I’ll be honest, the Dragon Con cosplay wasn’t exactly breathtaking this year. Certainly there were some unique ones and a few clever ones, but the majority of the time I hardly paid attention to what people were wearing.
WARNING: Some of the Dragon Con Cosplay images in the following article are NSFW due to physical language.
True, I did spend a good chunk of my time wandering around the lower levels of the Marriott, but a few cosplays did make an impression on me. This is Bekah Starshine and you’re reading the Geekiary’s 2017 Dragon Con Cosplay Report!
I initially planned seven cosplays but had to drop two of them due to illness or time. I wasn’t necessarily proud of the outcome of most of them but people seemed to appreciate them nonetheless. My favorite by far was ‘Deal With It Olenna’. I admit, my excitement for this cosplay was dwarfed by this badass Olenna cosplayer who absolutely SLAYED. I also cosplayed Hera from Star Wars Rebels, Harley Quinn (my own rendition with fellow Geekiary writer Tara), and Echo from The 100.
This year, there were a few cosplays that were definitely at the very top of the popularity list: Rick and Morty (ohmygods SO MUCH RICK AND MORTY), Overwatch, Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Joker & Harley, Wonder Woman, and a plethora of superheroes from both Marvel and DC. But if I took a shot every time I saw a Rick or Morty, I literally would have died from alcohol poisoning. (Wouldn’t that have been very Rick of me, though?)
I think the idea of an ‘overdone’ cosplay is stupid. Let people cosplay exactly what they want. If someone wants to be Harley Quinn, for gosh sakes, let them do it! Just because you’re tired of seeing a certain cosplay doesn’t give you the right to be a jerk about someone else wanting to cosplay something.
I’m trying to stay off my soapbox here but I think that a lot of people forget that Dragon Con cosplay is about having fun. It’s about excitement and drunkenly gluing your cosplays together in your hotel room because you have a shoot in the morning. But I’ve noticed there’s a certain elitism that comes with cosplay now – people demand screen accurate and anything less is considered a tragedy and unacceptable, for both themselves and other cosplayers. Unless you’re submitting your cosplay to the 501st, there is literally no reason to pick apart someone else’s cosplay.
You can check out my official Dragon Con report here and we’d love to see the photos of your Dragon Con cosplays. Be sure to tag us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram as @TheGeekiary.
Bekah has a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from Anderson University and is the Executive Assistant at Saga Event Planning. She is a frequent convention attendee and cosplayer and co-hosts The Geekiary webcast “The Bitching Dead”.
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