Convention Cherry / by Jon Matteson

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.