If you’ve followed me on any of my social media accounts over the past five months, you’ve probably seen me complain about latest cosplay endeavor: Harley Quinn. Now, HQ is one of the most popular costumes at comic and pop culture conventions (and this is just as true at the conventions I’ve attended in London as well as the States), and I almost felt that it was a rite of passage as a burgeoning cosplayer to pay homage to one of the most recognizable comic characters.

So after planning, fabricating, cursing, and crying for almost a year, I first wore my HQ outfit to WonderCon 2016, and I learned a few things about cosplaying such a famous character, such as…

While I typically find myself drawn to characters from the Marvel Universe, there are the occasional few from DC that capture my attention—and none more so than Wonder Woman. Diana Prince has graced comics since 1941, was immortalized by Lynda Carter from 1975 to 1979, and continues to be a fan favorite. She’s even getting her own film (finally) starring Gal Gadot.

I’ll be cosplaying the Amazonian princess at WonderCon 2016, and have created each piece of armor from scratch. Want to make your own bulletproof bracelets? Here’s my how-to for an easy Wonder Woman costume.

First things first, decide which version of her costume you want to replicate. I chose her newest outfit.

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The 2015 convention season is almost over for the Collective team (last one in one week: 2015 Supernatural convention in Pasadena!), and it is an exhausted blogger who writes for you now. Six conventions in one year is impressive, and I’m glad that we’re closing out our comic conventions with one I’ve had my eye on for years: Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo.

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Held annually at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the expo features some of the biggest cosplay and comic stars that the industry has to offer. This, of course, was my incentive in wrangling the Collectiva Diva, the Collected Mutineer, and a handful of other friends to attend the expo. In cosplay.

Happy (almost) Halloween, Collectors! Today I’m going to share with you a costume inspired by one of my favourite literary blood-suckers: Lestat de Lioncourt from Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire.

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I’m a big fan of the novel and the movie, and it wasn’t too long ago that I remarked to a friend, with a tinge of regret, that there weren’t enough cosplayers paying homage to the decadent aesthetics of Lestat’s undead lifestyle.