- Posted August 26, 2013 by
Orange Park, Florida
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Dragon Con 2013
- hhanks, CNN iReport producer
We have been cosplaying for years and will be attending DragonCon for the third time. Last year, we brought the whole family (all six of us) as a Steampunk Zeppelin crew. Two of our crewmembers bore a strange resemblance to Steampunked Ghostbuster and, after several attempts to correct passers-by, we gave in and accepted that mash-ups were our thing.
This year, we chose to 'punk out Futurama in honor of their final year on the air *insert sad face here*.
Fred, who will be making his way through the halls of DragonCon this year as Bender, began creating his vision with a trip to the home improvement store where he started building Bender from a plastic trash bin, a pail, and a bowl he snuck from my kitchen. As his vision began to take shape, he added Bender's signature stogie and a bottle of beer. But why stop there? Wouldn't a Steampunk Bender also come with his own built-in bar? So, Bender's front hatch opens to reveal a fold-out bar with mixers and shot glasses. The bar is decorated and painted in Victorian style complete with velvet curtain and embellished bar.
Leela is the result of my obsession with textiles and brocades. i envisioned a Steampunk Leela as all business but with a flair for the era. The biggest challenge we had (as do all cosplay Leelas) was to create her signature eye. So, we created steampunk goggles with a main lens and several auxiliary lenses (to enable me to see but at the same time clearly show Leela's single eye). As a finishing touch, we included 'eyelashes' that serve as antennas to complete the classic look.
Her costume adheres to her on-screen style but kicks it up a notch with a white and brocade jacket with tails and a high collar. Her white tank is replaced with a satin corset and she rocks a pair of black trousers and platform victorian buckled boots. Her pistol is created from bits found in the bottom of a toy box and enhanced with foam, wood, and plastics which was then painted to resemble a steampunk blaster.
In total, the costumes took months of evening and weekend work but the overall results were well worth the effort. We can't wait to roll out the finish product at Dragon 2013. Feel free to stop us and say hello. Bender may even share a Bender-Bar-Drink with ya!