Just a reminder that I love you all!
Sorry, stress makes me want to spread the love around. C:
Makeup test all done! I’m ready to make new Midwest friends at Colossalcon! Cant wait to meet all of you!
I want to bring your attention to the #notacosplayer project run by Eddie of Food and Cosplay (facebook, tumblr).
Pretty angry at those photos right? Yeah, me too. The top one is me and six of the other cosplayers are extremely close friends of mine. (I’ve tagged their pages if you click on the photos!)
#notacosplayer is here to tackle the bullying within the cosplay community and especially that from outside. A lot of people, too many people believe that you have to be a thin, white woman with large boobs and an incredibly attractive face to be “allowed” to cosplay, and then what? If you are you’re brandished a slut/whore, a fake geek and only doing it for male attention. Yes there are a small handful of people who do infact cosplay for attention and have no interest in the characters, but for the people with a genuine love of what they’re doing, this is massively hurtful.
Comments like the ones above are received on a daily basis for a lot of cosplayers, whether it be a sly remark from another convention goer, on a facebook page where “well its just a picture on the internet” or some other form of online forum, the comments are read and they’re upsetting.
Cosplayers spend countless hours picking costumes, hunting down where the best place to get them from is or locating the most realistic parts for a costume. They send off designs and reference to commissioners to ensure that their piece is perfect and just how they want it, constantly giving feedback and input on their item. Some other cosplayers spend hours and hours slaving away with cuts and burns to create something they’re proud of and love.
They take a picture and hang it with absolute pride at how awesome they look, how they replicated their favorite character in their own way. They show it to their friends who all say how awesome it is and they share it around.
And for what?
Definitely not for some random person off the internet to feel the need to comment and chip in, ignoring every ounce of effort and accuracy on a costume. Friend, you found this image probably because you’re a fan of what I’m cosplaying from, could you comment on my costume please?
No, straight for the jugular, right in the “you’re not good enough to cosplay because…”
"You’re #notacosplayer because…”
Well I am. And Everyone else who says their a cosplayer is a cosplayer. The rules of cosplay aren’t written on attractiveness or likeness, they’re written on costume play.
So stand proud guys. Bullying will not be tolerated anymore. Share your stories and lets stop this horrible taboo where we never speak about the nasty comments we receive. Its a major part and its driving out incredible members of our community. Negativity won’t be tolerated anymore.
You’re all amazing and incredible and you can do whatever you set your mind to. Don’t let these comments put you off doing that dream character or starting cosplaying. Stand up proud and where that costume, show bullies and negativity that you don’t care…
Fran by Elizabeth Ai-Quyen
If you are interested please like my cosplay page ;) :
see more of my choir boy grell: http://lighterfoxxx.deviantart.com/gallery/43832605
Choir boy Grell-Kuroshitsuji (black butler)
Photographer: Komory-bat http://komory-bat.deviantart.com
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.
Missed you guys!
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.
- Casual-wear cosplay, like Daisuke or Satoshi from DN Angel, any of the ladies (or pretty gentleman) from Princess Jellyfish, Shinji from Evangelion… things that you can thrift and put together with minor alterations and accessories are a good starter costume!
- 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! (: