the wasp 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.

anonymous asked:

A mod on the blog, Good Character Design, said "It’s really sad that some of the best looks for female superheroes are those that are just male heroes’ costumes genderswapped." "They’re all just so upleasant and exploititive." Your thoughts?

That’s stupid.  If they’re so unpleasant and exploitative then why do women cosplay as those characters, in those costumes?

Ms Marvel’s Warbird costume.  Scarlet Witch’s costume.  Electra, Psylock, Spider Woman, Wasp.  All very common cosplays.

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Hey! It’s the spider Gwen anon from forever ago! So I did it! I did Spider Gwen from AVAC! Sadly, I had an incident with my jacket and had to do rank 1 instead of rank 3, but honestly it was fun either way! I met lots of nice people and had some really great experiences I wouldn’t have had if you guys hadn’t given me the courage to do it!
I hope to do more of Gwen in the future and keep showing off my tiger style! 🐯
Thanks for doing what you do!!

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Its time for our Fourth Costoberfest Spotlight! This year in honor of the Cosplay Cover Variants, we’ll be talking to the cosplayers featured on the variants and their costume-making process!

Next up is a Kit Quinn, who is on the The Uncanny Avengers #1 Cosplay Cover Variant, on sale now!

Originally from the Bay Area but living in LA now, Kit grew up as a theater kid, which has made living in LA super fun. She started cosplaying in 2007 when a group of friends got together to make group costumes, including a large Alice in Wonderland group!

We asked Kit to walk us through making of Wasp!

Wasp is a character I’ve wanted to build for a while, I just wasn’t sure I could pull it off. She has quite a few different looks and each one has its own challenges, both in construction and in the actual wearing of the costume. It wasn’t until Steven got a few chrome based projects under his belt that I thought we could pull of her armored look. The body suit was a relatively easy build for me. I added a few of my own pattern details on the back and on the arms to mirror some creative sewing I had to do on Steven’s costume; I was short on fabric, and I really like the results. To keep the stream lined look of her costume I hand sewed water shoes into the feet of the body suit. The gloves were made with Velcro to easily slip on and off so I can do things like eat and use my phone.

Now on to the armor! To make the armor we first had to do a body cast of me.  I was wrapped in plastic wrap and plaster bandages to make the cast which Steven then laid fiberglass into, to create my double.  I was able to use this torso to sculpt the ab plates, but due to a mess up on my part the chest plate had to be sculpted on a body cast I had previously made of myself.  Once the two torsos were ready to be worked on I placed masking tape on them and drew out my basic shapes.  I then transferred this pattern to paper versions to use to cut the shapes out of Monster Clay that I had rolled out into about a ¼" thick sheet.  These cut out pieces of clay were then put back onto my torso where I adding raised details, checked for symmetry, and made sure the angles flowed between the plates.  Once I had the shapes where I wanted Steven came in with his more exacting eye and did the final polishing and altering of the shapes.

The next step is to clear coat the clay, and then mold.  I made mold walls out of more clay and brushed on about 4 layers of silicone. I then made a mother mold out of liquid plaster.  Normally liquid plaster isn’t a great idea for mother molds because it can get heavy and will crack pretty easily, but this mold doesn’t need to last very long, so saving money seemed like a good idea! Once we had the mold I did a junk casting to make sure my mold didn¹t have any flaws and that everything fit.  Steven then did the real casting in Onyx resin backed with Free Form Air.  We wanted the plates to be nice and light to start since we were about to cover all of them in metal.  Once we had the final casting in hand it was time to prime and wet sand to a glossy smooth finish, then off to the chromer!

This is where we made a mistake in our planning.  Our chrome guy said we could pre-embed the magnets into the plates and he could basically chrome around hem using this special chrome resistant tape. Unfortunately the chrome still got to some of the magnets and ate away at their strength so Steven had to drill them out and embed new magnets.  A valuable lesson was learned there! Once all the magnets were secured into the plates it was a fun game of taping the armor to me to figure out where the other half of the magnets needed to go in the body suit to secure the armor in place.  I had acquired some magnets that come in a handy plastic square for just such a purpose as this.  I feel a bit like Iron Man every time I get into this costume, with plates flying in and clicking into place.

All together this costume took about two weeks to construct, and was a pretty fun and simple build.  The funniest moment being when all our friends wanted to go watch The Avengers, but we still needed to work, so we took my smaller chest cast with us to the movie theater to sculpt in the car!  

As Kit grew up wanting to be a princess, which may not be an actual viable career choice, its through cosplay that she can always dress up as any character she wants and be that person, at least in spirit, for a couple days out of the year at conventions

For more from Kit Quinn, click over to her Facebook Page. and for even more from Costoberfest, swing over to Marvel.com/Costoberfest

Stay tuned to Marvel’s Tumblr as we continue highlighting more cosplayers from our Cover Variants each week!

Photographs by Judy Stephens and Kitt Quinn.