If you are new to the San Diego Comic-Con, the biggest thing that separates it from other large scale conventions is the presence of cosplayers (costume-play). From it’s humble beginnings post Star Wars in the late 70’s, it has evolved into a time honored right of passage for many. Cosplayers have evoked a wide range of reactions from the general ‘non-nerd’ community ranging from admiration or respect to bewilderment and disgust. Cosplayers are ordinary people like you and me. Chances are, they might be the doctor, teacher, secretary, plumber, mechanic, or artist that you already know. These mild-mannered, nerds next door are filled with a passion for a specific genre and have a desire to express themselves in this creative way. These amateur thespians might not be Broadway bound but they are inspiring and entertaining many people with their craft and characterizations. By dressing up, cosplayers are not only bringing fandom to life but continuing a legacy that has spanned several decades. In many ways they capture the essence of what Comic-Con celebrates…being a hero. Special thanks to iluvthe90s for creating a perfect video to represent the proud passion cosplayers.
If you were born this way, please post of comment about what cosplay has meant to you.