"Cosplay is getting to be more corrupt as it becomes more mainstream. It's becoming more about looking like a Victoria's Secret model and being bullied if you don't. I, for one, am tired of it. Cosplayers are being told, verbally or otherwise, that they need to look a certain way to do what they love. Cosplay is not a beauty contest. Society has done enough harm to the issue of body image. Lets keep it out of the cosplay community."
HI I am recovering from being sick after Fanime (I had the worst cold imaginable, and I am still all gross from it) as well as dealing with an infected insect bite on my face (I’m swollen ;n; ) but I am gonna put some stuff in the queue because I love you guys.
I don’t have a whole lot of pictures from Fanime but what little I do have I will try to put up on my personal blog, including my own cosplay. I just need to find the adapter for my camera’s memory card.
Hi, love your blog! Just wondering, I have a Con coming up which I would love to attend to since it would be my first, and I would really like to cosplay. However, I don't know what should I cosplay because I started watching anime no longer than 4 o 5 months ago, could you give me some ideas if it´s not too much to ask? I want something fun but easy since I'll be sewing it myself. Thank you so much and hope you have a great day! P.S: Sorry for my english, it's not my mother language.
You know what’s awesome about cosplay? You can dress up as whoever you want!
You didn’t really give me a whole lot to go off of though (like what sort of Anime you like, or even what gender you’d like to cosplay), but let’s see what I can come up with…
- Humanized My Little Pony characters are super easy to do. Most of the items can be thrifted, and wings/ears/accessories can be crafted pretty simply out of clay or something similar. Some online shops even sell pre-styled wigs or wigs that require minimal styling.
- Some Pokemon gijinkas can be fairly simple, and can once again be created from altered thrift store clothing and accessories. For example, this Luxio.
- Depending on your sewing level, you may be able to create a simple school girl/boy uniform such as Madoka’s from Madoka Magica, Miaka’s from Fushigi Yugi, or a boy’s uniform from Ouran High School Host Club.
With such limited information, though, that’s the best I can come up with to start. Good luck! (:
It’s pretty easy to forget the basics when you attend a convention. Here I’ve written up a guide for cosplayers and casual attendees alike, to ensure a safe and healthy convention experience.
1. Know the schedule. You should have an idea of what events are going on at the convention you’re attending, so you can plan out of the ones you plan to participate in. This is everything from cosplay gatherings to panels and screenings. Knowing the schedule will help you get as much done as you would like to. Don’t forget to be flexible with it!
2. Budget yourself. It’s so easy to step a foot into the dealer’s room and buy everything in sight, leaving you no money for food. Have a set amount aside for certain things to ensure you do not run out of money too quickly and end up starving on day 1.
3. Keep yourself fed and hydrated! Forgetting to eat and drink is a huge problem at conventions, as congoers get caught up in all the fun and excitement. Keep a loose schedule for meals, and keep water and snacks with you at all times. Jerky and crackers are great quick-energy snacks to keep you going.
4. Know where eateries around the convention center/hotels are. Con food is expensive. Horribly so. Knowing where there are places to grab a cheap meal around the convention will help you save money, and have more to spend on that sweet con swag.
5. Keep extra batteries and a charger for your camera/phone. Running out of battery for either is a huge bummer, especially if you need to get in touch with someone and can’t because your phone is dead. Most (if not all) convention centers will have outlets scattered around that you can use in case you need it.
6. Know the convention rules. Rules can vary pretty drastically from convention to convention, so keep yourself aware of the rules (especially those regarding cosplay and props) so you don’t end up getting scolded or kicked out.
7. If you are staying in a hotel, be sure to be respectful. Do not spill makeup everywhere, do not become rowdy, do not destroy hotel property, and treat hotel staff with respect. Con time is already a stressful time for hotel workers, so do your part to make it easier on them, so they can make your lives easier too!
8. Know the shuttles. Some conventions offer shuttle service to nearby hotels. If you are staying in one of these hotels, find out where these shuttles are, how often they leave, and the times they run so you don’t get stranded.
9. For those that need it, bring pads/tampons! You never know if you or another cosplayer might need it, so be prepared!
10. Bring a small sewing kit for on-the-fly cosplay repairs. Not all conventions have cosplay repair stations, and even if they do, they may not have what you need. A small kit should be enough for most minor repairs. Ideally it would have needles, thread that matches your costume, scissors, safety pins, and glue. Extra pieces for your costume (like sequins, flowers, etc.) are also really nice to have.
11. Bring a first-aid kit. Sometimes you can’t get to the first aid station, so a small first aid kit (with things like band-aids, painkillers, ointment, and allergy medicine) is essential.
12. If you are staying in a hotel, make a checklist of all your costume parts. This way, when you are packing to leave, you can check off the pieces as you pack to make sure you’re packing everything you need, and can check it again as you’re leaving to make sure everything gets home safely. For example, mine looks like this (this is the actual list I use for one of my costumes!):
13. Shower. Please shower. I shouldn’t even have to explain this one.
14. Try to get sleep at night. It’s tempting to stay up and watch movies and cartoons to keep yourself in the con spirit, but you will burn out very quickly if you don’t get some rest. Being burned out at a con is no fun.
15. Know where your party is. Make sure everyone you are attending with has each others’ numbers, and set times to meet up and make sure everyone is okay.
16. Bring a small notepad and pen/pencil. You never know when you might make a new friend and want to exchange Tumblr urls, or art pages, or anything else.
17. If you are attending autograph sessions, bring something to be signed (IF IT’S ALLOWED). You’ll end up with a cool souvenir, and an awesome display piece! Be sure to check convention autograph rules to make sure you’re allowed to get something other than a headshot signed.