Cosplay And Drag, A Perfect Marriage At San Diego Comic-Con

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Janel Smith writes,

Cosplay has been a part of my life for several years now and in that time I learned that myself and many other cosplayers have a poorly kept secret; we love Drag Queens.  We love how creative and passionate they are about their work, and how they can tear the house down with their performances while making it look easy.  The Dreamgirls Revue's Queens of Cosplay show displayed perfectly how the worlds of Drag and Cosplay can come together to create  something wonderful.

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The show was hosted by RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars season one winner Chad Michales and featured other Drag Race Alums; Phi Phi O'Hara, and Dax Exclamation Point.  The show also included the fabulous queens Daisy Deadpetals, Dolly Levi, Kickxy Vixen-Styles.  Together they put on the most amazing drag performance that I have ever seen.  You could really see how each performer drew inspiration from things they love and put that love into their craftsmanship and performance which made for an amazing high energy show.

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My love of drag in general and RuPaul's Drag Race in particular stemmed from my interest in cosplay.  I could see a lot of myself and other members of the cosplay community in the work room of Drag Race as we scramble to get costumes done for an upcoming convention.  Seeing what some of the queens can make in a short time on the show serves as motivation to get working and to strive to create better costumes.

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The highlight of the night for me was when I got to express to Phi Phi O'Hara how she and drag race has inspired me and many other cosplayers over the years.  O'Hara has made the cosplay aspect of drag much more visible than it had previously been with her 365 Days of Drag project. Her attention to detail shows a real love for the source material and insures that each image of her new costumes goes viral and is posted in all of the cosplay Facebook groups.

Overall the event was a great way to start off Comic Con 2016 and if anyone is ever in Southern California I highly suggest they check out Dreamgirls Revue.

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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