If you asked me ‘What is your favorite thing about MCM?’ I would have to simply answer the JOY of it. I don’t even mean the joy I feel first hand, it’s the second hand joy. You can see it on people faces, you can feel it in the air, and see it in the detail of every cosplay.
The cosplayers are what draws me every single time, I go to people watch. What I notice at MCM, the reason I truly love this con, is the diversity of the people who attend(and cosplay). There are cosplayers of every size and shape, every colour(and not just painted that way), and of every age and ability.
The venue is accessible, or appears to be so from the surface(as an able bodied person I may well have missed issues), and I have seen many attendees with varying mobility in attendance.
I think this joy comes from a feeling of safety and inclusion that is so rare for so many of us. For whatever reason we feel outcast, MCM is one of those rare and wonderful places where everyone can feel like they belong. I have never had many friends, and at MCM I feel like you’re surrounded by a thousand friends, people just like me. I usually get very anxious is crowds, but this is a strange exception to that rule.
While my experiences at MCM events haven’t been without issue they’ve been mostly positive. It’s been called ‘the most girl friendly con’ by Rose Water Magazine and I’m going to have to agree. I only ran into an issue when it came to other members of the press, all men. Last time I attended MCM I cosplayed as CABARET-TLEJUICE and was stopped several times by male members of the press and questioned about my credentials, and several times heard ‘…but are you REALLY working?’ to which I responded ‘I’ve already done more work than you, you didn’t even bother to cosplay!’.
Aside from a few sexist remarks from other members of the press, and that time Hello Kitty pitched a teepee, I’ve had nothing but good times at MCM.
I had planned this weekend to bounce between two cosplays; one ‘slutty’ on not and gauge the difference in how I was treated. My costumes were ‘Millennial Daria Morgandorffer’, and a gender-bent Jack Skellington I was calling ‘Jack-O-Leen the Skeleton Queen’, sadly I came down with a cold this week and was only able to attend on Friday in my Daria cosplay, so my social experiment didn’t happen… I’ll be saving it for the NEXT con and will be sure to blog all about it.