Posts by A.C. Rodgers

Stinky Pete from Toy Story 2

Stinky Pete (voiced by Kelsey Grammer) is Woody’s complete opposite. He can’t stand children, was never loved or played with, and (at least for a time) finds life with children unbearable. He comes around eventually. But not before making life hard for everyone’s favorite cowboy-spaceman duo. And their friends.

Pete’s costume comes together pretty quickly but there are a few key bits you’ll have to factor in before you buy the pieces. Stinky Pete is a larger older man which might mean ordering a larger size than you normally wear. But if you skip a stomach cushion and order clothes to your usual size, you can still get Pete’s look while holding onto the pieces for another costume.

The costume also works best with a costume pickaxe. But as with most costume weapons, check your convention’s rules before you take it on the floor. If you’re wearing this costume to a private party you’re probably fine.

Once you’ve got all that sorted, you’ve only got a few costume pieces to buy. A prospector’s hat, a red button down work shirt, a pair of blue denim coveralls, and a yellow neckerchief. You’ll also need a pair of black boots. Western boots are very expensive, however, so I’ve listed an alternative that will work fine with the pants are worn over the top of the boots.

Finally you’ll want a fake white beard with thick white brows. You might have to trim the hairs a bit to avoid being tickled. But with the beard and brows in place and your costume on, you’ll be the most feared prospector in the toy box!

Carter from Disjointed

Carter (played by Tone Bell) is the security guard at Ruth’s Alternative Caring on the show Disjointed. He is also a character with one of the biggest development arcs in the show. And he is, for many, the character with the most heart wrenching backstory. An Iraq veteran with untreated PTSD, Carter struggles to process what he has been through and find peace. He does, thankfully, but it’s a long journey that Tone Bell plays phenomenally.

Carter’s look changes throughout the show, usually in a way that reflects where he is in his character arc. This version of his costume is toward the end of the first season. He’s relaxed a little and doesn’t wear a full security uniform but he’s also not entirely relaxed into casual clothes as he occasionally is in the second season.

The main pieces here are his black “Security” shirt and his combat boots. Adding in a pair of black Dickies and a black hoodie completes the look. Of course Carter is rarely without his word search book as well. Any other accessories you might want to add from the shows are entirely up to your discretion!

John Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien

People all over the world have fallen in love with Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, the elves of Lothlorien and Rivendell, and the fierce Dwarves of Middle Earth. And if it weren’t for J.R.R. Tolkien, none of those beings would exist at all.

Born January 03, 1892 Tolkien lived through the most tumultuous times of the 20th century. It was not an easy period and Tolkien used every bit of it to inspire his books. They, in turn, have gone on to inspire millions.

This year on his birthday – or for Tolkien Reading Day on March 25th – you can honor Tolkien by dressing up as him or one of his many characters and enjoying a Lord of the Rings-themed party!

If you choose to dress as Tolkien your costume will be pretty straight-forward. You’ll need a three-piece tweed suit and white shirt, a ties, and some Oxford shoes. Slick your hair back with a little pomade and grab some round glasses, then find your favorite writing pen and a nice book of blank paper.

Olivia and The Whatnot Girl from Disjointed

Olivia and The Whatnot Girl from Disjointed

Olivia (played by Elizabeth Alderfer) is a transplant to southern California from rural Iowa. She quickly gets swept up in the business of legal marijuana when her grandma’s fudge cookies turn out to be delicious when turned into edibles! It causes some problems with her and Travis – a one-time love interest who quickly becomes her best friend – but everything turns out alright by the end.

Olivia is put together but in a casual way. She wears her long hair down and opts for long-sleeve shirts, skinny jeans, and boots. But Olivia has a dark secret – she is The Whatnot Girl. An unfortunate meme, she made for a great Halloween costume for Jenny. And she’ll be a great cosplay for you! A pink bra under a camo tank top starts off the look. Then add in some jelly bracelets, shorts, and boots. Finally clip some blonde highlights into the wig and put in some feather earrings. Don’t forget your eyeliner! And, of course, some tooth blackout and the use of her favorite word: Whatnot!

Colossus from Deadpool

Colossus from Deadpool

Colossus (played by Stefan Kapicic) is one of two or three mutants that join Deadpool in his movies. According to the movies, the others are busy (or avoiding Wade). If you ask Deadpool, though, the studio just couldn’t afford to license more from Fox. Ouch. Either way Colossus is a somewhat reluctant ally for the merc with a mouth and one Deadpool sorely needs.

You don’t need the X-gene to copy Colossus’ look thankfully. To copy his metal-coated skin you can either use a silver bodysuit and black marker for the body then use silver and black body paint for your face and hands. Or, if you prefer the paint over the bodysuit, you can use just the paint. You’ll need a few paintbrushes to pull off the finer detail, though.

Recreating Colossus’ clothing is a little bit easier. A black zip-up bike vest and red paint copies the most detailed part of his look while black pants, a black tactical belt, and black boots finish off the look.

Cataleya Restrepo from Colombiana

Cataleya Restrepo from Colombiana

Cataleya Restrepo (played to perfection by Zoe Saldana) knew her life’s path from a young age. When her father’s employer ordered a hit on her family, only Cataleya made it out alive. The little girl – who once dreamed of being Xena, Warrior Princess – dedicated her life instead to ending the people who took her family from her.

Her line of work means that she has a wide wardrobe. Whatever it takes to get the job done.

The first outfit we see her in is a party dress, black bra, short wig, and gold heels with red bottoms. Red-bottomed shoes tend to be expensive however so you’ll have to DIY your own with some standard gold stilettos and red acrylic paint. It’s a cover, of course. And as soon as she’s alone she strips off the dress and puts on a black catsuit she concealed in her dress in order to assassinate a target housed in another part of the police precinct she was brought to.

A second outfit is a black bathing suit with sleeves, allowing her to swim more easily through a very large tank housing two sharks. A long dark with tied back in a bun is the only other piece you will need for this costume along with invisible shoes such as those in this tutorial.

When she is dressed as herself, though, Cataleya opts for highly detailed black leather jackets, skinny jeans, heeled ankle boots, and comfortable flowing tees. She typically wears her hair down which you can recreate with a long, dark wig styled with waves. Her guns are not easy to see in these outfits, so a shoulder holster is most likely what she uses since she keeps her jackets closely fitted.

Circe from DC Comics

Circe

Circe first appeared in 1949 as one of Wonder Woman’s antagonists. As an immortal sorceress she’s a little hard to beat. Thankfully the good guys manage it every time. And I do mean every time. Like a good villain Circe makes repeat appearances, often changing in appearance but consistent in her evil.

This version of Circe might not be the first form she took but it is one of the most popular for cosplays. It gets back to the Greek roots of the character. She was adapted from one of the villains in Homer’s The Odyssey and you definitely get the vibe of an ancient Grecian island witch with this version of Circe.

The first thing you’ll need is a long black wig. Circe’s hair color changes with every iteration of her character but this time her hair is jet black. As an added bonus you can also use this wig for a Morticia Addams cosplay if you’re going to a multi-day convention!

Once you have your wig you’ll need a green dress in a very tight but flowing style. After that you’ll need a whole lot of gold accessories: bangles, a belt, a chalice, and an arm band. Skin tone skippers give you something close to a barefoot look. If that’s not quite your style or you can’t find a slipper in the right shade you can make a pair of invisible shoes like these.

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Stella from Winx Club

Stella from Winx Club

Stella (voiced by Amy Gross in the English versions and Perla Liberatori in the Italian versions) is one of the six core members of the Winx club. She is also the Fairy of Sun and the princess of her home planet Solaria. Her fiance Brandon is a student at the Red Fountain school where he trains in weapons combat to balance Stella’s magical abilities.

If you like the color orange then cosplaying as Stella is perfect for you. From an orange cold shoulder top to an orange skirt and orange boots it is her favorite color. She even wears orange earrings. Stella’s only other color is a silver head band, a set of silver gauntlets, her white wings, and her long blonde hair.

Maria from Disjointed

Maria from Disjointed

Maria (played by Nicole Sullivan) starts out as just another customer at Ruth’s Alternative Caring. Before long she’s made herself at home with the staff while she avoid a, let’s say, less than ideal marriage. Over the course of the show she becomes as much a fixture at the dispensary as any of the staff and becomes a close friend to Ruth. Maria even seems to find love in the show’s final episode, despite her earlier troubles.

Cosplaying as Maria is fairly straightforward. Start with her signature blonde hair then add in a cardigan and a  colorful shirt. A pair of tight jeans and heeled sandals completes the look. Of course Maria is usually seen with a vape pen too. We can’t recommend one but if you’ve got one already, it would make a great accessory! (Just make sure they’re allowed at whatever convention you’re attending!)