Posts by A.C. Rodgers

Cody from Total Drama Island

Cody (voiced by Peter Oldring) likes to think of himself as a ladies man. The ladies on the island, however, beg to differ. Still Cody has his own kind of charm. Tech-savvy and eager to help his teammates, he is a great asset to the Screaming Gophers until he has to leave the island, not to return to the competition until Total Drama World Tour.

Cosplaying as Cody is a great opportunity to use stuff you might already have in your closet. And if you don’t have the items, you can easily transition your new purchases into other cosplays or your daily wardrobe. A short sleeve yellow polo, grey long sleeve shirt, cargo jeans, and a pair of brown sneakers make up Cody’s outfit. You can add the stripes on his shirt with fabric paint. And if you want to get his messy hairstyle, you can either opt for a wig or style your own in a similar fashion.

Tommy Pickles from Rugrats

Tommy Pickles (voiced by Elizabeth Daily) was a staple in the childhood of many Millennials. He led the group of friends known as the Rugrats, usually getting them into trouble (even if some of it was just make believe). His leadership and adventurous nature drove the whole show, so it’s no wonder people might want to cosplay as Tommy!

There are two ways to go about a cosplay like this. One is to get as close as possible to the original character and the other is to put a slight spin on. To get really close to the character, go for a blue t-shirt, a costume diaper, a prop bottle, a Reptar toy, and invisible shoes like those in this YouTube tutorial. If you don’t want to go the diaper route, you can swap that piece for a pair of white pants and a pair of shoes that match your skin tone. In either case remember to use yellow fabric paint to recreate the iconic yellow tabs on Tommy’s diaper. And while you might want to ditch the bottle if you go with the jeans, keep Reptar nearby. Tommy would!

WandaVision Halloween Costumes

A WandaVision Halloween Costume Spectacular

Marvel fans looking for fantastic costumes have their hands full with WandaVision on Disney+. Every episode brings a new era and […]

Space Jam 2: A New Legacy

Space Jam: A New Legacy

In 1996 Space Jam awed kids all over. Even kids who didn’t watch basketball begged to see it because of Michael Jordan and all the Looney Tunes. A new generation of kids gets to experience the same enchantment with Space Jam: A New Legacy. This time they’re treated to LeBron James as he tries to rescue his son from a wayward AI. And, with the help of the Looney Tunes, he knows he can.

Unlike most of the players in Space Jam, you can choose your team. If you’re feeling a little more mischievous than usual you can join the Goon Squad with purple shorts and a custom jersey. A full Toon Squad set lands you with Bugs and the gang. And a face painting kit can help you get the look of your favorite character. You might want to get Bugs’ look or maybe you want to go with Chronos’ style and get in sync with time.

Emily Dickinson from Dickinson

Emily Dickinson from Dickinson

Emily Dickinson’s life is the stuff of literary class lessons and book foreword fodder. But in the hands of Alena Smith and Hailee Steinfeld, Dickinson’s life takes on new glamour, pain, and style. The new approach brings Dickinson to life in a way few class syllabi could hope to. And it does it with a style all its own.

Given the show’s unique style, there are a range of looks to choose from. To get the look featured here, however, you’ll need to start with a red ballgown. After that, match red lipstick and flats to the gown, then style a brunette wig into the loose strands and updo Dickinson wears. Round out the look with a stunning leather journal for writing down all of your own brilliant ideas!

Melina from Black Widow

Melina Vostokoff from Black Widow

Mother figure or Red Room mentor, it can be hard to tell where Melina Vostokoff’s loyalties lie until the very end. Played by the enchanting Rachel Weisz, it’s hard not to like her even when you’re not sure if she has Natasha’s best interests at heart. It all works out in the end, of course. Widows, after all, have to stick together.

For Melina’s look you want to start with a long brown wig that can be braided using tutorials from YouTube. A costume rifle also gives you her weapon of choice. If you want to go with her widow look, you’ll want a white Widow Suit. For her home look, a black canvas jacket, black cargo pants, black boots, and a dark blue long sleeve shirt are great options that can also transition into other cosplays. The pet pig is, of course, optional.

Daphne Bridgerton from Bridgerton

Daphne Bridgerton from Bridgerton

Prim and proper, Daphne Bridgerton (played by Phoebe Dynevor) has spent her life preparing for her debut. With a sterling reputation and a loving family, she seems destined to be the toast of the season. Until that loving family steps in, that is. Thankfully the Duke of Hastings steps in to save the day.

Daphne’s gowns are all handcrafted for her taste and style. You can get close, however, with a simple white empire-waist gown and a matching hair ribbon. Rhinestone studded slippers, white gloves, and a ‘diamond’ bracelet make for lovely accessories while YouTube tutorials can help you style a strawberry blonde wig into a look suitable for the ton.

Gawain from The Green Knight

Gawain from The Green Knight

Gawain and the Green Knight is a classic Arthurian tale. And like Arthur himself, the knights have been gaining new audiences as their tales are once again retold.  Written for the screen  by David Lowery and starring the incredible Dev Patel, the movie is billed as a fantasy retelling of an already fantastical tale. And one can only hope Gawain fares is well in the adaptation as in the original, green sash and all.

Gawain has a yellow cloak that can be reproduced with golden fabric, or a white capelet and Rit dye. Because this movie is stylized and not aimed at perfect historical accuracy, a set of fold-top leather boots (which are great in other cosplays) are also perfect for the costume, as well as a pair of black pants, a chain mail shirt, and a black tunic. A sword and scabbard can be slid into a a medieval belt and you’re ready for your own Arthurian adventure.

Vince Masuka from Dexter

Vince Masuka from Dexter

Vince Masuka (played by C. S. Lee) is the comedic relief in the Miami precinct where he works. He’s upbeat and positive most of the time which is impressive given the sort of things he sees. He’s also got a dirty sense of humor that gets him in trouble now and then. But overall he’s a good man that goes the extra mile for his friends.

Because he lives in Miami, Vince prefers short sleeves button up shirts and slack with sensible shoes while he works. He’s rarely without a set of disposable gloves for evidence collection. And of course a Vince cosplay would not be complete without his signature bold head and glasses!

Queen Ramonda from Black Panther

Queen Ramonda from Black Panther

When you think of a queen, you likely think of poise and grace. You probably think of beauty and wisdom, too. Queen Ramonda of Wakanda embodies all of these traits as well as the strength and foresight to lead her people after both of her children are lost in Thanos’ snap. She is a natural queen played by Angela Bassett, a queen in her own right and star of numerous hit productions.

Mimicking Queen Ramonda’s royal bearing isn’t easy, but you can start with her look. The most iconic piece of her costume is the isicholo or Zulu hat that she wears. There are many tutorials on YouTube or you can purchase one from at Etsy seller, such as the one pictured above. She wears two different versions throughout the film, one in black and one in white. With her white isicholo hat she wears flat profile earrings, thumb rings, and the kimoyo beads that all Wakandans seem to wear.

Queen Ramonda also wears a white A-Line gown and a shoulder mantle. In the movie the mantle is 3-D printed. However the file linked here is for a laser-cut version.

Finally, the Queen’s shoes are not seen. Because of this, three options have been included. One is a pair of white dress sands, the second a pair of white lace heels, and the third a pair of white flats.