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 Leah from Journey Into Mystery!
We do it because we love. I say this because Leah would never have happened without Natalie agreeing to be my precious, pocket-sized Loki — and nothing says cosplay like characters ready-made for slummin’ around with one of your favourite ladies.
Due to the Asgardian nature of our costumes, we really wanted to push it for a winter convention, and finally settled for Katsucon (February 2011). Good decision, because while I didn’t put out for an expensive velvet, I did finally decide on a mediumweight brushed cotton. As a lined jacket and full skirt, it’s not the easiest thing to wear for… say, a balmy NYCC weekend. (If you saw a Leah walking around with her skirt tucked into the waistband and her jacket slung over her arm, that would be totally super hip me.)
Construction notes? It was a jacket pattern modified to include gathered sleeves, the appropriate front+back panels, and mandarin collar. (Didn’t have time for a good fit and I totally messed up the trim, so don’t look too closely. Ha.) The skirt was just really simply draped on the stand, and is slightly gathered in back to give it a train. The hair bones are paperclay formed over a hair clip, with strands from the wig wrapped around it.
But really, it’s the wearing of this thing. I’ve never met any creators in costume from their run, and it’s a completely humbling but at the same time — my god, these folks are lovely. Our costumes were so well-received, and we’re just like, no, stop, we’re here to thank you. Got my comics signed by the wonderful Kieron Gillen, received an amazing silk-screen print from the all-too-generous Stephanie Hans, group pics with editor Lauren Sankovitch. Yep. Good times.
And at the end of the day, watch out sentimentality ahead!! hanging out with Natalie et al, being total bums. I hadn’t worn a costume this comfortable for quite some time, so being able to just chill with friends and generally being Asgardian wastes of space was totally top shelf.
Because Natalie is totally the little liar prince of my heart and also soon the other space girlfriend of my heart, check out her cosplay page! (But also because she is a super cosplayer and makes really neat geek bracelets like my Captain Marvel one, JUST SAYING.) Or if you want to check out more of Lin’s costumes, just head over to her cosplay gallery!
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.