Boston Comic Con is nearly here, and we just spent an inordinate amount of time on finding things we need to make costumes. Punkgirl, 13, is going as Cassandra Cain's Batgirl, Happyboy, 11, is going as Moon Knight, I'm going as Poison Ivy, Coffeeguy is going as the 9th Dr Who, and Rose is going as a Dalek.
I'm sharing this because I want to point out the magic of nerdism when you have kids. Two weeks of bickering has morphed into conversations about the costumes and the difference between concept Cosplay and authenticism. Coffeeguy and HB are both sticklers for authenticity. If it's a leather pea coat, a leather motorcycle jacket simply will not do. PG and I like to be accurate, but also like to put our own spin on a character. For instance:
The beginning of my Poison Ivy concept.
Once again, Rose is not impressed.
She wore these for a millisecond before her nerd contempt got the better of her.
Today we lie in wait for all the lovely boxes containing morphsuits, gloves, etc. and instead of bickering there is speculation on what might get here today . Now, you could argue that any interest can do that, and to you I say good for you. But in my house, nothing gets the gang cooperating like the prospect of doing something outside the realm of "normal." Maybe that's just my own nerd tendencies rubbing off on them, but I don't think so. They love comic books, especially stories of outcasts becoming something more. Cassandra Cain is a mute Batgirl, with a dark past, and yet is the most bada** good gal you could ask for. Moon Knight has multiple personalities, but is still a force for good.
We were supposed to go for two days, and the kids were psyched. In looking at the prices, I realized that if we bought tickets for two days we couldn't get any photos with the celebrity guests. I talked to the kids about it. I wanted to be there for two days, too, but I knew that Coffeeguy would really love a photo. The kids made a decision together--they could dress up on the day of the costume contest, and maybe use the costumes for Halloween, too. We're going to geek out on August 10th, and we're even getting a picture with Doctor Who/Torchwood/Arrow guy Jon Barrowman, a fave of both Coffeeguy and myself. It occurred to me, in putting his desire for a picture ahead of their own desire to go for two days, my kids are also bada** forces for good.