janet van dyne cosplay

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FIrst pics of my Wasp/ Janet van Dyne Cosplay /)/////v/////(\

I had so many doubts about this Cosplay- But it turned out beautiful o///v//o) a lot of people complimented me - someone even said I was “prettier than the real Wasp” :’D

I’m just incredibly happy with this /)v(\

pictures taken by: liebreizend on Animexx

Who Gatekeeps the Gatekeepers?

I’m becoming that person, the girl who gets approached at conventions by guys trying to prove I’m a fake geek girl.

The irony being that I’m actually a professional in the industry and have an encyclopedic knowledge of comics they probably haven’t even heard of.  

At Boston Comic Con a couple of weeks ago, I was waiting on line in a Dunkin’ Donuts in my Silver Age Wasp costume.  Now, it’s not the most famous of her old costumes, nor the most accurate– it’s a red-on-black costume from the late 60s and basically a closet cosplay with wings and accessories– but we’re talking about a character who has so many costumes that I tried to count them all up once and lost count somewhere in the early 2000s with a count of at least 220.  So I don’t expect everyone to recognize all her costumes.  A lot of people usually think I’m Dr. Mrs. The Monarch or various other winged characters; it’s cool.  I get it. 

So I told him I was The Wasp.  

He said to me, “oh, well, I’m a comics fan,” definitely with that implication that people at comics conventions who aren’t comics fans leave something to be desired.  

I said the Wasp was a comics character.

“I mean superhero comics,” he said.  “I know everything about superhero comics.  I can name pretty much every superhero character.” 

“She is a superhero,” I told him.  

“Well, I’m more of a Marvel fan,” he said.  

“She is a Marvel character,” I answered.  

“Well, she must be really obscure because I know everything about Marvel and I’ve never heard of her,” he said.

“Do you know who the original founding Avengers were?” I asked. 

“Which ones?” he asked.  “There are a lot of original founding Avengers.”

“I mean the original five, from 1963.” 

“Captain America,” he started.

“No,” I said.  “I mean, he’s close to one but he didn’t join till Avengers #4.”

“Thor, Iron Man, and The Hulk,” he rattled off.  

“Yes,” I answered.  “Three down, two to go.”

“Hawkeye,” he said.

“No,” I answered. “Hawkeye was a villain.

“No he wasn’t!” the guy replied. “Hawkeye wasn’t a villain; he was definitely on the original team.”

“He was a villain,” I answered. “He joined later.”

“Well, I don’t know,” said the guy. 

“They were both in the most recent Marvel movie,” I said.  

Ant-Man?” he asked. “Ant-Man wasn’t an original Avenger.”

“Yes, he was. One more,” I told him.  (It was a very long line.)

“Okay,” he said. “One more guy.”  

“Noooo,” I answered.  

He didn’t get what I meant, because he just started rattling off a very long list of Marvel dudes, most of which were X-Men.

Finally, he said “I give up.”

“Wasp,” I answered.  

“I didn’t know that,” he said.

“That’s okay, I assured him. “They’re really old comics.”

“Oh,” he said. “Well, I know a lot about Wolverine.  I know everything there is to know about Wolverine.” 

snarkaeologist​ can attest to all of this happening. 

I felt kind of bad quizzing him like that, but it was one question, and one I meant as mild teasing. I honestly expected that when I asked him who the founding Avengers were, he’d remember the Wasp and facepalm or something.  I thought it was interesting that he did not for a second consider any female characters.  It was almost like he didn’t know their names at all.  

Man, someday I’m going to cosplay Secret Agent X-9.  I would just love to see someone try to one-up me on Dashiell Hammett and Alex Raymond.

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So I had to fudge her name in-game a bit because someone else was sitting on it, but I’m working on making myself a GW2 Wasp.

Race: Human
Class : Daredevil/Thief
Order: Whispers
Weapons: Double Pistols/Double Knives, all loaded with air signets to create Lightning “Stings”

The hair was as close as I could get to her classic 60s mod-flip, but I decided to go with the black and yellow for her outfit to avoid her looking too much like Black Widow. She has Dredge cannons for now because they looked suitably 60s retrofuturistic, but I may give her something more fashionable in the future.

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“I’ve been on the team since day one, sweetie. Worry about you.”
Janet Van Dyne - Wasp 

Photos by my friend Dylan and @serenity-sky​ (check the captions). All edited by me. I know I’ve been spamming you all with photos of my Jan cosplay but these photos Dylan took are just SO good and I wanted to showcase them with my other favs from Hal-Con.