Posted: 27 March 2018
Bright lights, celebrities, graphic art, popular movies, and people roaming around in intricate and glamorous costumes.
Where else could this be but Comic Con?
Comic Con started in 1970 in San Diego, and now attracts 160,000 people every summer.
There are now many other Comic Cons all over the world, attracting millions of people.
Maybe you’ve wanted to go for a while but are worried that the event may be overwhelming or your costume won’t be good enough.
Never fear! We’ve got 5 tips to help you create a great Comic Con cosplay and to help you better enjoy the event overall.
1. Your Comic Con Cosplay
The first question to ask yourself in preparing for Comic Con is what kind of costume do you want? Do you want to find many look-alikes or are you hoping for a one of a kind Comic Con cosplay?
The most popular costumes are obviously comic book characters, Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Harry Potter, and Star Trek. In vogue cartoon, anime, and video game characters are also frequently used.
The next question to consider is how long will it take to make your dream Comic Con cosplay? If you’re not lucky enough to win an awesome costume, then you will be investing a lot of time.
Start planning and creating your costume early. Recently, a few Comic Con cosplay Wonder Women reported spending anywhere from 50 hours to 5 months on their costumes!
Make sure to budget for expenses as well. Those same Wonder Women spent between $300-$800 to create their look.
Your costume doesn’t have to be expensive though. Some fans prefer simple and cheap to intricate and costly.
Use foam and cloth whenever possible in your outfit because they won’t weigh you down. Other pieces can be ordered, painted or even 3D printed.
Don’t be afraid to ask your friends to help too. Maybe you know a designer or a welder. All skill sets are useful when it comes to Comic Con cosplay!
Try on your costume ahead of time with undergarments to make sure everything looks right. You don’t want your underwear to show through light spandex.
Also, make sure you can move well in your costume, especially in armor. If your Viking shield is too heavy, you’ll regret having to lug it around with you all week.
It’s also important to consider how long it will take you to use the bathroom. You don’t want to spend all your time trying to get in and out of your outfit.
2. Plan Ahead
Now that your Comic Con cosplay is perfect and ready to go, it’s time to prepare for the event itself.
These are a few questions to consider:
- How will you transport your Comic Con cosplay?
- Do you have to register ahead of time for a costume competition?
- Are there lockers for props or an extra backpack? Do you have to carry everything you bring?
Make sure to contact the staff of the Comic Con ahead of time to answer some of these questions. You might also talk to fans who attended last year.
When it comes to transporting your costume, any fragile pieces should be wrapped with bubble wrap. You might consider a garment bag for the cloth pieces to prevent wrinkling.
Most people book hotels rooms early, and Comic Con’s website is a great resource for finding special rates at local places.
If everything’s full, don’t panic. Many people cancel close to the event itself, so call hotels and until they have an opening.
3. Wearing Your Comic Con Cosplay
Don’t be intimidated by other costumes. Some people want to be perfect, and others are happy just dressing up a little. You’ll see all different types at Comic Con.
At the same time, understand that people may make fun of you. Don’t be too sensitive if you get critiques about your costume.
Wear cool clothing inside your cosplay. Posing for pictures under lights and walking around all day can make you pretty hot.
Finally, if your costume is damaged, don’t freak out! Make sure to bring a stapler, safety pins, and double-sided tape with you, and you’ll be fine. You might even end up saving someone else’s day!
4. Comic Con
Before going to comic con itself, check their website and make a game plan of what you want to see and where you want to go.
Take a friend, even if they don’t want to wear a costume. It’s nice to have someone to share the event with, and they may be a big help too.
They can help you carry your props, get food, and get in and out of your cosplay. Make sure they know ahead of time though if you want to use them as a luggage carrier.
Be cautious about when you buy souvenirs. Waiting to buy until the end of the week can save you money. Sellers will discount items they don’t want to ship home.
Of course if there’s one special item you want that may sell out, make sure to buy it early!
Local restaurants often run specials for Comic Con fans. It can be fun to find places where you can see the comic con crowds and enjoy the cosplays.
Make sure to regularly check the event’s official and unofficial blogs to make sure you don’t miss any parties or last-minute events.
5. Packing List
To make sure you get the most out of your Comic Con experience, we recommend you bring several important items.
First, make sure you bring sunscreen. Long lines often stretch outdoors, and you don’t want to have a sunburn for such a special week.
A water bottle is another must have. Make sure you stay well-hydrated as you’re standing in line. The last thing you want is to pass out from heat stroke!
Don’t forget your walking shoes! While heels may look better with your costume, blisters can ruin your week.Poster tubes can also be pretty useful. If you’re buying any posters or artwork, you don’t want it to get wrinkled or torn in transit.
Make sure to bring an extra phone battery and charger. You may be standing in long lines with no access to outlets. Plus, you’ll want to take lots of pictures of this experience!
Another important item is cash. ATM lines will be busy, so bring cash with you.
Finally, bring some Febreeze. If you start to smell after a few days in the same costume, it can help you out. Sweat guards are another great idea for this issue.
By following these tips, you will be sure to create an awesome costume, and have a great time at Comic Con!
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