How you can tap into the new faces of fandom to throw an event of heroic proportions

Eventbrite put together a demographics report on congoing, has some nifty statistics on who attends cons and what they are into! 

Tip Tuesday #85

Don’t forget to pack a reference picture when packing for the con! Reference pictures can be used when getting ready to make sure you’re wearing everything and it’s on properly. They can be used when competing so judges know how accurate you are and to help explain your choices. Then they can be used when packing to go home, to make sure you don’t leave anything behind!



Do you agree?  

Seeing as you follow Cosplay Tutorial, you probably disagree :P But if you’re someone who sells at cons, have you found that you are making less each year? Perhaps there is a different cause for artists losing money? 

I’ve been on both sides of this, and I think someone else said it best: the focus has shifted. It’s now possible to get all this rare, awesome merch online instead of only in person. When I started going to conventions in 2002, it was the opposite. I mean, sure, you could find the odd Tenchi CD on ebay, but there was so much more to look through at the con itself! (and there definitely weren’t as many cosplayers.)

I’ve been on this scene for twelve years now, and I’ve seen the community change for better in some areas, and worse in others. There definitely was a certain magic to going to a convention and walking away with $50 worth of manga you couldn’t find anywhere else. I do miss that. I don’t think people are totally neglecting the creators though (I mean, if ECCC can charge for meeting celebrities and make money off of it, I don’t think we’re doing too badly.)

And, I’ve gotta say it: cosplay is expensive. We’re still in a shit economy. The community, with all its tutorials and knowledge-sharing, has really opened up the world of cosplay for a whole bunch of nerds who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity. And that’s AWESOME! I can see how someone wouldn’t want to spend money on stuff at conventions after breaking the bank on an outfit, though - especially on top of travel, hotel, and food expenses. And personally, I cosplay for the experience. It isn’t just throwing on some cool clothes, it’s becoming a character for a day and reveling in the experience with your fellow geeks.

I mean I don’t want to downplay the fact that it sucks that creators feel this way and are losing money (Shakespeare’s got to get paid, son!) but at the same time it’s like… you’ve got to realize that you won’t always be in the spotlight, you know? It’s part of the gig. (Also maybe you’ll make more money if you don’t say things like “without me you wouldn’t be here!” to your target audience. Bitter much?) I don’t think cosplay is killing conventions. It’s changing them, certainly. But not killing them. And I definitely believe that cosplay and merch can exist in harmony together. I dunno, I’ve never seriously considered them a business expense because even if you don’t get much direct business, you get a fuckton of exposure. (Which is not something I say often, because I hate that phrase, but it’s true!)

Personally if I was cosplaying a character whose creator was attending a convention with me, I’d stop by their booth and buy something. Unfortunately for me, my favorite artists rarely attend the conventions I do, so I make do and buy stuff related to their series if I have the money. On the other side of it, if someone were to cosplay one of my characters I’d be THRILLED. It’s one of my life goals. And as long as I’m making a living, it wouldn’t really matter to me.

This whole thing is very reminiscent of the music industry and how it’s changed over the years.

j-jocosplay said: No I totally agree as a cosplayer. She’s not saying it’s killing the con she’s saying it’s shifting the purpose and focus of conventions. Before it was all about the commerce, now it’s more about the interactions.

Very true, there has been a change of focus! However, I think it is more than cosplay that made that change.

When I first got into con-going I was watching anime on VHS tapes that you could rent from the local comic shop, and so conventions were this amazing experience of things I could only get at cons. Now, everything is available online: fan art can be purchased and commissioned, crafts can be purchased and commissioned, cosplay supplies, exclusive toys and imports, discontinued series  … EVERYTHING. So there isn’t that necessity to purchase at the con and that hurts the commerce side.

Do you agree?  

Seeing as you follow Cosplay Tutorial, you probably disagree :P But if you’re someone who sells at cons, have you found that you are making less each year? Perhaps there is a different cause for artists losing money? 

How to make belt and wasit cloth for “3d maneuver gear” by Gyakuyoga

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Some nifty patterns I saw at the fabric store today that could be useful for cosplay and LARP costuming. 

In case anyone was unaware, check out Simplicity patterns during Halloween for REALLY useful patterns for cosplay. This year especially, there are a lot of really nice patterns.

I would have taken a pic of Simplicity books but alas, Fabricland stopped carrying them! I love working with simplicity patterns so I was really disappointed by that, and the only 5 sewing stores within reasonable distance from my house are all Fabriclands lol

That said, at Costume-Con 32 this year one of the simplicity pattern makers gave a sneak peak at what would be available for the halloween season. It included ASOIAF/Game of Thrones and The Hobbit designs, some anime-inspired, lolita-inspired and steampunk inspired patterns! The designer was Andrea Schewe and you can check out her blog here.  And she talks about the new simplicity patterns in these posts



Some nifty patterns I saw at the fabric store today that could be useful for cosplay and LARP costuming. 

*angel chorus from the heavens*
Where did you get thiiiiis? (Or at least what brand/book pattern thingy is thiiiiiis?)

The patterns are labled on the page, the patterns are from the McCalls and Butterick catalogs. These are usually available to look through at sewing stores, but their patterns can also be viewed online.
Top row: Butterick B5580 
Second Row: Butterick B5371 
Third Row: McCall M6941 / McCall 6940
Fourth Row: McCall M7002

Some nifty patterns I saw at the fabric store today that could be useful for cosplay and LARP costuming. 

Attack on Titan 3DMG – Boxes and Blades by Hyperionkp’s Blog

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Hi everyone!

I want to bring your attention to the #notacosplayer project run by Eddie of Food and Cosplay (facebook, tumblr).

Pretty angry at those photos right? Yeah, me too. The top one is me and six of the other cosplayers are extremely close friends of mine. (I’ve tagged their pages if you click on the photos!)

#notacosplayer is here to tackle the bullying within the cosplay community and especially that from outside. A lot of people, too many people believe that you have to be a thin, white woman with large boobs and an incredibly attractive face to be “allowed” to cosplay, and then what? If you are you’re brandished a slut/whore, a fake geek and only doing it for male attention. Yes there are a small handful of people who do infact cosplay for attention and have no interest in the characters, but for the people with a genuine love of what they’re doing, this is massively hurtful.

Comments like the ones above are received on a daily basis for a lot of cosplayers, whether it be a sly remark from another convention goer, on a facebook page where “well its just a picture on the internet” or some other form of online forum, the comments are read and they’re upsetting.

Cosplayers spend countless hours picking costumes, hunting down where the best place to get them from is or locating the most realistic parts for a costume. They send off designs and reference to commissioners to ensure that their piece is perfect and just how they want it, constantly giving feedback and input on their item. Some other cosplayers spend hours and hours slaving away with cuts and burns to create something they’re proud of and love.

They take a picture and hang it with absolute pride at how awesome they look, how they replicated their favorite character in their own way. They show it to their friends who all say how awesome it is and they share it around.

And for what?

Definitely not for some random person off the internet to feel the need to comment and chip in, ignoring every ounce of effort and accuracy on a costume. Friend, you found this image probably because you’re a fan of what I’m cosplaying from, could you comment on my costume please?
No, straight for the jugular, right in the “you’re not good enough to cosplay because…”

"You’re #notacosplayer because…”

Well I am. And Everyone else who says their a cosplayer is a cosplayer. The rules of cosplay aren’t written on attractiveness or likeness, they’re written on costume play.

So stand proud guys. Bullying will not be tolerated anymore. Share your stories and lets stop this horrible taboo where we never speak about the nasty comments we receive. Its a major part and its driving out incredible members of our community. Negativity won’t be tolerated anymore.

You’re all amazing and incredible and you can do whatever you set your mind to. Don’t let these comments put you off doing that dream character or starting cosplaying. Stand up proud and where that costume, show bullies and negativity that you don’t care…


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