DragonCon is over. Another year of costuming, staying up too late, getting up too early, exposing my son to something that is somehow both awesome and inappropriate at the same time, and what is most amazing: feeling like a star.
I had someone ask me why do this. Not just why I go (even though I think that they had doubts about that as well), but why I spent so much time and money on making costumes for this event. At the time I didn’t really know the answer. After seeing the amazing creations last year I thought that I had the ability to create something amazing so I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. That may have been my reason for starting, but I know my reason (and I think other’s reason) to continue. It was amazing to have people stop me in the halls and ask for my photo. It’s what I would imagine being famous feels like, except at the end of the day I got to shower and turn into myself again.
OK so Steampunk Supernatural went over well. I had more people “get” it than I thought I would (I think a whopping 10 people that didn’t have to ask who we were– which was about 8 more than I expected) and had a lot of compliments just on the general awesomeness of it. I got recognized by someone who reads my Tumblr which made my day and then I also got to do a CNN photo shoot about rule 63.
However, it wasn’t until I was dressed as Snow White that I began to feel the awesomeness. No explanation was needed here. In a sea of Ariels, Auroras, Tinkerbells and Cinderellas it was easy to stand out of the crowd. It took me twice as long to get anywhere, I got called the wrong princess’ name numerous times, but I loved every second. While on the Walk of Fame I even had “Once Upon a Time” star Raphael Sbarge ask ME for a picture! Yeah that was pretty awesome.
When I walked by small children I could hear there excited whispers and I watched them gather the courage to talk to me. It truly was magical. To them I was Snow White just like for my son every Spider-Man or Captain America we passed was, in his eyes, THE superhero. It’s an amazing feeling and I can see why people go to numerous cons a year and spend thousands on costumes. Do I think it’s as competitive as “Hero’s of Cosplay” portrays it– no, not for the average congoer, but it’s crazy the things people can construct. create and imagine that makes cosplay special.
So if you still don’t understand why I recommend you hit up the nearest con (a larger one to guarantee that you’ll get to see some awesome costumes) and do some people watching. Maybe you’ll get it then.
Check out some of the highlights of my weekend: