I recently went to an awesome event at Richmond’s Poe Museum. It was a celebration of Vincent Price’s Poe movies & I had so much fun, I wrote about it. One of the sponsors who attended, that I didn’t get a chance to mention, was RavenCon, Richmond’s very own Sci-Fi & Fantasy con that’s getting ready to celebrate their 10th anniversary.
They had a table with brochures & I took one of their programs from the previous year to check out what they were like. After having a fantastic time at the first Escapist Expo a few years before, I’ve been toying with the idea of checking out other cons. RavenCon’s 2014 program certainly had a lot of fun panels listed. There was a futurist lecture, panels on writing & publishing & of course, lots & lots of love for genre & genre fusion.
So, not only am I considering going, but I want to attempt to cosplay too. Having recently started to appreciate needlework & fashion statements, cosplaying seems like a natural next step for me. I have to concede though that my approach is more “pull a bunch of stuff together & see what happens” than “deadly perfect accuracy in every detail.”
The idea I have for My First Cosplay, as a result, is a little on the easy side, probably not as cool or recognizable as other characters. I wanted to use some assets I already have in my favor, like my long hair and the fact that I can play the fiddle. So the first character that jumped to mind was Stefan from Anne Rice’s Violin. Very 90s, I know, but considering Rice’s status in the Goth canon & the fact that RavenCon nods to Poe’s influence, I figured it might be a good fit.
I have two visual references to draw from. First, Stefan is supposed to be this dusty Romantic figure prowling the streets of New Orleans: black boots, black jeans, large white peasant shirt–utilitarian but classic. I’m thinking Acadie-era Daniel Lanois, partially because I have been listening to him a lot lately. But also because it captures the idea of ambiguously European musician lost in a Southern city that never gave up some of those Old World customs.
But, Stefan the character is meant to be dark–like all Goth characters–black hair, black eyes, pale skin. While I can put on enough makeup to look as undead as the next corpse, I’m fairer-haired with blue eyes. & honestly, I don’t want to dye my hair for a cosplay that will last a day or two. I’m leaning toward modelling my look off of Dürer’s self-portrait. My color is closer & my hair naturally does the wavy triangle that Dürer captures. The fact that the portrait is from the 1500s lends that timeless “intense artist” air that I think Stefan would embody.
There are still a number of things I would have to figure out if I decide to go & cosplay. (For example, what to do with my girlish attributes? Do I really want to tie them down? I’ve spent a few hours in a corset & it is not fun for the casual costumer.) I will admit though, I have been secretly compiling some songs that I think Stefan would play. I kinda think I could pull My First Cosplay off.