At the beginning of September, I went to my very first comic con ever. Is this post late in coming? You bet your anthropomorphized tarantula it is!
The Salt Lake Comic Con. It was fantastic. I went to all three days and came home exponentially more exhausted as each day passed. Like I said, it was fantastic and I can’t wait for next year’s.
The most fun I had was taking in and talking to the cosplayers. I noticed something, too: there are plenty of women who dress as male characters, not as fem!version of males, just as the male characters. But, I only saw one man who dressed as a female character in a con of 80,000+ people. Look at him, he’s gorgeous.
Now, I know that there are more fem!version of male characters then there are male versions of male characters when cosplayed by females, but they’re still a great deal more common than the opposite. I wonder why. It’s possible to say that “Men just don’t do that,” which suggests a (supposed) deeper meaning of the word “Men.” But, in a comic con setting– a setting nigh-solely dedicated to escapism– why would any man fear ridicule(?), judgement(?), or suppose mainstream dignity(?) when said male cosplayers love and admire female characters as much (if not more) than male characters?
I’m throwing that question into the Vastness and desire an answer.
In the interim, I will be planning and creating my own male!version cosplays of male characters for Salt Lake Comic Con 2014. I’m thinking Dr. Vincent Morrow (of Witch Doctor by Branden Seifert) and the Ninth Doctor (he is woefully underrepresented at cons and in the general fandom).