Sunday, July 25, 2010

SDCC10: Cosplay...Do or Do Not! There is no try!

With SDCC10 wrapping up today all the wonder and magic will be boxed up and stored away till next year. All the excitement of new video game and movie announcements is drawing to a close, and all the festivities are winding down, and the cosplayers are sheathing their swords, guns and staves, the paws and claws are coming off as well as the cosmetics, prosthetics and what ever else they've incorporated into their costumes.
I can appreciate the cosplayers that do it well but I feel obligated to share my feelings on those poor misguided souls that try and fail miserably, not the ones who intentionally fail, but those who honestly think they're doing it right.

Below is a collection of cosplayers....some doing it right, some not.

Here's some common sense rules to steer potential future cosplayers in the right direction.

1. Is your character physically fit? Are you physically fit?
2. Are you even slightly attractive? If your not perhaps a character with a mask is a good choice.

3. Do you have a thorough knowledge of your character you plan to Cosplay? Outfit, hairstyle, hair color, personality etc.

4. Is your character female? Are you?

5. Is your character old/young? Are you?

6. Can you operate a sewing machine?

7. Do you have any fashion sense at all?

8. Do you know someone skilled at applying cosmetics?

9. Do you know a skilled hair stylist?

10. Do you realize there is a difference between Halloween costumes and cosplay?

11. Be prepared to be ridiculed on the interwebs for all eternity if you suck

Many have tried few have succeeded at cosplay but there is one who has taken the hobby to another level, and I included some of her work in the pics in this post, I've also included a link to Yaya Han's website for all .


  1. what if those people are just having fun?

  2. This is EXTREMELY misogynist. "Will" whomever you are, you are a piece of sh*t.
    As the person above stated, they could just want to have a good time. Who are you to tell them how to look?
    Oh right...a coward behind a keyboard.
    I dare you to cosplay ! These people spent time and money on their costumes. Don't be a jerk/pig....

    But hey, you voiced your "opinion"...I'm just voicing mine.

  3. Will, you're making fun of these cosplayers but here's the funny part -- you can probably name all the characters they're representing! What's that say, huh? At least the cosplayers EMBRACE their nerdiness. They looked into that deep dark place and said, "I will dress up as Pikachu, because he inspires me. Like me, he's not the smartest guy around and some will say he's irritating, yet his spirit remains optimistic about the future." And then that "nerd" hits the sewing machine. Hard. And he gets the zig-zagging tail just right, sewing metal wire into it, to maintain the structure. He buys miles and miles of yellow felt, and when he's done he gets into that suit and for one brief shining moment, he IS Pikachu. Haters be damned, he can just let go of all the hurtful namecalling, and just BE.

    And he'll go to that show and feel like he belongs, and just hug his compatriots. What's wrong with that, huh?

    (wipes tears)

    Seriously, you are a MONSTER.

    You may not be wearing a Bowser costume, but you may as well BE Bowser, at least in spirit. But those cosplayers show more courage and grit and sewing skill than you EVER will.