Ricardo Williams in cosplay as an astronaut at an event organized by Nerd Nite Orlando

If you’ve attended Nerd Nite in the last couple of years, you’ve most likely seen me on stage in cosplay. Whether as a robot, an astronaut, or a superhero, you’ve rarely seen me at our monthly events in my regular clothes. As the host of Nerd Nite Orlando, one of the questions I get a lot is “What do you nerd out about?” Films, comics, history, Bruce Springsteen, and cosplaying all those things – just to name a few.

For the fourth year in a row, I’m happy to return to Maker Faire Orlando and bring a piece of the Nerd Nite experience with me. We’ll be organizing a set of talks for Saturday, October 21st and I’ll be donning whatever cosplay creation is the most comfortable for a day of walking and talking in the hot sun at the Fairgrounds.

Costume designed by professional artist, Evan Miga

Cosplay (as defined by the eternally reliable wikipedia) is a contraction of the words costume play; “a hobby in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character.”

With the wealth of pop culture icons on display, cosplay is usually the most popular at conventions, i.e. ComicCon, MegaCon, WonderCon… you get the idea. However I would argue cosplay is even more suitable for the Maker community.

Most cosplayers are either wearing a suit that they or someone they know has built and/or designed. The only difference from most everything else on display at Maker Faire is that we’re wearing it.

Cosplay is not just an opportunity for nerds like me to play dress up in their favorite characters, its a chance to become a walking piece of art. An interactive display of creation.

-Ricardo Williams
Host, Nerd Nite Orlando

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