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BionicSlime
08-31-2006, 05:10 PM
After going far out of my way to go to Anime Iowa (which is about 3 to 4 hours worth of driving from me who lives in IL), my dad suggested that he, me, and my brother started going around the world and trying out different cons from Vegas, California, Nebraska etc.

Anyways, I was thinking about doing a cartoon character for a cosplay and I what I was wondering what how do you guys feel about those kind of cosplays? Do you think people think less of you if you do something completely seperated from Japanese ties, shows, animes, and movies?

Or do you think it's okay? I've seen some people doing Foster's home for Imaginary friends cosplays and I liked those, but I was wondering what you guys felt towards cartoon cosplay? Do you think people like those kind of suits or do you think it'd be stupid to try and do one?

MissLauren
08-31-2006, 05:17 PM
Cosplay isnt just for Japanese cartoons. It's costume play..meaning well..anything goes. Wanna go as Dr. Spok? Fabu! Wanna go as Jughead or Archie? Beautiful! The choices are unlimited!

Hasu
08-31-2006, 05:32 PM
Cosplay includes the word 'costume', but it doesn't contain the word 'anime'. Anime is, in a sense, cartoons as well...just foreign. ^^

There's no rules because it's [cosplay] about having fun. Chances are, since 'cartoon cosplay' isn't that common, you'll either not get bothered too much because people don't recognize it, or better yet, you'll be the only 'cartoon' there and get mobbed. :bigtu: It's a nice thought.

(Just a side thought...most people call costumes that aren't anime/manga/Japanese video-game/movie inspired 'costuming', instead of 'cosplay'. That's a more broad term that I'm sure includes cartoons.)

BionicSlime
08-31-2006, 05:54 PM
The not getting recognized part is a little of what bothers me, the other half is the fact that not every con I am trying to go to is going to be just anime. It's going to probably be a few sci fi cons as well. I'm just going off the list at Cosplaylab.com and seeing what's available.

My concern is just whether or not people would accept cartoon outfits at not only an anime con, but a sci fi one if I end up going to one of those.

Trajedy
08-31-2006, 06:13 PM
Most people won't care. You'll probably get a couple of elite snobs looking down there nose at you or making 'whispered' comments to their friends, but who really cares about those kinds of people?

The point is that you have fun with your costume. :) Life's too short to worry about what everyone else thinks of you.

Miyabi-
08-31-2006, 06:58 PM
Hey go for it!! I've cosplayed Kim Possible at an anime con and no one said anything to me about it!
Some friends and I are going to be silly and do a Captain Planet group sometime later this year just to be goofballs and everyone that I've mentioned this too has said "Cool!"
So do what you want! ^_^

Panda-chan
08-31-2006, 07:00 PM
I agree with what the others have already stated. Cosplay who you want and have fun with it. I've seen everything from the Burger King to Jesus. You'll probably get more puzzled looks from the people at the gas station you stop at on the way to the con than at the con itself.

Serria
08-31-2006, 07:00 PM
Obviously there is a Japanese emphasis at anime cons, but not everyone who cosplays will be cosplaying someone from the Japanese media. We see everything at anime cons - from Jack Sparrow to Frodo Baggins to Superman. What do I think about seeing the non-Japanese cosplay? I love it. If we're all going to be geeks in costumes, you might as well have fun with it and be whatever character you want to be.

As for the people that "look down at you because you aren't from anime" .... lol. Think about that. Elitists at an anime convention, aka geek fest? Even lower on the geek hierarchy. XD So don't mind them. Be who you want and have fun!

feytaline
08-31-2006, 08:31 PM
Some people will be annoyed. Who cares? You do what you want to do and don't care about what other people think. You're cosplaying for fun, not to entertain others.

BionicSlime
08-31-2006, 09:33 PM
I sure hope so. I'm usually not one to ever discard a cosplay idea, and I usually am one who ends doing more unusual and different types of cosplays. I tend not to try stuff from Nartuo and Kingdom Hearts simply because it has been done many times over.

Of course this is just my way, everyone else who wants to do KH and Naruto I say go for it. I just felt weird about this whole cartoon thing since as weird as this may sounds, some of the ideas I have may actually end up looking even more bizarre then some of the anime characters.

Bizarre as in actually looking or feeling ridiculous, something I never felt cosplaying anime characters but now I am fearing feeling this as toon cosplays. Everyone got a kick out of my Ivan Ooze cosplay for Iowa and ACEN 2006, so I'm just worried about being scoffed at.

Even if like you said there are no "experts" at a geek con so to speak, having your hopes dashed is not something anyone wants to endure, especially when your uneasy about trying on a new cosplay. In case you didn't already see my signature and grasped where I'm going with this, I'm trying to do Darkwing duck.

Or possibly one of the villains from Darkwing, Megavolt. I guess that's where this whole thing revolves around and where the issue came up.

SkippingSith
08-31-2006, 09:47 PM
Two words: Star Wars.

Conventions are not just for anime costumes anymore. :D

Captain Gundam
08-31-2006, 10:30 PM
i cosplayed an American cartoon (the main character, Chiro, from the disney show Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!) at Anime La. Of course no one knew who i was..
But if you love the character, just go for it.

BionicSlime
08-31-2006, 11:07 PM
No offense Captain Gundam.

But, your advice is kind of hard to take in when your sig reads "I'll cosplay as someone people know/heard about".

Serria
08-31-2006, 11:21 PM
Two words: Star Wars.

Conventions are not just for anime costumes anymore. :D

XD Haha, well anime and sci-fi conventions were around long before anime conventions.

Speaking of which, no one minds if you cosplay an anime character at a fantasy convention. So cosplaying a non-anime chara at an anime convention shouldn't be a big deal either. People should just appreciate cool costuming as it comes. ^_^

Captain Gundam
09-01-2006, 12:06 AM
No offense Captain Gundam.

But, your advice is kind of hard to take in when your sig reads "I'll cosplay as someone people know/heard about".


oh that quote was a joke a friend of gave me. she thinks cosplayers arent getting enough attention and she replyed with those words

Hikaru-Jan
09-01-2006, 12:37 AM
Cosplay isnt just for Japanese cartoons. It's costume play..meaning well..anything goes. Wanna go as Dr. Spok? Fabu! Wanna go as Jughead or Archie? Beautiful! The choices are unlimited!
My thoughts exactly.

DrugLordKai
09-01-2006, 03:16 AM
Go for it...you'd be surprised at how some people will react (I speak from having this happen twice...last year at Halloween, was surprised at how many people recognized Lupin, and at AB, was really surprised to see how well Bright went over...granted those are both anime characters, but the principle is still there
You never really can tell how people will react so long a you do it well...

...Hell, I'm aiming to do a US cartoon cosplay for this Halloween as it is anyways, so def. wouldn't hold anything against you *working out how to pull off Dr. Thaddeus 'Rusty' Venture*

Kyd Wykkyd
09-01-2006, 03:29 AM
Pssh. I hope there's no one against cartoon cosplay. =P It's the only cosplay I want to do.

I don't think many people have a problem with it, but I used to hang out with someone who would yell at non-anime cosplayers:

"Wrong convention!"

If the costume is good, I have no problem with it. ;-)

Sol-Badgreg
09-01-2006, 03:32 AM
Two words: Star Wars.

Hehe. Yeah, I keep hearing flak about Star Wars cosplayers in anime conventions, but I got no problem with that. IN FACT.... they released a Star Wars manga around 5 years ago, so its more legit now. lol

RedPirate
09-01-2006, 06:13 AM
Be who ever you want to be, that's the point of cosplay.

Maybe some of those detractors think you are not an anime fan because you are not cosplaying from anime and feel the need to point this out to you. Most fans have broad taste and will enjoy your costume so go for it.

Trajedy
09-01-2006, 01:26 PM
D:

I would totally glomp you if I saw you as Darkwing Duck.

I LOVED that show when I was little.

BionicSlime
09-01-2006, 01:50 PM
D:

I would totally glomp you if I saw you as Darkwing Duck.

I LOVED that show when I was little.

I appreciate that, and I'm looking forward to doing Darkwing. I was originally gonna go straight to Megavolt or maybe even Bushroot but I realized Darkwing would obviously have a better chance of being recognized and noticeable. And YES it does have to do with the fact I just bought the series on DVD.

I'm trying to go to many other cons outside of ACEN, Iowa, and reactor and Otakon is something I'm trying to get into. Depending on the time and status of my projects completion, I will take at least one costume to each con, 2 to the more "bigger" cons like Iowa, Otakon, and ACEN. I'm still new at this con hopping.

I'm hoping to maybe get 4 cosplays done, even though 2 of them are for one con and one of them will be Darkwing. Not sure on the other but thanks again for all your guys support and advice. I myself have no problem seeing Star Wars or any other kind of cosplay at cons, I was just worried about other people's reactions.

Runi-Chan
09-01-2006, 04:00 PM
Well, Anything Goes School of Cosplay has a FANTASTIC Foster's Group. There's some pictures in the main gallery, and they have a skit up on Youtube.
They even have a Cheese. XP

I don't mind 'cartoon' cosplays, not at all. After all, cartoon means anything animated. It's in the US that it's a term used primarily for children's entertainment.

BionicSlime
09-01-2006, 06:12 PM
Well, Anything Goes School of Cosplay has a FANTASTIC Foster's Group. There's some pictures in the main gallery, and they have a skit up on Youtube.
They even have a Cheese. XP

Yeah I saw that, that was a fan freaking tastic cosplay skit.

MissSCeleste
09-01-2006, 06:27 PM
DARKWING DUCK COSPLAY?!!??!?! MEGAVOLT IN FUTURE PLANS?!?!!

@_@ OH GODS... YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(( sorry my explanation mark key keeps jamming for some reason...))

*eh hem*

Just thought I'd say I've been doing Carmen Sandiego alot this past year..

and it's gotten alot of happy cheers and no *IRL* boos or hisses...

( online though pretty much everyone has a problem with everything)

( or pretends they do anyway to get a rise out of others...) ;)

and it's more "cartoon" then "anime" ... but I guess... I sort of...

can get away with saying it's "video game" and Rockapella is a J-Rock band! ;p

Yeah, uhm.. I don't think anyones going to care because it's freakin' DW.

(and bet you sooner or later he'll be a Kingdom Hearts character sooo....)

Sanne-chan
09-02-2006, 02:59 PM
You cosplayed as Ivan Ooze? The one from the Power Rangers?! God, I love that movie! I've been a fan even since I could walk :D

BionicSlime
09-02-2006, 04:43 PM
You cosplayed as Ivan Ooze? The one from the Power Rangers?! God, I love that movie! I've been a fan even since I could walk :D

Yeah, if you to go my gallery's and check out my cosplay pics on the bottom (along with the rest of my outfits), you'll find my Ivan Ooze cosplay. I wore it to ACEN 2006 and Anime Iowa 2006.

Gowa-chan
09-02-2006, 11:29 PM
I went to AX as Avatar Kyoshi from Nickelodeon's show "Avatar: The Last Airbender" and I got no negative feedback for being dressed as a character from a non-japanese show. Mostly it was just people freaking out that there were Avatar cosplayers! (I still can't get over the girl that tackled me-she wasn't touching the ground, she literally jumped into my arms XD )

Satine
09-03-2006, 04:35 AM
XD Haha, well anime and sci-fi conventions were around long before anime conventions.

Speaking of which, no one minds if you cosplay an anime character at a fantasy convention. So cosplaying a non-anime chara at an anime convention shouldn't be a big deal either. People should just appreciate cool costuming as it comes. ^_^

Yep, Dragon*Con (happening as I Type.. wah!!) has been around at least 20 years. I'm not sure how long World Con has been going...

For those knew to the idea, get out the book Costume Maker's Art, most likely only available at a library. The book was published in the 90s.

Many of those people are still around I know a few of them thanks to the internet now:)