I’m a big fan of ComiCon and other gaming conventions. The swag. The celebrity meet-n-greets. The panels. The late-night gaming sessions. But the best part about ComiCon is the cosplay.
You see, to the rest of the world, people only dress in costume for Halloween. But for ComiCon geeks, cosplay is life. The people who dive deep into their costuming hobby pull from movies, video games, comics, TV shows, historical figures, legends, and yes… books… to get their inspirations.
There is no greater honor for a fantasy writer than to have someone cosplay your book’s characters.
Because my book is more urban fantasy than many, my characters are somewhat mundane. But they could still make for great cosplay characters.
Kessa St. James is your typical federal field agent. You could dress her up or down. Just make sure you add the Bureau badge, grandfather tree pendant, and leather-bound journal.
Danny Harmon is your more laid-back federal agent. Any man with an athletic build could easily play him just by wearing a blue polo shirt, black jeans, and a pair of RayBans. Just make sure you pack your sense of humor and witty one-liners.
If you want to go a bit more wild, you could always play Lawrence Harmon in his werewolf form. Fake fur, claws, overalls and flannel. What’s not to love?
And if you want to go all out – Martina in her demon form would be a treat for any epic cosplay designer. Imagine a tree that has been hit by lightning, and then shaded deep purples and reds. Now add coal-black eyes, long, sinewy arms and legs, and for an added touch, you could make her eyes glow.
Of course, you could go very simple with Martina… after all, she’s a doppelganger, so she can look like anyone. Who’s to say I’m not cosplaying her RIGHT NOW!