First Times

I can still remember my first convention when I was 4 years old.  It was a Star Trek Convention in Harrisburg, PA.  But it was about 20 years old when I really started getting into the convention scene.  My first cosplay that I made from scratch was a DALEK dress.  It’s silver with black for all of the details.

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Kind of like that guy.  I made it for less than 15 bucks, which I thought was quite the bargain.  Even now I still do, I would just like to fix the mistakes that were made out of ignorance.

 

However, when I was in 6th grade all of my friends wanted to be cheerleaders for Halloween.  I was pretty bored with that, except Buffy Summers was a cheerleader and that’s what I was going to do.  I went for Buffy from the movie, rarely done but it was pretty awesome.  My dad put stakes inside of the pompoms that came with the costume and that’s really all I needed.  It really should have been a sign of things to come.

For the first few cons I went to I did just go for the nerdy T-shirt because that’s really just my wardrobe.  I also have dolls that I made of different scifi characters that I would carry around.  It was pretty cool so I decided I just had to get in on cosplaying.  Then once I was in it I just had to keep going.  I find making the costumes up until the minute before I leave, or even on the car ride there to be so exciting.  Will I get it done in time?  Will it be recognizable?  It’s all so much pressure, but in the best way.

 

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What makes Cosplay Special

Halloween for non-nerds is the only time of year they get to come as they aren’t.  Nerds have collectively stated that we all love to dress up and would like to do it as often as possible.  Most of the time at conventions the costumes are more elaborate than at Halloween.  Whenever I think about Halloween I think of the scene in Mean Girls where Cady went to the party and the girls are all in animals because they had on ears and tales where as Cady went all out on a less than sexy outfit. However, in no way am I saying that nerd costumes aren’t sexy.  I want to remove all booth babes and models from the conversation of cosplay just because they are being paid to dress-up in costume so any connection to the character isn’t necessarily there, not that it can’t be but I’ve run into more of them that don’t know who they’re dressed as than love the character.

Cosplay comes all time of year.  There is no limit to when or how many times a costume can and should be worn.  Some of the best costumes can have bits and pieces incorporated into a normal wardrobe.  A shirt that can be worn to the grocery store or a funky belt that looks great with a going out dress.  Yeah a costume bought from a store is easy but then it’s 40 bucks you’ll only wear once or twice, a costume made is something that can have more uses than just the first intended one.

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Cosplay also is about the character you’re playing as much as the outfit that you’re wearing.  People like to pretend, that’s why we all love movies and TV shows.  We like to escape.  When kids pretend no one thinks twice about it but if you’re over the age of 10 and call a friend to come over and want to play princesses or super heroes the other person probably isn’t going to go for it, cosplay is the chance to play pretend and get to think “Today, I am a Super Hero.  Today I can fly, or talk to animals, or have telekinesis.”  And all of that is pretty cool.  We don’t need to do it every day but every once in a while I like to pretend that I can fly.

Couples Costumes

Couples costumes are some of the best costumes for comic cons.  For last comic con I created a Green Arrow and Black Canary costume for my parents, I’m currently working on a Battlestar Glacatica costume for my boyfriend and me.  My friend and I did a Batgirl and Robin for Halloween a couple of years ago.  Couples don’t have to be a couple , I’ve seen twin brothers and sisters do Luke and Leia.  Fathers and sons can do Batman and Robin, which is awesome.  (RIP Damien Wayne)  Groups of friends can be the crew of Serenity.

I don't know these kids, I just think it's one of the cutest cosplays ever.

I don’t know these kids, I just think it’s one of the cutest cosplays ever.

It’s not that cosplay isn’t fun on your own but if you can have someone doing it with you it gets more fun.  I enjoy going out in costume with my friends and acting as if nothing is different about us.  It’s fun just to be different sometimes.  What are some of the fun things that you and your friends have done?