So I’ve been thinking about this for a while, since Baltimore Comic Con to be exact. I saw a young woman cosplaying as Storm from the X-Men. But she was white. It tool a second for me to go, oh she’s Storm. I think most people are used to cosplayers playing characters that are white and the cosplayer is not white, but is it acceptable for it to go the other way? My brother really likes Cyborg and would love to take on that costume as a challenge. But my brother is a ginger(pale white skin and bright red hair) and isn’t sure if that would be ok for him to make and then dress up as. We were talking about this for a while and neither one of us could answer the question. All we could come up with was we don’t know. So, I’m posing the question to the universe, since it’s totally cool for a character say to go from white to black (Nick Fury, Perry White) or for a cosplayer of color to cosplay a white character, such as Jay Justice, or Yaya Han, but is it ok for a white cosplayer to cosplay a black character such as Storm or Cyborg?
At BCC I went as Powergirl and my brother went as Death Stroke. Here are some of the awesome cosplayers we saw there. All of the people we met there were super friendly and the floor was one of my favorites. My only real criticism was that there weren’t enough panels and even more importantly they weren’t strategically placed panels. It may not have been the best plan to put artist panels against artist panels, and comic book industry panels against other comic book industry panels. But the atmosphere was awesome, and for me that can be even more important. Nice people attending and running these shows is the number 1 thing for me. Making friends and having a great time can make up for the lack of somethings that I want.
Now this last picture is my personal favorite. See I did something dumb, I forgot to take a picture of me and my brother together. He just started college too, so I can’t just bug him at home to take a picture with me. I searched far and wide, and I found this.
From my experience nerds love to craft. I sew, crochet, knit, bake and am a film maker by profession. I also dance, play the sax and clarinet, and sing. In the art world I’m like a pig in slop. And I’m not the only one. There is a reason there are blogs like Geek Crafts, Bored and Crafty, Pixelated Mushroom (even if she hasn’t posted in 3 months) and so many more. I personally eat them up.
But what brings these two groups together? So many nerds are crafter and crafters are nerds. I think it has to do with both groups are smart and like to be constantly stimulated. Imagination is the most important skill for a crafter who wants to create anything beyond exactly what a pattern calls for, even just the first question of what color to make a hat or what is the right picture to take when going out to work on their photography portfolios.
My mom is a cross stitcher, she calls it just paint by numbers but how excited she gets when she’s looking at all the different colors of floss or all the different patters and what to do with the finished product, there is a lot of imagination happening.
Nerds are the same way. We watch our favorite show and our brains start turning about what way can we bring this into our lives. I just watched the re-imagined Battlestar Glacatica last month for the first time and by the end of the third season I was already planning on making my own costumes of my favorite couple, Callie and the Chief. We put stickers on our laptops and Starfleet Academy Alumni window clings on our cars. That is awesome.
Imagination, that’s what the world really needs more of. Don’t forget to use yours today.