Hiya! I’m back…again x)) Anyway I decided to talk about Cosmania here on my tumblr since it’s the con I went back to cosplaying after my four months hiatus from the cosplay community. I cosplayed Zapdos (Gijinka version) which was inspired by Ember-Reed’s fanart on Deviantart and it is my very first armor/pokemon related cosplay (and I can still go on for days raving about it due to extreme happiness lols x)) I still have a bit of a hangover over that costume.)
To be honest I really enjoyed the convention, though still crowded. I’m really happy that I didn’t have to deal with some pervs or boys who only goes to cons just to pick up girls unlike last year which I really had somewhat not a good time.
So as usual we set out to Mall of Asia (MOA) same routine we picked up my bf, and my aunt and cousin who decided to tag along since they also have some business around the area. After we ate lunch at Burger King, I decided to put on my costume and head towards the convention center and luckily me and my bf already purchased tickets for Cosmania since the guard on the sky-bridge only allow those with tickets to enter or else we would be downstairs waiting at the long line with other cosplayers; we had to persuade the guard to allow my parents and relatives to enter too since they are just to make sure that I get to the function hall safely.
I was a bit sad though that I wasn’t able to see Reika or Kaname that day (though I saw Kaname’s wig from afar when I was trying to watch the group performance from the Fiesta hall, at least that made me a bit happy lols) =)) I was supposed to enter the Stage hall area to see them but a couple of my friends texted me that they want to see me so I lost the chance T^T but that’s okay at least I spend my time with my close friends ^^
Although I wish that the guards and organizer didn’t squeeze us onto one area and wouldn’t let people exit to head for the skywalk (which we had to walk all the way to the other end and take the escalator down and take the other escalator (which is also at the far end of the first floor) going back up just to get to the skywalk and it’s very tiring @_@ I understand that there’s going to be a Masquerade ball in one of the function halls for the evening, but I don’t understand why must they squeeze us in around 12pm…they could have put a place where those who will attend the Masquerade in a small room to wait when it’s near their time to enter; it seems like those attending the Masquerade is just a small group of people.
I only bought a TGIF tumblr like thingy just to drink when I get thirsty or feel dehydrated (since wearing an armor is kind of hot), but anime related merchandise…none. I didn’t get a chance to roam around the fiesta hall since I’m scared that my wings my get caught or get destroyed if I walk around the narrow pathways around the stalls, and I didn’t get a chance to take a picture with my friend Joan Sagpang (the owner of Nhie Lenses) T^T
Despite there are things that I didn’t get to accomplish on Cosmania, I still enjoyed the convention since there wasn’t a lot of drama like before and I’m really happy that my friends made my day :)
Well I’ll end my post now, and I might return back to writing 101s again or pinpointing some things that I feel wrong that is getting associated with cosplay (yay?) Sorry if I have some typos or something that seems off in this entry, I feel kind of sick so yeah sorry OTL
Hello po! :)) Diba po cosplayer kayo? Kelan po kayo nag-start magcosplay?
January 2010 :)
Well since I’ve been attending cosplay conventions, I’ve noticed that some congoers and photographers don’t really respect other Cosplayers.
Anyway I want to point out the things that congoers and photographers shouldn’t do.
Yes I know that almost everyone of you go to cons because you’ll see your favorite characters come to life…there are things you must NOT do!
1. DO NOT GLOMP, HUG, WRAP YOUR ARMS, TOUCH A RANDOM COSPLAYER
Well actually you can if you know the cosplayer personally and they are your close friend. Why I say you can’t do this to other cosplayers (especially if they are not your friend), you’ll make the cosplayer feel uncomfortable because you’re already invading their personal space and of course you’re a STRANGER! Let me ask…if a random person just come up to you and do the things I mention, wouldn’t you feel the same thing? Others will think of you as a pervert depending on your actions.
2. DO NOT ASK FOR A COSPLAYER’S NUMBER
It really feels awkward to have an unknown person to ask for your number especially if it is the opposite gender, and when the opposite gender asks for your number it’s quite obvious that they’re just after a relationship with you or they’re girl scouting. One thing, you just met the cosplayer that day it’s pretty obvious they won’t give you their number since THEY DON’T KNOW YOU.
3. WHEN TAKING PICS WITH THE COSPLAYER MAKE SURE THEY’RE NOT BUSY
Cosplayers are usually busy with some things like searching for somebody or something at the con, eating, resting, and etc. That’s why you should leave them be, it would be quite disrespectful especially if the cosplayer is eating or resting. Just go around the con, and try searching for them again after an hour.
4. DO NOT DRAG A COSPLAYER TO YOUR SPOT
It’s not respectful to drag them wherever your friends are or wherever you want them to be. Just take a quick shot with them because some cosplayers are tired of walking here and there, and it’s just not right getting pulled far away from their spot.
5. DO NOT TOUCH OR HOLD THEIR PROPS WITHOUT PERMISSION
How many times did my First Tsurugi sword got taken from me when I cosplay female Cloud? NUMEROUS TIMES…and all I have to say is…that is very disrespectful taking the sword out of my hands without permission. If you really want to hold the weapon please keep in mind you should always ask first before touching the sword, since others would ask to touch it after they have the sword in their hands (of course we cosplayers also don’t want to make a scene or give you long lectures about manners we just let you take the sword) Also another thing not all props or weapons are strong and sturdy, others are very fragile that they need to be handle with care, that’s why you shouldn’t just go ahead and touch the props right away; the cosplayer made or pay (whatever mode they did for the props) with love and it’s such a bad feeling once you see your props broken.
1. DO NOT TAKE INAPPROPRIATE PICTURES
I have to say this is also applicable for congoers also! This is a complete No-No! I think this is quite understandable, NOBODY wants to have their body parts taken unless the cosplayer just really wants to show it. But cosplayers you must also do your part in not showing those body parts and not doing suggestive poses.
2. MAKE SURE THE COSPLAYER ISN’T BLOCKING A PATHWAY
It’s really hard for us cosplayers to be told many times by the guard to be moved here and there. So if you want to take several pics with a particular cosplayer, please move them where they won’t create traffic in the area. Best to ask them (do not drag them) kindly if they can move to a different spot
3. DO NOT TAKE PICTURES OF ALL GIRL COSPLAYERS, CELEBRITIES AND GOOD LOOKING COSPLAYERS, BALANCE IT
I have seen many photographers albums filled with girl cosplayers or good looking cosplayers. I really feel bad for those cosplayers who have did so many effort to their costumes and yet nobody took their pictures (yes I know, I’ve posted this before that cosplay is not really for the pictures but I really feel bad for them) and also there are many male cosplayers who are great in their costumes they only get a few shots or none at all. Everyone in the convention is equal and they deserve the same treatment as the others too.
4. PLEASE ALSO FOLLOW ALL THE NUMBERS FOR CONGOERS THAT I’VE LISTED
I know I have many other things in mind for this blog entry but I can’t recall them. So if you have anything you want to add here just tell me.
Please know this is just my opinion, point of view…please respect this thank you. Thanks for reading.
PS: Those who just go to the conventions just to pick up girls or boys; please do not attend because of that reason. If you want to find a date then there are other ways to do so, please do not use the conventions for such things.
Well I’ve seen that others debate about if Gothic Lolitas are considered cosplay. Well in my opinion, Gothic Lolitas and whatever type of Lolitas are considered more as fashion than cosplay; J-Fashion to be exact and they are known more as Lolita Fashion. The same goes for Visual Kei, they’re not cosplay either.
Why do I say it’s not cosplay?
Like I said in my past few entries, that Cosplay is Costume + Character Roleplay. So therefore you’re not really cosplaying a particular character, with wig or not, you’re just in a lolita costume promoting the fashion itself.
But, Lolitas are ONLY considered as cosplay if you are cosplaying a particular character from an anime/game/whatever series. But you can’t just wear the same character wig and wear a random gothic lolita and say you’re cosplaying this particular character. You have to have the same style of lolita dress as the character, because you might get criticized by fans of the series who might point out “But that’s not how Asuka’s (N.G.E) lolita dress look like.” (for example)
This entry is kind of short and I need to go somewhere at the moment, but at least it points out what I’m trying to say. Again this is my opinions and I understand others have their own, so please respect mines and thank you for reading :D
Well there’s been a lot of issues revolving around lots of fans trying to force their fandom on others who don’t really like it, some other fandoms have a ‘I love *insert fandom*’ and ‘I hate *insert same fandom*’ pages on Facebook.
Let’s take example of Alodia’s (a celebrity cosplayer here in the Philippines) fans and haters (actually not a hater nor a fan, I respect her; but she makes a good example here), actually if you observe the fanpages and the ‘hate’ pages, both parties literally try choking each other with their beliefs and reasons and all that jazz. Yes I know how fans love to ‘Whiteknight’ Alodia, since it’s their idol (what can you do about it, they can’t stand to see some people bashing her).
Although some fans do try to go to the hate pages or blogs, to try to shut the people up. This is actually a no-no, hopefully that the fans and haters respect each other beliefs, others see this with Alodia…other’s don’t and see other aspect of her that they don’t like.
Also fans of almost anything, please don’t go to hate blogs or hate pages of your fandom you’ll just get humiliated by the haters; and best just stick to praising your fandom instead of causing a commotion on both parties, just respect one another. You don’t have to snoop on ground level by debating with the other party.
Second is the bashing I’ve been seeing on other’s posts, enough with the bashing it shows how immature you are. If you have criticism, negative or positive, then say it in a decent way without having to end up hurting the person feelings much.
Other’s see like a post of a newbie cosplayer wanting to cosplay a certain character she doesn’t know, and yes a screenshot of it was posted on Facebook and it humiliated the person since they were getting bashed by others cosplayers.
It’s best that you tell the person, “Oh I suggest you research, and watch/play the anime/game, before you cosplay that.” If he/she doesn’t listens and just delete your comment, then don’t force it! (Wag patulin!) Just go on with life and cosplay because you want to, you don’t need to create a big issue. If you think about it, EVERY convention there’s always a newbie in cosplay, but we don’t make a fuss on them; but if seen on the internet some people spread the screenshot and humiliate them like they’re one of the best and have the right to humiliate them.
I knoow, it’s saddening to see that others just see cosplay as a main trend and would just jump into the bandwagon without knowing what it’s really about; but this doesn’t mean we should just bash them…let’s just help them know the true meaning of what it is, if they don’t want us helping them then just leave them alone.
I know cosplay isn’t really for everybody, it’s for the anime/game/movies enthusiast actually, but this doesn’t means other’s can’t join it…actually everyone is free to try it, so if you really know someone who’s not into anime or what…just helped them.
Well this is where I’ll end my post once again, please know.. this is just my opinion, so please respect them. Thank you for reading once again :D
I heard many cosplayers asked "Which Character Suits me?", "Can you suggest a character that will match with this wig?", "What character shows their curves (or whatever they want to show)?", and "Which character matches my appearance?". Also newbies of the cosplay community usually come up to me asking for tips for cosplay.
All I can say is…Cosplay a character you really love. There is a connection between you and the character itself, which you will roleplay them correctly and by just cosplaying your favorite feels like it fulfilled your dreams being in your favorite character’s shoes for the day. And you may not know, others would love it since you are in character.
If you get bashed by your appearance don’t feel bad at all, you should be proud that you cosplayed your favorite and one thing that everyone must remember, you only cosplay for yourself and not for others; so if people do bash you just keep your head up, and cosplay with confidence and show that you don’t give a damn about them, and do try to improve with each cosplays.
I was pretty guilty with the wig question, but now I think I’ve became matured enough to know that even with the suggestions of others I wouldn’t be happy at all by cosplaying the characters, since I have no connection at all with the character itself or hardly know them; so I decided to go with the characters I wanted.
If a character suggestion does really catches your attention and you want to cosplay it but you don’t really know the character, you MUST RESEARCH on the character…you cannot just jump in and cosplay the character right away and do random poses, or else you’ll never give the right justice to the character itself.
Cosplay is not about the appearance, to get famous or seek attention, it’s not about having many character costumes, it’s not about trying to be unique; but it is about making the characters you love come to life and for your love for the hobby itself.
So here I end this post once again, again this is just my opinion and some experience. Thank you for reading once again :)
(Still a sensitive topic, so if you don’t want to read I suggest you should leave)
It should never be a priority really, these couple of days…well actually years I’ve seen some who put it as a priority to their list. Yep it’s sad to say there are people like that.
Seriously guys, cosplay is just a hobby that you should be enjoying not literally trying to make it a career where every single con you attend.
There are even conventions that even hits a holiday like father’s/mother’s day, days after Christmas, New Year’s Day itself gets hit by convention or whatever cosplay related. Aren’t those holidays suppose to be for the family?
What happened? During those conventions I usually still see many cosplayers going, I’m thinking maybe they’re part of a broken family or something… but some really just put it as a priority than spending time with their family.
Somehow, hopefully you get my message instead of putting cosplay as your priority focus on your studies, family, and other things that are MORE important! There are tons of cosplay convention in a year, since now cosplay is too mainstream many are popping almost weekly/monthly. So think about it, is cosplay more important than your family/school?
Again I will say, this is just my opinion and what I see! This doesn’t apply to everyone, each one of us think and see things differently.
(This topic is a bit too sensitive, so if you don’t like to read some of my harsh comments then I advise you not to read at all)
Well it’s been a long time that I’ve posted an entry, due to being busy with my OJT and blah blah…
Anyway moving on to the entry, this 2012 I’ve noticed that there are too many conventions being held in my country ever since cosplay became mainstream due to the media and particularly ever since Alodia entered showbiz. Actually some how it’s nice to see how cosplay gotten known, but look at almost all cosplayer (not all but some) mostly some sees cosplay as a stepping stone to stardom (which I do not know why they see it like that) or some didn’t do their research properly on cosplay.
Notice that in the title I put ‘Cosplay’ Convention instead of anime/game con…reason why, most conventions now only base themselves on cosplay (where’s the convention where everyone went there to talk about anime or mingle with true otakus?); yep cosplay, only a few people I get to mingle with at cons talk about our interest in anime.
Now, why did I say too much Cosplay Convention is not healthy? Here are some reasons why:
1. A cosplayer wouldn’t be loyal in cosplaying their character
Well not all, but many as what I’m seeing right now. Due to many conventions coming up, I’ve seen many would try to make another cosplay costume for the next event…no repeats on the character, it’s like seeing that these cosplayer’s mindset is just to cosplay as many characters as they can. And another thing why they wouldn’t be as loyal in cosplaying their character is due to the lack of preparations (but I’ll get to that next)
2. Lack of Research/Preparation and Dedication of Cosplayers to their Cosplay
It’s not like before, that it would take 3months or more before the next convention and this gives a lot of time for a cosplayer to prepare for his/her cosplay, not in terms of costume only but research! I would see almost everyone was dedicated to their cosplay back then since they have done their ‘homework’ right and you can tell by how they roleplay, got the details of their costume right, and they styled their wigs. Now you can buy costumes at anytime due to others selling their cos, others made a business in making costumes and props (there’s not a lot of people now trying to make their props) giving many cosplayers to just commission these people to make their costume not much of dedication much and some hardly do their research on the character they’ll be cosplaying! (but still it’s fine if others can’t really do their props and costume, but at least put more effort in preparing for the cosplay)
3. The Organizers of Conventions are getting GREEDY
Have you noticed the hike in prices for convention tickets? I’m pretty sure many did, unless you’re a newbie in the community. I don’t really have to explain this, just noticing the almost weekly conventions popping up and just the price to enter a convention is too damn high (seriously why so high? There’s nothing really new to the convention, since I always buy my ticket to enter one I’ve hardly see changes)
4. You’ll get Tired of Seeing the same thing again and again…
Like I said in number three, I ALWAYS go inside the convention to see what’s new and buy some stuff there…from the time I resume cosplay in 2010-2012 nothing really changed in the conventions, (except for some which I’m pretty surprise they did quite well in changing the way I normally see organizers do for a convention) and since you see the same thing over and over again and conventions come up almost weekly you’ll get tired and bored that you might not attend for a few months.
Well this is where I’ll end my post now, thanks for reading.
This post is based on what I see and experienced, and my own opinion.