Why Does Cosplay Bring Me Joy?

cos•play – the activity or practice of dressing up as a character from a work of fiction (such as a comic book, video game, or television show) (Merriam-Webster)

When I attended Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, Washington for the first time in 2017, I was amazed by what I saw and I knew I wanted to be included in the world of cosplay even if it was only me seeing them. It took until the next year, 2018, when I finally showcased my first two cosplays at the same comic con: Eleven from Strange Things and Rey from Star Wars. And I was hooked ever since!

Since 2018, I have added a few more characters to my list who include: Diana Bishop from A Discovery of Witches, Alex from Flashdance, and Bella Swan from Twilight.

Even though I have not been doing it for long, cosplay has turned into a fun way of dressing up and exploring a whole new world of possibilities. In a way, I kind of have been doing it my whole life. I remember running around my backyard with my green princess dress that my aunt made for Halloween one year, pretending I was Susan or Lucy Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia and was ruling over Narnia. I also remember dreaming of wanting to be my favourite characters from other fandoms, like Harry Potter, Twilight, Percy Jackson, and His Dark Materials. Cosplay was able to bring that love of pretend back into my life even if it is for a short while.

I feel like I can be more creative and comfortable while in character. (I mean who does not love having a cloak flow behind you as you walk down a hallway or at a Renaissance Faire!) It brings me so much joy and lets me achieve something that I know that I will love and cherish for a long time even if I buy the outfit online or make it myself.

And with the personal satisfaction of recreating your favourite character, you can also make new friends who share the same hobby. I cannot tell you how awesome it is when you connect with someone who just understand. And you may just end up having a long lasting friendship with other people who just get it!

(So have I convinced you to cosplay yet? Or are you asking how?)

The good thing is that cosplay is open to everyone! It does not matter what you look like, if you want to be a certain character from your favourite book, tv show, or movie, then do it. No one or thing should be stopping you!

The community is ready to embrace new people all the time. There is never enough Spiderman’s or Darth Vader’s in the world!

And if you come on board, then I would love to see your cosplays even if I do not know that character or fandom! So please comment below and I will check them out!

(And what does the future of my cosplays hold?)

Well I am currently in the works of building two wardrobes for Bella Swan from Twilight and Diana Bishop from A Discovery of Witches. I will be bring their wardrobes from their movies / tv shows as well as their wardrobes from their books to life. They are two characters that made huge impacts in my life at different stages and mean a lot to me. (Plus they both have vampire boyfriends but that is a minor thing!) I have many ideas on the content I want to create with them that will be showcased here on my blog and social media’s.

As well, I have an updated look for Rey from Star Wars and I will finally bring out Lyra Belacqua from His Dark Materials since Lyra did not get her chance at Emerald City Comic Con 2020 due to it being cancelled. (Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!)

As for any others, who knows! I plan on keeping my list small in general and I know Bella and Diana will be taking up the most time and effort but I am excited for the future and to see where my cosplay journey takes me!

Lots of Love,
Shannon

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