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06 Aug 2013 - 09:18105734
Your thoughts on an older cosplayer
Just been thinking, I know a lot of cosplayers are of a younger age.

What do you all think of a guy who is in his early forties taking up the cosplay interest ?

My only concern is that it could look freaky to some, but, I am not a single guy who is on the prowl, I am soon to be married and have a family, I am just a HUGE Red Dwarf fan and after attending 3 comic con's in Manchester and seeing people dressed as Iron Man and other characters, I thought it would be cool to attend one as Kryten.

I also have a big science fiction and fantasy interest.

So, what do you all think, is cosplay the domain of the younger generation or is it okay for us oldies to take part ?


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06 Aug 2013 - 09:25105736
Frankly, I think "oldies" had it before the younger generation did. Maybe the young'uns just glamorised it, but I knew older people who dressed up for conventions before I heard of cosplay.

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06 Aug 2013 - 09:39105737
It's meant to be light hearted and fun. I see no problem with it!


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06 Aug 2013 - 10:43105739
I think it's a great thing, you have nothing to be worried about! I see plenty of older people at conventions already, including entire families. Even though they are largely outnumbered by teenagers/younger people, it's really not that strange of a sight. So yeah, get out there and have fun!


06 Aug 2013 - 11:03105741
I suppose it might look odd if you chose to cosplay a child character, but if anyone has a problem with it, you can tell them where to go (long walk off a short pier for example )

I was 39 this year. I've only been cosplaying three years, and I have no plans to stop anytime soon. Don't let anyone tell you that you are too anything to cosplay


07 Aug 2013 - 20:52105808
Older makes you look more like the grown up characters and not a teen in dress up.

Reminds me of the 53 year old captain america pre capsicle. The man looked like a GI Joe, the vintage style artwork. No-one could have looked more epic and unique than that man, scores of young nimble framed young people go for it but all the heroes are built like real adults. That's something gifted young people can pull off, and older cosplayers shine at.

I found the tumblr
http://onawingandaswear.tumblr.com/post/54289857704/hello-all-so-this-is-my-dad-and-hes-planning-on

THIS MAN

He looks like a grizzled war veteran and this is what legends are made of, you see him in it and it just tells a story.



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11 Aug 2013 - 01:00105915
Quote PandoraCaitiff:
I suppose it might look odd if you chose to cosplay a child character, but if anyone has a problem with it, you can tell them where to go (long walk off a short pier for example )

I was 39 this year. I've only been cosplaying three years, and I have no plans to stop anytime soon. Don't let anyone tell you that you are too anything to cosplay


Exactly. Age shouldn't dictate what you can/can't do for fun, I think it's awesome that there are all different age groups at conventions.


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11 Aug 2013 - 04:01105920
The older cosplayer is a bit of a myth, I know someone who is a hardcore horror collector, and he cosplay's to many conventions


11 Aug 2013 - 12:22105924
just choose carefully the characters that suit you and try to honor them. Take a look to the most famous cons like the one in san Diego, last month some of the best costumes are not worn by teenagers.

I´ve been cosplaying for a year or so, It´s fun and one of ourmain family activities. Something to share with my children and make memories. But you will not see me as any Naruto character no matter how they like it.


welcome and have fun.


11 Aug 2013 - 20:22105943
Actually one of the many things I like about cosplay is that it is something that can be enjoyed by all age groups. I have friends of all ages taking part in it and I dont see the problem at all when it comes to age


11 Aug 2013 - 20:38105944
Am now my mid 40's but have only been doing this a couple of years, yes I don't look as good as the late teens and early 20 something's, but I don't see this cosplay as a competitive sport, its all about self expression and fandom, which should have no age limits, so its not really a problem for me, If others have a problem with it, then its there problem and not mine.


13 Aug 2013 - 17:57105999
Quote kry10:
Just been thinking, I know a lot of cosplayers are of a younger age.

What do you all think of a guy who is in his early forties taking up the cosplay interest ?

My only concern is that it could look freaky to some, but, I am not a single guy who is on the prowl, I am soon to be married and have a family, I am just a HUGE Red Dwarf fan and after attending 3 comic con's in Manchester and seeing people dressed as Iron Man and other characters, I thought it would be cool to attend one as Kryten.

I also have a big science fiction and fantasy interest.

So, what do you all think, is cosplay the domain of the younger generation or is it okay for us oldies to take part ?


First of hi fellow Dwarfer *waves*
I personally don't think cosplaying has an age range really if you can still pull off those characters i don't see why you can't cosplay them, i'm 27 and i know some older than me who still cosplay and enjoy it. You are never too old to start a new hobby, especially if it's something you enjoy doing

Also yes you should have ago at doing Kryten, Red Dwarf is AWESOME! i'm a HUGE Lister/Craig Charles fan, hense the first cosplay i ever did was at a Red Dwarf convention and i went as Lister, and i've got Katerina Bartikovsky from Back to Earth in the planning stage lol


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13 Aug 2013 - 19:51106001
Hey

I am in my late 30's and I have a few cosplaying friends who are the same age. I also have a lot of younger cosplaying friends!

I only started a year ago and I did feel a little out of place to start with. But I soon found that this is such a welcoming community that I really didn't need to worry

I'm sure you'll meet loads of new people of all ages. Just remember to cosplay the characters you like and have fun


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14 Aug 2013 - 17:06106030
Quote jaks-kingdom-dwarf:
Quote kry10:
Just been thinking, I know a lot of cosplayers are of a younger age.

What do you all think of a guy who is in his early forties taking up the cosplay interest ?

My only concern is that it could look freaky to some, but, I am not a single guy who is on the prowl, I am soon to be married and have a family, I am just a HUGE Red Dwarf fan and after attending 3 comic con's in Manchester and seeing people dressed as Iron Man and other characters, I thought it would be cool to attend one as Kryten.

I also have a big science fiction and fantasy interest.

So, what do you all think, is cosplay the domain of the younger generation or is it okay for us oldies to take part ?


First of hi fellow Dwarfer *waves*
I personally don't think cosplaying has an age range really if you can still pull off those characters i don't see why you can't cosplay them, i'm 27 and i know some older than me who still cosplay and enjoy it. You are never too old to start a new hobby, especially if it's something you enjoy doing

Also yes you should have ago at doing Kryten, Red Dwarf is AWESOME! i'm a HUGE Lister/Craig Charles fan, hense the first cosplay i ever did was at a Red Dwarf convention and i went as Lister, and i've got Katerina Bartikovsky from Back to Earth in the planning stage lol


Hi Jaks, well, if you want to meet up at next years Manchester Comic Expo dressed as someone from Red Dwarf, that would be great, if only we could get the full group together, Lister, Rimmer, Cat and me as Kryten, that could be pretty cool.


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18 Aug 2013 - 20:50106179
Quote kry10:
Hi Jaks, well, if you want to meet up at next years Manchester Comic Expo dressed as someone from Red Dwarf, that would be great, if only we could get the full group together, Lister, Rimmer, Cat and me as Kryten, that could be pretty cool.


Well I usually go to the London Expo in May and/or October as that's usually all i can afford but I would like to go to a Manchester one, one day and i'm still on the look out for the sewing pattern to make Katerina's dress, i can find everything else easily, but that's usually the case with me when it comes to cosplays - something that seems very easy to find isn't


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18 Aug 2013 - 21:13106180
I love to see diversity in cosplay and actively encourage everyone to do it personally!! So enjoy it


19 Aug 2013 - 06:48106188
I'm also going to be 39 this year. I've been cosplaying a long time and over the years I've met and gotten to know many cosplayers of varying ages. One thing I learnt is that age isn't a factor for a lot of the people I meet. I'm good friends with people who are older than me who cosplay.

I say as long as you enjoy it you can do whatever you like when it comes to cosplay. As long as its fun.


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20 Aug 2013 - 12:01106245
Quote Sephirayne:
I'm also going to be 39 this year. I've been cosplaying a long time and over the years I've met and gotten to know many cosplayers of varying ages. One thing I learnt is that age isn't a factor for a lot of the people I meet. I'm good friends with people who are older than me who cosplay.

I say as long as you enjoy it you can do whatever you like when it comes to cosplay. As long as its fun.


And yet you look half my age.



What's your secret...?


20 Aug 2013 - 13:59106248
Age is just a nunber and Red Dwarf at Cardiff
I think it's awesome when you see a range of ages and don't see age being a factor at all! It's all about just having a good time and hanging out and showing your love for your favourite characters. Don't worry or let anyone think it's strange just enjoy it and have fun.

Also as you are a red dwarf fan you may be interested in checking out Cardiff Film and Comic Con at the end of the month:

http://www.cardiffcomiccon.com/index.php/news/14-news1


21 Aug 2013 - 10:05106292
Thanks for letting me know Nocturna, I have now bought tickets and will be going.


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21 Aug 2013 - 11:07106293
Quote JaeXD:
Quote Sephirayne:
I'm also going to be 39 this year. I've been cosplaying a long time and over the years I've met and gotten to know many cosplayers of varying ages. One thing I learnt is that age isn't a factor for a lot of the people I meet. I'm good friends with people who are older than me who cosplay.

I say as long as you enjoy it you can do whatever you like when it comes to cosplay. As long as its fun.


And yet you look half my age.



What's your secret...?


Tea,,,,,, and bacon,,, RUBBED ALL OVER THE FACE!!



XD

But seriously, thank you ♥


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21 Aug 2013 - 14:00106306
Change of plan, I am NOT going, sheesh, thanks for getting me all excited, they are ONLY there on the Saturday and unfortunately, I have a prior arrangement, off to a family wedding, oh well.


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21 Aug 2013 - 17:45106312
Quote kry10:
Change of plan, I am NOT going, sheesh, thanks for getting me all excited, they are ONLY there on the Saturday and unfortunately, I have a prior arrangement, off to a family wedding, oh well.


I'm sorry hope you enjoy your wedding though


05 Oct 2013 - 22:36107926
I'm an "older" Cosplayer & I may not have the energy to be running up & down the halls or look as good in the skimpy costumes as younger Cosplayers but there's still a big kid who is just so excited to be allowed out to play every Convention!

Age doesn't matter. Remember the oldest dude of all - Master Yoda: “When nine hundred years old you reach, look as good, you will not, hmmmm?”


15 Oct 2013 - 20:28108177
Cosplay isn't exclusively for youngsters, look at Anna Vasilyevna as Grandma Sophie (seriously, she's my cosplay heroine): http://kirawinter.deviantart.com/art/Granny-Sophie-Hatter-150273546

(I may be biased here, as sassy old people is my second favourite thing, right after stationary, but before organising.)

Folks of all ages cosplay and I love that about our community of nerds that, you can never be too old to just love stuff that much.

It's just that different age groups cosplay different things; but equally, different age groups are usually into slightly different things (though some things transcend generations, which is fantastic!). Like, I'm starting to be more into cosplaying western/comic super-heroines (and villians) and vintage shojou manga heriones; whereas, when I started cosplaying as a teenager, I was all about the crossplaying as shota-yaoi-boys. Now, I'm a lot less into beinga shota because A) the genre makes me uncomfortable now that I'm older and B) I no-longer look much like a 12-year-old boy.

If you love something (unless it's puppy murdering, that's not cool man), just do it. Sci-fi costumes are much more the domain of older cosplayers anyway and Red Dwarf is a perfect place to start.


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