Practice makes perfect! Try out your makeup before the convention, test out your poses and see what works! It also helps to wear your costume around the house to see if anything doesn’t sit right or starts falling down.
I want you to meet Dennis. He’s a huge lover of comics, (as you can tell from his awesome PJs!) And I recently found his story through Facebook.
He’s a 55 year old man, and he has a mental and physical disability, with terminal cancer. The doctors say he has about 6 months to live, so his close friends really want to make Christmas special for him this year, and the idea is to send him a Christmas card, with a picture of a superhero character that you cosplay, signed as that character.
If you want to contribute to this, or ask any questions related to this, then you can contact James Fipps on Facebook.
Now I don’t know these people, but I really wish I did. They seem to be wonderful people, and Dennis is such a strong person, I hope he has the best Christmas of his life this year!
Thank you for reading this, please do try and share this with all the Marvel & DC friends you have. Have a Super Christmas guys!
'the idea is to send him a Christmas card, with a picture of a superhero character that you cosplay, signed as that character'
That is amazing. I’m no cosplayer, but I know a bunch of you are! Dress up in your best for an awesome cause. *_*
I don’t have any comic-related cosplays at the mo, but I want to signal boost the frick frack out of this
If you cosplay a super hero you might want to contribute to this!
Sailor fuku tutorial - http://cupcakecosplay.com/tutorials/how-to-make-a-sailor-moon-fuku/
tofucupcake as Raven Angel of Azarath from Teen Titans.
This is tofucupcake’s first cosplay!
About the Costume:
Everything is handmade other than the boots, I bought them and added to.
The cloak is white velvet and the lining to blue shiny dance-wear fabric.
The leotard and front and back piece is white satin.
The gloves are vinyl.
The belt is made from foam sheets, silver leaf, silver dance-wear fabric, and LEDs string lights.
The gems are made from clear casting acrylic and blue dye.
The whole thing took about three weeks to put together. The belt was by far my favorite part.
Sewing Neckline Facings - http://www.sugartartcrafts.com/2013/06/how-to-sew-simple-neckline-facing.html
Last week I talked about my experiences going to conventions in less than conventional dress, but I left the account of my being fondled brief as I thought it deserved its own discussion. This is t…
An interesting article from an alternate point of view on harrassment at conventions.
As a congoer, it’s important to remember that those in costumes are people too. You should always ask permission before touching, grabbing or glomping!
Scalloped Hem Tutorial - http://www.extrapetite.com/2013/05/tutorial-diy-scallop-hem-for-skirts.html
I would like to add that the above bit about race/gender/body type applies even if there are characters who ‘look like you’. Because looking like a character is often only the periphery about why you like or don’t like a character.
It is experiences that matter.
I don’t like all white female characters just because I happen to share white skin and a vagina with them. And yes, being of a specific race, gender, size or sexuality lends specific experiences, but everyone is shaped by things that have nothing to do with those things.
For me, the bottom line is simple: If you love a character enough to want to cosplay them, that is all the validation you need.
Can I get that last part on a t-shirt? :P
Man cosplay is so much more than just playing around to me. Like, it’s a really essential part of how I develop and understand myself. It’s a very strong way to reclaim media. I can’t see myself in mainstream media. I’m not there, I never have been, I don’t really expect to be in the near future. There’s nothing for me there. And honestly, it’s not like anime is a whole lot better but! By cosplaying, I can stake a claim on the slivers of characters that I can relate to. I can grab a character and interpret them in my likeness and wear them around and force people to see that people who resemble me at least in some way do exist in the media. By cosplaying, I can warp media until it is forced to reflect me. Cosplaying turns media representation into something interactive, something that I can affect instead of something where my only choices are to consume or not to consume. By cosplaying, I can create an ongoing collage of characters, who, when looked at just right, are exactly like me. And that is so fucking important.
This is also a big part of the reason it bothers me when people say things like “you’re not the right [weight/gender/race/etc] to cosplay that character”. Like, if none of the characters that you can relate to on an emotional level are people that look like you, then the media has failed you! The media has betrayed you and you have every right to stake a claim on the characters who you relate to and cosplay them and show the world that people who have that kind of personality and that kind of experiences can look like you.
man now that im thinking about it its so weird that ive never seen any posts connecting cosplay to media representation. there’s such an obvious connection there? and like, ive seen posts about genderbending or racebending a series. ive seen posts about trans and neurodivergent headcanons. ive even seen a rare few posts of black cosplayers subtly altering their characters to be black characters (ie black sailor moon cosplayers using their natural hair, etc). but i dont think ive ever seen posts where people talk about bringing their underrepresented identities to the characters they cosplay? i see posts all the time where people are like “i feel bad about being too heavy/too dark-skinned for this character” but i literally have never seen people saying like, “i feel like my weight/colour/trans status/etc suit this character, i headcanon them being like me.” and that seems so weird to me.
let’s talk about the radical potential inherent to cosplaying. i want this conversation to be happening in the cosplay community.
What a great topic of conversation, followers get in on this! Have you ever cosplayed someone because you had a headcanon of them being like you? Perhaps you have a headcanon of a character that you would like to cosplay?
I cosplayed as Rarity from MLP:FiM because of a headcanon. I really love her character for a variety of reasons but I didn’t consider cosplaying her until I saw some fan art where she was depicted as a human who was a bit chubby, and I felt that it made sense. That was really different for me because I usually choose characters simply because I enjoy them or their outfits, not because I think I look like them :P
Sewing sequins tutorial - http://bijouscosplay.deviantart.com/art/Sewing-SEQUINS-173878298
Making a Superhero Mask - http://www.myaccidentaltwist.com/2013/02/making-super-hero-mask.html