I’m sure some people think cosplayers are a strange bunch. I mean, people who go to conventions dressed up in costume… for what? For the attention, so they can be gawked at and have pictures taken of them? So people can ooh and ahh at how pretty the girls look, and how badass the guys look? I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who sneer at these folks and dismiss them as freaks.
Thing is, considering the amount of dedication that’s required to make some of these costumes (never mind the effort required to haul them halfway across the country, or to roam around all day in the heat inside them), it seems like attention alone would be pretty poor payback. Unless one is really inclined to believe that their ogling eyes make life itself worthwhile, there surely must be something else.
My friend Natalie wrote an excellent article for Nerd Appropriate (“PAX Prime 2013: Cosplay Coming Out”) about what it means to be a cosplayer, to be part of this community and to celebrate the things you love in a very demonstrable way. Makes sense to me.
But what does cosplaying mean to someone who helped build these characters they’re cosplaying as, and who helped build the worlds they’re celebrating?
Thank you, Dave. Thank you so much for coming back to see us in Atlanta, it was exhilarating for everyone to have you and Aidan there. I know you must miss PAX, but I really REALLY hope that BioWare continues to have a presence at Dragon, even if it can’t always be the same folks attending.
And a huge shoutout to Evil Chris and Fernando Melo for being instrumental to Dragon Age @ Dragon Con right out of the gate in 2011, getting us permission to use the logo on our parade banner, overnighting us swag since they couldn’t send anyone as a con-guest that year. What began as one tiny thread on cosplay.com searching for other people doing DA costumes at Dragon has in only 2 years become a FB group with over 100 members from all over the world, and all of them the most genuine, friendly, talented people you would ever want to meet. We really bond marching in that Atlanta summer heat let me tell you. ;)
So, yeah, basically, you keep creating and we’ll keep sewing/hot-gluing/worbla-ing… and if you manage to smuggle us some 360-view character sheets from Inquisition, I swear we won’t tell a soul!