There are many, many reasons I enjoy cosplay. I love enjoy the creative challenge of building the costume (most of the time, anyway – occasionally I hate it), and of course I love being able to share my fandom in a very public way. I also like how I look as a robot. Seriously if we had the technology to upload ourselves into robot bodies, I would be elbowing my way to the front of the queue right now. But another reason why cosplay fills me with such glee is the confidence boost that comes with dressing up. I am an introvert and though I do fine with public speaking and in a people-facing role at work, when it comes to being spontaneously social and meeting new people I am, more often than, not just a bundle of awkward nerves. In costume, however, it’s different. The first time I went out as Arcee it was truly a revelation to me how much I enjoyed the attention, and how much easier I found it to chat to other people. Slipstream was the same, and I really enjoyed interacting with passers-by and with some of the wonderful fellow costumers who came out to celebrate the wonder of free comics.
Seeing as in Transformers Animated Slipstream is voiced by the one and only Tara Strong I think I can legitimately make the “Friendship is Magic” reference in this context. So here are some of the friends – likely and less so – I made on Saturday:
All photos taken by Sadie Bennett for AddAltMode. Click to enlarge them. If I’ve featured you and not linked to your page and you’d like me to then do let me know and I’ll add it!
I also got to meet “Chrissy Jedi Bear and Friends“: a whole array of impressively done geek teddies from Teddy Vader to Teddy Thor, who have been to loads events raising money for charity. They have a lovely photo album of all the stars from film and TV who’ve posed with the bears on their travels. I enjoyed having my pic taken with Iron Man bear (Teddy Stark?)
I hope you enjoyed the pics! A good day was had by all: comics and general geekery were duly celebrated and money raised for good causes too!
Parting observation time, then, and a question for other cosplayers. Those of you who’ve done quite a few costumes over the years, do you find you’ve developed a preference for either “goodies”or “baddies”? Now I’ve got an Autobot and a Decepticon to play with I’ve been pondering this. I love being Arcee but I have to admit I found it more fun to interact with people as Slipstream because she’s meaner.
Or maybe it’s a weapon thing. I don’t have a weapon as Arcee (I would like to upgrade the costume to add her arm blades at some point) so most of my poses were either hands on hips or fists up ”action girl” type poses. But with Slipstream I could look scornful and threaten everyone with my blasters and I had a real blast (bad pun unintentional). The kids seemed to love that too. There’s something fun about playing evil – maybe that’s why we always see so many more Sith and Stormtroopers at conventions than we do Jedi. Or maybe I was just reveling in the novelty of a new costume, ask me again about the good vs evil thing after I’ve been to a few more events!