Okay, so only weeks ago, I attended the Indiana Comic Con and weeks before that, I attended the Chicago Walker Stalker Con. At both events, I didn't bother doing any cosplaying of my own and I especially regretted not doing it at the Indiana Comic Con.
The thing about my idea of cosplaying, is with certain characters, I want to make it my own, put my own spin on an original concept. I've been having ideas on who to dress up as and how do it. But I am having a hard time deciding what I want to dress up as next year.
I would also like to not have to spend a bunch of money on my first cosplay and so I have pieced things together from Amazon to make each individual's costume design.
So here's what I'm going to do, I'm going to ask you guys to take a scroll through this article and vote on which costume I should go forward with. Whatever poll option has the most votes by the end of Summer, will be what I begin piecing together and going forward with.
Let's get started...
1. Modern Day Link
Starting off with what is probably one of my favorite ideas is to make a Link that's adapted to a modern day setting. I tried to use as many practical items that I could while simultaneously making it have that typical Link vibe.
Here's what it looks like:
I really liked the idea of wearing the beanie, don't know why, just seemed clever. I also included the triforce necklace as a fun way of helping others to identify me as the Hero of Time. As for the sword being without the shield: I felt like the shield was too much. Part of adapting someone like Link to a modern setting was, for me, looking to anime for inspiration. Often times you can find anime characters wearing modern clothes while carrying a sword. I need the sword though to keep things as Zelda-y as possibly.
2. Taichi "Tai" Kamiya
In the last year or two, I've had a re-surging interest in the 1999 anime, Digimon. It helps that my daughter is in love with the show too (allows me to feel more justified in watching it without feeling immature). Now, they're bringing back the original Digi-Destined this Spring and what better way to celebrate than to dress up as the leader of the group, Tai?
I will say, that Tai's outfit is a little more cartoon-ish but I still tried to keep the idea as natural as possible.
Check it out:
I'm actually pretty pleased by how easy it was to throw this outfit together and it looks just like what Tai wears in the first Digimon season, despite being made up of actual accessories and articles of clothing instead of cheap costume attire. The only truly expensive aspect of this costume would be finding a cheap Agumon plush or something, or even a digivice.
3. Casey Jones (Nickelodeon-Inspired)
I am a huge fan of Nickelodeon's 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle series and I was really glad when Casey Jones was added to the cast in the second season. The Casey Jones we see in the cartoon isn't like what we've seen in the past and I just want to have fun with that more kiddish version of hockey-masked vigilante.
Check it out:
Obviously, this would probably be the most expensive out of all the ideas that I have because of the not-so-cheap sports equipment that is needed to make up this costume. On top of that, I haven't even included the price of the baseball bat, hockey stick, and goalie sticks. Then there's trying to figure out how to strap those weapons onto my back (ideas from you guys is encouraged). But it would be fun costume to try out.
I would also take the time to sprinkle some small splatters of pain to give it a worn look and obviously I'd paint the mask.
4. The Riddler
The Riddler is one of my top 5 favorite Batman villains and I'd love the opportunity to tackle this cosplay since he is one of the fewer Batman villain cosplays that I see.
Here's a peek at how I've pieced together my own Riddler design:
It's worth noting that not all of the pieces above would be purchased as I'm sure I have some of the items already; this was just to provide you guys with a generalized idea of what my idea is. As far as what that question mark is on the side pointing to the jacket, those are iron on fabrics that I would iron onto the jacket then sow down to ensure they didn't fall off.
5. The Punisher
I have always been fascinated by Frank Castle a.k.a. the Punisher. He's always been a sort of Batman to the Marvel Universe, with the exception that he's only an ex-Marine and he has no problems (actually prefers) killing the bad guy at the end of the day.
I know a lot of people like to dress up as Punisher but, they all typically go for the standard 2004 movie version of the character, I prefer the Punisher from the 2011 comic series where he has the bandage over his eye and is sporting the beard (then I wouldn't have to shave).
Here's a look at what I've got for the character:
Obviously there would be some guns (airsoft or BB) involved as well, but I could easily pick those up anywhere around where I live. I'd wear the vest over the Under Armour but under the Punisher tank.
Well, there you have it, I hope you guys liked some of my ideas up top. Please feel free to share your opinions, suggestions, and ideas in the comments section below.
Also, don't forget to vote in the poll as well to determine which character I will be at the next Indiana Comic Con I attend.