So it is Halloween. I am a cosplayer. Here it is, the greatest of all dress up holidays! And I am always disappointed. Here are the top 5 reasons it sucks to be a cosplayer at Halloween.
1) Friends (including friends of friends) come out of nowhere to ask for costumes. They just ask for a little help. On their giant full body armor masterpiece. The week before Halloween. Because you know, you make costumes and it's easy for you. And the price? Well, it's "for a friend" price. Which is always "free" or "I'll pay you $20 never" which boils down to "get you a shot of Jack sometime." Sadface.
2) Costumes in my closet everywhere, but none for Halloween. Yes, I have over 60 costumes. No, none of them will ever be recognized at a Halloween party. One year I dressed as Pris from Blade Runner out on the town, which I thought would be somewhat popular. How wrong I was. The only response all night: "R U A SEXY RACCOON?"
3) Stains. Yes, stains. As in, I do not want to wear my precious costumes that I spent workweeks creating to a bar where some jackass is going to back into me and spill a beer/neon drink all over it and stain it for ever. No, "sorry" doesn't pay the drycleaner. (A free shot might pay the drycleaner, depending on how many people I can convince spilled their drink on me.)
4) A general ennui for Halloween costume parties. Maybe it's like dudes who watch too much porn. I have been to so many insane costume conventions and judged so many awesome costumes that the run-o-the-mill mass-market store bought costume do not excite me. I have been overstimulated.
5) Losing costume contests to Vaginas. It didn't happen to me. But it could have, had I not heeded the cautionary tale told by my friend. Hours of construction slavery, an afternoon getting into an uncomfortable costume, wasted only to lose to a gag costume for a $1000 prize. Not me. No thanks.
So what is the solution for a cosplayer on Halloween? Dress head-to-toe in full character and give props to the one person who recognizes you all evening? Or just mix-n-match pieces in your cosplay wardrobe to create something recognizable? Let me know what you went as for Halloween and why!
I plan to go super casual tomorrow if I go anywhere, that is. I might just stay home in my robot pajamas. Kind of a costume, right?
And if you are wondering about this awesome piece of art, it is a collaboration with multi-talented artist Justin Murray who is currently working on Mortal Kombat as a main character designer, hullo! And he has worked on God of War, Alien vs. Predator, and lots of other projects. Check out his crap! (It's not crap, btw.)
Hey, if you haven't checked out my full collections of costumes, it's at JiaJem.com! CHACHACHECKIT.
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Oh yeah, Halloween isn't really my favorite, but I usually attend a convention that weekend, so its a little different. This year I cosplayed as River Song for a Houston halloween party downtown, about 10 people knew me. I wasn't funny looking, cool looking or clever, but hey... at least I got to be River Song. Last year I was Jay, from Jay and Silent Bob. And no, I would never be Madame Red, Inuyasha, Pandora or any of my other wonderful costumes on Halloween for these exact reasons. I feel you girl.