Aquaman Premiere

Costumers: Nicole Petry, Ashley Hay, Sara Rae, and Kris Heding.

On December 20th, I joined Minnesota Superheroes United at CMX Odyssey for the Aquaman premiere! Yep, I saw Aquaman for the second time this week, and enjoyed it just as much as I did the first time. Our little group was fun – all women!



Shirtless Kylo Ren (“Ben Swolo”) – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

This epic photo taken by Alex Hall.

Ever since I saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi, “Randomly Shirtless Kylo Ren” has been my favorite thing from the movie (after Porgs, of course). I was living for the #kylorenchallenge on Instagram, and the “Ben Swolo” memes that took over the internet for about a week. So, when a friend found a ridiculous shirtless men’s chest piece and asked if I wanted him to pick it up for me, I said, “YES!”

Chest Piece: I don’t remember the brand, but it’s just a plastic chest piece from a costume store that cost $8.

Bodysuit: I bought this nude leotard to wear underneath the chest piece.

Wig, Leggings, Boots, Lightsaber & Makeup: All borrowed from my Kylo Ren costume.

Clan Techie (Dredd 2012) – 2000 AD

Costumers: Kris Heding and Paul Haga.

I don’t know how it started, but it became a sort of running joke that I should start making cosplays for characters played by Domhnall Gleeson (I’m getting asked by my Potterhead friends to make a Bill Weasley costume, even though Harry Potter isn’t one of my fandoms, but I digress). I don’t know why – I guess when you make a General Hux costume, it just becomes A Thing? Anyway, my friend Paul has an awesome Judge Dredd costume, and I thought, “What the heck? Let’s run with this” and decided to make a Clan Techie costume – Domhnall’s character in Dredd 2012. It’s a pretty obscure character that I knew people wouldn’t recognize (even walking around with Dredd), but it was something different and kind of a fun challenge.

Shirt: This was probably one of the most time-consuming parts of the costume. The shirt is made up of three different shirts, and then I had to weather the heck out of it. You can read about the process here.

Shorts: I bought a pair of olive green cargo shorts from Target, and then distressed them by attacking them with a seam ripper and sandpaper.

Shoes: This was the other time-consuming part, and you can read about the process here.

Wig: I bought this wig from Pose Wigs and didn’t really have to do anything to it except skip brushing it when I wear it.

Makeup: This was probably the most fun (and strange) makeup I’ve ever had to do for a costume. You can read about the process here.

Star Wars Holiday Special

Photo Credit: Alex Hall.

It’s one of my favorite events of the year: The Star Wars Holiday Special at Bryant Lake Bowl! This year marked my two-year anniversary of my very first troop with the Minnesota Force. We had a successful event collecting toys for Toys for Tots!

For this event, we bring out our Holiday Special costumes or do holiday-themed modifications to our existing costumes, and so I wore Zara Fenn and swapped out my usual grey t-shirt for a Santa Chewbacca shirt, a holiday Porg pin on my jacket, blinking lights strung around my lekku, and crocheted a little red and green sparkly scarf for Poy.

Poy likes sour beers.

I was sitting by the window in the dining area of the BLB and people who walked by had no idea what was going on.

I wish Porgs were real. Photo Credit: Alex Hall.

One more round, friends! Photo Credit: Amanda Fineran.

A good chunk of our group! There were a lot of us there! Photo Credit: Rick Rietow.

Peggy Carter (Captain America: The First Avenger) – Marvel Cinematic Universe


Captain America: The First Avenger is one of my favorite movies, and I immediately fell in love with Peggy Carter the first time I saw the film. Sure, she’s Steve’s “best girl,” but she is incredibly intelligent, capable, powerful, and a complete badass. She’s no damsel in distress, and that’s what I love about her.

Jacket/Jacket Belt/Skirt: I bought the Peggy Carter costume from CosplaySky and didn’t expect much, but it ended up being really nice. The blouse and belt for the skirt were not quite the quality I wanted, but the jacket, jacket belt, and skirt were all great. I removed the SSR “pins” from the jacket because they weren’t pins: they were just sewn-on fabric.

SSR Pins: I bought this pair of pins from eBay.

White Shirt: I bought this ASU shirt (probably not quite screen accurate, but better quality than the shirt that came with the rest of the costume).

Skirt Belt: Even though you can’t see it because it’s hidden under the jacket, I bought a brown belt that looks pretty close to the one she wears in the film. This is the belt I bought, but it doesn’t appear to be available in brown anymore.

Tie: I bought a WWII replica chocolate brown officer’s tie from eBay.

Shoes: I bought these shoes in “Chestnut” from JCPenney.

Wig: I bought the Aries wig from Epic Cosplay Wigs in “Dark Brown” and did a ton of styling to it. It’s not quite right, but it’s close (for now).

Lipstick: I bought the screen-accurate Besame Cosmetics lipstick in “Red Velvet.” It’s by far my favorite shade of red I’ve ever worn, and I wear it a lot!

Nail Polish: I bought the screen-accurate O.P.I. nail polish in “Cinnamon Sweet.” It was a limited run, so it’s not terribly easy to find, but I bought an unopened bottle on eBay.

Nylons: I just wear a pair of nude nylons with the costume – even though I probably should have seamed nylons.

Captain America Shield: And, because I just look like a WWII costumer if I’m not standing next to a Captain America costumer, I carry around a Captain America shield so people have some context as to who I am. I bought the Marvel Legends Captain America shield. It’s no longer produced, but they’re still pretty easy to find on eBay.



More from SMM’s Sci Fi Con

David Glasgow (DLG Images) took some awesome shots of me (as Scarlet Witch) with Paul (Winter Solider) and Mike (Kingpin) around the Science Museum of Minnesota while we were there for Sci Fi Con.

We look like a badass gang, or a band that’s going to drop the hottest album of 2018. Costumers: Paul Haga, Mike Bartos, and Kris Heding.

I LOVE THIS PHOTO SO MUCH. Costumers: Kris Heding and Paul Haga.

Cheer up, emo kid. Costumers: Paul Haga and Kris Heding.