I think it was Ropecon 2007. Tite Kubo's manga Bleach was pretty big deal to me back then (not anymore, god no) and Yumichika Ayasegawa was one of my favourite characters. So this was born. Costume was home-made, but the sword was made by a prop-maker I met at Naruto.fi. It was amazing-wood, weighted like a ton and all the blades were separated and moved. It was amazing.
Ah, a classic. Made to Animecon 2008 literally two days before the 'con. Character is from anime Ouran High School host club, and it is handpuppet called Beelzeneff. Yes, I admit-I pretended to be a handpuppet. It was great fun, though. It was funny to see other people's faces behind the mask, and I even found the owner of the puppet, Nekozawa.
The Thing. My old hoodie covered in pieces of cardboard painted orange, hockey gloves and mask over head. It was awesome, even if I do say so myself. It was warm enough, for we toured our hometown in a back of a truck throwing candy to schools and daycares. One of my schoolmates was not so lucky-he was He-Man, with only the belts and fur-speedo.
After I graduated from Gymnasium, I started my Siviilipalvelus (Civilian service, alternate for army) and I had reconnected with my love for western comics. I bought and read lots of comics-Batman mostly, but also Scott Pilgrim, Justice League, Avengers and Hellboy. And since I wore that Thing-costume, I ad this knack in my head, to cosplay again. And I followed that knack.
Tampere Kuplii-comics festival 2012 granted me a great opportunity for this. Jonathan Crane, aka Scarecrow from Batman was my choice. Easily my best costume ever. Simple to make (except maybe for the mask), easy to wear and looked totally awesome. I even took part in costume contest. I didn't win, but I sure had a blast! I used this costume again at Ropecon 2013 this year.
After success, I started planning more. Mad Hatter, Two-Face, Penguin-there where many ideas! I finally settled to one. To know it, you only need to look up! Can you guess? Not yet? Give up!
Yes. Edward Nygma aka the Riddler! Riddler is one of my favourite characters ever, and I looked forward making this costume. I made it for Tracon 2012. It was pretty simple-I just needed Green smoking jacket. Bowler hat I already had, and I made the questionmark-cane myself. In the end, it was OK. I kinda failed in the question marks at coat, but I still had a great day! I took part to cosplay-show, where you had this three-minute long skit. Behold: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NYxbDoudJs
Now we are here, at the treshold. Tracon 2013 is next weekend, and my costume is still in the works. Pictures come when I got something worth of sharing.