The weekend of June 30-July 2 was Denver Comic Con – three days of dressing up in weird costumes, admiring other people in weird costumes, listening to & getting stuff signed by people who dress up in weird costumes for a living, and shopping for new weird costume stuff. Ok, I’m exaggerating. You could also buy artwork and comic books.
Denver Comic Con bills itself as a “Con for a Cause” — it’s sponsored by Pop Culture Classroom, a nonprofit that uses pop culture such as comics and graphic novels to teach literacy skills. But like any major comic con, it’s become a rite of passage for anyone who geeks out over any kind of fandom – be it TV, movie, video game or fiction. And while dressing up (cosplay) isn’t required, it’s still kinda fun. Last year I dressed up as Buffy the Vampire Slayer; this year I went as Agent Carter.
It amazes me every year how much time, effort, and money people put into their cosplay. Some people finish one comic con and immediately start on plans for their costume for next year. I am not one of those people. I bought most of my costume pieces off of Amazon a couple of months ago, and I probably only spent a little over $100 altogether. Some of these costumes must put people back several hundreds of dollars. And while I’m not that dedicated to the cosplay part of the con, I truly enjoy seeing those people that are.
For example, take a look at this group of Star Wars fans. These are some professional quality costumes! And it isn’t just the costumes themselves, but the time and effort put in on props and makeup as well. Look at Darth Maul (far left) – that’s several hours’ worth of makeup right there. How many hours of work, and how much money, is represented in this one picture?
One of the reasons I love Comic Con is that it’s a place where this kind of devotion is appreciated, and often rewarded. If you have a good costume, many times a day random people will ask to take your picture or have their picture taken with you. And of course there’s the possibility of winning the costume contest, but I believe that’s secondary in most people’s minds. They’re sharing their inner-geek with complete strangers, and for once not being put down because of it, but being applauded instead.
Some of the best costumes, in my opinion, are the unusual ones. I can’t tell you how many Harley Quinns I saw, or how many Poison Ivys – for the men it was often Starlord from Guardians of the Galaxy, or regular Deadpool. But it’s not often you see a Mandalorian Samurai…
… or a Swiss Deadpool.
How fun is that! Fun side story: Swiss Deadpool’s 3-year-old son was appropriately dressed as the Flash – every time Dad turned away, little Flash was out of his stroller and running as fast as he could across the room! 😀
I have too many pictures of cool costumes and fun items I found while shopping the floor to post on here. So I’m just going to leave you with these three.