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Finding Your Character at Comic Con | SDCC 2019 | NowThis Nerd


(upbeat electronic music) – Hey guys, I’m Kya, and I’m
here at San Diego Comic Con, and we’re gonna talk about cosplay. We’re talking to some people who have to work a little extra hard to make their cosplays possible. In the world of Cosplay, there’s not a lot of
canon options for people who might be a person of color or a woman, so we want to talk to some
people about why they’re doing it and why it’s special to them. I’m here with, – Mia Genae Watkins. I’m cosplaying as Miles Morales. I’m a female version of Miles from ‘Spider-man into the Spiderverse.’ – I’m Jan, and I’m playing Sailor Pluto. – I’m Jenee and I’m
cosplaying as Sailor Saturn. – Hello, I’m Dora Milaje’s
grandmother. (laughing) – Cosplay is just the best
thing in the entire world because it gives you an
opportunity to be someone that you’ve always wanted to be. It doesn’t even have to
be someone you’re not. It’s someone you can see yourself in or you wanna see yourself in. It’s such a strong and
powerful thing to do. – Why did you dress up as Miles? – I’m in love with the ‘Spiderverse’ movie. It meant so much to me
as African American nerd, as a person who grew up with Spider-man, I love Spider-man. Anyone can wear the mask. That philosophy is amazing. – So you usually have
issues finding people to Cosplay as, as a black woman? – Yeah, I would say so. It’s awesome because I
think when I was little I would literally look up
what black female characters, whether in anime, I
know they’re out there, but Miles is pretty mainstream and this will be the perfect
opportunity to cosplay him this year, since he blew
up a lot in the last year. I feel pretty awesome dressing
up as Miles right now. (laughing) I feel really cool. I think with the dreadlocks, kinda makes it look
even cooler. (laughing) But if we have someone
like me cosplaying as Miles then it’s inspiring to
whoever else sees me and who knows where that creativity, where that inspiration
is going to take them. – Why do you guys pick
these Sailor Scouts? – Because we grew up watching ‘Sailor Moon’ and we love the magical girl Anime genre because it’s empowering
women and we don’t often see women fighting crime and beating up the bad guys growing up. So we really love that, even in adulthood. – Yep, exactly. ‘Sailor Moon’ was our childhood. We loved the show. It was all about girl power and that was something we
weren’t seeing very often. Even as we’re adults
now, we appreciate it, we love that it’s been revamped and it also gives us a great
opportunity to cosplay as them. – Why are you cosplaying as Dora Milaje? – Because I thought she
represented the kind of woman that I like to see out
there as I’m movin’ along on the spectrum and I think
she’s somebody that channels a lot of positive energy for young girls, old girls, and all girls. – How do you guys feel wearing
the Sailor Scout outfits? – It’s like a dream. When we were smaller we
always wanted to cosplay or dress up as Sailor
Scouts in the living room. We used to say moon prism power! (‘Sailor Moon’ theme music) – It’s amazing to do it as an adult. – I love cosplaying because I
love seeing movie characters and I love feeling represented on screen. I love seeing somebody and
feeling like I could’ve grown up with them, I could’ve been them just because of something as simple as where he came from and the culture of it. – What does it mean for you
guys to see people of color now on screen, available
for you to dress up as? – I like the fact that there
is positive role models and they’re showing people of color now in so many dimensions. When I was coming out of high school, I wanted to be a fashion designer, and my counselor told me, “Oh, little colored girls
can’t design clothes. “You should be a music teacher “because you play the piano so well.” And now, children of color
don’t have to get that message. They can be whatever they wanna be. – I love conventions like this
because San Diego Comic Con and almost any convention
lets you be yourself. There’s something for everyone here. You’re accepted no matter
where you come from. Seeing black and brown
girls and different types of cosplay for me is really inspiring. It’s super cool. Oh cool, you’re into this. So I know what you’re into as a fan, but also, what you like to celebrate, too, about yourself. – I just feel so cool. I think I could kick
some butt if I had to. I don’t want to though. (laughing) I don’t wanna mess up
my outfit. (laughing)

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