A number of years ago, William Shatner, the captain of the Enterprise (aka James Tiberius Kirk), appeared on a television comedy and faced Starfleet-costumed fans of his series at a convention and told them to get a life.
He later backed off on his rant, but the “get a life” statement has long been applied to the obsessed fans of any television show, movie or computer game who try to dress up like a character, speak in a created language or role play.
But the people who appeared at the April 17 Steel City Con in Monroeville and walked the aisles of vendors and displays were anything but obsessed fans (although a few might have been there). Instead, they were people out to have a good time and extend the joys found in dressing up. According to Alex Yatsko of Bloomfield, who dressed up as a character from “Monsters Inc.,” “ It’s a great time. We had a bunch of friends and we chose the movie and then each of us dressed up as one of the characters.”
One group of friends from Erie came as Batman villains. Maia Bryant of Penn Hills chose Calypso from “Pirates of the Caribbean.” But, she says, she has been doing this for over 10 years, choosing different characters each time, “just for fun.”
Some do love a particular series, hoping that it will continue, such as Josh Simon of Brackenridge, who, as an amateur, creates prosthetic makeup, and came dressed as Dr. Zoidberg from “Futurama,” a series that has been canceled a number of times. “I always have faith that it will be back.”