Arsenal Cosplay. Belated Halloween Post.

Me as New 52 Roy Harper aka Arsenal.

Over the past year I have been working on an Arsenal cosplay costume. Arsenal is Green Arrow’s ex-sidekick Roy Harper in the DC Comics Universe. Currently, he appears in the Red Hood and the Outlaws ongoing monthly series. There are very few cosplays of the character online.

I have been a Green Arrow fan for a very long time, and Roy Harper has always been an interesting character. I remember as a kid creating arrows which would ignite on contact in the garage. For lack of a bow to fire them, probably a very good thing, I would throw them into the air and then run away before they struck the pavement of the road. Street hockey would no doubt  have been a safer pastime.
Comic Panel from Red Hood and the Outlaws.

As it turns out, going as an obscure comic book character only really works at comic conventions. For Halloween in Vancouver, I was only recognized when I entered the comic book store to purchase a copy of Red Hood to carry with me. “I’m this guy.” worked a lot better than trying to describe the character did.

Creating the costume was very difficult. I had to tech myself how to sew and made a lot of mistakes doing it. Things like the hat and mask were fairly easy to make, paint and a bit of foam were all i required. The vest, belt, and quiver were another matter entirely. I documented those with videos on my YouTube channel which I will post below. Making a costume as simple as this one really gave me a better appreciation for the work which goes into cosplay. This costume took me hours of labour and I gave up on the project several times. Luckily, I kept returning and the final piece was able to be worn. I don’t know when the next opportunity to where the entire costume will arise, but when it does, I’ll be sure to share it in more detail.

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