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You’ve heard of a TED Talk, right? But what is that exactly? A TED Talk is a video created from a presentation at the main TED conference. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues. Basically, smart people talking smartly about smarty things. With over 2,000 TED Talks from remarkable people, from tech, science, and technology would you have ever expected Mythbuster’s Adam Savage as a Key Speaker talking about his love for Cosplay? Well, he did, and it’s pretty remarkable. 

Most know Adam Savage from his former days busting old wives tales, misnomers, urban legends and sorts of other myths on Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters. Outside of the show, Adam has always been a designer/maker of things. Savage has worked as an animator, graphic designer, carpenter, projectionist, film developer, television presenter, set designer, toy designer, gallery owner and 101 other things. All of which is predicated on his profound affinity for science, artistry, performance, and whatever you can define as “cool shit”. Of those 101 other things, Savage has a lifelong interest in costume making and cosplay. He loves it and does it often. In fact, it’s been a tradition for Adam Savage to be walking around San Diego Comic Con incognito dressed in complex and elaborate costumes.


He’s walked the con floor in a spot on spacesuit replica from Ridley Scott’s Aliens, Mercury Spacesuit from 2001: A Space Odyssey, Noface from Spirited Away, Hellboy, Judge Dredd, and more. Each of his costumes are 100% movie accurate, he even spent 10+ years making the spacesuit from Aliens, so the guy is dedicated to the craft. Suffice to say, he’s got an obsession with objects/characters and the stories they tell. According to him, when we create costumes, we’re connecting with something important inside of us, it’s how we reveal ourselves to each other. Here’s listen to his TED Talk and his Love Letter to Cosplay:

Whatever your feelings are about Cosplay, if it’s something you do and love, or something you find silly, Adams talk reveals something profound – that there is something interesting in it, and the cosplay per se has some cultural meaning. A touching testament to the power of cosplay from a mesmerizing speaker.

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