The second you walk through the doors, you feel at home. You spend months preparing for a convention, spend paychecks on cosplay, and put your blood, sweat, and tears into this passion. And to spend your weekend at a convention makes it feel all worth it. Firstly, cosplaying is the hobby of dressing up as characters from fandoms, anime, video games, books, shows, etc. A few times a year, cosplayers will gather to local conventions and spend the weekend meeting other cosplayers, getting their picture taken, and spending just a little too much money in the vendors' hall. Cosplayers come in all shapes and sizes and colors, and so do the characters they cosplay. We can’t all be born with grey skin like the trolls from Homestuck.
It kind of all started when I went to the first MCM Comic-Con in Manchester several years ago. It was also my first comic-con and I went on my own, I didn’t dress up and I spent about £10 buying a cookies and cream Kit Kat and a can of Mountain Dew from the America food stall. That was my comic-con experience. Pretty lackluster really. Fast forward to 2018, I’ve been to university, had a small break down, grown more confident psychically and mentally, I’ve grown a beard and got myself some tattoos, I have a vast Blu-ray collection, I collect Funkos, I’m an even bigger gamer, watch a lot of anime, and now I go to Comic-Con too! The last three or four years, I have made it my mission to go to as many as Cons as possible and so far I have managed to go to everything Comic-Con in both Birmingham and Manchester but have never managed to venture to the holy grail of cons in the UK, London Comic-Con. That is, until now.
June is the start of Pride Month and it's an important month for the LGBTQ community. Pride Month is celebrated every year in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots. It was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. Today, there are countless celebrations, parades, parties, workshops, and so forth that attract millions of people worldwide. I'm honoring this month by showing some love to my fellow LGBTQ+ cosplayers who I currently follow online or met in person. They deserve so much credit for inspiring others that they can be themselves. We go through the same things as everyone else, because we're not perfect.
Attending conventions and meeting people are the two things I love the most about being a cosplayer. Every time I go to a con, it's like being at a party and seeing people in their costumes. If you're new to cosplay and searching for some ways on how to make your con experience enjoyable and memorable, then you have come to the right person. I've been doing cosplay for about four years and I get pumped planning for a convention. To me, it's like preparing for prom. I'll be sharing some pointers to make sure everything runs smoothly for you before your next convention.
Firstly, let me point out that quite a sizable amount of people have NO idea what the community of furries is actually like, and as such only attach the oversexualized and crazy (like the alt-furs, don't even get me started on that BS) subset of furries with everyone else. While there are people like that in the fandom, there are people like that in EVERY fandom, regardless of its content. I'm sure people have seen the WAY oversexualized cosplay at Comic-Con or any other type of convention. Let's just get that right out of the way! You all know the old saying, "assuming makes an ass out of you."
I have been a content creator and writing stories on Vocal since March of this year, and I'm glad that I get to talk about topics that I'm passionate and love to talk about. Most of those stories are cosplay and other geek-related gems. In grade school, two of my favorite subjects in school were English and Language Arts; writing poems and letting my creativity run wild. I'm here to tell everyone a little bit about myself, and by the time you finish reading this, you would be surprised about the kind of person I am.
It's hard to believe that I've been doing cosplay for almost four years. Looking back at my pictures from the different conventions I've attended over the years shows how much I've grown, not only as a cosplayer, but as a human being. I'm thankful to have met some of the most kindest and lovable people at conventions, online, and in person. I have so many cosplays planned for 2019 and they will be amazing. I'm ready to show everyone what I have in store. Next year will be bigger and badder. I'm not trying to outdo my friends at all. I just want to step my cosplay game up even further like everyone else. I know I have been saying that for the last three years, but this time, it's for real.
2017 was a great year for me in cosplay. Meeting people and having the time of my life. There was one particular cosplay that I wanted to do for months and that was the Armored Blue Ranger. The reason was that you hardly see one at a convention or online. So why did I decide to add the armor to my Blue Ranger suit?
Back in 2013, one of my friends introduced me to cosplay, and at the time, I didn't know what it was. So I went online and searched images of people doing cosplay. I was impressed and wanted to dress up as my favorite characters. I didn't attend any conventions that year, because I wanted to come up with some cosplay ideas of my own first.
Cosplay is a way to express ourselves and also stepping outside of our comfort zone. In this article, I'll be talking about why I defend cosplayers who choose to do it. I've been a cosplayer for almost four years and once in a while, I like to let loose and be carefree. It's great to have fun every time you cosplay and not take yourself seriously. When a convention gets hot and crowded, you want to show some skin, but not too much. It makes it easier for you to move around. Conventions are costly and if you're willing to spend money on creating a sexy version of your character, by all means, be my guest. Sexy cosplay is fun to do and I have absolutely no problems with my friends and other people doing it. As long as you're not hurting me or others, embrace it without apologizing for expressing yourself. In other words, if you like it, then I like it.
I debuted my first cosplay mashup: Zombie Mario at GlitchCon 2015. I also took part in my very first cosplay contest, and while I didn't win, I received a standing ovation. I'll be writing an article on how to prepare for your first cosplay contest, but for now, let's get down to business. This project is fairy easy and there's numerous items for you to purchase in order to transform into Zombie Mario. Whenever I prepare for a convention, the majority of the items that I buy are from eBay. Take advantage of those items that offer free shipping.
When I was five years old, I was diagnosed with Asperger. It's a developmental autism spectrum disorder. It impacts the individual's ability to communicate and read social situations. It’s mild, meaning I have problems conversing with other people, social awkwardness, and difficulties grasping certain things quickly. In school, I was in special education classes from Pre-K through my junior year of high school. I was made fun of and bullied because I was in these classes. Most people assumed that if you are diagnosed with a developmental disorder, it automatically means that you are “dumb” or “slow,” which is not the case. People with Autism or Asperger can accomplish remarkable things in life. As far as making friends, I didn’t have many of them in school or any mentors. Because of my Asperger and was really timid. I grew up in Arlington, TX and making friends was a lot more difficult, especially entering high school and in my early 20s. At times, I would be isolated and feeling lonely. In late November 2017, I found out that I was also diagnosed with PDD-NOS, which stands for "Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified." The symptoms include difficulties with routines and environments and difficulties with communicating with others.