Stuff We Love: Adam Savage explains what is awesome about cosplay

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Apr 6, 2017

The entire cast of the 2003-2016 show Mythbusters are worthy of a geek crush. After all, they shot a water heater through the roof of a house and busted multiple myths about ninjas. But I have to admit, my affection for former co-host Adam Savage amped up to 11 after watching his TED talk.

Do you know what a TED talk is? For those who don’t, TED is a non-profit conference and clearinghouse of wonderful ideas surrounding Technology, Arts, and Design. Lectures on racial politics, disease and war come from leaders across the globe, and they’re full of life-changing, provocative ideas (and ooo, look, dinosaur hunting).

Savage didn’t do any of that. Instead, he spoke about his love of cosplay.

Think about it. Here’s a guy with the cred to speak about the need for rigorous methodology in science or perhaps the need to prove facts for yourselves. Instead, he chose to speak about a topic near and dear to the geek heart.

In this TED talk, below, Savage talks about the joy of costuming, which he discovered at an early age, and what he learned from dressing up. This includes, “[Cosplay] is so much more than that…. We’re injecting ourselves into a narrative and making it our own.” His explanation is more eloquent than I could ever hope to be.

Listen to this lovely lecture yourselves. And let me know in the comments how you’re going to build a (breathable) Adam Savage costume to honor him at your next convention.