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23 Jan 2012 - 05:1477796
cosplay look a like
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Could you tell me please do you have to look exactly like the character that you are cosplaying? Do you have to be the exact size and shape? The reason I ask is that 3 of us where at a show me as wonder woman ,her as deadpool and her as robin. We were told by a group that they didn't want us to join as we didn't look like our characters. Is there a law against this? What do you think? Wonder woman is one of my heroes, to portray her I have lost 14 stone, more to go,A ton of make up, all the items ,body waxed, and the costume. I raised over a 1000 pounds going to shows for my son's charity -Muscular Dystrophy. I have respect for all those who cosplay ,its fun but scary. So the nice looking girl who is dressed as supergirl or the guy dressed as wonder woman they both get my respect.Should superman only be done by a 6 ft 2 inch guy from kansas and not kent?, should wonder woman only be done by a girl from cuba haiti florida area- bermuda triangle and not from birmingham, ?????
Let me know what you think, I think cosplay should be fun,and enjoyable


23 Jan 2012 - 06:1577797
Quote superwondergirl:
Hi
Could you tell me please do you have to look exactly like the character that you are cosplaying? Do you have to be the exact size and shape? The reason I ask is that 3 of us where at a show me as wonder woman ,her as deadpool and her as robin. We were told by a group that they didn't want us to join as we didn't look like our characters. Is there a law against this? What do you think? Wonder woman is one of my heroes, to portray her I have lost 14 stone, more to go,A ton of make up, all the items ,body waxed, and the costume. I raised over a 1000 pounds going to shows for my son's charity -Muscular Dystrophy. I have respect for all those who cosplay ,its fun but scary. So the nice looking girl who is dressed as supergirl or the guy dressed as wonder woman they both get my respect.Should superman only be done by a 6 ft 2 inch guy from kansas and not kent?, should wonder woman only be done by a girl from cuba haiti florida area- bermuda triangle and not from birmingham, ?????
Let me know what you think, I think cosplay should be fun,and enjoyable


Cosplay should be for enjoying yourself Its up to the individual who to cosplay as, i'd say people should cosplay as characters they like and enjoy, so you doing wonder woman is for the right reasons... There are some people who believe that cosplay should be accurate, down to size, ethnicity and height, but if everyone went by that there would be few cosplayers of certain characters.

In my opinion so long as the person is enjoying themself it shouldn't matter how much they look like the character, so long as they feel comfortable.

I myself don't cosplay characters that are my size, seen as the main bulk of characters are extremely skinny, large breasted beautiful females. I go more on the personality and attitudes of the characters, and i find that more enjoyable than the thought of only cosplaying characters that my body size suits, the character's more important than if it suits my shape.

The people who said that to you are more close minded people, however it was wrong of them to push their ideals on other people about how they perceive cosplay to be done. Some people set those sort of standards for themself because they want to be as accurate as possible.

You should do whatever you enjoy and feel comfortable doing, so long as your having fun the accuracy shouldn't matter,because if everyone just focused on being oh so accurate then i'm pretty sure it'd loose the fun element for many people.



23 Jan 2012 - 16:0377813
Different people have different priorities in cosplay. For some people, yes, it is all about resembling the character as closely as possible, even though with many of these characters an exact physical resemblance is impossible due to the body proportions of art versus real life.

There is no "right" and "wrong" way to cosplay, really, but you should always respect the choices of others. Some do it for fun, some for the challenge of creating it, some for love of character or design. It sounds like these people may have been pretty rude to you and that's a real shame and goes against the fun, creative ethos that most cosplayers have.

I think your reasons for cosplaying Wonder Woman sound fantastic and admirable, and if you enjoyed the experience you shouldn't let the opinions of some people stop you from doing it again. You'll find there's plenty of people who will support and admire you for it, but the world of cosplay is just like the real world - people have different viewpoints.

The main point is to do what YOU enjoy. Cosplay is a hobby, and fun, however you find it, should always be the priority.


23 Jan 2012 - 21:5977845
Exact size and shape? - No that would rule out way too much. Some organised groups have restrictions eg Darth Vader has to be bla bla tall but they are the more serious groups. General cosplay there are no rules or laws about who you can cosplay.

Having said that...I have met a guy who does the most Awesomest Bane cosplay and he has a perfect physique for it. So the combination of his excellent costume, and his characterisation roleplay, and physique makes his cosplay total Win! So I appreciate both cosplays which match body shape and cosplays which do not. I suppose there are some who are more exacting...
But did you enjoy your cosplaying nonetheless?


24 Jan 2012 - 05:5077862
Thank you every one . Those are words of encouragement to me. I enjoy comics science fiction,I love my son, I enjoy doing charity work and have enjoyed doing cosplay, I enjoy the attention of it. I wanted to join a group of like minded people, this group i tried didn't work but all your kind words have. I have uploaded some pictures of myself if you want to have a look. My son suggested I do the journal for the next collection. Oxford city centre as wonder woman collecting for muscular dystrophy.Feb 29th
If you see me at a show please come up and say Hi i would love to meet you and thank you


24 Jan 2012 - 12:1277866
You sound like a great guy. to be honest, I'd be glad you aren't with the other group. At the end of the day, cosplaying is a hobby; It is there to be enjoyed by people of all shapes and sizes. No one, or very few people, have the figure of cartoon/video game character so go a head and have fun, do whatever the hell you like as long as you enjoy what you are doing.


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02 Feb 2012 - 00:4678257
Cosplay is what you want it to be!

That's the brilliant thing about it, some love the social factor, others like the challenge of the costume making, others love being their hero's / favourite characters.

Unfortunatly, as with most other hobbies there can be people who are,,, for want of a better term 'elitist' who want everything perfect. But what fun would that make cosplay? If we all looked exactly like the character it wouldn't be interesting at all.

It doesn't matter which route of cosplay you decide to go down as long as you have fun it's all that counts ^^

The fact that you've gone to so much trouble for your cosplay appearance is outstanding! And I pat you on the back for having something that can motivate you so much.

Overall I completely agree with you! Cosplay should be fun and enjoyable ^^, I'm just sorry you had to see that side of things =[ *hugs*


02 Feb 2012 - 01:3978258
The one aim in the UK cosplay community to how I see it is bringing people with that love together and having fun. How you look compared to the character doesnt matter all that much as long as you enjoy what you are doing. After all, real life humans with perfect cartoon/comic/anime bodies and faces are almost non-existent and much of the better photos tend to either be photoshopped and/or used lighting/camera tricks to remove imperfections.

Looking similar to the character is a bonus but in the end of the day no one should tell you what you should or shouldn't do.


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02 Feb 2012 - 12:4378268
Thank you all for the kind comments and encouragement. If you see me at a show please come over and say hi, would love to meet you all.


02 Feb 2012 - 14:3478271
I never, ever look like the characters I'm cosplaying. EVER. I don't have the right body shape for most of the skinny characters and most of the curvy characters I find show off too much skin. My face is too round, my legs not long enough and essentially, I'm a plain Jane, so cosplays never really suit me. But I just figure as long as I'm enjoying myself then it doesn't matter. I go to hang out with my friends and in my opinion, people should cosplay because they enjoy it, not to pick other people apart because they think most people don't meet their standards.

I think whatever you do in cosplay you're always going to get negativity from people. There are a lot of elitists in this hobby, as with any hobby really, and they will pick out flaws and scoff at others, but it's honestly best to ignore them, otherwise you'll not enjoy it. I pick character's I like and admire when it comes down to a cosplay, not ones I look like or can pull off, because I know I can't pull any of them off, but it doesn't stop me trying and having a damn good time doing it. I have never found a character I have the body type for, or the looks for, but I've given up at this point and I'm just doing characters I genuinely like instead of ones I think I may or may not suit and I've found I enjoy it more this way. =)

As far as I'm concerned, there are no rules for who a person can cosplay. These people who moan and bitch about people not looking right, sounding right, not being the right body type or height, etc are, in my opinion, not worth talking to if they're going to pull you to pieces. Not only are you trying amazingly hard for your costume, you're also doing it for a great cause, so don't let rude people get you down.


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02 Feb 2012 - 16:3078275
It is true that cosplaying is a hobby for most. However being a hobby people are allowed to enjoy it and partake in it for different reasons. Some people cosplay purely for the fun of it where as others strive to not only look like the characters but also act like them. This isn't elitist as such but more a personal preference of that cosplayer. To tell them their way of thinking is wrong makes you as judgemental as them when they ask people not to join in their photo shoot.

And on that point, although it was rude for them to say so (if they did it in an unfriendly manner) you must see that perhaps they were trying to get certain types of photos or had them in mind for a particular purpose where details and accuracy were key. Although upsetting this is not a terrible thing to do. What they should have done was explain their intentions and then have a separate shoot afterwards for everyone! That way everyone is happy!

On no account should you stop cosplaying because of this! It is fantastic that you have raised so much money and like others have said no one really looks like the characters! Just remember that people cosplay for different reasons, accept it and move on find new groups to join! There are always super heros around


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