When we first started attending Comic Cons and such, we tried our hand at cosplay. Our costumes were simple ones. Mostly just clothes that we often found at our local Value Village and modified. But we figured that if we’re going to a convention, it’s better to dress up and fully immerse in the experience. It was fun!
My wife and I used to have Halloween parties and we often dressed up in “couples costumes” (dressing as Adam and Eve was great, but kinda chilly in late October). As our family grew (as in baby number one showed up) we worked on “group costumes”. Our family continued to grow and the children got older, doing a family set of costumes is getting harder each time. They still enjoy dressing up and acting the part. This is important in good Cosplay as well.
One of our first Anime Conventions, my son dressed as Baby Mario and his sister dressed as Toadette. What made the experience that much better was Nintendo had set up an area for people to play on the new DSi. Naturally, my children were drawn there and played games for most of our day there. The Nintendo people were asked repeatedly by attendees for pictures with my kids. My kids ate it up. Since that point on, my kids have done 1-2 different cosplays for each show. I’ve slowed down my cosplaying because I find it difficult to make something fit my height. Plus, most of my time is being put towards my children’s cosplay and accessories.
We now attend the shows because of my wife’s Business. My children have even made Perler Bead magnets to sell in order to contribute as well. This has been a great opportunity for us to meet many artists and cosplayers who have been nothing short of amazing to us. Sharing ideas and tips as well as business.
Some of my favorite people that we have met are:
- Holly Conrad-who has a YouTube channel as well where she plays videogames and talks about birbs.
- Victoria Schmidt aka Scruffy Rebel posts some normalcy in her everyday life as well as Cosplay on Instagram and Facebook if you wish to follow her.
- Evil Ted Smith has some amazing videos on using foam for cosplay. After meeting him in person and picking his brain, I finally decided to try and make some foam props this spring for my children.
- Andy Rae is one of the nicest cosplayers we’ve met as well. She offered some great advice to my young daughters last year. Her costumes are very detailed and unique.
There are many more that we’ve met and seen some amazing costumes to boot. With our first round of conventions coming up, I can’t wait to see all of our convention carny friends again!
We also met a really neat guy, Ejen, who loves Cosplay so much that he travels around the world and takes photos. You should check out his book sometime: