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Jacques Strapp
04-09-2003, 01:41 PM
Is it just me or are American heroes GROSSLY underplayed at cons? I've looked at approximately 3/4 of all photos on cosplay.com(using webzip to acquire the pics, then irfanview for a slideshow), and not once have I seen Gambit, Wolverine, Rogue, Jean Grey, Green Lantern, Storm, or Wonderwoman portrayed. The American comic characters I've seen I can count on one hand:Superman, Batman, Daredevil, Robin, Elektra. Does anyone know why this is? I mean, in my opinion, no anime character has ANYTHING on good ol' Batman, and Nightcrawler--DAMN he's cool. When I was first introduced to costume play(about 3 months ago) I figured that Rogue would be one of the most common characters for females to play. I guess I was wrong.

So, has anyone here a habit of playing American characters?

Lady
04-09-2003, 02:05 PM
Well I know there are a number of people who do Cry for Dawn cosplay, and one of my friends is considering entering the Dawn look-alike contest (she'd be a shoe-in to win if she did). I think perhaps cosplay tends to be automatically associated with Japan, and thusly, Japanese characters. But I think the cosplay of American characters is growing more popular as time goes by.

-Lady

Jacques Strapp
04-09-2003, 05:22 PM
Originally posted by Lady
Well I know there are a number of people who do Cry for Dawn cosplay, and one of my friends is considering entering the Dawn look-alike contest (she'd be a shoe-in to win if she did). I think perhaps cosplay tends to be automatically associated with Japan, and thusly, Japanese characters. But I think the cosplay of American characters is growing more popular as time goes by.

-Lady
What's "Cry for Dawn"?

Hikaruchan
04-09-2003, 06:06 PM
I have done american comic cosplay and have more planned. DragonCon had a decent showing last year of superheroes - I don't have those pages up yet. Off the top of my head there was the following: 2 SpiderMans, Wolverine, Nick Fury, Angel (X-men), Wonder Woman, Supergirl, SpiderWoman, Scarlet Witch, Green Goblin, Dr. Doom, femme versions of Speedy and Robin. There were many more.

soshi
04-09-2003, 08:19 PM
Originally posted by Jacques Strapp
Is it just me or are American heroes GROSSLY underplayed at cons? I've looked at approximately 3/4 of all photos on cosplay.com(using webzip to acquire the pics, then irfanview for a slideshow), and not once have I seen Gambit, Wolverine, Rogue, Jean Grey, Green Lantern, Storm, or Wonderwoman portrayed. The American comic characters I've seen I can count on one hand:Superman, Batman, Daredevil, Robin, Elektra. Does anyone know why this is? I mean, in my opinion, no anime character has ANYTHING on good ol' Batman, and Nightcrawler--DAMN he's cool. When I was first introduced to costume play(about 3 months ago) I figured that Rogue would be one of the most common characters for females to play. I guess I was wrong.

So, has anyone here a habit of playing American characters?

ehehe, you must not go to many comic conventions? maybe you go to DC funded ones...? ^^; I see pictures of loads of those X-Men aaaaaaall the time. except Rogue... but two toned body suits are SO FRICKING DIFFICULT to make.. she's on my list for "indefinate future", but.. I have to learn to kick ass at making body suits first. ._.;;;

Garuda_Aiacos
04-10-2003, 02:16 AM
Heehehehee, this website is related most to Cosplay, Japanese Anime/Manga/JRock/Games related. So those who do these kind of costumes hangs out here and the photographers usually take pictures of such costumes.

Just look at other non-Cosplay related Cons like DC Comic Con, or Dragon Con and you'll see lots and lots of non-Japanese Cosplay costumes. From Batman to X-Men to Star Wars to Star Trek to Dawn to Spawn to Alien to Predator to Lord Of The Rings etc etc and even "old" cartoon/TV series like Battlestar Galactica. Every time my friends post their photos from these kind of events, I'm see hardly any Japanese Fandom cosplay, instead lots and lots of comic/movie related costumes.

Same goes when photo reports of Cosplay-Related Con are posted, you hardly see anyone in SW or ST or Batman or Dawn costumes.

IMHO and to my own thinking, Cosplay is still seen as doning costumes related to Japanese Fandom. To me and many others, those related to Western/American fandom is still considered as Costuming or Masquerer(sp?). Personally, I keep these 2 apart cause there seems to be a thin line between them, especially here in Singapore. Here, people are still hesistate to receive us SW/LOTR costumers into their events, although with the help from the organizers of such events, things are getting better.

Lady
04-10-2003, 01:11 PM
Cry for Dawn is an American comic series about a Goddess named Dawn. I've never read it, so I can't tell you that much about it, but in "Other Costumes" I believe there's a thread about Cry for Dawn cosplay*nods*

-Lady

Sailor Naboo
04-10-2003, 02:19 PM
I got nothing but positive response to my Hermione costume at Sakura Con (I thought I'd get a few..."That's not anime" comments behind my back but I didn't hear any. The year before when I did Death from The Sandman I did get a few negitive comments. I've been thinking about doing something from X-Men Evolution (Kitty?) for the past few years, but I just haven't got around to it.

The other costume that I'd like to do is "Wendy" from Superfiends, but I don't think I could talk my husband into being "Marvin" so it wouldn't be as fun. I wouldn't do Superfriends at an Anime Con. There aren't enough people that would remember who they were even with Cartoon Network! It would be a fun one at a Comic Convention. I have a pair of low rise white bellbottoms put asside for it too!

Heather
04-10-2003, 03:12 PM
I plan to do Nico from Marvel's upcoming The Runaways --- at D*C this year as well as a couple Star Wars costumes!

I do think American comic characters are under-played. They need play too! XDDDDDD

LLC
04-11-2003, 05:09 PM
Yes. In fact most of the people I know locally do.
Yes, we have Batman, Joker, Poison Ivy.

I have a friend who has done Purgatori and Chastity from the now gone Chaos! comic line, I have done Jade and Lady Death.

From DC comics I have done Mercy Graves (Lex Luthor's bodyguard/driver).

From TopCow comics Aphrodite IX, Lara Croft and working on others.

From Marvel I have done Storm (complete with SFx) and am looking at possibly the White Queen. A friend who has done Mystique.

As was pointed out it is a matter of cosplay was really associated more with Japanese characters and/or video game characters then American comic books.

Hopefully though while still a small group it will continue to grow in popularity also.

StacyMichelle
04-11-2003, 05:56 PM
Kabuki is techinically an American comic, though it surrounds Asian culture. I'll be cosplaying a character from there. I've always wanted to do an X-Men cospla, specifically Gambit.

Sarcasm-hime
04-12-2003, 12:09 AM
Ooh, which Kabuki character? I cosplayed Snapdragon at DragonCon last year...^_^ David Mack was really nice and took tons of pics. *lol*

I'm also planning on making Scarlet Witch and Promethea costumes for SDCC next year.

JustinCredible
04-15-2003, 06:40 PM
I'd like to do Synch from Gen-X! Or Static! (Not the Static Shock Version :mad: but the original, much better comic version)

darkwombat
04-15-2003, 08:06 PM
I actually made (assembled?) a Rogue costume a couple of years ago for Halloween... I guess it was kind of cheating, because I did the movie-style all black bodysuit thing rather than the traditional green and yellow, or even the purple thing she's got going on now. But it looked good, and I was happy with it, and it might come back this year. Cheesy tinfoil belt buckle and all.

JacksUsername
04-15-2003, 10:00 PM
I'm actually going as Wolverine for this next convention, and am hoping to go as gambit for a convention later this year. Gambit sounds like the most fun, although Nightcrawler would be very interesting.

I'd love to do Robin, but I think my body build would make a better Batman or Nightwing. Two-Face would also be a fun person to cosplay as....*starts pondering over a Two-Face costume*...that would look so cool...

*and thus the planning begins*

daria_jack
04-20-2003, 06:16 AM
I'm almost done with Poison Ivy of Batman

number18
05-06-2003, 06:50 PM
wow Two-Face would be supremely badass. And Synch, Justin?! Sweeeeeeeeet...

I have (since the X2 thread in General) been contemplating doing a Penance costume, but hell if I know how I'd EVER do her hair...and face paint....or that wrapping bondage thing. But she's so darn cool looking. =sigh=

Blink is another one, but I don't know anything about her AoA character. I liked her hair short when she was captured by the Phalanx.

ps Jacks, I'd be your fangirl forever if you did Gambit.

Maryssa
05-06-2003, 07:03 PM
Umm yeah... I think you have to remember that the majority of people on this board go to ANIME conventions. Yeah, there are tons of comic and sci fi conventions around, but since this is mainly a website for ANIME con cosplayers, well, duh there arent a lot of american character costumes.

(Yes, I do realize a lot of you go to non-anime cons and wear other stuff to anime cons, do not throw a fit for my above statement. I am generalizing, but it is an educated generalization in that the majority of people here DO only attend anime cons)

I dunno... while a lot of people say there is nothing wrong with wearing any character to an anime con, I just dont understand the point... you're supposed to be celebrating japanese fandom...

JacksUsername
05-06-2003, 07:33 PM
hehe, i dont' really mind it, although I do wear other stuff so...i don't know, I just see the cons as the best time to cosplay in general.

I have pics of my Wolvie in my gallery, and I might do another comic character for one day at Otakon. I'd love to do Gambit, but my hair is going to be compelty different for my Tidus costume...eventually though :P I might try and do a Cannonball costume, I always thought he was pretty cool,

kelldar
05-06-2003, 07:45 PM
I've done Shadowcat from x-men, and I plan on doing husk from genX and movie style rogue later this year...
If I could pull it off I would totally do storm's original costume, but I am completely wrong for the part ^_^;

JacksUsername
05-06-2003, 07:55 PM
Originally posted by kell
I've done Shadowcat from x-men, and I plan on doing husk from genX and movie style rogue later this year...
If I could pull it off I would totally do storm's original costume, but I am completely wrong for the part ^_^;

ou!

::is big shadowcat fanboy::

soooo cool! You're costume was awesome, wish I could've seen it in person. Storm's original costume would be cool, if you want to make it you should, it would be awesome!

Mandy Mitchell
05-07-2003, 01:10 AM
If you want to see comic book cosplayers, go to San Diego Comic Con or Dragon Con. There are tons of comic book costume entries in the Comic Con Masquerade.

I cosplayed Jubilee from X-MEN, and I would love to revamp my costume again.

jade_dragon
05-08-2003, 05:08 PM
i only cosplay american characters as there isnt much or any anime around here :(

Mandy Mitchell
05-11-2003, 04:27 AM
That's alright. When I was in high school, anime was extremely rare.

kelldar
05-11-2003, 07:18 AM
Originally posted by JacksUsername
ou!

::is big shadowcat fanboy::

soooo cool! You're costume was awesome, wish I could've seen it in person. Storm's original costume would be cool, if you want to make it you should, it would be awesome!

thanks!! :D I gotta find another chance to wear it again, I only got to wear it that once at dragoncon -_-

anime was really rare when I was in high school too, I didn't get into it until I was in college... even now, around here, I only know a handful of people who are into it. I know a lot more comic fans ^^

CattieBrie
05-12-2003, 11:24 AM
I've done mostly X-men;

Rogue
Kitty