Editor’s note: This the last post in our series is about SpAN contributors showcasing the art they do apart from writing, and what it means to them.
“I used to turn my nose up at cosplay. I really just didn’t get it at all. Then I discovered how much artistry goes into creating the costumes, how much love one has for the fandom that inspired, and I became one of the Enlightened.”Cait Gordon
Featured Pieces: Cait’s Cosplays
Back in 2015, a had a few friends who wanted to dress up as characters from Doctor Who for an upcoming con. I did not want to do this, so I said with full cheekiness, “I’m not going unless I can be a fashionista dalek!” My friends were like, “Okay, great!” Oops. That was not the response I expected, but I’d committed myself. Gulp.
Welp, fine, I’d be a red dalek. Who was a fashionista. I grabbed a red dress, bought a red construction helmet, cut styrofoam balls in half and painted them, and did all the things I needed to do to try to make this happen!
Then, with sweat and prayers, I put the entire thing together. And you know what? I had a blast and never looked back!
Fun note: I met my publisher while dressed in that cosplay. And now I cosplay with Nathan Fréchette from Renaissance all the time!
Other fun moments:
I don’t have a craft website, but would always appreciate it if you follow my author website to browse my full catalogue of published works. Thanks!
Cait Gordon is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Spoonie Authors Network and is author of Life in the ’Cosm and The Stealth Lovers. Her short stories appear in Alice Unbound Beyond Wonderland, We Shall Be Monsters, and Space Opera Libretti. Teaming up with sensitivity editor Kohenet Talia C. Johnson, Cait is co-editor of the 2020 Prix Aurora Award nominated Nothing Without Us anthology, a collection of short stories that feature protagonists who identify as disabled, Deaf, neurodiverse, Spoonie, and/or who manage mental illness. You can follow Cait on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. She also has an author website, and if you need editing services, visit her biz, Dynamic Canvas Inc.