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Cosplay Replay

I just read the article by Siobhan Braun (“Adorable When I Dress Up,” January 10), and I would like to extend an invitation to her to go to another cosplay gathering. A handful of us think she has misrepresented the community and I would like to give her an opportunity for another experience with cosplay.

Samantha Houston
via email

4-D Hobby

I was reading the “Adorable When I Dress Up” article (January 10 cover story), and I would like to say it was well-written. Although, as a cosplayer myself, I have to speak up. After reading the article — and I have to be honest here — I felt embarrassed about how the people at that meet acted the day a reporter was around. A few of those people are my friends, but they just left a bad impression. Sorry, guys, but I’m telling the truth. Also, now that I think about it, I believe a more accurate way to write an article about cosplayers, and to truly understand what cosplay is about, is to actually go to a convention (Anime Conji) and interview people there.

Anyhow, what I’m saying here is that a lot of us cosplayers aren’t childish and immature. A lot of us hold a job, go to school, and work hard in general, just like anybody else. Cosplay may seem like just some goofy, childish dress-up to people who don’t understand it. But for those who have gotten into the hobby, it’s art, self-expression, and also something that can form lasting friendships. Yes, true, there are rude, obnoxious, immature people within a cosplay community, but don’t all kinds of communities/groups/teams, whether some sort of sport, school setting, workplace, or even cities/towns/neighborhoods, have all those kinds of people too? Those kinds of people are already set in society, not just the cosplay community.

I’m a senior in high school who has been cosplaying since 2010, and I’m very passionate about this hobby. I’ve gained so much and learned a lot of things about life in general. I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it wasn’t for this hobby. I know an average person may not get it but, to put it simply, cosplay is an art. The only difference is that it’s in 4-D.

via email

Apologize or Else

I would like to make a complaint about the article that was written about the cosplayers (“Adorable When I Dress Up,” January 10). A lot of what was written was false. Obviously, whoever wrote this article does not know what they are talking about. Very, very rude; very biased against people who do this for a living.

I may not have been one of the people mentioned, but this is extremely unacceptable. If you want a lawsuit, you will definitely get one — not just from me, but from the people who were mentioned in said article. I would appreciate it if you wrote letters apologizing to all the people that you greatly insulted in this article. If I don’t get any response from you I will continuously call and make complaints, and I will comment on every single article regarding anything about this matter.

Francesca Nantista
via voicemail

Typical San Diego

I was reading the letters last week, laughing at the comedy. These nimrods who couldn’t turn a page and find Barbarella cracked me up. Typical San Diego attitude to complain about a free publication. They should read the U-T so Papa Doug and friends can tell them where things are.

Gary Burke
Spring Valley

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Oh Francesca! You are just adorable!!

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