"OH, I'M NOT GONNA KILL YA... I'M JUST GONNA HURT YOU... REALLY, REALLY... BAD."
This year, my friend Brianna and I decided to step up our cosplay game at Heroes & Villains Fanfest. You'll remember that last year we went as the college budget Speedy and Oliver (an outfit Stephen Amell approved of).
This year, we decided to go as the king and queen of Gotham City; the infamous Harley Quinn and her Puddin.
The hardest part about putting this look together was picking which Joker to be. There are literally hundreds of iconic incarnations to choose from. While I am definitely captivated by Jared Leto's 'gangster' Joker from Suicide Squad, I am still a huge fan of Heath Ledger's 'anarchist' Joker from The Dark Knight. I also found what the Clown Prince would look like in DC's Rebirth series coming soon and found this new version pretty interesting. Here are a few looks I took inspiration from:
I wanted something between Heath Ledger's messy look and Jared Leto's cleaner, classic cut. I settled with a hairstyle more alike to this look from the comics (left most). I bought a can of Beware Green Temporary Colored Hairspray from Hot Topic . Unlike the common kind you can pick up at your local pop-up Halloween store, this spray had a particular glimmer. It did a good job of keeping my hair intact with a vibrant, green shine.
The goal for this look was to be different yet familiar. I wanted something more akin to the Jared Leto gangster but with influences to Heath Ledger's anarchist. You'll notice that my make up is more similar to Ledger's. It was a laborious 30 minute process of using primer, grease, sealant, more primer, more grease, and hairspray to keep it from smearing (as much as possible; it still smeared). I dabbed some of the black around my eyes without looking for a more 'natural' effect. It was also handy to use eyeliner in places hard to reach. Some blood red lipstic did the job around my lips too; I made out with my forearm to get that 'smeared' look (what else would the Joker do?).
As you can see, I wasn't as successful with putting the makeup on my arms and chest. Next time: more primer, more layers. Also, do not wake up at 12PM and expect to be ready by 2PM.
I decided to wear this white, satin Greyson button up as the base. I was aiming for a more hipster grunge look. Originally, I was going to have on a purple quinceanera-style vest that I thrifted last fall. Unfortunately, ya boy got fatter since then and it didn't work out. I needed a hint of purple to keep up the Joker's pallette. I decided to use this purple tie from Ryan Seacrest's collection.
The key to this whole look was definitely the ACCESSORIES. On my neck (or, in the picture above, on my teeth) is an 18-inch solid gold necklace. I decided to leave my chest unbuttoned to accept it a little. To add to that anarchist look, I bought this bullet sash from Amazon. It wasn't that great. It kept coming apart and pissing me off all day. To make it more realistic, I wanted to spray paint the tips with a metallic color and superglue the bracers together, but I didn't have the time to do so. Note to self: The little details will matter later.
You'll see that I am wearing these fingerless leather biker gloves (also from Amazon). I also wrapped a white bandana around my left forearm for aesthetics. My signature round-frame glasses kept the vibe too, of course.
I got a lot of compliments for originality for this look. I thought I did a pretty decent job! I don't get to cosplay a lot so you can tell I lack experience. But I met a lot of cool people at HVFF who had even better costumes.
Harley and I also managed to catch a Canary! Caity Lotz is a sweetheart in real life. I've loved her since I saw her on Death Valley and 8th grade Joseph would fanboy so much right now.
A big thank you to Kalyn Farmer of Congress Cosplay (aka the best roomie ever) for helping us get ready and giving us some advice for our outfits. We may be n00bs when it comes to cosplay, but Kalyn is no amateur. She's slayed as iconic characters like Zatanna, Midna, Aela the Huntress/The Nightingale, and even Smaug.