Login or register to post.
Login to reply  Page: « < 2 of 3 > »
25 Nov 2008 - 16:137851
Never too old I say!
But agreed with Tab about the boobs and legs having to go away past a certain age! XD

I'm looking forward to all those graceful-older-lady-in-kimono costumes!

And so haven't remotely thought about dressing up children *coughcoughcough*


26 Nov 2008 - 09:087864
Thanks people. Didn't realise that most people where more or less my age. I'm also guessing from the sort of response that most cosplayers are female.

I know it is irrelevant to deciding what I want to do, but I'm curious, how to women perceive men that cosplay?

Thanks ^^


26 Nov 2008 - 22:187894
i shall cosplay sophie from howls moving castle in her old lady form when i'm older ^^

*cough* i havent had the same thought either ellie

what do you mean by how do women percieve men who cosplay? o.O



Last edited by angel aiko (26 Nov 2008 - 22:19)
26 Nov 2008 - 22:377897
As in is there any stereotype thinking with regards to men from a female (cosplayer - don't care what the rest think) perspective.


26 Nov 2008 - 22:467899
You're 22, right? I notice from your profile you haven't actually cosplayed yet - well you have absolutely nothing to worry about! Come back in maybe... 13 years, and that's when perhaps male cosplayers start to appear less. This is probably just my stereotype (but hey, it's based on what I've seen in person), but male cosplayers in their late 30s tend to be one of two things.

Either, they are quite frankly creepy. (I ran into a Phoenix Hobo at October Expo... terrible costume, smelt, and seemed to think my face was a foot lower than usual )

Or, they are nothing short of amazing. All those years of practise put to use, they have amazing armour, or weapons, or clothes, or all three!


__________________

Last edited by HystericalDame (26 Nov 2008 - 22:47)
27 Nov 2008 - 20:467948
Yeah 22 never cosplayed. Always wanted to when I was younger but felt like there wasn't a way to share the experience kind of thing (I'm from Malta originally - very small medit. island). Now that I realise that I am possibly still in time, I am having cold feet about it, hehe.

Though I must say thanks to everyone who replied to this thread.


28 Nov 2008 - 12:047965
The whole "more women cosplaying than men" thing is quite interesting. Especially when you take the whole cross playing phenomina into account.

My main problem with it is that I'm trans, so half the time people assume I'm cross playing when in fact I'm not. The entire cosplay community isn't really very sensitive when it comes to that kind of stuff.

So when I am 30 I shall be a creepy man cosplayer. With awesome armour.

Tab


28 Nov 2008 - 13:037966
Quote Uber-Nerd:
The whole "more women cosplaying than men" thing is quite interesting. Especially when you take the whole cross playing phenomina into account.

My main problem with it is that I'm trans, so half the time people assume I'm cross playing when in fact I'm not. The entire cosplay community isn't really very sensitive when it comes to that kind of stuff.

So when I am 30 I shall be a creepy man cosplayer. With awesome armour.

Tab


When I first started cosplaying back in the late 80's/early 90's it was the other way around. There where alot more male cosplayers then female. I was also on the sci-fi con circit alot which has a 80% male to 20% female split. So to me nowadays seems strange. Personally, I love that more females have gotten into cosplay over the years. I feel less like the odd one.

As someone who has body dysmorpha where I don't see myself as either sex I really like the crossplay in anime events. It helps me have times where I can be confortable being a androgynous character.

Tab, your post grabbed me. If you don't mind me asking are you a full trans? My brother is a pre op full trans and is curious about the anime cosplay scene. How have you found peoples reactions?

I'm already 34 with the body of a 25 year old. Yes, exercise is good. So its not too long before I hit the big 4-0. Will I still be cosplaying. Yeep-a-roo! Still as Sephiroth but by then I won't have to keep my hair dyed I can just let the already greying hair show.


__________________
28 Nov 2008 - 15:407974
No I'm not full trans- FTM surgery is not really up to a level where I would think of undertaking it yet.

As far as cosplay goes, people aren't really respectful about transsexuality at all. So I'm not too sure if it would help your brother's confidence as a male. I know this is because crossplay is so common, so it is the first assumption people make when they see someone who looks like they're another sex. (I never assume myself because it's impolite.)

My body is that of a very attractive woman's- something which I always have problems with because it seems a huge shame to cover it up. Therefore I just treat it in an abstract manner because I know who I am, so it's okay to crossplay women with huge breasts. It's not that I don't like them- it's just that they're not really *mine* if that makes sense? That's why I can do such revealing crossplay's- I don't care because it's not my real body, so I don't worry about people seeing it.

Sorry if this is turning into a ramble/rant, but it is something that isn't addressed much on the cosplay scene. I run a webcomic (www.khaoskomix.com) which deals with trans issues, and we've got so many trans/genderqueer people on the forum like you wouldn't believe. That's why it's so odd for me never to hear about it in relation to cosplay.

Tab


28 Nov 2008 - 17:337977
Quote Uber-Nerd:
No I'm not full trans- FTM surgery is not really up to a level where I would think of undertaking it yet.

As far as cosplay goes, people aren't really respectful about transsexuality at all. So I'm not too sure if it would help your brother's confidence as a male. I know this is because crossplay is so common, so it is the first assumption people make when they see someone who looks like they're another sex. (I never assume myself because it's impolite.)

My body is that of a very attractive woman's- something which I always have problems with because it seems a huge shame to cover it up. Therefore I just treat it in an abstract manner because I know who I am, so it's okay to crossplay women with huge breasts. It's not that I don't like them- it's just that they're not really *mine* if that makes sense? That's why I can do such revealing crossplay's- I don't care because it's not my real body, so I don't worry about people seeing it.

Sorry if this is turning into a ramble/rant, but it is something that isn't addressed much on the cosplay scene. I run a webcomic (www.khaoskomix.com) which deals with trans issues, and we've got so many trans/genderqueer people on the forum like you wouldn't believe. That's why it's so odd for me never to hear about it in relation to cosplay.

Tab


Wow, thanks for such an honest answer. My brother is an FTM and will be undertaking the surgery next year, hopefully. Its good that your still happy enough to cosplay in reveling outfits. Yes, it dose make sense. I did a female cosplay last year which was revealling. I did hate it but I got around wearing it by seeing it as the character not me. I do struggle, hence why I'm always crossplaying. Although I do see myeslf as more androgynus I do prefer the male characters look in anime cosplay. I think I will have to check that link out as I would like to meet more people like me and so would my brother.


__________________
28 Nov 2008 - 19:157978
I'm 21 and I sometimes feel much too old for cosplay sometimes personally, but I think that's my own lack of self-confidence! With "older cosplayers"... I don't think there should be a limit, I've never met anyone who I believe is "too old"! ...Then again I rarely notice age or gender!

Sorry for butting in on your conversation Sephirayne & Tab, but that really touched me. I have BDD also, and its something I've had since... a long time. XD For me it's comforting to know. I have some friends that are trans, both in & out of the cosplay scene, but I find a lot of cosplayers are so rude about it, this last amecon I got told I would never make a good so-and-so-character because I wasn't male, wtf.

Anyway I wish your brother the best of luck with the op, Sephirayne, and no future rudeness to the all of you <333


28 Nov 2008 - 20:387979
Hmmm I REALLY appreciate those honest words, I must say, I am slightly disappointed. I expected more open mindedness from people like cosplayers. I'm straight, but I must say that I think one of the original things that originally attracted me was the sense of open mindedness radiated form the Jap/cosplay culture.

Heaving said that I personally think women would have it easier to cosplay any character sex, but not the other way around, however that is my pre-opinion, never having taken part yet it is just a guess. But I look forward to doing this, and respect to all of you for feeling good about who you are doing what your mind and heart says!


29 Nov 2008 - 10:457983
I'm 23 and I've only been cosplaying for a couple of years, as far as i'm concerned I won't be too old for a fair while yet as most of the people I cosplay with are around my ages.


29 Nov 2008 - 16:577985
Well im 23 nearly 24 and i went to my first manga night at waterstones last night. I thought it was a right buzz.

Your never too old to enjoy dressing up. I love it i will be doing it for years to come.


29 Nov 2008 - 18:187988
Quote miiol:
I'm 21 and I sometimes feel much too old for cosplay sometimes personally, but I think that's my own lack of self-confidence! With "older cosplayers"... I don't think there should be a limit, I've never met anyone who I believe is "too old"! ...Then again I rarely notice age or gender!

Sorry for butting in on your conversation Sephirayne & Tab, but that really touched me. I have BDD also, and its something I've had since... a long time. XD For me it's comforting to know. I have some friends that are trans, both in & out of the cosplay scene, but I find a lot of cosplayers are so rude about it, this last amecon I got told I would never make a good so-and-so-character because I wasn't male, wtf.

Anyway I wish your brother the best of luck with the op, Sephirayne, and no future rudeness to the all of you <333


It's okay to butt in- this is a forum post after all!

I think some of the rudeness could stem from the fact that there are no real anime's that I can think of that deals with transsexuality. It's all just crossdressing or uses magic or something else (though correct me if I'm wrong!) and life is perfect.

People are used to crossdressing at cons, so it's their first assumption. Just like if you're actually gay people assume that you're doing yaoi for the fangirls.

I think this is getting too out the way for the cosplay age topic though, so I'll make a new one about gender and cosplay.

Tab


01 Dec 2008 - 21:488043
Thanks, Miiol, I'll pass on your message to my brother.

Tab, great idea. I do think its worth having a septerate topic.

BOT, I've yet to cosplay as someone younger than my actual age. Nearly everyone one of cosplayed as has been my age at the time of cosplaying. My only young cosplay was Claire the cheerleader from 'heroes'. Luckerly, I had the right body tone to look the part so my age didn't matter.


__________________
01 Dec 2008 - 22:078044
Hmm, I often get asked this on the goth-loli communities as well. To be honest, it doesn't really matter how old you are, you can cosplay or dress up in any outfit so long as it suits you really. ^_^ If you apply some good common sense and choose characters that flatter you, then you will look your best.


__________________

Websites~ fyredrake.net ~ sweatdrop.com ~
Next events ~ Japanese Art Fest, J-Culture Con,
02 Dec 2008 - 15:078061
Quote kakashi_is_cute:
hi, im 22 aswell. i started cosplay abt 5 yrs ago and never looked bk. i dont plan on stoping cosplay at anytime. even when i have kids they will cosplay 2. lol


*hasn't started planning what to dress her future kids up as....honest!*


no i havnt started planning yet depend on wot i have. lol. cosplay is 4 every1 might as well start them cosplaying at an early age. they wont find it werid then as they get older it will b "normal" 4 them


03 Dec 2008 - 14:228095
Quote Sephirayne:
I say you can never be too old to cosplay. I've known quite a few mature cosplayers who still look fantastic. I'm 34 and I don't see me stopping any time soon. Not unless my acting career really takles off.

Contrary to popular belief I am closer to 40 than I am to 30 *sigh* which means I'm older than probably 99% of the cosplayers on this site. However, being surrounded by all these younger cosplayers I do feel younger. So as far as 'being too old' goes - pah!

As long as you're having fun and you're not causing a problem, who cares!


__________________
Shoot for the moon.
If you miss you'll be among the stars.

20 Dec 2008 - 13:008853
Quote Neko-Chan:

tbh, i think there is a line were some ones a bit to old, and it can creep out the other cosplayers a bit, but thats like 45ish. ^^;
seeing as some of the trekkies are like... 60 aswell, maybe not? 8D

Ahh well, enjoy your stay xD
Oh God, ..but I'm 45!! ...wait, I have to go join the Trekkies now??
..
*sniff*
...so long all..
*sadly bows head and contemplates 'the long walk'*

...I hope Trekkies are ok with crossplay..


20 Dec 2008 - 13:118854
DONT WORRY RANMA 1-2 I HAVE COME TO SAVE YOU FROM THIS FOWL thing called age lmaoo paff ok i must admit the 50 and over sometimes creeps me out but at the end of the day if you wanna do it then do it and i mean for 45 you have legs of the gods lmao so who gives a shite


20 Dec 2008 - 13:558855
Quote ryaoki:
DONT WORRY RANMA 1-2 I HAVE COME TO SAVE YOU FROM THIS FOWL thing called age lmaoo paff ok i must admit the 50 and over sometimes creeps me out but at the end of the day if you wanna do it then do it and i mean for 45 you have legs of the gods lmao so who gives a shite

Actually I agree. Well to an extent. If a person chooses a cosplay which suits them then no one will mind. eg I see no probs with a 50 year old cosplaying a mean Count Dooku or say a Star Trek admiral.

No one wants to quit whilst they're having fun.
But if I discovered I was creeping people out then yeah for their sakes I would swap to just do the more mature stuff. And those cosplays are planned for sometime in the future (eg I have yet to unleash my Darth Maul on ya all), but I have a few more glamourous females in me first which NEED to come out before I submit to the straight/mature cosplays.

So.. can I do Sailor Pluto? Pweeeeeeeese? Huh?.. Huh?.. can I?..


20 Dec 2008 - 14:458857
YES OFFCOURSE YOU CAN as if wed pass up that oppurtunity and hey when im 50 im planning to cosplay as the old guy yammamoto from bleach LMAO so it all works out ann ohhhhh darth maull exactly i might have to join you as obi-wan if you do that if you like


20 Dec 2008 - 14:578859
Quote ryaoki:
YES OFFCOURSE YOU CAN as if wed pass up that oppurtunity and hey when im 50 im planning to cosplay as the old guy yammamoto from bleach LMAO so it all works out ann ohhhhh darth maull exactly i might have to join you as obi-wan if you do that if you like
Ta.
Well yes you can be Obi-wan..but you realise we'll have to keep having THE most epic lightsaber battles. ..and you won't have that partner Qui-gon to help you out this time ..cos I like totally ran him through already - remember??


20 Dec 2008 - 22:318869
I'm scared to grow old in case I can't suit a character I want to cosplay. I'm 18 now, started cosplaying when I was 16 but had only 1 crappy costume. I'm doing all the crossplaying and more revealing outfits while I'm still young and continue to look young. Once I go all craggy it will be manly man time.


__________________
Login to reply  Page: « < 2 of 3 > »