Some days… it’s good to be me. Like those days when the Adsense check comes in and I treat myself to a foot-long turkey sub at Subway instead of the usual six-incher. Yeah. That’s right. I laugh in the face of economic downturns with my unmitigated extravagance. Suck it.
You also can’t beat those days when I get some sweet geeky imagery from one of my readers in my inbox of electric mail. Take Chelsea, for instance, who sent me these pics of herself in her homemade costume of Freefall from Image Comics’ Gen13 title.
You had me at the neon arm lassos.
For those–including myself–who aren’t familiar with Gen13 because they stopped buying titles from Image Comics around the time that Jurrasic Park planted the idea in George Lucas’s head that yes, yes he could create a ham-handed, pseudo-Rastafarian space alien completely out of CGI… here’s an image of Freefall, a.k.a. “Roxy,” from the comics:
Pretty good likeness, eh?
Freefall has been my favorite GEN13 character since first picking up the comic. She’s a badass! I imagine Caitlin Fairchild would be an obvious choice of many, but I identified most with Freefall (Roxanne Spaulding). I put this costume together piece by piece as well. Though it definitely wasn’t the most difficult one I could’ve chosen, by far.
So, sure, Chelsea’s been an active cosplayer, but she’s a shy one, don’t’cha know. Here, she talks about Aphrodite IX costume. (More 1990s Image characters with lots of exposed skin? I’m starting to see an encouraging pattern…)
When I attended my first comic book convention in Chicago 3 years ago I planned to dress up. I brought all my Aphrodite IX stuff in my suitcase. But when we got there, I just couldn’t get myself to put the costume on. I was angry at myself for being so shy about it, especially once we got to the con and everyone else seemed to be in costume without a problem.
The following year my boyfriend and I went to the Seattle Con. I didn’t even pack a costume because I just knew I wouldn’t have the guts. Same with San Diego. And always such regret after seeing everyone else’s awesome costumes.
Well, sure, putting yourself on display in public like that isn’t for every…HEY NOW!
Yes, I believe that’s referred to in psychology circles as “Confronting your fears. Whilst clutching your boobies.”
I plan to continue putting together and wearing fun character costumes. And maybe one day I’ll even become brave enough to wear one to comic con!
That’s great, Chelsea, but I’m more interested in the sort of bravery that leads to more photos of semi-nakedness on the internet tubes.
Thanks to Chelsea for sharing the pics, the deets, and… you know. Just… for sharing. You can check out, ahem… more of Chelsea, a.k.a. “Error” on Cosplay Deviants, if you hadn’t already gathered as much from the watermarks on the photos.
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