By Alex Doria
If you are anything like me (and by “like me” I mean, obsessed with cult-hit shows and movies that showcase some of the best and most imaginative stories) then you already know about Comic-Con and are already crying buckets over the fact that you can’t swing a week’s vacation to San Diego. If you’re not like me, or are a fledgling television/movie addict, prepare yourself for the delicious pain that is Comic-Con International.
In layman’s terms, Comic-Con International (SDCC) is an annual convention held in July to celebrate comics and other related platforms of storytelling. SDCC is a platform for fans and creators of popular entertainment to come together for moderated panels and fan activities at the San Diego Convention Center.
Comic-Con was originally a convention for comic books and other fantasy related genres, but has expanded in more recent years to include more pop-culture. As a result, Comic-Con now plays host to some of the most popular shows on TV such as The Walking Dead, Once Upon A Time, and Doctor Who.
Besides the parade of celebrities that attend the convention and answer fan questions, the most important factor of SDCC is the fans themselves. If one thing is for certain, it is that getting a bunch of nerds to congregate in one place and time is bound to be explosive.
When like-minded people come together to talk about the things that they love and are passionate about, a powerful creative force is unleashed. Comic-Con is not only a festival to celebrate the content that is beloved by so many but to share in the art and creativity that is inspired by it.
I am of course talking about cosplay.
Every year at Comic-Con, thousands of people show up dressed in full, usually handcrafted, costumes of their favorite characters. And these aren’t just your typical thrift shop, makeshift creations; they are fully detailed reproductions that fans will work on for weeks (or more) in advance. Say what you will about a bunch of geeks dressing up in costume on a day that is not Halloween, but the dedication is off the charts.
And the artistry does not end with cosplay. Fans will create their own paintings, drawings, fiction (typically referred to as fan fiction) and just showing their love for their favorite stories in the most creative ways possible. When art inspires more art, you know that a story isn’t just good; it’s positively brilliant because it is inspiring others to create for themselves.
This year’s Comic-Con is just around the corner on July 21-24th. For those of you who are lucky enough to be going, do the rest of us a favor and post EVERYTHING you can online so we can all live vicariously through you. Got any cosplayers out there? Send us your pics! Share your inspiration with us! I will try my best not to die of envy from your SDCC adventures, but no promises.