People in costumes swarm Washington, DC, this weekend for its sixth-annual Awesome Con event that inspires fans to ‘celebrate geek culture’ featured in movies, comic books, television and games. Those carefully crafted costumes don’t need to sit around gathering dust. He learned their stories and heard about the great lengths they have gone to in order to achieve the most authentic, convincing version of their character. We like the T-shirt that proclaims, “I wasn’t there,” and the stuffed version of New York’s famed Pizza Rat.