With a week to go before SDCC, I thought you might appreciate a weather update.
It has been humid here the past few days. Very. Humid. Right now in San Diego it’s 75 degrees with 78% humidity. No bueno. And it’s raining in some areas.
Of course, San Diego needs the rain, so this is a good thing. And it’s monsoon season, so that’s where this weird moisture is coming from.
The weather people say it’s going to be better next week…but it’s important to be prepared. If you recall, we had high humidity and some rain last year during SDCC. The humidity wreaked havoc on cosplayers. Makeup was running down faces.
So be prepared. As you pack your bags, consider the possible humidity.
I was lucky enough to be in the first group of fans into The Force Awakens exhibit on Saturday morning at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim.
Here is what I saw….
View of the new First Order Stormtroopers, new droid BB8, and a Desert Nomad and Junkyard Thug
First Order Snowtrooper
First Order Firetrooper
The really interesting thing about this display is that each costume had a list of the materials used to make each item. This is a huge nod to cosplayers who create their own amazing costumes to show their love for Star Wars.
Today at Star Wars Celebration I saw something that made me cringe. My stomach actually turned at the sight.
A guy was standing in front of the Anaheim Convention Center with his daughter, who was posing for pictures. Her cosplay was amazing. Not only did her costume look great, but she really did look like a mini version of Princess Leia. Yep, she was dressed up as Slave Leia in a skimpy chain metal bikini.
And she was 9.
Now, even if we lived in a pure world without violence toward children, I’d still cringe. No one needs to see that much of your 9 year old daughter.
Unfortunately, the world we live in is not as pure-hearted as we would like, and giving people an opportunity to photograph a 9 year old in a Slave Leia costume is just a bad idea. It’s not that the people taking pictures are necessarily bad, rather those pictures invariably end up online for everyone to see, and they will end up in the wrong hands. Another way to think of it is that you wouldn’t allow a stranger to photograph your daughter in her bathing suit at the beach, so why do it at a convention?
I’m not old enough to be a true curmudgeon, and I’m not a parent. However, I just don’t see how this ends up well.