Comic Couture

If you’re looking for an exquisite haute couture gown, you go to Paris. If you’re searching for Comic Couture, you go to the New York Comic Con.

Photo by Freakgirl
NYCC 2009 was awash with fantastic costumes from all walks of fandom – comics, anime, sci-fi movies and television, not to mention video games. It would be almost impossible to document all of them. Even more so when you’ve got a camera that doesn’t like open spaces indoors (grrr). Sometimes I can’t believe how amazing peoples costumes are. I mean, this year there was a Mad Scientist with an actual Robot Chicken! A Robot Chicken! It smoked and everything!! Here’s a random sampling of cosplay I was able to catch throughout the weekend starting with mine.

I cheated this year. I had a friend put together the actual catsuit for me because, I admit, I have absolutely no talent for sewing. Trust me, it was better this way. I wanted to go with a modern version of Catwoman but change it up a little and I took my inspiration from this amazing Alex Ross cover
I felt weird about having my entire head covered so I skipped the head piece and wore just the goggles. The boots I already owned and most of the jewelry is my mom’s. The giant orange diamond is actually a paperweight I found at T.J. Max. Believe it or not, the whip was the hardest thing to find. Most costume shops are low on stock this time of year and even the local sex shop was out. I finally found a costume place with only one left! I’m happy with how it came together but the catsuit was done in a hurry and I want to work on it more before I do a fun photo shoot. As a side-note, since no one noticed, my hair is currently two colors – my natural red growing in on top and black on the bottom. I had the great idea of saying I was half Selina Kyle, half Holly Robinson (red hair) Catwoman but it never came up in conversation.

Kid Flash joined the fun at the DC Nation Panel.

Black Canary, me shamelessly advertising and X.

Catwoman and my fellow New Jersian Beth, as Firestar. We both had props.

Word of her upcoming Smallville appearance must have spread like wildfire. There were tons of Zatanna’s walking around this year.

Not to ignore the Marvel side of things, Psylocke. If you see a man with three claws alert the authorities. 

Last but not least, a fantastic evil Supergirl. I’ve always loved that outfit.
I’m already taking ideas for next year (or possibly SDCC). Have you ever dressed up for a convention? Who would you dress up as if you had the chance?
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15 Responses to “Comic Couture”

  1. Thanks everyone!

    Oooh Buffy sing-a-long! I’m so sad I never got to attend one.

    Wow, how funny about Kid Flash. I actually have a great picture of him that blurred, making it seem like he was running away really fast!

    @AnarChris, yeah I think I saw you two.

    @Reis, no, actually that sounds like an amazing idea. I bet if you did it well you’d win all the costume contests.

    @Doug, if you start from the top it’s red to black.

  2. Christine says:

    I love the catwoman suit.

  3. Doug says:

    I like the red fading to black (or is it black to red?) look.

    Great NYCC coverage!

  4. You did Catwoman Proud!!!! ^_^

  5. Reis O'Brien says:

    I’ve always wanted to make a Batman costume entirely out of black and silver duct tape. Is that weird?

  6. Amber Love says:

    Seeing other people’s galleries, I can’t believe how many costumes I missed seeing! The weekend went by so fast but it was exhausting.

  7. The costumes all looked really good, especially yours! I saw that robot chicken guy, he was walking around the wait line to meet the RC crew. Hilarious!

  8. AnarChris says:

    I was running around NYCC as Kyle Rayner, with my boy Jon-Luc as Guy Gardner.

  9. Jill, you look fan-tastic. Maybe someday I’ll have the guts to wear something more costumey than a t-shirt to a con. :)

  10. GeekBoy says:

    Funny story about Kid Flash. As I was waiting for my friend to get her autographs from William Katt and Robert Culp, Kid Flash kind of trotted into that area, then stopped, rooted around in his backpack for about ten seconds, and dug out a pair of glasses. Which he then put on and used to survey the area. My guess is that his vision isn’t so great, but he didn’t want to screw up the costume? Anyway, it made me chuckle, because I imagined a version of Kid Flash who had really bad vision, and was constantly running into things at superspeed.

  11. Randy says:

    Well, since no one seems to be mentioning it, I guess I’ll geek up and say…

    That’s Ms. Lyon with Firestar in that one pic. She was the dog on Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends.

    Spider-Friends…GO FOR IT!!!

    And Jill? Your take on Catwoman is definitely right up there with the likes of Michelle Pfeiffer, Lee Meriweather and Julie Newmar!!

    Hubba Hubba!!

  12. K. D. Bryan says:

    I’ve been a very low-key Wash from Firefly/Serenity at last year’s Sci-Fi con. I also attended the Buffy-Sing-A-Long dressed as Xander but that’s not a Con, per se. :)

    This year, my even geekier sister is insisting we dress up as ancillary characters from Empowered, God help me. Thankfully, she may settle for me dressing up as Dr. Horrible, despite the fact I’m totally the wrong hair color.

  13. superduperman says:

    You know, you could have gone with the red hair,catsuit and said you were Marvel’s Black Widow. No headgear, no fuss, no muss … Problem solved!:)

    I don’t know, but the impression I got was that there were less cosplay this year. Perhaps, it all may have to do with the current recession or maybe the fact that I couldn’t identify most of them (other than the comic and movie related) if my life depended on it.

  14. That is a really great idea!

  15. ABoyNamedArt says:

    One thing I was considering for this year’s SDCC was going as a different Doctor every day, including Dr. Clayton Forrester, Dr. Horrible (in the swank maroon coat), and perhaps The Tenth Doctor.