You Americans are all such damned slobs, you see. Whenever I head across to a convention, I’m primed to see people dressed as Pixie, Darkstar, Hepzibah and other well-known comic-book icons. I love seeing fans dress up as their favourite characters, and really get into the spirit of a con.
But then there are all you other people, who haven’t dressed up as Huntress or Iceman or whomever, and it breaks my heart to see that you’re wearing ironic shirts, elasticated trousers, and other items of peasantry. If you aren’t able to attend a convention in cosplay, the very least I expect from you lot is a bowler hat and three-piece suit. Is that too much to ask? Every time I see a new Vampire Weekend shirt by the Oni Press stand, it makes me feel terribly disappointed at the failure of my forefathers to breaking your colonial spirits.
I can’t remember the last time I saw so much as a polished monocle at a comic-book convention, which is a darned shame. How are you going to react to the alarming sight of an independent career-focused woman (in public, no less!!) if you aren’t able to drop your trusted monocle into the cup of tea you’re invariably holding onto at all times? Surely you’re not going to charm Dan DiDio into revealing his plan for seven Wally West titles next year whilst dressed in an old Luke Cage T-Shirt, are you?
No, you’re going to want some kind of crisply-ironed suit, preferably with a handkerchief carefully tucked into the top breast pocket.
Which is all my way of introducing you to a new range of superhero-themed suits which were today unveiled by Indochino , and according to the publicity photos will allow you to grow a Green Lantern-style facial mask and catch up on all that cityscape-brooding you’ve fallen behind on.
This is an interesting new development, as it suggests companies are now seeing a correlation between comic-book fans and dapper outfitting which previously was only represented through Kieron Gillen’s fabled all-white convention tuxedo.
It’s a nice range, in all seriousness, and it’s always fun to see unexpected companies turn their attention to our demographic. It’s comprised of six suits, two blazers, two raincoats, four ties and two pocket-squares – and it’s almost certainly the only thing stopping you from persuading Joe Quesada to let you write a new Adam X ongoing series for Marvel.
And although the suits do have slightly more in common with Lex Luthor’s wardrobe than anything you’d see Clark Kent wearing, it’s a nice change from the bland marketing campaigns you see all-too-often from fashion companies. It’s surprising that it’s taken so long for design companies to catch on to the visual design of comic-books, and retool it for their own products.
….oh my, yes, I certainly WOULD enjoy free samples, thank you..