“Everyone looks so happy,” marveled Lorenzo, upon surveying his very first Comic Con crowd. “Yes,” replied Tom, whose first comics convention was 30+ years in the past, “That’s what happens when you have an intense relationship with some aspect of pop culture and then get to go out in the world and be among the only people who understand that relationship.” In other words, there’s no happier nerd than a nerd among his or her kind. Regardless of whether you share the same nerdy passions as any of the people in the following shots, it’s hard not to smile at the glorious self-expression, body-positivity, and technical skill that compels your average cosplayer to put on his or her very own version of a drag show. And like most drag queens, they are all more than happy to immediately cop a pose and hold it for however long it takes you to get a picture. As you scroll through the shots, take a look at the faces. Look how proud and happy they are to be out in the world, expressing their truest passions, and showing off their handiwork. Nerd Pride. The crowds are insane and everything is over-priced (we spent 150 dollars on about a dozen t-shirts in two days), but the vibe is so positive and the sights such a treat for the eyes that it was impossible for us not to enjoy ourselves.
Oh, and not even Tom can name all of these characters, so feel free to identify them. And if you’re in any of these shots, identify yourself so we can compliment your cosplaying!
[Photo Credit: Tom and Lorenzo, Getty Images]
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