There is a whole new culture growing from seeds planted decades ago, a culture that places geeks at the top (or at least near the top) of the social hierarchy. Growing up in the 80s, when most of my pastimes were reason enough for the kids at school to beat me up, it’s came as quite a shock to watch it all develop and unfold. Super hero movies are the top earners, comic books aren’t seen as being just for kids, jocks are playing football in the park while wearing their Batman and Green Lantern t-shirts… it’s like the whole world has been shifted into an alternate reality!
Most people have jumped on the bandwagon fairly recently and often they consider themselves a “geeky” or “nerdy” person just because they enjoy watching Doctor Who, think that The Avengers was one of the best movies ever or happen to own a copy of Halo or some other mainstream game. The truth of the matter, however, is that there’s a whole subculture that still exists, one composed of the hard-core nerds that have been inducted into this sacred cult since birth. And by searching the YouTube you can often find the pieces of this lost civilization peeking up through the contemporary crowds of imitators and late-comers. Do I sound like an elitist? Damn straight I do. I’ve been reading comics for more than 30 years, you filthy poseurs! Worship at my geek-lord feet, for I have earned my crown through years of struggle!
Okay, so I digress due to the needs of my own inflated ego. Back on track now…
The point I was trying to make is that the people who truly deserve to be hailed as the geek- and nerd-lords of the world are those that go out of their way to attend conventions across the world and, perhaps most specifically, those that spend days, weeks and even months designing the perfect costumes and then dressing up in them to transform the cons into other worlds.
Here are some videos that pay tribute to the many cosplayers in this world, set to nifty music and everything.
The first is from a user called sneakyzebra and it is one of the best videos I could find. He cruises the cons, picks up footage and puts it together in an amazing montage of images and action. No professional models here folks, just cosplayers having fun and willing to be filmed doing it.
Next is a bit more professional of a shoot with some not-so-great music added. Still, this is a good example of the wonders that can come about when people put in serious time to develop their clothing, props and make-up. In truth, these are some of the most beautiful costumes I have ever seen.
And the final one is a nod to the serious production values that geek-stars can bring about with their money and fame. It’s the cast of The Guild (if you haven’t heard of the show, please turn in your geek-membership card right now) and their breakthrough video “Do You Want to Date My Avatar”. It’s a tribute to MMO gamers everywhere, as is their web show, and helped to make people all across the world feel more comfortable about dressing up in skintight and revealing clothing. God bless them, every one.
Hope you enjoyed the brief videos and wish I had more time to load this page with more of the best of them. But it’s easy enough to find more on YouTube, each one featuring its own theme and set of cosplayers, from super heroes to games to movie icons and more. I suggest following some of those links back to YouTube and looking at the suggestions. You never know what you may stumble across in your quest for more cleavage and booty shaking.