2014 Tip of the Day #19: The Cosplay Survival Kit

DW14The biggest thing that sets comic conventions apart from any other conventions are the cosplayers. Coming in all shapes and sizes, they span every genre from the beginning of time to the farthest point in the future. For Comic-Con, cosplaying is a way for the fans to be intricately involved in the experience of the show. Without these visionary and creative artists, I am convinced SDCC (and other cons) would not be as popular as it is today. I commend the countless hours these craftspeople put into their art. I am by no means a professional cosplayer but I did experience my ‘first time’ last year as the Doctor Swag Bag. While not as complicated as some cosplay, this jacket was still a complex project to behold. Even though it’s solidly constructed, I still ran into some issues during the show that needed attention. So whether you are a first time or long time cosplay veteran, don’t leave home with out your Cosplay Survival Kit:

  • Needle & colored thread
  • Safety pins
  • Zip-ties
  • Sharpie
  • Paint pens
  • Super glue
  • Small hot glue gun and sticks
  • Fabric glue
  • Bandages or moleskin tape
  • Small needle-nose pliers
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided foam tape
  • Fabric tape
  • Adhesive velcro
  • Instahem Tape (peel and stick)
  • Clear Packing Tape
  • Wrinkle release spray (if you don’t have an iron)
  • Stain remover
  • Small travel version
  • Larger version for the hotel

As a novice cosplayer, I can only imagine the more elaborate costumes needing even more supplies- like chicken wire and duct tape! The point is, there is no official ‘cosplay repair’ station at Comic-Con (which there should be). However, I am starting to them pop up at other cons- maybe we will see some this year! If you are an experienced cosplayer and have some important items that I missed in the list above, share it with us below. If you have questions about your kit, then please leave a comment too. Thanks and see you in two weeks!

5 thoughts on “2014 Tip of the Day #19: The Cosplay Survival Kit

    • Thanks so much! Yea I always run into a cosplayer who is searching for rapid supplies! Thanks for commenting.

  1. I’ve taken my sewing machine with me to cons! Of course, depending on the costumes involved, take extra pieces/bits that might give you trouble. Things that need special tools, like grommet setters, snaps, and such. Different types shoestrings come in handy on so many things. Also, strips of the cloth/material the costume is constructed with. Sometimes, the costume that seemed to fit fine is not easy to walk around or pose in. Always do a test run, but if you don’t, you may find yourself up till the crack of dawn repairing it, and having the matching fabric is a must. Even if you had your costume custom made, you really should have a basic grasp and ability to sew. If you can’t even hand sew something simple, you may well find yourself unable to wear that awesome costume a second or third day. For those like my daughter who wear something different every day, you need a special ‘kit’ for each one. Also, Make-up! It’s not uncommon to find out you lost your *fill in the blank cosmetic*…if you have an extra one that stays at your hotel, you’ll be better off than someone who’s frantically trying to find a CVS!

  2. I love the photo shoot with your jacket! HAHA! When I have done the Weeping Angel cosplay, I always stay at the convention center hotel (that’s easier at smaller cons obviously) and then try to have safety pins and extra gray cake make-up on hand 🙂 It can really be exhausting though, but energizing and fun at the same time!

    • Yea, if you are a hardcore cosplayer- with multiple costumes through the week, staying at the convention hotel is the way to go! Thanks for commenting!

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