This week in class, we discussed how our topics are influenced by the internet and or media. Since my topic is cosplay, and since cosplay isnt regularly shown in the media or on the internet, I decided to focus, once more, on the Heroes of Cosplay show and how it makes cosplay come across to the unknowing public.
First off, I’d like to know what you all think about cosplay and what you think it is? Why do you think this, and has there been anything that has influenced this opinion?
Commonly, cosplay has been looked down upon in society. Many see cosplayers as a group who have nothing better to do than to watch childish cartoons and run around in costumes as the characters from those cartoons. They are the ones who pretend and refuse to grow up. They are the ones who cant be mature and do something with their lives to earn a living.
But as an active cosplayer, I can tell you this isn’t true. Any cosplayer can tell you this isnt true. Whether it is true or is not true, this is how it is commonly perceived.
As one of the first exposures that prove this basic theory of cosplay incorrect, even Syfi’s reality tv show “Heroes of Cosplay,” paints cosplay, in general, in a not-so-positive light. In the show we are introduced to several cosplayers who carry different values about cosplay and who use these values during the show.
In the show, a few cosplayers represent cosplay as fun, accuracy as being apart of fun, and a way to represent those who they are cosplaying while we get the impression that the world of cosplay is not just a group of people who cant grow up, but that all they do is cosplay for the competition and the prize.
How do they do this?
In the show, we are shown these people who only give themselves a week to make an accurate cosplay out of scratch, and present it at a convention. We are shown the struggles during the making of these cosplays, which are actually very real, and the travel to the con, which is also quite accurate. What is not accurate is the drama between cosplayers.
While a little petty competition can be real between cosplayers, the drama represented in this particular show gives us the idea that the competition is the only important thing while attending conventions, and if the competition is lost, the cosplay they have made is not worthy, the money is lost, and they appear to lose hope in competing.
I find it funny that conventions are painted in such an intimidating picture. Watching the show after only attending two conventions even made me think that it wasnt worth making a cosplay and putting it in a competition because the show made me think there was no way I was going to be any good if I wasnt going through the same drama shown in the tv series. But hey, here I am planning to hit the next con this spring break with my Elsa cosplay completed finally after four months of hard work and well spent $$$. After thinking about what I am putting out there to share with the world (ok not the world, but the convention), I say “screw the show. Im going to present what I have worked so hard on and be proud of how well it turned out.”
Wish me luck and pictures to come soon!