Posts by A.C. Rodgers

Cornet Espoir from the Marl Kingdom Games

Cornet (voiced by Koaru Fujino in the original games and Sarah Thomas in the English dubs) is a sweet village girl with a gift for talking to puppets and making her wishes come true. She is the main character in the first Marl Kingdom game, “Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure”. By the time of the second game Cornet is Queen of Marl, leaving the adventures to her daughter.

Long before becoming queen of Marl, Cornet’s look matched her village girl life. A plaid bow in her hair matched her plaid skirt. A white turtleneck, blue vest, brown leggings, and tan boots finished off her look. She also accessorized with a simple necklace and earrings though you can leave those off or just add any you have at home. The finishing touch is a wavy honey blonde wig with bangs. Put it all together and you’re ready to have adventures of your own.

Nyan Cat

2021 marks the tenth birthday of the one of the internet’s most beloved memes: Nyan Cat. Also called “the Pop-Tart Cat” or the “flying rainbow cat”, Christopher Torres created Nyan Cat as part of a donation drive for the Red Cross on his website LOL-Comics. It’s since faced some controversy as people tried to use Nyan Cat without permission. But its viral status is as enduring as the comic is cute!

Pop-Tart costumes are unfortunately hard to come by unless you can find an adult one on Etsy. Your best bet is a quick bit of DIY following this simple tutorial.

1. Measure the length of your Pop Tart, starting at the top of your shoulder and going down whatever length you want the costume to be. Add on an inch and a half for gluing and cutting mistakes, then purchase enough tan felt to cover the length twice (so you can make a front and back). Use this same measurement to buy the light pink felt, but only buy enough for one side. Add in a glue gun and hot pink felt dots to finish up the DIY shopping.

2. Cut the tan fabric in half width wise so you have the front and back of your costume.

3. Mark out how large a space you need for your head to fit through the top of the costume. Put a pin on either side of this head hole, then glue the top edges together, except the space where your head will go. Repeat this process on the sides while leaving holes for your arms.

4. Put a piece of cardboard between the front and back of your costume, then lay the pink fabric on the front. Trim it down so that a “crust” is visible around all edges of the pink felt. Glue the pink fabric down to the tan, making sure cardboard separates the front and back of the costume in any place you add glue.

5. Glue on the hot pink circles as sprinkles and glue your tail to your costume (on the side or at the back depending on how you want to interpret the meme). That’s it!

With your Pop Tart done, use a face painting kit to add in your cat features. Put on your ears and the grey underclothes, then slide into your pop tart. Grab a rainbow scarf to trail behind you and you are set! May you bring as much joy to your convention as Nyan Cat does to the internet!

Merrill Hess from Signs

Merrill Hess from Signs

Signs was something of a cultural phenomena when it came out in 2002. A genuinely scary movie with a twist that most did not see coming, it set the tone for the next decade of horror movies. Part of its appeal was a cast that delivered consistently strong performances. This included Joaquin Phoenix as the washed up local hero Merrill Hess.

Once destined for baseball greatness he now lives and works on the family farm without much ambition toward anything. His clothes – work jeans, work boots, and a dark henley – are all ideal clothes for working on a farm. And when the aliens touch down, he’s one of the first to accept the idea that it’s aliens and reach for a tin foil hat. Of course it’s his trusty bad that really makes the costume and with a little help from Etsy you can have your own Merrill Hess slugger ready and waiting! Just don’t forget to keep a glass of water nearby.

Agent Pace from Matrix Online

Agent Pace from The Matrix Online

The agents of the Matrix, like Agent Smith, are not known for being unique. And that made Agent Pace all the more remarkable. She was programmed to emote. The beguile and disarm people in an age of Truce. And when that Truce ended, it made her all the more deadly.

Like the other agents, Agent Pace wears clothing similar to what most American federal agents are believed to wear. Some variations are black, others dark green. Here I have listed the black version of one of her outfits, including the black gloves and pistol she carries when she knows she will be in a fight.

Her usual outfit consists of a black blazer, white button down shirt, and black skirt. She wears either black or sheer hose and black shoes. In one incarnation her glasses are clear though her glasses later have dark lenses. And in true businesswoman fashion she wears her long hair swept back in a bun with the bangs styled off to the left. It’s not a look easily found premade on wigs but it can be reproduced with the wig listed above. Add in a simple gold necklace and you are ready to act as The Matrix’s newest liaison.

Wildcat from DC Comics

Wildcat

Wildcat is a superhero title that has belonged to several people. The first of those was Ted Grant, a renowned heavy weight boxer that took up the Wildcat mantle to clear his name after getting involved with the wrong people.

Wildcat’s costume is fairly simple so there are a few ways it can be done. The simplest is a black body suit and fingerless gloves paired with a cat mask. Wearing martial arts slippers with the body suit – either inside the suit of it goes over your feet or outside of it for suits that end at the ankle – should protect your feet and give you the Wildcat look.

If the mask doesn’t look quite right you can go with face paint to mimic the look of his mask.

Dream!Sans from Undertale

Dream!Sans from Undertale

Born from the Tree of Feelings, Dream!Sans contains all the happy energy in the universe. Every monster, human, plant, and animal’s happy feelings went into Dream’s creation. Twin to Nightmare!Sans, Dream is the peacekeeper, the light bringer. Created by Jokublog as part of an AU (alternate universe) to the game Undertale, Dream has since grown into a beloved character nearly as widespread as the original Sans himself.

Because Sans is a skeleton you have a few cosplay options. One is to use a bald cap and body makeup to achieve a similar look. A second option is making a Dream mask using a tutorial like this one. The best option is whichever you are most comfortable with.

Once you’ve chose the option you like best you will need the rest of the costume. A gold circlet is the main accessory, followed by a yellow cape and star pin. Dream wears a very simple circlet which isn’t easy to find. A simple gold crown comes close or you can make your own circlet using heavy gauge gold wire.

Finish the look with a blue tunic, yellow fingerless gloves, blue pants, a gold belt, and yellow boots.

Burger King Mascot

Burger King

“The King” or the “creepy” King was the Burger King mascot from 2004-2011. While some people loved the silliness of the ad, a lot of people found the updated mascot creepy. Whether you were a fan or found him unsettling, dressing up as The King is a great royal cosplay!

It’s almost impossible to find the actual prop head that the company used but there are masks that give you the same look. Once you have the mask, the rest of the costume is a fairly standard king costume. A red velvet coat trimmed in white fur, a gold tunic over a white high-collared shirt, and red trim at the bottom added with fabric paint. Finish off the look with white compression pants, covers for your shoes to make them into tall back boots, and a heavy gold chain. It’s good to be the King!

Couples Costumes for Valentine's Day 2021

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Jenny from Disjointed

Jenny from Disjointed

Jenny (played by Elizabeth Ho) is one of the main characters on Disjointed. She is a former medical student who struggles with aligning her appreciation for marijuana with her cultural heritage. She’s also one of the most responsible employees at Ruth’s Alternative Caring and keeps the rest of them grounded (even when she’s the one making the jokes!).

Jenny’s one signature item is her beany. She is almost never seen without one. Add in a ribbed striped top and skinny jeans with sneakers to complete her look. Of course she also always has her journal close at hand!

Hank Schrader from Breaking Bad

Hank Schrader from Breaking Bad

In Breaking Bad, Hank Schrader (Dean Norris) is a dedicate and loyal man. He does what he thinks is right for his friends, his family, his community, and his country. Whether it’s his role in the DEA, his commitment to the people that work under him or his connection to Walt, he always tries to do the right thing. It doesn’t prevent him from meeting a tragic end, unfortunately. But it does make him the kind of man that cosplayers are eager to recreate.

His costume, luckily is fairly straightforward. Sensible black work shoes, grey slacks held up with a black leather belt that holds a belt holster and a pistol. Orange button up, brown sports coat, and a detective’s badge around his neck. A bald cap finishes off the signature Hank Schrader look.