It’s gotten to the point where I don’t think very many people will say anything. But I’ve become disillusioned with costuming and I’ve never wanted to quit more. :( I want to get that old feeling back but I’m not sure how.

Let me make this clear

stridertimelord:

This is cosplay

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this is fun

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this is expressing yourself and the character

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for all fandoms to enjoy

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no matter what YOU look like

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or what gender you are

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as long as you are having fun

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that is cosplay

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No matter your gender, your skin color, your body type. No one has the right to tell you which character you can and can’t be. Anyone who does this or supports this automatically loses my respect.

FYI for costume friends

Facebook decided to close my account because I was using a pseudonym. I’ve got it back up under “Eltee See”, but I don’t like it and am not sure what to do. I don’t want to do a page, but I don’t really want to use a different pseudonym, either.

:( ?

americancomicon:

Anonymous asked you: ~ "What is the proper etiquette when asking someone to pose for you?"

Wow. That is a very good question.
The simple answer is you just simply ask:  “Hi. Can I take your picture?”.  ~  Most everyone says sure, of course you can. The people dressed up have spent many long hours — or more likely days or even months — designing their Cosplay outfits. They’ve come a long way to a comic book convention hoping to show to the Pop Culture World their specific art — their specific hard work — their individual Self-Definition —- their specific take on a Character that they identify with in some way. In other words, for most Cosplayers this is kind of important to them, ya know? …. Means something to them…  And clearly it’s important to US since we’re walkin’ around taking thousands of pictures and posting them online and lookin’ at ‘em all year and everything.. ya know?…  So its a give and take. It’s so very important to remember that. We’re all in it together. They look forward to this just as much as we do. Most of them actually really want you to take their picture. They HOPE you will take their picture. Just like you want and hope to take their picture, too.

HOWEVER.

YOU STILL HAVE TO ASK IF IT’S OK.
Cause NOT EVERYBODY wants you to take their picture. Trust me.
And if they say no, then you say “ok” and off you go.
You move on and leave ‘em alone.
Simple as that.

You have to realize that you don’t have any “right” to their image. This isn’t Hollywood Boulevard and they aren’t Kardashians. If someone is already posing and there’s a swarm of photographers all around, then sure just jump on in and take your best pic while you can. Have fun! But if the cosplayer is just walking or standing around or looking at something or talking to someone or busy or just whatever, then, yeah, its up to YOU to ask THEM if its OK to take their picture. Most times they say of course and all is good.

Just treat them like you would like to be treated.

And try your best not to be rude. It’s not a science. It’s not perfect. Misunderstandings happen. Trust me. They happen all the time. You have no idea how many people out there that are really very tired of me (apparently I don’t take pictures like other people.. I take too long..etc.. sigh.. just doing my best…). But you do your best and carry on.

Maybe they are in a rush (happens ALL the time). Maybe they are exhausted (see my recent Doc Ock pics.. the poor guy was drenched in sweat). Maybe they just aren’t in the mood. Maybe they don’t like the look of YOU. Whatever the reason…. You ask nice and wait for the ok sign. If its no, then your done.

Simple.

And one more thing, whenever I possibly can, I ask if they want my card (most ask me for it first) and I ask if they want me to post their name or blog-site or any info about them with any pics I post of them… Sometimes they just are impossible to reach (rush-rush-rush-million-people-taking-pic-rush), or they say no… But I do try to ask everyone their name… It just seems to me that they all spent so much time creating their cosplay designs and art and everything, the least I can do is give them all the credit for it.. the credit for their art… Seems the only way to be proper and all about it, ya know?

——anyway….. pretty sure I answered your question…

Just do your best, ask nicely, have fun, be respectful, and try your best not to piss anybody off.

oh.. and if you’re in the dealer’s room, don’t block the middle of the damn aisle.

:M.V. Partsch:

Reblogged from American Comicon
When I do charity events dressed as Batgirl, all the children of color are absolutely overjoyed. They literally embrace me and I can see them realize that their own race and skin color is not a hindrance to their creativity, as everything they see and experience has been telling them ever since they were old enough to process media.
The white children are hesitant and some attempt to quiz me or insist that I’m not ‘right’ or ‘real’. They are repeating what they have been told and what they have seen all their lives. I explain that Batman believes that anyone can be a hero if they are a good person and work hard, no matter what they look like. So of course Batgirl and Robin can be Black or Chinese or Spanish or anything, because that doesn’t change who they are.
The kids accept this and by the end of the event we’re all holding hands and talking about video games. I think representation is more important than ‘accuracy’ and I won’t be involved with an organization that doesn’t agree with that.
Jay Justice, on whether costumers who dress for charity events should only portray characters ‘accurately’ or not, with implications that ‘accuracy’ means that a non white person should limit themselves to canonical characters of color. (via msjayjustice)
Reblogged from Pow to the People

ko-gil:

Becoming true friends with a cosplayer means learning what their real hair  looks like.

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. 


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(Photo by Eurobeat Kasumi Photography)

We all know Cap is the only one who follows SHIELD’s security policies.

ltcamerica:

If I’d been there that day…

Doesn’t matter what the press says. Doesn’t matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn’t matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world — “No, you move.” ~Captain America


Happy 4th of July! Be safe!

ltcamerica:

If I’d been there that day…

Doesn’t matter what the press says. Doesn’t matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn’t matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world — “No, you move.” ~Captain America

Happy 4th of July! Be safe!

Reblogged from LTC America