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02 Apr 2014 - 17:50112429
Other cosplayers' reactions?
Not sure how to word this one.

But, when I first started cosplaying, I went as Edward Elric from Full Metal Alchemist.
- People were very friendly, they approached me and they spoke to me.

Eventually I decided to cosplay Misa Amane from Deathnote, meaning a short skirt.
- No one spoke to me, I got dirty looks from other (usually female) cosplayers, people would come over and start talking to my friends and blank me completely. The only strangers who came anywhere near me were a couple of delightfulllll boys who's first words were "could I see your underwear?"

This year, for some crazy reason I'm cosplaying a Succubus from World of Warcraft (I've altered it to cover more skin, though). So I dread to think what reactions will be this year

But..

Have you been treated different by the other convention folk depending on who you were cosplaying?

And does anyone have any ideas what exactly it is?
I'm assuming they make assumptions about the personality of the person wearing the cosplay.

Just share your experiences, really


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02 Apr 2014 - 21:46112439
I certainly get more attention in my skimpy cosplay than my more covering cosplay; that doesn't necessarily mean that I'm glad of it all. Slut shaming is around at conventions, as well as generally sexist behaviour that is totally inappropriate.

When I've been slut shamed I've totally ignored it as it's just an indication of their ignorant and unquestioning acceptance of cultural values and patriarchal social norms. I tend to feel sympathy for these people more than anything else, particularly when it's a woman.

Encountering inappropriate sexist remarks is different, and my reaction tends to depend on how it is being delivered and whether I feel it is social awkwardness, ignorance or intimidation. Also, whether you're alone or not makes a difference. It is much easier to ignore or even 'shout back' to these sorts of remarks when you're in a group situation or surrounded by supportive friends, but it's an entirely different feeling when you're alone.

I tend not to let these things bother me and I feel armed by my understanding of feminist theory to be able to cope with incidents like the above. I wish I didn't have to understand where these remarks and concepts come from though. One day I hope we will recieve attention purely for skill, and not for skin.

ETA: I also think it depends on the crowd. I've worn the same costume from Princess Tutu to 2 cons. One was an anime specific one and I got tons of people talking to me. The other was not anime specific and no one really spoke to me. The costume hadn't changed at all, it's just one crowd was far more familiar, and thus interested in it and me, than the other.



Last edited by Kitri du Lac (02 Apr 2014 - 21:48)
02 Apr 2014 - 22:43112447
I think that certain cosplays are associated with different kinds of people... rightly or wrongly. Misa tends to have more of a negative reaction, I mean personally I'd rather go and ogle someone dressed as a female predator or in armour than someone dressed as Misa, because I associate the character of Misa with an annoying attention seeking brat, because I don't like the character I tend not to bother with the cosplays or cosplayers, I have no interest in them.

That and... jail bait tends to cosplay Misa... and she's overtly slutty and... well.. avoidable.

It's safer to talk to people in more covered and neutral cosplays, more comfortable.

ANYWAY

I become more attractive when I wear my stilts, I'm usually someone who kinda blends in, when I stilt walk I get a lot of male attention. Quote from the last con I went to:

"You're a girl, and you're taller than me.... I like that" - man nods head, looks me up and down and grins. Despite the fact I was with my boyfriend and a second male friend as my chaperones!

Naturally I was distinctly chuffed and grinned like a stupid idiot for a good while afterwards!



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02 Apr 2014 - 22:54112449
I certainly think it depends on the crowd. I tend to get rather more attention when I wear costumes which appeal more to women, like my Dany costumes, I recently cosplayed as Ivy which was the most revealing costume I have ever worn, I didn't get very much attention at all but I believe that this was because the convention was over run with Ivys. On the second day however I received far more attention as Dany, a fairly covered up costume but I did not see another Dany there, i was able to strike up conversations about game of thrones etc.

So I don't necessarily believe it's because you had a lot of flash on show, you just have to think what does my costume represent? Know your character and be prepared to be treated as such.


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03 Apr 2014 - 13:59112455
Quote sarah-khaleesi:

So I don't necessarily believe it's because you had a lot of flash on show, you just have to think what does my costume represent? Know your character and be prepared to be treated as such.


^ This, I like.


03 Apr 2014 - 17:15112460
Thankfully I've had predominantly positive experiences with my cosplays. I got some girls fangirling over me in both my Juri and my Gilbert cosplays at Kita, which made me insanely happy! The only time I've had slightly negative experiences was being grabbed or hugged without permission when I was cosplaying popular characters (hugs are fine but just ask first!). I do get more male attention cosplaying pretty female characters but hankfully its never stayed in to creepy.

Oh and people being rude about your Misa cosplay is uncalled for, regardless of what the character is. Please guys remember even if you don't like a cosplay/ character being cosplayed, there's still a person inside it! For the record I think your Misa is totally cute!


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03 Apr 2014 - 22:05112467
Most reactions (I don't get many) have usually been positive.

The most recent con had a lot of positive reactions to people being over the moon and grinning because I cosplayed characters that are rarely cosplayed to really amazing cosplayers saying how awesome my cosplays looked.

There's only been one reaction when someone randomly came up to me and said my outfit was all wrong but that was when I bought outfits so oh well ahaha

I haven't really challenged myself to something different to know if I get a different reaction compared yo other cosplays so I can't comment much on that.


03 Apr 2014 - 22:16112468
@Kitri du Lac: It really surprises me that there's slut shaming at conventions. Half of the best female characters are incredibly skantily-clad! (Funny that.. almost as if they were designed by men )
I am expecting dirty looks with my Succubus, but it caught me by surprise with Misa. It is a "little" outfit, but still more covering than what most girls would wear on a Saturday night.
I'm actually more worried about my boyfriend with handle any perverted comments. I can normally just roll my eyes and accept it as something to expect. But I fear he may go a bit mental - especially if there's anything vulger

@Jenivix: Ohh, I suppose that makes sense! I find her quite annoying as well (adorable to look at, though).
I normally get excited whenever I recognise a character though, regardless of who it is
Haha! I'm only tiny so even with stilts, I'd still be shorter than like 70% of men xD

@sarah-khaleesi: I'm surprised Ivy didn't get a lot of attention. I thought people loved Ivy's
I'm suddenly having a lot of doubts about cosplaying the Succubus, now xD

@Carmina: Ohh, I know how you feel with the hugs. I got it a lot when I cosplayed Ed (with no warning at all) and it set my anxiety off something terrible No touchy! (atleast without giving me time to prepare and brace myself).

I am now really wondering if I should save Succubus and just buy something quick and simple to wear instead xD
I was really hoping to try and force myself to make friends this time


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03 Apr 2014 - 22:18112469
Quote PyroPaws:
Most reactions (I don't get many) have usually been positive.

The most recent con had a lot of positive reactions to people being over the moon and grinning because I cosplayed characters that are rarely cosplayed to really amazing cosplayers saying how awesome my cosplays looked.

There's only been one reaction when someone randomly came up to me and said my outfit was all wrong but that was when I bought outfits so oh well ahaha

I haven't really challenged myself to something different to know if I get a different reaction compared yo other cosplays so I can't comment much on that.


That sounds nice I had good reactions with Ed, but I wanted to start cosplaying some girls

I find it so rude when people pick holes in cosplays (unless you ask for critique).
They couldn't tell if yo made or bought it and you could have put so much effort in to it for all they know X_X


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04 Apr 2014 - 11:57112477
Honestly I think you should cosplay what you want to! If you're looking to make new friends I actually think it can depend what event you go to. I don't think its very easy to meet new people at something like MCM expo but smaller cons like Minamicon can be great for that!


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04 Apr 2014 - 19:47112491
It's always best to cosplay who you want to cosplay rather than who is popular in my opinion.

Plus people avoiding you purely because of who you are cosplaying is rude (I did get boo'ed by a Misa because I was cosplaying Near, not pleasant) It's a lot more fun when there are in character reactions but then carry on with the con, not continuously booing you for your character choice.


05 Apr 2014 - 15:02112504
Quote PyroPaws:

Plus people avoiding you purely because of who you are cosplaying is rude (I did get boo'ed by a Misa because I was cosplaying Near, not pleasant) It's a lot more fun when there are in character reactions but then carry on with the con, not continuously booing you for your character choice.


If you don't like the series someone is cosplaying from, or the character or whatever your gripe with the cosplay what reason have you to go to talk to them when you can go find people with similar interests/costumes? It's not rude, it's being selective and I would bet you have also done the same, whether intentionally or unintentionally.

Also, point proven with Misa cosplayers? (as a generalization not making a comment about the OP etc. etc.)

Question is, did you go over to her and talk to her? Or perhaps ask her not to boo? She probably thought she was being hilariously funny.


05 Apr 2014 - 21:08112517
I'll have to try and find out where/when some of the other cons are. I only really know about MCM

I suppose she was trying to be in character.
I did get "arrested" by a Near and a Matt cosplayer trying to be in Character (because I was Misa).. which was kind of amusing.

I don't know though. I wouldn't have thought it would put me off talking to someone if I didn't know/like their character..
But then again, I'm incredibly shy and I'd have to be feeling very courageous to go over and start a conversation with someone at the best of times


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10 Apr 2014 - 16:03112652
Your question is really interesting.
I am a photographer not a cosplayer, but I can't resist chipping in.

I am writing a book on tattoo art and have done quite a bit of research into that area.
One of the things that I have come to realise is that society often stereotypes people by the way they look. For instance women with tattoos or piercings are often deemed to be risqué and promiscuous. Of course this simply isn't true but this tendency we have to judge on appearance percolates throughout our daily lives.
Studies I have read report that women often notice a difference in the attention they get from others after having a tattoo. And that attention is not a lot different to what you were experiencing.

When you cosplay you are re-creating an image. To me it seems that some people must find it difficult to distinguish between the art of cosplay, and reality; it's a bit like hating an actor because of a baddy they played.
I am not totally familiar with the character you were playing, but if you apply this set of rules it seems that you did a pretty convincing job in your cosplay.
So take it to em!


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10 Apr 2014 - 18:41112661
IMO i think it would depend on how overly done and also how elaborate it is

like bankai ichigo is so overly done compared to say any of the hollow ichigos. seeing one of those would make me want to take a pic.
misa and well most of death note is overdone as an easy to put together cosplay(no offence meant) that like L cosplay is seen as "wow you wore a white shirt and jeans" compared to say a ryuk cosplay

you might adore the series but if too many people cosplay it youll get bored of seeing them eventually


13 Apr 2014 - 15:19112752
Try googling London Film & Comic Con, its at Earls Court and its my favourite con of the year.


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