I have never attended a con as anything but myself. Sure, I’d throw on my tightest nerd tee and walk around hoping for a thumbs up, but I never dared to become a character that I loved. I guess I felt that becoming Dana Scully, or Claire Redfield, or Wonder Woman crossed a line somehow, that I would be looked at as “That Nerd”. The one who couldn’t tell the difference between fantasy and reality.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not a Charlie-come-Lately to nerdom, my childhood and teen years (the 80s and early 90s) were mostly spent discussing comic books, and playing Dungeons and Dragons with fellow dorks who got beat up or harassed on a daily basis by people who would, years later, wear a brand-new Wolverine T-shirt to a comic-con and pretend that they were always “Geeks”, but actually designing a costume and wearing it out for people to see?
Not a chance.
Then I turned 40, and as the Mid-Life Crisis is wont to do, I am now seriously considering the idea thanks to this little Mini Doc (Why I Cosplay) which kind of tugs at the heartstrings and puts the whole “dressing up as a character”-thing in an adorable light.
So spend a few minutes watching it after the break and, if you too are sort of thinking about slapping on some cardboard and Halloween make-up and heading to a con, let me know.
Maybe we can nerd it up hard together.
Source: Geeks Are Sexy