I’ve wanted to cosplay for a long time, but have never gotten any costumes together. My natural ineptitude with fashion and makeup make the process harder than it should be. And, for some reason, I always want to dress up as male characters who wear complicated clothes, like Mordecai from Borderlands, which only makes it that much harder for me to find a good starting point.*
I’m one of those people who, when faced with difficulties, does not say “I shall overcome!” I say “Can I eat French fries and take a nap instead?” So, my grand plans and ideas never went anywhere, and I’ve always attended cons in plainclothes.
I’m going to MidSouthCon next weekend, as Hubbs and I have for the last five years, and a dear friend from high school is joining us. My friend wanted really badly to try cosplaying, too, and we motivated each other to finally do this thing! She went the complicated route, ordering a custom-made dress, hat, and staff to be Lulu from League of Legends. I, in classic Katy fashion, went the easy and cheap, but (hopefully) no less lovable, route to be one of my all-time favorite characters.
Behold! Tina Belcher!
I don’t just love Tina Belcher. I am Tina Belcher. Once, I asked Hubbs which Bob’s Burgers character I was. Although I hoped he’d say Linda – “Mommy doesn’t get drunk; she has fun.” – deep down, I knew he’d say Tina. And I was right. Honestly, it’s like the writing team for Bob’s Burgers has secretly followed me since my thirteenth birthday just so they could put all my weirdness and awkwardly stunted teenage sexuality into this one character. Dressing up as Tina is just bringing that around full circle. I am she and she is me!
Other, much more practical, reasons for choosing Tina were that the costume would be easy to put together, inexpensive, and I could wear most of the pieces outside of cosplaying. No makeup required, either. Thank God. I found the shoes and shirt, both of which I love, in clearance aisles at local stores and bought the barrette in a big 20-pack of rainbow barrettes. Similar story with the wig cap. My hair is so long and curly that I needed the cap to keep it safely tucked under the wig. The glasses are my own prescription lenses. Convenient that I already wear thick black frames, yes? As for the other pieces, I got the wig, skirt, and socks on amazon.**
Yet one more reason I chose Tina is that she’s rather frumpy, so I wouldn’t have to worry about being sexy. If I look a hot mess, well, that’s because I’m in character. It’s also the perfect excuse to ogle all the butts I want – I mean, of course I wouldn’t… Oh, who am I kidding. I LOVE BUTTS!
All I have left to do is fill a notebook with erotic friend fiction and borrow a horse figurine from my con-going friend.
God, I’m excited. This is going to be so much fun.
*I forgot that, for a special band camp event in eleventh grade, I dressed up as Tasuki from Fushigi Yuugi. Who, I might add, is male, thus keeping with my pattern of usually wanting to dress as male characters. It wasn’t a very good costume, but I loved it. I even sprayed my hair orange! A beautifully blinding shade of orange. One girl thought I looked like Buffy the vampire slayer, though, and I kept saying “But, like, I have orange hair. How…?”
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