Of course, there were also comics. I will admit that before the idea of attending comic-con arose, it had been years since I picked up a comic book. When I was younger I read X-Men and a few collections (like Women of Marvel) that my brother had in the house, but that was about it. When Julia and Antonia invited me to accompany them to NYCC, I started looking into some of my favorite mutants to decide who I might want to dress up as--and rediscovered Jean Gray.
|Jean Gray is introduced in X-Men #1, 1963|
For that period I had two choices: her black and yellow uniform, or the green dress and yellow mask she gets a bit later on. I decided I wasn't brave enough for spandex, and decided on the green dress.
|A collage of Marvel Girl, aka Jean Gray|
|on the cover of X-Men #48 with long sleeves|
|in an early comic with short sleeves|
This worked out pretty well. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get everything the way I wanted it--there is a serious lack of accessories, and I think if I want my hair to flip I'm better off with a wig--but in general it was fun to feel like a crime-fighting super scientist girl, and people recognized me. I took that as a sign of success.
|goofing off at Comic-Con--my badge blocks the X symbol I whipped up last minute in place of the belt|
|trying to use brain power for good...I think...|