After busting out Shindig Kaylee for the third time at Dragon*Con, I ran the gamut of reactions from people who were seeing her for the first time to those who had seen me wear her several times before. It's interesting, since some people get very accusatory about it!
Is cosplay just for the audience? Is it a bad thing to really love your costume so much that you want to wear it to the same con a few times? Do you run the risk of becoming THAT COSPLAYER who is only known for one outfit? It's sad that we cosplayers can spend several hundred hours and dollars on a costume that only gets worn for a few hours at time, yet some folks consider it a bad thing to bring out on multiple occasions.
Kaylee is a costume that seems to invite happiness. It's a wonderful feeling to have people run up to me and express how much they love the costume, tell me how how much I look like the character, and then want to get a picture. To me, that is the epitome of what costuming at cons is about - happiness & appreciation. The idea of giving up sharing the fan reaction is a difficult one!
Kaylee is going into retirement, which makes me very sad. It's not because of anyone else's reactions, but because I know I need to challenge myself to create something that gives me the same happiness and pride that she does. However, if I die early, bury me in her, will you?
With my sister as Mechanic Kaylee.