After we moved to Houston, and I saw how many cons they have here, I got excited. I had a little money and I wanted to cosplay as something, but I did not want to spend a lot of time on it because I wanted to keep writing and so I picked something I thought would be cool, not too difficult, and I could even wear parts of the costume casually later on. I chose Sam Fisher from Splinter Cell: Conviction.
Skip ahead four months. Way over budget, way in over my head, no idea how to sew leather, sewing machine breaks, can't find the seam ripper, ye GODS what was I thinking?? So Comicpalooza is long past and Space City Con is about to go down and still no costume! I even put the job up on Elance to see if I could outsource it to India or something. All my cosplayer friends out here were already up to their necks in prep for Space City Con. If I was going to cosplay as something, it would have to be using stuff I already had and I would have to bang it out FAST.
I started coming up with ideas. I had a SWAT outfit. I had pieces of an old Jedi outfit. A Jedi SWAT guy? Meh. I had enough things to dress up like someone from the upcoming game "The Division" which was exciting but I knew that no one would know who I was, and the crucial pieces, an electronic thingy with a glowing orange circle, I would have to cobble together and it would not glow. My third idea came from seeing Leisure Suit Darth and Boba at Comic Con 2010. I was asking myself, what do I have that not everyone has? Some nice suits, a tuxedo? But I didn't want to do James Bond - I wanted to try something with a mask. Well, I could just get a Boba or Darth mask and put on the suit...
And so Monday last week I found a great Vader helmet on Ebay, ordered it, told the seller I would pay extra for expedited shipping. I plan to have a little speaker hooked up to my smartphone, a Darth Vader soundboard on there to do the breathing and say some famous lines and I download some awesome Darth Vader dubstep songs to play while I walk around, maybe even so I can dance to it. Annnnd... Wednesday night he replies saying sorry, he would be shipping it Thursday. I volunteered to pay extra for fast shipping again but no response.
Ugh. So now what?
I went to the con Friday and had fun seeing friends and acquaintances and complete strangers dressed up and geeking out; amazing costumes! Saturday I sat in on some cool panels (including one by the Lone Star Jedi - Austin group) saw some celebs (Jewel Stait, Robert Picardo, Alexis Cruz, the list goes on), and the Masquerade was hilarious, especially those two Klingons (you know who you are).
I get a text from my wife mid-day: "Your helmet is here!"
And the excitement was BACK! But now I'm intimidated because I've seen all the truly awesome costumes that have taken people months, if not years to put together and perfect. Eesh. Well, what the heck; I bought the helmet, I am going to wear it at least once in public and maybe I'll get some positive reactions.
So I put everything together and get to the con on Sunday. I get a great parking spot up close! I change, I
put on my Darth Vader ring, touch up the MR VADER I spelled out on my knuckles, connect the smart phone to the speaker, put on the mask and helmet, and walk in.
And I don't think I want to walk into another convention WITHOUT a helmet and mask on again EVER!
|The lovely Krystle Starr as Tinkerbelle|
1) Get an in with the 501st or some group so that I can change IN the hotel, and not out in my car.
2) Figure out how to make better finger and hand tattoos.
3) Get a chin strap for the helmet and make the helmet part velcro onto the mask part. The thing would almost fall off my head if I bent over and the helmet was on crooked for part of the time without my realizing it.
4) Figure out something better to do with the speaker or lose it altogether - my soundboard and tunes got little reaction from anyone. Simplifying is always a good move.
5) I want to get a different shirt and tie so I look less corporate and more... nightlife.
6) Mr. Vader will be on the dance floor.
7) Winners push on despite the stupid obstacles and hardships. And winning is delicious. Even inside a hot mask.
P.S. - After posting, I made THIS: