The Exciting Cosplay Adventures of Mike Schmidt (not the baseball player)

I’m back from New York Comic Con now (my one annual indulgence) and as usual I had an absolutely delightful time. It was a whirlwind of a weekend, so I’m still completely exhausted, but I got to attend on Thursday (the industry day) for the first time and I networked with other librarians, which was so, so great. Several library panels later, it was Friday, so it was time to whip out the cosplay.

On Saturday, my friend and I went as Asahi and Nishinoya from Haikyuu!!, which was a ton of fun, especially since we met a lot of other Haikyuu!! cosplayers and took photos with them. I also happened to be cosplaying Noya on his birthday, which I somehow completely forgot about. But the most ridiculous fun I had was on Friday and Sunday, when I cosplayed security guard Mike Schmidt (not the baseball player, although that’s a joke I make constantly) from Five Nights at Freddy’s.

Things started off a bit iffy – my train was late by twelve minutes, so I sat in cosplay by myself at the train station awkwardly until the train got there.

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From there on, though, it was smooth sailing, and it was time for Schmidt to go on some con adventures. (Well, after I went to the librarian cosplay photoshoot first. I can’t wait for the photos to come back from that.)

To further the joke about Mike’s name, I naturally had to get a Philly cheesesteak for lunch.

Would you be happy if everyone made baseball jokes about your name?

Would you be happy if everyone made baseball jokes about your name?

And then I finally found some animatronics. It’s cool, though. They couldn’t kill me since this was during the day.

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After meeting up with my friend (who was cosplaying indie wrestler El Generico), some more exploring was in order. For the most part, Friday was quiet after this, but I did record a video documenting day one of what I termed “Schmidtcon.”

Although I wasn’t cosplaying Mike on Saturday, I did record a brief Schmidtcon video anyway once I got home because I got a Puppet hat and was really, really excited about the darn thing.

Sunday is when things got really busy and exciting, though, because Sundays at NYCC are family days and they have more activities geared towards younger children. FNAF is wildly popular with the younger set right now, so I was expecting to meet some people. And boy, did I!

Before heading out, I made sure to inform everyone that Mike was borrowing Jeremy’s music box. Which did turn out to be helpful, actually, because there were a lot of Puppets around.

Oh, and since I write Mike as an adrenaline junkie I had him do this.

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Once inside, there were actually a ton of families cosplaying FNAF together with their kids and it was the cutest thing.

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First, though, here’s a Puppet.

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This family was so, so cute!

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In between all of this, I found a booth selling FNAF security badges, so I immediately made this extremely important purchase and promptly stuck the badge on my hat to make things even more official.

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And then Foxy tried to kill me. Not cool, man.

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The only other guard I ran into on Sunday, and they had a Foxy and the cutest little Mangle to boot!

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And then Foxy tried to kill me again. What a life.

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On the train back this guy across from me was reading a book entitled “Robot Movements and Control.” You sure about that, buddy? I’ve seen some things that might make you want to rethink that…

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And then the whole con was polished off by making Mike drive everyone to White Castle. That’s pretty much how every con I attend ends, though.

I don’t often cosplay current characters, and when I do, they’re often not the more popular ones, so this was especially fun to do this year! As far as I’m concerned, I’m going to likely keep this cosplay around for a while and just do stuff with it because a) it’s fun and b) I do actually genuinely enjoy FNAF. Oh, and c) baseball jokes. I make too many of those. Like, waaaaay too many.

In all seriousness, though, NYCC is an amazing con. I’ve been attending for years, and I highly recommend it to everyone, although it’s a bit overwhelming the first time you go so you might want to start small if you’ve never been to a convention before! I can’t talk about how great it is enough, though. It’s been running for ten years now, and it’s only getting better with each installment. Join us next year, won’t you?

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