Cosplaying looks like fun.
I am still in the planning phases for my costume (HERCULES!), so all I can do is imagine what it’ll look like. But I noticed something while imagining. I was picturing what it would be like to wear it. Not only the people’s reaction to it, but what it would be like to play pretend. To be Hercules.
It’s more than just playing pretend. A friend of mine, Jennifer Munoz, told of about her experience wearing a costume at a convention. People got her attention by calling out the name of the character she was dressed as. To the other people, they saw her as that character. You know, I am the same way. When I saw people dressed up, I saw them as the character they were dressed up as. Jennifer referred to it as being in Disneyland, being surrounded by your favorite characters. I’ve never been to Disneyland (or Disneyworld), but I get the sentiment. It’s one of the reasons why I love going to GenCon
I think cosplaying is a way of celebrating geekdom in a very meaningful way. We get to dress up as our favorite characters, become them, and play with them (or as them) in a fun way. Honestly, I want that experience when I dress up as Hercules. So for now, I’m going to dream what it’ll be like. I think that’s the first step.