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So, this happened.

December 8th, 2014 (10:19 am)

DC Comics artist slams cosplayers.

And...I mean, okay, caveat - I'd never heard of him before now. Judge me or not as you like. Most of my convention going activities tend to revolve around TV/film interests. That said, I'm not a total ignoramus when it comes to graphic novels and comics (although most of the names I'd recognise tend to be writers rather than artists; that said, Charlie Adlard did some damned impressive work on the mid-90s X-Files comics...). And I guess, I can kind of see the objection that events titled "comic cons" are largely dominated by TV/film stuff nowadays - but not, to the best of my knowledge, to the exclusion of comics related guests. At a London event earlier this year, Stan Lee was a guest. A very prominent guest. No way was it, as Broderick characterises it, "'HUGE COSPLAY CONTEST' (oh, yeah… and Stan Lee)." Indeed, if anything from what I've seen, the event organisers don't really have to do...well, anything much to encourage cosplay. It just happens.

And I do have one minor objection to cosplay, which is that back in the day, when I was a child, it was just called "dressing up," and I'm not really sure we need the word "cosplay". But, I don't really regard that as an important objection to cosplay as a phenomenon. Let's not forget, my own dear huntingospray once did a damned impressive cosplay as Beachcomber (one of the lesser known Transformers), all foam board, sticky backed plastic, wood, duct tape, velcro, screws and...well, stuff. Looked amazing.

I'll just repeat the comment I left on someone else's FB page...

I don't cosplay myself, but I have the utmost respect for anyone who has the time, money, creativity and imagination to put together costumes inspired by their fandoms. To say they bring nothing to conventions is pure ignorance. At Collectormania MK a few weeks back, one of the most wonderful sights, among the many cosplayers wandering around the hall, was when Chewbacca gave Superman a cuddle. IIRC it elicited a cheer from those who saw it. Brings nothing of value to conventions? Pfft. Brings joy and fun and camaraderie.

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Posted by: The Exile (tehexile)
Posted at: December 8th, 2014 09:01 pm (UTC)
kerryliegen

'dressing up' kinda sounds derogatory, it's what small children do, or people going on bar crawls. I know there are negative connotations of the word cosplay but they're mostly used by people who are never going to like it anyway.

I can't stand being told I don't contribute something, in any context. By turning up, enjoying the con and not causing any trouble, you're contributing. Their examples all seem to be of buying something... they can piss off if they want to whine at me for not buying anything, when I had to pay to get in and the food is expensive or nonexistent. I prefer cons that are more about performances, talks and a geeky atmosphere than just about rows of trade stalls. Also, the idea that cosplayers don't really know the fandom is a gross generalisation, and not really that relevant - I bet if someone didn't know the fandom but still bought something from them, they wouldn't complain. I don't even think it's necessarily true that younger fans don't know the fandom. I'm always discovering fandoms that are quite long-running but entirely new to me, how am I supposed to find out about them if I get criticised for not already knowing about them?

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