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My First Jedi Cosplay – San Diego Comic-Con 2016

My First Jedi Cosplay – San Diego Comic-Con 2016

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In my November post, I mentioned that I had put together a Jedi costume suitable for cosplay. While I had since worn it while trick-or-treating with my family, it had otherwise stayed in my closet. When San Diego Comic Con 2016 came along, though, I knew it would be a great opportunity for my true costumed Jedi debut. Here are a few things I learned during the process.

Helpers are great. A normal Jedi costume isn’t that difficult to put on or wear. However, unless you have eyes in the back of your head, getting the tabards (the long strips to run over the shoulders) and belt lined up and looking ready for a Jedi Temple inspection can be as stress-inducing as a nest of gundarks. Luckily Coffee With Kenobi’s own Mike Audette was with me as I got into costume. Without Mike, I wouldn’t have been as put-together as I was, nor would I have had a trusted agent who I knew would fix me if I got out of sorts throughout the day. Thanks, Mike!

Also, I have an amazing coworker who heard me talking about issues I was having with my costume. She was probably more excited than I was about me cosplaying at Con, so she offered her seamstress services. During several lunch hours over a week or so, I donned my tunics and she expertly measured and pinned. When it was all done, my costume was easier to put on, stayed in place with much less effort, and looked much better overall. An added benefit of her assistance was that there was that much more reason for me to overcome my fears – to honor her hard work. I happily texted pictures to her throughout the convention.

You start getting into it. I was a bit self-conscious during our walk to the convention center. I started to loosen up when I saw my first child dressed as a Sith Lord of some variety, and we eyed each warily. Had it not been for his mom next to him it may have ended poorly – moms have Force powers that can defeat costumed Jedi and Sith, of course. As Mike and I continued to the Con, I realized that I was by no means the most extravagantly dressed costumer, but that everyone seemed to recognize who I was trying to be (whew!).

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Leia, Han, Luke, and a Mediocre Jedi

It’s awesome when people start referring to you by your character name. It wasn’t long after arriving and getting onto the exhibit hall floor that someone called “hey! Master Jedi!” and I realized that he was talking to ME! As a person who actually really identifies with the Jedi – hence my nom de plume – I was really excited to hear that. Later, as Mike and I were hanging out at the Del Rey booth as they distributed posters and free sampler books, editor Erich Schoeneweiss loudly called out “come get your picture taken with a Jedi” to the crowd. I was a bit embarrassed at first, but as people actually lined up to do it, I felt great! This brings me to my next point….

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Funko POP Kylo Ren. His sister was a Funko POP Captain Phasma

People will want photos with you. Star Wars is of course a hot franchise these days, and Jedi are very recognizable characters by fans young and old. While I wasn’t as original as Candice Dunlap Miller’s “Yarnsoka“, Poppy Appleton‘s “Steampunk Ahsoka,” or the Steampunk Jedi, more than a few kids and kids-at-heart asked for photos or for me to pose with their kids. Two of my favorite such opportunities were with a tiny Leia and a tiny Rey (Rey’s mom even had to ask her to put her juice box down for the photo – too cute!).

Poppy Appleton's Steampunk Ahsoka

Poppy Appleton’s Steampunk Ahsoka

Candice Dunlap Miller's Yarnsoka (with an advance copy of Emily Kate Johnston's "Ashoka" novel!)

Candice Dunlap Miller’s Yarnsoka (with an advance copy of Emily Kate Johnston’s “Ashoka” novel!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My advice to anyone who has ever wanted to cosplay is – DO IT! You will never find a more welcoming crowd than at a convention. There are many online resources to research costume options, construction/sewing techniques, and advice. In addition, there are plenty of great small businesses – mostly fans themselves – who sell fantastic costume pieces at reasonable prices. There is nothing wrong about piecing together pre-made costume parts, or buying second-hand. You do not have to do your own sewing, leather work, soldering, vacuum-molding, etc. to take part in the fun. Plus, if you buy from others, you’re supporting other fans, too.

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Author Selena Jones as Hera

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Tiny Leia stole my saber!

Steampunk Jedi

Steampunk Jedi

Until next time, thank you for reading, may the Force be with you, and remember –

This is the podcast you’re looking for!

Contact me at MediocreJedi@coffeewithkenobi.com or on Twitter @MediocreJedi.

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6 Comments

  1. Jay Krebs
    August 14, 2016 at 10:34 Reply

    ….and you actually doubted even doing it…!!
    Cosplay is amazing. I don’t care how old or young a person is, there’s an intense sense of joy that comes from this simple act. Overall, my cosplay experiences have been similar to yours- which is a good thing – and it’s understandable how the feeling can get addictive for some!!
    So happy you had such a great time, and made some great memories! Thanks for sharing your adventures!! 🙂
    -Jay

    1. MediocreJedi
      August 16, 2016 at 09:21 Reply

      Thanks for the push, Jay! I certainly had fun!

  2. jawajames
    August 15, 2016 at 00:58 Reply

    I had no idea that was your first time wearing your Jedi outfit to a con! You rocked it – it looked natural on you!

    1. MediocreJedi
      August 16, 2016 at 09:23 Reply

      Thanks! Its simple design makes it easy to wear, and my coworker’s alterations made it that much easier. Mike was a great help, too. It’s funny how comfortable I felt just hanging out at the hotel bar with you all later, given that I was dressed as a telekinetic space wizard!

  3. Mike MacDonald (@MikeTarkin)
    August 18, 2016 at 19:14 Reply

    Great article, looks like you had a blast! Do you intend on joining the 501st’s Rebel Legion or will you just do it on your own? The one thing that would stop me from cosplaying is that I need to be in shorts and a t-shirt at most cons! The photo of you with Funko POP Kylo Ren was priceless 🙂

  4. MediocreJedi
    August 18, 2016 at 21:54 Reply

    I’m a member of the Rebel Legion, which is actually not a subgroup of the 501st. Are the shorts & t-shirt because it’s hot where you are?

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