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EvanesceExotica
09-06-2010, 12:55 AM
For a small con I'll be attending in the spring, I want to go as an Original Character I've designed and slaved over for a few months now. I love my costume, and I would be horrified if I got no attention at all just because nobody recognized the character. Would it be better to go on making my costume the way I wanted to, and then add something a particular character has to say it's a "____ version of "this particular character".
For example, say my outfit is a ballgown, so I add bunny ears, high-heels and long white hair and say it's a ball version of Fran from Final Fantasy 12?
Or should I just keep my Original Character design and deal with not being recognized?

Blood_Sword
09-06-2010, 04:12 AM
If you love your original design... why go coating it into a pre-existing character?
If your own design is cool/interesting/detailed/whatever enough it will interest people... even though no-one knows what it's supposed to be... or, that's at least what I think.

I have also some OC's that I've created, and God would I love to do them some day. The day I decide to do them, I'll do it mostly for the enjoyment I get of it myself, if someone else happens to like the design too then hey, that's a nice bonus... but if not, then it's nothing crucial that would make me step away from doing those characters I've created and loved.

Echosong
09-06-2010, 11:17 AM
I think of cosplaying OC's like so: Cosplaying OC's is showing the love of your character, and not seeking approval of the general public. In the end, it is your choice, but I would stay stick with the design :)

.rachel.
09-06-2010, 11:37 AM
I think it's fine to cosplay as an OC. And if you think about it; during conventions a lot of people will go dressed as a Gothic Lolita or in a Steam Punk outfit and they'll still get attention for their clothing, so I don't see how your case would be any different.

Flora88
09-06-2010, 11:50 AM
I'm not saying this to be rude or mean, but you probably should have thought about this before you started making the costume.
Since you've already begun making it, you may as well finish it, go, and hope for the best. If it's a cool enough costume, it'll get attention regardless of whether people recognize you or not.

Stormraven24
09-06-2010, 06:14 PM
If you cosplay solely for the attention, then you may be in the wrong hobby. The people I've met on here all cosplay/costume for the fun of it and showing their love for the characters, not for the attention; making costumes is an expensive hobby, so if all you want is to be noticed you could spend your money better than making full outfits. Like Flora88 said, you might as well finish it since you've started it. I've made costumes for OCs (and got two more in the works) and never got asked for my picture. But I didn't let it bother me. I made them for the love of the characters I created and for no other reason.

EvanesceExotica
09-06-2010, 06:46 PM
I do cosplay for fun. Last year my costume was thrown together in fifteen minutes, I got two compliments, no pictures, and had a blast with my best friends. It was my first con. All I'm afraid of is working my butt off on this costume and not being given a second glance. But I see what you're all saying. I shouldn't scrap my OC just for the limelight.

Kildread
09-06-2010, 07:06 PM
Don't cheapen your ideas just to please the general public --- cosplay for yourself, not for the attention of others :)

joanamysts
09-07-2010, 11:22 AM
I think one of the rules of cosplaying as OCs is not over-explaining your character. If someone asks who you are, say "I'm my original character, Mary" and if they want an explanation, give it to them. Otherwise, smile and move on :) Other than that, I'd say go for it.

Harra Arial
09-10-2010, 04:18 PM
Seeing as when I Cosplay as OCs, people still take my picture despite not knowing who I am....

Cosplaying is showing a love for the character, it's about doing it because you love it, not for public attention. If you want attention, then go as an established character, but if you want to be happy in your costume, then... well, don't change it. (Besides, a few people would think the Ballroom Fran was an OC in the first place, unless they went to ask you about it. Alternate costumes tend to have that problem.)

TMLiza
10-10-2010, 09:06 PM
Cosplay an OC if you want to. Don't worry about what other people think. If people like your cosplay, they will come to you.

*has plans to do some OC cosplays in the future*

benihime
10-11-2010, 03:53 PM
I have three friends who made original fairy designs and they got quite a bit attention. It all depends on how much you put into your character. I've seen some AWESOME steampunk characters walking around and have told them as much

Shine-Chan
10-11-2010, 06:20 PM
If a costume is impressive it will be so regardless of if it has a character attached to it. Just a few weeks ago my original stained glass dress and coat got me many pictures, complements and two awards from one of the bigger masquerades in the country. No one cared that it was something I designed on my own.

avskull
10-11-2010, 09:00 PM
It also helps if you LARP a little bit while in costume.

DarkChaos
10-13-2010, 06:57 AM
I agree with everyone who says to do it for fun. I've done both established characters and OCs, and I do them all because I love that character. If I did it for the attention, then I wouldn't have made half of the characters I have. Half of my established cosplays, I didn't really get noticed-even less then my OCs. ^_^; Besides, its awesome to cosplay as something you know is not going to be repeated at or or at a same con. It makes your costume unique and that much more special :D

Zaviera
10-13-2010, 11:17 PM
Some people put on a shirt, a skirt and cat ears and say they are one of their OCs when others put lots of effort into it. It all depends.
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Who cares if you get attention or not? As long as you have fun.

Kell-chan
10-14-2010, 11:46 AM
If you cosplay solely for the attention, then you may be in the wrong hobby.

This. Never done an OC myself, but I willingly takes photos of OCs that I find particularly beautiful/unusual/cool. I can't sew or design clothing, so I'm kind of in awe of those who can. Wear your costume and be proud.

BooDestroyer
10-14-2010, 09:29 PM
You shouldn't feel bad about original designs in cosplay.

Everyone does it a lot. Why else does it have its own section on here?

Seismogenic
10-14-2010, 10:26 PM
If you have fun designing the character and then making all the costume pieces to achieve that character design on yourself, shouldn't that be rewarding in and of itself?

I say this as someone who has gone as obscure original characters for Halloween for the past I-don't-even-know-how-many years. I really enjoy the process, even if I end up having to explain myself to people.

I would think, though, that people coming up to you and asking what you are would be a good sign? Shows your costume stands out enough to warrant a question, even if the answer might not be as familiar as some established character.

supergeekgirl
10-15-2010, 11:56 AM
If a costume is impressive it will be so regardless of if it has a character attached to it. Just a few weeks ago my original stained glass dress and coat got me many pictures, complements and two awards from one of the bigger masquerades in the country. No one cared that it was something I designed on my own.

No we didn't. :) We all loved it to pieces. Great job on that costume, by the way. I was Pit in the Smash Bros. group.

Obviously OCs aren't going to get OMG TONS OF ATTENTION, especially at an anime con. If it's a really cool costume, though, most people won't care. If you're looking to have someone fangirl over the CHARACTER, think about this: do you fangirl when you don't know the character unless it has giant wings or something? Well? It's kind of like that except that NO ONE knows it because you made it up.

Shine-Chan
10-15-2010, 10:55 PM
Aww thanks you all were adorable.(well except for the snake. I think he would probibly not like being called cute.)

I guess when it it comes down to it if you want attention for your oc you have to work for it especially at anime cons. Look at the original takes on Amano artwork what gets them attention is not necessarily who the represent as much as the level of detail that goes in to them. That being said I love me some ballgowns and big wings. I have a lot of oooh shiney in me.

Lavru Ravit
10-15-2010, 11:41 PM
wow this makes me want to cosplay my OC ever moooore,
or actually, its more like I want to find someone to cosplay my OC and take pictures of them ^^
but i agree, go for it!! itll be so great because your so attached to the character because its your own!!!!

BooDestroyer
10-27-2010, 05:48 PM
I don't know why people are afraid of trying original designs in cosplay. They have their own section right here for a reason, you know.

If you cosplay for the sole purpose of attention and having yourself recognized as the character that you are, then yeah, you're seriously screwed and shouldn't be cosplaying.

rionaze
12-14-2010, 04:10 AM
I have to admit that cosing an OC is another level of cosplaying and give different kind of satisfaction than normal cos, so I dont think OC will ever be mainstream (and on one point, thats a good thing ^^)

OC cosplayer should be preapared for the lack of attention sometime, but if the costume were great, that'll hardly happen. People respect and will like costume well executed regardless who the caracter is.

a tips for more attention (if you crave for any): Do OC in group. the bigger the better.
I did my first OC team debut on 9 ppl team, and we're the star of the con ^^v
I did my 2nd with 13 ppl team, with the same clothes, and we're star again.
The organizing is a bit crazy, but it's really worth it, and we're really having fun together.

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have no fear OC-ers~ you shall conquer! har har har!