Findings For Class Post 5

ALRIGHTY, so, I have NO idea what to write about here. I suppose I can use this post, since it is the last one for the semester, as a reflection of what I have learned from this class. 

Being able to write and relate the subject to my favorite thing in the world, cosplaying, definitely made this class easier to be interested in, as well as make me want to attend the class. 

I have to say that I think that discussing how, when I cosplay, I do more than wear the costume, I BECOME that character. That was probably the most interesting thing I found out about myself while in this class.

I also came to the realization that I am WAY more critical in my cosplay critique than I thought I was. It is all well and good if you want to cosplay something out of your skin tone range, body shape, or not be accurate in the cosplay itself, but I do look at accuracy in all the above. I suppose some would look down on that, but I also do believe that if you are confident enough to wear something like this, critiques like this shouldnt bother you. If you are truly going for accuracy, I’d advise not to cosplay something you can’t thoroughly pull off. Otherwise, I don’t look at it seriously, and I respect the fact that you are simply cosplaying for fun. 

 

Findings For Class Post 4

Last week in class, we discussed how the mold of fame has been shaped to include mega-mega famous people, who, like Paris Hilton, have nothing to be famous for aside from their family’s name or money, and for making a fool of themselves on camera enough to get exposure to become this star. 

We covered in class how some people are given fame by doing nothing. Who are some people who have done some incredible things for society who aren’t considered famous, but should? 

Now, moving on to cosplay. 

In my English Bias and Literacy in Video Games class, this week we discussed identity in a game. Since I am a big League of Legends player, my game for this semester is League of Legends. (Still working on that annotated bibliography. Sorry Professor!). League is also what I am writing about for our semester final paper. So, I have been playing it often with another friend who is also writing about it to really get roles down, game play differentiation, as well as how I play in each differentiation.

While I play, what I have noticed about myself, since I have recorded what I have said by request of a friend of mine, that I, in a way, become that character. 

My main champions end up being either support/ability power, or adcs (a.k.a. attack damage carry) champs. My normal adc champions are either Miss Fortune, a pirate lass, or Jinx, who seems like a mentally koo koo teen  with a rocket launcher.My ability power champion is usually Morgana, a witch, and my support champions have gone back and forth from Morgana and Nami, the mermaid. 

So, as I was saying, I feel that this discussion could be really valuable to relate to as a cosplayer. If I were to just wear my cosplays, I wouldn’t be cosplaying. Since cosplaying takes more than just having a costume, I feel that when you take the time to put together something like a cosplay, it is part of the cosplay to not only wear the costume, but to BE the character. That is a huge part of cosplaying. 

So, as in my games, while playing Nami, I have been caught shouting “Take that you mortal” and “aww I screwed that wave up” on a time or two. Or while playing jinx, laughing loudly and like a crazy person when I get a kill, or whatever has now become how I play. 

Rolling this over to Cosplay, when I play games now, I feel my inner cosplayer come out as I act, react, and behave as my character does. I BECOME that character, or at least do my best to. 

Because this is seen as such a huge part of cosplay, it has been noted that one who is not in character, is not serious about their practice. An example, aside from my own in acting like a princess straight from Disneyland while as Elsa, would be I would say, episode two of “Heroes of Cosplay.” In this episode, our cosplayer Monika Lee creates a sexy steampunk Poison Ivy out of scratch and takes to the stage for the masquerade/cosplay show. However, because she simply took to the stage and waved, not displaying her characters sassy personality in character, she lost the opportunity for her award of her creation. 

Now, as for a question for you, what character would you like to impersonate? Where are they from? Why would you want to become that character for a short time? 

My Cosplay Post 2

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My Cosplay Post 2

Here is my Elsa cosplay! I don’t have a very accurate wig yet, but soon! Anyways, here it is! Four months from beginning of construction as well as $700 later and she is (almost except for the wig) complete! I have already placed an order for the wig and plan to take my cosplay to the dry cleaners because I’ve worn it so much! haha Getting her ready for PCC here we come!

Findings For Class Post 3

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! 

My Cosplay Post 1

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Jessica Rabbit

Because I posted about this in my last post for my class, I thought it would be a good idea to actually post a picture of some of my cosplays I have already done.

So here is the first I will reveal. JESSICA RABBIT! The dress is an actual dress found by chance at an Orange County Goodwill, where I also got a 50% discount on it. I decided, because my chest really isn’t big enough to hold the dress up on it’s own, I should add straps and a chain. So that is how the dress is being held up.

The dress came out at a total of $5.70. Gloves, shoes, hair color refiner, and even a fur coat that fit her character, all together, this cosplay came out at a total of just under $25.

Here I am on Day 3 of Taiyou Con 2014, January 3rd to 5th, with my new friend and Steampunk cutie in our hotel room before going to the con for the day.

What do you think?

Findings For Class Post 2

In my last post, I asked you guys if you knew why, or thought you knew why, the convention dates on cosplay.com are listed by date and location two months from now. Have you been able to come up with an idea why?

The reason has several aspects. Being able to know two months in advance gives cosplayers a chance to plan finances to pay for both the con and the materials for their cosplay, as well as needed transportation there, where you will stay, and how you will eat. But in the minds of cosplayers, these dates are posted primarily so that we can plan our cosplay and the construction of our cosplay in a good amount of time. 🙂

 

This week, I want to look into the issue of different body shapes in cosplay.

This week, after a killer 10 hour essay, I decided to watch trashy reality tv, but it had to be something I was interested in. So, I turned to none other than HEROES OF COSPLAY.

Ok, the first thing wrong with “Heroes of Cosplay” is the drama. Ok, even in competitive groups, unless there is a petty indifference between people before the character comes on, there is typically not “reality tv” drama, like so in the show. Secondly, a typical cosplayer does NOT leave their cosplay to be constructed in ONE week. Typical cosplayers have other things to do, i.e. go to work, school, have families or other priorities. So, no. You can’t typically construct a complete and worthy cosplay in a week as they do in the show. Professionals, like Yaya Han, are invited to different conventions every week to two weeks, so that is their construction time frame and that is their living. Because they are professional, they can handle the time restrictions and the conventions. They also get paid for these appearances, so that is how they make their living. This does not mean you can make a cosplay in a week. Trust me, with a normal life and normal things that need to be done, I’ve tried and failed. Thirdly, concerning “Heroes of Cosplay,” cosplay is not always this competition. People cosplay to have fun. Attending conventions, if you are in cosplay, you immediately fit in. Even if you aren’t in costume, you are welcomed into the fold (cosplaying and being in character is just more fun 😉 ).

Ok, so back to what I was mentioning before. In only the second episode of “Heroes of Cosplay,” we are introduced to Chloe Dykstra, who is the hostess of her own cosplay web show. To gain some “street cred,” as she states in the show during a dinner with fello co-stars and players Yaya Han, Riki LeCotey, Monika Lee, and Victoria Schmidt. However, when the issue came up of body sizes, I never realized how torn I am between enjoying cosplay and actually looking good while cosplaying. Yaya Han states in this episode during the dinner that if you are a larger guy who has more muscle, you should go be a larger character, like superman. She also states that as a cosplayer, it is your responsibility to know your boy and to dress accordingly and that if you dress in something that does not look good on you because of your body shape, and the image gets out on the web, there isnt any shield to protect you from harsh criticism about it. Chloe argues this point because she always found cosplay to be fun and should be enjoyed by everyone.

Thinking about this, I am half and half. I agree with Chloe where cosplay should be fun, carefree, and enjoyed by everyone. I’ve always enjoyed it and have many friends who enjoy it as well. But I also know that there are people out there who are harsh critics and often dont sugar coat their opinions, and their posts can hurt other cosplayers (I got plenty of this when I was at a con said to my face as Jessica Rabbit because my boobs werent big enough).

So knowing this, I looked on my site, cosplay.com, and looked at the forums in search of something along the lines of shapely cosplayers, fitness, or suggestions. On the very first page, the third forum down (right under introductions), was the forum for “Fitness.” I clicked on it, and it is a bunch of fitness and workout help options to fit in, work for, and to look your best in your cosplays. There are 12 pages of these separate forums under this topic, and several pages of each of these forums.

It isnt unknown for superheroes to be slim or muscular, but as much as I agree with Yaya Han, that you should wear what looks great, I also think the beauty in cosplay is in having fun despite if you may not be the exact size of your character.

Now I ask for your opinion. Do you guys think anyone should be able to be anything, or do you think there should be a limit due to having an accurate cosplay?

Findings For Class Post 1

A few days ago, I joined Cosplay.com, the largest online cosplay community on the web. Here I discovered that there are many profiles with pictures of people who all share a common interest and love: Cosplay! 🙂 

Because it is such a large community, there are hundreds upon thousands of members in this singular community. I am still finding my way around cosplay.com, as well as this blog site, and looking to see what I can find, share, and how I can connect with others. 

Things I definitely expected to find and found would be profiles of pictures of cosplays. These people have their cosplay pictures up that link to their profiles and other cosplay pictures, exactly what I’d expect to find. 

What I was looking for for this week was some sort of “About Us,” “FAQ,” and or “Terms and Services.” Where I didn’t find an “About Us” or “FAQ” anywhere, I found a few links at the bottom: “Advertise with Us,” “Privacy Policy,” “Site Rules,” and “Legal.” 

The “Advertise With Us” is for companies who wish to place their adds on the pages of this community to attract customers. 

The “Privacy Policy” is the basic agreement you agree to for any site joining: no cookies, what the site does for your privacy, the commitment the site has for every members’ privacy, and at the bottom, should anyone have questions, there is contact information for the cosplay.com office in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

The “Site Rules” link is probably the best thing relating to what our class discussed we should look into about our site communities because it can say so much about the community and what have been the set expectations for the site. These site rules were incredibly general. No harassment, respect moderators, solicitation from anyone other than who pays for ads is prohibited, and any laws broken among the site members will be dealt with via Nevada law (because the office is in LV). Forum rules follow under the same outline of the General Site Rules. Photo rules demand you be respectful, non-suggestive, PG-13, and they MUST be cosplay related, which I thought was AWESOME! 

The “Legal” link took me to a separate site called “Kern Law Offices,” a law office located and dedicated to Las Vegas, Nevada. I think it is safe to assume that these are the officials who will be consulted upon illegal activity for the community. 

What was really cool to find was on the home page, to the right, there was a column that had the dates of the conventions location, title, and dated for the whole month of May. These cons locations ranged from the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, and Holland! I thought it was really cool that this site included so many countries in the convention line-up. What was also really cool was that under one of the U.S. flags, I found the Phoenix comicon, which will take place May 24th to 27th. 🙂 

Another thing I thought I would mention was that these conventions are listed by date and location over two months from now. Why do you think that is? 🙂