So impressed over the years by the cosplayers who attend Dragon*Con, cosplaying became an item on my bucket list. Finally, after a false start or two, I cosplayed my beloved Black Canary at Dragon*Con 2012. Not the one from the Golden Age, not Dixon’s Dinah, but the reason I am a comic-obsessed fanigirl at all – I was Gail Simone’s Black Canary.
I am just going to say this out of the gate because I know some people will be thinking it. And it needs to be said. Is the character of Dinah Laurel Lance drawn provocatively? Yes. Do her fishnets and zip-up bodysuit scream festish? Yes. Does that make her any less inspiring? Not to me.
I didn’t choose the costume to show off my bits, I chose it because I love the character. Dinah’s skill, strength, integrity, and straight-up moxie are the qualities that stand out to me. And I just could not have been any other character for my first cosplay.
The commitment and creativity that goes into this process is so much more than I had ever imagined. While I am not very skilled at hand-making costumes (yet), I did put a great deal of thought and effort into finding the right pieces. I did a podcast all about my costuming process and experience – the highs, the lows, the fun and the smelly – over at Stimulated Boredom.
While this is something I have very much wanted to do, and I certainly enjoyed being Dinah for a weekend … this was about my love and celebration of comics. And the spark that lit that fire was Gail. This costume is dedicated to you, Gail. You and your Birds.