For the past few years, I’ve heard the same complaint from my geeky friends: San Diego Comic-Con is getting way too mainstream. Why are the Glee kids telling us about season 4? Does it really make sense for the Archer cast to pop in? We love the guys from Psych, but really…? However, while you could make a case for these kinds of shows being “geeky” in some small way, it’s the cosplay that has me worried.
Cosplay, short for “costume play,” is where people dress up as beloved fictional characters and is integral to any geeky convention. I would go so far as to call it an art—the energy and creativity that these fans put into their costumes and performances is incredible. It’s always a treat to scan through galleries, like this comprehensive one from Redditor notdagreatbrain, and just appreciate the sheer joy of creating and enjoying these costumes.
But as I looked through the 600 photos, I was incredibly surprised to see some decidedly nongeeky faces. Like, the kinds of characters and reality personalities that we write about on Crushable when we’re not covering superhero movies and actors with dedicated Tumblr followings.
Let me be clear: I am not denigrating these cosplayers. They have every right to dress up as whomever they like, and in every case the resemblance is incredible. That said, it’s worth noting the shift in costume choice from obscure geeky characters (a random X-Wing pilot from Star Wars) or even mainstream ones (the Avengers, the Engineer from Prometheus) to people like Flo the Progressive girl or Snooki. Yes, there was a Snooki at Comic-Con. I guess we should just be grateful that it wasn’t the real thing. Then we’d know for sure that 2012 was the last year of the world.
Photos: Norman Chan