San Diego’s annual Comic-Con came and went this past weekend, and as always, many fans turned up to the event dressed as their favourite characters. In case you’ve always wanted to don a costume in 100 degree July weather and shop for comics among sweaty nerds, here is a collection of images and tips to help you understand what to do and what NOT to do.
Tip #1 – Bring your kid, or borrow one for the weekend
Kids love dressing up, and if they get to do it more often than just on Hallowe’en, you’ve made your kid super happy. Plus your costume gets points with the mini-me add-on.
Unless you’re this guy. Did you make him practice his Klingon instead of letting him play video games last night? Look how miserable he looks. Come on, Trekkie Dad, lighten up.
Tip #2 – When you’ve got it, flaunt it – to an extent
You can go crazy with your costume if the dress code allows for it. But just remember there’s a lot to be said for a costume that flatters your body type and makes you feel great. The above image is an example of a costume that fits well and doesn’t show too much skin, while still being sexy and fun.
This one, however, is a wee bit inappropriate for a family event. But if you want to be as Cammy as can be and you DO get past the gates, I’m not going to fight about it. I don’t make the rules. Do whatever makes ya feel good. Just bare in mind (see what I did there?) that cameras exist and so does Facebook.
Disclaimer – To my cosplayer friends who recall the Tifa outfit I wore to Fan Expo a while ago, I did have a longer top on and kept it PG. Save your pot-meet-kettle comments. Besides, I was 21!!
Tip #3 – Go With A Group
If you’re lucky enough to have a group of nerdy friends who also love dressing up, go for it, and go all out! Catwoman’s a great costume choice, but she looks even more awesome when she’s standing next to Batman, The Joker and my fave, Harley Quinn.
Tip #4 – If you’re going to ogle, be discreet.
Otherwise someone will take a picture of you staring at Iron Girl’s butt. Hey creeper, you deserved it.
Tip #5 – Blog it!
So I can steal your pictures and put them on MY blog.