In case you haven’t been following Tomopop’s SDCC coverage, I wanted to post a bit here about the toys and figures that caught my attention. As you’d imagine, SDCC isn’t really the place to go for Japanese or anime figures. There wasn’t much at the convention to appeal to fans of that particular aesthetic, and as such a lot of the figures that were on display fell outside my area of expertise. Still, I’m a sci-fi movie and TV show fan, so there was still a lot to get me salivating.
Makigumo is all about materialism, so the first thing I want to write about Comic Con isn’t the experience, meeting people, or anything about the show. The first post will be all about the loot – sweet, sweet loot. I didn’t keep tabs on how much money I spent there, but my haul was modest relative to those of my fellow Tomopop editors. Still, I’m really happy with everything I bought. I tried to go for items that would be interesting aside from being Comic Con exclusives, mainly because they would cost less and you wouldn’t have to wait in line to get them.
When I was a younger, dumber version of myself, I thought cosplay was stupid. “Why dress up as something?” I wondered. “The coolest kids wear cargo shorts and sandals.” As I grew up, I realized that cosplay is brilliant. What I want, more than anything, is to celebrate my fandom of various TV shows, games, movies, toys, comics, and whatever else. But at the same time, I can feel painfully awkward in social settings. From being at ACen, I learned that cosplay gives you an easy and immediate visual cue as to who likes what. It was a whole network of people who openly advertised their fandom, like if Facebook wasn’t full of dirty liars.