There are always a bunch of awesome cosplayers at Baltimore Comic-Con each year, and 2018 was no exception. Seeing all of the many different characters and fandoms represented was so cool. I am already pumped for the 2019 installment!
Here is a selection of just some of the many great cosplays we saw over the weekend.
Sunday of Baltimore Comic-Con was one of the rare times that Mike and I cosplayed together. Mike debuted his Knightmare Batman costume, based on the Rules of Engagement arc in the Batman comics, issues 33-35, written by Tom King and penciled by Joelle Jones. We made this cosplay to match my Knightmare Catwoman costume that I already had. Most of it was done using purchased materials, although we did make the chest armor. The cowl is by Ryan Eaton Creations.
Here are a couple photos I took of Mike.
My purple Balent-style Catwoman costume is one of my favorite comic book cosplays, so I knew I had to wear it to Baltimore Comic-Con. Unsurprisingly, it was a big hit! As an added bonus, the weather was nice enough for us to do photos outside, which led to some cool shots, including at sunset. I had the opportunity to work with two great photographers in addition to Mike: Notsoprophoto Photography and S1 Price Lightworks.
Here is a selection of photos I did with Mike. (I did the editing.) These first several were shot in the middle of the day.
I organized a DC Bombshells cosplay group at Baltimore Comic-Con last fall. We had ten folks participate, which was way more than I expected. Everyone did an amazing job on their costumes! I, of course, chose Catwoman for my character.
Here is the group photo. Unfortunately one of our group had to leave before we were able to take this picture, so there are only nine of us here. Three of these ladies were people we just happened to run in to at the con, which was a lucky coincidence! I was quite impressed that Mike managed to wrangle all of us into one shot.
Here is a smaller group photo with our Supergirl, who had to leave early.
Our complete roster
Hawkgirl: Jessi Moon Cosplay
Batgirl: Cosplay Rae
Huntress: Goodbye Midnight Cosplay
Batwoman: AVY Cosplay
Shazam: Crazy Jae Cosplay
Wonder Woman: Lyliah Cosplay
Riddler: Cake and Cosplay
Harley Quinn: Raedioactivity Cosplay
Supergirl: NatArchaic Cosplay
Back to event recaps! In late September, Mike and I went to one of our favorite cons, Baltimore Comic-Con. It takes place at the Baltimore Convention Center in the Inner Harbor area, which is an easy half-hour drive from our house. It’s a busy con, but not overwhelming (it takes up a lot of the convention center, but not all of it), and we have managed to meet a bunch of our favorite comics creators there. We had to miss it in 2017 due to an out-of-town wedding, so we were excited to go back. This post is about the con itself; I will post more about the weekend’s cosplay later.
Since this is a comics-centric convention, I decided to go with all Catwoman cosplays for the three days. I wore my purple Jim Balent-style Catwoman on Friday, DC Bombshells Catwoman on Saturday, and Knightmare Catwoman (with Mike debuting his matching Knightmare Batman) on Sunday.
In September, Mike and I were able to participate in another awesome D.C. Cosplay Photo Shoots meetup. This one was at Rust Manor House in Leesburg, Virginia, and the theme was either historical or fantasy. Rust Manor is an early 20th century house located in the middle of Rust Sanctuary. It has a variety of beautiful rooms indoors, plus a pretty garden surrounding it.
Mike attended as a photographer, while I went as a cosplayer. The weather was a bit hot and very humid that day, so both Mike and I tried to cycle between being inside in the air conditioning and outside. (As a happy side effect, this led to a nice variety of pictures in different settings, both for Mike photographing other cosplayers and for me working with other photographers.) The venue was kind enough to provide chilled bottled water for us, which was much appreciated!
This post is about the photos that Mike took of others (and that I edited). I’ll follow up with another post on photos of me.
Mike started by working with Amelia of Rey Dot Ham Cosplay in her Shae costume from Game of Thrones. There was this area behind the manor house with a stone wall that had a nice woodsy ruins look.
In addition to our many Catwoman photo shoots at PAX East, we also did pictures of a few other costumes. On Friday, Mike wore his Garfield the Deals Warlock cosplay again, so I got photos of that. Then on Saturday we had the pleasure of shooting with our friend Liz of Goodbye Midnight Cosplay in her Witcher/Star Wars mashup. Finally on Sunday we reprised our My Little Bruins costumes.
We were in a bit of a rush on Friday, so I did not get a lot of photos of Mike in his Garfield the Deals Warlock. (Garfield is a character in The Adventure Zone podcast.) I was also in the process of learning how to use our new camera. Despite these logistical challenges, I’m quite happy with how the photos came out.
The faces Mike makes!
At PAX East this year, I did something I’ve always wanted to do, which is cosplay Catwoman for multiple days of a con. I have so many Catwoman costumes that I can wear several distinct looks back-to-back, which allows me to highlight the many facets of the character. Catwoman was created over 75 years ago, and I love exploring her rich history.
For this con, I chose “Knightmare” Catwoman for Thursday, DC Bombshells Catwoman for Friday, and Jim Balent-style Catwoman for Saturday. These are three very different takes on the character, and I love cosplaying each of them.
The “Knightmare” Catwoman design is from the “Rules of Engagement” arc in the Batman comic, written by Tom King and drawn by Joelle Jones. I whipped this cosplay up quickly for a photo shoot earlier in the year, but this was my first time wearing it to a con. It’s one of my more practical costumes!
We mostly shot in a small area with large windows on the second floor of the convention center. The textured concrete wall in this photo is one of our favorite spots, as you’ll notice from our pictures throughout the weekend. There are not that many great backgrounds at the BCEC, so we’re usually shooting here or in front of the many plate-glass windows.
PAX East is probably the least cosplay-heavy convention of those that we go to regularly. With the exception of Overwatch and League of Legends cosplay, it’s a bit of a mixed bag as to what you’ll find. That being said, the cosplay you do see is great. Plus, with all the windows throughout the BCEC, there’s a decent chance of getting good hall photos.
This year we saw few cosplayers on Thursday and Sunday, but a bunch on Friday and Saturday. On to the photos!
The only hall photo we took on Thursday was of this awesome Aloy by Fenix Fatalist Cosplay.
Daisy as Raven. Well done on the makeup!
What a cute Poe Dameron/BB-8 cosplay! Featuring Jason.
I haven’t done a tutorial or dress diary post in so long! I used to love writing these, but between my job and photographing a lot of events, I just haven’t had the time. However, I have been trying to take progress photos regardless, and I just uploaded a bunch from my DC Bombshells Catwoman build last winter. I’m really pleased with how that costume came out, so I wanted to share how I made it.
My primary references were these two images. The first is an illustration by Ant Lucia, who did most of the designs for the DC Bombshells.
The second is a photo of the statue that was produced based on Lucia’s art. I also own one of these statues, so I could take a look at it in three dimensions.
I also looked at the sketches that can be found in the book, The Art of DC Comics Bombshells. Based on these references, I broke down the costume into its component pieces: the dress, the hat, the gloves, the jewelry, the shoes/stockings/garters, and the props.