Thanks to everyone who entered our Costume Contest! Felicia had a super hard time picking between all the amazing entrants, but eventually we decided on Dara and Joanna’s incredible costumes. Learn more about them below.
Winner #1: Dara DeFreitas as Chandra
Dara says, “I am cosplaying as a planeswalker from a popular tabletop game I love to play called Magic: the Gathering. Her name is Chandra Nalaar and she’s one hot-headed (literally), pyromancer. A group of friends and I decided to make costumes of our favourite planeswalkers from the game and I chose Chandra. I made the breast plate and gauntlet out of Worbla (thermoplastic). The shoulders, hip, and knee armor is made out of craft foam. It took about 4 months to make and we wore our planeswalker costumes to the 2013 Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo!”
Winner #2: Joanna West as Steampunk Castiel
Joanna says, “Castiel is one of my favorite characters on TV, and I’ve gone to a few Supernatural conventions, but almost all of the costumes of the character I had seen a few people wearing at those events were pretty blah and unoriginal. Pretty much a black suit and a trench coat. I used to go to anime conventions pretty often, so I love shiny and original costumes; they’re one of my favorite parts of a con experience! I wanted to do something different with it. First I decided to do a femme version, because why not make it fit, but that would still just be a boring business suit, so I decided on the steampunk look because you can have so much fun with all of the different variations and interpretations of that style! For the ‘trench coat’ look, it is just a modified corset design with cloth and elements that suggest the trench coat style, and long tail panels added to suggest the length of his coat. The belt and sheath for his ‘angel sword’ I designed and a friend helped actually construct out of leather. I made a version of this costume with large wings with gears to wear on my back, but decided to go with the steampunk-style hat instead with wings sprouting from it, both to capture something angelic and hopefully to be suggestive of the darker hair the character has. I’ve worn it to two Supernatural conventions, Dallas, TX and Burbank, CA, and had a great time with it! (The Impala I posed with in this picture was at the convention in Dallas, it was a cosplay itself… the owners had the license plate from the show and a lot of the supernatural hunting tools set up that are seen in the car’s trunk from the show.)”
Congrats to both our winners for their amazing costumes!