I’ve been wanting to cover ‘Heroes of Cosplay’ for a while, but haven’t had time. Today I’m in just a bad enough mood to pick on it.
‘Heroes of Cosplay’ is a new SciFi series which focuses on cosplay. Well. Maybe. Within the first seconds of the clip it says, “It’s more than a hobby” which is wrong. Cosplay is a hobby. One we’re really passionate about, but most people know not to let it ruin their lives.
The trailer goes on to show some cool costumes, then a cosplayer saying, "We are literally tapping into our rent money at this point" And I’m not here to pick on the cosplayer, because I’ve heard it is HIGHLY scripted (apparently SciFi went to a few cons and tried to skew judging in order for the show’s stars to win) But okay. No one in their right mind uses their savings for cosplay. I don’t know about you, but having a place to live is far more important than cosplaying; and if you are to the point where you don’t have the money to support your hobby, you should probably see the term addiction.
The clip goes on to highlight some fancy costumes and cosplayers, saying they’re the “Heroes of Cosplay”. I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t really think there ARE heroes in cosplaying. I mean, yes, Yaya is a very popular cosplayer and I have absolutely nothing against her. But to call these people Heroes because they make costumes? I think that’s stretching it a bit when there are so many great cosplayers and members of the community. The clip continues to say it follows the “Hottest Cosplay Stars”, which I only recognize one, but I don’t really follow the best of the best with cosplay.
The clip seems to be showing that they’re really showing the less than nice side of cosplay, with a male cosplayer saying, “I’ve got this thing in the bag” which is never a really great attitude to have. I cannot imagine a show being based on the construction of cosplay, because sewing for hours is boring to watch…. But of course, it will focus on the DRAMA.
And how is this damaging to the community?
For outsiders to see things such as people using their rent money for “costumes”, it’s very damaging to the appearance we like to have. A lot of people already see nerds as lazy, irresponsible, and failures. So to have it put right up there that someone is using their money to LIVE on costumes, that puts us in a very, very poor light.
It also seems to me like a high number of the cosplays shown have a lot of skin showing; I have nothing against that. But for that to be one of the main things it focuses on, it makes us become sexualized. If anyone liked anime in the 80’s and 90’s, if you said, “I like Japanamation” (what is was called back then) people automatically thought PORN. We are already in a community that seems overly sexualized. To pick characters and cosplays that are clearly based on how sexy or pretty someone is, it just makes us seem that much worse.
I also am not liking how the competitions are being portrayed. I have entered in many, many competitions at many, many cons. Even one giving $500 a a prize. And I have always seen friendships being born, people being excited, and not being overly confident. Yeah, you get your bad eggs in there now and again, but most competitions aren’t like I’m seeing this portrayed as some battle between cosplayers.
I wish they would have picked some more variety with who they chose to be the “cosplay heroes”, because I would love to see some plus sized girls and minorities in there, as well as MORE MEN.
I’ll be watching the pilot episode, like thousands of you guys. But I cannot see this show helping out an already struggling community which already deals with drama, body shaming, sexualization, and has been trying so hard to get out of it. Because now it’s not just going to be people in the community putting this pressure on us. It’s going to be a lot of outsiders.
That’s what I thought upon first seeing this. It looked like a completely different world than I had grown up in.
My group’s first time participating in a cosplay competition, we thought it would be intense because everyone seemed to be very focused on their skits and cosplays during rehearsal, but we found out that it was because the rehearsals were much more chaotic than usual. At the end when everyone was waiting for the judges to decide on the winners, our group was applauded and welcomed by the other competitors, and in our conversations we NEVER got the vibe of aggressiveness that the trailer is portraying. We were all laughing and dancing super weirdly to the waiting music and MADE FRIENDS with other competitors. They were very welcoming to us first timers. Even if they didn’t win, people were going up to the winners and genuinely being happy for them. Which is why I couldn’t understand why the trailer depicts this hobby as competitive as it’s shown.
That being said, I’m not really surprised just because of the way that media loves to package people and sell them like hot cakes.
LET ME TELL YOU GUYS A STORY ABOUT HOW SCRIPTED THIS SHIT IS.
I was in The Masters at Emerald City Comicon, which was their fancy extra round of the costume contest that got filmed for Heroes of Cosplay. I had to sign a bunch of forms and everything, yadda yadda, they probably won’t even use footage of me because after eight hours of standing around in my Howl Jenkins cosplay I looked like ass onstage.
BUT SO ANYWAY, while we were backstage the producer came up to my friend Shannon and I (I snuck Shannon backstage because why not, also we saw a Misha Collins in the wild while we were there) and asked us if we could do something scripted for the cameras.
We asked what? The woman said “I want you to go over to her (she indicated the Steampunk Poison Ivy) and give her this pad (she handed Shannon a sanitary pad) and tell her that she’s got a cameltoe”
SO EVENTUALLY SHANNON DID IT
AND THE POISON IVY HAD NOT BEN INFORMED THAT THIS WAS SCRIPTED
AND JUST IN GENERAL THE WHOLE THING KINDA STUNK TO ME
also Shannon never signed forms releasing her image to SyFy so if they use that footage and make her look bad in any way she can sue
DON’T WATCH THIS SHOW, PLEASE.
Wow this saddens me even more now. I love cosplay and cons and they are literally insulting me and everyone else in this community. Cosplay isn’t something well known here and this being the first major show to happen involving cosplay in the US its already giving a bad image. I’m always happy to explain to people what cosplay and conventions are about and share all the work I did to get where I am and this is just like a slap to the face. I dont know much about the show but i have already decided I am probably going to try avoid it and not waste my time getting upset about it anymore.
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I will be contacting Mr. William Joyce tonight. I have thought of a way to make our voice heard by Dreamworks animation and I will soon be calling on you all for help. I can’t do this alone.
We will make our stand, together.
((For the morning peeps))
"It’s a key…"
"No, it’s a tradition."
Okay, headcanon time.
Pookas are all the same gender / sex, and there is no difference between one or the other when it comes to reproduction. There is no gender stigma, as all can switch from completely male (default) to female reproductive organs depending on what they need, when they need it as shape shifters. By default, the entire race are hermaphrodites yet present as male.
This however does not mean there are not any differences between one pooka to the next. Most pooka assume one roll. A Buck, or a Doe (A child barer).
Does are rarer than Bucks, and are often smaller in stature with wider hips. This is the only appearance difference, though in some cases the Doe’s look exactly the same as the Buck. They tend to lean towards social roles that are powerful, such as politicians, scientists and inventors. They are considered the dominant of the pair.
A Buck tends to be larger, with a broader chest and when they become parents they tend to grow in a thicker mane/scruff at the back of their neck (this is for infants to grip for easy transportation as a Buck is the main caregiver). They tend to lean towards becoming warriors, soldiers or heavy labourers, throwing themselves into hard work. They are considered the more submissive in nature and when mated are highly (and sometimes aggressively) protective of their Does.
In most cases, when Bucks who are soldiers/ warriors find a mate they will present their Doe with a key to the collar they wear as part of their armour as a symbol of their devotion. It symbolises that only their Doe can free them of their duty/bonds.
Each key is individual to the Buck, and should only be presented when they find someone who they are willing to die to protect.
There has been a lot of debate circulating Tumblr lately about Disney’s upcoming film Frozen. A lot of this debate was sparked by the fact that the character design of the film’s heroine, Anna, is strikingly similar (read: identical) to that of Rapunzel in Tangled….
So I heard about this story at a Zumbathon I attended this weekend. To my understanding, a 3 year old was bit by a pit bull and needs facial reconstruction surgery. The community however isn’t doing a very good job at helping because the mother and father of the child have a lot of tattoos.
All I could think when I heard this was - Tumblr wouldn’t stand for that.
Here is the link to the news story and to the fundraising site, please signal boost :)