Costumes aren’t just for Halloween, and pretend time isn’t just for children. Dressing up as one of your favorite fictional characters is a time honored tradition. People who do this are called Cosplayers. Cosplayers come in all ages, shapes and sizes. As a kid you may have tucked a black sheet into the collar of your shirt and pretended you were Batman. As an adult, you have the income to create a customized suite.

Some put so much time and effort into their costumes, the results are outstanding. They spend the entire year before a ComicCon researching online, looking for the best price for the right material for their costume specifications. Some spend hours in front of a sewing machine, meticulously stitching in the details. The costume is a point of pride for a Cosplayer. The time and effort spent shows. You get pointed at, touched, approached by excited strangers. People want their picture with you, they want you to hold their babies. You’re a celebrity for the day. You are Batman.

When you come across someone cosplaying as your enemy, beware. They are likely to immediately take on character and attack. There may be a full out battle in the middle of the convention floor, an intrigued audience cheering on the fight. It’s all in good fun, of course, and that’s what makes it great. You are among your own kind, a bunch of other obsessed and passionate fantasy lovers. Even so, you have to have guts to cosplay.

There are some so obsessed, that they will notice a detail of your costume is not appropriate to the era of your character. For example, if you’re cosplaying as Han Solo and you have yellow stripes on navy blue pants, you better be prepared for ridicule. Han Solo had yellow stripes on his brown pants in A New Hope, and red stripes on his navy pants in Empire Strikes Back. My point is, whatever character you choose to dress up as, you should know about their background. You are likely to provoke excited conversation from your fellow geeks and they will become shortly disappointed if it becomes clear you’re only dressed up as Rogue from the X-men so you look hot.


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