Ideas for World Book Day costumes inspired by Comic books
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- Published on Thursday, 25 February 2016 11:07
- Last Updated on 25 February 2016
- Monica Costa
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Over 30,000 comic fans emerged out of the shadows for The London Super Comic Convention, which took place last weekend over two days at the ExCel Centre. Attending this colourful event recently inspired me to create World Book Day costumes based on characters from Comic books. Here are my photos from the event that will hopefully provide some well needed inspiration. This year World Book Day is on 5th March and schools will celebrate it during the week leading up to the day.
Mixing the traditional super heroes costumes is brave but very original. The Captain One Kenobi (Captain America + Obi One Kenobi) & Iron Trooper (Iron Man + Stormtrooper) were the quirkiest of all. They could even become characters of their own comic stories.
Spiderman, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Deadpool, Poison Ivy, Guardians of the Galaxy and many more were among the most popular costumes worn by Comic fans.
There were a lot of Batman costumes including a Lego Batman outfit made out of cardboard which was very professionally created. It deserved the first price.
Disney movie Inside Out also inspired some costumes and I expect school parades to reflect the huge success of this animation.
The films based on the book How to train your dragon by Cressida Cowell have inspired a lady to create her own portable dragon. Brilliant costume that our young child reporter Giulia enjoyed trying too.
Scary monsters are always very popular among children who are often less scared than parents. Boys are particularly fond of monsters. These costumes were amazing.
According to eBay.co.uk, which in a week alone sold over 100,000 fancy dress costumes, costumes that fall under the ‘TV, Books & Film’ category have proved the most popular with Harry Potter leading the pack. More than 9,000 Harry Potter books were sold in the past three months which comes as no surprise as sales of Harry Potter robes have risen by 1180%. Harry Potter best conjures the nation’s imagination, with all seven books from the series featuring in the top 10, with one book from the franchise being sold every 15 minutes. Other popular books include, The Hobbit, The Alchemist, and The Lord of the Rings.
There has been an explosion in the popularity of comics in recent times too. This year some of the biggest box office hits will be comic related – Deadpool, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Captain America: Civil War and Suicide Squad are just some of the titles set for release in 2016. Earlier this month, Star Wars: The Force Awakens grossed over $2 billion worldwide at the Box Office. Next year will see the hotly anticipated release of Wonder Woman into cinemas worldwide.
Even Minecraft costumes made an appearance at Comic Con – But Minecraft is more a video game than a proper book. But I suppose anything counts when we are asked to be part of a masquerade or parade.
Comic popularity is set to continue to rise to infinity and beyond!
Following the momentum of the comic convention, I will write a post in due course on how to draw Spider-Man and other Comic Classic figures in simple steps. Here is a taster of one of my first superheroes drawings which I managed to do in less than two hours. If i can do it, everybody can. Watch this space!
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums