Cons. I love them. It doesn’t matter if they’re a pure gamer con like Adepticon or a fluffy “see and be seen/buyer” con like Comic Con. They’re all awesome to attend. While I can rant on and on about how great they are let me focus on one small part of cons, Cosplay.
No, I don’t Cosplay. It’s just not my thing to do. The sight of me in a Batman costume would look pretty damn absurd so I’ll spare you the indignity of witnessing it. Yet despite the fact that I don’t participate in cosplay I freely admit that Cosplay is one of my favorite parts of a con. I’ll also admit that it also tends to attract a bit of weirdness but that’s part of the fun too.
Before I get further into the topic let me give you the definition of Cosplay.
“Cosplay, short for “costume play” is a type of performance art in which participants don costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea.”
I’m sure you’ve seen people doing it. Halloween isn’t generally considered Cosplay but it technically does count. Con Cosplay is entirely different in its theme and sophistication. Major cons like Comic Con is where you see hundred (if not thousands) of people who are serious into cosplay gather in one location. They are there to perform, to see and be seen and for people like you and me to appreciate the work they and others put into their costume and performance. They love the attention and wouldn’t do cosplay if we ignored them. My role in con cosplay is as the appreciative audience. With a camera in hand I’ll happily play my part. Before taking a picture I always ask. After taking the picture I always say thank you. More often than not I’ll also spend a moment or two to chat about the costume. If I have someone with me to take the picture I’ll pose with them and I’ve never been declined.
Games Day, GenCon, Comic Con, Adepticon. They all have had their cosplayers in attendance. For some the cosplay is limited to a few brave souls while for other cons it’s the non-cosplayers who can become a minority.
Adepticon might have only a few out of the 1,500+ who show up and those are primarily limited to booth babes and the random gamers going for extra points in the team competition. Adepticon doesn’t promote it and those who do show up in costume are doing on their own.
In the middle would be Games Day where GW has used a contest in an attempt to get people to show up in costume. So despite Games Day being primarily a “gamer con” a limited number of cosplayers have shown up and put on a good show. In a good year I’d expect to see between 20 and 30 people in some sort of costume.
At the other end of the spectrum are the beasts known as Comic Con and GenCon. While the purpose and origin of the cons are entirely different the cosplay culture is remarkably the same. It is here at these cons that you will see cosplay in its true form and numbers. This past weekend Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) hosted many hundreds if not thousands of cosplayers. I saw it all from the uncomplicated to the over the top extravagant.
Star Wars is always a crowd pleaser not just for the legion of Storm Troopers…….
…… but also the guy in a Wookie suit and stilts who towered over the rest of the crowd.
And yes, the R2D2 was a costume with someone in it.
And who doesn’t still have a thing for Slave Girl Princess Leia.
There were also some uncomplicated costumes. Some like this zombie hunters who required little more than a sign and a bit of stagecraft.
Seeing that it was Comic con there had to be more than a few comic book heroes and villains. Marvel Vrs DC?
Others, like these girls, left me speechless. I admit that girls like this are the reason I go to cons in the first place.
This one was my favorite of the entire con. Drop dead sexy with a charming attitude and a beautiful sense of humor to match. Cosplayers don’t get any more perfect than her.
Then again there were these two who shattered any preconceived notions of who can cosplay and who cannot. Being a bit overweight didn’t stop this “The Coon” from South Park. A good sense of humor trumped his enlarged waistline.
And then there is this girl. I won’t explain it. Take a good look and see if you can figure out why she impressed the shit out of me. I give her major props for having a good sense of humor and going as a zombie.
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