The Road/ Train to Dublin Comic Con

Comic Con 2016

When I bought tickets for Dublin Comic Con back in February I thought I’d have loads of time to plan an outfit, but here I am with 54 days to go and nothing done! I’ve also committed to writing 50,000 words of my book for CampNanowrimo in July; so my planning time in reality is less than 4 weeks! The second ever Dublin Comic Con takes place on 8th/9th August 2016 at The Convention Centre in Dublin and there’s still some tickets left, for information click here.

With interactive sets including the Walking Dead, Props/ Costume Display from the likes of Underworld and Battlestar Galactica, Guest Panels and signings, exhibitor stalls, artist’s alley and Wasteland (A post apocolyptic playground for kids and adults alike) it’s shaping up to be an amazing event!


The highlight for the event for me however is going to the Costume Contest! Since doing some wonderful special effects courses with Dave Darko, I’ve become obsessed! To see more on my special effects journey check out My journey into special effects post. It’s time for me to plan my character for the event and I’m struggling!! I know I can create a character in a tight timeline from the courses, like my Orc character below, but I want something comfortable durable for whole day.


The main reason I’m struggling is where to pick my character from – a superhero, a Harry Potter character, a horror film character, a book character or my own creation?! The ideas are endless and that’s the main problem! The options I’m currently considering are:

  1. The Dark Phoenix from X-Men. This really appeals to me but I’m definitely not wearing spandex! She’s intelligent, fiery and powerful. Since watching the cartoon as a child X-Men have been my favourite group of superheroes. It should also give me some interesting special effects to play around with

Dark Phoenix

  1. Effie Trinket from the Hunger Games. The makeup alone could be really interesting and all her outfits are quirky and colourful. The monarch butterfly dress is one of the most unusual outfits in any film I’ve seen. The off putting thing with this particular one is the fact that making a similar dress will take a lot of work, but I can definitely put my own spin on this one!


  1. Bellatrix Lestrange from Harry Potter. One of the darkest and most menacing characters throughout the books and films. She always wears my standard colour black and I’d love to spend the day at Comic Con cursing people with my wand (yes I own my own wand – given to me as a present). I think I’m good at the demented look too!

Bellatrix_Lestrange_ProfilBellatrix 2

  1. A female version of Hellboy. This could be a serious test of my special effects skills and will also require a lot of DIY and a trench coat! I could see some epic photos with this character!


So those are my choices! Now, I just need to decide on one! I’ll keep you all posted with my updates 🙂

Which character do you think would be best? Have you ever been to Comic Con or would like to go to one? Have you ever created a character costume or cosplay?

Yours as ever,

The Corpse Bride (AKA Nell)