Cosplay Eye Spy: C2E2 2016 Edition

Round 1:

  • DC > Harley Quinn
    • Suicide Squad redesign
    • Batman: The Animated Series
    • Steampunk
    • Pin-up/rockabilly
    • Other
  • DC > Poison Ivy 
  • DC > Joker 
  • Marvel > Deadpool
    • As himself
    • As someone/something else
  • Nintendo > Ash/Pokemon Trainer
  • Disney > Frozen > Elsa/Anna
  • Star Wars > Han Solo
  • Star Wars > Princess Leia
  • Game of Thrones > Daenerys Targaryen

Round 2:

  • Ubisoft > Assassin’s Creed > Altair/Ezio/Evie/Jacob/etc.
  • Anime > Attack on Titan > anyone
  • Anime > Sailor Moon > any of the sailor scouts
  • Star Wars > full Mandalorian armor
  • Star Wars > full Stormtrooper armor
  • Marvel > Guardians of the Galaxy > Groot
  • Mad Max: Fury Road > Furiosa

Round 3:

  • Crossover > Star Wars x Disney
  • Tumblr > Marvel > Hawkeye Initiative
  • Tumblr > Tolkien > Party Dad Thranduil
  • Marvel > Jessica Jones
  • Marvel > Daredevil/Matt Murdoch
  • Mad Max: Fury Road > War Boys (with props and/or vehicles)
  • Game of Thrones > Jon Snow

Print it out and play along!

    DIS IS HAMMAWEENS! Costumes Required.

    This morning I got off the train in the Loop and got in line at my regular Dunkin Donuts. Behind me was Wednesday Addams. Ahead of me was an 80’s pop star. When I arrived at the office, I found Wakko Warner, Dot Warner, a Shark, the Boat The Shark Ate Half Of, Ocelot from Metal Gear Solid, Clark Kent, and a guy dressed as a busted coffee machine (an in-joke because the big fancy one in the office is constantly breaking).

    It should be noted that all of the aforementioned humans are Grown Ups. And all of them have a ‘real’ job at an office in downtown Chicago. And all of them wore costumes to work today.

    Tomorrow is Halloween (duh) and although I won’t be trick or treating, I am pausing to reflect on how awesome it is that one of the ways we celebrate this holiday is by publicly playing dress up. As a cosplaying nerd AND a theatre person AND a historical reenactor, my daily desire to dress up in costume/period accurate clothing/etc is strong. Very strong. My “normal” brain, when faced with the news of a costume contest at work, said: “Wear something easy and comfortable. You have SO MANY costumes to choose from. My costumer brain said: “QUICK MAKE SOMETHING TOTALLY NEW FROM SCRATCH!” My cosplayer brain said: “Smaug hasn’t been out for a walk in a while. Maybe wear Smaug to work?”

    It was a discussion my brain(s) had ongoing for, like, two whole weeks. Round and round about what to wear I went, and happy at the chance to dress up and impress my coworkers at the same time. I almost went with something comfy (my Eeyore onesie was calling to me, precioussss) but my cosplay brain won out and Smaug came out of storage. 

    Granted, I could not wear Smaug on the train for my commute – rush hour on the Brown Line isn’t exactly spacious. But I arrived at work early and changed diligently into my dragon dress. It turned out to be pretty comfy – more than I remembered from when I first debuted it at C2E2 in 2014. The only thing was my skirts kept getting caught in my rolly chair, but overall I felt it was an acceptable handicap. 

    I am proud to say I won Best Homemade Costume in the contest, though I’m told I was also nominated in the Most Creative category. My prize is – I kid you not – an Iron Man mini-fridge. 

    I am a sucker for bizarre nerd merch. 

    It was nice to be recognized for the hard work I put into my costume, and it was nice that a ton of people in my office whom I have never spoken to before felt comfortable approaching me to ask how I made it, how long it took, where I got the idea from, etc. But more even than that it was nice to dress up and wear this costume out, to be one of many costumed folk in the office, to enjoy the silliness and fun of costumes in general and celebrating Halloween a day early. It reminded me of being younger, painstakingly planning The Best Halloween Costume Ever each and every year, thrilling at the chance to wear whatever I wanted for a day AND be rewarded with candy for that creativity. 

    I hope I never lose that delight.


    Coffee Machine Guy and Boat Guy get attacked by Jaws the Shark and Smaug.

    Con Wrap-Up: Salt Lake Comic Con 2015!

    Oh my goodness. Salt Lake Comic Con was HUUUUUUUUGE.

    It was my second time being in Salt Lake City – I traveled there in 2014 for Salt City Steamfest and had a great time. As a loyal attendee of C2E2 I fully expected a similar setup. The setup was indeed similar… but on a much larger scale. The attendance was through the roof, guys, and the guest list was unbelievably outstanding. I attended as a vendor, sharing a booth/table with several fellow authors from Xchyler Publishing to sell our books, but I also made sure I was participating as a cosplayer and attended at least one panel. You know. The full con experience.

    So official!

    I was struck by how friendly and diverse the SLCC crowd was. Cosplayers as simple as Pokemon kigu suits and as complex as gigantic oversized Doctor Octopus armor and arms wandered the halls. There was a lot more animation cosplay here than at C2E2, I thought; I saw tons of Steven Universes and anime characters milling about, which made me happy. I started playing I Spy with Mistborn and captured at least five separate Brandon Sanderson superfans in their own homemade Mistborn cloaks, and one fine sir decked out as Pattern from Sanderson’s Stormlight Archives.

    Epic. Just epic. Really nice guy, too!



    The vendors ranged from artists to authors to anime wigs to fine leather goods, with outrageous appearances by live snakes, an escape room, a haunted house display or two and some awesome food stalls as well. The panel schedule was jam-packed with cosplay help and discussion, writing advice, fan-driven debates and nostalgic explorations of a broad spectrum of topics.

    I attended a writing panel about fantasy lit, given by such greats as Terry Brooks, R.A. Salvatore, Jessica Day George, Jim Butcher, David Farland and James A. Owen. Our booth was next to that of wrestling legend Ron Simmons – super nice guy. I glimpsed Chris Evans with my own two eyes (and screamed involuntarily), and I shook hands with Felicia Day and Hayley Atwell. And I met tons of amazing fans and con-goers, and sold a few copies of my novel in the process.


    with superfans Arianne and Theresa! LOVE these girls!

    Everything was awesome.

    If you’re thinking about hitting up the third-largest con in the nation (not to mention in the utterly beautiful state of Utah) when it swings around for 2016, I highly recommend doing so.

    Now, I’m off to research fabric for my own Mistborn cloak. ❤

    Con Wrap-Up: C2E2 2015!

    April showers bring May flowers, but April in Chicago brings the best weekend of the year for local geeks: C2E2!

    Me as Sophie from Howl's Moving Castle. MIYAZAKI 4 LYFE

    Me as Sophie from Howl’s Moving Castle. MIYAZAKI 4 LYFE

    The Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) is a three-day extravaganza of panels, celebrity appearances, autograph hunting, photo ops, merchandise, art, cosplay, and nerdgasms. I fondly refer to it as “Nerd Christmas” – you can get pretty much everything you want at this con, and best of all, you don’t necessarily have to shop for anyone but yourself unless you want to. Maybe “Nerd Black Friday” is more accurate? Whatever.

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