So a few days ago I had been to Gamescom 2014 with some friends and my sister. We had been staying at Cologne for four nights and slept at a campsite that had been arranged in a park-area.
Having arrived after a 12 hours bus-trip that took us in the most inefficient way that is somehow possible through every single corner of Germany we arrived in Cologne early in the morning on Wednesday.
First we had to get ourselves running so everybody grabbed a coffe in a local shop and we made up our way to the train station to get to the camping site. That march was quite a challenge becase my friend and me had to carry both of the costumes that I had made, so we both ended up having a giant suitcase for the costume, a giant backpack with camping essentials and a smaller backpack with necessary stuff like drinks, little lunch and a rain-secured jacket etc.
After finally reaching the park area we were welcomed very friendy, the people who worked there really gave their best to make our stay enjoyable. We had lots of rain during that week and they did whatever they could to clean of the ways with giant brushing machines, pumped off water from places where little lakes had begun to endanger the tent-areas and made sure that nothing got stolen, so I can honestly say that everybody who slept in that camp ows these people thankfulness.
On thursday we visited the GC-Fair and went to check out the new games and cotents we wanted to see. That day was long and full of hours of waiting, but I managed to play some Bloodborne although I had to wait for 5 hours.
Having become ambitious and curious about our first time wearing my costumes in public we decided to wear them already on friday. I felt very uncomfortable when I wore it in public. People where obviously staring at me and sometimes it was difficult to distinguish whether they were being fascinated or cynical. I was very lucky to have my friend by my side, so neither of us was walking alone in a costume. I got nervous when we approached the security guards of the fair. I knew exactly that bows and arrows are forbidden and must not be worn. I therefore had prepared my arrows to be undetachable, my bow to be unusable, yet making sure they looked realistic. The security seemed to tolerate my creations and we were both let through all safe and nobody had to hand in their costumes, so that went better than expected.
Once having gotten into the fair things changed drastically! My nervousity was gone as suddenly people started to look more fascinated, more interested and I sometimes could hear people say things about me when I walked past them. Things like "Man that's so awesome" or "Now that's some art, not such ebay-scrap" and other things. That really boosted my self esteem and I started feeling comfortable. I could move around more confident and throw off my nervousity. Then after only 5 minutes the first person wanted to take a picture of me, and it shoudn't be the last one.
That day we had lots of fun, we met many cool people and took lots of funny photos with all kinds of people. It's really fascinating how easy you get in contact with people you would no way ever talk to in real life! There was this man, he was like two meters high, looked like a wrestling star and from a distance appeared quite threatening, he went nuts when he saw me and we talked for about ten minutes about how I made my costume. Many people were wondering and didn't believe me at first that I had made that costume all by myself.
Maybe it appears unbelievable and illogical that someone at my age could have made that. Maybe some people don'T consider that one can actually make something like that with just a little effort and pursued interest. It made me feel proud of myself, but I am not the kind of person that would get itself overthrown by that and start prancing and acting like the king of the world. The people at Ubisoft really liked my costume and were very friendly, they let me in earlier so I didn't have to wait too long to play their games.
On Saturday we again wore our costumes, this time much more prepared and in happy expectation. Things went along just as perfect as the day before. I had participated in a Cosplay-Contest at Ubisofts area. In the early round that was based on a facebook-give a like-system I managed to get lots of points, although I didn't have a giant community like others do and that really surprised me. Many awesome people had participated and I met some very nice persons there.
Although I didn't win anything it was a good experience because I got to talk to so many people. Great thing in the end.
I learned a lot from this experience. About Cosplay-Culture itself, about Costume-making and that wearing a good self made costume that satisfies you will make you feel like a super hero when you walk around in a crowd full of video-game-fans.
Right now I'm still thinking about what project I should pick up next. I thought about making a coat that I could wear in public, but since I met RBF in real life and saw his Arno from AC Unity it really tickles me to test my new gained knowledge and see where I can come if I make a new costume, maybe even from Unity. What do you think?
Such a long text.... Well I had lots of thoughts to share, so who cares about the length