Last weekend I attended the Film & Comic Con event that took place in Cardiff at the Motorpoint Arena. It’s something I anticipated for a long time and I’m very excited to share my experience with you – along with a photo album of cosplayers.
A few weeks ago, I talked about how easy cosplay can be with a little bit of imagination, and this event was living proof of how a few ideas can transform something simple into a unique and inventive costume.
For me this event was all about Dave Prowse (the original Darth Vader). Since I haven’t been to a Con since The Force Awakens, I chose the Star Wars theme for my costume. At first, I wanted to create Leia’s white dress, but I realised that I wasn’t ready to look at myself in the mirror looking like someone who’s death I’m not over yet. Whenever I saw a classic Princess Leia, I turned around and walked on an opposite direction. (I promise you, I’m not insane).
I was on a budget, so I couldn’t go as far as creating a more complex look like Boba Fett or even Queen Amidala, so I picked Rey. (btw, I know the general opinion about Episode VII, but I think people are missing the fact that it has to be looked as a tribute to George Lucas. I will write an article about this soon). I adore Rey, she’s a very powerful character and I have high hopes when it comes to her development through the next films.
I started building my costume a few days before the event, and luckily I made friends with a woman who owns a costume shop not far from where I live. This is because she ordered the official Star Wars Rey costume for me and we got to talking afterwards. (You can find the costume online for 45, I payed 30). I knew from the start that it was going to be far from what I wanted. I mean, it’s pretty obvious considering the price, but it was a starting point for building on. I didn’t have time to do anything about the size, but I managed to modify it in a way that it didn’t look too baggy on me.
The accessories provided with the costume looked pathetic, so if you think of ordering the costume, I suggest burning them and be inventive. If you’re not a professional cosplayer, you don’t want to spend a lot of money, so you have a look in charity shops. They’re wonderful for accessories and very cheap (I spent less than a fiver for 2 belts, a small bag and 2 white scarfs – which I used to complete my look). Also, I replaced the sleeves from the costume with actual bandages ( 1 pound from every pharmacy ).
If you want to do a Rey cosplay, it’s important to keep it real. For example, I used some grey and dark brown make-up on your costume, to make it look more realistic. (she’s from Jakku, working as a slave, which means she’s going to look a bit dirty). As for actual make-up, you will want to look tanned since you live in a desert, so go with some bronzer. The rest has to be all natural, maybe just a bit of mascara and you’re ready.
However, you can always follow the example of these guys below and think outside the box with your costume.
(photo taken by DCphoto)
Rey’s hairstyle is very simple (it took me less than 5 minutes to recreate) – section your hair in 3 and just tie them in buns. I didn’t want to make them very tight, so they loosened up a bit over a few hours, but I still rocked it.
…and because I knew I was going to be there for hours, I didn’t bother getting a weapon. Kinda regret it now.
I could speak about the event for pages, but I will just tell you why you should go to a Comic Con whenever you have the chance to:
- THE PEOPLE – cosplayers or film&comic fans, you have the guarantee that you will meet the best crowd;
- you have the chance to see and speak to the writers/actors/directors of your favourite series/books/films – I cried my ass off after hugging David Prowse;
- you get to see/buy merchandise and collectibles at very reasonable prices;
- you have access to the newest information, and you get to share opinions with people you have a lot of common interest with;
- you get to meet and support local artists (illustrators, photographers, designers, etc);
- you will experience waves and waves of happiness;
- and last but not least, you are a rockstar for a day.
“It was my first ever Comic Con and I thoroughly enjoyed. I have always loved films, series, animes, comics and cartoons, but have always felt it a bit of a taboo getting in costume and walking out in public like that. Within minutes I was asked for a photo with Wolverine – and it didn’t stop there. You will see Kylo with a few unexpected friends in the photos, who he would never have met unless he went to a Comic Con.” – Rowan Edwards
I put together an album with cosplayers, for more photographs, click here!