With Comic-Con being only 22 days away, this Tip of the Day was inspired by a quote from one of my favorite authors:
“Nobody can tell you if what you’re doing is good, meaningful or worthwhile. The more compelling the path, the more lonely it is. ” -Hugh MacLeod
To those still on the fence about cosplaying (costume play), Comic-Con is the best time to go for it. Whether this is your first time or many times, you should seriously consider dressing up this year- however, I know some of you won’t because of harassment, embarrassment or fear. Anyone deeply involved in the cosplay community will tell you, it’s so much more than just dressing up. Cosplay is about self express. It’s about taking risks and doing something outside the norm. Being ‘outside the norm’ is why Comic-Con started in the first place and is why it has flourished over the past 4 decades. Buuuuut, if you decide the take the plunge, sometimes your closest coworkers, friends and family will not understand your desire to dress up in tights and prance around in front of strangers. To an outsider, cosplay may look silly or childish- but I think there is nothing more empowering and healthy than an adult courageously facing their fears and doing something that’s risky. Not only is cosplaying liberating, but it can really create an eye opening and life changing experience. I cosplayed for the first time last year and it really did change my perspective. I was now a part of the experience not just absorbing it. Remember, your idea doesn’t have to be big, it just has to be your own. Ironically, cosplaying as someone else can really help you discover a whole new side to yourself! I know many super introverted fans that have really come out of their shell through cosplay. Check out this is a great fan video with an awesome quote; “Being normal is no fun”. Shot at NYCC, this is a great video by BuzzFeed that captures the heart and mind of the cosplayer community.
If cosplay has helped you, share your story by leaving a comment- and this year, I hope to NOT recognize you this year at Comic-Con! 😉
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