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o0Hitsuzen0o
06-22-2009, 10:33 AM
I figure this would be the best place to ask about this.
My cosplay group is planning to attend Anime Expo next year for our graduation trip (yeah, we're youngin's. And also East-Coasters. SoCal seems like a good place to spend some of our last few weeks together).
We've all picked one cosplay for a day of the convention. One of my friends picked X-Men, so each of us picked our favorite characters to cosplay, as always. Mystique was my choice.

So I was thinking, since AX is such a big con, and I'd like to stand out cosplay-wise, that I'd try my hand at the movie version (http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc166/Boise_Lib/mystique.jpg) of Mystique.

First off, I'd like to know if I could pull it off. This (http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m145/oOAve_MariaOo/meh/prom006.jpg) and this (http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m145/oOAve_MariaOo/modeling148-2.jpg)would be my body type. I'm worried about my weird hips, which jut out. I seem to be blessed with birthing hips, which seem like they would jut out, even if I was 200 lbs. I'm also not the most...ahem...buxom of women, but I plan on getting the lovely little fake boobs they sell at JoAnns for another cosplay, anyway.
I'm about 5'7", and 120-125 lbs. Not necessarily "skinny", I plan on working out almost every day over the summer to tone for another cosplay. But I wouldn't call myself fat, per se. Maybe average?

Second question: Comic vs Movie vs TV.
My friend said she'd like to do the comic version. I don't really find that costume would stand out nearly as much, or nearly as much of a challenge.
I have over a year to make this costume (well, and several others, but those won't take as long). I want a challenge for, perhaps, one of my last cosplays. Being a blue girl in a dress isn't nearly as amazing to me, you know? I already have ideas on how I can do it. I just need to look up make-ups to use.
BUT, the point. If I did movie version, would the hardcore comic fans scream at me? I'm not a huge fan of X-Men, and I'll admit that, no, I don't read the comics. I'm doing this for a friend who does. I'll probably end up reading them before AX, though, to help with the character. I understand, the movies aren't accurate, but just how much do the hardcore comic fans hate it? Will I be frowned upon, even if I can somehow manage to do it well? Also, what if the rest of my friends do the comic version, while I do the movie version? Is that a 4chan-able offense?
If I can't manage to make the movie version, I'll probably end up making the comic version.



tl;dr:
Can I pull off Mystique?
Is it a sin to cosplay from the movie version (even if my friends may be doing comic version?)

Just_Stone
06-22-2009, 10:58 AM
You could definitely pull off Mystique..Movie version would be a lot of work, even with experience with prosthetic application. Rebecca Romijn stated it took approx 8 hours to do the full makeup for the movie..
As with any movie interpretation of a comic/book to film there will be people who love it and people who hate it..
My advice is do what you like.. as the song Garden Party goes "You see, ya can't please everyone. So ya got to please yourself ..."

otakusenshiange
06-22-2009, 12:00 PM
Okay, well, I'm an avid Marvel Comics reader(especially X-titles) and I don't have a problem with it. And I honestly shouldn't. I realize some cosplayers can be super elitist but if I were you I'd just do what I do and ignore them, they're the ones who make cosplay not fun when it should be. I would also like to point out that no matter what, people will respect you. I mean, look at the difficulty and amount of skill that costume requires! I think you should be fine, no one will get on your case about it.
I do however, highly recommend reading some comics, though ^_^
Also, don't be self-conscious! You're absolutely gorgeous! You have the same problem as me(the hips) only you're three and a half inches taller and weigh just as much haha therefore you have a fantastic body type and should be able to pull it off. Embrace your hips!

o0Hitsuzen0o
06-22-2009, 03:49 PM
Thank you both. :]
@ stone: If I recall correctly, Romijn did complete body paint. I plan on using a bodysuit for most of mine. I'm hoping it'll save time at the convention, not to mention saving others from the paint rubbing off.
@ otakusenshiange: Thanks, hearing that from an avid fan is reassuring. The way my friend explained it, I had the horrible feeling that I'd be looked down at the entire convention.

dreamsofnever
06-22-2009, 08:44 PM
First of all, hips are a good thing. You have an hourglass figure and to most guys, that is a very attractive thing. Not to mention that you are on the low end of the ideal weight for your height and you look great, so I wouldn't worry about doing the movies version of Mystique.

As for the movies vs. comics, etc... I think that everyone has their favorites and the naked look for Mystique received mixed opinions but I think you should do the costume that you are most drawn to visually. And it sounds like you are more familiar with movie version Mystique so there's nothing wrong with going with what you like.

I think that anyone who might look down on you for doing the movie version has their own issues and you shouldn't worry about it. When it comes down to it, I personally love to see handiwork on costumes and I look at the amount of work that was put into the costume, the design, etc and not whether or not I personally prefer an alternate version of the character.

And it's good you're doing a bodysuit. I was going to suggest that because you could get the texture without spending eight hours in make-up and walking around essentially naked!

Garuda_Aiacos
06-23-2009, 02:17 AM
I say just go for it for the Movie Mystique even if your group ended up as "rojak" (mix-and-match).

The only time friends and me went out as a X-Men Team for X3 Movie Release, we ended up with Movie, Comics (from different titles too) and cartoon (old and new) costumes. And yet people still recognize us. ;)


Thank you both. :]
@ stone: If I recall correctly, Romijn did complete body paint. I plan on using a bodysuit for most of mine. I'm hoping it'll save time at the convention, not to mention saving others from the paint rubbing off.

One of my local Costume shop did a Mystique outfit and what they did apart from the Bodysuit is to create the scales patterns using 3D paint. A very creative way IMHO. ;)

Kazephyr
06-23-2009, 08:44 PM
Hon, if you're not skinny, I don't know what is (and I mean that in the nicest way :)).

As for comic vs. movie... I've been reading X-men comics since I was four, and I really don't understand the problem some "hardcore" fans have with the movies. o_0;; The "ALL MOVIES BASED ON COMICS/POPULAR FANTASY NOVELS R STOOPID!!1" mentality is one of my biggest peeves in the fandom. -_-;; Anyway, you sound like you'd much rather make the movie version, so go for it. :)

o0Hitsuzen0o
06-24-2009, 04:27 PM
Ah, thanks for the tip, Serifita. I'll definitely have to think about that. :]

@ Kazephyr- Yeah, I've never really understood it, either. I mean, I feel like you have to go into a book/comic based movie without connecting it to whatever it was based off of, you know? Not many people want to see the exact same thing.

JessJupiter
06-25-2009, 11:45 AM
No, hardcore comic fans will not scream at you. Most hardcore comic people are old dudes, interested in comics and their own nerdy obsessions, so when they see a beautiful girl cosplaying as Mystique they'll either have one of two reactions:
1) *instaboner* HOMIGOSH, can I take a pickshur witchu? :B
or
2) Meh. Not really interested. (And they'll walk away)

Most won't care terribly if you know anything aside from basic Marvel knowledge, though it is advisable to brush up on your facts just in case. P: But it being Anime Expo, I wouldn't worry so much!

I've never had a single instance of someone honestly getting upset over a costume I've done, aside from a little jarring, and banter that pokes fun. But its like DreamsofNever said, "everyone has their favorites." Some people will be impressed by the costume, but tell you they hate the movies, others will freak out like none other, and some just won't give you the time of day because of their fireypassionhate for the movie Marvel-verse!

As for making the comic costume, no its not really hard, HOWEVER, its the body paint that could make or break it. I know people who've used cheap alternative methods and got poor results. If your friend REALLY wants a comic version of Mystique, my one suggestion to you is AIRBRUSH. The magic of these babies is seriously amazing. :D

Good luck!

o0Hitsuzen0o
06-25-2009, 09:00 PM
@ JessJupiter-
Haha, thanks. Although, I must say, creepy old men seem qite a bit worse than angry elitist brats.
And I was definitely planning on it. I have a good friend who is obsessed with all things both Marvel and DC, and he's already given me tips on how to be more in character. I plan on having a nice, long discussion with him on what to know and what really doesn't matter.

And that same friend has an airbrush, which I plan on using to make my bodysuit look more like skin.
I used to know a girl that has an airbrush for make-up, though I was planning on using Ben Nye make-up for my face and part of my chest, as I keep hearing great reviews.