I’ve been going to comic conventions for about 20 years now, and one of the things I’ve noticed through the years is the ever increasing amount of people that cosplay. It’s something that I feel is never truly appreciated by con-goers, something that is taken for granted, even. Why do I say this? Because people like to bitch and complain about how aisle traffic getting slowed down, or that they’re not real fans or that they don’t even know who they’re dressed as.
This kind of ignorance always bothered me. Why? Because, well, LOOK at the costumes. Look at the level of craftsmanship there. Look at how much they care about getting the look right. Look at the creativity. There’s an obvious LOVE for the character that they’re dressing up as. It takes a lot of time to create these costumes, and it takes a lot of guts to wear them in that hot convention floor, and stopping to get photographed can get tedious…but they do it because it makes the con experience a lot more fun for them, and for us.
I’ve had the great pleasure of getting to know, and becoming friends with a good number of folks who cosplay. They’re amazing people, ridiculously talented and passionate about their hobby.
So when you see a cosplayer at a con, take the time to appreciate their work, and tell them how much you enjoy it!