I'm sure all of you have had the feeling of being self-conscious or paranoid as you get out of the car to go to the convention. The first time I cosplayed it was as Ranma Saotome. I was walking down the street with bright red hair and a color-matching shirt. People all over the streets were giving me odd gawks as I walked past, but I decided to square my shoulders and look like I really dressed like this everyday.
So, I want to hear your stories. How do you deal with the awful gawks and stares as you step out of the convention grounds?