Hannah Scribbles

New York Comic Con: Enthusiasm is Cool

In Comic Con on October 15, 2013 at 6:48 pm
Artist's Alley was a Terrifying Wasteland of Bodies

Artist’s Alley was a Terrifying Wasteland of Bodies

As I coast down from the high that was NYCC, I am coming to realize that not everyone understands nerdom the same way I do.  They don’t see cosplay as the celebration of your favorite fandom (and I’m not even talking about professional cosplayers here). They don’t understand that Con is a smorgasbord of amazing people who happen to be into the same thing as you, whether that thing happens to be Game of Thrones, The X-Files, Superman or Attack on Titan.

Apparently there is still a line between casual nerds and people who attend Comic Con, between cool and uncool.  I may have crossed that imaginary line the moment I took a picture with Dr. Horrible.  Or maybe it was the Supernatural photo shoot I attended as fem!Dean Winchester.

Dean Winchester cosplay, Supernatural cosplays, gender bender cosplay, fem!Dean cosplay

Here’s a secret: nerds are enthusiastic people.

Kaylee, Firefly, Serenity

This Kaylee cosplayer was amazing!

I maintain that everybody has at least one thing they are overenthusiastic about, and what that something is doesn’t matter. Whether you love Firefly, comic books or constructing household furniture, you are super awesome and ought to acknowledge that.  Enthusiasm is the spice of life, after all!  People would be bland without it.

To some, Comic Con is something to which people groan over, roll their eyes and profess their incredulity that I attended.  I never considered myself to be a Closet Nerd, but it’s as though these people glossed over my Doctor Who t-shirts and Star Trek quips, failed to notice the Darth Maul Pes dispenser on my office desk and overlooked that my online profile picture is me chatting with a Stormtrooper.  Hell, I even own a Darth Vader spatula!

When I call myself cool I’m mostly being facetious because I don’t see a distinction between “cool” and “uncool” nerds.  But honestly, I can be pretty damn cool!  And you know what? Everyone I met at Comic Con was pretty damn cool, too.  Enthusiastic people rock!

Supernatural, Supernatural NYCC, Supernatural cosplayers

My fellow Supernatural cosplayers were so welcoming and fun to be around!

I didn’t meet any lurkers or creepers. Nobody behaved inappropriately to me.  And, unlike mass culture would suggest, nobody was an albino basement dweller – although the convention center did smell pretty funky with thousands of people crammed into it.

I had a phenomenal experience at New York Comic Con last weekend, and I have no qualms about returning next year with bigger, better cosplays.  The people who run Comic Con are fantastically enthusiastic about what they do – almost as much as the people who attend.  It still amazes me that so many guests and artists come together to engage their fan base directly, but I suppose that is the point of Comic Con to begin with.

Comic Con is beautiful and so are the nerds who make it possible.  You go, guys!

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