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…