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17 Oct 2008 - 13:096949
Bad cosplay experiences?
Sorry if this topic has been made before, but I was wondering if anyone out there had ever had a bad experience cosplaying?

I have had a really bad experience in my Ivy (Soul Calibur) costume, so I thought I'd share it.

I was at this con in the UK (no names because I don't want to be mean) that we'd never been to before. Now our group do big skits. Like 7 suitcases worth of soul calibur costumes, and a Nightmare. We turn up at the con, and find out that the masquerade is pretty much in a pub. No changing rooms, no green room, just some tables, a bar and an upper level with stairs.

So we decide to do our skit anyway, just because we dragged everything there, so we decide to go for it. I get changed upstairs, and wait in the loo. I then get a message from downstairs from where nightmare is, telling me that his face plate has broken. In my panic I grab my sword, then proceed to stomp down the stairs, only to then fall.

These were METAL stairs by the way.

I hurt my ass, a lot. But I got up again, then went onto find the nightmare. On my way there some dick runs up behind me, and GLOMPS me. Now I'm in a very expensive costume, I've just fallen down the stairs, one of the other costume's just broken, and my boobs are held on with tape, and someone thinks it's a good idea to GLOMP?!

..Yeah, I kinda yelled at him. A lot. Poor guy.

-Tab



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17 Oct 2008 - 13:336950
well when i was kid kakashi i had a real small samurai sword on my back and someone thought it would be funny to play with it, so i took it out the sheatht o re sheath it as it was all wonky(having to take all my straps off holding it on because i couldt reach it on my back) and then while i was trying to sheath it someone glomped me from behind, i slipped and well slashed some of my arm,it wasnt a sharp blade but the force of the slice and thepush of it pierced the flesh, yes i was bleeding, this was early on in the convention when i was wondering,but yea the girl did apologise to death so i just said its fine and walked off in a bit of pain, i mean my arm didnt come off but jesus lmao it did hurt but lukily the cut was were my arm guards went so no one could see the wound


17 Oct 2008 - 17:426951
hmm, bad cosplays?
for me, i'd say...

pretty much all of them ^__^ lawl

nah probablymy worst expereince was wearing a cosplay at school, everyone thought i was a preist! it was fun after people realised it was just me being my usual idiotic self though. although stairs at school are real difficult in hakama...


17 Oct 2008 - 18:486952
I was planning to wear my Ririn costume at the October London Expo back in 2006. I'd had my hair bleached and cut just before the Expo in anticipation of this.

Went to my hotel room, did my makeup, put on my tights, then stepped into my dress and started pulling it up over my hips when...

*ping*

It turned out I'd put on a bit of weight between Minami 12 and that Expo, and the buttons in the front (which were entirely cosmetic because I'm hopeless at making buttonholes) couldn't quite handle the strain of being pulled over my slightly expanded ass. And I didn't have any sewing equipment with me at all.

I put my normal clothes back on and went back to the Expo feeling rather sad


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17 Oct 2008 - 22:196955
When I borrowed Ben's Ichimaru Gin costume it was too big for me, so the hakama trailed on the floor. I managed to trip up TWICE. Once was in the queue to get in, and one because some moron glomped me and I tripped and fell down the steps outside expo. Ouchies.
I had the most horrible bruises on ma knees ;_;

Also... I seem to always get spots the day before expo so my pics look really bad xD

AND my Luppi skull piece had to be superglued to my wig cos it kept falling off and broke


17 Oct 2008 - 22:396958
While i was in the silver surfer vision was well non existant..

I thought my G/f groaped my ass so i grabbed her hand and she was like "what?"

I just said "you copped a feel didnt you?"

It turned out it wass it was some old man :S


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17 Oct 2008 - 23:056959
Quote Leah:
I was planning to wear my Ririn costume at the October London Expo back in 2006. I'd had my hair bleached and cut just before the Expo in anticipation of this.

Went to my hotel room, did my makeup, put on my tights, then stepped into my dress and started pulling it up over my hips when...

*ping*

It turned out I'd put on a bit of weight between Minami 12 and that Expo, and the buttons in the front (which were entirely cosmetic because I'm hopeless at making buttonholes) couldn't quite handle the strain of being pulled over my slightly expanded ass. And I didn't have any sewing equipment with me at all.

I put my normal clothes back on and went back to the Expo feeling rather sad


i'm actually terrified of something like this happening with my Al. i've been trying to balance my diet so i don't gain or lose any bodymass, else either way it won't fit anymore.


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18 Oct 2008 - 12:226962
During the cosplay cafe my dress ripped down both sides, exposing my bra to the world.....

uh also at expo in may, some idiot glomped me and snapped off one side of hair balls! i had to wander around to find a smoker so i could re-melt the hot glue..... all in all, the way i attatched the hair balls wasn't entirely thought through because they kept breaking, or coming off and the papier mache kept ripping..... it was a bit of a nightmare. but some many people recognised me i didn't really care... ^^ it was fun! ^^


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18 Oct 2008 - 13:156963
Quote MangaChild:
While i was in the silver surfer vision was well non existant..

I thought my G/f groaped my ass so i grabbed her hand and she was like "what?"

I just said "you copped a feel didnt you?"

It turned out it wass it was some old man :S


roflmao mike that wasnt an old man.... that was me in a kakashi cosplay LMAO


18 Oct 2008 - 13:206966
Quote Uber-Nerd:
On my way there some dick runs up behind me, and GLOMPS me.

Quote ryaoki:
while i was trying to sheath it someone glomped me from behind

Quote stripey_dani:
some moron glomped me and I tripped and fell down the steps

Quote Hexi:
some idiot glomped me and snapped off one side of hair balls!

I'm noticing a theme here...!


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18 Oct 2008 - 13:226967
lots of incidents with glompers, me thinks...

are glomps truly neccessary in the cosplay world of fragile costumes?? LOL


18 Oct 2008 - 13:246968
No, no they are not!

People always decide to do it on the days you are wearing5 pounds of body paint...or are covered in fake blood...><


19 Oct 2008 - 12:446988
more of these stories please! I love these good/bad cosplay experiences-threads... I can't believe how many weird situations you guys run into.

I've never had any bad cosplay experiences...


19 Oct 2008 - 13:166990
Ohhh. i have so many bad times!

My first one was in my first ever costume [sakura - naruto] and it was new years, and well... i cant realy remeber what happend after midnight, but when it hit 12.00 everyone got out SILLY STRING, and so my dress was ruined and when i woke up in the morning my pillow was bright pink [hair spray] and there was silly sting litraly allll over my dress, and under it... xD and it whent in my drink >_>

Then! At MCM may this year, my hair was constantly falling from being my ears >__<

MCM midlands, my 1m 70 odd keyblade was wreaked by a saix cosplayer that didnt like my sign about akuroku love, decided to glomp me, and the blade fell out of my keyblade and broke [tis fixed now] TT_TT

And to top it allllll of! At LFCC me and my small group did a FF7 skit, and we used songs that everyone would know and did the dances to them, only the music was messed up, and then everyone got kinda pissed cause they took ages to get the right track, then we did our skit and most people found it funny, but when we were walking of stage, the 4 judges were all expressing there opinions when we were right in ear shot, hearing sevral really painfull comments... ;>____>

Thing like this make me wonder why i still bother to cosplay...


19 Oct 2008 - 13:536994
Quote Neko-Chan:
And to top it allllll of! At LFCC me and my small group did a FF7 skit, and we used songs that everyone would know and did the dances to them, only the music was messed up, and then everyone got kinda pissed cause they took ages to get the right track, then we did our skit and most people found it funny, but when we were walking of stage, the 4 judges were all expressing there opinions when we were right in ear shot, hearing sevral really painfull comments... ;>____>

Since I have a sneaking suspicion that one of my work colleagues was on the judging panel for reasons unknown (he's a tactless git at the best of times, and he knows sod all about cosplay to boot...), allow me to apologise sincerely and whole-heartedly on his behalf, and I seriously recommend ignoring anything he says, ever. And not just about cosplay.

I was actually rather annoyed that since they wanted a judge from our dealer's table, they didn't ask me, since I've judged cosplay competitions before and have several years of cosplay experience behind me. I expressed this to the woman doing the organising and she said "oh, but we have too many women on the panel already". Grrr. Rest assured I would have smacked the rest of them into shape. If you don't "get" cosplay, then fine (although I question what you're doing judging a cosplay competition), but don't be rude and tactless about the people in the competition, especially if they're within earshot of you.

Sorry, personal rant there ^_^


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19 Oct 2008 - 14:176995
I wouldn't say a bad cosplay...but more like a bad experience. ^,^;;\

What it is...I should have had a hair cut before Amecon as I had a new wig. Wig keeps slipping off. More embarrising was when I was on stage for the Masquerade...and trip on the top step. >,<

I wasn't hurt or anything...but saw the funny side of things. lol XD


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19 Oct 2008 - 15:466997
Quote Neko-Chan:

And to top it allllll of! At LFCC me and my small group did a FF7 skit, and we used songs that everyone would know and did the dances to them, only the music was messed up, and then everyone got kinda pissed cause they took ages to get the right track, then we did our skit and most people found it funny, but when we were walking of stage, the 4 judges were all expressing there opinions when we were right in ear shot, hearing sevral really painfull comments... ;>____>

Thing like this make me wonder why i still bother to cosplay...


Sorry to hear that you had a bad experience with the Judges at LFCC. I'm the Showmasters resident judge. I wasn't at that particular event so I have no idea who judged. If I was there I would make sure that the other judges would keep nasty comments to themselves.

Its a bummer when bad expereinces do happen. I've not had many but the one that dose stand out is more from an emotional point of view. Years ago (mid 90's) I wore a 7of9 costume from Star Trek Voyager to be part of a group. I hated the program but agreed to do it so that my friends would have a full cast. But I was a size 20 at the time so head to foot sliver lycra didn't look good. I did get glomped by horrible guys which made me feel cheap (one of the many reasons why I stick to mainly crossplay now a days). I then later discovered that I was pregnant when I miscarried at the event making the corset underneath so much more unconfortable. I spent most of Sunday just wanting to hide. I decided after that event that I will only costumes that I want to do or feel confortable in.


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19 Oct 2008 - 16:267004
Quote Leah:
Quote Neko-Chan:
And to top it allllll of! At LFCC me and my small group did a FF7 skit, and we used songs that everyone would know and did the dances to them, only the music was messed up, and then everyone got kinda pissed cause they took ages to get the right track, then we did our skit and most people found it funny, but when we were walking of stage, the 4 judges were all expressing there opinions when we were right in ear shot, hearing sevral really painfull comments... ;>____>

Since I have a sneaking suspicion that one of my work colleagues was on the judging panel for reasons unknown (he's a tactless git at the best of times, and he knows sod all about cosplay to boot...), allow me to apologise sincerely and whole-heartedly on his behalf, and I seriously recommend ignoring anything he says, ever. And not just about cosplay.

I was actually rather annoyed that since they wanted a judge from our dealer's table, they didn't ask me, since I've judged cosplay competitions before and have several years of cosplay experience behind me. I expressed this to the woman doing the organising and she said "oh, but we have too many women on the panel already". Grrr. Rest assured I would have smacked the rest of them into shape. If you don't "get" cosplay, then fine (although I question what you're doing judging a cosplay competition), but don't be rude and tactless about the people in the competition, especially if they're within earshot of you.

Sorry, personal rant there ^_^


i dont think anyone on the panel knew the anime related songs... *sigh* but oh well, we decided if they were snooty enought to drop comments like that, we were quite happy to piss them off ^_^
its ashame you or sephy wernt on the panel D=


20 Oct 2008 - 14:227050
My first ever costume was thief Rikku, and well, I didn't quite realise that I had made the bikini top a cup size to small... Needless to say I spent the whole day on boob watch as they were determined to sneak out the bottom.

Always make sure you try on your costume the week before, too many of us have learnt the hard way (see above lol)


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20 Oct 2008 - 15:027054
Quote Sephirayne:
I then later discovered that I was pregnant when I miscarried at the event making the corset underneath so much more unconfortable. I spent most of Sunday just wanting to hide. I decided after that event that I will only costumes that I want to do or feel confortable in.
oh my god!
i'd just have packed up then and there and gone home! poor you!

i've only done costumes i've wanted to. i've never been forced into doing a character i don't know (thank goodness) and not done a group cosplay before either. so hopefully may expo will be a success!


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20 Oct 2008 - 15:507056
I noticed it's happened quite alot so was just wondering whats a glomp? I have came to the assumption that it's a random surprise often violent hug would that right?


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20 Oct 2008 - 16:057058
Quote Xauriga:
I noticed it's happened quite alot so was just wondering whats a glomp? I have came to the assumption that it's a random surprise often violent hug would that right?


That's about the long and short of it.

Its also often unwelcome and really, really not a great experience. Hugs that are ASKED for are better. Glomps are violent and can risk breaking or tearing an outfit or prop.


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20 Oct 2008 - 20:507077
I have a bit of a saga here. May Expo 2007 I went as Lloyd Irving with a pair of spray painted wellington boots with leather belts stuck to them. The paint did not bond to my boots it rubbed off on everything; my swords, my bag, the floor my friend who went as Zelos Wilder (it served her right though). Also the belts went ping! They were fixed thanks to a friendly Collete cosplayer. What made things worse was that it was a pretty wet day too.

I tried to fix them for October by putting a primer on them. Didn't really work. The paint came off but not as bad.


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20 Oct 2008 - 21:577081
Hmmm I seem to be lucky in that I've never had anything *too* bad like this happen to me.

The worst was more self inflicted. For my Cliff Fittir costume I used some brass pipe fixings for earrings, I cut them with wire cutters and then just clamped them on to my ears.

After a little while the people doing the group with me suddenly looked at my ear in horror as it was bleeding really badly. The metal cut I made had sliced open a part of my earlobe. lolololollolol.

I think I exude a aura of "Get the hell away from me" at places like Expo as I have never had to worry about "glomping". I'm not a very huggy person at the best of times, let alone when somebody pretty much flying tackles me.

~M


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22 Oct 2008 - 09:537128
Quote PrincessMark:
Hmmm I seem to be lucky in that I've never had anything *too* bad like this happen to me.

The worst was more self inflicted. For my Cliff Fittir costume I used some brass pipe fixings for earrings, I cut them with wire cutters and then just clamped them on to my ears.

After a little while the people doing the group with me suddenly looked at my ear in horror as it was bleeding really badly. The metal cut I made had sliced open a part of my earlobe. lolololollolol.

I think I exude a aura of "Get the hell away from me" at places like Expo as I have never had to worry about "glomping". I'm not a very huggy person at the best of times, let alone when somebody pretty much flying tackles me.

~M


Ouch! That must of left a scar.

As to the flying tackle glomp. Easy to fix. Just step to one side. Lol!

Yes, I did carry on at the event after I miscarried as I didn't want anyone to know until afterwards. I didn't want any one fussing over me therefore spoiling they're event.


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