We had an awesome Otaku convention in Baltimore this year! Unfortunately, I couldn’t go until Sunday, so all my friends laughed at me for taking so long to make it. Sorry, but I work full time jerks!
I love going to these. It’s always awesome to see so many creative people. To me they are fellow artists; expressing themselves with needle and thread. They are always happy to pose for a picture and talk about their characters…
It’s almost the exact opposite of my bodybuilding contest experience.
Personally, I think both could use a bit of cross breeding. Most fitness competitors are imminently posable; just give them a pose and most can hit it in a graceful way, with the truly experienced able to make it their own. Cosplay could use a lot of help here. To work that hard on your design then give no work or practice to how to properly present yourself is a little sad.
However, the attitude of the cosplay crowd is phenomenal! I always leave these events so cheerful. Even the competitive side is fun to be involved in. Of course there’s no calorie hungry ultra emotional issues, but let me ask you this; how long do you think those figures in the above photo stayed in character on an 87 degree day?
With fitness athletes, I’ve heard no to photo requests a lot. Family and friends are pretty aggressive about screening out anyone who isn’t already in the inner circle. And don’t get me started on the ladies. Perverts do exists, but if I’m a fan and asking for a picture, where’s the harm?
So to those involved in these two physical arts, always remember that you can definitely learn from each other. Believe me, it’d make my job much easier!