My first cosplay was the JCC Derby back in 2008/9, and it was the shoddiest piece of work you could ever imagine, but I enjoyed myself and even got recognized as my cosplay character despite the fairly poor quality of the outfit.
I enjoy making the cosplays more than anything, and I like the recognition of my character, because to me it means the hard work and effort was worth it. I know that at least one person knew who I was dressed as, and that's a good enough reward for me.
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