last weekend I had the opportunity to go to PR Comic Con 2010. I was wondering how serious would people take the cosplaying side in the lovely island if Puerto Rico, and it would be my first time at a Comic Con.
Not wanting to feel too out of place, I managed to get a Green Lantern shirt. (Because my Dragon Ball Z shirt is maybe more than a decade old, and I wanted to save my video game shirts for another ocasion) What would the Comic Con have in store for me?
I’m sure these conventions would be fancier in other places, but this will do to satisfy my curiosity. And, I must say, I Was impressed. So many geeks and nerds with full costumes, or just a hat or some super hero or video game shirt. (Just like mine!) I think I felt at home there.
I tried to keep my cell phone ready for pic taking, but our attention at first was on the different stands. Personally, I wanted to leave the convention with something. I ended up buying a Final Fantasy 13 poster (don’t judge me! :P) and a Bowser Plush. My little sister, (who is not THAT little. She graduated from High School the previous day) arrived a bit later, dressed as Kokoro from Dead or Alive. (Geekness runs in the family! She is my sister on my father’s side. We found out we would see there the day before.) I kept her company until her friends arrived and then we parted ways. I joked with my brother that we should follow her and frown at anybody who asked for her picture.
Now, I’m used to see pics of costumes and laugh at them, not for the fact that these grown people are wearing costumes, but because some of them look cheap or because the “model” doesn’t exactly fit the physical model of the character they represent. But while seeing these people in person, I could start appreciating something different. These people are having fun, enjoying themselves. They are being themselves by.. uhh.., dressing as someone else- does that even make sense?
First, let’s be honest. Not many women will fit the physical requisite to portray nicely their favorite anime or video game girl. Should they decide against the idea because nobody wants to see a fat Tifa, or a way too skinny Ryu? (in case of boys, of course) It isn’t enough that society pretty much mocks anything that doesn’t fit in their normality, and some of us have struggled greatly to try to appear normal enough and not upset those that surround us? We’ll be pretty much mocked by some of our friends for simply going to the Comic Con, shouldn’t that be enough too?
So yeah. I liked the fact that people just came in as they pleased. Maybe they didn’t look buff enough or pretty enough, small or skinny enough. They did, however, enjoy themselves which it’s what should matter. I even want to join in the cosplay next year!
Here are a few of the pictures I took, by the way. And I left out my sister’s pics. And the pic where my brother and I posed with a Pink and Green Power Ranger. 😛