Is there anyone else, aside from me, that gets made fun of for cosplaying or going to comic cons? I thought for sure that after becoming an adult (which was 16 years ago) that I wouldn’t have to deal with immature people making fun of me just to make themselves look and feel better. Just recently I heard someone say that cosplaying and going to comic cons was childish and immature.
Cosplaying is an art. It takes time, focus, and a great deal of talent in order to create something that you don’t really have a pattern for. It’s not just a costume, it’s a masterpiece. When I go out dressed in whatever I have made, people get to see an art form. It’s like going to a gallery filled with sculptures and paintings that you’ve never seen before. You stop and admire the art that someone put their whole heart into.
The first cosplay I fully made was the Evil Queen from Once Upon A Time. It’s what started it all. The day I finished that costume was the day my father passed away. He always told me that I was talented and that I could do anything. So I did. He never got a chance to see my finished work, but I can hear his voice saying “that’s amazing”. So when I hear someone saying that cosplay is childish and immature, it hurts. It cuts deeper than some could ever imagine. When I was faced with that, I almost gave up until those that were the closest to me reminded me just how far I have come.
I’m 34 years old. I enlisted in the US Navy when I was 18 and honourably discharged on September 11th 2001. I’ve moved to 3 different states since I married the love of my life and best friend. I have my bachelors in Creative Writing and English, graduating with the highest honours. My husband and I own a house, have a 6 month old baby girl, 2 beautiful and amazing step kids (one who loves to dress up as well and asks me every year to make a costume for her), and I started my own business. I have accomplished a lot, but it wasn’t on my own. I believe in an omnipotent God who guided me and saved me through many areas in my life. He blessed me with a talent to sing, play guitar, write, act, and create beautiful costumes. Through Him I am able to Cosplay and I use it for His Glory!
Imagine being in a place where people think that Christians look down upon comic cons and cosplayers. This is what happens today. At Rose City Comic Con last year I was walking into the front door when a sidewalk evangelist was protesting the comic con and saying that everyone who went was going to hell. I was shocked. I’m a Christian. I’m a follower of Christ. This disgusted me more than anything that someone could mislead so many people just because they don’t think its right. I don’t see anywhere in the Word of God that says a person can’t have a hobby, read comics, or make costumes. If your a Christian and you do read comics, go to comic cons, or cosplay, be aware of the characters you are portraying. Make sure they are good and clean, and that it doesn’t take away from the Lord.
When I go to a comic con it’s almost like my mission field. God has blessed me with being able to create some amazing projects and has given me the strength to remind people that it wouldn’t be possible without God. I know what you are thinking… here she goes with that Christian rhetoric… yes, I talk like this, but I’m also there to make friends and to spread the love of God without judging.
To those of you who feel drag down by others because they don’t understand what you do or why you do it, don’t let it get to you. Keep going. Push forward. DON’T QUIT. It’s easy to quit and let them win, but you can’t do it. And for those of you who are the ones that make fun of this craft and the comic conventions… do me a favour… you try to do what we do. It’s not easy, but it sure is fun!!