Asking a geek, nerd, or any other socially awkward individual to dress up as one of their beloved fictional characters is like asking Charlie Sheen if he wants an adult beverage for breakfast. If the answer surprises you, then you have much to learn about Geek culture.
The largest yearly migration of geeks known to mankind again descended upon San Diego this summer and with them they brought their passion of dressing up like anything from zombie versions of the Care Bears to confused renditions of Spock wielding a Jedi light saber and My Little Pony dolls.
In short, think Halloween on steroids. I don’t say that because everyone has a costume, but more so because a large percentage of geeks that do dress the part big. Trust me when I tell you that most cosplayers – as they are affectionately referred to in the realm of the nerd world – put some major time and money into their creations, so much so that they even eclipse the real deal.
My point was confirmed when Hugh Jackman (best known for his portrayal of the clawed mutant Wolverine) admitted to the crowd at the X-Men Future’s Past Panel that not only was he walking the floor as his popular X-Men character in full getup, but only one person stopped him to take a picture. If that wasn’t enough, the one individual commented on how his costume looked good, but he was much too tall to for which the accuracy of Wolverine needed. Hey, we geeks are a particular bunch, even when it comes to the stars who play our heroes on screen.
To be sure, even I’m guilty of falling victim to not noticing a certain celebrity someone in full regalia, although he noticed me. While walking through the outer hallway, I noticed a gentleman in a Loki costume, that was indeed spot-on. Furthermore, the man in the gold and green outfit looked like a dead ringer for the Tom Hiddleston version of the character down to the last skin cell on his face. After what seemed like an unending stare-down as I strolled by, I was later told that Mr. Hiddleston was indeed in full costume for the Thor 2 panel that had ended not to long after I walked by.
I was tempted to go up and compliment him on the suit, but my mind was focused on checking the Lost and Found for the 846th time to see if my camera had shown up. Yes, Geek Outlaw’s professional point-and-shoot was lost and/or stolen which left me to the rest of my devices, which was my not so great cell phone shooter. I’m more so bummed that I had about a dozen great shots of fellow cosplayers on there that will probably never see the light of day… unless of course the person in possession of my camera happens to be a fellow Outlaw. If so, please contact me at GeekOutlaw@Outlaw.com.
On that happy note, I will stop by chattering and let the pictures – and to a lesser extent – my musing caption do the rest of the talking. Enjoy PartNerds !
The (Cos) Players:
The (Cos) Nightlife: