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I’m in bed on Monday after getting home from SDCC at near midnight, procrastinating on a shower by vanity googling by searching “image panels” and whatnot on Twitter. I’m weak and only capable of this at the moment:
At SDCC, I ran AV on one panel (including doing…let’s call it a three-minute “bit” to warm the crowd up), guested on two, and moderated four more. I kept up with my day job while at the show, helped work signings at the booth, and generally played floater for the team—what needs doing, how can I help? I’m pretty well wiped out.
Cosplayers, though. I don’t have a count—my phone is just far enough out of reach but within sight that not counting is probably lazy—but I took selfies with a bunch of them, and I played rock-paper-scissors with somewhere between fifteen and thirty of them as part of a super-fast manga giveaway at one panel. They’d come by the booth to show their stuff off or I’d catch them in the hallway and be surprised at how dope their costume looks.
They showed up to the panels I was moderating, too. I think cosplay is real cool, personally, and I have friends who do it. I also think cosplayers get a lot of guff sometimes, from marks who are mad the costumes aren’t 100% to scrubs who are mad because…whatever. So at my panels, I tried to make it a point to thank the cosplayers, to give them a round of applause from a room with a couple hundred people in it, to hook them up with free stuff, because they deserve it. Even if it’s just a “dope costume!” on the way to a panel or hotel or something, I try to let it be known. Compliments are free, yadadamean? So why be stingy with them? If you don’t say dope costume, who will?
I respect enthusiasm. And there can be so much work and anxiety involved in putting on a costume and going to a show that I respect cosplay and cosplayers a whole lot.
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