So I made my first Homestuck cosplay and I did all the basic things:

  • Made the horns (first try too big, go figure)
  • Bought the snazaroo (was told about ben nye)
  • Painted the shirt (was told about a handful of ways to make it different)

I’ve got to say that overall it was a fun experience and wasn’t all that expensive to make.

I’ve only read up to the introduction of Karkat Vantas and I actually enjoyed his personality as it was introduced so I thought this would be fun and casual and for the most part it was.

The only major downsides was being reminded that I am “too tall” and should’ve picked a different troll such as Gamzee or a list of others. Also I knew the makeup would fade and fall apart over time as I’ve only gotten to really roll out in snazaroo once so if and or when I do another Homestuck cosplay (I’ve had my eyes on the preaching Kankri for a while) I’ll hopefully take that knowledge forward.

And finally, sorry about the Selfie grade quality, it’s the only pic I had of this costume.

I made the biggest mistake when it comes to cutting Faux Fur :l

I didn’t brush the pile and I made the shelf so now the fur is all chopped =.=

Oops, well let’s see how it goes on the cuffs I’m making and see if I can’t do it right this time.

abarero:

It’s far too often we hear about the negative side of what happens in the convention scene. It seems as if every day there’s a story of someone at a convention in tears, their experience ruined. Cosplayers singled out on race or weight or a handicap, hated upon by people whom supposedly like the same things. We as a community have the opportunity to change our fandom and shape the future of what it is to become. People often talk, saying they’ll stand up for others, that they embrace equality and fairness and take a stand against bullying.

I’m challenging you to change our fandom for the better. I want you, the cosplayer, the attendee, the cosplay photographer to find someone at a convention you normally may not go up to. Feel safe. Be safe. Say one nice thing about their cosplay/prop. Maybe even make a friend in the process. That’s it, easy, right?

You don’t have to overstep your boundaries, definitely don’t overstep theirs. For each bad incident that happens at a convention, you have the opportunity to brighten someone’s day, to make them feel proud of their hard work that someone previously may have insulted. It’s about keeping the community positive and bringing back a side that seems to be weakening each day.
 


abarero:

EVERYONE DESERVES TO COSPLAY. EVERY.ONE.

spread this video around cosplay community, let’s make ourselves look good to combat SyFy’s new show is making us look bad.

Vicious Cosplay: Open Opinion Letter to the NY Post

vicious-cosplay:

Dear NY Post,

Recently I had read a TV review from your site about the upcoming docuseries from SyFy: Heroes of Cosplay. I found it odd that there was a tv review about a show that was a week away from airing, but that is not what drew me to the page. It was the fact that Linda Stasi not only…

Tier Harribel Sword set: by Zeb’s Prop Shop:

A close friend of mine makes some pretty awesome props. If you check out his page, click through on image or Zeb’s Prop Shop you can see the whole process he used, don’t hesitate to ask any questions he will usually answer.


cosplaysleepeatplay:

This Iron Man cosplay gif is from a 2010 youtube video. This Iron Man fight scene was taken at Hollywood theater on May 7-8th 2010 promoting Iron man 2. Anthony Le (Master Le) is the person created the “more than” Iron Man cosplay by hand and from scratch.

All credit to Anthony Le (Master Le), Master Le Cosplay Iron Man 2 MKVI and War Machine fight scene spoof

(Source: bit.ly)


zeldalilly:

theweeklyansible:

Don’t miss this!

Kinda glad I stopped to watch this. 

A must watch. Seriously agree with many points and I’ll take the white knight title with me (should it be given I don’t really care is my point).


thumbcramps:

hi guys! this is a comic i made for a final in my comics in literature class. we had to do a research paper on a topic we’d discussed in class and then accompany it with a comic with a relevant subject. my paper was about hyper-sexualization of women in comic books, but i decided to broaden it out here as well as personalize it and make myself the subject and discuss something i’ve been subjected to in the convention circuit and on the internet as well as thousands of other women, as well as give a cue to thought about how the comic book industry as well as the video game industry and even just media in general (all of which are male dominated) push such ridiculous pressures onto girls and women.

also, it feels kind of silly to have to add this since i hope it’s obvious, but i am very aware that there are men that don’t subscribe to this attitude, and am incredibly grateful that these issues are brought to light to people other than the ones that are subjected to it. 

anyway haha i have literally been staring at this for 9 hours i don’t even know which direction is up anymore. thanks for reading!!!

General Rant about Cosplay -need to vent somewhere- thoughts?

Alright I’ve had enough of and I am ready to find a way to be proactive about this because I’m watching this stuff go on and I’m really getting tired of it.

I’m really over the people who are “too awesome”, hyper critical, believe you can be too “__” to cosplay, “elitists”, call girls sluts for their choices, call out dudes for not having the right physique.

I’m just over the concept of shaming people because they are not living up to an image that is superficial, absurd, and most times intangible. The biggest offenders are the people who go onto public forums and simply call out all the flaws of the persons work that sometimes aren’t even physically possible, I mean gravity defying super tits isn’t something that happens without lots of surgery and even then just doesn’t make sense. These people more than likely are looking for a “super girl” for their spankbank and not even care about that actual backbone of cosplay. Unfortunately those people aren’t ones I know how to target and effect because they are just consumers of the media, they don’t usually go to conventions or go to the art sites, just sit there anonymously or even namedly calling out impossible imperfections.
The people I can hope to effect when I see them are those who ARE cosplayers who believe things like “You shouldn’t cosplay things that don’t match your body type”.

Okay… First off, I think you SHOULD, because you know what? If you’re a skinny little twig and you want to cosplay as The Juggernaut well you’ve got to find a way to portray a muscle bound hulk that’s your challenge: How are you going to do it? (muscle suit? be a skinny Juggernaut and claim you’re pre-puberty?)

Point? BE CREATIVE, find your own unique solution and showcase your work. Likewise if you’re a bigger person and decide you want to cosplay something small or just not your shape, what will you do? Will you work hard and exercise, diet? Or will you simply make the costume to fit your body shape and rock it out? Really your dedication to the costume should reflect how you feel about it. Honestly, if ever suddenly started packing on the pounds (I’m a twig, I’m not even muscley enough to be Gray from Fairy Tail according to crunchyroll’s live stream at Colossalcon 2013) I would still cosplay the characters I prefer, I would just remember that to give MY best portrayal those are the challenges I will face.

People who put pictures of people side by side of one girl who is “ideal” shape, size, and wearing the costume very well compared to say another girl who is larger, their costume isn’t as flattering, probably taken in poor timing and taste really doesn’t do either any justice. Let’s be honest, who truly knows these girls stories? Was the latter a shy girl because of the way society treats women who aren’t a size 0 who just so happened to build up the courage to cosplay that scantily clad heroine only to get shot down by judgmental people? Was the prior a cosplayer with years of experience in a country like Thailand or China or even Japan where diets and lifestyles are substantially different? The world may never know, but the jerk in the first comment saying “Why do fat girls even cosplay?” sure must know what it’s like to bust your ass and make something and build up the courage to step out in it in front of the ravenous crowds at convention, or in front of the camera.

I saw a post on FB where a person was saying “I do not like when people cosplay outside of their body shape” they followed up with “Look at my Link cosplay, my best cosplay, I think it suits my point”

I immediately wanted to chime in (but wasn’t able to) and say “But dude, you’re like 6’2+ Link isn’t that tall, you’re too tall to be Link. I hate people who cosplay outside of their body size too, and you shouldn’t think your Link is that good because you’re a tall lanky white boy, should go by Lank, not Link :D” - Satirical for sure, but the point is simply that. The girl in the comment he was talking about was too fat to be someone from HSotD and so?

What makes her too fat is the same thing that makes him too tall, the imperfect human body.

As far as I’ve seen there is one unalienable truth about Cosplay: It is a hobby, it is about creativity, appreciation, the fandoms, and love of the media. There is no TRUE Professional Cosplayer in the sense that it’s all they do. Yaya Han (much respect) is the closest I’ve seen and even then she spends a lot of time working conventions in multiple ways such as being at panels, booths, and generally being paid to model.

Finally I want to thank all who read this, even more gracious to those who reply with their thoughts on this matter and possible ways we can really stop the hate and fuel the general positive vibes into this scene. I know whenever I can I try to step in and just simply offer up the thought that it’s really not right for someone to tell somebody else they can’t have fun because “you don’t fit the body type”