Cosplay allows you to emulate your favorite heroes and heroines, but also lets you put a little bit of yourself back into the character. When we last caught up with Odera Igbokwe, he was infusing his favorite Sailor Moon characters with a part of his culture through his fan art. This time around, he’s ready to take it another step further and really embody his favorite Sailor Senshi, Sailor Mars cosplay.
Odera might be a guy, but by doing Sailor Moon cosplay he can feel love, justice and feminine power. He first began cosplaying back in the summer of 2013 when a friend surprised him with a costume of Sailor Mars. He loves to share his passion for Sailor Moon all over social media and people are taking notice. He has been featured on blogs and social networking sites like Tumblr. Odera also credits the social media attention for helping him to meet his current romantic partner.
“I started making costumes for my children for New York City Comic Con and I thought, this is fun, I want to do this too, so I made it a family event.” Adaina Velez, an Eternal Con costume contest judge, said. “I also love looking at all the effort people have put into their costumes and making new friends at the conventions.”
On hand to greet fans in “artist alley” were notable comic book artists such as John Romita Jr., known for his work on Spiderman, as well as upcoming artists who signed autographs, posed for pictures and, of course, sold copies of their latest issues.
Aside from the many vendors were selling countless collectibles, no such convention would be complete without the costume parade, which stepped off Saturday morning and ended in a costume contest that afternoon.
Celebrities on hand for meet and greets and photo ops included the original cast of the Power Rangers, Marina Sirtis of Star Trek, Gigi Edgley of Farscape and many others. Also on hand were several WWE wrestling celebrities including Chyna, plus Markey Ramone, longtime drummer for The Ramones.
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