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19 Jan 2013 - 01:0796120
Mainstream cosplays vs non-mainstream
When you go to a con, do you prefer to see cosplayers cosplaying something you know which is likely to be mainstream or go as something you don't know likely to be non-mainstream. Finally do you prefer to go as something well known or not? Both have their advantages and disadvantages.


19 Jan 2013 - 01:2996121
I cosplay the characters I love. More often than not they will be characters lesser known or not so mainstream because they're things that I cherish or hold dear from my younger years (Cardcaptor Sakura) so she is definitely one of my favourites to wear,. I see a few costume variants of her and some are more common than others.

As for others I'm definitely going to be more attracted to seeing things which aren't mainstream purely because they will be a novelty. If you see the same thing repeatedly it loses the wow factor, though this does'nt reflect how I view the cosplay since they're just doing the same as I am (cosplaying for the love of the character they're portraying)


19 Jan 2013 - 02:5596124
I DO tend to stay away from characters when I know it's likely to see about 70 of them at the convention.

I will NEVER cosplay a character I don't like, mainstream or no.

That said, I attended the October Expo as a Ronin villain from Saints Row 2 (Cos I loved their outfits), and openly expected not to be recognized - yet was very disapointed when nobody recognized me as a Ronin!

My boyfriend was Resi Evil's Leon, and we where stopped every few seconds for a picture of Leon, but only one person stopped and asked if I was a Ronin (Thank you whoever that was!)

I'm currently working on Scholar Ling, from a little known (but VERY awesome) game called Jade Empire, from Bioware - her costume is stunning, and she's looking to set me back maybe £800 to £1000 tops.

But whenever I ask my friends or cosplay buddies if they've played the game, they say they've never heard of it, opting for Bioware's more famous Mass Effect or Dragon Age.
So, odds are, when I debut the costume, nobody will know who I am, or likely mistake me for a Dynasty Warrior character.

But I'm willing to go through that dissapointment again. I love the character, I love her costume, thats motivation enough for me!


19 Jan 2013 - 11:3696126
I have a 'who really cares' attitude. I cosplay what I love and love what I cosplay.

I don't think there is any real advantages between well-known and not so much. Considering what we do, what exactly does 'mainstream' mean? I think say that kind of makes you look like a contrarian or 'hipster'.


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19 Jan 2013 - 11:4696127
I love Jade Empire! Its an awesome game!

Anyway I've cosplayer both mainstream and very obscure. I like the obscure ones as they are normally a lot more challenging to make but I do enjoy the attention a mainstream character has!

I'm also the same though and I won't cosplay a character I don't like and I'm majorly put off a character if I know they're going to be over cosplayed. It makes it more fun for me being the only one!


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19 Jan 2013 - 12:0496129
I mostly cosplay characters and series that I love, regardless of whether it is mainstream or not - it just mostly happens that they don't tend to be very mainstream.

Most of the time when I cosplay something from a popular series (for example Hetalia) I tend to cosplay versions that aren't the default example. I look up interesting fanarts that I would prefer to cosplay or alternative designs that people are less likely to cosplay from. I don't get as much recognition as the character for these variations, but people seem to like the designs, and since I'm cosplaying a version of the character I really like, I'm very happy about it anyway.

Too be honest, I've had more people ask me for photos and come up and chat to me when I've worn alternative outfits, or non-mainstream cosplays in comparison to when I've worn more mainstream stuff. (I think sometimes people take an attitude of just glossing over mainstream stuff).


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19 Jan 2013 - 12:1896130
I cosplay characters I like regardless of how well known they are. The advantage of cosplaying a popular character is that you tend to get asked for lots of pictures and get more compliments. The advantage of cosplaying a lesser know character or a different variant is theres unlikely to be fifty other people in the same outfit. I like running in to people who are cosplaying from things I like and when I recognise something more obscure that I enjoy its very nice to see. However you should never be put off doing a character because lots of other people do.


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19 Jan 2013 - 15:3696137
I do a lot of Western characters and some really obscure costumes at times, but then I find that just having a handful of people that truly appreciate the costume rather than hundreds of people just recognising it is much more fun! ;D


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19 Jan 2013 - 17:0696140
I think it’s great to see people in cosplay whether they are doing a mainstream character or something more obscure – it all adds to the atmosphere of these events.

It’s always a nice surprise when you spot someone wearing a more obscure costume that you would never have expected to see (but which you still recognise). However, if someone is wearing a costume from a source that I don’t know at all then I am less likely to stop them for a photo unless the costume really stands out in its own right (e.g. I have taken some photos of some amazing Trinity Blood cosplays but I did not know what Trinity Blood was at the time). I also tend not to take photos of very commonly cosplayed characters unless they are with a group of other characters from the same source as I don’t just want to fill up my memory card with 100’s of photos of [insert frequently cosplayed character here].

Regarding my own costumes, I like to cosplay from a well-known series (so that I am likely to be recognised) but as one of the characters that is less frequently cosplayed (so that I still stand out). Obviously it has to be a series and character that I like too. I also try to choose costumes that are clearly costumes and aren’t likely to be mistaken for plain clothes unless someone is looking closely at the details. This seems to have worked for me so far but I have not been cosplaying that long.


19 Jan 2013 - 17:1296141
If my characters are mainstream or non mainstream, it's purely coincidental.

I have watched a lot of obscure media, but that too has no real explaination as to why. I just know of them.

The characters I play I do so because I like the characters. Whether they're recognisable or not isn't my problem, or care.


20 Jan 2013 - 18:1496184
It's fun being recognised and I got really bored one year when I put a lot of effort into my Claire-Heroes costume but no one recognised me, and my boyfriend at the time got mobbed by people because he was wearing a rented Winnie the Pooh costume. At the same time, it's annoying seeing lots of people in the same costume as me, especially if I prefer their costume more haha. I only cosplay as someone if I like the character and the costume itself. Being recognised isn't everything, I've done several cosplays where I haven't recognised much and still had fun, but it certainly can be a benefit. Of course, being overly recognised has it's cons as well as it's pros; when I cosplayed as a Silent Hill nurse I got stopped constantly.

She's eating? Yeah, I'll still take a photo of her. She's in the middle of buying something? Yeah, I'll still take a photo of her. She's not looking in my direction? Yeah, I'll quickly get a photo of her ass >_>


20 Jan 2013 - 18:2496186
I go with either really...

Last year i did 10th Doctor, a pretty mainstream one... but this year in may i'll be doing Alucard (Hellsing) and Jareth (Labyrinth), neither of which i'd call mainstream really...

I just tend to go for characters i enjoy, regardless of how 'mainstream' they are

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20 Jan 2013 - 20:1596191
I just cosplay whoever I want, no matter who they are. I cosplay a mix of both though.


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20 Jan 2013 - 21:2896195
Personally when I cosplay I like to do more well known characters of a series, not neccesarily the main, but I like the feeling of people recognizing who the character is that I put work into bringing to life. However, obscure cosplays always get their share or recognition and a healthy con has a balance of mainstream and obscure in my opinion. It all bottles down to what you enjoy personally in cosplay (^__^)


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