I was at the Comic Book Shoppe working on some Capital Geek
Girls stuff with editor/founder Jordan
and writers MJ and Jenn. The topic of cosplay harassment and Cosplay is not Consent came up and I admitted that I had a
cosplay I wanted to try, but was scared of the comments I would get.
As some of you may have noticed from my bio, writer’s card, or if you’ve met me in person, I absolutely adore the show Torchwood. It has
become one of my go to comfort programming options and I am likely to recommend
it at any opportunity. Did I mention my laptop is named Toshiko? Since last year’s Comiccon I’ve thought about what I would cosplay as, if I could, and one
character’s name pops into my
head more than any other: Gwen Cooper. A former police constable who finds
herself chasing aliens with Captain Jack Harkness while trying to hold together
some semblance of a normal life with her in-the-dark-for-his-own-good partner
Rhys. Gwen’s not the most
popular person in Torchwood fandom but I’ve always found something in her story that spoke to me. I also
happen to adore the actress that portrays her, Eve Myles. A butt-kicking brunette with great style who
personally inspires me? Why wouldn’t
I cosplay as her?
Because Gwen Cooper looks like this:
And I look like this:
This is where that lovely little voice in my head comes to remind me
that I’m not going to look
like Gwen because unless I go on The Biggest Loser until Comiccon I am not
going to magically shrink in half. I see every negative comment I have ever
read on a cosplay review board or Facebook group flash before my eyes. If I can’t find a screen accurate biker jacket with zipped pockets in a size
22/24 why should I bother? If I’m not going to “do it right”should I do it at all?
According to my fellow CGG’s
the answer to that question is a resounding Yes. With their help, and probably a good dose of
caffeine from time to time, I’m going to attempt to leave my baggage
behind and rock this Comiccon, Cardiff-style.
66 Days to Go.
[Editor's note: I think Courtney is amazing. The idea that she would have held off trying out cosplay based on snarky comments hurts my heart. I am super excited to support her on this adventure, and I hope you all will, too. -Jordan]
Courtney Lockhart lives in the west end of Ottawa with her husband and step-cat. She is polishing her skills to pursue one of her dream careers as either a costume drama character, Torchwood operative or executive assistant to a billionaire vigilante. You can follow her daily mission to DFTBA on Twitter@corastacy.