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Greetings, my nerdy fam. I had an outstanding time at GlitchCon last weekend and thanks to everyone for the congratulatory posts regarding my first cosplay contest win. It meant a lot and I'm grateful for those who have supported me and been by my side. If you want to know all that happened on the second day of the con, you can read my article about it in the link provided here.
Last weekend, I attended GlitchCon, which is a convention in Springdale, Arkansas and it's held once a year. It was actually my sixth year in a row going there and I have so much to share with everyone. Now before I talk about the cosplay contest, I want to talk about the cosplay that I debuted at the con. The cosplay mashup I did on the second day was called Lord Gyaradrakkon (pictured above). It was a mashup of Gyarados from Pokemon and Lord Drakkon, the main antagonist from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Shattered Grid comic book series. One of my good friends, Johnny, created the armor, shield, Dragon Dagger (which you'll see in this article), Morpher belt buckle, and the helmet. I wanted the helmet to mirror Gyarados and Lord Drakkon, so he did an amazing job creating it. If you can't tell, those are scales on the shield, gauntlets, and boot covers, adding nice touches to them. Finally, there's a Power Coin in the middle of the shield, which has the likeness of Gyarados. Many people loved my cosplay and they took pictures of me and some with them. Not only that, but I had a solo photoshoot and a group photoshoot with around 15-20 cosplayers. There was a guy that came up to me, who has been following my posts, shared how much I've grown over the last five years, and wanted to meet me in person. He's never met me before, until that day.
Cosplay: it has high and lows. It’s advantages and disadvantages. However, many people assume the worst about cosplayers, like myself, whether it’s at a con or in public. I asked everyone on my Facebook page what misconceptions people have made about them, while in cosplay and I’ve received two responses. Here are a couple of them:
Before I attend GlitchCon later on this week, I decided to do one more cosplayer feature. Not to worry, because I'll be doing more of them after the con, so stay tuned. In case you missed my last cosplayer interview, you can check it out by going to the link at the end of this article. In the meantime, I recently got a chance to interview Christina Barber. Before I go any further, if you like any of the articles I've written so far, please feel free free to send me a a one-off tip, which is located at the end of every article. No tip is ever too big or small. It helps me and other Vocal content creators create better stories, and you'll be supporting us in a positive way. On that note, I hope you enjoy this interview.
For the last several weeks, I've been running into articles about two different cities planning on hosting their so-called "Straight Pride". Those two cities are Boston, Massachusetts and the other that might hold one is Modesto, California. One of my cosplayer friends and I had a great conversation on this topic. We both agreed that these cities are doing this for attention. To me, I'm not outraged or upset at these two cities. They're free to have it, but I'm still going to side-eye it. Many people, including me, some of my friends, and LGBTQ allies, started dragging them online, as they should. As soon as I've seen that Modesto, California might have a "Straight Pride" event, I felt like I needed to write an open letter to some, not all, straight people. I'm in no way attacking you or your beliefs, but to go into detail of why "Straight Pride" is complete nonsense and ridiculous. I have many straight friends and family members, but you know what, I love them for who they are.