Feeling like a freak is never easy. You feel incredibly out of touch with other people, it makes you think that no matter what you do or say, people are judging you or laughing at you. You never quite feel like you blend in right in social situations, it’s awkward. It’s an uncomfortable feeling. Being odd is like having spinach stuck in your teeth, you’re aware of it and so is everyone else.
I have always felt different from others but doesn’t everybody? We all feel disconnected from each other sometimes, so when we find a common interest or passion, it allows us to click with each other on another level. That is what cosplaying does for me, it allows me to be creative.
My first ever cosplay was dressing up as my favorite comic book character, Harley Quinn.
I remember walking down to the lobby of the hotel room I was staying in, to join a group of friends who I was cosplaying with at a convention that evening, we were dressed as Batman villains. My heart was racing and it took me all the courage in the world to leave my hotel room in full costume. It was terrifying, nauseating and ridiculously liberating all at once! There really is something incredibly strange about being in costume when it’s not Halloween. It’s odd!
Once I got over the feeling of being stared at by strangers and having a few old people laugh at me in the elevator, I was on a high! I got loads of compliments on my costume and a few people took pictures with me, it was such a confidence boost. Since then I have cosplayed as Harley Quinn many times, sometimes I dress up as her just for kicks, even when I am not at a convention.
I understand that may sound very strange to anyone who doesn’t understand cosplaying but it’s so much fun! I don’t think people do enough of what makes them happy sometimes, in fear that others might think it’s weird or unconventional. If something brings you joy, you have to indulge in that passion, not matter what others think. After all, life is for living & you only live once!
In a previous blog post I explained my thoughts on Harley Quinn as a character but her character means more to me than just being someone fun to dress up as. I relate to her personally and I find her to be very enchanting. Cosplaying as Harley has given me more confidence in myself, by allowing me to not take everything so seriously. You’re never too old to have fun cosplaying!
Cosplaying has been a major part of my life for about two years now. I don’t get to cosplay as often as I would like but there’s something to be said about planning a future cosplay. It gets my creative juices flowing and makes me excited to share my costume with other fans.
People may laugh at me for dressing up as a comic book characters in my spare time but the way I see it, who cares? I have a blast! I get to chat with other people who share a common interest and let loose for the day. I find cosplaying to be stress-reliving and a way to build my self esteem.
Any time I explain to someone that I like to dress up as comic book characters and go to conventions, I am met with raised eyebrows or suppressed laughter. It doesn’t even bother me because I know that those people probably care too much about what others think about them, to ever enjoy something so authentically. Cosplaying and Sci-Fi Conventions have allowed me to meet some of the most wonderful people I have ever met. I’ve made life long friends and memories that will stick with me forever. It’s been a blessing in my life & I’m so thankful for it.
For a long time I felt like I didn’t have a creative outlet that allowed me to express myself and once I found cosplaying, it was like a light bulb went off in my head. This was the perfect way for me to combine my love for fashion and geeky stuff together! It was perfect for me, I could piece together an outfit and feel creatively satisfied at the beginning, middle & end of the process.
Harley Quinn is a huge part of my life and truly has changed my life for the better.
To quote Bertrand Russel, ‘Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.’ Don’t be afraid to try something outside of the box, you might just enjoy it!
I am very excited to announce that I am featured in the latest issue of Kultur Magazine! Kultur Magazine is an alternative magazine based in Cape Town, South Africa. Kultur features many different creative people such as alternative models, artists, musicians and this month …me!
My article is all about my love of dressing up, fashion and cosplay.
If you want to read the article in detail just click on the images below to enlarge them.
My biggest fashion inspiration right now is American Horror Story: Coven! I love everything about the show, including the fashion. The girls at Miss Robichaux’s Academy always look fierce.
I took inspiration from one of the Coven’s finest members, Zoe Benson.
I wore a black vintage style hat like she did in the show, along with a peter pan collared dress. To give the look a more gothic feel I wore distressed black tights along with a pair of dainty black wedges. To complete the look I accessorized with a pair of round black sunglasses and a small black and gold shoulder bag. Oh! And of course every witches best friend, her spell book!
Wig // Ebay
Tights // Pennys
Shoes // Dolly Dynamite
Peter Pan Dress // ASOS.com
Bag // Red Herring at Debenhams
Watch my OOTD Video on Youtube
This weekend I attended the first day of the Irish MCM Comic Con. The two day event was held in the RDS in Ballsbridge Co.Dublin and was the first convention MCM has ever held Ireland. It was an absolutely fantastic day out for anyone who is a fan of sc-fi, comic books & gaming.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I arrived at the RDS but I was blown away by the crowds of people that turned up for the event. There was people of all ages attending the convention and I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of people that arrived in cosplay! I didn’t cosplay for the event due to the amount of travelling I would have to do that day, but if the event comes back next year, expect to see me in full on cosplay mode!
It took about 20 minutes to get through the que and enter the convention. The tickets at the door cost €12 per person and entry for kids was completely free of charge. Upon entering the main hall I was overwhelmed by the amount of stuff there was to do and see. It was pure geek heaven! There was something for everyone at the convention. Gaming stations, autograph signings, face painting, cosplay & art competitions. Also, guest talks, Yu-Gi-Oh! tournaments, live wrestling and stalls upon stalls of wonderful geek related merchandise to browse.
The comic village section was full of talented artists. Who were demonstrating their art work and selling issues of their comic book series as well as drawing illustrations on the spot for people interested in owning some original art work. I bought this Harley Quinn art work from a very talented young artist named Anastasia. (artwork below)
During the day I got the chance meet some really nice sci-fi and fantasy actors and actresses, from shows like A Town Called Eureka, Merlin & Primeval. There was also guests from Dr.Who, Red Dwarf & Sleepy Hollow on the day. A stand out guest for me was Colin Ferguson from A Town Called Eureka, he was very funny and was more than happy to stand and chat.
There was so much to choose from. I was overwhelmed by the variety of merchandise that was on sale and at reasonable prices! They had some really amazing t-shirts so I picked up this Dr. Who tee, along with my Harley art work and this Daenerys Targaryen figure.
I had a brilliant time at the convention. Everyone was so friendly and the atmosphere was electric with excitement! It just goes to show that there is a market for events like this in Ireland. The huge number of people who turned up to attend the event proves that point. The enthusiasm and passion for the event shown by the fans and convention staff alike was wonderful to see. I really hope that MCM decides return to Ireland next year and make Ireland one of their regular annual convention destinations.
- If you don’t want to stand in line to get in, pay that little bit extra for a priority ticket.
- Bring a bottle of water with you because it can be exhausting walking around all day.
- Make sure you bring some snacks along with you to keep your energy levels up.
- If you are going to cosplay, know that you will be stopped for pictures a lot.
- Browse before buying. There is so much on offer you don’t want to impulse buy.
- Save money before the con to take advantage of the amazing merchandise stalls.
- Chat with the comic artists about their work. They gave me helpful advice about drawing!
- Also by asking about their work you may discover a great new underground series to read.
- Make sure to pick up leaflets/business cards from the stalls/artists you liked on the day.
- At the end of the day, some vendors offered discounts & offers on certain merchandise!
Check out the MCM Comic Con website for more information & updates.
Halloween is almost here! I am so exited. This year I am dressing up as one of my favorite goth girls, Wednesday Addams. Check out my Wednesday Addams Make Up Tutorial on youtube!
Have a Happy Halloween!