Now, one can argue that “nerd” or “geek” culture is the new pop culture, and I think there’s some validity to that. I’ve happily called myself a nerd since I was 8 years old, and trust me, it wasn’t considered something to be proud of. That world has certainly changed, and the abundance of sci-fi and comic conventions around the country — and the globe — is proof of that. I attended my first sci-fi convention when I was 13 years old, and never have I seen it so popular as it is today.
But one facet of geekdom that I’ve never participated in over 25 years of con attendance is cosplay. The closest I ever got to dressing up like a character from one of my favorite genre obsessions is wearing a little Star Trek communicator pin on my shirt. (I ruined quite a few shirts before I realized that that wasn’t a good idea.) So a part of me is in love and in awe of all the great cosplay I see at conventions because I know, simply by the nature of not doing it, how much time, dedication and skill it takes to create a truly great replica or mashup of a costume based on a character you love.
Some may not call it an art, but it’s certainly an imitation of art, and I think that deserves its due. I saw one gentleman dressed as Jon Bernthal’s the Punisher from the second season of Daredevil that was so spot on, everyone around me had to do a double-take to make sure he wasn’t Bernthal’s stunt double. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to snag a photo of his costume, but I did manage to take a few pictures of some of the cooler and creative cosplayers that roamed the Dealer’s Room and halls of the Philadelphia Convention Center.
There’s definitely an art to mimicry and I think these lovely ladies and gentlemen deserve a round of applause.