Memes

Cal Chuchesta

Cal Chuchesta is the weird, bumbling, but extremely talented roommate of famous YouTube music critic Anthony Fantano. Cal is fierce behind the keyboards and unrivaled with his songwriting. Cal also has a keen sense of fashion, with his XXXL sweater, manly mustache, and steely squint.

Anthony Fantano

Anthony Fantano is the Internet’s busiest music nerd. His time is filled playing bass and reviewing albums on his popular YouTube channel, The Needle Drop. Fantano is known for his uncanny resemblance to a melon, his vast collection of plaid flannel shirts — each color having a deep symbolic meaning, and for having the best teeth in the game. Fantano’s roommates with the eccentric Cal Chuchesta, who he hates.

milkman karlson

Milkman Karlson

In the eponymous video game created by YouTuber Dani, Milkman Karlson must make his way to the store to buy milk.  However, this is no ordinary milk run, with enemies appearing in his path to slow him down.  Milkman Karlson must use his weapons to dispatch of these enemies and he can earn money by not only killing his enemies, but by doing “epic” tricks and flips.  To dress as Milkman Karlson, you’ll need a black shirt, yellow pants, and blue overshirt.  For a little extra pizzazz, you can also opt for a pair of googly eye glasses and bright green socks to pull it all together.

Uncle Sam

Uncle Sam

Uncle Sam first came into use an a recruitment tool in the early 1900s and has been around ever since. His most well-known image circulated during World War II when could be found staring steely-eyed from recruitment posters all over the country. He’s now a staple of Halloween parties and even makes for a great Fourth of July costume if you’re looking to add a new tradition to the holiday!

There have been a few versions of Uncle Sam over the years. A pre-made costume set is the easiest way to get the most well-known version of him but you can trade out a few pieces for a more traditional look. The top hat is the easiest since a white top hat, blue fabric, and white applique stars can recreate the look from the WWII posters.

Finish off the look with a white wig and decorate buckle bands over your favorite pair of black dress shoes!

john freeman from half life full life consequences

John Freeman from Half-Life: Full Life Consequences

John Freeman is a character created as part of a fanfiction story written for the Half-Life video game franchise.  John is the brother of Gordon Freeman, the scientist players become when they play the game.  The poorly written fic was given new life when it was adapted into a five-minute YouTube video.  John’s character design is based on Citizen 07 from the original game, and he wears and fingerless gloves and a dark grey beanie paired with a grey vest and jeans.

Nyan Cat Meme

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!

Bernie Sanders at the Inauguration Day

Bernie Sanders at the Inauguration

At Joe Biden’s inauguration after defeating Donald Trump in the presidential election, Bernie Sanders, the firebrand from Vermont, was spotted in attendance. What made Bernie stand out was his choice of clothing for the formal occasion. Granted the Burton winter parka and wool mittens made from recycled plastic bottles were both practical for the chilly January weather and on brand for the conscientious politician. But the image of the seated Senator quickly went viral, right on the heels of his “I am once again asking” meme.

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Rasputin/Russian Man from Just Dance 2

Rasputin/Russian Man is the dancing avatar in Just Dance, most obviously for the song “Rasputin (Club Mix)” by  Boney M. and G. Mart. While it’s unknown whether the performer is Rasputin or some random guy, he wears traditional Russian garb, namely a Papacha (Russian winter cap). He dances on a frozen lake in front of a winter landscape, and what appears to be St. Basil’s Cathedral, one of the most famous buildings in Moscow, Russia. For whatever reason, this dance has become a meme, from viral Tiktoks to a remix with “WAP” by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion.

Pyramid Head Cosplay

Make Your Own: Pyramid Head

Silent Hill, a classic horror game that is as psychological as it is gory, made its debut in 1999. Since […]

Mr. P from Pringles

Mr. P from Pringles

Mr. Pringles is the long-time mascot for the chip in a can. While his old-timey hair and mustache have long been featured on the packaging, his body is something of a mystery. Or it was, until the HBO talk show host John Oliver issued a challenge on Twitter and wondered “Is he tall or short? Does he have a lot of body hair or is he completely smooth? When will he be able to tell me what his nipples look like?” While the public drew their own fan art, giving Mr. P a sexy physique or dapper tuxedo, the actual body reveal was more toned down, with the mascot dressing for comfort.