In Q & A, a semi-regular feature of Fantastic Fangirls, we ask our staff to tackle a simple question — then open the floor to comments.
“If you were going to dress up as a comic book character for Halloween, who would it be?:
Well, of course I have. So I can’t really answer “were I going to”, but here are some of the costumes I’ve considered. I’ve never been my favorite super heroine, Polaris, because her outfits are pretty universally regarded as awful (the worst offender being the bat-wing costume which is basically a Morrigan rip off). I’ve never been Starfire or Ms. Marvel because they don’t wear enough (I do own Carol Danvers’ boots, however, so you never know!). But the question isn’t who am I not going to be.
Sue Storm’s a scientist, not a stripper.
There aren’t really any Marvel or DC characters I’d consider dressing up as, but Buffy Season 8 is a legitimate comic book powerhouse. So I think it counts to say that I was once a vampire slayer for a Halloween party. This basically consisted of throwing a black leather jacket over jeans and a skimpy blouse. I also bought a necklace with a cross on it, the only one I’ve ever owned (it didn’t occur to me until later that my date to the party was Jewish; but he was also a Buffy fan, so I’m pretty sure he wasn’t offended that I had purchased a Christian artifact especially for the occasion). I tucked a stake(actually the handle of a wooden kitchen spoon with the end vaguely whittled on) into my belt. Most importantly, I bought a pair of high heeled boots that were almost impossible to walk in, because I’ve always theorized that the greatest Slayer power is kicking ass in impossible shoes. (Ironically, I still own these boots, forget that I bought them especially for that purpose, and end up wearing them on days when I need to do a lot of walking.) I didn’t identify as any particular Slayer, but I have long, dark, layered hair, so I was certainly trying to give off a “Faith” vibe. In retrospect, dark red “Harlot” lipstick would have completed the look. I keep intending to modify the same costume, get an ankh necklace, and go as Death, from Sandman. Maybe one of these years.
I’ve never considered dressing up as a comic book character, and I doubt I ever will. My little brother is the cosplayer in my family, and while he’s perfectly comfortable dressing up as comic book or manga or anime characters of all kinds (with months of elaborate preparation), I prefer to blend into the background as much as possible. (My last creative costume was the time I was a duck in second grade. I quacked through the whole school parade.) Still, there are some amazing costumes in comic books, and some amazing female characters, and if I had the confidence and the looks, I would be really tempted to dress up as Wanda Maximoff, whose costume (and most of the variations on that basic design) is, in my opinion, the best to be found in comics.
(Though she’s given a run for her money with Jean Grey’s Marvel Girl miniskirt costume, another one I’d wear for Halloween in a perfect world.)
Much as I might love certain comics book characters — Rachel Grey, Barbara Gordon, Kitty Pryde, — they have a trait in common which I manifestly do not share. They are all thin. Not only are they thin, they are fit and toned, sleekly muscled, graceful, physically competent. I am . . . . pretty much none of those things. For me to dress as any of those characters would not make me happy. I would merely be aware that I did not in any way look anything like the character in question. But there is a comic book character that I love that I could dress as. One who has dark hair, a round face, and a body I could have pretended to ten years ago.
Francine’s the one with the pink towel on her head. Yep. That’d be me.
What about you? If you were going to dress up as a comic book character for Halloween, who would it be?