Exemplars are geeks who know what they love, and show it with pride. I keep it mostly girl-centric here at Epbot, but I always reserve the right to feature anyone who helps inspire me to be a better me.
First up, here's 6-year-old Ainsley in her FANTABULOUS Sorceress outfit from He-Man:
I want one in my size! (Thanks to her Mom Nicole for sharing!)
Seven-year-old Annika already has a great history of costume choices:
(Not gonna lie; I am especially delighted by the Jedi, given her name.)
That's Annika's mom Bobbi-Lynn on the left as Professor McGonagall. She writes, "I remember when the boys would only let me play Star Wars as Princess Leia, who always needed to be rescued. I never got a blaster or a light saber! ... Hopefully you, along with others, helping smash through the geek girl barrier will make 'us' not so picked on while growing up for loving what we love."
She also sent along a "sneak peek" of Annika's costume for this year:
Say it with me, now: "SPOCK!" (I always hear that in Shatner's voice. ALWAYS.)
Of course, every little Vulcan has to break into an adorable grin SOMETIMES, right?
Here's Jenni S. and her family as the 4th, 5th, 10th, and 11th Doctors:
Guess which one's my favorite. ;)
Sometimes there's an unfair push-back against all things princessy and pink, but I say: love what you love. (And I DO love me some ruffly petticoats and tiaras from time to time.) The good news is, little girls already get that. Check out Mica H.'s four-year-old here, who has a crush on C3PO, knows every good princess dress should come with a sword...
...and asked her mom to make her a Hulk Dress so she could smash things daintily:
And finally, Vivienne here tells me Epbot helped inspire her steampunked Zoe-from-Firefly cosplay for Calgary Expo, but I think you'll agree that her daughter stole the show:
... dressed as Captain Tightpants.
Oh, but it gets better:
BUT IT GETS BETTER:
"The best comment of the day, however, came from my daughter. We finally caught sight of Mr Fillion after waiting in line for very many minutes, and I squealed "Captain Tightpants!" My daughter said, very indignantly, "No! I'm Captain Tightpants. That's Captain Hammer."
Vivienne also writes that her little Mal-ette (Mallet? HA!) prefers cars to princesses, Spider-Man to Dora, and sleeps with a baby zombie - though maybe I should have asked for details on that last one. o.0
This batch was mostly younger Exemplars, but I also love featuring older kids, adults, and everyone in between. If you'd like to be considered, just send me a photo of yourself or your child being geeky - ie in costume, with a collection or creation, or at an event - along with a quick description. And don't forget to include names!