I also decided to make an account just to respond to this...Totally and completely BIAS article. Honestly, I am so disappointed with how this was written and how it shows us cosplayers. I am acquaintances with all of these people mentioned, friends with some of them,and although a few of them may be slightly rude, you made it seem like that was the only way how they acted. The reporter/article writer of this was once again quite bias, and walked into this with a closed mind, a terrible mistake.
Cosplay is a hobby that brings people together. At these cosplay gatherings, we usually become a little family, and have fun. We'll take pictures, help each other, and accept each other. Even if one of us don't fully like a certain person, we tolerate them and respect them, and still have fun. We're all geeks dressing up for fun, that's literally all there is to it, it's for FUN. I've been to a lot of these cosplay gatherings, and every time I've gone, I've had so much fun and made a lot of new friends. At least that's my experience with these. And at Anime cons and what not, there are a lot of nice cosplayers and people there. Oh, and the way you described how they looked was rather not needed, and you put it in a very negative tone.
The reason they were reluctant to have you come along is clearly shown through out this article. You could have put at least a little bit more effort into accenting cosplayers. Us cosplayers accept each other, help each other, and cheer each other up. Honestly, there's so much more that I could write, but I just...can't. I literally can't. It probably wouldn't change your opinion, because you are quite frankly very closed minded and not worth the time when it comes to this topic.
I'm quite disappointed in this article and how you have decided to write it and show us cosplayers. There's more to us than just being dressed up in costumes. Much, much more, and you will never have a chance to see it.
Hi my name is Shannon, and yes, I was one of the girls who let her tag along. I just want to say to the entire cosplay community that I am sorry I ever did this. I thought she would write a nice article that would bring more interest to the cosplay community. However, I was completely wrong. For half the time that the reporter was with us, she didn't even tell us when she started recording our conversations, and many of the 'insulting' remarks were meant as jokes. Me and Marina both like Hetalia, watched the anime and have thought about cosplaying as Hetalia characters. I am not a diehard cosplayer and am actually really new to the community, and my main focus in life is school. I would never have agreed to this if I knew it would turn out like this. In response to the person who thinks I might just be a douchebag and a 'catty, childish cosplayer', I won't say I'm the most wonderful person ever, but please don't call my friend Marina bad names. She is a very nice person. I sincerely apologize for my mistake and I hope I can be forgiven. I love to cosplay and I would hate to leave the community now.
Oh hun, don't worry about it. We live and learn and make mistakes.
The author of this article was very unprofessional and did not properly interview anyone. Don't let this article define you, or anyone else in the cosplay community. The article is just another thing we just have to prove wrong as a community since people will believe anything written.
I apologize if you are getting any flak for this from anyone, I suggest if able to email the author with the email you used to contact her in the beginning about the concerns that many of us have addressed or trying to contact the reader itself about said complaints and issues.
I'm very sorry to hear that this happened to you.
Wouldn't the activity of this so called 'reporter' be technically illegal? Unauthorized recording and publishing of private conversations, diffamation etc...
She totally deserves to be sued.
My daughter recently showed me this very poorly done article on cosplayers. While I have no doubt that the author was correct about her experience, she did not portray these kids in a positive light. She started from a negative slant and stayed there. She didn't do her homework as a journalist should. I actually find it humorous that she was snubbed by teens. So here is my list of why I am a proud parent of a cosplayer:
- Cosplay encourages teamwork and socialization.
- It encourages acceptance.
- It keeps her focused on her hobby and not on sex, drugs or alcohol.
- Cosplay encourages creative thinking that most innovators in our society say is necessary for professional achievement.
- Cosplaying teaches the value of money and planning.
- Through Cosplay, my daughter is learning a valuable trade. She is learning how to sew her own costumes. Once she becomes proficient, she can actually make a living as a seamstress while going to school.
- Cosplay encourages good grades. In order to work on her hobby, her grades must be good.
- Most of her friends are artists in one form or another. They are using a combination of hand drawn and computer made graphics to write their own anime, or post their work on fan sites. She has become proficient with the internet, and graphic design programs at twelve.
- Anime, computer gaming, and cosplay has helped my daughter look forward to what she wants to do as a career, combining her artistic skills and computer skills. She already has colleges picked out.
- Cosplay and role playing in general encourages kids to have confidence.
The bottom line is, these are good kids. But they are that, kids. Even though the age range is from 10-22. The reporter would have been better off showing up in jeans and a t-shirt and being herself, asking questions then trying to immerse herself in a culture she didn't understand. Kids can spot a poser right away. Because they are in groups and tend to protect each other, you will be snubbed if you lie about who you are or try to manipulate them. They will accept you for who you are, if you act as who you are. They will love it if you act as your favorite character. It is like going to another country without understanding anything about the culture. If you are rude, they will be rude. If you truly try to speak the language, or appreciate their ways, they will help you. Cosplayers tend to be very helpful. It is after all about fitting in, being your self, letting go of societal rules and basically embracing life and yourself through FUN! It is an act of letting go.
I am so proud of being a MoCK that other parents and I have just started MOCKblog.net so other parents can understand more about what our kids are doing and have resources to help them.
Dear Scott, I suggest you to do a little research yourself, before arrogantly giving off your superficial knowledge here.
Firstly, there is no such word as 'lola' in spanish. Secondly, technically Lolita is not exactly a word in the first place, but a name, like every other and a short form for Dolores, which derives from the word 'dolor' in latin meaning pain/suffering. (So I guess one could say you were marginally right in this point)
While the protagonist of Nabokov's novel is named Lolita indeed, the name of Lolita fashion has a completely different origin. It might be true that Nabokov has popularized 'Lolita' as a synonym for the sexualisation of a child-woman in the USA, Lolita fashion is neither from the US, nor has it anything to do with pedophilia, thus proving your argument of "Without him, you wouldn't be using it." as completely nonsensical. It is a mere coincidence that they have the same name.
Please stop belittling other people and calling them insane while sprouting so much bull yourself. Thanks.
made an account just to respond.
yeah, okay, she was just trying to get an outsider's view on it. that's fine, but did she have to phrase it in a rude, condescending way? did she have to portray cosplayers in a negative light? no, she didn't. whether or not this article is from an outsider's perspective doesn't change the fact that she took a lot out of context, recorded people when they didn't know their conversations were being recorded didn't actually ask any real questions to even TRY to understand cosplay, and added a lot of details that frankly were unnecessary and had nothing to do with the article at hand(like how one girl wanted to get a different job.). the list of why this article was extremely unprofessional, poorly written, and frankly RUDE to cosplayers goes on and on. and maybe, just maybe, this topic isn't suited for this type of article, which still makes the point totally invaild. she wrote a bad article that showed the cosplay community in a bad light, and you can say that she was using an "outsider's POV" for this article but there are a MILLION people out there who've done the same thing and what we need isn't more people looking down on us and calling us freaks. we need someone, a good reporter who actually respects us, to write an article HELPING us, something that goes in-depth and shows us for who we really are-- good people who happen to have a hobby we can share with others. she's not helping or being original. i've read this exact article a million times and it's equally awful no matter how many times i read it. i'm not falling for your goddamned apologetics, dude. just admit it.
she wrote an article treating us like aliens and weirdos and freaks and then used the "oh but it's an OUTSIDER'S PERSPECTIVE!!!" as an excuse as to why she treated cosplayers like crap and took everything out of context, AND didn't even BOTHER to actually try to understand, or do ay research, or treat us like ACTUAL HUMAN BEINGS. so no, it WASN'T just fine for starters. we've had a ridiculous amount of "starters". what we need is some to actually try and understand us for once.
Hello. I am Marina. yeah her -_-. I sincerely apologies for this article. Like my friend Shannon stated earlier, we were highly misrepresented. The vast majority of what we said was was meant in humor and to be taken with a grain of salt.
as for the comment about cosplaying into our 30's, I believe there is some miss representation. When that question was asked, I thought it was addressed to me alone. Not the whole cosplay community. I have absolutely nothing against any age of cosplayer. I have seen 60 year old cosplayers who were stunning. I personally don't know if I will be cosplaying in my 30's and the reason I thought it may be odd is because by then I will be a full fledged surgical nurse and regretfully, I am afraid I will be judged by my pears and treated differently if they new I cosplayed (due to the reputation cosplayers have and I unfortunately have made worse by participating in this article
Again, I am truly truly sorry. She failed to mention that I too am a well-adjusted member of society. If I would have known that this article was going to be more about myself and my friend and less on cosplay, I would have explained myself better. I would have explained that cosplay is only 1/8 of who I am and though I love to sew and design, it is not everything that I am.
hi Marina from the article here. Yes the cosplay I was warring was horrible. To be honest, at most of the gatherings, no one wares there good cosplays. Most are more like half way cosplays. The day the reporter came, we wore our better ones but a photographer came a different day and caught me off guard with a not so grate outfit. We are good cosplayers I swear lol. This is what I we wore the day she came. What i personally make from scratch was the red suit and everything for the gray haired one (me)
Also made an account for the purpose of commenting on this article. Please don't dismiss this comment as someone trying to tell you that you are wrong and that you are disgracing all cosplayers (you can't disgrace us cosplayers because you have to be a cosplayer to do that Haha! You're just putting out some propaganda). We all have opinions and biases (All news are biased anyway, no stopping the media). Let this be a lesson to you and a critique so that you can learn from this mistake and become a more respecting reporter! :) I'm going to do my best to express my feelings about this article so that maybe you'll be able to understand why there are so many angry comments.
First of all, a huge percentage of your article has completely nothing to do with cosplay. Like how Marina isn't dressed yet (that's EVERYDAY LIFE! We don't need to know all the trivial details!!!). And why on Earth was your car even blocking Mrs. Downer's car in the first place?! Kind of rude blocking people's driveways. I'm not even going to go on with everything else that could have been left out of your article.
"From the tone of Shannon’s written response, it was clear she was not pleased with my request...I had crossed a line...“That is just not how cosplay works.” ...Anime fans dress the way they do because they are passionate about it. Loaning out costumes is not something they do."
I understand you wanted "to be part of the experience" but for cosplaying, you can't just be part of the experience unless you honestly have a love for comics/anime/manga. If you lack in that interest, and try cosplaying, it's completely meaningless. It's like going to an amusement park while either having no interest in the entertainment they provide or disliking rollarcoasters. You're trying to grow a tree without first planting a seed!
Second, let me tell you that this is coming from someone who had similar views as you do (I'm just going to assume you have a negative view on cosplay even though assuming is a terrible thing to do) until I actually started to cosplay and formed a passion for it. When I was still a kid, I used to look down on cosplayers, thinking it was a weird, dumb, and humiliating type of hobby (but I was in love with anime). As I grew older, I started to try to keep an open mind, I gave cosplaying a shot. It blew my mind. It was one of the best things I have ever decided to do. It goes to show that you can't judge something without trying it out first.
PART 2 FOLLOWING...
HERE IS PART 2 (I went over the word count)
From an outsider's view, cosplaying might seem lame and stupid but an insider knows cosplaying is much more than dressing up. This hobby is a costly hobby which you won't make money off of (unless you sell your hand made cosplays). However you do get some things back in return. You're able to find and connect with people from all around the states/world at conventions and you develop skills in money managing, planning, social skills, and possible learn how to sew. It's much more work than it looks. At times it can be a little stressful but the work pays off. I can tell you that the days I look most forward to isn't Christmas or my birthday, but going to anime conventions and cosplaying with my friends.
Oh, and some people even become professional costume designers, photographers, cameramen (for the more dedicated cosplayers) because just from cosplaying, they found something that they are good at and enjoy.
If you read through all of that, then I thank you. I really hope you don't take all the negative comments to heart. I don't expect you to understand why we cosplay but just please try to understand that we cosplayers are upset about this article since it puts us in a bad light and we have pride in what we do.
P.S. (Sorry I have no idea where this should go but...) Always keep in mind that this is a HOBBY!! Cosplaying isn't even a job! Sure some might thing cosplaying could be a job, but then that would be modeling or tailoring. It's not the same thing.
This was another mistake actually. I don't mind sharing my cosplays with my friends. In fact it is very common for us to trade cosplays in the community. the reason I did not lend her a costume (and I told her this), we did not have a costume that would fit her. I am a size 18 and my friend Shannon is a size negative (I can't remember her pants size but she is a slender one). It was not that we did not want her to use our stuff its that we had nothing that would work for her. Other than piecing together random things I had like wings and what not but that is not a cosplay that is a costume.
This is really rude. I can't believe you're using their names, where they live, where they go to school, etc. Also, about lending a cosplay, just imagine you working on something expensive, and someone asks to borrow it. Sure, some people are ok with it, but some people aren't. You're going to have to respect people's decisions about their stuff.
Please forgive us for coming off childish. That is normally not how we behave. We meant it in humor but we did not take into consideration how easily our actions and comments could be miss interpreted. I will say though that much was taken out of context. such as my two worst comments ( the cosplaying at 30 and the mime comment). I thought the age comment was directed at me and not a representation of the whole cosplay comunity. I believe it would be odd for me to cosplay into my 30's because (as a stated in a previous comment), that I would be a surgical nurse and I could not see myself being able to juggle work, raising a family and cosplay.
As for the mime comment, I did comment that mimes in general were freaky. It is slightly embarrassing but I am deadly afraid of clowns and mimes. Don't ask why, long story from childhood and Halloween.
So before you judge all of us in a negative light, try doing some reaching on what cosplay is, and how the people closest to it feel about it. You could have done a professional interview, instead of this sneaky and negative piece. You could have ACTUALLY asked proper questions to find out more, left out all the stuff that doesn't have anything to do with cosplay...You could have made an effort to go in open-minded.
If you want to write a proper piece on cosplay, or what it is like I am happy to answer questions via email. Or, go to the proper source on cosplay news and articles: http://nerdcaliber.com/ - People who actually understand us and nerd culture.
To get in contact with me, go to my Facebook page: http://facebook.com/AslinnCosplay
there is so much wrong with this ...article.. that I don't even know where to begin. I created an account to be able to comment. it's so painfully obvious that you, in no way shape or form, understood what you were seeing. and so many personal details were revealed, its a wonder you didn't tell us what color their underwear was for sobbing out loud. in no way was including that a girl wasn't wearing pants relevant; simply stating that they were still getting into the costumes would've sufficed. right now, I"m not only questioning your judgment, integrity and education in your field; I'm also wondering what on earth convinced your editor that this was a finished piece ready for the world to see. I'm absolutely horrified and sad that THIS may be some people's introduction to our world. you have done us a great disservice and I R DISAPPOINT
I am not a regular reader; in all actuality, this is my first time on this site and my first time reading. I'm from the midwest. I do not know these people and thus have no obligation to 'defend their character'. I simply want to tell you what I thought of this article.
I was excited to read this article when someone linked to it on another site. I thought, "finally! someone is covering this!" You know, not many people tend to report on non-mainstream hobbies like this and, initially, I had major respect for the reporter who was taking on this venture. When I started reading, however, I started thinking I had stumbled onto someone's private blog post. This article sounded too much like "the joke's on them." I would have appreciated a more objective view of this hobby from the reporter's standpoint; the reporter inserted too much of her biases here. Although I think her style of writing keeps you interested (it's certainly not dry writing by any means--very, very creative and readable), it seemed like a creative writing assignment--not a news article set to inform the general public about a widely practiced hobby. This upset me. As some others have said on here, now was the chance for the reporter to display this hobby in an objective, informative, and educative light. Instead, it was sensationalized. Please be wary of this in the future. I'm sure there's a fair compromise between creativity, self-expression and journalism. However, when your words have the power and potential to sway opinions of those who are less informed, you may have to tinker with the ratios a bit.
"Circus freak"? Come on now. Wasn't there any other way you could describe her outfit creatively without using a word with a negative connotation?
"dressed as a bunny...or maybe a yeti." This? Now this was good at evoking imagery while also being humorous. Sure, the cosplayer may disagree, but it certainly doesn't sound as condemning as the previous example. Do more of this in your article and it'll sound less judgmental.