Oh, DragonCon, you were so good to me.
I made a costume for the first time. I mean, I’ve worn costumes before, but they were simple clothes grouped together for certain characters. This time, I sewed pieces alongside The Countess. I was nervous about how well the costume would hold together and if would be recognizable.
Turns out a whole buncha people like Littlefinger. I had no idea.
Lucy Liu & Idris Elba at HBO’s Emmys After Party (Aug 25)
Their offspring would raise the collective attractiveness of humanity within minutes. Think of us, gorgeous people. A rising tide of hot-damn lifts all whatever boats.
This week’s New Yorker has an outstanding article on Cassandro, the most famous of the drag lucahdores called exóticos.
"In 1991, shortly before his twenty-first birthday, he was booked to wrestle Hijo del Santo, Mexico’s most popular luchador. It was unthinkable that Cassandro might win. Hijo del Santo was a world welterweight champion. More important, he was the son of El Santo, the most revered wrestler in the history of lucha libre, and the silver mask he wore had belonged to his father. Many fans were outraged. “People were calling me a little homosexual, saying, ‘How could you possibly fight Hijo del Santo for the championship?’ Everybody was against me except the owner of the promotion. The pressure was too much.” A week before the match, Cassandro slit his wrists with a razor. Pimpinela Escarlata found him in a bathroom and saved his life. Cassandro showed me the scars on his wrists. He kept his date with Hijo del Santo. He lost the match, but he did not disgrace himself, which was important, and he kept wrestling at the highest level. In 1992, he won a world lightweight championship—the first exótico to win a world title.”
New Characters! Freakier Zombies! More Kissing?
Photo Credit: Dylan Coulter for EW.
That Michonne cover is BAD ASS.
I finished my DragonCon Littlefinger costume last night, and I am relieved and exhausted and incredulous. (You can read the entire process here).
A year ago, when people suggested I do this as I strolled about in a Commissioner Gordon costume, I didn’t know how I could put it together. My cosplay then was ludicrously simple: I put on a suit and shaved. But this, this was gonna require some work.
I had to learn the rudiments of sewing, and while my stuff is crude and far from elegant, I can patch and sew and secure. So even if the costume falls apart an hour after I wear it, I can slap it back together. That’s a satisfying feeling. Now I just hope people recognize the outfit.
To anyone else still toiling on their costume(s), you can do it. You’re almost there. I’m gonna see your outfit this weekend, and I’m gonna geek out over it. Especially if you’re a Game of Thrones character.