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Eight Inspiring Geek Girl Costumes

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

With my own costume debut approaching fast, I thought it'd be fun to take a look at some of your cosplay triumphs. So here are a few Epbot readers (and some Epbot readers' kids) showing off their geeky awesomeness:

This is Jake M.s 4-year-old daughter, Lyndi. The best part is Jake made the whole costume, and the proton pack started out as a plastic paint tray and a bunch of hardware store odds and ends. Too cool! Head over to his Imgur album to see in-process photos; they're pretty amazing. [Editor's note: My original post incorrectly credited another reader for these photos - so sorry, Jake!]


And here's Amy A's daughter, Audrey, who I'm told plans her costumes two years out.  Last year she was Mary Poppins, and next year she'll be an evil Queen. Hooray for a fellow Dizgeek!

Practically perfect in every way.




Berber W. was inspired by all my convention pictures to do her first cosplay ever last month at the London Film & Comic Con - and doesn't she make a lovely TARDIS?
Berber made the dress herself with the help of a friend, and another friend wired her hat so the light really works! (And I am seriously digging those shoes.) I like that she found a fellow con-goer in a Dalek dress to take a picture with; aren't they a great pair?

And speaking of great pairs: CALVIN & HOBBES! AAAIEEE!!

Dawn B. made these Halloween costumes for her two kids. The entire Hobbes costumes (and the Hobbes plush!) is made from scratch, and yes, there's a tail in back. :D


I have to say, I love cute and girly geeky costumes so much more than "sexy" versions. Not that there's anything WRONG with sexy, of course, but when it comes to dressing like a Wookiee, I'll take Emiliy M.'s costume over a fur bikini any day:

Isn't she adorable?? And it's Emiliy's first cosplay, too! Apparently Epbot is inspiring a lot of you to play dress-up - which makes me so, so happy.

Emiliy wore this to Pax East, which was also her first convention, and she reports she is now "totally obsessed" with cons.  She had so much fun being in costume she even wore it both days! (And in case you're curious, her turtle's name is Edgar. [I asked.] He has his own website. That is all.)


Time for more kid cosplay with this squee-worthy little girl Robin:


Shawnette F. first sent me this pic of her daughter back when I posted Katie's story about being teased for liking Star Wars. Little "Robin" here was only two at the time, and obviously didn't care that the original Robin was a boy; she just wanted to be a superhero alongside her brother Batman. Shawnette tells me a lot of people were confused or mistook her for a boy, but that didn't phase this little geek girl in the least. Here's to that awesome attitude never changing!


Sheri H.'s 12-year-old daughter Caitlin loves The Princess Bride, but when it came time to choose a costume, she opted not for Buttercup, but rather The Dread Pirate Roberts:

This made me yell some exuberant compliments that aren't entirely appropriate for young eyes, so instead I'll just say: HOLY SCHMOLY THIS IS AWESOME.

[IDEA: Steampunk DPR, complete with bandolier of Iocane powder vials. Eh? You're welcome, someone awesome who will make this happen.]

And finally, Jessica V. sent me one of the most inspiring cosplay photos of all. She was going through chemo for breast cancer last year, and so decided to ditch the wigs she was wearing every day and take advantage of her smooth noggin for Halloween. So with about $50 worth of craft foam, hot glue, paint, and some battery-operated Christmas lights, Jessica became...

Jessica...OF BORG.

(Jessica is a pro photographer in Pasadena, btw. You can check out her site (and see her un-Borg-afied) here.)


Can I tell you how amazed I am by you readers and your costumes? SO AMAZED. So if you've got one to share, please, e-mail me!

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38 comments:

  1. Yay, it's my Tardis outfit! :)

    I have to say Jessica's Borg costume is my absolute favourite. Beautifully done, and such an inspiring story!

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  2. they are all amazing... but as a star trek fan... that borg costume is amazing!!! got on her for taking something so awful and turning it into something so geeky. now i'm off to go think about that steampunk dread pirate robert costume...

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  3. Those costumes are freaking amazing!! The Dread Pirate Roberts and Jessica of Borg take the cake for me. :) My friend is making my costume for DragonCon this year; I hope I run into Lady Vadore! :)

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  4. Shoot! I just emailed you my daughter's foray into cosplay last week. Dang it.

    I should note that since then, she's purchased an adjustable dress form AND a designer's sketch pad, so for the next con in October she's planning to dress as Ciel Phantomhive from Black Butler, and making me a Grell costume for the event as well. Pics when it's done.

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  5. They're all great but that Borg one is AWESOME!!!!! TNG FTW!

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  6. 4th grade Halloween costume was Robin Hood. Got sooooo tired of people asking me if I was Peter Pan!

    Love Jessica of Borg -- just wow! And Robin. Well they're all terrific

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  7. One detail you missed in the Tardis pic was that the Darlek is wearing Bigger on the Inside. You are not a knitter so I will forgive you for missing that. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bigger-on-the-inside

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  8. Wow! That last costume is absolutely amazing!

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  9. Jessica.....OF BORG. Terrifying and awesome and inspiring. And a great big huzzah to all the others as well! Someday, I hope to dress up that marvelously :o)

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  10. I love them all! YAY for Geek Girls! :)
    Jen - you really are an inspiration on so many levels. Thank Bob you blog! :D

    PS: When I saw the Stay Puft Hallmark ornament I immediately thought of you - I didn't send one because I knew that someone would, and I didn't want you to be overwhelmed by a ton of that ornament. :)

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  11. Those are so lovely and inspiring. Especially DPR and Borg.

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  12. Wonderful costumes, all! I'm particularly drawn to the TARDIS dress, but that's just the Whovian in me coming out. Brava to all!

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  13. My husband and I were Batman and Robin a few years back...'cause my name is Robin and it just made sense. :0) LOVE that Borg costume and the story behind it!! And Dread Pirate Roberts is seriously awesome.

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  14. All are wonderful! (Mary Poppins - darlin, I love your enthusiasm. Never ever lose it.) But the Borg. OMG, Jessica, way to make lemonade!!! <3

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  15. Wonderful, inspiring costumes! Kudos to all the lovely ladies for going for it.

    LOVE the Jessica of BORG costume. Just incredible!

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  16. These costumes are all so cool! Oh my gosh...they make what I wear during Halloween look like a joke. A massive, shameful, "oh god what is that" joke. XD
    I really adored the Tardis - any reference to Doctor Who is awesome.
    Anyways, I just found your blog, and I am in love! So much geekery culture...wonderful. :)

    ♥ xixia | thisisxixia.com

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  17. These are so awesome! I especially love TPB gal's Dread Pirate Roberts. So cool. Someday I'm gonna make a cool costume, or rather have my mom help me make one. She's one of those sewing wizards, where my creative talents lie elsewhere.

    On a completely different topic, though, knowing how much you and John love perusing antique stores, I thought you'd enjoy this article: NY trash museum

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  18. We also had GeekGirlCon (geekgirlcon.com) this weekend! Much cosplaying - much fun!

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  19. I love all of these, especially Jessica's (of Borg!)! As a comics geek, though, the little girl Robin makes me even happier because there is, in fact, a female Robin at one point. I don't know if they knew that, but go them anyways! She's adorable.

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  20. MY BABY IS ON EPBOT!!! *Kermit flailing running around the room* I just showed Kiera her picture and asked who it was-she said,"That's Kiera! As a superhero! And that's a bucket-it's important-it has candy in it!!" Priorities, folks. Thanks for making my day, Jen!

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  21. Ohmygosh! Those are SO cool! I Love seeing people's creativity take flight. And, thanks for the steampunk DPR idea. I'm sure someone else will get to it before and better than me, but one day I will make one!!

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  22. @awesome mom, I *thought* that's what her shawl was. I started knitting one a few days ago. <3

    I love all these costumes, btw. Makes me wish I had more time and talent to play dress up with.

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  23. This makes me feel so much better about dressing up as the dread pirate roberts in 1989. I wasn't clever enough to do the sword too. So cool of her!

    Elizabeth

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  24. OH MY GOD. I want to shave my head.

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  25. oh my god, that mary poppins made me squee so hard.

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  26. Great costumes! And some of the most adorable I've seen! Love it! CosPlay on, ladies!

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  27. Been reading EPBOT forever and never commented, but I had to say Jessica is AWESOME in that Borg costume!!!! LOVE IT!!!

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  28. Jessica's Borg costume is amazing! And inspiring! The little girls' costumes are so stinkin' cute. I wish I had a little kid to dress up at Halloween with all these great ideas. The Mary Poppins is the best homemade Disney outfit I've ever seen.
    I'm working on losing a little around the middle so I can fit in my black pants again. New motivation: I can wear them as part of a DPR costume. Woo Hoo!

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  29. Hey Jen, I am sending you a link for an awesome geeky video we watched being filmed last Sunday here in Seattle. Love it! NASA Rocks

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  30. I think I have said this before, but thank you for giving me a place to bring my geeklings online to fill their geek cup to overflowing before heading out into our area so filled with non-geeks that they couldn't even recognize a VERY central character in an immensely popular movie...Quorra, from TRON: Legacy...who my oldest girl was dressed as last year for Halloween. (pictures have been emailed, as requested in yout post (c; ) She was devastated when she heard the judges say they had no idea who she was dressed as during several different costume contests that she entered in our area.
    This year, she will be, in her words: "Zombie catwoman, you know, the one who stabbed her stuffed animals into the garbage disposal and painted her house black..." (hint*Michelle Pfiffer) while her little sister intends to be Batman...the one who fought with the zombie catwoman...they are already practicing their poses so that "people will TOTALLY know who they are this year!"
    Thanks for being such an awesome resource for me and my geeklings...keep being awesome!

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  31. Yeeee! I saw Berber Anna and her amazing Tardis outfit at London Film and Comic-Con, and begged a photo, as she had without doubt one of the most awesome costumes there! Who knew we were both Epbot-ites...

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  32. Bah! Those were so awesome! I was bald last Halloween and I didn't even think of playing up the smooth scalp in my costume. I did go as Robin and my husband went as Batman. Gender boundaries are so irrelevant sometimes.

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  33. Jessica's Borg costume gave me goosebumps! Excellent costume for a strong and fabulous lady! :)

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  34. These are all awesome!! Though I must say that, with the Robin costume, the girl makes a perfect Stephanie Brown Robin.

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  35. Very awesome! I think the costume posts are my favorite. Since we are on the subjest, I have the absolute delight of being a bridesmaid in my cousin's wedding next year. And we all get to dress up as....
    DISNEY VILLAINS! I am totally stoked. The only problem is, I'm dressing as Ursula from The Little Mermaid and can't find any non-sexy costumes. Anyone have any suggestions where to buy one or where to get a pattern? I'm not above making my own.

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  36. @SRMcGuirk: I dressed as Ursula for DragonCon last year, and made most of the costume myself. For the top I bought a black sweetheart neckline corset. For the bottom I made a mermaid-style skirt (no pattern- just measured myself and then kept pinning until it fit) and around the flare of the skirt I attached foam tentacles that I spray painted black and purple. I purpled myself with decent quality costume makeup (not the crap you find at drugstores around Halloween). If there had been time I would have made a seashell necklace and figured out how to get a poof out of my super straight hair.

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  37. Sarah, can I see the photo you took? I've only seen a very few of my costume online, and I'm curious!

    Oh and by the way, Jen, thank you for the compliment about my shoes :) They were awesome with the outfit, but horrible to wear. My feet hurt for a full week after that con! So they've since been replaced with shoes that are just as Tardis blue, but slightly less torturous...

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  38. I'm so glad I'm not the only one who immediately noticed the Dalek was wearing a 'Bigger On The Inside' shawl.

    Knitters represent!

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