The $50 Cosplay Challenge

C2E2 is only 30 days away, and I wanted to do something special. This particular convention, which takes place in Chicago every April, is one of my favorite events of the year; it allows me to be my geekiest and, most importantly, it is an outlet for creativity. I’ve made it well-known in the past that I love to cosplay for a hobby, and the best place to do it is at C2E2. The first year I went, I didn’t expect the reception that my costume would receive. I was dressed as Tintin (a fairly obscure character), and the fans who knew who I was were so excited to see my costume. The second year I went–last year–I was a 1940s Batgirl, which people seemed to like as well. While I love the attention I get when I cosplay (really, who doesn’t?), it really is a great expression of creativity and individuality, and that’s the real reason why I love dressing up.

Not only that, but C2E2 offers so much to do. From The Block to Artist Alley, panels to celebrity signings, the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo is a wonderful all-day treat. C2E2 is the first convention I ever went to, and I have loved it ever since.

This year, I wanted to do something really cool for my cosplay in order to celebrate the #BestWeekendEver, so I’ve decided to do a gender-bent Two-Face. I was inspired to do this particular cosplay after I created a YouTube video tutorial for a media class; from there, I built up an image of a female Two-Face, and began to design.

My sketch
My sketch

Unfortunately, I do not have any sewing skills–besides basic stitching and repair–nor do I have much money to play around with. Recently, cosplaying has become a big business, and it’s growing into a wonderfully constructed culture that incorporates many skill sets, including jewelry making, leather crafting, and sometimes metal work. As you can imagine, materials for a really good, completely handmade cosplay, can be quite expensive. Being a college student, I can’t afford to spend hundreds of dollars to create a costume, and I don’t have the time to learn how to sew. But, I am very thrifty, and I have a lot of background in making arts and crafts. I also make jewelry, and I have made my own costumes in the past.

So, on the 30 day marker until I go to C2E2, I am challenging myself to make a great cosplay for $50. I am planning on pulling from multiple resources, including: thrift stores, dollar store finds, craft supplies, and items that I already own. My hope is that thriftiness, creativity, and a lot of fabric glue will help me make a great cosplay for relatively little money.

I’ve begun shopping and researching, and I’ll give updates as I go. So far, I’ve spent $18, which means I have $32 left in my pocket. Will I make it? Tune in next time to find out!

For my YouTube video, click here!

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Note: The C2E2 Logo is a trademark of ReedPop. I do not own the logo, nor the name C2E2.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Grateful Geek says:

    I really wanted to go this year, but it just wasn’t going to happen! But I’m planning on prepping for next year this year 🙂 So…goals!


    1. mckelodeon says:

      It’s really worth going. Hope you make it next year!


      1. Grateful Geek says:

        Me too! I’ve got my costume design all drawn up I just have to make it 🙂 if I make it I will go right 😉


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