I did it! I attended Comic Con and I survived. It was touch and go there for a minute before we entered,as we passed a group of pre-teen Cosplay girls who were belting out the theme? of their beloved cartoon? I was nervously laughing and looked at Derek and said, “I don’t think I can do this”. Alas, (Alas? Oh God, they’ve gotten to me!) we went in. Anything to get away from the shouting preacher who was literally on a soap box. More about him later…
There was so much to take in that it was a little overwhelming. At first, I tried to take some incognito shots but I felt like a sleazy paparazzo.
I didn’t drink the Kool-aid or anything, but somewhere along the way, I realized I was having a great time. I still have no idea who most of these characters are but I do now have a weird Google search history that includes: “Cupcake girl with fangs Cosplay” and “Homewrecked girl with horns”. I’m shy when it comes to certain things, and asking a stranger if I can take their photo is on the top of that list, but I found myself emboldened and that was pretty cool.
Weird Google search #1-Homewrecked girl w/horns. That’s who she said she was but I still have no clue.
My best guess is that she’s a Transformer…a robot in disguise! She’s super adorable whatever she is.
Star Wars? Wait…I know these characters! Maybe I’m not as cool as I think I am.
Enter Batman. He could barely walk in his costume but I have to give him some cred for his commitment. A $5000 dollar prize was on the line for best costume.
Weird Google search #2 “Cupcake girl with fangs. Results- no clue.
A Jurassic Park jeep and a dog dressed up like an Ewok???
You know what? I can sometimes be a cynical ass. I’ll probably never understand the lure of devoting time and money into transforming one’s self into a fictional character, but who am I to judge? There are far worse things a person can do with their time.
Which brings me back to the angry preacher who was protesting the event. This guy was so full of rage (righteous indignation?) that a little bit of his rage-spittle probably landed on me.
What are you so angry about street preacher? No LGBT events scheduled? I felt so bad for the kids that had to walk past his screaming. I don’t know if Harry Potter is even a part of Comic Con, but I wanted to cloak these kids with invisibility to protect them.
Moral of the story? My cynicism was eroded by the passion of a subset I’ll most likely never identify with. So live and let live..and live long and prosper.
Also,suck it angry street preacher!