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13th-Nov-2012 01:16 pm

I support cosplay in all its shapes and forms, and I just want you to know that.

Because cosplaying is great, and I want to make sure you know I think that.

If you spend time, money and effort making an accurate cosplay of your favorite character because you love that character, you are awesome.

If you stick a W belly shirt on over jeans and call that a Wonder Girl costume, that is awesome.

If you buy a “sexy Robin” costume from a hallowe’en store, because it was quicker and easier than making a costume from scratch, you are awesome.

If you decide to cosplay as a character you don’t know much about, because you’ve seen the costume and you think it is a great piece of costume design and you think you’ll look great in it, you are awesome.

If you cosplay in a revealing outfit because you like the attention and you get a satisfying confidence boost from wearing it in the relatively safe space of a convention, you are awesome.

If you cut a goatee out of black felt and cosplay as “Me from the Darkest Timeline,” you may just be me.

If you use cosplay as an outlet for your love of dressmaking, armor construction or acting, you are awesome.

If you throw a costume together the night before out of felt and staples and a toy bow and arrow, you are awesome.

If you wear a shirt and jeans and never tell anyone you’re actually cosplaying Tara Chace, you are awesome.

If you mashup characters and canons and periods and genders and races to create something new, you are awesome.



Basically. Cosplay – all of cosplay, from the intricate to the easy, from the “sexy” to the subversive, is a form of fanart and a vital part of nerd culture for all genders, and screw Tony Harris and anyone who tries to tell you otherwise.

So there.

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14th-Nov-2012 11:56 pm (UTC)
You're getting more fangirling from me. lol. I adore this post!

Reading about all of the fuckery yesterday put me in a very very bad mood until all of the wonderful Cosplay Appreciation things on twitter. Not sure why it struck me that way since it's not the first time the "fake geek girls are just cockteases who pretend to like the fandom because they are WHORES who are secretly ugly outside of costume" argument has been a thing. Not even the first time this year, but for some reason it struck me wrong yesterday.

I feel this exact same way. I hate when people in the costuming community judge people based on how complex or involved their costume is. Hate it so much. I really hate when it's women doing the judging of other women.

My thinking is that geekiness is supposed to be inclusive, not exclusive and if someone is happy running around in a t-shirt and jeans and calling it cosplay, AWESOME, welcome to the club!

But what do I know? My first ever foray into cosplay was in a swimsuit, fishnets and Hannah Montana wig as a thrown-together Black Canary costume when I decided last minute that I wanted to costume at a convention. I've since improved as a costumer, but if I hadn't gotten the warm reception I got then, I might have been scared off the hobby for good right then and there.
14th-Nov-2012 11:57 pm (UTC)
All I EVER cosplay as is a leotard, leather jacket and fishnets. Easiest costume ever!
15th-Nov-2012 12:10 am (UTC)
Niice! My BC costume now has a corset and booty shorts and I spent waaay too long sewing yellow vinyl on the jacket, but I love it to bits and pieces! It's still my favorite/most comfy of all of my costumes. Plus, Dinah is my favorite character hands down.

Sadly for my budget, I just keep taking on my wishlist and it keeps getting more and more complicated. This past year, I did Wonder Woman armor out of metal. Never in my life have I worked with metal. lol. The crazy things I do just so boys will drool over me. *eyeroll* (sorry, couldn't resist the sour grapes/sarcasm)
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