Character: Blue Beetle III (genderbent version) from DC Comics
Debut: San Diego Comic-Con 2013
Cosplayer & Designer: Marlene (“ilikecomicstoo”)
Costume Construction: Stephanie Elise
Scarab/Functional Backpack Construction: Elegy Clothing
Photos: ASPhotography, Fremen9 & SmartyCartoons
This costume was featured on… FOX 5, ComicsAlliance, The Mary Sue, the Heroes of Cosplay GetGlue page, and the Cosplayer at SDCC 2013 book (page 117). Woo-hoo!
Woah, my first “real” cosplay! While I’ve definitely dressed up as various characters in the past, this was my first time designing a costume and having it custom made. It was a real blast and huge learning experience! The Jaime Reyes version of Blue Beetle is one of my favorite characters. Not only does he follow in the footsteps of Ted Kord (probably one of the funniest and most relate-able members of the Justice League ever, R.I.P.), but he’s also one of the few Latino characters in mainstream comics today. An excuse to talk in my second language at a con? Yes, please!
I took inspiration from Jaime’s canon little sister, Milagro Reyes, for this design— hence the pigtails. What if Milagro, not Jaime, had come across the scarab and bonded with it? I like to think it would look something like this.
Huge thanks to everyone who made this cosplay possible, and look out for the upgraded version at NYCC 2013!