So since I’m heading over to the LI Retro Gaming Expo this weekend, I decided to unveil my secret fall cosplay/Halloween costume early. The gigantic hint is made possible by the free printable below! Yes, I am being Villager from Animal Crossing! Or a villager, rather. I would like to do the more canon pink-haired version in Super Smash Bros. but lazies. Not to mention the fun thing about being an Animal Crossing villager is that virtually any outfit you have in your closet can be used, as long as you have a fun colorful wig, crazy socks and shoes, and of course the doll-like face makeup. Instawin! I’m still in the process of getting a blue wig for my actual mayor character in New Leaf, so for now I’m borrowing my Elphelt wig.
For Halloween I’m upgrading this costume into the fan joke Killager (my golden axe is in the process of being painted) but since this expo might be very family-friendly, I’m gonna stick to the E-for-Everyone roots of the series and go with a different but clever prop, which is where the idea for Roost coffee cups was born!
I simply downloaded a free pattern for the printable sleeves, drew out the Roost logo in Illustrator, and had them printed out onto tan-colored paper ^^. I laminated it to protect it from wearing out, and then wrapped it around a spare paper coffee cup. I’m only using this as a prop, so no liquid will be filled inside, but if you have the proper-sized cups and want to throw an Animal Crossing-themed party, these would be a perfect touch! You can print out the sleeves for free here!
Another exciting announcement related to my fall cosplay plans – I will be a panelist at a panel at New York Comic Con on Professional Day (Thursday)! The panel is run by a fellow colleague who will help explain cosplay with other fellow cosplayer librarians, and how to incorporate the fun hobby to libraries. I usually run game design classes at my library, but not so much things with cosplay, so I hope to bring knowledge on the hobby. (How else of a better idea than with my Villager? No sewing required!) I’m incredibly excited and will have a review of everything when that’s all finished up. This will be my first panel ever! (For those concerned, I will have my axe, but will bring my coffee cup for the panel. Gotta be professional!)
Also con-related (but not as exciting as being a panelist, let’s face it), I’ve been given the OK to go to Another Anime Convention in Manchester, NH! Not only will you see me rock out unicorn pajamas, but my Villager (both props but mostly the axe) also! I don’t plan to bring elaborate cosplays to this con, as it’s mostly a weekend to relax and get out of New York for a little while, especially after NYCC.
For shop-related stuff, a new heister will be launched today for Payday 2, so I’ll be working on magnets of him aside from Hotline Miami things. Keep an eye out for them!