An Early Start on our Alamo City Comic Con Costumes

Any of you who follow my blog know that my family dresses up for the Alamo City Comic Con. Often there is not rhyme or reason to the characters we go as. Everyone just chooses something that they like.

The first year – I wore a huntress costume. A generic costume – not the DC character. My husband went as Jedi, and the kids went as Star Wars ARF Trooper for my son and Elsa for my daughter.

The second year – I wanted something more recognizable, so I went as Poison Ivy. My husband went as Han Solo, and the kids went as Star Wars ARF Trooper (again) for my son and the pink Power Ranger for my daughter.

The third year – As soon as I saw the trailer Suicide Squad, I knew I wanted to go as Harley Quinn. (There were many other people who had the same idea.) My husband went as Batman, my son as Deadshot and my daughter as Wonder Woman. This is as close to a family theme as we have done (all DC comic characters).

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Last year – My husband and I started thinking about “couple” costumes. We decided to go as Lara Croft and Indiana Jones. No, they aren’t a couple but again it is the theme – archeologists/adventurers. We got a lot of attention. My son went as K2SO from Rogue One, and my daughter was a very cute Pikachu.

Now Alamo City Comic Con typically is in the fall so we have eight or nine months before we need to have our costumes picked out. But since we often are putting together some of our costumes (rather than buying them) we like to plan early. For awhile now, my husband and I have been kicking around ideas of couples costumes for the 2018 Comic Con.

Rogue & Gambit from the X-men, Scott and Jean Gray from the X-men, Harley Quinn & the Joker from DC Comics, Aladdin & Jasmine from Disney, Captain Hook and Emma Swan from TV’s Once Upon a Time, and some more obscure suggestions found on the internet were all considered.

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The Canary and Green Arrow from Season 2 of the TV show Arrow.

We decided this year we will go as The Canary/Sara Lance and Green Arrow/Oliver Queen from the TV show Arrow. Originally, we picked the Season 2 costumes but since my husband decided to order his costume this year (rather than make it), our costumes are from different seasons. Sara Lance appeared in Season 2 but was killed off in Season 3. Of course, this being a TV show based on a comic book series – no one stays dead. Sara Lance is brought back to life in Season 4 before going off to her own series DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

As I said, my husband ended up buying his costume. Making a costume with green leather just turned out to be too hard to do so he ordered it off Ebay. He also bought a bow but plans to make the quiver and some arrows without points (since you can’t take real weapons into comic con.)

I had considered buying my costume. But then after looking at what I would need, I decided to piece it together. I ordered a leather jacket that looked similar to her cropped jacket and ordered some black leather pants (because really where am I going to find leather pants but on the internet?). Finding a black corset that fit me correctly proved to be harder than I thought. After going through about 5 different ones, I found the perfect one. (Again, thankful for the internet and Amazon’s free return policy.) I already had the boots so after ordering a blonde wig, I think most of my costume is complete. We will still have to work on a mask, bo (staff) and a belt. But the costume is definitely coming together, and we still have nine months to go.

Dressing up for Alamo City ComicCon 2017

For the fourth year, my family has attended the Alamo City Comic Con. This year it moved from the fall to Memorial Day weekend and was bigger and better than ever.

As always, this comic con attracts some big stars. There are really too many to list but here are a few of this year’s stars: Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), Val Kilmer, Karl Urban (most recent Star Trek movies), Ian McDiarmid (Star Wars), Peter Mayhew (Star Wars), Dolph Lundgren, Rob Schneider, and Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings movie trilogy).

And as we did the last three years, we went ahead and got into the spirit by wearing costumes.

This year’s cast of characters….

Indiana Jones – My husband once dressed up as Indiana Jones for a video clip in a speech he was giving. So it wasn’t hard to decide to do it for Comic Con. Most of the clothes came from Goodwill. I added some make up to “dirty” it up. I ordered his bag, whip and hat from Amazon. He originally was going to 3D print his gun and make his holster but we ran out of time and ordered them from E-bay. The costume turned out great.

K2SO – The last two years, Jase has had my husband make him a costume. This year he decided to just buy one. Since he loves the droids from Star Wars, he decided to go as K2SO from Rogue One.

Pikachu – Lexie loves Pokemon so we bought her this cute Pikachu costume. Of course the weekend we receive it, she wore the gauntlets bike riding and tore one of them when she fell. My husband did a good job of patching it up. We replaced the hat that came with the costume with a Pikachu headband that was super cute. She decided that she needed yellow hair and red cheeks.

Lara Croft – I had been thinking about doing Lara Croft (from the Tomb Raider video games) for a while. Last year, I had a blast making my Suicide Squad’s Harley Quinn costume. Lara Croft wasn’t too hard to do. I already had a bag. My husband had the holsters and guns. I ordered the boots from Amazon and the wig from E-bay. The shorts were from Goodwill and the tank was from Wal-mart. It came together pretty easily and of course everyone knew who I was which is my main goal.

It was a great event, and we look forward to doing it again next year.

Dressing up again for the Alamo City Comic Con

For the third year in a row, we attended the Alamo City Comic Con yesterday.

This event gets bigger and bigger each year and brings in more and more stars. This year’s cast of special guest included Charlie Cox (from Netflix’s Daredevil), Ralph Macchio (Karate Kid), Summer Glau (Firefly, Terminator, Arrow), a host of actors from Doctor Who and Gotham, Jeremy Bulloch (Star Wars) and Billy Dee Williams (Star Wars) and a lot of others….really too many to list.

And as we did the last two years, we went ahead and got into the spirit by wearing costumes.

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This year’s cast of characters….

Batman – My husband has been working on this costume for quite a long time. He actually wore an early version of it last year for Halloween (after going to Comic Con as Han Solo). He wasn’t happy with the armor from last year’s costume and has spent many nights and weekends perfecting the costume and even added a light-up Bat symbol.

Deadshot – Jase decided to be the DC comic book character Deadshot. Last year, Jase went as a Star Wars Clone Trooper at Comic Con but was Nightwing for Halloween – wearing an awesome costume my husband made. They don’t make Deadshot costumes for kids so once again my husband made Jase’s costume. It was based on character in the Suicide Squad movie that came out in August.

Wonder Woman – Continuing our theme of DC characters, Lexie decided to be Wonder Woman. We bought her costume online, but my husband did change out the lasso – opting to make her one that lights up. (Lexie was a Pink Power Ranger last year.)

Harley Quinn – Look, it is another DC comic book character! Harley is the Joker’s girlfriend, so definitely not a good guy. I actually had been considering being Harley, and then I saw the Suicide Squad trailer in April. From that moment on I decided I would go as Suicide Squad’s Harley Quinn. After researching her costume online, I decided to do something I have never done before. I decide to make my costume. My husband and I did all of it (gun, holster, shirt, wig, bat, belt, bracelets and necklace) except the shorts and boots which I purchased. (I will post next week more on making the costume.) Everyone knew who I was, and I got stopped quite often to have my picture taken.

It was a great event, and I know we will be going back next year. I may go back to my Poison Ivy costume from last year, or maybe I’ll stick with Suicide Squad Harley Quinn. She was just too much fun!

Dressing up for the Alamo City Comic Con

Batman, Wonder Woman, ninjas, Jedi Knights and few characters I can’t even name surrounded us at the Alamo City Comic Con last weekend. When we decided to attend the Comic Con, it was pretty much a given that we would be dressing up too.

We are not typically Comic Con goers. This is only our second one. We went to our first – the Lone Star Comic Con in June of 2013. Even though this is the second year for the Alamo City Comic Con, it was far larger and had more stars than the Lone Star one. Stars included Stan Lee, Clark Greg (from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and a host of others from the Walking Dead, Star Trek (the original series), and well…there are too many other shows to name.

CIMG3393Our cast of characters….

The Queen – Lexi originally wanted to go as Batgirl. She even picked out a light pink dress with a black Batman symbol, belt and mask. But then she decided to be Elsa for Halloween, and I ordered her a new Elsa costume that came with a hair piece. It came in a week before the Comic Con, so she decided to go as Elsa the Snow Queen.

The Jedi Knight – Now my husband’s costume is one he made. He had a Jedi robe which he wore to the Lone Star Comic Con. This time he decided to go for the whole costume, but he didn’t really like the costumes online. He bought scrubs as the base and then made the lighter tunic and belt. While originally we were going to make do with some pirate-type boot toppers that he had from his pirate costume, he ended up ordering boots. I think his costume looks great and far better than something I would have been able to make.

The Clone Trooper – Jase originally was going to wear his 501st Clone Trooper costume from last Halloween. But he picked out a Star Wars ARF Trooper costume for this year’s Halloween (Yes I ordered these way before Halloween. That will be the topic of next week’s post.) Jase is very excited about this costume and chose to also wear it to the Comic Con.

The Huntress – I had the hardest time picking a costume. Originally, I wanted to purchase a Supergirl costume and even found one I liked. But then I saw a Huntress costume – not the comic book character Huntress. It is more of a medieval type character and right up the alley of the type of stories I write. I love it but didn’t think it fit perfectly in for the Comic Con as it was, so I changed out the grey shirt for a black tunic tank and liked the effect even better. (My husband was hoping I would wear a Darth Vader dress that was like the R2D2 dress I wore during Star Wars Weekends. Here’s a link to a photo of me in the R2 dress.)

Photo Sep 28, 11 56 36 AMSo we all went dressed-up last Sunday. It was fun. Lexie got tons of attention. Everyone wanted a photo with her. Here is a photo of her with a drawing of Elsa. The artist (pictured in the background) even snapped a photo Lexie holding up the drawing. Those who knew Star Wars of course wanted a picture with Jase or my husband. Sadly, I think I was only included in one picture of the whole family. Hmmm…next year maybe I will go as Supergirl.