I am not into cosplay, in fact, I’ve generally poo-poo’d it over the years, mostly because so many people who are into it are… kind of out there. That’s not to say I’ve never engaged in any kind of costuming, I have, back when it was called “costuming”, but today, the interest just isn’t there.
That said though, at the last Wondercon, my youngest daughter went on Saturday dressed up as Jade Harley from Homestuck, we all went to a huge Homestuck meet and she had a lot of fun. I’m not normally someone who takes a lot of pictures of costumes at conventions, even though I’m usually the guy with the camera, but this time, I ended up taking, usually by request, a ton of cosplay pictures and it got me thinking of what I’d do, if I was ever crazy enough to do anything, which frankly, I’m not.
So I spent some time actually looking at the kinds of costumes that people were wearing and made some general observations and a quick mental list of things that should and should not be considered when planning a costume.
- Since I’d be interested in a hall costume or a floor costume (as opposed to someone in a masquerade), it has to be comfortable, easy to wear and relatively lightweight, especially since it’s something I’d be wearing all day.
- It needs to be relatively compact. I get so sick of idiots running around crowded convention space with a costume that hardly fits down the aisles.
- It shouldn’t include unwieldy weapons or accessories. I’d be shopping in this, going to panels in this, it can’t be something that will take extra seats or fill my hands and make it impossible to carry around things I buy. Ideally, it ought to either have no accessories at all, or accessories that are easy to stash or holster on the costume itself.
- On a personal note, I’d want a full-body costume, one that’s extremely well done (I hate cosplayers who make crappy costumes and act like it’s the best thing ever. Either do it right or go home).
Based on all of those criteria, I think I’d pick Kamen Rider Den-O, probably the sword form. It’s not overly complex or heavy, it’s compact and the only accessory is a sword and I could easily have that attach to the back, leaving my hands free.
My other choice is… well, exactly the same. It’s the Imagin version of the Den-O sword form, Momotaros. Clearly, it’s much, much, much more complex, heavier, etc. and certainly not something I’d want to tackle as a first major project, but I still love the look and the character and all things being equal, I might even lean toward Momo as a first choice. However, all things are not equal and I’d probably want to cut my teeth on something a lit simpler.
Of course, none of this will ever happen because I just don’t have the time to spend on it and honestly, not really the interest either. The only real reason to do these things is to get attention and I’m about as interested in attention and fame and having hundreds of photos taken as I am in getting my arms cut off by razor blades. It’s never been something that appealed to me so it won’t ever happen.
Still, I guess it’s something interesting to think about.