Cosplay 2014

Comiccon was a blast! The quality of the costumes being portrayed this year was staggering, to say the least. Ever more ambitious and industrious means of construction were being employed by hundreds of cosplayers. Vaccuuforming, casting, l200, fun foam, leather the list goes on and on. I have always held true in the knowledge that if you are seeking an artist, of any possible medium, you need only come to Ottawa to find them. Never will you find more evidence of this than you will at Comiccon. The lovely April V. Skyee and I, as you know, went as the fan favorite couple of Domino and Deadpool. It  was rather interesting running into our doppelgängers and seeing what they did differently. It’s rather like comparing notes. It was a humbling experience to say the least.

April, in and of herself, has been impressing me greatly of late as in addition to her already Olympian workload of school, photography, modeling and keeping my rather impetuous self inline, she has been undertaking a project that we’ve come to call “Geek in training”. No doubt in its origins a mere foothold into my world so that she might  better understand what the hell I’m talking about most of the time. But recently it has become more than that. She is exploring her own geekdome, finding out what characters and plots appeal to her, and is even throwing geek references and nerd facts at myself and others in arguments. It’s inspiring. But I witnessed something recently that really took my breath away. April’s siblings are a fair amount younger than she is. She doesn’t get to see them nearly as often as she would like what with life and work and all. But she sat down the other day and got into a geek debate with her little brother. They debated Xmen, Deadpool, Jubilee, Domino, Wolverine, everything that April has been learning about. They connected over comics. April smiles a lot, but never like this. She found a common ground where her little brother and her became equals in their love and appreciation of mere fiction. Just drawings on a page and it gave her a way to be closer to him. In all honesty, how much common ground is there between those who are 10 years age difference from one another. This was impressive.
Which brings me to my point. Geekdome in and of itself, is common ground. Walk into Commiccon and you will find people from every possible walk of life. Different social classes, income brackets, education and cultural backgrounds and every age possible. None of it matters. Wolverine rocks. Batman rules. Super Mario is addictive, and that’s that. To be a “Geek” is to openly share your adoration for characters that remind you of a time in your life when anything was possible. When you still had it in you to say the hell with it and just have fun. Before life, responsibility and consequence started discouraging you along the way. I think April just learned that. :) So I would like to publicly award her 10 Geek points for stumbling on what it means to be a geek. :) Well done, Domino. ;)
So what does it mean to you? When you spend months throwing together a cosplay? Anticipating Comiccon, FanExpo, Ganime, Anime North, Dragon Con ..ect…? What is the best part about being a geek for you?
By: Ice Bloom

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