I just so happened to acknowledge the occasion by picking up some free comics. Funny that. Oh, and also by fighting Bumblebee over the bonnet of Barricade:
I know I’d said before that I was planning to make my Decepticon cosplay debut at DevCon at the end of May. But yeah, I lied. What other behaviour should you expect from a clone of Starscream? I heard a while back that one of our local comic shops, Moving Pictures, was doing an event for Free Comic Book Day that would include cosplay and also a chance to “meet” Barricade, or at least a car brilliantly done up to resemble the Decepticon’s alt-mode from the Michael Bay Transformer films. I’m not really a fan of Bayformers but I did think the Barricade police car looked pretty cool, and that having another Decepticon in town would be the perfect excuse to take Slipstream out for the first time.
So I decided if I could get the costume finished in time I’d go for it. I’ll admit that was slightly ambitious and that I was up until almost midnight the previous night finishing off the detailing, but I did it and I have to say I had an absolutely fantastic day, causing a geeky stir in Exeter city centre and making friends old and new.
Sadly, AddAltModeB couldn’t make the event as he had to work, so massive thanks are due to my pal Sadie for coming along to help me with the costume and for taking all these photos!
This post is going to be part 1 of 2 and will mostly comprise pictures of my costume and of Barricade. In Part 2, “Slipstream and Friends,” and I’ll share more pictures of the event – which was also raising money for ELF (Exeter Leukemia Fund) – and some of the great cosplayers I met.
So, here she is! Thanks to those of you who have followed me for the duration of this project, right through all the work in progress posts to get to this point. I will finish off the project side of things sometime soon with a post about how I made the missing costume components I haven’t yet covered (wings, jetpack, corset trim). But this is the end result. What do you think? I’m very proud to have finished it, and also somewhat relieved since this project has eaten all my free time (not to mention filled our whole spare room with foam and craft materials) for the last four months. Now it’s done I might actually make more progress in Borderlands 2! Although, that said, there are still a few little things I want to tweak and upgrade before DevCon… but for a first outing I’m pretty happy with how the costume has turned out, and I got a really great reaction from visitors and costumers alike.
A few Barricade detail shots:
Nobody who didn’t already know me recognised me as Slipstream but that was OK. She’s a minor character and I wouldn’t expect her to be known outside of a Transformers specific event. One person asked if I was Thundercracker, so that wasn’t too far astray. To be honest, though I was perfectly happy to have been recognised as “Lady Decepticon” and even more flatteringly as “awesome Lady Decepticon” and, ahem, “hot Lady Decepticon!” The comment that made my day, however, was the little kid who asked me: “are you a real Transformer or just in a costume?” In reply, I asked him what he thought and he screwed up his whole face in thought before finally replying “costume.” So I had to admit that sadly he was correct and I wasn’t a real Transformer. It was a cute moment.
Stay tuned for Free Comic Book Day Part 2 – coming soon!