As any geek knows, comic conventions are some of the best places to show off just how much you love something. One of the most common and (in my opinion) coolest ways to do this is definitely cosplay. Who didn’t love to dress up as a kid and pretend to be your favorite character? News flash: it doesn’t have to stop when you hit middle school. Cosplay is short for ‘costume play,’ which is kind of weird, right? It pretty much means you’re doing hardcore dress-up.
Some cosplays are better than others. We’ve all seen attempted Iron Mans out of construction paper and laughed. And then we look at the really fancy, hand-built ones and we’re in awe. Either way a viewer sees it, it’s fun for the actual cosplayer.
I speak from personal experience. I used to just do little things—like throw on a Starfleet Captain’s shirt and call it a costume. Now, though, I went all-out with a Darth Revan costume my aunt and I built together.
Cosplay is a great way to show off who your favorite video game characters are. Now, for women, this can actually be pretty difficult. What if your favorite character is Morrigan from Dragon Age, but you don’t want to be wearing next to nothing? Sadly, this is a problem that can be seen with a lot of female characters. Either the character doesn’t have an outfit you feel comfortable in or it’s too complicated (ex: Commander Shepard or a Halo Spartan’s armor). Even for my Darth Revan cosplay, the chest piece just doesn’t fit right—and it never will. The armor in the game is a generic male-figure piece, and for a slightly curvier woman, it just doesn’t work.