Fat girls wearing skin tight cosplays and not giving a fuck: (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*: ･ﾟ✧
Lucifer vs Luci
“I’m a female cosplayer but I don’t get my tits and ass out, I don’t dress like a slut.”
well done….do you want a cookie….
Just because you dont get your “tits and ass out” or dress like a ‘slut’ or whatever, doesn’t make you better. If a female cosplayer wants to have their cleavage and/or ass out, then why the hell shouldn’t they? Who are you to judge them? THESE PEOPLE CAN DRESS HOW THEY LIKE AND ITS NOT OF YOUR BUSINESS
get your internalized misogyny out my face. Female and female identified cosplayers are being attacked en masse for “wanting attention” or not being “real geeks”, lets not attack each other as well?
A small for-the record, which seems to me so obvious I never thought it would actually have to be said, but…
COSplay is its own artform, and its own branch of fandom.
I love it when I see people, of any gender, in well-done or enthusiastic costumes of characters that I made…
Cosplay: The Drama
Since the Anon brought it up..let’s really explore cosplay and what is happening with it.
People dressing up in costume for the sake of fandom (if you will) is not a new concept. Even since the beginnings of San Diego Comic Con, we have seen fans dress up. Over the years, and with the addition of science fiction, Movies, Japanese anime, and advances in cartoons, the level at which people make their costumes has skyrocketed.
Let’s take an average day at Comic Con. You can easily walk around and see full blown Night Elves in full armor, a couple of Iron Men with fully motorized face shields, Ghostbusters with functioning proton packs equipped with lights and music, and anime characters with the largest weapons ever seen. Very easily can a lot of these costumes rival, and even outdo, their Hollywood counterparts. We even see astromech droids interact like you would see in Star Wars. What happened?
Well, that is easy. Dressing in costume no longer is just a thing that “geeks do cause they are weird”. No. All kinds of people want to show their love for the things they like. People have learned and mastered robotics, led work, sewing, metalworking, special fx makeup, etc. You put two or three of those onto one person, it becomes absolutely stunning. Now that is where the trouble really begins.
Fame. Fame is a double edged sword. Let’s take Joe Cool for example. Joe has completed his Iron Man Mach VI armor and while at a Con, can barely move because people are taking picture after picture of him. Left and right comments are made “Dude you are the best”, “I can’t believe how amazing that is!”, ¨The best at the Con!” Wow, how amazing does that feel? So Joe goes home and says, “Alright..Arkham City Mr. Freeze? Challenge Accepted.” Joe has this newfound inspiration to make something else amazing. Why? He has a fire lit under him. He now knows that he has the capability to do it, and wants to make something else because he loves Batman, he loves working on costumes, and it was so much fun. As he unveils his Freeze next year, same events unfold.
But Trey, you said double edged sword
That I did. While Joe gets this amazing confidence as well as drive to do more, people start looking forward to what he will do next. They also place him on this “celebrity” status. Passed around online and through word of mouth, his craft becomes elevated to a level that we see on tv and magazines. Other quoteunquote lower cosplayers strive to be him while at the same time go “I will never be that good”. The internet roars into debates of who is best and “Man just give up”. I thought the internet was a nice place :P
I am not one to hide my views on subjects. Cosplay, especially recently, is one of those I feel very passionately about. The scenario above is unfortunately very real. While for Joe this has been an uplifting experience, the hive mind that a percentage of the internet has can becomes very harmful and poisonous to others. So many times I myself have not wanted to do a specific costume because I have seen a much higher quality version of it. I have seen people break down because they feel that their costume is “no good”. It becomes really unfortunate for those select few who do put their hard work and dedication in to create something beautiful to then see what happens to others who give up.
I am not one to really call action, but this is ridiculous. Maybe this message only reaches a few people. Let’s give it a shot. Within the cosplay community, we all are there for the same reason, WE LOVE OUR CHARACTERS! There is no doubt about that. When we have people that do really great costumes, appreciate it, love it, but let’s love everyone. Give constructive feedback to people who are feeling down. Don’t build those pedestals up. Above all else, remember, this is all for fun. Pure. Fun.
So to those of you out there that feel discouraged…don’t. Wear your costumes proudly. Work on them and strive to be better because it is WHAT YOU WANT. Don’t do it for the pictures, the attention, the glory. Do it because dressing up is just way too much fun.
Sorry to make this message again but I’m super curious
I would looove to see any photos of me from London MCM Expo May 2012. I was a Lady Loki with a green and grey fur cloak who was blue on Saturday and normal Lady Loki on Sunday. If anyone had photos of me, I would loooove to see them so if you could tag them ‘witchchild’ (my URL) that would most excellent, or just put them in the expo tag. A lot of photos were taken over the course of the weekend and I would lovelovelove to see them :D