whats a handler????
Some costumes aren’t too difficult to walk in and are easy to hold your bags with. But this isn’t always the case.
Sometimes a costume make it very difficult to hold bags and personal items, or even impossible. This could be due to large props (my Penny floating swords), the fabric the costume is made out of (I can’t wear a backpack while wearing my Zuko vest), limited/no vision (masks, blindfolds, mesh contacts), or just bulky costumes that are difficult to walk in.
During these circumstances, it is SUPER USEFUL AND AWESOME to have a handler. A handler will help keep you organized, hold your things, help reach for your personal items, guide you when your vision is compromised, watch your back so any props like wings don’t become damaged, and generally ensure that your costume stays functioning during your time at a convention. They are AMAZING and can be the difference to having a horrible time and having an awesome time at a con.
Because of this, handlers often aren’t in costume, or are in minimal costume. Because they aren’t looking ~super amazing~, they can often be ignored by others, or in some unfortunate cases, forgotten. Which is terrible because handlers are life savers.
incoherentelegy has acted as my handler a few times now and she is honestly a life saver. I honestly can’t imagine just surviving without her. That’s what I loved so much about the Mega64 guys at PAX, actually. They were very kind and didn’t ignore her. They spoke to BOTH of us, and even recognized SELENA the next day.
tl;dr never treat a handler like crap because they deserve your praise and love and chicken nuggies