlet because it was a birthday gift from Mandy, my favourite asshole. Whenever I use it, I think fondly of the time we almost died of alcohol poisoning and comic books.
A certain group of comic book fans have been holding their breath in hope and anticipation since the end of Fear Itself: The Fearless several months ago. Valkyrie was instructed to reform the Valkyrior but with the caveat that she must recruit proven heroes from Midgard. This seemed like the perfect opening for a team filled with kick ass ladies, but nothing ever came of it. Until now. Our prayers were answered! It’s finally happening.
The latest installment for Marvel NOW! in February will be “Fearless Defenders”: a book by writer Cullen Bunn and artist Will Sliney that will feature an all-female team. Pause while both the classy ladies who run this book shriek with glee and run around and jump around screaming like excited five-year-olds. (No seriously: we couldn’t be happier about this book.)
In an interview with Newsarama, Cullen Bunn, one of the writers of the aforementioned The Fearless, revealed some of what readers can expect from this new book. The first piece of news was that the team would include both of the lovely ladies on the cover image, Valkyrie and Misty Knight, and Dani Moonstar. Let’s just start with how positively THRILLING that combination of leading ladies is, especially since New Mutants just wrapped up. Bunn also went on to say that he will build up the team gradually and not just toss them all together for the sake of putting the team together quickly. He didn’t mention any other future members but, well, let me let him tell you in his own words.
I’m not a writer who’s going to sit back and say, “I want to write a good all-female team,” I just want to write a good team, and approach them as real people, and build some personality into some of these characters, and try to develop a fanbase for a lot of these characters who, in some cases, people may not have been exposed to at all yet.
I think there are a lot of great female characters in the Marvel Universe who have not been given the chance they need, because maybe they can’t support a book all on their own, or maybe they’ve been on a team and they’ve been kind of lost in the shuffle for, in some cases, many, many, many years. This is my opportunity to put them all together, and to give them the spotlight.
If those two paragraphs don’t thrill you and reassure you, then I don’t know what else possibly could. Not only is Marvel listening to its readers and responding with another female led book, but it’s also clearly putting it in the hands of someone capable who is also listening and who’s not going to turn it into something ridiculous like that Marvel Divas book from a few years ago.
On top of that, it will be featuring female characters who don’t usually get put front and center. Marvel certainly isn’t lacking for wonderful female characters, but not all of them are nearly as well known as, say, the Black Widow, Rogue, Storm, or Carol Danvers. Characters who might be C or D List are just as valuable and just as wonderful stories can be told about them as can be told about A List characters. It’s all about how the writer chooses to handle them.
Speculation has already begun about who some of these other ladies joining the team might be. Here at WHR, we’re rooting for some of the other former New Mutants (such as Magma), and Misty’s partner-in-crime Colleen Wing to be tapped for the team. Lin has her fingers crossed for Songbird, and I’m still too excited about Dani returning to her Valkyrie roots to even think up any other possible names.
Bunn recognizes that readers have been asking for a stronger female presence and for new stories. To me, this is an incredibly reassuring thing to hear. I feel like he understands what sort of book we’re looking for and he’s going to do his gosh darn best to deliver it.
In closing, let me strongly urge all of you to pre-order this comic from your local comic book store. This has the potential to be fabulous beyond belief and we, as loyal fans, need to show our support starting now and pre-orders are the way to do it. Until then? I’ll be counting down the days til February.