As part of its programming for San Diego Comic-Con International 2014, Marvel Entertainment is offering a new online video series about cosplay. Providing a beginner’s guide for one way to put together a superhero costume, the episodic series of approximately 6 minute segments launched yesterday at Marvel.com and on Marvel’s YouTube channel.
Similar in concept to the Syfy Channel’s Heroes of Cosplay, the Marvel series is slowing things down a bit and going step-by-step, beginning with selection of character by a cosplayer heading to SDCC later this month. That character is the Scarlet Witch, and cosplayer Lorraine Cink, host of Marvel’s online series The Watcher is the cosplayer who will wear the final costume. The show is put together by Judy Stephens, associate producer of The Watcher.
Episode 1 sets up the series and has Cink and Stephens enlisting the work of a professional Broadway production costumer, Carly Bradt, to design the costume. Her method may be more or less elaborate than those used by some cosplayers, beginning with a design sketch and translating that to a dress form and creating the costume from a pattern. A lot of cosplayers may get the same effect by using a commercial pattern as a starting point and adjusting for the character requirements from there. Still, with two episodes per week leading up to SDCC 2014, the show is bound to contain some tips cosplayers may find useful.
Future episodes will feature wig expert, Katie Hondrogen and professional cosplayer, Yaya Han, one of the stars of Heroes of Cosplay.
After the break we have the first episode of the new series, titled Marvel Method: Cosplay:
New episodes will be released on the Marvel YouTube channel every Tuesday and Thursday. The final costume will be revealed at the Marvel booth during SDCC 2014.