NW NERD

the stories that make us nerds

NW Nerd is a podcast with feature stories on geeky interests, as well as talk on current and past issues within fandom and pop culture. 

Episode 42: Cosplay and dress codes round table

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NW NERD gathers a panel of cosplayers and convention organizers to discuss issues surrounding a recent incident in Pasco, Wash. It evokes conversations about what is appropriate with cosplay. Where is the line between family-friendly, and the provocative costumes we emulate?

Controversy erupted in February at RadCon – a convention in the Tri-Cities – when organizers changed dress codes and cosplay rules. Things got worse when one organizer recommended on Facebook that cosplayers not dress like "prostitutes.” RadCon's Eric Colbert explains what happened behind the scenes, what organizers learned, and clarifies why they were messing with the cosplay rules in the first place.

Jerikandra Cosplay, Babs Cosplay, and Brian Morris (a cosplayer himself) with Renton City Comicon discuss the cosplay scene, and how cosplayers navigate conventions.