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|Posted by HERETICPRIME on May 26, 2018 at 1:25 PM||comments (0)|
Yes, you'll get paid, but at what price?
I've written about three different drafts of this article with different titles, all with different amounts of shame, blame, and regret thrust upon the sholders of cosplayers and their fans, but in the end, I think that this one is the decent middle ground that I should probably take, while still addressing some issues that I have seen due to the rise in Patreon profiles for people claiming to be cosplayers.
For the record, I have no issues with Jannet Incosplay.
I've noticed a tension in some cosplayers that I think may be caused by different conditions created by Patreon. Now, even though I said that I "think" they "may be caused," I'm sure that some of you will take this as me giving this as the gospel truth. *shrugs shoulders* I'm not. A lot of this is speculation, but I think it's good speculation. In short, I think that Patreon is making cosplay harder on cosplayers for three basic reasons.
Did Nana Bear have a Patreon? You betcha? Does she still have it? Yup. Money is hard to turn down. She might be mentaly ill right now, but she's not stupid. Did it contribute to her mental problems? I'm sure that her Grandmother dying also did, but this couldn't have helped. Read the article and you speculate on that.
First off, costuming is hard work. It is especially hard if you have a job, go to school, and make regular con appreances. All three of those things I just mentioned, not to mention costuming, are very expensive in time and money. The more Patreon sponsors, and the higer the tier of the sponsor you have, the more work you might feel the need to show. I think that while many cosplayers work themselves to death on cosplays right before and even at cons, I think that a cosplayer with at least 10 sponsors feels that urgency at least three times as worse.
Just some of the effort that the Egg Sisters put into making a foot...
Second, I think that cosplayers might feel obligated to show thanks by forcing themselves to give more personal time. Things like becoming friends with sponsors on gaming platforms, Skping, Goggle Hangouts, Twitching, and meeting fans at cons is very tiring. It also might make a person feel that they are litterally selling themselves. Some of you might say that they are actually not selling themselves. They are selling their time. NOW, what does that sound like. 'Sound familiar? 'Anyone else usually get prefaced with that statement as a disclamer?
"And remember: You're not paying for a lady's sex. You're paying for her time..!"
'Thirdly: Lewds. I think that this is potentially one of the reasons that certain cosplayers get burned out on the whole Patreon thing. Do I really have to go into why? I think that a lot of cosplayers with Patreon do lewds and boudior shoots because they want to attract higher tier sponsors, and to satisfy the ones they have; they feel the pressure.
I'm waiting for one of these cosplayers to make a "Boyfriend Tier." That way it can be official when you pay for them to get their hair and nails done.
I also think that the "cosplayers" that have sunk into the lewds rut think find nudes and lewds as a cheap alternative to actually doing the hard work of costuming, makeup, hair and wig styling, and would rather just do it and satisfy the sponsors that just want to see flesh.
Do you think it's just casual admirers that think they are getting stiffed by nudes and lewds that cost between $0 and whatever wire and rope costs at the Home Depot?
Now, as I said before, I have written several different drafts of this article, and most of them named names. While I wanted to write this version without doing that, I realised that it would be almost impossible to give examples without naming cosplayers. However, with this version, I hope that bad feelings felt by anyone are brought to a minimum with the manner in which I mention these cosplayers. To show varying degrees of what I mean, I'll talk about three cosplayers, all of which I think are on the spectrum of perhaps being affected by Patreon in a not so good way. Lastly, I'll mention someone that might not be having any problems yet, but might be feeling some of the pressure just the same.
I've always felt that the first and second reasons might have affected Bree the V. Fans of hers might remember her announcing that she would be taking a year hiatus from cosplaying. When I read this, I didn't believe this. Why would a person stop doing something she loved for a whole year? The way I interepretted this was, "I'm going on a year long hiatus of cosplaying for you!"
The many pretty and giddy faces of Bree the V.
Perhaps cosplaying wasn't the joy it used to be for Bree the V. Perhaps that thrill and appreciation that recognition used to bring her at cons turned to annoyance and even fear. I don't know. Even though what I described is not so terrible, and some might say, "Hey, that's the price of being a public figure," I'm sure that it still sucks sometimes, and all of us have weaker days when the pressure is harder to take than others. Like I said, this is all speculation.
Bree the V. in the middle of Cosplay Blues
The second example of cosplayers I think that Patreon might be causing some troubles for is Momokun, or Mariah Mallard, as she is also known. (I'm not sure if Mariah Mallard is her government name, or not.) She has been the subject of a lot of internet chatter for her antics as a party girl, and her obligations to her benefactors on different media that she accepts money on. I think Momokun is guilty of succumbing to the first and third pitfalls of Patreon cosplay.
'Not going to lie. Momokun is one sexy MF, and this is one of my favourite cosplays of hers. Don't judge...
Momokun has gone into blubbering rants about how mean people are to her because of her Patreon, but how all she is trying to do is help support her family. 'Really? I thought it was for making cosplay, and this is a big part of why some of Momokun's past sponsors and a lot of former fans and present crtics say that her Patreon is a scam. They say that Momokun doesn't make nearly as much of her cosplays that someone that literally gets thousands of dollars a month from her sponsors should. Momokun has admitted that some of her cosplays are completely bought, and some of the ones she makes also have store bought pieces, but the percentage of made vs. bought is argued a lot.
The FAT man in me wants to jump in. The fat MAN in me also wants to jump in.
Bloggers, YouTubers, Twitch folks, and other people on social media have also accused Momokun as suffering from "THOT behaviour." They accuse her of spending Patreon money on: drinking and having a good time at cons. I see the feeds, pictures, and videos that she streams at cons in her hotel rooms, and I think they might be a little right...'About the money! 'Not about being a THOT..!
With over $6,000.00 a month in Patreon contributions, you gotta give me more than this. That's about $72,000.00 a year for those of you that aren't counting. Hey, do they tax donated income?
Third, I want to bring up the cosplayer known as Alychu Cosplay, not to be confused with Stella Chu, Livia Chu, or any other reputable Chu int he cosplay community. Do I really need to go into her? She was Patreon before Patreon. Alychu Cosplay would sell cam time for money on PayPal and other mediums before people were selling nudes, lewds, and Polaroids on Patreon. At one time, Alychu Cosplay only sold softcore videos and cam time. Now she has graduated to full blown hardcore porn.
Velma has fallen on hard times. Solving mysteries doesn't pay the bills like it used to.
I would say that her crime was the third reason from the beginning, and only hopes for complications from the first and second reasons. How badly do I think it affects Alychu Cosplay? I think that if Alychu Cosplay could just sit in her bed, oiled up, with a box of doughnuts, and a can of whipped cream in front of a camera of paying voyeurs, she would.
Apparently Lady Tsunade is teaching more than just ninjitsu as Fifth Hokage.
Lastly there is the beautiful and talented Krissy Victory, also known as Victory Cosplay. I'm not sure if Patreon has really harmed or put any pressure on her, but I do think it has changed the type of cosplayer she is. Krissy Victory was a fun, but serious cosplayer, a regular blogger, and a YouTuber, who not only created fun cosplays, but also talked about serious subjects, like the good and bad things that happened to her while going to school in Korea.(I'm not going to go into the nature of these things. I think you really should go to her YouTube channel and listen to her tell her stories, and not get them second hand from me.) Shortly after we started talking, Krissy Victory exploded in the scene with praise from John Boyega on Twitter about her cosplay of him as Finn from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Krissy Victory was an instant celebrity in the cosplay community instantly gaining Verified status on social medias and gaining many Patreon sponsors. Then came the lewds...
High Praise! I would have died!
Krissy Victory does so many postings of lewds and pictures of highly suggestive nature that they probably outnumber her cosplays anywhere from 10-20 to 1. I cannot think of the last time that I have seen a picture of Krissy Victory that did not show almost all of her butt, abs, sideboob, full boob, or have her in a bed with another woman. She's even done these POV videos and pics where the person with the camera films her on her knees with her head in his hands and...well...you get the picture. That is how much I think Patreon has changed her, and I follow her on Instagram and Facebook, so I would see more if she posted more. 'Sounds like a case of the #3s to me. But like I've said before, I could be wrong.
'Pretty, but what's a brotha gotta do to see some serious cosplay up in here, anymore? Hey, what all do you see on that full video on Patreon..!? Maybe it's worth it...Nah! What am I saying..!?
So what do you think? Am I full of it? Am I right on the money? Why do I have an opiinion? Well, it is just an opinion; 'my opinion, and I'm just sharing it. Do you have an opinion on this? Please, don't be shy. Share it. Comment below. I'll respond. Let's have an open conversaion.
Uh-Oh! 'Look familiar..?
|Posted by HERETICPRIME on March 20, 2018 at 6:00 PM||comments (0)|
Like some of you may know, All Cool things™ had the pleasure of attending Final Round 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia this past weekend. While attending we ran into Navz of Victrix Gaming, an upstart company that is positioning itself to become a new competitor in the gaming accessories market. Navz was sharing his company's latest project, Victrix Pro AF™ ANC. The Victrix Pro (for short) is on sale right now as a preorder for just shy of $200, but will probably go up in price once it comes out in mass production.
First off, let me just say this: Before you even put this sweet piece of tech on your head, it is sexy AF! ('Come ot think of it, I wouldn't be surprised if that is why the "AF" is in the name!) The headset is black with the right shade of purple, and violet highlights.
Beyond the qualities that make it so aesthetically pleasinig are the features that Navz was able to share that will make you want to buy it:
-ANC Noise Reduction: The Victrix Pro has ANC Noise reduction technology. The way that Navz explained it, it is a hybrid technology that actively listens to the noise around you and negates it with something akin to white noise of the opposing frequency. While some gaming headsets incorporate noise reduction technology, Navz assured me that that there is no headset out right now that uses this form of hybird noise reduction technology.
-Patented Cobra Microphone: The Victrix Pro utilises a military grade microphone technology that was patented at one time, and now for the exlusive use of Victrix Gaming. 'EXCLUSIVE USE OF VICTRIX!
-Ear Ventilation: The Victrix Pro has vents housed in the speaker cups so that when things get too hot in your ears, you can air them out! I had never heard of anything like this in some headsets, and it's about time!
Now, along with those things come some other goodies that you would expect a thoughtful company to include, like the adapter for your PC and a cutomisable badge plate so that you can represent to the fullest.
As I said before, preorders are about $200, but will probably rise in price, and come with a case that they will not come with in the future...I think...
|Posted by HERETICPRIME on February 13, 2018 at 10:15 AM||comments (0)|
Neverending Dreamz is becoming an institution in the cosplay world. I've known this guy on Facebook for a few years, now, and have always been impressed by his work and humbleness. His talents are so striking, it's easy to think he is a few people. 'You know that guy that made that kickass Lucio? It was him. How about the cat that made that Genji that turned heads? 'Him, too. Neverending Dreamz is even the one and only keyblade master, making an assortment of original themed "Sailorblades," as well as keyblades based on Pokemon, and even Fraternities!
Neverending Dreamz was kind enough to subject himself to my interro...er, interview to give the fans some insight into his world and creativity.
Please join the site to see special "extra questions." '
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How did you find out about cosplaying and when did you start?
I found out about cosplaying through a friend and started in 2009.
What does cosplaying mean to you?
To me, its a world where I can express creativity and allow my imaginations to come to life.
Are there any people that you like cosplaying with?
my friends Amanda, Terry and Action
Where do you get inspiriation?
I wanted to make my works of art physical.
What kind of cosplays do you like to perform?
I prefer anime and videogame cosplays. Preferably difficult ones. The higher the difficulty the better for me.
What types of costumes do you like to create?
All kinds! armor, sewing, electronics
Who are some cosplayers that you respect?
Its Raining Neon is my favorite cosplayer.
What do you think about the rush of Patreon cosplayers?
I think its fine. I will have a Patreon soon too. I will just go about it differently then most other Cosplayer. 'A new spin on it.
Do you like that cosplay is becoming more and more mainstream?
Yes and no, I love the fact cosplay generates more attention, but not all attention is good attention.
Do you have any cosplays that you would like to do in the future?
Hades from Saint Seiya
Any that you would like to do, but think might be too hard, right now?
Nah, I will always go for it, regardless of the difficulty.
Do you have any cosplays that you would like to revisit? 'Maybe do over with what you know, now?
Lubu from Dynasty Warriors
Is there anything that you would want your fans, or fans of the site to know?
Truthfully, I do a lot for my fans, and I'm extremely humble they support me the way the do. I couldn't be happier with them.
|Posted by HERETICPRIME on November 16, 2016 at 1:45 PM||comments (0)|
Anyone that's been reading these articles probably has an idea of how I feel about cosplayers using crowd funding campaigns. I'm not too keen on it. With the invention of Patreon, I thought that a wonderful solution for satisfying crowd funding cosplayers was made. There is no mistake as to what it is for. It does not abuse a system of funding meant to help people and causes in desperate need. It is to help support cosplayers so that they may make more costumes, advance their art, and even connect with fans and admirers. With this great compromise, you might wonder why I have had concern with Patreon as of late. I think that Patreon's spirit is now being sullied by some of the cosplayers it was meant to serve.
I've noticed a trend with cosplayers enticing patrons to donate more and more money a month with increasingly nude and sexually explicit incentives. Now saying this, I will state that I have nothing against nudity, sexuality, pornography, or even sex work. I have worked in the retail side of the adult industry. My problem is that I do not like adult business mixed with my art, and I consider cosplay art.
Now, I realise that I may just be the prude, here. I might be the one with the problem. I don't like the idea of blatant pornography in my cosplay, or selling sexuality in cosplay. You may also think my view points are confusing because I condone the adult industry; perhaps hypocritical, even. However, to me, cosplayers hold a spot close to, if not sanctity, and I respect them for their talents, skills, and personality.
Okay, I've said my piece on that. I'll get of my soapbox...for now.
|Posted by HERETICPRIME on March 3, 2016 at 3:30 PM||comments (0)|
Hey guys. I try to bring the best cosplays I encounter to you and I also try to share profiles and pages by the most talented and unique cosplayers on my website.
As for the cosplayers I share on my website, I only share cosplayers that are cool enough to actually respond, and I don’t care how big or talented they are.
I also don’t keep cosplayers on that end up being mean to their fans and admirers, and have had to remove a few.
What I don’t understand is why some cosplayers have to be so full of themselves or mean.
I asked the cosplayer in the dialogue above some simple questions because I was interested in her work. I look at dozens, sometimes over a hundred, so I don’t have the time to read and study each person’s profile or website.
But the thing that is interesting about this case is that one of the reasons I asked her these questions is because I know for a fact that Narcisse Cosplay Art made prop swords for the cosplayer in question and she still answered that she makes all of her props and costumes.
Folks, if you put yourself out there as an artist or public figure to get Likes and be followed, don’t be mean when those people reach out and ask you questions. If you want to cut down on the questions, at least make a FAQ page, or put the answers to those commonly asked questions in your bio. Don’t expect everybody that ever comes to your page to just know your history, or look at every picture to read every caption/post.
Okay. That’s my vent. Take care, and thanks for keeping up with my page.
|Posted by HERETICPRIME on November 30, 2015 at 7:35 PM||comments (0)|
Due to the overall ease of these hobbies to pursue since I was a teenager, the following definitions have been changed and the bar has been raised.
Gamer: You are no longer a gamer unless you podcast your exploits with over 10,000 subscribers and/or you enter tournaments every year. If not, then you are just a nigga with system or PC with some time on your hands.
Otaku: It is actually going back to the older 90's definition, which means a fan of at least some Japanese culture. Yes, you must once again know a little something about Japan's history from more than 30 years ago, know more Japanese than you caught off of anime, and actually had a friendship with someone Japanese. Otherwise, you're just a dude that watches Japanese cartoons and reads their backwards comic books.
Hacker: This too is going back to it's older 90's definition. You have to actually be able to program in some code or computer language, have broken into a system that was considered secure, and be a member of at least one group of people that can do the same. You can no longer claim this if your friend leaves her/his Facebook open and you tell all of her/his friends that he/she is gay; you are just a lame opportunist.
I hope this clears things up. You are not as special as you thought you were. Everybody plays video games. Everybody watches anime. Everybody pulls a "Gotcha!" on their friends' social media.
Think back to your grandparents. The stuff they do/did was cool, once. Back then Poker was gaming, Looney Tunes, Woody Woodpecker, and Disney was cutting edge animation, and prank calls were hacking.
You're welcome, even though you didn't say "Thank you..!"
|Posted by HERETICPRIME on November 25, 2015 at 8:05 AM||comments (0)|
I don't like writing articles about trending scandals or grievances in the height of their popularity. Sure, it's a great way to get more exposure, but a terrible way to get any form of resolution. I think that the people are so emotionally charged that they don't want to discuss the matter, they're looking to change peoples' minds.
To be a little different, and simulate an intelligent dialogue that might actually about racial face painting and Blackface in cosplay, I will post what I consider the best points that people who support racial face painting have made, and my troll-free response.
People use face paint in cosplay all the time. Cosplayers use it for scars. Cosplayers use it for features. Hell, Cosplayers use it for full-body paint to become alien races I'm no different, it's just the race I want to reproduce happens to be human. I just want to cosplay.
Well, I can't speak for any Blue people or aliens. I'm not a part of that experience. What I can tell you is that as a Black man, our people have been though years of uncomfortable feelings on many levels because of Blackface, and to the Black people that are old enough, it can be an extremely touchy subject. It's really best not to do Blackface for cosplay.
It's not Blackface if it's for cosplay. Look, Blackface is hateful and racist, and I'm not racist. I'm just a dedicated cosplayer. Everything about my cosplay has to be accurate, including my makeup and body. Blackface is about racism. I am about cosplay.
I appreciate that you are a dedicated cosplayer that pays attention to detail. However, Blackface is not racist because it was intended to be racist out of malice. Blackface is what I like to call "ignoracist," which is when a person does something that is hurtful to a race of people in a region or area, without the knowledge or even intent of offending them.
The White people that started Blackface just thought that it was just edgy comedy. They did skits and comedy routines as Black people acting the way that Black people were written in movies and on televison, which was also ignoracist. (Actually, I think that most stereotypes are ignoracist simply because they are bourne out of laziness and generalisation, not hate.)
In fact, that trend in comedy became so popular that Black people had to entertain in Blackface just to work, because White people wanted it and found it amusing. Eventually, more vocal entertainers got fed up and said that they would no longer perform in Blackface. Like most racial issues in the USA, just the acknowledgement of this offence triggered White fragility from White people that didn't want to think about how the love of Blackface reflected on them, and venues started banning and excluding those Black comedians to silence them.
It would be years before Black people could perform out of Blackface again, and even more years before Black entertainers that did not use Blackface were not considered "having something to prove."
That sounds very complicated, but like I said, I just want to cosplay. I didn't know about any of that, and I'm really sorry that it happened, but I still just want to cosplay accurately. I'm a whole new generation that would not be insensitive to Black people like that. I just want to cosplay.
Okay, once again, I understand. You didn't know about the history of Blackface, and yes, it is a complicated and unattractive segment of race relations in the USA to wrap your head around for the first time.
The first White people in the USA weren't trying to be hurtful either. They might not have cared too much if they were, but offending still wasn't their intent. They just thought they were giving a funny and accurate depiction as to the intellect and behaviour of Black people.
The most harmful racism isn't when one race says that another race of people thinks and acts in a lackluster way, out of malice. It is the most socially crippling when the racism is spread out of honest misinformation and ignorance of the majority that consider themselves good and wholesome people.
I'll also give you another angle to think about this from. If you were going to a foreign country like Italy, and you found out that doing the "Okay" gesture with your hand was an insult because before you were bourne, people held up their fingers in a ring like that to mimic an anus, and that gesture came to mean, "Hey you, Asshole!" You would refrain from using that gesture, even if you meant well by doing it, wouldn't you?
If you can understand and do that for another racial nationality, why can't you do it for a racial nationality right in your own country? You wouldn't question Italians' sense of offense with that action. Why question Black peoples' in the USA with another?
Well, cosplayers in other countries use racial makeup with no proplem. Why can't I just do it like them? Wouldn't I be international and cosmopolitan if I cosplayed according to worldly trends rather than subject myself to some hometown regional racial hang-ups?
Well, I can't speak for people of colour in other countries. Like I said, what happened to Blacks in this country was a racially national occurance. I cannot speak for people of colour in other places that probably did not even have Blackface to be offended by. Let the other parts of the world decide what offends them. It's up to us to be responsible and do a little research before we go to another country on customs and taboos.
But if you know that something can be considered as offensive where you are, even if you don't understand the reasoning, shouldn't you just be compassionate and try not to offend? And if you have the sense of mind to second think doing it, isn't that telling you something also? Doubts like that are usually best taken seriously instead of being ignored.
Blackface lasted as a common entertainment practice for over 100 years before it's death. It deserves to stay that way.
|Posted by HERETICPRIME on October 16, 2015 at 10:20 PM||comments (0)|
These are Axent Wear. They combine cat ears, headphones, speakers, and LED lights. It They seem pretty cool at first. My best friend and I were talking about these. I think that these are bound to be epic fail worse than Nekomimi.
I wanted to sell Nekomimi's, but due to the nature of the technology at that time, the program that they worked out was something more of a selling fee that they paid you for selling them. In essence, you only made about $30 off of each pair because the "wholesale" price was so much.
Now, I don't know how these headphones are going to be licensed, but what I CAN tell you, as a retailer of LED items, is that there is NO REASON IN HELL that these should cost $170 to be shipped, anywhere.
The attractive features about the technology of LED are 1) It is cheap. 2) The brightness is relatively very powerful in comparison to other light sources. 3) It is also relatively very sparse on power source drain. 4) Most of it comes from Asia.
With all of those things in mind, I would bet my left arm that in less than a year, two years tops, there will be "knockoff" competitors anywhere from 1/2 to 1/10 the price. 'Seriously. There is no experimental tech in these. It is headphones + speakers + LED lights + USB + Possible Bluetooth.
In fact, my friend and I also talked about all of the obvious things they could have done to make them better, but did not. *shrugs shoulders* For about a dollar more cost they could have made them multi-phasic mulit-colour LED. For a few bucks more they could have had the multi-phasic and multi-colour effect sync to the music. Trust me, someone will think of this too.
Oh, and as a reminder to all of those folks that paid $150+ or more for their Nekomimi's, those things go for like $50 now.
|Posted by HERETICPRIME on August 23, 2015 at 5:40 PM||comments (0)|
Lately I've seen a lot of bad cosplayers. No, I don't mean cosplayers that are hacks. I mean cosplayers that have sucky attitudes and behaviours. I don't like cosplayers that use the culture and it's people for their own cheap gain or need for attention.
Wouldn't be nice if we could all just follow the mantra of Wil Wheaton? "Don't be a dick." It's simple, or at least it should be. Unfortunately, some dicks can't even go to dick rehab because they are so deep in cock thuggery that they don't know where to start.
Well fear not! After a long and exhausting spiritual trek to Mount Doomkitty, and hours of prayer and meditation at the Temple of Ani-Mia, I had a revelation! Here are The Ten Commandments of Cosplay!!!
1 ) You are all Cosplayers, and there shalt be no Cosplayers beneathe you.
Like anything, there are varying degrees of devotion, and devotion is based on many things. Some of us have different reasons for loving something. Sometimes we have more time to devote to it. Other times we have more money. Some of us have more skill or natural talent in our practice. Some of us exercise our devotion in groups. So whether we see someone at a convetion in a superhero T-Shirt that they are proud of, a pristine cosplay complete with moving and light up parts, or the first attempt of someone still perfecting their craft, we are all united under one passion.
2 ) Thou shalt give credit for any photographed image.
So you've made a cosplay that you're particularly proud of it. An admirer asks if she can take a picture of you in it. You do a dorky pose, and the photographer smiles, crouches down, and snaps away. A few days later, she sends you the pics and you look awesome! You post your pics, and you get a few hundred new Subscribes, Likes, and Follows. Later, one of those new fans edits your pics and adds some special effects for you. You look like an effing X-Man, so you post it and it goes viral! You monatise your YouTube and Blip. BOOM! You have the money to make better cosplays, to make better videos, to make more money, to make cosplay accessories to sell, to become a household name, and to live high on the hog for the rest of you life!
You did it, and the best part is you did it all by yourself! WRONG! You were just another geek in a costume who posed awkwardly for a picture, but the photographer was better at taking pictures than you were at modeling. Then another fan did a kick-ass edit and made you look iconic.
When you post or share your pics, do the right thing. Credit the photographer(s). Credit the editor(s) and special effects person(s). We all deserve recognition and respect for the jobs we do.
3 ) Thou shalt not take the name of "Stalker" in vain.
This one is one of the closest commandments to my heart, having been a victim of it, hearing stories of it, and witnessing it.
One time my best friend's brother came with us to a convetion I was vending at. He has special needs, but is highly functioning. He even has a job and his own friends he visits. He is a sweet guy. Even into adulthood, he likes to greet EVERYONE with a hug. Well, I also had two con girls working for me, and I told one of them that Billy (We'll call him Billy.) has special needs, so if she thought he was behaving unusually for an adult, to keep that in mind. I also asked her to be a pal and sort of look out for him. I was too busy to tell the other woman.
'Long story short, the con girl I didn't tell tried to blame some of her questionable behaviour on Billy. She said she was freaked out because Billy asked her if she wanted to be Facebook friends. I was immediately disgusted at what she was hinting at. I explained that Billy was of special needs and liked to make friends. Then, I asked the woman that did know why she didn't explain this. She had no response.
Ladies, I know that you like to look nice in your cosplay. I also know that sometimes you might have a certain person, or type of person, in mind that you would like to admire you. Please don't be rude or nasty to someone because they might not be your ideal admirer. Unless they are truly being creepy, then don't call them a creep. Unless they are truly stalking you, don't label them a stalker. Things like that stick to reputations, and in peoples' minds. You can seriously hurt someone's feelings and cripple them socially.
4 ) Remember the days of the Con, and keep them Friendly.
This kind of goes with Number 3. Remember that con etiquette is not everyday etiquette. People are going be more approachable, and want to approach you. People will want to stare at you a bit more to admire your geek wear and/or cosplay. People may ask to take your picture or want to pose with you in them. People may invite you to do things with their groups or want to partner with you because they don't want to have a good time alone. While there is no law that says you have to oblige, the least you can do is react calmly and be polite with your answers.
5 ) Honour the Staff and the Venue.
Most people don't go to conventions with the intent to break rules. But I also think that most people do not take the time to read the rules of the con, or those of the venue of which they take place. Take the time to familiarise yourself with them.
You may find out that your cosplay or props might not be con-friendly.
Learn about the staff and who handles the different departments so that you can get all the help you may need while you're there.
You might also want to take a look at a map of the Venue grounds to cut down on time for routes, plan your panel time, and for basic safety.
6 ) Thou shalt not Shame.
This relates to Commandment 1. Don't make other Cosplayers feel badly for being themselves and enjoying their craft. Don't "slut-shame" because someone cosplays sexier than you do. This also goes for people that you think aren't attractive enough to cosplay what they chose to. If they're comfortable with their bodies enough to wear it, then let them wear it.
7 ) Thou shalt not exploit for money.
There seems to be this new trend of Cosplayers charging people for pictures. These Cosplayers have caused some discussion and re-evaluation on what it means to be a Cosplayer.
Some of you might not have a problem with this. Well, I want you remember back a few years ago when there was this trend of guys calling out "fake nerd/geek girls." There was a profound fear that Cosplay was being infiltrated by attention whoring little bitches that were making all the "real nerds/geeks" feel out of place at our own functions. I think that we got over that, and learned that girls and women could be just as big geeks or gamers as boys or men, but this charging for pictures is not helping.
As soon as money is asked for something that is meant to be fun and free, it taints and perverts it. 'Money for friendship. 'Money to be left alone, 'Money for sex. The very idea of money for Cosplay pictures cheapens the art, and gives credence to the idea of "fake nerd/geek girls" exploiting our lifestyle.
Oh, and for the record, I'm not a fan of the cosplayer pay sites, and the people that sell nude alternative Cosplay pics for big money, either. Don't say you are cosplaying if you are tryting to do porn. I have nothing against porn. I just don't like my porn stars adding more confusion to CONsent and hustling my people.
8 ) Thou shalt not Scam.
I love the idea of programs like Kickstarter and GoFundMe. Even though we only control 10% of the wealth, it allows us normal Janes and Joes to throw our pennies into a common cause that the mainstream media would not. It's like a monetary Spirit Bomb that we all raise our hands to for the chosen Goku of the moment. 'Know what I don't like about it? 'Cosplayers using it for their own personal use.
I don't care how it's worded. Whether you say it's only for materials for the perfection of your craft, or for some group project, it's still your personal use...unless you're doing that costume or performance for a cause.
It's also not to help you get on your feet. It''s not to pay for your car that broke down. It's not to help you move into a new place. It's definitely not to pay for your boob job so that you can look better in your cosplays..."for the fans."
Don't get me wrong. There are some worthy reasons that a person might personally need crowd funding for, like a medical emergency or natural disaster, but never for personal Cosplay.
9 ) Thou shalt not bear false rumours.
Please don't start or perpetuate false or unconfirmed rumours about other Cosplayers. Drama doesn't always work the way we intend it to. Sometimes people can sense the thrist, and know when a person is up to no good. That effort we spend trying to badmouth other people sometimes backfires, and we end up looking like the busy bodies we are.
There are some Cosplayers that I don't like, and there are some that don't like me. Sometimes, I may get in conversations where I expess my dislike for them, but I don't make a special effort to do so. Even when I feel a need get something off of my chest about a Cosplayer in an article or public statement, I don't wring my hands, or shake my fist to the heavens to swear their destruction.
10) Thou shalt not take credit for thy fellow's work.
Like I said, earlier, you shouldn't feel shame for not making every stitch of your Cosplay. You don't have to "grow the cotton to make the thread to make the fabric and harvest the berries to die it" (Misa on Wheels). It's okay to buy what you need to cosplay...BUT...if you do, give credit where credit is due.
A lot of copslayers buy components for their cosplays like headgear, jewelrey, gloves, boots, body suits, capes, belts or sashes, horns, ears, wings, and tails. Sometimes cosplayers buy props like weapons and signs. Sometimes, the help also comes in things like patterns, stitching, and dyeing.
No one is saying that you have to broadcast what you did and didn't make, either. Just be truthful if you are asked, and definitely give credit by name if you know the person that made the piece(s) you are using.
So, what do you think? 'Do my "commandments" make any sense? Do you agree? Are there some that you would replace with others? Let me know. Comment. Share. Discuss with your friends.