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06-12-2002, 08:09 PM
Hi guys!!!
I was checking out a brazilian cosplay forum and there was a good question there:

- What do your parents think about cosplaying, cons, etc? Do they support you or not? Do they give money or you have to work?

I answered that my parents aren't against it, but they put some rules, if I follow the rules they let me go on con's and stuff.

What about you?

See ya


06-12-2002, 08:16 PM
Well I don't live at home anymore, so my parents aren't really a factor...

A good part of my family think I am weird & should spend my money elsewhere... but my GRANDMOTHER of all people, thinks it is fascinating, asks me for pics, wants to see the costumes when she comes over etc.

I think part of her fascination is how un-domestic I have ever been. I never sewed until I made my first Rosiel costume from scratch, out of the blue one day and that seriously impressed her.

06-12-2002, 08:21 PM
My mom doesnt know about my cosplaying. She'd hatch a chicken if she did!

06-12-2002, 08:23 PM
well, i spend most of my time not being at home and being at college instead, so my mother doesnt have much of a say in it. she said my jibrille costume looks cool so far...thats the most i've ever gotten out of her.
she spends most of her time, however, bitching about how much money i spent at my first con (about $250) but it was my first one and i hadnt spent any money on myself all summer...but she never lets it rest... -.-; though i only ever spend around $100-$150 at a con at MOST ever. Its my money. not hers. mothers... *rolls eyes*
so i would have to say she is generally unsupportive, but i am too old for her to say "no you cant do that". *shrug* -.-;

maybe this jibrille costume will sway her. lol !! >.<

06-12-2002, 08:55 PM
I'd just get funny looks... and even so I'd prefer to avoid them...

06-12-2002, 09:23 PM
My parents are kinda in-between. They really don't mind it, and they also take most of my pictures. Of course, if you've seen my pictures, you'll know that this might not be a good thing ^^;;.

But I digress. Every time I bring home new fabric, Mom gives me a LOOK and says, "What are you doing NOW?" It gets annoying really fast, but that's the only drawback. She doesn't really mind how much money I spend on it, since she knows I'm a pennypincher and rarely buy fabric that isn't on sale XD.

On the con issue, however, my parents are quite annoying. They don't like me travelling by myself to cons (since none of my offline friends are interested in anime ;_; ), so it's hard to get to them. But to my parents' credit, they're starting to understand my obsession and let me out more ^_^.

06-12-2002, 09:42 PM
My parents really support my cosplaying. Financially, I'm on my own, but they have no problem with me doing it. I've actually taken my mom to cons with me (when I couldn't drive)! I can't say that she had lots of fun, but she usually enjoys herself... I think she likes the cosplaying most, because even though she's not into anime it's still entertaining to see what people will do!

06-12-2002, 10:17 PM
My parents are cool with it... not surprising since they've been known to dress up as Star Trek people for scifi conventions in the past. They both help me out a lot. The rest of my family thinks it's neat, if a little weird.. .but they're used to that with me by now ^^;

06-13-2002, 12:47 AM
My dad doesn't say anything about it . . . my mom, on the other hand . . . well, she helps me with sewing when I can't figure something out, and with shopping. I do have the financial support, but the more she's realizing this isn't a couple-time thing, but a longterm hobby, the more she talks about how much money it must be added up (I do, in fact, know; she's overestimating). She asks me why I have such expensive hobbies, and why I can't do something else, every couple of days. So, I think, sometimes she's drawn in by my enthusiasm or the challenge, but mostly she'd rather I didn't cosplay. Considering it's my only hobby, I guess I better find some way to support it financially myself before she puts her foot down . . . which sucks, cause I'm chronically ill (long story) and nearly any job I could get is physical. :( Oh well, guess I better enjoy it while I can, anyway.

06-13-2002, 01:43 AM
My parents were kind of fascinated/weirded out when I first announced that I was making a costume for a con. Now they are cool about it, and have helped me make a lot of things. My dad ended up making the sword for my Deedlit costume, and he did a great job. He seemed pretty proud of himself too. :) And since I'm not great at sewing, my mom often helps me with that.

The funny thing is, my mom always gets this nervous look when I'm about to leave for a con with my costume on. According to her, any girl dressed like Merle from Escaflowne is wearing something "overly sexy" and is asking for trouble from strange men. She made me take pepper spray on my keyring. *sigh* mothers...


06-13-2002, 09:45 AM
my mom is actually supporting me about cosplaying and stuff, like all my interests and anime ^_^ , but my dad.. er.. not really, he doesn't really care about what i'm doing, his not into me making anime costumes but he is into me designing my own costumes tho, but he does pays for my con fees and all the hotel fees so yeah ^_^ kinda hard to explain ^_^ btw, love your avatar mara!!!

06-13-2002, 10:33 AM
Well I started cosplaying when I was 12. My first costume was Eternal Sailor moon which my mom helped me get done by asking a seamstress lady to help me. From then on Amy's mom taught us how to sew and we went from their. My mom didn't think much of it at first because it wasn't a psyuchotic thing. I think the one costume she spazzed about when she was Tira Misu...-.-* Of course, I didn't know I was doing anything "wrong" wearing a Tira costume at 13 because i figured "I like Tira's Character! she's cute!" -.-* Oish.... But now that i've been cosplaying for 5 years, their's been a lot of positive things that have come from it and my mom totally supports it because it's my Hobby and she enjoys seeing my pictures and stuff. It's a Hobbie and It might be part of my future once i get into college. ^^ Financially, she supports me too because i don't work and she would rather me keep my brain on school work than going out to work just now. ^^ That's about it with my story~

06-13-2002, 10:50 AM
Well, I don't live with my parents, being 26 and all. But I DO send them pictures of my fiancee and myself in costume after conventions. They think its a great creative outlet and are impressed that I can sew. Go accepting parents! :)

06-13-2002, 03:27 PM
My parents support it. ^_^ They even bought me material to make a costume for my brother. I think they were more freaked out the first time I went to a convention by myself. ^_^ Than when I began to cosplay.

06-13-2002, 08:58 PM
I'm 20, and have been cosplay since I was 16 or so. My parents have always let me do kinda whatever, from my goth to my rudie days, and I don't live at home anymore anyway. My dad is an artist, so he's pretty supportive, and a huge help when I need to do something more involved. My mom isn't unsupportive, she mostly just objected when I did sewing instead of school work ^_^; That and she thinks all anime is soft-core/child porn ^_^;;;
She used to sew all our clothes tho, so while she hates sewing, she's good for a few tips ^_^ And they always like looking at con pics ^_^

06-13-2002, 10:51 PM
My mom HATES it *laugh* my sistre and i work Rennaisance faires, so we spend soooo much money on costumes ^^;;; "youre spending HOW much on WHAT??" i really dont like to show her what im doing, because she doesnt like anime to begin with. Its not so much the costumes i think, its that she hates me going to cons. She ritualistically bans me from every con and then i weasel my way into going. ^^;;;;; im a very bad person XDXDXD

Lady Somairot
06-13-2002, 11:04 PM
i come home for the summers and one of my rooms gets overrun by cosplay work. it's like a cosplay sweatshop. o_O my father doesn't really care -- my mother's eyes about fell out when i showed her pics of Carmila... and my grandmother helped me with my Utena. so, i dunno. they never give me any money though.. *grumble grumble*

Yggdrasil Pie
06-13-2002, 11:21 PM
My parents thinks I'm weird! ^^

06-13-2002, 11:23 PM
I hear that Water Emperess...

But an even better question is: are we? :confused:

The other night my mom openned my closet and saw the coat I was going to use for my Tylor costume...

"What's that?"

"...My jacket."

"Why is it here?"

"I was planning to use it for a costume..." :thumbsup:

06-14-2002, 12:14 AM
Darn straight we're weird! *raises high the banner of weirdness* But I think "weird" is just another way of saying "unique". Or maybe I just heard it so many times I decided that's what it meant, lol. Sometimes I tell my mom, "it's cheaper than drugs, and it's legal". ^^;;; Okay, maybe that's not the best argument . . .

06-14-2002, 12:17 AM
Woooo! Weird! that's us! :skidude:

06-14-2002, 11:12 AM
Weird? I don't think so. But thinking better ... well, in a philosophical way everybody is a bit weird, nobody is normal.

06-14-2002, 11:14 AM
*cough cough* My parents don't really *know* I cosplay and like Shion said, they'd probably hatch a chicken too. Con-wise, they're too lazy to actually stay the weekend with me at a convention they know nothing about and constantly make fun of (i.e. whenever I watch my subs they imitate the Japanese voices...). So you could say they're not really supportive ^^;; (*side sob*)

06-14-2002, 06:59 PM
Well, Legato, *I'm* weird, cosplayer or not. :D And apparently Manhamster's gonna go along with it, so we can be weird together!

*takes a moment to be supportive to all the folks with no one supportive* Group hug!

Yggdrasil Pie
06-15-2002, 12:14 AM
Not only my parent's think I'm weird but my friends too! ^_^

It's weird but I enjoy being weird....People notice me more, lol

Otherwise, I'm just unnoticeable....

unnoticeable....is that even a word?

06-15-2002, 06:53 AM
Originally posted by Babbit_Chan
*cough cough* My parents don't really *know* I cosplay and like Shion said, they'd probably hatch a chicken too. Con-wise, they're too lazy to actually stay the weekend with me at a convention they know nothing about and constantly make fun of (i.e. whenever I watch my subs they imitate the Japanese voices...). So you could say they're not really supportive ^^;; (*side sob*)

Hatch a chicken? What is that?
My father is not so supportive, but my mom used to read manga when she was a kid, so she kind like it. She used to read Atom Boy (that Tezuka's manga)

06-15-2002, 09:34 PM
First, my parents were against it. They didn't mind the convention thing, as long as it was in state and I was with people they know. They were at AX99, and after seeing a few skimpy costumes, they didn't want me to cosplay at all. When AX2K came along, I cosplayed, but as "normal" looking characters. Basically, I just found things in my closet that I could use for a costume. They loosened up with cosplay when AniMagic came along. They let me go as Utena.

Now, my parents don't mind it. My mom knows a dressmaker who makes costumes for my aunt who competes in ballroom dancing. That's where I get my hook ups.

As far as conventions...there was lots of drama letting me go to Anime Central. Most of my convention friends go there, and I really wanted to see everyone there. Since most of them sent me birthday presents, and Christmas presents, they let me go. I had to have my dad go with me. It's okay w/ him 'cause he could stay w/ relatives in Chicago. They're okay with cons in-state. As far as money, they provide me w/ money. For college, it seems I would have to work for it...

06-16-2002, 04:03 AM
Well... as long as I'm paying for my trip to the US, my parents see no prob... my mother has even accepted, although reluctantly, to sew the costumes for me. I think I should go and assist her...

But the biggest problem is that I wanna have a Zidane outfit and mom finds it ridiculous to let me go out with a tail... HEY, WHY?


06-16-2002, 02:00 PM
Well, it seems like my dad is cool with my cosplaying. I needed sandpaper for my Pretear headband and he pulled out a whole PILE of the stuff, not to mention telling me exactly what grit each one was ^_^. He's also going with me to AX (although he's not actually attending the con -- he's hitting the beach ^^).

06-16-2002, 09:23 PM
I wish my parents could enjoy the cons.

06-16-2002, 09:30 PM
My parents are actually very supportive of my sister and I cosplaying. My mom actually helped be buy our wigs and shoes^^ but we have to pay for everything like the hotel, fabric, ect..

My whole family and thinks we are are a little strange and I know our neighbors think are weird. We always go out side to take our pictures^_^; Its hard trying to explain to your grandparents what cosplaying and anime is hehehe ^_^

06-16-2002, 11:23 PM
lol. I had to explain to the dishwasher repairman what cosplay was, heheh! He saw the pieces of Sanzo's armor sitting on the kitchen counter. I gave him the super-short version, but he was pretty excited by the Model Magic, lol.

06-17-2002, 05:59 AM
Originally posted by Lillyxandra
My parents are actually very supportive of my sister and I cosplaying. My mom actually helped be buy our wigs and shoes^^ but we have to pay for everything like the hotel, fabric, ect..

My whole family and thinks we are are a little strange and I know our neighbors think are weird. We always go out side to take our pictures^_^; Its hard trying to explain to your grandparents what cosplaying and anime is hehehe ^_^

Well, I'm luck because my grandparents came from Japan, but they can't understand the relation between anime/manga and cosplaying. My grandma think that is cute but my grandpa thinks it's a waste of money x_x !!!

06-17-2002, 12:32 PM
Well, it's like a mix-inbetween for my parents. They do and they don't. If I want to go to a con that's an 1hour away, they won't take me (unless I do good in school). x_x; (Luckily I drive now, but I won't get my license until October) But if it's close they'll take me (Lucky for AX!). My dad buys the tickets for the con, but when it comes to making the costume itself, it comes from my pocket, etc.

My mom doesn't like how some of the characters I cosplay as, have 'short' skirts, etc. XD ~ lol; But I'm like mom, it's only a costume that will be worn for a day. XD My Grandma really loved what I did. Even though she found out last year, becuase I was going to AX and I was sewing my Sakura Kinomoto costume at her house. She said she was proud of me. ;_; At that time, she had lung cancer...(it's a long story, etc, etc) but to make it short she died the day after AX was over (Monday). I remember coming home from AX on Friday in my Sakura costume and the ambulance was there...and that's the last time I saw her... ;_; But I know that she appreciated my work, etc.

But overall, my dad likes to watch anime (esp. when he was a kid) so that's a "+" cause he kinda supprts my cosplay. But they don't take any of my pictures when I do... ;_: XDD

Philia Philis
06-17-2002, 12:46 PM
My parents are generally supportive of my cosplaying, except for how much money I spend on it. ^^;;;; My mother helps me sew things when I'm not sure what to do/don't have enough time to do it myself, and my dad helps with stuff that has to be made with power tools. XD
Actually, my mother has been acting a bit umm... horrified lately by my making costumes of males. I don't see what's wrong with it, but it bothers her for some reason. *shrug* Then again, she's still asking me if the members of my favorite J-Rock groups really are actual guys, so I guess it shouldn't come as a surprise. ^^;;;;;

06-17-2002, 08:27 PM
You guys are lucky!!! You can drive with 16!!!
Here you can do everything if you have 18 and I'm 17. I just can't wait the time to get my license.

Philia Philis
06-17-2002, 08:49 PM
Haha... Yeah, we CAN, but a lot of us DON'T. XD I'm 17 and I've never driven a car before. ^^;;;;; A lot of my friends don't either...... Mostly ones from California. Interesting. XD

Umm... Yay for lazy American slobs? XD XD XD J/K

06-17-2002, 08:56 PM
I'm supposed to get my learners permit tomorrow... I really don't wanna, driving isn't really important to me... I like the idea of being able to get to places without having to mooch rides off friends and family, but car rides just absolutely put me to sleep.

06-17-2002, 09:58 PM
Believe me, once you get your license, everything will change. I hated driving when I had just my permit, but I love it now. It's the car-racing blood in my veins (Whoo-hoo! My driver Matt Kenseth won this weekend! :bouncer: ).

Ohh, I forgot about the short skirt thing XD. On every single one of my skirted costumes, my mother and I have the same conversation.

Me: What do you think?
Mom: You sewed the skirt wrong.
Me: . . .no, I didn't.
Mom: But it's not going to cover your rear end.
Me: Sure it will. I'm trying to be accurate, remember?
Mom: Fine, Heather. Just make sure to buy coordinating underwear.

And then when she talks to friends and relatives on the phone, and my costumes come up, she says, "Yeah, her costumes are interesting, but you should see the skirts." Then she wonders why I run off laughing every time. My mom is so cute XD.

06-17-2002, 10:14 PM
*Ears perk up at the last post*

Ranma Saotome
06-17-2002, 10:38 PM
My mom actually likes the idea of my cosplaying. It took a lot of convincing to stop her from going as Nodoka Saotome! ^^; As for my grandmother... *sigh* She thinks I should stop cuz I shouldn't be doing this. And thus she disowned me. I'll save the rest for another time. ^^;

06-18-2002, 12:42 PM
Once I started driving, I was convention bound. My mom didn't care for me going by myself, but I was an adult so could go. My older sister sometimes goes too, which seems to relieve her mind some that both of us are together out of state. Besides a fit in the early 90s where I made some Star Trek costumes, I hadn't really sewn til I got caught back up in the anime habit. My mother was lukewarm at first, but now she likes some of the outfits I make. I jokingly try to convince her to come to a con so I can dress her up (have Elder Neese from Lodoss in mind), as I think she would like seeing the costumes in person but no go so far. My older sister started cosplaying after she saw what a blast I was having. My grandmother asks why I don't sew normal clothes, doesn't seem to get that then it would be a chore when I just do it for occassional fun. My uncle seemed impressed when he saw some pictures of my costumes, but as a whole my relatives probably think my hobby is strange. Since I come from a family with a lot of quilters in the past, I think they are hoping I will put my handsewing skills into something like that eventually.

06-18-2002, 04:57 PM
It's hard to get support when your hobby is crossplay. My parents don't stop me nor do they support it. However, they made it very clear that they are looking forward to the day when I finally give up on this hobby. It's not the cosplay that bothers them it's the crossplay. In fact my mom said she doesn't mind if I sew dresses for women but as for wearing them errrrr......she's not to happy about it. ohhh well maybe one day they'll understand

06-18-2002, 07:25 PM
For the people who crossplay:
Do people think you are weird or something else?

Ukayoru no Chou
06-18-2002, 07:38 PM
Lol. xD Intresting...my mom and dad think its cool. *^_^* My grandma thinks its weird..well the chars anyways ^_^;; My mom likes it all, except for like some things on a costume..e_e; but whatever.
Im just glad I can do what I want with it * pumps fist* WHOO HOO

06-18-2002, 08:52 PM
I'm 20 and still haven't learned to drive . . . *dodges tomatoes*

Tenshi - "coordinating underwear"? XD rofl

*gives Engrish a cookie* Hopefully they'll get it eventually. ^^

06-18-2002, 10:49 PM
Yup, I know, my mom's craaaazy ^^;;. But she helped me with sewing early on, so I'm really grateful to her.

I hadn't thought about what the rest of my family thinks about this. I've gotten one cousin interested in cosplay, although she hasn't done it yet. And I'm kind of curious to see my other cousin's reaction to my Terra costume since we played FFVI so many times together as kids ^_^.

06-19-2002, 06:20 PM
everyone in my family thinks I'm crazy anyway so I guess my cosplaying to them just proves how right they are. :thumbsup:

06-20-2002, 11:58 AM
My mom was always very supportive of my cosplaying! Although she can't sew any better then me, she would help me with some simple things, and talk about how cool the costumes look ^_^ Even my brother and my dad complimented them O_O She doesn't really bother me about the money either, since I work and pay for it all own my own.

Getting to conventions has been a little bit of a problem with her, but that's just cause I started at age 12 ^_^; She insisted on coming and staying in the loby the entire time, and only letting me go for one day! ToT But, for the past 2 years she's let me stay the whole weekend, last year without a parent, woop! Now that I'm 18 she can't have any complaints >:D

As far as driving, I drive, but my car is too crapy to make it to any cons, lol ^_^

And as far as cross playing... When I made my bunny Iori costume, my mom didn't think that was weird, (everyone else did!) but I dunno if it counts, lol! ^_^


06-20-2002, 12:02 PM
Oh yeah, regarding the issue of "scantiness", my Risa (DNAngel) costume had a really short skirt, and as I was walking down the stairs in my house she was like "I can see your underwear!!" so of course, I wanted to wear shorts underneath.. But she *forbid* me to!!! She said it would ruin the whole costume!! Why, I still don't understand ^_^;


06-20-2002, 03:26 PM
i haven't cosplayed yet, but i am positive my parents won't be supportive of it. nor will they understand it.

as for driving... bwa ha! Initial D soundtrack is the best driving music in the world! or the worst... depends on whether or not you like driving fast and crazy ;)

caution though... the music will make you drive faster. you cannot avoid it. speeding tickets suck. i just got one yesterday :(

06-20-2002, 04:07 PM
yes, the initial d soundtrack is the best driving cd ever pressed. It makes my commute just that much more bearable. Th eonly problem is my cd has all those racing noises in the background. Its very unnerving to be sitting in traffic and hearing what sounds like a car coming from behind on the left hand side going over 90 miles an hour.

Speaking of driving, I am totally comfortable in costume at cons, but that drive there in LA traffic in costume is killer. Its like I want to sink into the seat and die. Thank god I got a hotel room this year and won't have to deal with that.

06-21-2002, 08:03 AM
i'm usually the one going over 90mph, so the noises don't bother me too much :D

06-24-2002, 04:06 AM
My parents let me go to the cons if they are instate and I am allowed to go to Otakon {out of state} but they don't give me money. They just make fun of the anime."turn that japonese crap off" uggggh I need to get a parttime job if I want to but ANYTHING at Otakon.

06-24-2002, 09:39 AM
Yeah, part-time job is the solution for the money problem. In July I will work for my uncle and I´ll use the money to buy a new battery for the camera and a few tapes too.
Do you guys have a part-time job?

06-24-2002, 01:49 PM
i can't find any part-time though

06-24-2002, 02:29 PM
Well, like a few I'm sure, I did start at a Star Trek con back when I was about 14 or so. I even got one of the uniform shirts, the old style with the black shoulders/collar with the mainly red body. Also the communicator pin was the older style. And I was truly the different one-- Red shirt, I wore, with three pips instead of the four about a billion others were wearing. I loved it. Wore it for Halloween, too, even had a phaser and tricorder to carry around.

Time went on, and I got into anime and manga... for a time, they figured it was just a new way of escape for me (I'd been a big Cable, Excalibur, Spider-Man, and X-Man (in latter years) fan for years prior, but I sadly lost interest after the Age of Apocalypse and the "clone" crap that came up with Ben Reiley. They thought it was good I had a creative outlet for drawing and all.

Now, I think that ... they consider my playing games, the anime, and the manga... they think it's a little childish. They were raised in the notion of "when you're this age, you do this, when you're this age, you do that", and ... well, hell, I grew up to the cries of, "LET'S GO, VOLTRON FORCE!" By the time I was seventeen, they were telling me to grow up and move on. Sadly, illustration/gaming/anime/manga/comics is more or less my lifeblood, and I would like to get into the industry.

So when I told them I wanted to dress as Kyo Kusanagi for this upcoming AXNY, they looked at me like I grew another head from my nether-eye. (and ten points if you can recognize that literary refrence ;) )

It was to be expected, though my sister was surprisingly supportive-- she said she would help me with the sewing and designs, if I needed it.

07-30-2009, 08:29 PM
I'm new to Cosplaying and have not told them yet and try to cheep it that way en tell I need to tell them(lol). My parents are ready think I'm weird and so are my friends so if I told them or they found out I think my Dad wouldn't care because I'm are ready wired and this wouldn't be any weirder, but my Mom is hard to tell And I'm sort of afted to tell (lol). She would ether hatch a egg or be cool with it;as long as I'm not wearing any thing to sexy. Or cross dressing to much.

07-30-2009, 09:18 PM
...old thread is OLD. O_o

07-30-2009, 09:42 PM
...old thread is OLD. O_o

xD thats exactly what i was gonna say

07-30-2009, 10:55 PM
I think my mom thinks its cool. My father, I know, thinks it's absolutely strange. He always makes fun of me, asking what I'm doing for "the Star Trek convention this year." LOL.

As for my brother, well, he says it's a waste of money. But I think deep down inside he thinks its cool. Hehe. I'll always come back with a crapload of photos from a con and show some of the ones he's familiar with. If I get lucky, he'll actually start raving on about how cool some of them are.

But I guess if you really enjoy something, money is no object... right?

07-31-2009, 05:43 AM
My mom thinks it's just a fase ^^'
I can cosplay but there are a few rules (no binding,no skimpy costumes,no collor contacts)
Convention wise. I can go by train ,but when i get tired I need to call her. Thats the only convention rule ^^ (yeah, and not going to conventions in other country's to ^^' )
My dad... ^^'
I need to pay everything myself, but my mom helps me sewing.

07-31-2009, 06:10 AM
My mum loves cosplay. As I'm not old enough to go to cons by myself yet, she always comes with me and enjoys it. ^__^ She's so supportive of me and thinks Im really talented which means alot. xD She also helps me with sewing when I need it and is my personal photographer. I'm so pleased to have a mum like her.

My dad thinks it's all a bit odd, but he likes it deep down. xD When he came to my first con last year, he recognised loads of the sci-fi costumes and he was interested in some of the guests from films like Terminator so it's cool to have him to talk to. x3

My sister thinks I'm a crazy bitch in general but she's pretty supportive too.

07-31-2009, 08:57 AM
my mum is all for it and has made some of them and my dad has no clue .

07-31-2009, 09:26 AM
My mom tires to be supportive. But you can tell she really doesn't want to be. She has no problem with the cons, it's the cosplay itself.

Like, I could go to any con I want half the time (if I have the money) and she'll help me get there, and even go with me, but she's kinda iffy with the cosplay.

For example, I know she doesn't like it much, even though she asks me to show her my costumes and such for her. But then I try to explain them and the characters, and the reason why I'm doing those characters, and she gets all.... not totally there.

My brothers are completely indifferent to the cosplay thing. One of them actually likes it and encourages me. He likes my cosplays, and he often makes suggestions on which characters I should cosplay and such.

I've always gotten along with him a lot better than my mom anyway, but that's for very personal reasons. orz.

As for my dad, he doesn't even know I cosplay. He hasn't been around since I was a baby. lol.

07-31-2009, 09:48 AM
My entire family supports me in this hobby which really makes it so much more enjoyable! If I happen to be with my dad when I am buying fabric he will more then likely pay for it for me. But since I've got my own job I try and buy everything myself.
I have family members who are always asking for photos of my newest creations which really makes me happy =)
My mom is the one who got me into cosplaying, hah hah! She has helped me so much over the years learning to sew and being someone to go to when I get stuck. I feel very privileged to have so much support in the hobby since I know a lot of families don't seem to understand it.

Big Sister
07-31-2009, 10:47 AM
I haven't really been able to do it yet, but I started talking about it - and my mom was saying that she'd help me.

Basically with my entire project.

I guess this kind of amuses her, though, because she's got that little smile when she sighs and shakes her head and goes, "So, when you went to bed last night, all you could think about was foam armor?"

My dad, in all reality, could truly care less. Just so long as I have fun and learn new things, then he doesn't really mind.

But they both think that anime is kind of silly "Japanese cartoons" they call it.

It makes me LOL.

April Ryan
08-01-2009, 07:14 AM
Well... actually my mum likes it xD

If I ask her to, she also takes pictures of me. I really like it when she takes pictures of me. She also takes care of what should be on the picture and what should not be on the picture.

My boyfriend also did cosplay with me once, but he doesn't like it so much... He doesn't really understand what cosplay means to me.

If he takes pictures of me - then after the fifth picture he is like "don't you already have enough pictures?"

That really sucks -_-

But okay... I have to say that I don't tell my mum how expensive a costume was. I earn my own money - so why should I tell her? Well... if she asks, then of course I tell her a price, but... yeah... a MUCH lower one ;)

08-01-2009, 10:52 AM
Most of my family thinks I'm a nerd :) But I'm cool with that and I can take the insults ;) My grandparents on the otherhand think I'm awesome because they appreciate my sewing skills and creativity. And I've only just told my friends what I do, needless to say they think I'm a bit weird but they're supportive and interested!

08-01-2009, 11:05 AM
My parents are both a bit...erm, nerdy. It was my dad's fault that I ever found out what cosplay was, because he took me to my first con and it was he who suggested it. :P Neither of my parents have a problem with it, though. Like, my mom likes it because she used to sew all of her own clothes and now our ancient sewing machine (one of three...and it's the newest) is getting used, and my dad will go to the cons because he can just sit around and do his crossword puzzle while I wander around with my friends.

As for my siblings...my older sister thinks it's 'cute' and my sister-in-law thinks it's 'too cute for words', and I quote her on that. >> My big brother doesn't mind in the slightest, because he's a video game nerd, too, and thinks it's pretty cool. I'm not sure what my brother-in-law thinks, but whatever. XD Of course, my siblings don't live with me, but...erm, I'm pretty sure my cosplay has ended up in our christmas card. >>

08-01-2009, 11:24 AM
Hi guys!!!
- What do your parents think about cosplaying, cons, etc? Do they support you or not? Do they give money or you have to work?

My parents don't really understand. When I was going to colossalcon8, they called it "comic book-anime-video game convention" just to understand the concept. I explained that it's like the star trek conventions except better. Ha ha. My mom finally understands that this is now a hobby of mine, but still refers to some of the costumes as "stuff for halloween," but I guess I can deal with that. My dad still doesn't understand. Oh well.

As for money, it's all my own. If I don't have the money, I don't buy it/make it...

08-01-2009, 11:25 AM
I've been cosplaying since twelve, and that was three years ago. I found cosplaying so relaxing, and helps me come out of my shell because at school I'm a real quiet kid. I don't have a lot of friends. My mom thinks it's stupid in a way, but she's glad I'm out there making friends, talking, and then again making my costumes like my Edward Elric one. My dad.., he's embarrasing, he always asks me once I come home from a con, always exhausted, " Was the Burger King King there? : D D " I would say no, and he'd be disappointed. But we always have a laugh. Then, my sister, she's into cosplaying too. She's been off with her own friends, hugging, and doing what she does best. Even though we get into fights, I love her.

Still. I love cosplaying. <3

08-01-2009, 02:48 PM
For the most part I suppose my family is indifferent on me and cosplay. I can tell right now that my step-dad will never support me with cosplay. He hates anything that isn't related to quantum physics or statistics, so I've gotten to the point that I simply won't even bring him into a discussion if it involves me + fun. My mom for the most part is still trying to understand cosplay and conventions, and I think deep down she does care and wants to figure it out, I think I might take her to a con one day and show her around.

My grandparents though are HILARIOUS about me and cosplaying. I have a super funny asian heritage and my grandmother is Korean. One day we went to go buy black undershirts and some fabric for a costume and her response was "Why you trying to look like homeless person?!?!" I LOL'd sooo hard. But she's fun in that crazy old fashioned way. Cuz she does support me, but she thinks some of the costumes I pick are strange. In the end she's glad I'm having fun with life. My Grandpa is the definition of supportive, he even tries to explain cosplay and stuff to my other family members, <3 him. The rest of my family thinks it's interesting, and some of my Aunt's love love love my costumes.

08-01-2009, 04:24 PM
My dad is supportive. But he says "don't get too carried away, I don't want you being that (insert older age here) that still dresses up" so he just assumes it's a phase. But he's definitely supportive.

My mother, huh... At first she was very against it, like she would openly mock and diss cosplayers at my annual con. But then I said I wanted to do it, and she got a little "... :/" And later she got more supportive. But she thinks it's a phase I'll grow out of.

08-01-2009, 11:37 PM
My mom doesn't support it because it's 'not the normal thing to do' when I'm a girl. She thinks video games are for guys, and dressing up like characters from them is nuts. She'll try to act like she supports me but I always hear her talking about me behind my back. At least she buys me fabric(and pays for weekly sewing lessons) and takes me to the cons, though. That's a plus.

My dad thinks it's really cool and loves seeing the pictures I take. The rest of my family thinks I'm weird, brothers and sister included. Oh well. <.<

08-02-2009, 12:39 AM
My parents are really supportive. They think it's neat that I can put together a costume from scratch, though they often make fun of the costume in question. My dad helps pay for things and only asks for pictures of me in costume in return. I guess it's not too strange to them, way back when, they attended sci-fi conventions.

Bitter Fish
08-02-2009, 12:47 AM
Lolol, both my parents think I'm crazy. My mum's a straightforward woman who enjoys cleaning and can't see past her own method of thinking and my dad's the more reasonable of the two, playing his video games and such.

But both think it's a diabolical waste of time and money. ;A; I wish I could convince them otherwise. Or. You know. Be able to get a job.

08-02-2009, 01:58 AM
My mom is really supportive. She made the costume for my first cosplay. She thinks it's a weird but cool hobby. She knows that like all hobbies, it's expensive.

08-02-2009, 02:49 AM
My Mom doesn't really get what goes on and a bit confused, but she supports me with money and so forth. My Dad is also supportive but laughs about it.

08-02-2009, 08:50 PM
my mom's against it... she thinks cosplay is just a crazy hobby "dreamers" like us do.... my dad on the other hand thinks the total opposite!

08-02-2009, 09:31 PM
When a con comes around the house tends to be a huge tornado of fabric and props. My mom just gives me a big sigh everytime she sees me working on my cosplays xD. My mom keeps thinking that its a one time thing xD. The only thing she worries about is making sure i have money leftover to pay my bills but... we all know what happens when you have wallet full of cash in the dealers room xD....

08-03-2009, 06:11 PM
My parents were pretty weirded out about it at first. They've said things like, "Aren't you a little too old to be running around in a costume? Isn't it time to be a little more responsible?" or, "I'll make a deal with you. dad and I will help you make the downpayment on your car lease if you don't go to an anime convention this year." (Seriously, WTF?)

I pretty much put my foot down and said that: A.) Responsibility has NOTHING to do with it. B.) Maturity/age has nothing to do with it. People bring their kids to conventions, for crying out loud. C.) I'm at the age where I can do what I want and they'd just have to accept the fact that yes, once a year, I like to have a vacation with my friends. They really couldn't argue that, because I go to work, pay my bills and do what I'm supposed to do. (I even help them pay THEIR bills when they're in financial trouble, so...yeah.) So where's the problem? There IS none.

Eventually, it turned into, "Ooh, let me see your pictures from the convention! Wow, you look great! I'm so proud of you." (HUH? Lol)

08-03-2009, 06:27 PM
It confuses them, but they don't really care one way or another. My mom is awesome enough to help me out on the sewing machine when I need it or go with me on treks to the super-big fabric stores an hour away, but that's about it. As long as I don't try and get them to pay for it, they're fine with it (I think).

08-04-2009, 10:50 AM
My parents call it 'japanese stupid shit' and say that I should be studying to get into a good college. I have to remind them i am only 13, and near the top of my class, i have no problem XD

08-04-2009, 03:42 PM
I live by myself in a state away from my parents, so they generally just accept that cosplay is a part of my life. But the past two weeks when I've been visiting, they have been quite obliging about me having my fiberglass stuff strewn all over the kitchen/garage/patio, and my cardboard, patterns, and other prop stuff strewn all over the basement. XD

08-05-2009, 04:35 PM
My parents are okay with it. My mom really enjoys helping me with my costume (she is amazing with sewing and making costumes). They're okay with anything, as long as it's not illegal. My siblings think i'm weird, but they are too so whatever. i just have fun with it.

08-05-2009, 04:52 PM
My dad hates that I cosplay, especially cosplaying boys. He always asks me if I'm having gender identification issues. Dx
Then I showed him pictures of what girls in anime look like...now he's ok with me dressing up as a "fully clothed" male anime character. xD

08-05-2009, 05:37 PM
My mom just complains that I should be spending my money elsewhere (even though it's my own hard-earned money). My dad just hates anything that won't secure me financially in life. He hates extra-curriculars, hobbies, and when I say I'm hanging out with a friend, he tends to look life he's gonna blow. So yeah, cosplay is kinda frowned upon in my house.

Kinda stopped caring though. I'm 20, and even though I still life with my parents, they no longer own me and I will cosplay for as long as I see fit ^_^

08-05-2009, 06:01 PM
Everyday I thank the Gods that my parents are so supportive XD.

My dad takes me to cons, and has fun at them. My mom helps me with costumes. They pretty much fund all cosplay related items. My grandmother even offered to buy me a sewing machine. My mom's side of the family thinks it's really cool, even though they do tease me about it a bit(my favorite is, "Are you gonna stick magnets to your head?"[in referance to Naruto headbands XD]).

08-05-2009, 06:08 PM
My parents don't think its appropriate for someone my age.((15)) My Mom read the ruled of one con and was like, "Whats a yaoi paddle? sounds dangerous..You cant go! And whats this about swords?" I nearly died laughing. She said a place that allows real or fake weapons is no place for me. But my grandparents support me. They bought me a G-Loli dress, which, I am not allowed to wear around my parents. But my grandfather thinks its pretty interesting. He loves the type of clothing I wear and buys me it mainly..

Teh Pocky Ninja
08-05-2009, 07:08 PM
My parents are "meh," and let me do my thing without too much trouble, excepting the "make sure you go with friends" and "you're spending THAT much on it?!" while Paypal-ing me online things. I can only imagine how an almost-$300 Vocaloid cosplay will go over ;____; (CURSE YOU LUKA AND YOUR EXPENSIVE BOOTS! :fuming:)
My gramma is the one that actually loves my cosplay to death, as long as I don't pick anything horrifically skimpy, which is no problem because I wouldn't feel comfortable in that :bigtu:
Everyone else in my family thinks I'm a weirdo. :crylaugh:

08-05-2009, 07:51 PM
LxExplosionx93x: Your parents rock! XD Thanks for sharing your positive experience. ^^

08-05-2009, 09:34 PM
My mom doesn't particularly care one way or the other, and my dad likes going to cons if for no other reason than to take pictures. Occasionally, we'll come up with team cosplays and it's surprisingly fun. It's great when I'm going to a photoshoot: We'll get there in the morning and split ways, I'll go to the dealer's room and he'll do...uh...whatever it is he does, and we'll meet up later for whatever photoshoots I'm going to, and we'll split up again until we decide to leave.

And since he's really artsy as well, he's also a great help for making props and whatever else I need a hand with. Financially, I pay for everything like materials/threads/zippers/things like that myself because I have a pretty decent job, but he helps pay for particularly strange bits (like fifteen one-pound lead blocks and material to make molds so we can make buttons for Jin's coat, or a book on how to make your own sewing patterns, for example) so I'm not completely on my own for everything.

08-05-2009, 09:35 PM
My parents tell me that I'm a weirdo, but I know they don't mean it at all because they still have old hand-made Renaissance Faire costumes in the attic upstairs. It's probably their fault anyways, because they made costumes for me and my brother and took us to the Faires dressed up.

Also, I'm about to go to college and I've had a job for almost two years. They don't care what I spend my money on, as long as it won't hurt me- it's mine and I've earned it, after all.

08-05-2009, 10:06 PM
My parents used to not be supportive of cons/cosplay, but they realized that it's something that has given me a ton of discipline (saving money, meeting deadlines, and such) I budget money for cons and pay for all my cosplay supplies myself. Plus I've learned a lot, so my parents have taken a more supportive stance, especially since there are way more destructive hobbies to be involved in than cosplay.

08-13-2009, 11:16 PM
my mom doesnt mind but she does bitch out when I spend a lot at cons and who I'm going/staying with and my means of transportation...

08-13-2009, 11:18 PM
My parents don't even know that I amthinking about cosplaying. Then again, I am at the age I can do whatever I like as long as it pleases me. Still, I think my parents would support me, even if they don't even understand it.

08-13-2009, 11:28 PM
My parents are completely cool with it :]
Seeing as my step-mom is a costume designer and my dad is a prop master they help e out with everything ^.^ My step-mom made and paid 100% on my Sailor Jupiter Cosplay, the others I did. Though I've only just started on my cosplayness so far everyone sports me and loves to see pictures :]

08-14-2009, 12:10 AM
My mom is pretty cool about cosplay/cons, since I go with my friends and I always try to find something for really cheap. My dad is always up for anything so he is very supportive. Money wise, they sometimes give me some, as long as I do chores or manual labor around the house

08-14-2009, 07:28 AM
i think it's pretty cool to see all the positive parent reactions on here -- my parents absolutely hate cosplay and think anime is either for kids or softcore porn. on a whole, they think japanese culture is disturbing and creepy!

then again, it is a huge monetary commitment for something that is purely a luxury, and i don't think i'll be hitting up cons much past college

08-14-2009, 07:54 AM
My mom isn't sure what to think about cosplaying yet, shes just thinks its a good way for me to make friends O-o'

Im not sure about my dad though-
He calls me a boy, treats me like a boy, and yet, freaks out when I Crossplay.
But then whenever someone asks us if we would like to get those -kinda- professional pictures, he looks at me and says REALLY loud, "You should get pictures done of your anime characters!!!!!! Like the pink haired school girl in plaid!!!!! AND L!!!"

08-14-2009, 11:29 AM
My mom and my step-dad love it, and I'm actually planning future cosplays with them. They haven't gone to a convention or dressed up yet, but it's in the works. My Mom wants to go as Ivy's concept from Soul Calibur II (the one with the hood, it's on creative uncut with her mansuit) and Tamaki Suo xD

My dad, he's supportive enough. I can't really tell with him. But if he ever whines about the money I spend on it I just remind him how much the three motorcycles he keeps maintenancing. My hobby doesn't cost nearly as much as his.

And most of my grandparent's/aunts that know about it are quite supportive, and love seeing pictures and such. I don't know how some family members would take it, but they don't know xD

09-06-2009, 12:17 PM
Well, my dad dont really mind or just laugh at me because he just want me to be a good student and still i am but my mother....
My mother hates everthing related to cartoons or japanese o whatever that it's not earn money, "be cool and fashion" or be "chinese".
Everytime she catchs me sewing starts to complain about what im doing with my life o what crap im doing.
So she really doesnt know im in cosplay an hope she wont discover it

09-06-2009, 12:22 PM
My Parents dont care if i cosplay, i have been cosplaying for 3 half years im 26,they did ask 1 time why i was Cosplaying a Girl i told them well its a character from a Anime/Manga called (Princess Princess) and he's really a guy just dressed as a girl, they were like oh ok as long as you are still a guy! lol.. its was funny they are cool like that.

09-06-2009, 12:53 PM
My mom's all for it, anything that meens the sewing machine gets more use. My dad...he think i'm insane, but follows along purley beacuse "i could be doing something worse"

09-06-2009, 01:08 PM
My parents are in-between. They help me pay for things I need and give me advice. My mom tries to understand it, but is not succeeding, and my dad thinks it's a nerd's hobby, which makes me laugh a bit. XD I only started cosplaying earlier last year, so they haven't had time to see how big of an obsession this is becoming, but.. they will. Mwahahahahaha.

I just can't wait to see how they react when they see me at a con. It'll be the first time they drive me and my friends and stay with us at the hotel so it should be interesting to see how they react to all the cosplayers and fangirls/fanboys. XD Lol.

Radiant Nightmare
09-06-2009, 01:22 PM
My dad is ok with it. Seeing as he's the one who got me into anime and video games, so it's basically his own fault. XD

The only thing my mom has to say about me cosplaying is "stand up straight and don't stick your butt out"

09-06-2009, 01:32 PM
My parents think it's a waste of money, and that everyone who cosplays thinks they are the character and want to live in a fantasy world. They also think ALL cosplayers are those obese slobs or gamer nerds you see on TV, that sit around playing WOW. I'm treated like all my friends are messy slobs, and even though we're all pretty good cosplayers, we must live in a fantasy world and not have a normal life.

My parents do not support me at all. Even though I live with them because I recently graduated college and need to live at home to pay off loans. They also believe that since I'm 21 I need zero financial assistance. My parents are also emotionally and psychologically abusive but that's beside the point.

09-06-2009, 07:03 PM
My mom LOVES my cosplay. She's a creative type, was almost a fashion merchandising major once, and mostly works with jewelry- her current venture being making PMC jewelry but for a long time she's bought and sold vintage costume jewelry- but yeah, she likes seeing my stuff. She even had me cosplay to one of her jewelry conventions to model jewelry XD; She always talks about how she always wanted to learn to sew and loves going fabric shopping with me. I swear every time I go fabric shopping she leaves with another few yards of brocade or sari fabric >___>; She's also a huge oldskool sci-fi nerd so she likes going to sci-fi and comic cons with me, but not anime ones.

My dad.. kinda just assumes it as part of my artist stuff, so he's okay with it, but not as active as my mom XD; Though he does uh, provide the moolah for a lot of my con expenses so I guess that's pretty active LOL 6u6;;

My brother hates anime and stuff so he kinda just rolls his eyes 9_9 though now he's been trying to get me to make him Halloween costumes and I'm like 'lol, no.'

09-06-2009, 10:48 PM
Well my mom it totally cool with it and totally supports it! my sister is cool with it and my niece thinks its funny but cool seeing how shes an 8 year old but...my dad on the other hand... man i could only imagine what he would say, he would flip!:eek: if he only knew about a quarter of the stuff that went on at Youmacon... he still has never seen a single one of my Youmacon 08 photos and ive had for 10 months and if he did we would probably get into the biggest argument! i showed my aunt and she was ok with it, it seemed a tad questionable with her but she still supports it. she told me to show my dad and even she knows that he would have an issue with it... i honestly dont know how to tell him and i fear that it would be the thing that cuts us apart from each other way worse than we are now. i hate to be afraid that my cosplaying will make my dad seemingly...how shall i say... "Unaccept" me? well anyway he would object to me being into it.

09-08-2009, 07:53 PM
My mother thinks is a complete waste of time. But then again, she doesn't support anything that I had ever done, so it's not a big surprise there. She thinks I should be spending my time in something more "productive" (whatever that means). What she doesn't know is that by doing masked cosplays I actually win some money because people see my masks, they like them and they end up asking me for masks. So yeah...What she also doesn't know is that cosplaying = an open window for me to get roles in theater plays -specially kids plays and musicals-, and since that's what I'm studying at university, they can't tell me to stop doing something that will benefit me someday.

My father doesn't know a thing about me cosplaying. And I didn't wanted any of them to know because I know their reaction. My mother found out thanks to my sister who went all like "Hey, your other daughter is dressing up as weird people in some weird activities" after seeing my Kakuzu cosplay. Grh.

09-08-2009, 10:47 PM
My parents never understood me and my hobbies, and I'm old enough for them to not care anymore. They probably lump it in with videogames and toy figures, stuff that I spend too much money on.

Sesshomaru 12
09-11-2009, 07:06 PM
Mom: She loves cosplay! because in Bolivia (where shes from) costumes are EXTREMELY important in Bolivian culture. Like when I went to visit there, every street corner had a costume shop, its fricken awsome. So my mom is an expert at sewing, so she teaches me. Cosplay reminds her of her country and thinks its a wonderful hobby to have.

Dad: *confused*...

09-15-2009, 03:33 PM
My mom dose not support us on how much money we use to make our cosplays, but she always gets so excited when we are all dressed up, and ready to leave the house. She is alwayz taking lots of pics, and sending them to all her friends on Facebook =/...

And once we got her into the dealers room for the first time, she stayed in there for over an hour =O Not even I stay in there that long X3

09-15-2009, 03:50 PM
;___; My parents are the typical strict and uptight Asian parents. = . = ; They think that cosplaying is a waste of time and money... Ughhh.... I wove it though! >3< I don't care. They're not going to extreme measures to stop me but they just frown upon it! ;___;

Akemi Idane
09-15-2009, 07:28 PM
My mom dose not support us on how much money we use to make our cosplays, but she always gets so excited when we are all dressed up, and ready to leave the house. She is alwayz taking lots of pics, and sending them to all her friends on Facebook =/...
This is my mom.
She tries to be indefferent enough around me, although she's made it quite obvious that she thinks I'm putting too much on my plate (and I kind of am, but that's beside the point) but she loves how I'm learning to sew.
But yeah, she's been talking to her friends about how I can sew now, and I can make patterns, and etc... It's pretty awesome. ;D
She dosen't understand some of the costume designs though. Namely:
Mom: "Why does she have four tails on her jacket?"
Me: "Mom, they're on the skirt, and I dunno, the artist drew her that way."
Mom: *stares confusedly* "Is there a pattern for this?"
Me: "Nope."
Mom: "Didn't think so. We'll need four and a half yards of the purple."

My dad doesn't really care one way or the other, as long as I keep my grades up and don't go out looking like a hooker he's basically cool. And he's bribing me with an overlock machine if I get all A's this quarter (YAY).

09-15-2009, 08:15 PM
My parents' think it's amazing. They love it. And they actually go to Otakon with me every year. In 2008 they cosplayed with me ^_^ And they seemed to like it a lot. My mom loves anime and my dad loves video games. So I guess my entire family are geeks...hehe. ^_^ My mom is the one who does the sewing on all my cosplays. (I do the detail work and I have a friend who goes with us who makes armour and such).
I just have to get my own spending money, or If I ask they buy me stuff at the dealers room, and they pay for hotel and food. So it's a good time ^_^

09-15-2009, 08:17 PM
My parents say i a freak who cares lol. Its fun

09-15-2009, 09:45 PM
My parents don't like the ideas for cosplaying because of how expensive it is. Sometimes, I go to a fabric store and sew stuff at weekends when they are not home. It's hard getting stuff done when your parents aren't here. Although, when a time of a convention starts, they don't mind. ^_^

09-15-2009, 09:49 PM
My parents are the exact opposite, they don't mind the cost, there fine with me watching anime/reading manga. It's the cons they have a n issue with, apperently there for adults, yes mom cause that group of twelve year olds are sooo adult like, oh and I have to be doing something, I can't just be hanging out with friends, no I have to spend my entire time at one panel or another...it's actually kinda strange...

09-15-2009, 10:13 PM
My parents accept it, but think I'm weird, lol. They kinda look at me...shake their head, and go back to whatever they were doing, sighing with a little smile on their faces.

Akemi Idane
09-15-2009, 10:47 PM
My dad just said he'd pay for all the materials for my cosplay costumes.

I don't think he minds.

09-16-2009, 01:39 AM
My parents are on different sides when it comes to what they call my 'Alternate lifestyle' xD

My father doesn't mind it. He even helps me when I'm planning props and he gives me good ideas. He even made me a pair of geta *Wooden sandals* for my very first con. More than anything, he's just happy that it gets me to socialize in the 'real world' rather than on the computer. He's just happy that I have a hobby that makes me happy and keeps me out of trouble. He still thinks that I'm a nut-case for it though.

My mother on the other hand, she helps me shop for clothes one day and then she'll turn around the next day and say that I need to stop spending money on my 'anime stuff,' I think she just likes shopping with me.

09-16-2009, 04:32 PM
Luckily for me, my Mum lets me be independant (Well, for someone my age. I'm 14 and she lets me stay in hotels with 26 year old men she's never met. That must sound SERIOUSLY BAD as I'm typing it, but this guy is one of my best friends. I know you guys will still say that's awful though >.<) and she already knew I was kind of weird before I started cosplaying XD My Dad is...well, he doesn't have much opinion on the matter. He often refers to cosplay as my 'uniform' though, and lets my Mum deal with the cosplay stuff XD I'm lucky my parents are quite relaxed.

09-16-2009, 05:38 PM
My dad's cool with me cosplaying and stuff but he kinda worries if im gonna be ok or not but my MOM she yells at me for spending too much money on stuff u dont need (i do need it btw) when i should be spending it on purses and shoes o.O ew im not that girly my dads a good dude and he even help me with my keyblade for me :3

09-16-2009, 06:23 PM
My parents are pretty awesome and supportive. They think its cool that I've found a reason to want to sew.

I've even founded an anime con here in my home town, and they both help me run it, and my mother even helps judge the cosplay contest.

09-16-2009, 07:33 PM
my parents don't mind that i cosplay, they've even bought me some lolita pieces, but when they see photos of my brother wearing makeup and whatnot....they think it's the weeeirdest thing ever haha

09-16-2009, 08:19 PM
My apologies if this turns into a rant, but my parents were both against cosplay and cons at first.

My dad didn't want me to go to A-Fest, because he thought that only a couple of people were going to be there. I did my best to explain that there were probably over 1,000 people going to the con, and that the majority of them would be dressed up, though he seemed to still disapprove. My dad also told me that I wasn't going to become a "professional clothes-maker", and because of that, should not dabble in that line of work. He wanted me to just go to Walmart and buy a pre-made costume (ick! The majority of premade costumes I've seen in Walmart, Party City and the like seem poorly done).

My mother, on the other hand, was kinda ok with it, but absolutely refused to let me try and make my costume. I had bought all of the materials for my Alice in Wonderland dress, and asked her if she could at least teach me to use the sewing machine (I can sew by hand just fine, but that would take forever). She refused, claiming that I wouldn't be able to do a professional job (well, no duh, since she never even taught me the basics. It's like math: If you don't even learn your one plus ones, you'll never be able to do calculus), and took all of my materials and made the dress herself. Only after she finished the dress did she teach me how to use the sewing machine. I really like the dress, and appreciate the fact that she made it, but I don't like her "You can't do anything yourself" attitude.

And when I ordered a wig, my mom went berserk because I wouldn't be able to wear it on a daily basis because the wig is nothing like my real hair color. She yelled at me for wasting money despite the fact that I work, give half of my earnings to my family, and used my own money to buy the wig.

After I went to A-Fest, took pictures, had fun, and returned home safe and in one piece did they loosen up. I showed them photos of other cosplayers, and only then did they begin to somewhat approve of my new hobby.

09-19-2009, 10:16 AM
My apologies if this turns into a rant, but my parents were both against cosplay and cons at first.

My dad didn't want me to go to A-Fest, because he thought that only a couple of people were going to be there. I did my best to explain that there were probably over 1,000 people going to the con, and that the majority of them would be dressed up, though he seemed to still disapprove. My dad also told me that I wasn't going to become a "professional clothes-maker", and because of that, should not dabble in that line of work. He wanted me to just go to Walmart and buy a pre-made costume (ick! The majority of premade costumes I've seen in Walmart, Party City and the like seem poorly done).

My mother, on the other hand, was kinda ok with it, but absolutely refused to let me try and make my costume. I had bought all of the materials for my Alice in Wonderland dress, and asked her if she could at least teach me to use the sewing machine (I can sew by hand just fine, but that would take forever). She refused, claiming that I wouldn't be able to do a professional job (well, no duh, since she never even taught me the basics. It's like math: If you don't even learn your one plus ones, you'll never be able to do calculus), and took all of my materials and made the dress herself. Only after she finished the dress did she teach me how to use the sewing machine. I really like the dress, and appreciate the fact that she made it, but I don't like her "You can't do anything yourself" attitude.

And when I ordered a wig, my mom went berserk because I wouldn't be able to wear it on a daily basis because the wig is nothing like my real hair color. She yelled at me for wasting money despite the fact that I work, give half of my earnings to my family, and used my own money to buy the wig.

After I went to A-Fest, took pictures, had fun, and returned home safe and in one piece did they loosen up. I showed them photos of other cosplayers, and only then did they begin to somewhat approve of my new hobby.

I'm glad you had fun! :) Yeah, parents can honestly be like that but they'll realize sooner or later that anime cons aren't horrible and cosplaying either! :D My parents are definitely like that, I totally know how you feel, :O

09-19-2009, 10:24 AM
When I first told my parents about cosplay they laughed at me and said that I could never do it. So I suppored myself with money and such. I guess they saw that I really enjoyed it because everytime I tell my mom about a new cosplay or con she makes a face, sighs and helps.

09-19-2009, 11:53 AM
The first time I told my parents I wanted to cosplay was after I went to my first con, so they already knew about it and were alright. The first thing my mom said was, "Is it cheaper to make it yourself or buy it somewhere?" XD Not the reaction I was expecting. So she helped make Olette for Halloween and Metrocon 2008.

Mom also helped me out a lot earlier this year, helping me make my costume for Megacon, and she's generally really supportive of it. She made almost all of Trucy's hat and cape (she sewed those diamonds on one by one, in a display of rather alarming determination to finish it)! At Metro she was my emergency fixer, and drove to the convention center from the Hotel so she could help me when parts of my costume started falling apart a little.

It's kind of surprising, she even went to Metro with me this year for all three days and sat around with my cosplay partner's mom and took pictures of people. They even struck up conversations with them and talked to my favorite voice actor after I got a picture with him.

My dad doesn't really do anything to assist me, but he doesn't mind cosplaying either. I think if I ever need help with a prop he'd help me out. :D He did hang out in the convention center for Metro 2007 and 2008, when my whole family came.

I think they're just happy that cosplay gives me something to work towards.

09-19-2009, 05:13 PM
my mom loves the fact that I cosplay, because it brings in business for her

09-19-2009, 06:13 PM
My mom doesnt really like Anime. She doesnt support me at all, i actually work to gain my money to buy my cosplays.
Never been to a con so that dont work.

My sister doesnt understand the idea of cosplay and all, so she's like a bummer. So only my friends support me and their all anime-fans.

09-19-2009, 09:46 PM
My parents are confusing with it.
They don't seem to mind it too much... they get mad when I spend a lot of money. But I remind them I worked hard for my money.
But they say this to my grandparents "she's not out drinking every night, she's not pregnant, she's not doing drugs. So this is better than all those things."

09-20-2009, 03:04 AM
My mom treats it like my other hobbies: She doesn't understand it, she raises an eyebrow whenever I bring it up, but she's glad that I enjoy it so much. Plus she's an awesome sewer and always wanted to get me into sewing as well; thanks to cosplay, that became reality, so she's happy whenever I need her help with something.

09-20-2009, 12:37 PM
Well I wanna go to Anime Expo® [AX] 2010. My mother says that it's cool and all that. She likes Japanese culture and all that. I'm going to do a cosplay of Shugo Chara's Suu. Dance & maybe sing, "Kokoro no Tamago" or "Minna no Tamago" by Shugo Chara Egg. My father says I have to get the money for my ticket to Los Angeles and all that. A nother rule is, if I go with friends, no boys. x3

09-20-2009, 01:40 PM
My mom is really into arts and crafts and she's made belly dancing outfits and my brother and I's first few halloween outfits, so she doesn't find it wierd at all unless its concerning the design itself lol

09-20-2009, 10:12 PM
I started cosplaying just last year, when I was just 13 XD

I save money from my daily allowance, but my dad also gives me financial support when I need it... I'm allowed to cosplay as long as it's not gonna cost way too much and as long as I keep my grades up...

As for cons, well... I need to be home by 10 pm or so.

09-22-2009, 01:10 AM
My mom thinks cosplay is adorable and offers to buy me wigs and stuff. My dad just looks at me like i'm crazy. Everytime I make a new cosplay my nephew and my mom will go on for hours about how cool it looks and how awesome I am for making it.

Akashi Mirai
09-22-2009, 07:41 AM
my mom thinks it's fun that we (me and my lil sis) have cosplay as a hobby. As long as we keep the battlefield of making the costumes to ourself to clean up~
She helps us out occasionally when we're in a stress *thank you mom* as for dad, he's cool with it, thinks we look nice when we're showing the complete costumes and stuff and bought my first wigs online :)

Both didnt reacted to heavy on my first announcement I was going to make a costume to wear to a con, mom said I always liked to dress up (guess it's in my nature hah). They were a little sceptic in the beginning ofcourse, they didn't believe at first I could sew or anything, but they were surprised by the outcome of trial and error :) Now there even a little proud of what we make.
Soooo, it took some time, but now it's pretty normal to talk about cosplay in our house~

09-22-2009, 07:49 AM
Well my mom kind of thought it was a part of being "artistic" when I was in the 7th grade dressing like Ash Ketch'em just to go to the mall. She swore it was a phase and now that she sees that I am going into SPFX she knows it's a way of life. She supports me now though she thinks I should spend money on something to do with my future. I feel that it does help my future as practice with my make-up skills and minor animatronics.

>_> She's weird too and would make a good Storm. If I bribed her I think she'd cosplay something from Trigun or something.

Honey Vanity
09-22-2009, 07:52 AM
My mom got me into visual kei and the Japanese music scene. For a while, when I couldn't have a job because of school, she'd buy me my costumes and convention badges and take me to the conventions themselves. Nowadays, I have money and I can drive, but she still offered to drive me to Ohayocon if I didn't want to drive in the snow X3.

09-22-2009, 10:32 AM
I'm 21, and my parents don't actually give me money for anything anymore. ^^;; So I work, and I budget my money, and it helps now that The Enthusiasts are paying for my materials.

As for supporting me, my mom and sister try to be really interested in my latest projects. The even helped me with my Sailor Neptune costume last Thanksgiving, which made me feel pretty good. I think my dad finds the hobby strange, but they're great about supporting my interests as long as I don't let it negatively affect my performance in school or my finances.

09-22-2009, 12:08 PM
I can for sure say that my dad dosent like it though he's the one who has to drive me to cons but he did like my Reno cosplay... my Mom thinks that whenever I buy ANYTHING relating to anime its a waste of money...

I have to save up all year just so I can buy stuff at Conventions because hell would freeze over before they gave me "Con spending money"

But other than money my Mom loves the Idea of cosplay she thinks the costumes are cool, while my dad thinks their stupid...

09-22-2009, 11:13 PM
Thankfully my mother just doesn't ask questions anymore and supported me going to the con last year :D

Even had to take me to work all did up :p

10-05-2009, 12:38 AM
My dad probably figures there are worse adn weirder things I could be doing. My mom gets WAY too into it. She helps me with everything <333 My sister thinks its awesome and is letting me borrow her camera. They'll probably given me money if only cause they think I'll spend it all on figure and forget to buy food.

10-05-2009, 04:44 PM
My dad doesn't understand the concept or why someone would find it fun, so therefore he's against it. (He thinks that anything I do is pointless unless I can somehow make money off it. -_-)

My mom, on the other hand, has been awesome about it. She's always been supportive of my anime fandoms. She, in fact, helped me make the hardest part of my first ever cosplay last night and we had a lot of fun making it. ^^ She made all my Halloween costumes when I was a kid, so her help with the sewing machine was a life-saver. (Especially since I've never really sewn before this.) She won't buy supplies or anything for me, (and I wouldn't think of asking her to) but she'll gladly help me figure out what I need and where I might be able to find it.

10-06-2009, 06:25 AM
I dont know how to tell my parents i want to cosplay and go to cons.... they'd be weirded out and would think i were a nerd. my brother is definitely not supportive of anything i do. he hates me haha. my sister is a uni student and serious and would just make fun of me. my dad and mum....they'd think i were nerdy etc. so.....i dont know how exactly im going to do this, but i will.

10-21-2009, 10:58 PM
Wow, when I read about all the people with unsupportive parents...

I'm one of those lucky people who got Trekkies for parents. I'm serious. My dad actually insisted on me watching Star Wars, Star Trek, Galaxy Quest...My mom bought me Harry Potter, and as I am typing this they're both sitting across the room playing Wizard101 (cookie to anyone who knows that game) and chatting about what type of magic I should learn next...O.o Yeah, my parents are really cool. The only problem they have with my cosplay is the fact that I can't make up my mind on a costume (I finally did) and my mom keeps complaining about having to buy stuff I'll never use. Haha, I has my own money now since my B-day, so I can buy whatever I want! Also, they bought me a mini sewing machine for my birthday. Also, my grandparents have bought me a wig two years in a row now, and think me sewing things is the best idea since Chuck Norris invented the wheel. Only four of my friends would find something wrong with it: one would just stare and ask if I'd been dropped on my head, one (my right-hand man, from when i was going to take over the world) would just ask what the heck was wrong with me then probably act interested, one would just shrug it off as he also plays Halo and thus would see nothing geeky about it, and another would probably make fun of me. But he's an idiot so no one cares.

Yeah, I guess I'm pretty lucky.

10-21-2009, 11:11 PM
they think its a waste of money :T

10-21-2009, 11:12 PM
My family didn't understand at first my cosplay hobby, but since I started my parents love it. My father jumps at any opportunity to help me construct my weapons while my mother takes copies of pictures my friends and I cosplay to make a collage. Then they start to show it off to the rest of the family and some friends like they're the ones cosplaying. I think they look foward to the next convention/event as much as I do.

10-21-2009, 11:14 PM
my dad thinks it's dumb, but my mom's okay with it

10-22-2009, 01:30 AM
My dad has a good laugh each time I mention anime conventions and cosplay. But it doesn't seem like he has a problem with me being interested in it.

10-22-2009, 06:35 PM
I live with my dad but both parents are pretty supportive. My dad helps me order things online and the like. He even gave me fabric advice last week, haha.

I think my parents don't care about me cosplaying because it's just a hobby and it keeps me off the streets, word. =D

10-22-2009, 06:43 PM
Once I told my dad learned I cosplay he was like "I have no son".

10-23-2009, 01:56 PM
My mom would cosplay if I would let her...

10-23-2009, 04:07 PM
My folks know it's what makes me happy. So they're kinda okay with it.

But they don't like how expensive it can get.

Though something tells me they're not happy with it. They're just tolerating it.

The last time I cosplayed my mother had to pay for it and she was quite good with it because it wasn't as expensive as the last time. I really didn't have allowance at that time so I had to ask for money if I wanted to cosplay. These days I try to save.

I'm a little suspicious of how they really feel though. Since if they want to find a way to demean and make me feel worse off, they will often use what makes me happy against me and it's never been a first to hear cosplay used as an argument as to what's made me 'supposedly degrade' from what I was and up to now.


So now that I have an allowance again, I'm doing my best to keep most major costs to myself and just ask a wee bit more from them if I can.

If asked how much did I have to spend, I'll have to lie and not tell the true costs least I get reprimanded and stuff. : / I always get reprimanded whenever they see an opening in the first place.

Need a job so they can shut up about whatever I do already. xD

10-23-2009, 04:17 PM
My parents are really proud of my cosplay.

My Mother coming from a Japanese background is a perfectionist when it comes to my costumes so sometimes she chides me for small details in the characters I persue. xD Though she was really proud of some of the pubicity my Nero costume got at AX. For her it's about how many pictures it taken versus the idea of having fun. So I guess I get mixed responses from her depending.

My Dad supports it fully as a cosplayer himself. And nerd. He took me to my first Con and helped pay for my first costume and everything. I guess he's just happy I have a constructive hobby. xDDD

Though sometimes they get frustrated with the cost of the cosplay and how I spend my hard earned money they support me more in my cosplay than anything else. xD
Which is a bit odd.

10-23-2009, 07:51 PM
I was in my mid-teens when I started hitting up Star Trek conventions in costume. My parents were always supportive, which I think stemmed from the fact that they were Trekkies themselves. I think in the back of their mind, they expected me to grow out of it by the time I hit my mid-twenties, but they certainly don't look down on me for still being into dressing up. :)

10-23-2009, 09:44 PM
My parents are both rather amused, although I think they get a bit annoyed with me as every time they see me, I want to go to the fabric store (there's one near them, hehe). My mother enjoys picking out fabrics with me and she really likes seeing the finished products. She's also a rather good sounding board for ideas when I get stuck on how to make something work.

I think they're both just happy that I have a hobby I enjoy, and has brought me a lot of friends.

11-04-2009, 10:17 AM
okay... my dad officialy hates cosplay... geeze you step out of the house with a gaiant key in hand and suddenly it's the end of the world...

seriously, he really needs to get over it.

my mom still dosen't think it's all that great either... all the money that goes into it and all...

11-04-2009, 01:04 PM
My parents STILL believe this is a phase (been five years and I'm 20 ). They think its weird, and they dont tell people about it. However they are proud to say their daughter can sew o.O....conflict much? It doesnt really matter in the end though.

HMTQ - Madge
11-04-2009, 02:15 PM
My parents are pretty supportive, being that they are used to my weird hobbies and used to my like of anime. At first it was only my father who was mostly supportive, but my mother has gradually opened up to the idea and even helps me with some cosplays. It's pretty nice. ^_^

11-04-2009, 02:45 PM
My mom thought it was a good hobby to have, the costume-making part that is. :D She thought it was a little strange, dressing up and going to a convention, but then she was the one that took me to my first two conventions, Celebrations 2 and 3 and saw that it was just about having fun and enjoying the nerdiness of it all. :)
She's helped me finish projects, and she loves finding things at thrift stores or mark-down places for potential costume pieces. :D I adore my mother. :)

My dad doesn't get it. But in truth he lives in a different part of the US, so he really doesn't know much of anything about it. lol.

11-04-2009, 03:20 PM
my mom iz very supportive of my cosplaying (i luv u mom! *hug*) but everything has to come out of my own pocket, including paying for con tickets etc.
... well, actually i dnt have a job so i only get allowance, so i guess my mom kinda DOES pay the cosplays xD but i wanna get a job ASAP
my mom LOVES to freak out about how much money i spend sumtimes, but she loves knowing what kind of characters im gonna cosplay (even if she doesn't totally understand it) and i never saw her so proud of me as when i sewed my Road Camelot cosplay myself *joyful tear* she went to my first con with me too! she didn't seem to like it as much (didn't expect her to) but she wuz always amused by the cosplayers
my dad... idk if he's supportive or not *shrug* he doesn't seem to understand it much and i dnt mention it to him that often anyway

11-05-2009, 06:54 PM
Both my parents are very supportive of my cosplay because they know it makes me happy and it gives me something to do and it teaches me how to sew xD

My brother doesn't like it too much when I talk about Crossplay. He thinks it's sort of weird for me to be dressing up as a guy.

My mom does have some rules for my cosplay and I have to follow them. Also I have to get good grades in school. I keep up my good grades I get funding ^^

11-05-2009, 07:34 PM
my mom thinks it's too expensive, since...cosplay=not usually normal clothes, she doesn't really understand why it costs so much or why I can't slap on shitty halloween costume stuff D:

11-06-2009, 09:10 PM
my mom supports me and im so happy. when my costume needs some altering shes nice enough to help fix it. she even helps me with my prop stuff that i make. :D but my step dad makes those silly comments but its whateve

11-06-2009, 09:20 PM
My dad thinks...I'm silly but also supports it. ^_^!

11-06-2009, 09:56 PM
My parents both know that I go. They're accepting but we don't really talk about it much either. Then again, it's that way with most things. They let me do my own thing but we don't talk about it.

11-07-2009, 02:50 PM
For the people who crossplay:
Do people think you are weird or something else?
my sister made fun of me cuz of my Haruhi Fujioka cosplay xD she doesn't know Haruhi iz secrtly a girl, but i have plans for crossplaying in the future so she's bound to make fun of me again

11-07-2009, 03:27 PM
My mom is supportive and helpful with my costumes, but she thinks that the whole cosplay thing is silly. So do my dad and sister.

11-07-2009, 03:44 PM
My parents actually love me doing it because they see it as a creative outlet. Both mom and dad (more mom than dad, however) really enjoy seeing me in costume and love to see how I put things together. They do worry about the cost, but hey, I do as well lol.

11-21-2009, 10:49 AM
my parents either just don't care about watever it is i do or they just prefer not to talk to me about it...since they can anime "that cartoon thing she watches" or the "animated people thingy"
although i did have a very hilarious conversation with my drunk father about it....couldnt stop laughing at him...since cosplaying is now "dressing up animated likeish thingy"
but honestly i dont care wat my parents think its not going to stop me from doing wat i enjoy...just wait till i get done my new cosplay long blue wig outta scare em lmao
but i think the biggst concern is my safety...even though they kno little about it...and i hope it stays that way:| if they started to like it i might run for the hills:O

11-21-2009, 10:58 AM
Im not sure what my dad thinks but ,my mom loves it n.n

11-21-2009, 12:05 PM
My mom started out completely against it once it moved from Halloween, saying that I needed to grow up and not run around in costume like a little kid or waste my time watching anime.

My mom got a little more accepting of it when she saw the embroidery I had done on the patches on Hinata's jacket...I guess it was a really difficult stitch to do...dunno tho since I had just figured it out on my own. :thumbsup:

She still gives me a hard time but she did help out once prior to seeing Hinata's jacket but I think most of that was because she didn't want to let me use her sewing machine to alter a cosplay so she helped me do it, and also crochet me leg-warmers for it, but I think that was cause she was crocheting stuff for everyone at the time and those were what I wanted.

She still to this day gives me a hard time, tho often I bring up an award I've won and it quiets her down for a bit. :p

My dad was really cool with it and would help me out making little props and things, helping me get to cons and covering for me with my mom, and even supplying anime from time to time. He was also really proud of me for making such neat things and was happy to be a part of it. :bigtu: (I have a sneaking suspicion that he went to cons in his day, quite possibly dressing up as well, till my mom quashed it)

One of my younger brothers on the other hand hate the fact that I will wear "skimpy" coplays including bathing suits and gives me a really hard time because of it.

My youngest brother for the longest time thought cosplay was neat and wanted to make some of his own and even tried but my mother has been and probably will continue to try and quell that desire. I even made the effort once to come home for a con that was literally 5 minutes from where they were living at the time to take him for a day and she made sure that they weren't around for that weekend...:sulk:

Lady Valentine
11-21-2009, 01:22 PM
My parents are cool with it. Sometimes my mom helps me pick out clothing and stuff to make my costume. My dad just wonders how I developed this new hobby lol. He probably thinks it's weird. But that's coming from someone who is a big Star Trek fan lol.

11-21-2009, 09:34 PM
My mom and stepdad think my bro and I are crazy... but they still like to see our cosplay and takes pictures ^^;

11-22-2009, 06:01 AM

11-22-2009, 06:10 AM
My mom is okay with it, and is also willing to help me with sewing and such. I show her a picture of the character before so she knows exactly how to do(and after seeing pictures, she can help me find out where to buy clothes). I don't think she wants me to do skimpy outfits, but I don't either so that's okay. I also don't know how she feels about crossplaying- I'm not planning any crossplays at the moment but it may be a possiblity some time. She also seems a bit worried about cons and similar, but she probably also thinks it's a nice way of getting out and meeting new pepole with the same interests(what can I say, I'm not exactly the most social person...) As long as I don't get into any "bad stuff" she's fine, and she prefers that I don't go alone(that's not really a problem as 2 many of my friends and my brother also cosplays.)

My dad doesn't really care. He probably just think it's nice that I have something to do other than gaming and being on the computer.

I got my brother into cosplaying too, and he goes with me to cons, but he's not that serious about making a "good" cosplay.

11-22-2009, 05:31 PM
I know I've posted on here before about my parents being cool with it but looking back at it, I was wrong.

First, my mom hates cosplay, anime, manga, etc. She never understands that it's my passion and alaways hates on me for it. I've gotta beg to go to cons and gotta make my own money for cosplay or hope for Christmas I get cosplays.

On the other hand, my dad is really, uhh, bored and netrual on the whole con, cosplay, anime, manga thing. He listens to my crack-pot ideas but doesn't care.

They really alienate me and make me feel bad for being different.

11-22-2009, 06:13 PM
My mom is awesome, she always says she prefers that I'm into anime, as opposed to drugs and such, the way my siblings are. My father is just neutral about it.

11-22-2009, 06:15 PM
my parents think my costumes are cute...though my dad's a bit weary of the OTHER people at the con...cause for some reason, they're ten times more weird than me and all the boys are potential predators....*sigh*

and they always think I'm a little to "out there" with wanting to go to cons...and sometimes I'm afraid to even bring one up that's coming up cause I'll get a bitch fit from my dad saying how they "waste my money".

11-22-2009, 07:57 PM
My parents don't mind. Cosplay doesn't interest them in the least, but they don't mind me doing it, either, since I do get some pleasure out of it and I like it and I get to meet people like me, and they know I have few such people in that regard.

11-22-2009, 08:03 PM
My mom is okay with it, sometimes I would show her the costumes I have finished too.
She just think I am too old for it now lol and that it's expensive and I always make a mess when I make costumes.

11-22-2009, 09:12 PM
Well, my mom took a long time to get used to me watching "Cartoons" but she acutally likes it now. ^_^ I told her that Comic-Con next year will be in our area and she acutally wants to go (She likes comics more then Manga, lol) Shes pretty okay with me going to cons.

Cosplay...well..She was surprised when I told her I wanted to. But she acutally approves of my cosplay (Germany) and wants to help me out with it XD

11-25-2009, 07:08 PM
my mom doesnt mind it my dad thinks its odd and wierd and unessecary but i dont care lol he still lets me do it though XD

11-25-2009, 11:27 PM
I'm in College now living in the dorms but,

My dad is fine with it, he fines it interesting I wear all this military gear when I cosplay from characters of the Metal Gear series. My mom thinks because I do that I am going to get in trouble with the police lol. My Grandma who seen me in costume jokes about me ready for war lol.

11-25-2009, 11:37 PM
My parents hate the fact that I am into Cosplaying and Japanese animation ^_^, They have since day 1, which used to bum me out a lot (seeing how I started liking anime when I was 11/12 and I am now 20) and now I am over it ^^, My Dad still hates the Japanese for WW2 (Big surprise there seeing how he was a marine -__- seriously Dad, Learn to love and forgive.) and my Mom just thinks it's immature. ^_^ Good thing I'm such a rebellious person XP

Still, even though I don't have their support I have the support of my friends in RL and online and that's all that really matters in the end, right?

11-25-2009, 11:43 PM
My parents hate the fact that I am into Cosplaying and Japanese animation ^_^, They have since day 1, which used to bum me out a lot (seeing how I started liking anime when I was 11/12 and I am now 20) and now I am over it ^^, My Dad still hates the Japanese for WW2 (Big surprise there seeing how he was a marine -__- seriously Dad, Learn to love and forgive.) and my Mom just thinks it's immature. ^_^ Good thing I'm such a rebellious person XP

Still, even though I don't have their support I have the support of my friends in RL and online and that's all that really matters in the end, right?

if you knew what really happened during WW2 you can't blame him.

My Japanese Family fought in WW2 as well, one of them fought in Iwo Jima.

11-25-2009, 11:50 PM
if you knew what really happened during WW2 you can't blame him.

My Japanese Family fought in WW2 as well, one of them fought in Iwo Jima.

My Grandfather fought on both sides of the war (Western and Eastern) and my real Father is a huge WW2 nut (he collects guns/rifles and restores vehicles from the time period) so I have grown up with this time period my whole life. They were following orders, I can't blame them for doing that (my point of view though, everyone has their own... I just wish that my Dad didn't blame today's generation for the past's mistakes, you know?)

Fought on Iwo Jima? Cool (but at the same time, not cool) A friend of the family was on Iwo Jima during WW2 as well.

11-28-2009, 08:54 PM
My dad supports and gives me advice on a way to secure it. Sometimes his ideas are wrong
but...at least he tries...and luckily we're both gamers ;]

11-28-2009, 09:15 PM
My mom loves it and thinks it's a cool hobby for me to have. Pluuus, she likes to relax in the hotel room while I'm at a con.

11-29-2009, 04:42 AM
my parents didnt care, i was in drama club so they thought it was like that; also having a social life out of anime, gamming, and manga and taking part of other extra curricular activites and passing in school also help with their judgement. *hey good grades and good friends helps" i believe all they said was "just stick too it and dont quit", i know wierd right? in turn they do give me money and drive me to a big con and pay my hotel fee , the only thing i cant stand is when they have to point at one cosplayer and say look at that one! their costumes ugly!

11-29-2009, 03:16 PM
As far as I can tell my parents are pretty accepting of it. My mom usually helps me with my costumes and takes me fabric shopping and stuff. My dad has taken me and my friends to all the conventions I've been to in the past. We're kinda dorks in my family, so they're prett cool with it. Except when we all get frustrated....

Akemi Idane
11-29-2009, 06:41 PM
I'm updating.
My dad is still paying for everything, and holds onto that promise because he wants to help us (not just me with my cosplay stuff, but my brother with his Warhammer stuff, and my sister with her dance) with any creative endeavors that he decides aren't harmful.
My mom takes it as a source of pride, and is bragging about how awesome I am at sewing to all my relatives. Including my eighty-six year old grandmother, who got this look in her eye that tells me I'm getting sewing stuff for the rest of my life. xD

Their number one concern is my safety at conventions, since there are so many people in there, and some of those people may not be...desirable to have around your teenager. So I happily accepted that my mom would come up with me to Kumoricon this year, and I'm working with her on Fanime, given that we're not staying in a hotel or anything (Amtracking down there each day) and I can't get another adult chaperone (one friend's parents give her a lot of independence in exchange for the fact that they won't take her places, and the second girl has the flu so we don't know about her at all yet).

11-29-2009, 07:11 PM
Well...for my mom she likes the idea that I actually attempt sewing my own costumes, going to fabric stores, and in short: that I have the creativity and "skills" as she says to even put my head to work on such props and costumes. She's known since I was 8 that my style was different from realism when it came to drawing and even more as I developed. When my godbrother spoiled me off to my first con NYAF 08 which I really counted more despite my high school having one during my junior year...she noticed that it was just more of an open door for me and despite being 17 and her scolding me staying out late...after awhile she became accepting of my staying out late. She realized that I had found a sanctuary that I could relate to because my social skills were so poor as I grew up. No interaction at all because I was the oddball who would learn more languages than necessary and would have mangas or manhwas even in my possession while at school during lunch/freetime. I was basically alienated because of my liking until I started persay educating others of a new culture. And ever since then my mom would get teachers complimenting my boldness to expose the other students for speeches of choice about a new culture/world. Mom has been the one to be every step of the way with me. As a trooper her first con together with me was MangaNEXT 08 when I did my second closet cosplay (Mikami from Death Note). My mom even held a sign because I did not know how to tie a tie and she was adorable enough to other cosplayers to aid me in my search for someone to tie it. The sad part was that she was sick with the flu so we couldn't stay as long as I wanted.

Now my dad, he just wants pictures and approves of my craftmanship for any weapons or props I make. He's the sit back and watch type of person. Both of them thought it amusing when for Zenkaikon recently, my friend stayed over, and we pulled off 15 hours of work day before on making Maka's skirt. They also find it funny how I go on hunt downs to get the right fabric for my cosplays.

11-29-2009, 07:26 PM
My parents are mainly of the "use your own money, and walk out with appropriate clothes, and we're fine" breed. They've helped me out in some instances but I mainly look to my friends for help.

However, my mother thinks that cosplaying when you are young (late middle-high school) is fine but cosplaying when you're older (college and older) is the epitome of horribleness. She thinks that when you are an adult, you should be focusing on how to change the world instead of silly costumes (I suggest that you could change the world through costumes, but she's just as stubborn as I am).

11-29-2009, 08:54 PM
My mom's kind of neutral on it, I guess
she thinks it's interesting, and she'll probably like it more once I have a sewing machine and can make my own costumes XD

11-29-2009, 10:04 PM
My mum didn't get it at first, but when I had such a great time (and when she saw the awesome photo I got of the Witchking from LOTR) she has supported me with it. I still need to pay for myself but if I'm running out of money and I really need to buy something, she gets it for me. She understands how much it means to me and for Xmas, she has bought me my own camera so I can take it to cons.

She likes my hobby so much, when I suggested a character for her to cosplay, she came back a bit later and said she would do it. XD Same with my brother and sister! So we are all going to cons now!

11-29-2009, 10:05 PM
Hehe my mom is doing the bulk of the sewing for my first cosplay, while teaching me how to so I can do it on my own, since I'm the one who comes up with how we're going to do things. She always hated me watching anime, but I guess she's just come to accept it, and she loves sewing, plus it's getting me to go home for the break. Ulterior motives, maybe. But if it gets me my costume, I'm happy!

11-29-2009, 10:32 PM
Well I am an adult and I dont have parents anymore but mine is my coworkers.I work with surgeons and one surgeon support me because her kids are in the intertainment industry and wearing costume is natural part of the job for her kids.Costume , props and acting goes hand in hand.
I am also an actor.
But then for those who are not into acting or the art of entertainement, totally do not understand my passion . so I dont talk to them about it, its pointless but for those who understand , they are amazed of the creativity and skills one learn from making your own costume and props

11-29-2009, 10:41 PM
My mom knows that I'll always be a child at heart and has even helped me so it doesn't bother her (although I know she wishes I would "grow up"). My dad on the other hand... he won't say it directly, but I know he thinks my interests are weird. Two of my little sisters like cosplay as well, my brother thought we were all crazy though. XD
I don't communicate with the rest of my family about my personal interests as much as I would like so they don't know anything about it.

11-30-2009, 04:38 AM
my mum and dad pay for half of the materials for cosplays, but if i buy it the interent i pay for it all. they also play for all my convention stuff, except for the manga/anime etc etc.
my dad helps me with all my props and is pretty interested in them. and my mum helps me when the sewing machine.
i am so happy with my parents! i think its pretty good

11-30-2009, 05:28 AM
My dad is as apathetic about it as he is to everything else,
but my mum is such a good supporter to me. She tends to support me in anything like I like, as long as it doesn't hurt me. She'll even given me calls sometimes, because I'll show her cosplay ideas I have and talk to her about it, and if she goes shopping and sees something similar she'll always call and be like "I've found something that looks like this and that from that one picture" and she'll be overly nice and get it for me.

01-16-2013, 05:21 PM
Mother – Never cared one way or the other.
Father - Used to hate it. After so many years, he just doesn’t notice anymore (Even offers to help) :D

01-16-2013, 06:18 PM
Mom - reactions range from "Oh, that's nice..." to sighing in annoyance and shaking her head. I went through heck and back trying to explain cosplay and convincing her...
Father - basically, he doesn't really get it. But I don't think he minds. My mom's the one who isn't open to "unnormal" activities like this.

They just wait till I become an author.

01-16-2013, 06:20 PM
My mother worries about me never cosplaying someone of my own gender. She's happy that I don't go about in miniskirts and bikinis, but the fact that I only crossplay concerns her. (Especially since I got my newest haircut, but that's beside the point.)

Though she doesn't pay for costumes anymore (had barter with friends to cosplay while I wallowed in unemployment) I think she supports my hobby. She worries about me not making friends, she worries that I'll be kidnapped by a con creeper, she worries that I'll never grow up, but in the end, I think she'd rather me do this than do what all the others my age do.

You know. Go out and drink and smoke and get pregnant. She should count herself lucky that I'm a nerd.

01-16-2013, 06:53 PM
My dad basically thinks it is immature and is a giant waste of money now that I'm over 18. He paid a commissioner to make me a costume for my 16th birthday and gave me money for NYCC when it fell on my birthday a year later, but now he and his gf really only have crass remarks to give. I showed them a photo of my friend and I from AnimeNEXT last year, and they kind of just laughed...They didn't really say anything positive, so it left me feeling kind of disappointed.

My mom has always been supportive, and if it hadn't been for her, I wouldn't have been able to attend most of the conventions I went to in my early days since I couldn't drive and didn't have a lot of money. I am mostly 100% on my own when it comes to cosplay and convention spending now, but if I am in a pinch she will lend me money, which I'm very grateful for. However, she sometimes can be impatient and question "why" I have to do things...Like.. "Why do you need to have shorts? Can't you wear a skirt?" "Why do you need another wig? Can't you just wear the -insert color here- one?" and she gets frustrated and annoyed when I say "Well mom, that character doesn't have pink hair/doesn't wear a skirt." I guess it seems petty to her since she's not really into the whole cosplay thing.

There was also a time when she tried to google anime and of course ended up finding out about Hentai, LOL. I got screamed at and told to stop liking anime for about an hour, but I was 18 at the time so I basically just told her to grow up, and asked her, "Have you ever seen Misty take off her shirt in Pokemon? Ever see InuYasha whip out anything other than his sword? NOPE." XD She left me alone after that.

01-16-2013, 09:14 PM
Both my parents think cons are cool. My dad went with me to Fan Expo in 2010 and my mom said she really wanted to go to a Doctor Who con with me next fall, and my dad might come with us too.

As for cosplaying, I don't think they'd be the type to do it themselves because they probably think they're too old, but they can see that it's a fun hobby. The only point where they'd be concerned would be if I was spending so much money on cosplaying and stuff that I couldn't pay my bills, which would never happen.

01-17-2013, 04:05 AM
Both my parents are supportive of my hobby. Always have been. They both help in their own way. I do the main stuff myself, like sewing together the whole thing. Where my parents come in is making the accessories. My mom has crocheted 2 scarves for my brother's cosplays, and my dad makes my weapons and other props, since I have no experience with crocheting or power tools. And they never did question my crossplaying when I was only doing that. (I recently started cosplaying female characters this year. And funny thing is the characters I selected all wear pants anyway. XD). They're even intersted in going to a con with me, and my dad even wants to cosplay. My mom, she's not interested in dressing as a certain character, but she does like costumes and sometimes wears them when we go to a costume party.

I'm glad they're supportive of my hobby, cuz they accepted my current career path as soon as I selected it. And that's a soon to be career in Costume and/or Make Up Design. I'm already in my second year in this major and should be graduating soon and transfering to an art school. I'm so excited and a little nervous. :D

Kazuto Kirigaya
01-17-2013, 04:20 AM
My mom thinks it's weird but she supports it ^^ and my grandma thinks it's really creative and is always amazed by how intricate the costumes are xD

01-22-2013, 09:36 PM
My mom finds it a bit strange, but isn't against it. My dad fully supports it and loves anime himself. Both of my parents support cosplaying. They help me with a lot of the costume.
As far as cons go, they're okay with me going to conventions, we just don't go to many due to money.
Overall, they're both very supportive of the hobby so that's awesome.

01-23-2013, 10:42 AM
Whenever I ask my mom if she's able to take me out to look for stuff for my costume, I show her the character's outfit so she can see what I need for it and EVERY SINGLE TIME she goes "What the hell is this?". XD But I always laugh because it's the way she says it and because she's a real card sometimes XD. And of course her reaction is expected because of the type of outfits they wear (they're actually not anything too out the ordinary; considering it's cosplay). My dad also helps out; but i'm not too sure what he thinks about it; but i'm pretty he thinks the same way as my mom but he lets me do it because he's not strict or anything. So pretty much they both let me do it even though they both think it's weird, and they both help out.

01-23-2013, 10:50 AM
My mom is the stereotypical mom who thinks that just about everything that I do is so cute and wants to take pictures. I could dress up as a zombie for Halloween and she'd be like, "Awww!! You're a cute little zombie! My baby's a zombie this year! Let me take a picture!" ^^;; She really doesn't care that I cosplay.

My father, on the other hand, has his head stuck up his...nether regions and would just laugh at me.

01-23-2013, 02:06 PM
My parents have gotten to the point where I'm actually afraid to cosplay. At first they didn't talk about it to others but they would mention the cons I go to. They were cool with it; thought it was cute and nerdy. Great stuff yada. But now they just go full throttle with it.

My parents had a birthday party and invited a lot of co-workers and friends, and I was minding my own business until my dad told me to go get my Stocking katanna to show it off to everyone at the party, and I'm like

W h y

I got the prop anyway but i covered it up as I brought it out. Everyone was like 'what is that whatcha got there man' and then I threw it at my dad and ran away.

So I think they've just gotten to the point where they're... proud I guess. I can't even send them con photos anymore. They show them off to everyone T__T

01-23-2013, 03:23 PM
Both my parents support me, as they have told me they just want me to be happy. My mother doesn't really get it, but she loves seeing me in costume and taking pictures, not to mention has been a lifesaver in some of costumes. My Rarity would never have been finished in time if she hasn't offered to finish the hem for me, and SS Zelda's design around her brooch would have never happened either! She's also my sound board, and she doesn't get half of what I say when I go on a roll, but at least she listens. XD

My father is the toughest librarian you will ever meet. He's a geek, but most people wouldn't dare say that to his face since he's a buff tattooed guy. He used to LARP back in the day, so not only does he support my hobby, he gets fired up and would cosplay with me if give the chance! He's generally the one that takes me to cons because he enjoys himself too!

So while I have to pay for everything myself now that I've got a job and commissions and junk, they still help out when they can and are generally awesome about my cosplaying.

01-23-2013, 05:43 PM
My mom graduated as a Fashion Design major from Parson's in NY, so she loves that I'm into sewing and design!

01-23-2013, 06:22 PM
My dad doesn't say much, but usually good-naturedly jokes about and/or compliments my costumes when I show him. Before my mom passed away, she supported and appreciated it. She gave me what sewing tips she could when I first started out (she didn't sew much). :)

01-23-2013, 08:04 PM
My dad used to cosplay Ming the Merciless in college, and my mother lets me use her sewing machine when she's not got steampunk gear in progress on it...

01-23-2013, 11:26 PM
My parents have no clue right now. But I'm an adult so I don't think they'll care as long as my other expenses get paid. (Car, college, and the like)

01-24-2013, 01:01 AM
Even before I got interested in doing it myself, my dad would once in a great while show me pictures of people dressed up when he went to other states and there were conventions happening nearby.

01-24-2013, 01:26 AM
My mom is totally into the sewing and photography part, although she doesn't get anime she likes what I make and helps out as much as she can with planing, makeup, posing, altering etc.
She loves sewing and she used to be a professional photographer actually :P

My dad... I'm not sure what he thinks about it, he doesn't have any problems I guess. He really wants me and my sister to dress up for Blizzcon or Electric Zoo though so he'd probably be way into it if I cosplayed from WoW.

I mean, I'm an adult so they don't really have big concerns about my hobbies lol

01-24-2013, 02:18 AM
My current and first cosplay I'm working on is Asuna Yuuki so when I first made my skirt, my mom and my grandma gave me tips on how to sew. But when I got to the part where I'm making the top, both my dad and mom were asking me, "What the heck are you making?"

Overall, though, they leave me alone to do what I want and give me money when I need it.

I have to wait for their reactions when my wig arrives from shipping. Ahaha..

01-24-2013, 11:54 AM
My parents are okay with it. :) My mom says she prefers me cosplaying,then doing something harmful to myself. 'If this is the worst thing you do in your life,I can accept it.'

01-24-2013, 01:37 PM
My mum enjoys it ^.^ She used to come to all the cons with me and watch anime with me when I lived at home.
My dad used to think it was weird so I dragged him along to a con one year and he love it.

01-24-2013, 04:09 PM
Both my parents think im crazy already, they dont take much notice of it, my stepmum pretends i dont exist in cosplay, dad just asks why im dresses so weird all the time XD

01-25-2013, 06:59 PM
My mom hates it and calls cosplayers freaks. My dad loves it and is eager to take me to cons. My mom just doesn't get it. :3

01-27-2013, 04:22 PM
Dont know if I've posted in this thread, but...

My father's a trekkie and has admited that if he went to a Sci-Fi con he'd dress up as Kirk or Spock (StarTrek: ToS) so he has no real problem with it. Surprisingly despite being slightly homophobic he had zero complaints about me Crossplaying Rainbow Dash (though he says that her personality and mine are almost identical, so, it might be *just* Dash that he'd accept) Of course my dad's also the one that tells me to drink whatever alcohol I want as long as I dont drive or let my mother catch me, and he found my hookah and told me "as long as your not smoking weed in it" he's VERY much a "your over 18, do what you want, it's your life" which I love

My mother... she's VERY conservative and hates it, she thinks it's very gay (as in homosexual) and has actually thrown out some of my cosplay stuff when she found it (she's EXTREMELY homophobic and has made it clear if I ever "choose" to be gay (like that's something anyone would just "decide" given the prejudices --- no I'm not gay bashing, I'm actually bi and have had equal # of GFs and BFs, just making it clear her views) that she would not only throw me out of the house but also the family and completely dissown me. So she's the exact opposite of supportive. She also does not approve of conventions of any kind and sees them as a "waste of money" even when they're Professional conventions like IT conventions (I'm an IT major) I literally have to go to "local" cons (I live 2 hours from Atlanta, GA) and just take a day off from work and tell my mother I'm working late that day... -_- (and as somone mentioned a ways back, she also sees it as "only fat slobs who sit around gaming and drinking/smoking/doing drugs with no life and no job" and apparently everyone on the internet is the same.... like I said ULTRA conservative)

Neither of them support my cosplay financially and both dont like me wasting money on _anything_ since I have a *very* limited income, but...

My grandparents are not in the best of health and thus dont know, but I think as long as they didnt know about the crossplaying they'd be "accepting" though not happy with it.

No siblings, given my parents that's probably a blessing.