Series: Comic looks

Too Many T-Shirts: My Life in Comic Book Merch

The culture of comics fandom has shifted so much over the last twenty years that it’s almost unrecognisable. It’s become this symbiotic thing that lives and breathes as part of pop culture, television, and film. The juxtaposition between the world after the Marvel Cinematic Universe and The Walking Dead — t-shirts on every second person on the high street, Funkos everywhere, HerUniverse, etc — and my childhood, growing up a poor, little nerd in East London, buying second hand comics from car boot sales and Spitalfields market after early Saturday morning cartoon marathons. Being told that your interests are constantly...

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Comic Looks: The Business of Office Cosplay

I love cosplay. I admire the work many people put into elaborate and creative costumes and would love to do this myself but for two important factors: I lack such creativity and skill. I am lazy. But I still like to play dress up and fly my geek colours. We have had several stealth cosplay features right here at WWAC, including lots of how-tos for casual everyday costuming and make-up tips that encourage cosplay on a day-to-day basis. Stealth cosplay can be as subtle or elaborate as you like, but the trick is that only you know that you’re dressed up. Outfits...

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Comic Looks: Karoline

I have two pairs of leggings packed with sound words, panel fragments, screen tone bits, and some body parts/heads in this typical US-Superhero style. They’re from a European clothing store chain called “New Yorker.” In fact, it’s the same model in monochrome and in bright colors, the “manga version” and the “comic version,” kind of. I first saw them in the storefront while walking through the city; it must have been about four years ago or something. I immediately liked them, but hesitated to buy them on that day, because I was a poor student, and because they felt...

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Put Some Character In Your Wardrobe: Dress Like Your Faves

Today a friend of mine told me “I like your boots, they remind me of Sherlock Holmes.” I was properly chuffed. This had been my thought process when I bought them: “It’s a cool look” swiftly followed the Holmes statement. It was rather gratifying to have someone say it out loud though. I mean, I knew it was a cool look; I was merely waiting for the rest of the world to catch up with me. My wardrobe is almost, wait, no, entirely made up of clothes that I think make me look like characters I love. It’s possible...

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