In my recent Goals & Resolutions post I mentioned that this year I would try to tackle TWO new cosplays, even though I only really started cosplaying last year. Both will involve some prop making, which will be totally brand new to me and both will also involve wigs, another totally new thing for this super-noob. I also decided to go with one video game themed and one general geekery themed cosplay this year as I am also hoping to up my convention game in 2015 and wanted a bit of flexibility with what costumes I can wear depending on where I am going.
I’ve managed to narrow my choices down, so I figured I would share them with all of you so you can have fun following along and also so I can mine the hivemind for any types or vendor recommendations as I continue on my cosplay journey.
Cosplay 1: Lucca (Chrono Trigger)
I first learned about this genius inventor VG heroine when she was nominated as on of the Top Women Video Game Characters of All Time for the panel of the same name at PAX Prime. I’d been aware of Chrono Trigger because it’s one of Rick’s favourite games of all time, but I never realized that there were so many amazing, innovative and interesting female characters in the game until I started playing it myself.
This’ll be my first time sewing for a cosplay, since my chances of finding an orange tunic pre-made are pretty slim, but I think I’ve chosen a simple costume to replicate. The most complicated part of her costume by far will be her helmet, which I should probably start construction on NOW if I have any hope of actually completing it before my August deadline.
Cosplay 2: Marceline (Adventure Time)
This is one that had been on my cosplay bucket list and I had toyed with the idea of adding it as a second cosplay last year, but alas time and money conspired against me yet again. Since I am so new to cosplaying and don’t have much in the way of native sewing skills, I’m more comfortable choosing characters and costumes that I can assemble from off the shelf pieces, which this version of Marceline definitely is.
The biggest expense will definitely be the wig, so vendor suggestions are deeply appreciated. Also, I’ve found a pretty good tutorial for making Marceline’s base guitar that I’m very eager to get started on. I’m still considering whether to go the full nine yards and paint my skin grey, but I’ve got some time to mull that over. Now to dig up those plastic fang tips I got in college…
We’ll see whether I manage to do both costumes I’ve planned, but I made sure to have one fairly simple and one more complicated costume just in case I need to refocus my energies. Other concepts I’m playing with in case I feel swamped are a human BMO, a punk rock Wonder Woman and a hipster Snow White. We’ll see what happens…