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“Half Assed Cosplay Ideas” Tumblr Illustrates Comic Book Cosplay for Lazy People



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Some cosplayers sink hundreds upon hundreds of dollars, and/or hundreds upon hundreds of hours, into creating that perfect costume. Artist Patrick Dean is not one of those people. Or he wouldn’t be, if he did cosplay. A self-described “cheapskate,” Dean created the Tumblr My Half Assed Cosplay Ideas for his cheat-sheet illustrations of how a theoretical cosplayer version of himself would dress as various superheroes using things he (mostly) already has around the house.

I want someone to do a version of this for sci-fi action heroines now. Alas, I have not the drawing skills. Anyone? Bueller?

(via: /Film)

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  • Vetinari

    There is a terrible part of me that is looking at some of these and going “UGH, STILL TOO MUCH EFFORT”

  • aneesh raikundalia

    easiest? black trench coat…skull t-shirt, you can find one easily or spray paint a skull white onto it…cargo pants. BOOM! Punisher! now find a toy machine gun

  • Lisa Liscoumb

    I cosplayed The Prisoner at a recent con. Black pants, black turtleneck, black jacket with a white stripe, and the #6 button on the lapel. Found everything but the button at the local thrift store. Total cost – less than $20. :)

  • Rebecca Pahle

    “CUTTING HOLES in a BUCKET? That sounds like it requires arm strength.”

  • Mara Gerund

    Ah, but the simplicity of Aquaman is sooo appealing!

  • Anonymous

    Starfire: Red wig. Artificial spray tan (the cheaper, the better). Purple duct tape. Done.

    (Dear comic illustrators: if you are horrified at the thought of middle-aged dumpy people falling out of duct tape in front of you while eagerly asking you to sign their inspiration, maybe you should consider dressing their inspiration in some clothes instead.)

  • http://twitter.com/#!/scarletsherlock scarletsherlock

    While these are funny, there are also people who don’t have the money to make elaborate outfits or have no idea how to sew, do leatherwork, etc etc etc all the things that it involves to make a really nice costume. So you have to live with what you have/throw together things if you want to do it. Hence why I loved stealth cosplay week. Even I can do that!! I was so happy.

  • Eva Marie Heater

    If I ever go to one of these “con” events, I’m cosplaying as “middle-aged Yuna”, which will mostly entail wearing one blue and one green contact lens.

  • Emily Hill

    I feel insulted because for me its budget where I can’t buy an actual costume for Mechacon so I have to improvise I mean I’m being Tsukimi from Princess Jellyfish this year cause she wears sweats

  • http://pontoonification.blogspot.com/ AverageDrafter

    Missing from Doctor Fate and Ant Man (and maybe others): Cheap colored briefs to go over costume.

  • Steven McDade

    So CosPlay turns into “my mom made my Halloween costume”. I’d rather just say I’m a TimeLord who you have never seen before. How’s THAT for lazy. ;-)

  • athenia45

    Cute! But the whole idea behind cosplay is that you can’t buy the stuff, hence why you need to make it. I’m looking at you orange sweater on Aquaman.

  • http://readingwatchinglookingandstuff.blogspot.com/ Janna

    Seriously. I was expecting more of a “You’ve got a yellow sweater? Congrats, you’re pre-shooting Killing Joke Barbara Gordon” effort.

  • Jodilyn

    ClosetCosplay! more than adequate for a house party!

  • Skol Troll

    But you’d have to go all the way to the store for the gun. Too hard. ;-)

  • aneesh raikundalia

    hahaha that just made my day

  • Anonymous

    i have those sandman shoes!

  • Lea Tapp

    Finally, cosplay for me!

  • Nicole Resweber

    I get the feeling some of these are MORE true to what your average “formerly ordinary bloke turned superpowered adventurer” would be able to pull together on short order.

  • petelpet

    I love the drawing style!

  • http://elisabethflaum.wordpress.com/ Elwyne

    As a ‘Goodwill’ cosplayer myself, I approve of this concept.

  • Patrick Dean

    “I want someone to do a version of this for sci-fi action heroines now. Alas, I have not the drawing skills. Anyone? Bueller?’
    I’m on it.

  • http://bayareageekguide.com/ Mike Chen

    Ah, cheap and lazy cosplay. That’s why while my wife got all decked out for PAX Prime in a Fallout Vault suit with Pipboy and armor, I went the economical route as Glenn from The Walking Dead. Baseball cap, blank t-shirt, blank baseball jersey, fake blood splattered all over and a $2 toy ax.

  • Denise Winters

    I really appreciate these. I’m trying to get into cosplay and have found that you generally need two of the following: talent, time, money. The less of one you have, the more of the other two needed. Imagination also counts for a bit as these demonstrate. For instance, someone dressed as the MST3K panel by wearing a gray sweatsuit and making a cardboard cutout of the robots that they attached to their backpack so it made them look like they were the iconic silhouette. That’s something I would likely never have thought of. The Riddler costume is something I am very likely to try.

  • Channelgirl

    “Be seeing you!”

  • Anonymous

    There is no such thing as “the cheapest green suit you can find.” A green blazer & bowler cost me $100. I still haven’t found green dress slacks.

  • Anonymous

    I’m pale!

  • WellYesYouMay

    We once managed 5 of the seven Endless with only a few inexpensive purchases. Deam and Death often wear black t-shirts and black jeans/slacks even in the actual comic. Destruction is easy if you already have a beard and flannel shirt, same for Delirium if you know anyone with punk clothing sensibilities. Destiny can be reproduced with a brown monk’s robe and manacle from a halloween shop, and a dictionary covered in decorated brown postal paper. Desire is just a cigarette away for anyone who’s brave enough to wear a blazer unbuttoned with no shirt. Boom. Despair’s the only difficulty out of the seven.

  • WellYesYouMay

    9. Eccleston made whovian cosplay easy forever.

  • Lisa Liscoumb

    Huh – you’re right (although it was hard to find a full-length image – mostjust show him from the waist up). Even better, I have a nice pair of beige pants I can use.

  • Lisa Liscoumb

    Why does cosplay have to equal lots of time and money? Isn’t the point to have fun? I’m not knocking those who are talented and creative enough – and have enough money – but you shouldn’t be so dismissive of those who want to show their appreciation for a favourite character.

    And by the way, I did attend a con once in a costume my mom made – and took second place in my division in the costume competition.

  • Lisa Liscoumb

    Thrift stores are your friend for doing stuff like this if you’re in a fairly large town. Most of the ones around me have mens’ suits for between $20 and $30. The bowler hat may be a bit more difficult….

  • Lapin

    For Halloween two years ago, I decided to make a Robin costume, despite having minimal sewing skills. I cut the sleeves off a red t-shirt, sewed a felt R patch on it, and wore it with a black undershirt, black shorts over green tights, combat boots, fingerless gloves filched from marching band, and a badly sewn cape.

    My reasoning was that most Robins are teenagers with probably limited costuming skills, so I was “a Robin who had to cobble together their own costume”. I thought I was so meta.

  • Mrimm

    I love the Morpheus one. “Be pale.” Brilliant.

  • Anonymous

    damn my ruddy complexion!

  • Cy

    I had a friend go to Dragoncon dressed like that. He complained that no one knew he was cosplaying even with the sonic screwdriver.