This is part three of my never ending love letter to Maya Lopez aka Echo aka Ronin. I just can’t help it, okay? Before anyone asks, yes, that is the top that I use for my Echo costume. When I originally bought the top that I used as the base a few years ago, I thought it’d be fun to wear with something high waisted. And hey! I finally followed through with it.
Thank you again to Heather of Zhobot for the photography!
Echo Top: American Apparel / Custom DIY
Leather Skirt: Local place in Italia
Nude Heels: BCBG
Black Wristlet: Coach
While large conventions certainly have the ability to offer a wide variety of programming, dozens of guests, and huge artist alleys and dealer rooms, small conventions absolutely have their own charm and appeal. Last weekend, I attended the 2nd Annual Eastern Shore Fan Convention in Princess Anne, Maryland along with Heather and Nate of Zhobot and Denis. To be honest, we had no idea what to expect. All of us were fully prepared to walk around the convention for a few hours, take pictures, and leave. Instead, we were beyond pleasantly surprised.
The best word we could think of to describe this convention was “cozy”. It was small, of course, but it was neither empty nor overly crowded. The Artist Alley/Dealer room was filled with friendly vendors and artists who were more than happy to chat. Of course, it certainly helped that almost all of the ones I chatted with were able to identify my costume as Echo. (The problems with costuming as a superhero who’s not on the A or B-list.)
Other highlights included the game room and the Maid Cafe. The game room was filled with consoles and plenty of retro games that had many a person smiling from nostalgia while they played. This was also the first time that I and my friends had gone to a Maid Cafe and we can’t say enough wonderful things about everyone who worked there. Apparently attendance numbers went up drastically from last year and therefore the cafes weren’t as well stocked with food as they’d hoped. However that didn’t stop any of the Maids from being incredibly sweet and adorable and making the entire experience enjoyable.
There were also plenty of costumes present! The convention offered $2 off admission to anyone who attended in costume and a decent number of people took them up on it. The only thing I had issue with was the judging of the costume contest since I thought that there were several wonderful costumes that should have been recognized and at least placed. However, I do understand that judging can be rather subjective. On the other hand, the contest was quite fun to watch especially since so many first time cosplayers entered. All of them clearly had fun diving into the hobby. I was especially amused by the one guy who gave great credit to Amazon and his Visa card for completing his first cosplay. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the winner of the Children’s Cosplay Contest: Tiny Deadpool in a Dress. Yes that is exactly as adorable as it sounds and the small girl was AWESOME.
As I mentioned above, I decided to wear my Echo costume again and it was considerably more enjoyable to do so in not-Atlanta weather although it did get a bit chilly when the sun went down. As always, I got to shoot with my favourite photographer, Heather! Enjoy a teaser shot from the shoot!
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!
As you may have noticed, we’ve been slowly aggregating the various costume efforts of our past years for your viewing pleasure. (And also to document the rise and fall of our wasted free time…) So we’re happy to announce that the Costumes section is up and running! You’ll find our respective galleries nestled within, as well as convention schedules and future cosplay plans.
And of course, there’s our beloved Sailor Hawkeye and Sailor Black Widow, and our shared enthusiasm for Miss Braddock as reflected in our cover pictures — just click either of them to get to our respective galleries!
We’ll also be featuring some of our costumes occasionally, and you’ll see some of our favourites make their way to our tumblr! And stay tuned as we start to get our heads back into the game for Katsucon 2013…