Comics Code Authority Symbol – This one is beyond easy to do. Requires: Black sweatshirt (or tshirt), black pants, transfer paper. Optional Extras: A black ski mask. To Make: Print or draw the symbol out on an 8×10 sheet of transfer paper and iron onto your shirt. Get dressed. Done! You can flip through random comic books and say “Approved!” in a deep voice before assuming the super-hero fists on hips stance and walking away.
Groo The Wanderer– This Sergio Aragones character is sure to get you noticed. Requires: XXL Orange Tank Top, several yards of quilting (or 2 pillows), XXL black belt, gold-look bracelets, a length of orange cloth for a headband, 2 lengths of leather laces or yarn (each long enough to tie around your chest diagonally), black shorts, and a piece of blue foam. Optional Extras: A straight, chin length brown wig, a small brown pouch, 1 or 2 plastic katanas, beige slipper socks, and a small plastic skull. To Make: Using this as a guide, cut the blue foam into the correct shape, adding holes on either side for the ties. Tie the leather or yarn onto the blue foam cutout. After putting on the tank top and shorts, wrap yourself in the quilting material and secure, outside the tank top, with the black belt. Tie the band around your head or wig by looping both ends together and pulling through the knot. Tie the blue foam around you diagonally as shown in picture, put on bracelets and attach any extras to your belt. Groo technically went barefoot, but the beige slipper socks should suffice in a public place. Act like a baffoon and tell people the definition of mulching for no reason.
Doppler Effect – As seen on CBS’s Big Bang Theory, the cast of which will likely be at Comic-Con again this year. Requires: Black clothes (leotard preferable) & white paint, or B&W cloth in a wave pattern which can be sewn into an outfit. To Make: Painting: Paint wave patterns lengthwise down the clothing, drawing first with chalk, if desired. Sewing: Make a pattern out of butcher paper or newspaper by tracing a set of your existing clothing, cutting out approximately 1/2″ beyond the lines for seams. Sew together. Walk around saying “neeEEOOoow!” and wiggling (as Sheldon does on BBT) to illustrate what it means (or just mimic a fast car or siren going by).
Kevin Smith – You can go as the “real” him or as Silent Bob, with only minimal wardrobe differences (indicated with “KS” and “SB”). Requires: Black trenchcoat, ridiculously long and baggy shorts, black shirt, real or fake beard, and quilting material or pillows for padding. Optional Extras: Dorky black glasses (KS), beige baseball hat (SB) To Make: Pad yourself up. Get dressed as either KS or SB. If going as SB, say nothing as often as possible. If going as KS be pretentious and talk all the time.
Random Thug – If you’ve ever read a comic book, chances are you’ve seen this character in it. It is probably the easiest to make of all. Requires: Dark clothing, knit hat & mask (or ski mask), and jacket. Optional Extras: Random Thug name tag. Get dressed and try to lurk in corners and look menacing.
Additional ideas: Since no doubt TONS of people will be going as Heath Ledger’s version of the Joker, why not go as Old School Joker? Also from BBT, there’s the multi–Flash – Get 2 or 3 friends, all of you dress and the Flash and walk in a single file line, looking like one guy going really fast. If you want to go with popular, Ironman and the Punisher are probably going to be big this year. If you want even more obscure, try going as Mantra or Catman.