Your Last-Minute Costuming Guide For Comicpalooza
Phaedra Cook It's not too late to get your Who on. Bedrock City has plenty of pop culture gear, even for the ladies.
Comicpalooza, Houston's biggest comic and pop culture convention, starts at 10 am on Friday. The six-year old convention keeps growing in size and popularity. This year, it spans four days instead of three. (Hopefully, you already have Memorial Day off and don't have to call in "sick.")
So, what if you want to go to Comicpalooza but didn't plan on wearing a costume?
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Option 1: Don't Sweat It
First off, it's absolutely fine to not wear a costume or cosplay. Speaking from experience, costumes can be hot, uncomfortable and--if you make your own--require hours, days or even months of work to achieve a high level of quality and authenticity. Based on my own observations at cons, a third or fewer attendees actually cosplay (although it is growing in popularity every year and more and more people are picking it up as a serious hobby). In fact, I strongly recommend to first-time con attendees to NOT cosplay. Just come see what it's all about first and then decide if you want to cosplay for the next one.
Option 2: Nerd Couture
Phaedra Cook Bedrock City and other local comic book stores have a wide variety of apparel.
The easiest way to dress in the spirit of the event is to visit your local comic book store and check out the assortment of branded T-shirts. You can probably find one that sports a character that you love. At larger comic book shops, like the Bedrock City Comics on Washington Avenue, there's a lot more than just T-shirts to choose from. These days, the fashionable geek can choose from hoodies, jackets hats and wallets. Gussy up your jeans and jackets with iron-on patches. There are even some extremely cute Doctor Who dresses for the ladies.
If your heart is absolutely set on wearing a costume (or you have a child who is going to be heartbroken to not have one) you still have some options--if you hurry.
Option 3: Amazon Prime
If you order a lot of stuff online, the $99 Amazon Prime membership comes in really handy. It is a lifesaver if you need something in a day or two and have no time to go shopping in person. There are several costumes and accessories available for second-day and (for an additional $3.99 per item) even next day shipping.
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