Well, I finally broke it. I went to my first convention. And I get it.
I get it and I love it. I mean, I know why people parody and make fun of conventions and cosplay, but I think it's BEAUTIFUL. Theres an age range of people from 7-mid 50s who dedicate hours into building a fun, accurate, original costume that they can parade around while everyone celebrates their love for anime, comics, role playing games and all of nerddom.
I wish I had been there earlier. I mean, when I was in high school, I would have LOVED THIS. Hell, I still do, but I would have really fit in with this crowd. They have booths dedicated to dragons. Need I say more?
There were a couple of images that made me smile though. For instance, as I was leaving the convention, there was a tall female teenager, dressed in some anime schoolgirl outfit with a sword, MARCHING ANGRILY on the sidewalk. And, about 4 feet behind her, walking at the same pace, but with a shrug and an expressionless face, was a middle aged woman who obviously looked defeated. That made my day. Hopefully that girl will treasure that memory after she writes down all of her angst on her blog.
Also, a big thank you to my wonderful girlfriend who surprised me with this. What girlfriend goes in blind to an anime convention? A brave and loving one, that's for sure.
Future cosplay ideas include Spike from Cowboy Bebop, some male disney character, or something really really obscure. I'm working on it.