Will that all cause me to GIVE UP THE CONS, and HANG UP THE TAO PRIEST UNIFORM/COSPLAY COSTUME? In answer, I become my “BLEACH FANAL FORM” of a RED DRAGON and FLAME:
“DARE MO IMA WATASHI O SHINIA GA DEKIMASU!”
(LET NOBODY STOP ME NOW)
With the Cosplay Video song in my head, Bon Jovi’s, “It’s, My, Life!” I step off the Sardines Can packed Trolley. Yet again I am targeted by the “BULLHORN POWERED CHURCH OF THE CLOSED MIND”. No hiding behind his Bullhorn. My “Tao Staff” with it’s “SKULL and Ying/Yang”, rises over his Bullhorn BARREL , it SMILES. With a passing, “VIET NAN ABOUT TO GO POSTAL ON YOU!” I march on into Disabled Door-A for my Disabled Power Sticker and coffee. Mission objectives list check? No need. For we have only one today. Meet and thank the lady who made me what I am today. My dream for decades as a “Science Fiction Writer”, has been, as every “Fiction Writer”, has been to publish.
There on the Book Store shelf, YOUR WORK! And she fulfilled that UNREACHABLE dream that started back in the year of “2000”. That lady is QUEEN of COSPLAY, YAYA HAN. For she, “PUBLISHED ME” in her book I hold in my hands, “1000 INCREDIBLE COSTUME + COSPLAY IDEAS!”
In line a man behind me noticed the book sticking out of my bag. “You’re here to have Yaya sign her book?” he asks. I gave him my card and explained all. “You have plenty of time DC. She will be there at 11:00.” He even marked on the Convention Floor Map, where he and the Queen will be working. So it’s Cosplaying, my way to her across the Dealer’s Floor. It took about an hour and a half. So many people, asking for a picture with me because of my Trade Mark Cosplay Costume. I gave it my all for I was in my element. Finally making it to the booth I see her. The Cosplay Costume of the day was “Scarlet Witch”. A “Yellow Shirt”, waves at me from a clear area across from her booth. Needing to made myself “Presentable” to the Queen, I walk over and pass him my card. I explained all and could he help me. “HER? Oh damn guy! Let me help.” With a final check, and a deep breath… I MARCH!
The Buddha Blessed Me. There was only two TALL people in front of me, so short me could hide behind them. IT’ MY TURN! “It’s YOU” she said, offering her hand. With my Trade Mark keeling before her it take, and kissed it. Rising, with her book in hand I said: “My Queen Yaya. YOU have fulfilled this Science Fiction writer dream. That is to publish his fiction. You did it by publishing me in in your book. For that, I am eternally grateful to you. May I have you sign my copy and have a picture with my Queen of Cosplay? “Certainly” she answered taking the book. Signing it she asked, “Do you want me a picture standing beside you?” I answered, “You should save your energy, but if you could.” “For you I will, and I understand”
Here are the pictures of those moments of “PERSONAL GLORY” with the Queen. It is an honor to share them with you all. Thanking her again, holding her hand, I said: “I promise not to cry.” THAT SMILE OF UNDERSTANDING THAT SAID SO MUCH! Turning to the crowd, I held the book high for all to behold. In a Warrior Voice of VICTORY, I cried out: “I AM A WRITER, AND I HAVE PUBLISHED!” The crowd cheered me, and SO MANY HIGH FIVES WITH “FIRE WORKS”. I need of a smoke after that to COME DOWN. That day, I gave THEE BEST, Comic Con Cosplay I have ever given in my life there at the Con! Here are more pictures from that day. My all of you out there in the Net, when you are as old as I am, I wish you this. May you have moments like these, as I am having now.
“LIFE IS COSPLAY, COSPLAY IS LIFE” DC RUSHTON, AKA: “THE PRIEST OF TAO”