Jessica is a well known cosplayer that has attended conventions across the country. She is a member of a group called The Cosplaying Dead, which consists of fans from around the country that focus on TWD characters. She has been featured on social platforms by AMC and New York Comic Con.
Since the inception of Comic Con, cosplay has been an integral part of the experience. Fandoms of all sorts, from the popular to the niche, are represented at conventions, and The Walking Dead is no exception.
While fans dressed up as characters from the comic and early seasons of the show, TWD cosplay really took off once season 3 aired. Around that time, the seeds for my future cosplay were planted.
I attended my first Walking Dead convention the year that season 4 aired, and was blown away by the amazing cosplay that I saw. "Was that something that I could do?" I wondered. After meeting several cosplayers and expressing my reluctance to join them, I learned a valuable lesson.
Cosplay is for everyone.
My biggest hurdle in the beginning was the notion that I didn’t look like any of the characters, and didn’t think I’d be able to afford such a hobby. What I have learned over the years is that it does not matter if you look identical to a character. It doesn’t matter if your cosplay is ‘screen accurate’, or even that you are the same gender or age as the character you want to portray. What matters is what you get out of it.
For me it’s seeing fans’ faces light up when they see their favorite characters walking around the convention hall. It’s the actors’ faces when they see a character they portrayed on screen, represented by a cosplayer. It’s the friendships and bonds that are forged with other cosplayers and fans through the shared love of a television series.
I hope to bring TWD cosplay to the spotlight through this blog. Expect to see cosplayers featured here, and tips on how you, too, can cosplay if you want to.
Adding an accessory or a prop to your cosplay can make a huge difference, especially at conventions that don't permit replica weapons. Though the bread and butter of a TWD Cosplay is often the weapon that the character wields, a prop that is well known to that character is often even more effective!
What is Cookie Carol without her cookies? Or Ezekiel without his tiger? Daryl without Dog? The more 'obscure' or 'inside joke' the prop, the better! Carl and his pudding is a great example! So, grab your cookies, your pudding, your tiger, your dog or whatever prop you can think of and ACCESSORIZE!
(note: be sure to check the rules for whichever event you are attending!)