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I won’t lie, we have been considering it very heavily in the past 24 hrs. 

I just don’t know if my cosplay skills are up to those costumes man. And I personally hate body paint. 

But we’re thinking about it. (It would be so difficult and expensive!) 

Just a small PSA saying:If you guys haven’t watched Green Lantern: The Animated series, you totally, totally should. Seriously. Sylar and I watched 26 episodes in one day — it was SO GOOD. Its on Netflix, so go go go!

Just a small PSA saying:

If you guys haven’t watched Green Lantern: The Animated series, you totally, totally should. 

Seriously. Sylar and I watched 26 episodes in one day — it was SO GOOD. Its on Netflix, so go go go!

Calling all Cosplayers!

raezing:

Hey guys, I’m currently taking a “Gender, Art, and Society” class at my college, and for my final paper I’m writing about cosplay and how it can pertain to feminism.  If it goes well, I have plans on extending it to be a more in-depth study in my free time.  In order to make this the best paper possible, I have been interviewing cosplayers that I know and at a local convention this last week.  Now I’m reaching out to the wider cosplay community.

The questions I have are as follows:

  1. Do body types, gender, or appearance matter in cosplay?  What about ethnicity?
  2. Do you have a “cosplayer alias”
  3. When cosplaying, do you try to assume the personality of your character?
  4. How have your activities as a cosplayer impacted your normal life?
  5. Have you ever had any negative experiences as a cosplayer?  What were they?
  6. What is the most positive experience you’ve had as a cosplayer?
  7. Any other comments? 

I would love to have as many answers as possible to help make the most informed paper I can.  If you want to inbox the answers to me, you can do that here, otherwise reply or reblog this post and I’ll see it.

Even if you don’t cosplay, I would appreciate even a signal boost.  Don’t feel restricted to stick to the questions either, if there’s anything you want to add, go ahead!

Thank you so much guys!

  1. Do body types, gender, or appearance matter in cosplay?  What about ethnicity?

    Not at all. I think the first thing someone has to understand is that cosplay is a hobby with no rules. We have no board of directors, no authority, and no set guideline to follow. It started simply as a means to dress up as ones favorite characters and emulate them as they saw fit. So — gender, skin color, likeness — none of that is necessary or crucial to cosplay at all. Not even in costume competitions does base appearances make any difference. Cosplaying is about the character — not the person beneath it.


  2. Do you have a “cosplayer alias”

    We do! We are a couple cosplay team, my boyfriend and I, go by Aicosu. We came up with an alias to make separating our hobby and our personal lives easier. Plus as two people — we wanted to be a team, not to separate identities. “Aicosu” unifies as a single cosplaying identity. 

  3. When cosplaying, do you try to assume the personality of your character?

    This isn’t necessary. Sometimes we do, sometimes we don’t. We enjoy acting though, so its another element to cosplay that’s fun. But not every cosplayer does and it’s not expected of anyone. 

  4. How have your activities as a cosplayer impacted your normal life?

    Nearly everything. I’m a wardrobe assistant aspiring to be a costume designer/illustrator in the film industry, living in LA. My boyfriend is in school training to be a voice actor. Neither of us would have chosen these paths or gotten this far without cosplay.

  5. Have you ever had any negative experiences as a cosplayer?  What were they?

    Sure. I think a lot of people don’t realize that cosplay is like any hobby. Tennis, basketball, dancing, playing an instrument, or even scrap booking circles. Every hobby has its in’s and outs — ups and downs and social conflicts and drama. There are cosplayers out there who are more judgmental about appearance despite there being no rules. People have preferences and sometimes they are mean about enforcing them. 

    Most of our bad experiences comes from online targeting and hate mail. Usually when we depict a character in a way they don’t like. Or if they simply don’t like the way we look.

  6. What is the most positive experience you’ve had as a cosplayer?

    The positive definitely outweighs the negative. We met each other — which is the big one. It’s an amazing relationship that’s being going on for 5 years now because of cosplay. We have successful paths in schooling and our careers. A lot went onto our resumes from cosplay. I’ve learned amazing things. From resin casting to pattern making and sewing. We’ve made a majority of all of our friends from cosplay. We also get to teach and share and reach out to strangers who need advice or can give advice back. It definitely has a community. And even with bad eggs here and there — cosplay is such a collaborative world. From photographers to admirers. We’ve been given opportunities for our professional life to actually earn a living on doing something we love and as well as been given experiences of simply having fun.

  7. Any other comments? 

    I whole-heartedly believe that cosplay is an amazing hobby. One that encourages social growth and educational growth. It’s hard to cosplay and NOT learn something. Whether that’s learning how to fiberglass your own armor, create clothing, or just learn how to be less shy in crowds. 

isssecosplay:

chairhiro:

handsomejackass:

do-you-have-a-flag:

fav person of the day

because actually helping people with cosplay emergencies!

literally the most important man at supanova this year

he gave me double sided tape

what a good human being

petition to have a designated Captain Patch-It at all cons from now on.

A real life hero :D

Sheila do you have any good bodice patterns tutorials because I tried tracing a shirt I had and the darts didnt even closely line up
Anonymous

Bodices are a lot different than a shirt with darts. 

Here’s a few.

Bodice/Corset drafting pattern making.
Actual corset tutorial.
Another.

Hi Sheila! I am working on a fem! Winter Soldier cosplay but I am no idea how to go about making the metal arm. Any suggestions on materials?
Anonymous

I like tutorials like this. As far as mechanical arms go — but with winter Soldier you make have to do something more like this.

How tall are you guys?
Anonymous

5’6”! Sylar is slightly taller than Sheila.

Do you guys have any recommendations for cosplay shoes? Im going to be Sailor Moon this year and the boots I found on eBay are more like stripper heels :/ I'm thinking I might have to commission them but idk where from. Please&thankyou ♡

You mean these?

Cosplay shoes run pretty expensive most of the time. I just reblogged a tutorial about painting shoes though! You can always find a pair of boots at goodwill for cheapy cheap, and then paint them as needed. We do this a lot ourselves. 

motherofcosplay:

Ever have trouble finding boots in the right color? Tried spray-painting them and ended up with a dry, cracked mess?A fantastic friend recently advised me to paint leather boots (and any other leather goods) with floral paint. This is a spray paint that is light and flexible enough to use on live flowers. Above are the Poison Ivy boots I painted for a friend, which turned out fantastic.
One thing though: Wear them while you paint them, and maybe stretch your foot around in between coats. I didn’t think of this, and while the paint did not crack at all, it started to split where the boots were stretched from walking. Next time I paint some boots, I’ll let you know if I was able to fix this problem.
The paint I used is called Design Master, and you can find it at Michael’s or Joann Fabrics. In the stores near me, Michael’s had a better selection of colors and a slightly better price, but that may not be true everywhere. This color is “Holiday Green.”

motherofcosplay:

Ever have trouble finding boots in the right color? Tried spray-painting them and ended up with a dry, cracked mess?

A fantastic friend recently advised me to paint leather boots (and any other leather goods) with floral paint. This is a spray paint that is light and flexible enough to use on live flowers. Above are the Poison Ivy boots I painted for a friend, which turned out fantastic.

One thing though: Wear them while you paint them, and maybe stretch your foot around in between coats. I didn’t think of this, and while the paint did not crack at all, it started to split where the boots were stretched from walking. Next time I paint some boots, I’ll let you know if I was able to fix this problem.

The paint I used is called Design Master, and you can find it at Michael’s or Joann Fabrics. In the stores near me, Michael’s had a better selection of colors and a slightly better price, but that may not be true everywhere. This color is “Holiday Green.”


The Lion and The Rose (x)

*PROCEEDS TO SCREAM AT A DRESS I KNOW I WILL END UP SPENDING THE NEXT COUPLE WEEKS CRYING OVER TO RECREATE* FUCKING COSPLAY.

The Lion and The Rose (x)

*PROCEEDS TO SCREAM AT A DRESS I KNOW I WILL END UP SPENDING THE NEXT COUPLE WEEKS CRYING OVER TO RECREATE* 

FUCKING COSPLAY.

ALSO CHECK OUT THE SHIRT I SCORED TODAY AND TELL ME IT DOESNT LOOK EXACTLY LIKE LOKI.

ALSO CHECK OUT THE SHIRT I SCORED TODAY AND TELL ME IT DOESNT LOOK EXACTLY LIKE LOKI.

Hi!! Just wondering..... Are u guys going to AX this yr???

YEESSS!!!

We will be going everyday! And we plan to cosplay…

VArrick & Zhu-Li  
Howl & Sophie
Teen!Loki & Leah

And another secret cosplay we arent allowed to disclose yet.

Hi Sheila, Hi Sylar! I ordered Sheila's "off-duty cosplayer" hoodie and I just got it today and it is amazing! It's great, thanks so much for making the design XD Can't wait to wear to school ^^

AWWW thank you!!! I really just threw it up there for myself — but I’m so glad I could share it with others! Hope its nice and comfy! 

Okay, kind of embarrassing but...if my cosplay is completely white, is there any way to help with sweat possibly showing? :s
Anonymous

If you can, wearing an undershirt is super helpful. White or grey. Maybe a tight underarmor type shirt. Plus deodorant — a man’s brand. They usually get a bit stronger than girls’.

Hi Sheila! Out of curiosity, do you take commissions for small drawing/sketch projects?

I do now! Haha, just send me a message or email.