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The San Diego Comic-Con 2012 Cosplay Challenge: Becoming Lara Croft

The race to get a Lara Croft costume together before the start of the convention is on, but will I be able to make it happen?

It's been a long time since I've donned a costume for Comic-Con; mostly because there is usually so much work involved in creating the costume and making it look just right -- but I've also been a little hesitant. Am I getting too old to dress up and go to a convention? Should I be dressing up when I write as an Editor on Comic Vine? Is that a good representation of who I am and what I do? Will people stop taking me seriously? It took me a couple of years, but I've finally concluded that it doesn't really matter. Cosplaying, costuming, dressing up as your favorite character -- whatever you want to call it -- is fun. And that's what comics and Comic-Con are all about; fun. If Comic-Con wasn't fun, no one would go. In the spirit of the convention, I decided to throw caution to the wind and dress up as my favorite female video game character -- Lara Croft. The only problem was, I decided I wanted to do this on Tuesday night -- on the eve of the convention. I know, I know, not very convenient.

So, how the heck would I put a Lara Croft costume together literally overnight, and would I succeed? Okay, so Lara's costume is probably the easiest there is to make. Get some khaki shorts, a green tank top, a set of gun holsters and some toy pistols and you're all set, right? Little did I know that looking for a Lara Croft costume in San Diego, in the middle of July, the day before a convention would be, well, kind of hard. We decided to document the adventure for both your viewing pleasure (watch me suffer) as well as to document whether or not I am able to actually get the outfit together. Oh, and you know you have succeeded if your costume is recognizable. So there's that.

Two hours before preview night I decided to take Tony and Thomas (who helped film and edit the video) on a little shopping spree. Needless to say, by the end of the first hour on that hot and humid July afternoon, all three of us were growing irritable -- and I started feeling like I was going to leave the San Diego shopping center empty handed. But that was not to be -- not really, anyway. In the end, I did manage to get most of the costume together (yay) but I am missing an integral part of what makes her outfit iconic (boo).

Oh, and please feel bad for Tony who had to literally go into every store with me. The man certainly has a lot of patience. Thanks for watching! What are some of your favorite comic con experiences? If you're a cosplayer, how long does it normally take you to get a costume together? Which costumes from this year's Comic-Con cosplay gallery are your favorites?