The A does not stand for France!
I see what you do as being just as, if not more, inspiring than “staying true to the character”. You show girls AND BOYS that they don’t have to like or be like characters that are the same gender as them. I can see the positive impact a female Captain America fan would have…
I read more of the comments on the original post and regret it. This is basically their argument: “If you’re at a convention, go for it, wear whatever you want and be whoever you want to be. But if you’re volunteering, THINK OF THE CHILDREN! You have to be as true to the character as possible! You have to look like them not only in terms of costume but also in terms of body type, weight, skin color, gender, and hair color!”
What is even this argument? Why is it SO important for children to see exactly what they see in a comic book? Why is it so important to enforce the lack of roles for POC, different gender types, disabled people, etc? Shouldn’t we be trying to help kids realize their dreams? What about when a kid gets it drilled into their head because of the volunteers that they can’t be Batman because they’re not white?
I could go on and on about how problematic this is. :(
Who made this rule? Is there s governing council on this? Did we vote for them?
I don’t really want to call anyone out but it’s a group of people that I’ve admired for a long time. And I’m shocked by this consensus of theirs, to be honest. I’m trying to be civil and understand their point of view - their goal is to “come to life” for the kids, after all - but I’m just really not understanding how not looking like a character is a problem. Preaching acceptance and openness at conventions but not for volunteering is pretty disingenuous, if you ask me.
Take me, for example. (And I’ve always wanted to do what they do in terms of volunteering, I admire them very much.) But I’m not tall, or muscular, or womanly, or beautiful, or really much of anything. In fact, I look like a kid, and if you saw me in real life you probably wouldn’t take a second look. My race would give me more options to work with but I’d still be pretty stuck in terms of what they’re looking for.
Ultimately, I worry that people will be discouraged from volunteering just because comics don’t reflect their diversity and because apparently you have to look like you walked off a page. This attitude bothers me very much.
Whoa, I’ve learned something new today. Some folks are actually saying that if you participate in “service costuming”, that you have to resemble the character - in gender, form, and appearance.
I … just don’t get it. It’s one thing if you’re being hired for a job and paid basically to be a model/actor, but I was under the impression that this was a volunteer hobby. Why is this? It’s not like kids can’t suspend disbelief, if they are even old enough to think that a character should “be” a certain way. Do these folks think that seeing a black Batman or a female Green Lantern would ruin a child’s day? And doesn’t that say more about them than about the kids?
Can someone explain this to me? Why do people say that everyone should cosplay whoever they want to be, no matter what they look like, and then turn around and say “except if you’re doing service costuming”. I feel like this would actually force a lot of people out of wanting to participate in service costuming who would otherwise be very interested. It’s certainly turning me off, if this is what these costumers really think.
Anonymous said: I just stumbled upon your cosplay while I was on google image search and I was wondering what you used to make the wings on your mask. They're gorgeous!
Oh wow, I think this is the first time anyone’s asked me costume questions on tumblr! I’ve hit a milestone!
Hello anon, pleased to meet you. The silver wings on my Captain America cowl (to which I assume you are referring) are actually just craft wings for plush animals that I found at Jo-Ann’s. I can’t take any credit for making them, unfortunately. I have an extra pair just in case I need it, but I’ve never been able to find them at the store since.
(Photo by Eurobeat Kasumi Photography)