"One may easily find suggestive evidence for this assertion at any large comic-book convention by studying the spectacle of the brave and bold convention attendees, those members of the general comics-fan public who show up in costume and go shpatziring around the ballrooms and exhibition halls dressed as Wolverine, say, or the Joker’s main squeeze, Harley Quinn. Without exception, even the most splendid of these getups is at best a disappointment. Every seam, every cobweb strand of duct-tape gum, every laddered fish-net stocking or visible ridge of underpants elastic—every stray mark, pulled thread, speck of dust—acts to spoil what is instantly revealed to have been, all along, an illusion."
And I thought to myself
And I thought to myself, "surely he must be talking about the cosplay of the 90s - that awkward era of shiny satin and bad tailoring". But this article is from 2008, so maybe he just has not been to a convention in 20 years. If that's the case, maybe he should reconsider his opinion modern cosplay can be quite amazing. In fact, I personally know more than a few cosplayers who do work that is far more inspiring than the drawings in comic books. Anyone can draw a cape, but figuring out where to put a seam or how to make that cape billow like it does in the comics? In the comics where skirts magically go from A-line to pencil to circle?? That takes skill and work and literal blood, sweat, and tears as anyone who has tried to make a prop that looks like it is made out of fire at 2am the night before a con or sculpted a monster suit can tell you. Sorry that a "speck of dust" ruins the illusion for you, but seeing Wonder Woman and Superman walking towards me is amazing every time and not every Wolverine has tin foil claws. Maybe for him it is a futile effort to make comic book costumes real, a tawdry effort to create something that is only meant to be in ink, but to me it is a work of art. It is an expansion of the world of the Superhero, and excluding an entire group of comic book fans (in fact, some of the biggest comic book fans, because who else dedicates all of their free time and money to the genre?) in a casual wave of dismissal. You can enjoy comics by being an exclusive, judgmental elitist, but I'll be over here looking fabulous with my friends.