This past Saturday the city of Barrie had a celebration for the city’s birthday. Big B Comics in Barrie was there to help celebrate the event.
I was there to help promote Big B Comics dressed as Captain America. If you are a regular reader of Comic Book Daily, you may remember my first time appearing at an event dressed as the Sentinel of Liberty. It had been a while since I dug out my costume, so I was a little apprehensive about doing it.
To my surprise, my costume didn’t fit any more. I know what you are thinking, but to my great pleasure, my costume didn’t fit because I have lost some weight. Even though my costume was baggy on me, I felt more confident walking around the festival as a “leaner and meaner” super hero.
The other dilemma I was facing was my beard. When it comes to cosplay, I am a bit of a realist. If you are going to dress up as a character, at least try to be the part. Aim for realism. It is rare to see Captain America with facial hair. I have had a beard for a few years now, and in any other circumstance I would have shaved my beard, but I can’t shave it off quite yet. So I left it. There was only one kid who noticed that I had a beard, and I told them “that when you are fighting Hydra, sometimes you can’t get to a razor!”
Joining me on this adventure was Stephanie, who was dressed as the ‘Emerald Avenger’ She-Hulk. She is also one of the big reasons I had so much fun dressing up as Cap, and seeing all the kids. Cosplaying with another person gave me the support, and confidence I needed to walk around the park on Saturday, and really get into the part. If I had to be there by myself, I know I would have been self-conscience and shy. But instead I walked around and greeted everybody. I posed for pictures with anybody who wanted to have their picture taken with a couple of Avengers, and gave out high fives like they were going out of style.
It was a blast.
The other thing I noticed was Captain America is very recognizable. I wasn’t even in costume yet when I showed up at the park, but I could hear people say “hey look it’s Captain America’s shield”. After getting my gear on, I had people of all ages waving at me, and calling out Captain America’s name.
It was a surreal experience. And it was awesome.
It is very clear to me, that kids love Superheroes. Seeing the kids faces light up, when they saw Captain America and She-Hulk made me very happy. It made the experience very enjoyable for me, and I know for sure there will be more cosplay in my future.
That’s it,Ed. Do it for the youngsters. Whether you donate some of the worthless items in your collection to boost their love for comics (or toys or whatever) or dress as Capt. America, it spreads the fun around. Can’t go wrong doing that.
P.S. She Hulk is cute.