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08-08-2010, 08:46 PM
I'm just curious what everyone's thoughts are on people who cosplay as original Characters. Yay or nay? Have you ever cosplayed as an OC, or know someone who has. Have you seen any at conventions? any fun OC memories? or is there and OC you want to cosplay?

08-08-2010, 08:52 PM
For myself: nay.

For others: if they're enjoying themselves, more power to them. But I usually don't find myself inspired to approach them, begin a conversation or take a picture. I'm too busy looking for characters I recognize and people who seem to share my interests.

08-08-2010, 10:23 PM
Myself: Did so a few times, but no one recognized me. haha

Others: If its a well done, cool looking, original costume... i take a picture. Half the time, i don't know what character i'm taking a picture of. A few times, its been an OC.

08-08-2010, 10:33 PM
Never have done it, but I have seen a lot of really well done ones. It's something that I think we'll start to see more of.

Although most of the time it's hard to tell if they're an original character or else you just didn't recognize what they're from.

08-11-2010, 09:44 PM
I have more stories of OC's than normal cosplay. If no one has seen your character before, it's NEW, its cool, etc. I've been asked many time "hum, I have to bug you but are those real?" and since my OC are combo crossplays...yeah a deep voice saying "I'm a guy" destroys the fan, they love it if done right.
of course peeps who have no fun usually buy their cosplays and/or components, mess around TOO much(or not enough) or have no skill to use, nor imagination worthy of said reactions. So it's worth it if you are up for the challenge and can take the heat if it's not that good.

08-16-2010, 08:04 PM
I've had fun and pictures taken as two of my OCs, while my third needs some tweaking. It's hard to point out exactly what's "done right" but as long as you have a sense of style, test yourself. One tip from me: wear what you think looks GOOD on you, not what's "right".

08-17-2010, 09:16 PM
I'm completely for cosplaying as OCs. I make up lots of characters and have dressed up as one before and it went over extremely well. It is by far not my best cosplay-construction, materials, sewing wise-but it was all made by me, and I had a lot of fun being that character. I'm now working on my next original cosplay and hope it gets good attention, but if not, I still love it! I've done many already established characters and only got a lot of attention for my first cosplay as the others I've done hardly anyone hears about, or in my L case, too many people cosplay.

To me, OC cosplaying is not really about getting attention but dressing up as a character you yourself have created and loved. It's really all about fun and heart which to me, all types of art is meant to be about, and I (personally) do consider cosplaying a type of art.

Harra Arial
09-10-2010, 03:24 PM
Myself? Most of my "Cosplays" are OCs. I just feel a lot more comfortable in my own characters' costumes than in another.

For others? If you like it, go for it! It's just like Roleplaying, some people prefer Canons, and some prefer OCs, either way you want to slice it is fine with you. If I see a lovely costume, I'll compliment someone on it, regardless if I know the character or not~

09-16-2010, 04:30 AM
I've cosplayed ocs. Some people are very anal over it though " waaaah, japanese characters only, only pre existing characters waaaaah"

I think its fine. I mean, people from the interbutts recognised my character ( an anthro car, so not hard to mistake)

Cosplay for me is just Costume Play. Aslong as the persons having fun being the character its fine.

09-16-2010, 04:31 AM
But I usually don't find myself inspired to approach them, begin a conversation or take a picture.

Wow, thats very closeminded. You're missing out on talking to a person creative and ballsy enough to go as their own creation.

11-01-2010, 01:16 PM
I cosplay an OC State Alchemist. Works becuse the uniform is recognizeable, even if the character is not.

11-02-2010, 12:46 PM
I did it once. A fantastic artist friend of mine designed a special one for each member of our group. The people at the con loved it, and came up to us a lot to talk about them. The best part was that we got to talk up our friend's art, as well as look super cool.

So I'd say yay, as long as it's awesome.

11-03-2010, 06:59 AM
I would consdier it as I have quite a few characters, but to be fair I've got the wrong build and height for quite a few of them. :P So to be fair I probably wouldn't do it unless I had a character of my own I could do. But I guess to a degree my Assassin costume I'm working on is an OC to a degree as it's not meant to be an in game assassin and more of just 'an assassin' even if it's not based on one of my own Assassin's Creed OC's.

11-07-2010, 07:42 PM
Some day I would LOVE to cosplay as one of my original characters. I've grown so attached to some of them that it would just make me so warm and fuzzy on the inside to do so, haha. I don't care if anyone is amazed by the designs, considering 99% of them are all very basic and just casual dress anyways, but it would be something I do if I were, say, at a con for three days but didn't want to go dressed up in cosplay each day.

I'd most likely just have to slap on a wig and an outfit I draw said character in, and then go.
Hmm, maybe I'll have to do this~! I've been needing an excuse to dress up as my precious Damon. XP

11-07-2010, 09:25 PM
Wow, thats very closeminded. You're missing out on talking to a person creative and ballsy enough to go as their own creation.

Not necessarily close-minded. I mean, if I see someone in an awesome costume that I don't recognize, sometimes I'll go up and compliment them on the costume, but sometimes I'm too shy, or sometimes I'm worried about mistaking the person for someone else (if it's an OC I have no clue what it's from or even that it's an OC, so I probably wouldn't get it right), so I don't say anything.

11-07-2010, 09:30 PM
I'm awesome and I forgot to write my reply to the topic itself.

I've been avoiding OC cosplay because when I first started cosplaying a couple years ago, my only cosplayer friend was my girlfriend, and she said, A), "You CAN go to the convention without cosplaying, but it would be lame, and B), "No, you absolutely may not cosplay an OC. That's just weird."

Obviously we've both grown quite a bit and gotten more into the world of conventions and cosplay, and are more aware of what is and isn't "lame" or "weird." At this point I probably would go as an OC, if I had one that was appropriate. My main characters right now are, first of all, male, for the most part (and I pretty much suck at crossplaying), and second, not very interesting as a cosplay. I love the characters themselves but the designs are pretty normal... I haven't made any... shall we say "creative" outfits for quite a while, and when I did, I had no clue what I was doing and they're all terrible. XD'

I wouldn't mind other people cosplaying as OCs... except that I wouldn't know who they were, and would be, as I stated above, probably less inclined to talk to them. If I see someone from, say, a show I love that isn't super popular, I'll definitely talk to them, because that awesome factor overrides my shyness. But if I did end up talking to them and found out it was an OC, I certainly wouldn't think any less of them. As a matter of fact, if I liked the design at all, I'd think even more of them, because they came up with it themselves.

11-18-2010, 01:05 PM
I like OC's if they're well done.

if someone wears a hoodie and jeans and says it's an OC or something, I don't really...think of it as a costume at all.

I've seen some REAAAALLY extravagant and beautiful OC charactes before though, I thought it was a character from trinity blood because of the way it looked, but it was an OC :D

11-18-2010, 10:42 PM
If I do an original character, I go up the nines with fanciness since I can be as creative and detail-laden as I want.
Case in point, for Halloween (and started in December....);
And I got asked numerous times if I was recreating a medieval portrait, opera character, or going to some kind of special celebration/ceremony. Or just flatout stopped on the street and gawked at.
And so far, she's the only one. I have a few others planned, but all my originals are based from fantasy/sci-fi and historical costuming genres. I don't really have plans for an original anime character.

11-21-2010, 11:30 PM
I'm actually bouncing around the ideas for a webcomic I'd like to publish. But the artwork would actually be altered photography, so I'd need to make the costumes and props to make the webstrip to begin with.

11-30-2010, 11:56 AM
I'm totally opened it it. :)
I may even attempt it someday. Cx

12-14-2010, 02:40 AM
I've been OC since my first cosplay, and its been fun cause the clothes really suit me well: hide my sailor guts & enhance the overall cool-ness :D

The best thing about OC ing (if you are really creative) you can make almost anything into costume. If its done well, you'll got a very cool costume with minimum cost ^^

I made mine from scrap fabric & stuff i salvage from dumpster diving.

If it's look 'wow' you don't have to worry about lack of attention, the crowd will swarm you before you know it ^^

anyone else up for OC?

01-20-2011, 09:04 AM
I'm always up for it! In fact, I haven't cosplayed a "real" character yet, lol.

I enjoy being an OC It's fun rummaging through my closet or clothing racks and imagining the endless possibilities. :) I wasn't going to the con to be photographed, or assaulted and glomped by fans, lol. I went to experience the joys of being around my fellow anime/manga lovers. ^_^

This go round I'm actually going to start making costumes for some "real" characters, though one I think is hardly known at all. But I'm doing it because I love that character to bits and pieces!!! And sure it'll be nice if people recognize me or take a picture because I'll be in tengu geta with a giant spear, lol, but I'll be happy just knowing I'm giving some much deserved love to a certain series. :D

03-27-2011, 12:13 PM
Ive cos-played as my OC's before, however ive only done them at home, I would love to dress as one of my over-complicated Oc's as a con because there really fun. I love the idea of dressing as your OC because there so much fun and its just super fun especially if you have your friends with you and they know your character and you can just have a ton of fun with it, even if other people dont know your OC

03-27-2011, 07:58 PM
I'd really like to make a few costumes of some of my original characters, though I'm keeping them on the backburner... However, I would like to some day. :D

04-03-2011, 10:31 PM
How many of you have cosplayed an OC of yours (or others)? What feedback did you get from the public, did you get a lot of pictures etc? Would you ever consider cosplaying an OC? What do you tend to think of people who often cosplay their own OCs? Is it more acceptable the more unique the OC is?

I don't personally have very many human OCs, but it just occurred to me that cosplaying Vita (http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/63631_474312103095_602008095_5850904_8378317_n.jpg ) or Rockit would both be really really fun. X3

04-03-2011, 10:43 PM
I've cosplayed my own OC once before. It wasn't bad. But you don't get a lot of pictures, from what I experienced. Well, at least I didn't, but a friend of mien got loads, but that's because she had a hoopskirt on...

Still, my OC is not really someone I'll be cosplaying again, more dresses, yes. More Rozalina? Not likely. =/

04-05-2011, 02:50 AM
OCs are cool, and if the costume looks cool, I'll probably ask them for pictures and such too.

As for my OCs? I could possibly cosplay them... however, they all have pretty "normal", casual clothing, so I would likely have to do something else... they are animals(as in anthros/furries), so... animal ears and tail? But then, people might mistake me for "just another person in neko ears" or something.. body paint would be good for that, but I don't really like wearing it, so... Yeah, it's all about making people see you're actually a character, made by yourself or otherwise.

04-08-2011, 01:13 AM
For myself: nay.

For others: if they're enjoying themselves, more power to them. But I usually don't find myself inspired to approach them, begin a conversation or take a picture. I'm too busy looking for characters I recognize and people who seem to share my interests.

Pretty much my view also.

I have nothing against OC's... but to me their not really cosplays. They're just... costumes. I love seeing peoples originality, but I don't take pictures of them, because I really... don't feel any need to. It's like "Wow! That lolita looks really good!" and that's it. It's not like seeing a Sailor Moon or something and going "Wow! She really stands out, I want her picture!" because I know the character and I understand who she is.

04-08-2011, 03:01 PM
I think OC cosplay can be interesting.

I want to do my OC. He's a little boy from the 1920s... he might look too normal though so I might end up just looking like someone dressed way too formal for an anime convention.

04-08-2011, 09:12 PM
I went as one to my first con and I hated every minute of it. I would like to do it again.. except.. eh..... I don't know how effectively I would be able to bind.. I looove Robert. It would have to be him. The girls are no challenge and my other men are way too.. um.. no shot in hell.

.. or Patrick.. Patrick's chubbier.. ^ . ^ Easier to pad tummy to match hips than to try to squish hips.

04-10-2011, 02:14 PM
I'm working on an Empire State Building cosplay, and I'm pretty sure that's going to get lots of attention, even if it's not from an established series, or a recreation of somebody else's character. It's hard to ignore an illuminated headdress that makes its wearer 6.5-7 feet tall, for starters. And the robes are gonna be gorgeous, multilayerered things. That and the chest armour, glossy black and silver. A fair number of architectural elements are gonna be worked into this thing- the 5th ave lobby windows, the sunburst patterns from the mosaic on the lobby wall, and even the fantastic assortment of sunburst designs from the lobby ceilings. So if this thing works, it's going to be incredible.

Some of the most interesting cosplays I saw at Halcon were OC's. The zombie nurse with zombie baby, a Steampunk exterminator couple, and even a steampunk plague doctor. I didn't mind going up to people and saying "You look awesome, who/what are you?" It certainly led to some cool conversations. Likewise, my outfit for the first night was an original creation, pulled together from stuff out of my closet-A black and gold qipao, a set of belly dancer's Isis wings, and a gold sunburst crown. I got lots of compliments, and a few people told me that my costume was the subject of a lot of discussion "That looks so cool, what is she?"

04-15-2011, 01:30 AM
cosplaying oc is very fun^^ because you can create your own character ><
especially costume design :bigtu:
and the greatest question of the others "omg man what are you cosplaying?" :fuming:

04-15-2011, 02:33 AM
I love OC's. I'm trying to create a few steampunk cosplays (which would of course be OC's... there aren't many steampunk... things out). I feel like, if people can accept steampunk and random pirate/ninja cosplays, which are OC's for the most part, then why not come up with some extravagant cosplay that is all yours? Plus, it shows your creative side. ^^ OC's are fun. I'll admit that it is a bit confusing when you see one at a con. No one wants to be rude and ask, but take a pic talk a bit and you'll figure out if it's OC or not. ^_~

04-18-2011, 12:08 PM
I'm planning an OC Hogwarts student costume for the release of the final movie this summer. It's not that I don't like the canon characters, but I don't look enough like any of them to really pull it off. Rather than be one of eleven hundred Hermiones, I'm going to be one of only a couple of Hufflepuff students (no one loves Hufflepuff ;3;). But there again... it works with that fandom. There are likely hundreds of unnamed students/extras. The same is true of something like Star Wars. That said, I wouldn't try to cosplay an OC Sailor Scout, or something that people will likely get bent out of shape about.

04-18-2011, 12:15 PM
As far as "being rude and asking" goes, none of the OC cosplayers I talked to were offended to be asked what they were, and I wasn't bothered when people asked me that.

Mylilpazuzu, I see what you mean- in some universes like Star Wars, Star Trek, and Harry Potter, there's so many background characters running around that it's easy to do an OC cosplay and still fit into the story without needing a convoluted explanation.

04-18-2011, 07:39 PM
I've not cosplayed an original character but I really want to! I think it's a great way to unleash your creative side ^.^
When I'm at cons if I see a costume I like i'll go and tell that person, and maybe get a picture. I don't know as much anime and manga as alot of people so chances are i'm not gonna know if something is OC or not, but to me it doesn't matter. An awesome costume is an awesome costume!

05-02-2011, 09:22 PM
I'm already planning an OC cosplay for next year. He's a very extravagant and rather obvious character so I'll be sticking out xD

I think if the character is really well thought out (I've had Aaron for years now and I'm still fine tuning him) then yeah go for it. But if you're slapping something together that doesn't even look obvious don't expect to be asked for a picture... I'm hoping that my web comic will be up and running in time and that people will sort of know my characters but Aarons a ladies man, he'll be flirting regardless ;D

05-05-2011, 01:46 PM
Me? Not yet, but I do have one I'm working on, a character from a novel I'm working on, and I've been bugging myself to make his giant organ-arm thing that attaches to his back. Just for the challenge. Some just look too similar to existing things to really work well as OCs, but some that have something that sets them apart- like a giant prop or a very detailed costume- that's something that will make me interested in talking to you about your character. If you're just in plainclothes but an OC, not many will notice. If at all.
My friend and I have considered putting together a group for a webcomic my friend is working on, as a strange publicity thing, but we shelved that for now, it seems somewhat low...

05-05-2011, 02:02 PM
Personally I like the whole concept of cosplaying OCs. I am a writer and the idea of dressing up as a character from one of my own stories sounds awesome. In fact I am cosplaying an OC for Friday of AnimeNext. :)

I think if the person wearing the cosplay is having fun, it doesn't matter what the cosplay is.

05-05-2011, 03:42 PM
I've done a bunch of original designs, and even my recreation costumes tend to be obscure so often people don't know what I'm from anyways.

I love seeing awesome costumes regardless of whether I recognize the source; I constantly go up to cosplayers/costumers wearing cool things and ask them about their costumes.

I know that a lot of anime cons are biased against original designs (and in some cases have rules against them), but sci-fi, fantasy and media cons are usually much more welcoming. I just came back from Costume-Con (http://www.costume-con.org) and saw tons of amazing original costumes. :)

05-11-2011, 05:14 AM
My first cosplay is an OC.
I made the decision to cosplay an OC because I felt it would be less pressure for my first time cosplaying, and so far I've been really enjoying making my cosplay come to life.

So...yay? ^^:

05-11-2011, 07:03 PM
My first cosplay is an OC.
I made the decision to cosplay an OC because I felt it would be less pressure for my first time cosplaying, and so far I've been really enjoying making my cosplay come to life.

So...yay? ^^:

yes yay! same here!
but it may not be "cosplay" persay if it's an OC....ppl debate it a lot,usually cosplay corrilates to someting specific in japanese culture, lately it's included american and then everyone misuses the term costume for cosplay for like everything. Not crapping on you, just what I've seen over time. I've never actually been able to call my getups cosplay if I make them up, I call them costumes or characters....but they're not Japanese particularly, yours may very well be! ^^
if you got down to it, making your OWN character could be the truest and MOST FREE form of "costume play" there ever could be. ... interesting you reminded me of things here.

05-29-2011, 10:58 AM
I'm working on an OC cosplay for my artist alley buddy and myself right now to promote my short comic I am planning on selling in artist alley. I'm super looking forward to it! I'm going to get to learn so many new techniques! I'm also planning on competeing in a local con's masq because I've already won a pretty high award both years I've entered and need more of a challenge. And I've heard its hard to win contests in OC's so why not :)

06-01-2011, 08:23 PM
I've cosplayed an original character, but it was for a type of costume day in high school... I find that the best reactions from OCs are when they are something sensical to people. For example, what I cosplayed was nothing more than an OC from a magic-like victorian era. It was well received because I just looked like a victorian gentleman.

If you get something very eccentric, chances are it'll confuse people what it is from. If you can fit it into things like "cowboy", "angel", "vampire" you can usually get better responses from people because they can approach on that basis alone.

Regardless, do whatever you wish. There will always be a totally unique satisfaction to cosplaying something you put your heart and soul into rather than just a character you're a fan of.

06-03-2011, 07:49 PM
I'm hoping to cosplay an oc character, but not anytime soon because it includes mechanized wings and a full ballgown so...ya, definitely going to take a while to do

06-06-2011, 01:56 AM
As far as OC's go, I enjoy it. Hell, I practically do it every day. BUT, to the average casual con-goer, unless your cosplay is really extravagant, you won't attract much attention. :9

06-13-2011, 10:02 AM
You can make an original character that can still be recognised by others.

For example, if you Cosplay an original Asari character from Mass Effect or a Namekian from Dragonball Z. You might get mistaken for Liara or Piccolo though.

I did a Lone Wanderer Cosplay - since the character is fully customisable, I stuck to a recognisable starting outfit. Likewise you could do your own WoW character - even if people do not know who it is, they can still see its from that game.

What do others think?

06-17-2011, 07:48 PM
Personally, I fully support the idea of being able to cosplay an original character, mainly because I hope to cosplay one of my own. (:

06-21-2011, 01:01 AM
I have a friend who was inspired a while back to design an original private school uniform. We keep saying that as soon as one of us learns to sew properly we'll all go as original characters just to mess with people.

Most of my problems with original character cosplay stems from the fact that a lot of the 'original characters' are just people in their everyday clothes (though I do have a friend who gets asked if she's in cosplay when wearing her normal clothes, which are spiffy to the max). When I dress up as original characters I want people to think it's a cosplay from a series they haven't heard of. I hope all of that made sense.

06-22-2011, 09:04 PM
I have a friend who was inspired a while back to design an original private school uniform. We keep saying that as soon as one of us learns to sew properly we'll all go as original characters just to mess with people.

Most of my problems with original character cosplay stems from the fact that a lot of the 'original characters' are just people in their everyday clothes (though I do have a friend who gets asked if she's in cosplay when wearing her normal clothes, which are spiffy to the max). When I dress up as original characters I want people to think it's a cosplay from a series they haven't heard of. I hope all of that made sense.

^^ Don't worry :D it makes perfect sense to me

06-23-2011, 12:10 AM
O.o What the crap?!! An "OC" Thread?!...I'm not alone...T_T

06-23-2011, 12:17 AM
O.o What the crap?!! An "OC" Thread?!...I'm not alone...T_T

of course you arent! :D ^^ There are more 'OC' people then you think.
Dont worry, I thought the same thing at first lol.

07-04-2011, 10:42 AM
Hmmm...I had been toying with the idea of making an OC Elf. Kinda like a Cleric. After hearing all this talk, I might just have to consider it some more. Or a redesign of an OS-tan (personified operating systems or programs).

07-19-2011, 06:31 PM
I really want to make my own O.C costume one day, so I say: "Yay! and have fun with it!"
In my spare time I tend to write stories for my own with a various cast of characters, and it would be awesome to one day wear the costume from one of my own characters to a con :D

08-13-2011, 08:54 PM
I myself have Basically done nothing but OC cosplay and even then my Cosplay usually is in the form of Puppets

currently im getting my suit fixed up for my original Superhero i made , cant wait to talk in those shows again

09-08-2011, 06:50 PM
I've always wanted to create my own design and wear it to a con. I personally think it's a brilliant idea. You have creative control over the entire costume. You're not restricted like you are with a well known character/costume. You can make it however you like. Plus, once it's done, you'll feel amazing for finishing something of your own design. It probably feels even better when you go to con and people want your picture. I hope one day to start making my own designs, but so far I can't come up with anything.

I've done an original design of an existing character, however. I drew out my own version of Peter Pan and wore it to my local Renaissance Festival. I was shocked and so happy with how much great feedback I received. It makes me want to do more original takes on characters. My fiance and I are thinking of doing Steampunk Pan and Hook. We have our designs ready... now we just have to start on it.

So for me, orignal designs or remakes are a "yay".

09-30-2011, 01:17 AM
I think its a great idea. If you designed the character yourself, it must feel incredible to see your character come to life. And you can be sure you're the only person who's ever made a cosplay of your OC so you'll feel special. I haven't made an OC cosplay yet, but I plan to. Its a great way to advertise, too :3

10-15-2011, 06:18 AM
Did it once. It was really boring.

10-20-2011, 09:58 PM
me: yay and i've done it too! it was a ballroom version of my OC Theresa. I may not have developed her story enough to talk about her, but i loved the dress too much to pass it up. XD; for me, it's all about what looks good, what interests you, and creativity. if your OC is just a normal highschooler that was sucked into another world, great, but try not to use her 'higschooler' clothes. you know? try and make shit up to be interesting as possible. remember, first impressions last.

Other people: Yay as well. I mean, I might be confused if you are an OC or from an anime i've never seen before, but if i like the costume itself i'll take a pic or ask you about it. i may even hug you!

10-23-2011, 08:40 PM
Honestly, I find the idea of going as an original character much more interesting than going as one from an anime. It's sad that you don't get people pointing at you when they recognize the character, of course, but I love the imagination that goes into making something up completely from scratch. ^_^ A large part of that is because I make props such as masks, so there's a lot more potential there for me to play around. Which is not to dis traditional cosplaying. It's just not as interesting to me personally.

10-26-2011, 02:06 AM
YAY i'm not alone!! i'm cosplaying an OC (granted in a already created universe) at a convention next year and i'm loving the process of creating this character- it probably also helps that i love writing and this is just an extension of it... I'm thinking of having little cards on me that i can hand to people if they want to know more about my character what'cha think?

11-02-2011, 02:44 AM
1. OC cosplay like anything, if it's done right it's great, if not then not. But hey, wearing a costume and having fun is cosplay.

2. Yeah some people might not like that you're not dressed as a famous character from an anime, but I happen to love different archetypes. I've been A pirate, A fire demon, A tree nymph, A flower fairy, and many, many variations of A gypsy. I also love historically inspired cosplay.

3. OC is a different type of challenge. You have no reference pictures to follow, but you're also not bound to try to make it look exactly like canon.

4. Lots of fun and endless possibilities. http://www.cosplay.com/photo/3084101/

11-09-2011, 10:42 PM
Yes I do ! I created a Russian character, with the russian name and all his story, I will dress as him, I just need to buy a better outfit because I currently have the wrong jacket lol

here's a picture of me as my OC :


11-29-2011, 03:10 PM
I'm just curious what everyone's thoughts are on people who cosplay as original Characters. Yay or nay? Have you ever cosplayed as an OC, or know someone who has. Have you seen any at conventions? any fun OC memories? or is there and OC you want to cosplay?

Ah, I'm going to cosplay my OC next year, Keta (pronounced Co Ta). It'll be a fursuit, instead of my usual quadsuits.

12-04-2011, 01:51 AM
Empire State Building got shelved this year due to budget reasons, but a neighbor of his got cosplayed. That costume got a great reception at Hal-Con, taking an honorable mention in the Master's category of the costume contest. Here's my One Penn Plaza costume as it appeared during the con:

I also wore the costume for Halloween in NYC, only without the headdress. I did a more human-looking personification, using a braided wig. If anyone asked, the braids were elevator cables:)

As for Empire State, that one might get resurrected this year- I've already got a couple of pieces made.

Quinn the Shiki
12-06-2011, 08:54 PM
I was thinking of cosplaying my OC Cato because I read over the short story I had written that he was from and I remembered I made him a bad*ss. I just wish I hadn't given him such an odd looking Suit Now, but that aside, this probably will happen eventually.

LT. Sarcastic
12-15-2011, 03:22 PM
I've seen some really interesting ones and I think it would be a -fantastic- way to market your online comic/story/whatever it's from. I will be doing it as soon as I've gotten my butt into gear to post the stupid thing, but that's beside the point.

12-17-2011, 12:35 PM
I'll be cosplaying an original, already have all the fabric. I just need the other things - contacts, latex, bodypaint, wig, shoes, and feathers to make the foot wings (think Hermes, the Greek god)
I'm excited about her scarred eye but I'm not debuting her until late 2012/2013.

02-18-2012, 05:42 PM
I've met a few cosplayers who have done that. It was awesome. Random pirate number 27 lol! For myself its currently no but I did promise my gf we would do her characters in the future. But hers are from her original story.

03-01-2012, 03:52 PM
Thought about it. Friends have talked about a Tokyo Mew Mew fancharacter group, wherein everyone would dress as their own Mew. I thought it was a silly idea at first, but now... starting to reconsider. Maybe once I get in shape...

03-02-2012, 07:03 PM
I cosplayed my OC Daisy for Halloween because he's famous among my friends and it was a lot of fun. But at a convention, probably no, because I really enjoy photos boots with people of the same fandom as me, and I like cosplaying recognizable charries. I might consider doing a webcomic cosplay though.

03-05-2012, 08:41 PM
I like to buy armor, weapons, shields, and whatever strikes me as cool (I bought a coat from the movie "The Postman" at one convention) I incorporate these items into OC cosplay and have a lot of fun being someone else at a convention. My Knight Hospitaller cosplay is my favorite so far and it was really popular at Dragoncon last year.

03-05-2012, 11:20 PM
I've cosplayed an OC before. Granted, it was a friend's OC, but I did completely because I wanted to and without her prompting. He was just too awesome a character not to do. The character himself is pretty popular among our circle of fanfictioners too, so people were all disappointed that I beat them to a cosplay of him first. XD Whatever the case, I had lots of fun cosplaying him, even though nobody knew who the hell I was. The only bad part about it was the mask. Note this kiddies: never make a toucan mask, complete with large beak, out of plaster. Your nose will thank you for it.

03-11-2012, 05:57 PM
I'm currently planning on making an OC of mine from a short story I wrote for my creative writing class. She is such an interesting character plus I get to make a huge death scythe sort of thing for her. And the awesome thing is that I have everything to make her scythe in my house and her outfit isn't complicated at all despite how symbolic it is. ^_^

Quinn the Shiki
04-02-2012, 07:04 PM
My friend PhantomHoodie and I are going to cosplay as characters from a Novel I'm writing. I'm going to be Cain, the crazy ringmaster of an Evil Circus, and she's probably either going to be Demetri, Cain's evil twin brother who takes over his brain at times, or Voltaire, Demetri's Sexy Sadistic, violin-playing assistant XD

04-03-2012, 04:28 PM
I really love when I see OC cosplays! I think it makes a good conversation starter and I always like to see what people come up with. I would love to do my own one day...

Quinn the Shiki
04-04-2012, 08:59 PM
I finished sketching the two main characters fro my Novel. Now I don't know which one I want to cosplay, I made them both look so awesome!

04-05-2012, 01:04 PM
I'm going to construct a Repo Man costume from Repo the Genetic Opera. I figure it's distinct enough for people to recognize, but I can still put in my own little flourishes and it makes sense that there would be more than one Repo Man.

05-14-2012, 07:25 PM
I might be cosplaying a Original character of mine named Jenny Here is a picture from my DA.
http://marinathepersian.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d4zg91z . I think cosplaying as your own character can be fun I had too two Tsubascon conventions ago and it was really fun. Didn't get a lot of pictures taken of me, but I didn't care I had a lot of fun doing it.
With that cosplay I am cosplaying A Gijinka Oshawott or Sandile.

05-26-2012, 01:01 AM
Since Anime Midwest is only a month away. I have zero time and hardly any money to make anything.

I've decided to go as an original character. I'm thinking Elf Princess of some sort with this dress.


I own the dress already, I used it for my Quinceanera about 4 years ago and thank god it still fits. The only modification I made on this dress was an orange bow in the back to go with my color scheme at the time.

Sometimes, you have to work with what you have.

05-26-2012, 02:24 PM
согласен, что пост получился удачным. хорошая работа!

Quinn the Shiki
06-29-2012, 05:53 PM
In addition to cosplaying a few characters from my pieces of writing, I agreed to cosplay one of my friend's OCs for two reasons:

1) she loosely based him off of one of my favorite anime characters from a series I introduced her to.

and 2) because she made him a badass.

That's probably going to be one of my Halloween costumes now if I can find a wig.

07-07-2012, 07:34 PM
I would love to cosplay my really detailed characters, there is one in particular that I really want to do, I love him so much...but there is some tricky lighting so it may be a while before I get around to it

07-09-2012, 09:22 PM
I'm currently working on a new OC cosplay. He should be done by time of AWA. Hopefully I'll get to go and debut him. I'm just about done with his horns! I'm hoping he will turn out as good as my last OC :)

07-10-2012, 08:57 AM
Recently, I've been doing original versions of stuff in addition to my re-creations - saloon girl Query from Batman, Edo gambler Setzer, Ghostbuster Kaylee. I do those mainly because they give me an excuse to design something new but still get recognized.

I do a lot of historical or fantasy-style costumes that I don't put in my gallery because they aren't terribly exciting.

And then there are the original costumes I do, perhaps loosely based on something else. This year, my project was the Fifth Inspector from Inspector Spacetime (based on an internet joke). Next year, I plan to do some sort of can-can thing but am debating on the theme of the dress. I'm also working on a 60s version of Quidditch robes. My husband is the better designer of the two of us, so he comes up with the cooler ideas - I'm working on his Captain Nemo design next year and into 2014.

07-22-2012, 09:17 PM
I have a few OC's that I'd love to cosplay as. I have a superhero comic/story idea that I would love to cosplay someone from. On of my character's costumes is heavily inspired by Black Canary and Miss Marvel and Pris from Blade Runner, so it wouldn't be too impressive. The other would require huge bird wings and a custom styled wig. If I did cosplay on of my characters, it'd b her.

07-29-2012, 10:45 PM
Me: I have my 1st con coming up and I'm planning on cosplaying my Oc from Young Justice
It might not be until the last day of the Con..or the 1st day, but I'm pretty excited. I figure if you put the work into the cosplay, then go for it

08-02-2012, 10:02 AM
I haven't actually cosplayed an original character yet, but I will eventually. I think it would be fun, and I myself love seeing original cosplays. They can be so creative and interesting! (:
However I don't think that I would ever cosplay an original character at a con, because no one would know who I am cosplaying as.
But I also like the idea of designing your own original variation of a certain character (I'm actually working on some now...)
And I think if that character is known well, then it would be great to wear it at a con! ^_^

Lycoris Ousa
08-03-2012, 09:12 PM
My originals tend to be a great hit if I make them stand out in designs. I stopped doing so a couple of years back so I'm slowly trying to get back into it

Quinn the Shiki
08-21-2012, 09:10 PM
Being a writer, I have a lot of OCs, and I'm cosplaying at least five of them.

The first one I'll do is probably going to be Death, a character from my newest story for Halloween. It's pretty easy, just a long white coat, dress pants, blue shirt, tie, my Faust VIII wig, a tophat, and a blue scarf. the only problem is I'll have to wear about a pound of makeup, since his face is all pale and bluish and discolored DX

08-27-2012, 10:38 AM
Currently I'm the process of making one that's really special to my heart as I've had her character in my life for the past thirteen years and well, I finally feel like it's time that I start putting some work into making her. Plus she has an epic sword. XD

I'm probably going to have a bit of trouble with her outfit since she travels to different worlds and such so her outfits change constantly. I need to think of something that looks unique but still keeps to her sense of style, practicality.

09-17-2012, 01:37 AM
I'm currently working in cosplaying one of my OCs, I find it fun and it gives you more freedom and creativity since you design the clothes, the hair, the accesories and in some cases the eyes, I'd love to cosplay ones of my favorite anime characters someday, but starting with an OC is a nice challenge.

Of course when it comes to a couple cosplay it's the hardest part, since you need a very reliable friend who loves your characters to cosplay the other one, and when it comes to me it's very hard due to my limited friends circle.

10-12-2012, 08:22 AM
So what's the best response to the 'who are you/what are you from?' question? Because I'd really hate to give a vague or uninteresting answer and sort of drive away the people who are genuinely curious.

/I get nervous talking about my OCs/story in public, but I'd still really really love to put together an original cosplay and leave a good impression.

10-12-2012, 07:08 PM
So what's the best response to the 'who are you/what are you from?' question? Because I'd really hate to give a vague or uninteresting answer and sort of drive away the people who are genuinely curious.

/I get nervous talking about my OCs/story in public, but I'd still really really love to put together an original cosplay and leave a good impression.

Maybe come up with a concise and interesting way to describe the setting/story first, and then say that it's your original thing? If you're concerned that people won't care about OCs (which is silly if they don't), I wouldn't start the conversation by saying this is an OC.

10-12-2012, 07:19 PM
Forum, why did you double post that eleven minutes after the original? I don't understaaand.

10-12-2012, 08:26 PM
Oh wow, that's a really good idea! Prefacing every explanation with 'it's an OC' might now work so well, so just going with who/what the cosplay is seems like it would definitely work better. Thanks so much!

10-17-2012, 07:26 PM
I was thinking about changing my yoruichi karakura uni cosplay into somthing like her little sister or somthing(even though she doesn't have a little sister. I though it would be cool, and it's pretty original. . . . .I think.

10-22-2012, 07:03 PM
I cosplayed my OC Kelly once, because I had everything I needed to make his costume (and old witch dress; go figure!) and this was back when I didn't really know how to make costumes anyway. I carried around a sketch of him in my bag because I thought I'd get asked who I was supposed to be a few times, and I did, but unfortunately, after I showed the sketch to a lot of people, they ask, "isn't that Sasuke?"

Brown spiky hair, grey eyes, a yellow scarf, a black coat, brown pants, and boots. Totally Sasuke >.>

I also dressed up as my OC Sammy one year, but I full-well knew that people would just think I was a school girl. It was more for my own amusment, saying that it was my OC Sammy.

So, on the whole, I don't cosplay OCs anymore, especially because I don't have time to around all my other costumes!

Quinn the Shiki
12-15-2012, 10:56 PM
I really want to cosplay a couple of my OCs from my two newest novels. One of them, Vergil, is REALLY simple. Though I suppose I could fancy it up with some fake blood considering he mind-controls a guy to rip out his own heart once.

Then from my other story, I have too many characters that I like. I'd probably do Dangerfield though, an ice demon who looks dresses like he's in the Mafia. It'd require electric purple contacts which could be pretty fun.

Quinn the Shiki
01-31-2013, 10:01 PM
Well, I think I'm gonna cosplay another OC from my circus novel: Haku the violinist. Mostly because when I sketched him out today I drew him in this really cool black-fading-to-purple trenchcoat that I'd really love to have. I'll have to make it though, and that'll probably be hard, that and the fact that he has a giant diamond-shaped burn scar on his face that'll be hard to replicate but oh well, I just love him (and his coat) so much after developing his character...

08-10-2013, 09:03 PM
I've only recently discovered the world of cosplay, so with that in mind please take what I'm going to say here with a grain of salt...BUT...

If you replicate a character exactly as you have seen them, no matter the media, it can be seen a flattery but it's only slightly left of steeling someone else's work.

OK, "Batman" is the character, so the "Batsuit" needs to have a given established look;
but with in that look make the costume your own version of the "Batsuit".

Invent a character that fits into a given story line/universe/art style.

I have worked in theater building props, practical aspects of costumes and things like that.
I started making "HALO" armor for use on the paintball field and now I really want to bring my skill set into cosplay.
Hell I've been a KISS fan since 1974 so we were in costume before there was such a thing as cosplay!

I like building armor and robot type suits, I'm having fun doing it, and making this stuff work.
Anyone has a problem with it... well think of how you felt when you were being judged!

Quinn the Shiki
08-13-2013, 12:44 AM
My friend and I are both cosplaying characters from my short(ish) Story Assassins in Wonderland (http://quinnthespazz.deviantart.com/gallery/44146072). I'm gonna be Misha; the Mad Hatter's crazy awesome bisexual twin brother and said friend is gonna be his sort-of not boyfriend.

Here's (http://drfluffykins.tumblr.com/post/54246196742/and-here-we-see-quinns-ocs-as-drawn-by-yours) what they look like, as drawn by my tumblr buddy way better than I ever could.

08-23-2013, 11:53 PM
I made up my own original idea and I actually had a lot of people taking pics of me. I was only asked twice if I was a character from Soul eater. I also just for fun entered a cosplay show and I had got a lot of cheers. One person made up their own fallout character and got barely now cheers at all. I say you have have to make it work in a way that will wow people.