Some of us dress up every year around October 31. But for role-players – those who dress up as movies, books, TV shows and video game characters – taking other visual images is a year-round lifestyle.
The vast majority are amateurs who spend weeks and most of their time working on clothing before large conventions (or “pros and cons”). In these nerdy-in-law cafeterias – groups and studios that synthesize wig styling and sci-fi polymers – role-players can showcase their handmade work and mix it with the same spirit, usually late at night.
In role-playing, a good costume is both about the creativity of materials and structures, and about the results. So while some people spend hundreds or thousands of dollars buying custom clothing, more people invest time and use cheap materials and household items to turn themselves into superhuman, fabulous characters.
This originality was demonstrated this year at the Dragon* Con held in Atlanta on Labor Day, with approximatel