It takes a lot of skill, passion, and even a little courage to be a cosplayer. It takes those same attributes to also perform in the cosplay masquerade at any Anime or Comic Book convention. At the 2011 ConnectiCon, cosplayer Katelynn Yvon took those attributes to a higher level. At the ConnectiCon Cosplay Masquerade, cosplaying at the White Rabbit, Katelynn took the stage and performed her poem “I am a Nerd”. A poem about and for those who have ever felt like an outcast because of their love and passion for anything and everything geeky. She spoke passionately and proudly about being nerd, reference everything from Star Wars to old school Nintendo. How being normal isn’t being real, its hiding who you truly are. The same passion that we as nerds put into animes, comic books, and cosplays is the same passion we put into life and this young lady reminded everyone of that. Her words so powerful, that not a dry eye was left in the house, and ending with a standing ovation by everyone in attendance. Inspired by her friends, people who felt alone in their passion, and people that were just jerks to them because of that passion, she manage to speak to generations of nerds and inspire them to be proud. While also inspiring those people who didn’t get to finally get it.
Not everyone who is an all out otaku/nerd is lucky enough to have an outlet for their passions. Not every state has a convention big/small, or even if they do it’s not that accessible to them for any number of reason. We forget that in this world that a fanboy/girl is someone who knows as much details as possible of a particular subject. Whether its sports, food, or fashion, the only difference is we’re not afraid to call ourselves nerds. Plus we have the better costumes, just saying.
Thank you Katelynn for reminding us to be proud of who we are, and that we are not alone. And also congratulations for winning Fan Favorite” at the 2011 ConnectiCon Cosplay Masquerade.