By William Freedman
The BoroughCon team was out in force at Washington’s Awesome Con this past month and, while Victor and Matt had the privilege of squiring around famed voice actress Grey DeLisle, I got a chance to simply wander around and soak it in.
Spending most of the time on the vendor’s floor, I of course saw a lot of people dressing to impress. Some people had some seriously inspired costumes, like that father and son above, but let’s focus for now on the ones that didn’t. I’m not going to embarrass people by mocking their appearance at a con and running those horrendous photos here – we want them to come to BoroughCon after all! – but some people did just phone it in. If you’re a guy who wants to cosplay but don’t want to actually put in time, effort or expense, you can do what one dude did and come as Matt Murdock. If you already have a suit and a pair of sunglasses, then all you need is a folding white cane.
Similarly, ladies, if you have a blue dress and a red hat, you too can call yourself Agent Carter. I lost count of how many Peggys there were at Awesome Con, but I venture to say it was by far the most popular outfit in Mount Vernon Square that weekend.
In the showdown of Marvel vs. DC, DC hardly even showed up. Avengers were very much assembled, and X-Men were well-represented too, as this combination of Psylocke and Captain Marvel illustrate. There was one woman dressed in a Fantastic Four uniform as Sue Storm. (I should say “at least one”. There might have been others but I didn’t see them.)
Star Wars was by far the most cosplayed space opera franchise. It’s telling that The Force Awakens drew the most emulators, followed by Episodes 4-6 (seems like there are more Boba Fetts and slave-girl Leias on the circuit each year). Absolutely nobody even brought up the subject of the prequels.
Not to say that Star Trek was absent, but everyone Starfleet officer on deck was in a uniform dating back to the original series. And let me be clear: I’m specifically saying they weren’t wearing the uniforms from the movie reboot with the same characters. This is definitely a Nichelle Nichols-vintage Uhura costume:
What does this mean? Not much. Hardly a scientific study. But it suggests to me that Trek and DC need to up their game if they’re going to inspire this kind of fan loyalty.