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Unread 08-01-2013, 02:37 PM   #21106
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Cosplay.com's photo uploading system is in desperate need of entering the year 2013. Sites like facebook, deviantart and tumblr all do the resizing for you no matter how big the pictures are, and C.c only does it if your photo is under a certain size to begin with, which is redundant and silly. The aforementioned sites also let you see your uploads immediately, whereas here you have to wait anywhere between 2 minutes to 2 days before yours are visible on the main page screen or even your own profile. :/ This is why at this point I only use Cos.com to keep track of costumes I've done, good or bad as they may be and I use my devart for "showing off" my good stuff.

And as for the debate about cosplay facebook pages: Honestly, there's nothing really wrong with it. YES, lots of people do it out of narcissism, which is an ongoing and growing problem in cosplay. People can preach "oh but there's nothing wrong with vanity/wanting attention!" and there isn't technically, but there definitely IS when your need for attention leads you to totally squandering your friends, financial stability, and livelihood in general. I have literally ended friendships in the past because people have gotten too obsessed with the hobby and full of themselves to really function as a person outside of cosplay. :/ We need to address the issue of people being overly competitive narcissists, but attacking facebook pages on the whole isn't an effective way of dealing with the larger issue. There are other reasons why people do facebook pages for their cosplay and its not just out of vanity: some people don't want their employers, co-workers or family members prying into their personal lives and judging; some people just want to be able to meet others and connect with and learn from their peers and make friends; some people might want a career in a relevant field like costume design, fashion or modeling and want to professionally network; some people do cosplay-related content for blogs and websites and want to expand the presence and audience for their site. There's also issues like places like Facebook, tumblr and devart just being better designed than cos.com is. The problem isn't people using facebook fanpages, but abusing them.
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Unread 08-02-2013, 09:20 AM   #21107
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Cons posting "coming soon!" for something on their website and NEVER updating it.
THIS THIS SO HARD! fjakls;jdfas
Also, especially if/when they do post an update and it says "No "new" news yet, we'll update soon!"
And you have to wait 6 months or forever---
Sometimes have to wonder what their definition "soon" is...XP


Another peeve is when meeting a cosplayer who is copslaying the same character as you and they say, "Oh wow you look so great, my cosplay sucks so much. I just look terrible compared to you."
I really dislike this, and since I kind of always get all eye googly when looking at other people's cosplays in general and miss it and say "Thanks" or something a long that line I feel like I'm degrading them...
THOUGH when I do catch the comment I ALWAYS say "Don't say that! Your costume looks great!"

Just please all cosplayers don't degrade/downgrade or even undergrade yourself in front of other cosplayers cosplaying the same character. Please, don't make yourself feel bad or the other person feel bad for you. We want to share our love for these characters!
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Unread 08-02-2013, 10:04 AM   #21108
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@Adnarim, it drives me crazy when people do that, too! It's like they're fishing for compliments or something. People do that a lot outside of cosplay, too. I especially notice it in regards to drawing and writing. It just makes me feel awkward, I guess, when people do that. People should just stop being self deprecating. Not only is it bad for their own self confidence, it makes other people feel awkward, too. This hobby is supposed to be about having fun, not feeling miserable!
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Unread 08-09-2013, 07:06 PM   #21109
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This is a more this-site pet peeve, but I get really annoyed when I ask a question because I need help, and people completely avoid answering the question to tell me something else. =/ Like... I appreciate the fact you're answering at all! I really do, but can you answer the question that I asked, first? Then make you suggestions?
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Unread 08-09-2013, 07:27 PM   #21110
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This has only ever happened at anime cons, some douche in a costume, I don't recognize will ask me who I'm dressed as with a super condescending tone, then when I tell him he's got this "Okay, whatever, asshole." sort of expression. Every anime con I've been to there's been at least one of these guys.
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Unread 08-09-2013, 08:59 PM   #21111
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This is a more this-site pet peeve, but I get really annoyed when I ask a question because I need help, and people completely avoid answering the question to tell me something else. =/ Like... I appreciate the fact you're answering at all! I really do, but can you answer the question that I asked, first? Then make you suggestions?
YES. This seems to happen a lot with the "Where can I buy costumes?" Threads where the immediate response is "Learn to sew!" Like..thanks, but not what I was asking advice on? O.o
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Unread 08-09-2013, 09:40 PM   #21112
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My pet preeve is people putting on a wig standing naked and saying its cosplay its PORN also posing in sexy porn poses as charaters like auska and rei for dam sake they are 14 years old they dont do that so stop protaying them as S&*TS
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Unread 08-09-2013, 09:47 PM   #21113
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This has only ever happened at anime cons, some douche in a costume, I don't recognize will ask me who I'm dressed as with a super condescending tone, then when I tell him he's got this "Okay, whatever, asshole." sort of expression. Every anime con I've been to there's been at least one of these guys.
Oh God, yeah, I know the type.

"So, who are you supposed to be?" is one I got from a guy who was cosplaying as his "OC" (jeans and t shirt, I swear to God), emphasis on the "supposed to" like my costume was so inaccurate that you couldn't even tell. Bitch, my costume was flawless as hell. *hair flip*
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Unread 08-10-2013, 12:15 AM   #21114
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^Ugh, people like that give OC cosplayers a bad name. Jeans and t-shirt? For fuck's sake, put some effort into it!

Seriously- even established characters who wear street clothes usually have something to make them stand out- a jacket or shirt cut a little differently than "off the rack" stuff that you could find anywhere, decorations on their clothes, or accessories. Kyle Katarn of Star Wars is a good example- he wears a fairly ordinary pants and shirt, but he accessorizes with a little bit of leather armor, boots instead of sneakers, and his lightsaber.
http://adlpictures.deviantart.com/ar...tarn-179959098

Or Han Solo- he's got a fairly plain outfit by SW universe standards- pants, collared shirt, and a vest. But his pants have some decoration, and he's got a very distinctive belt and holster rig, together with his blaster.
http://www.scifinow.co.uk/wp-content...Han_Solo_2.jpg

So there you have it- two characters who wear fairly plain clothing, but thanks to good use of accessories, manage to stand out and look cool. Perhaps if more OC cosplayers put some thought into their creations to make them "pop" a little more instead of looking indistinguishable from modern streetwear, OC cosplay would have a better reputation instead of being considered lazy.

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Unread 08-10-2013, 12:21 AM   #21115
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Cosplay purchasing pet peeves, people selling wonderful costumes/wigs but then they only answer 'yes' 'no' 'sure' '[price]' to your questions. FFS, I'm not asking for a novel, but I usually won't buy a costume if you can't put the effort in to at least write a sentence to me about it. >.>

Also, wanting a specific style of wig but that style being the one that is duplicated on at least 20 different eBay sellers' pages. Whyyy.
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Unread 08-10-2013, 12:56 AM   #21116
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Pet peeve: Cosplay wigs that shed....I got my new wig today and....it sheds like crazy man.....another thing is people who tell me sewing is cheaper then buying costumes like I do..i'm sorry I can't sew, I can only do basic sewing on buttons and patches.....that's it....can someone explain WHY sewing your costume is SO important?
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Unread 08-10-2013, 01:31 AM   #21117
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Pet peeve: Cosplay wigs that shed....I got my new wig today and....it sheds like crazy man.....another thing is people who tell me sewing is cheaper then buying costumes like I do..i'm sorry I can't sew, I can only do basic sewing on buttons and patches.....that's it....can someone explain WHY sewing your costume is SO important?
Yeah, I don't sew either. I think the reason why people on here try and get people who buy/commish to sew instead, is just because people like other people to do it their way(I mean, I do it too, I sometimes tell my friends who make their cosplay that they'd save so much time and energy if they just commissioned, haha). So yeah, when you think there's a better way/a way you like better than what someone else is doing, you try and get them to do it(even if they don't want to/can't!)
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Unread 08-10-2013, 05:18 AM   #21118
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It's not "important", but if it's cheaper I'm going to mention it since for most people money is a concern. I also mention when just buying a simple item will be cheaper than making it.

Everyone starts a new skill having never done it before, so I feel like saying "I can't do it" without having really given it a shot (maybe you have, but I wouldn't know - I wouldn't suggest if a person gives a reason they are not able to sew it themselves) is a bit pessimistic. I have done about 50 hours of embroidery on my current costume - and I have never embroidered before. I talked to a friend and we Googled things for a few minutes and then I just tried it - now I'm almost done and I've accomplished something I've never done before and it's given me the courage to think that some day I could take on a more delicate embroidery project (I've always wanted to do one of these, but knew that I wouldn't be happy with shortcuts (like using pre-fab lace or ribbon instead of embroidery) and certainly couldn't afford to have someone else do that).

If a person is happy to buy a costume and can afford something they are happy with, great ! But I know that a lot of people end up being very surprised by how much it costs to have someone make you a really, really nice costume. I would have to pay someone over $2000 for the costume I'm making for $300. I would guess that it would cost $10,000 or more to have someone make me a court suit like I linked to. But I can do it myself for maybe $500 or less.

If people have simpler costume wants or are able to drop $10,000 on a shiny - great ! But most of the people asking here and elsewhere have lower budgets and it would be wrong to not try to encourage them to get the most out of their money and try something new if it's at all possible - especially if the costume they want is way out of their budget to have commissioned. Even making just a few parts can save a lot of money that you can spend to get higher quality out of the parts you ARE having made.
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Unread 08-10-2013, 05:28 AM   #21119
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Everyone starts a new skill having never done it before, so I feel like saying "I can't do it" without having really given it a shot (maybe you have, but I wouldn't know - I wouldn't suggest if a person gives a reason they are not able to sew it themselves) is a bit pessimistic. I have done about 50 hours of embroidery on my current costume - and I have never embroidered before. I talked to a friend and we Googled things for a few minutes and then I just tried it - now I'm almost done and I've accomplished something I've never done before and it's given me the courage to think that some day I could take on a more delicate embroidery project
I had a situation like yours before. In fact it was in December! I decided I wanted to cosplay Alphonse Elric and no one really does him so I spent a few days looking up some information on how to do armor. I ended up finding a nice papercraft model someone had made in pepakura and also stumbled upon a youtube tutorial from a guy who was really good at doing Iron Man related costumes using EVA Foam. 2 weeks later (Had to wait for the foam) I was cutting out the templates and starting to piece together a full body suit of armor. It wasn't too expensive and I think I did a pretty decent job for my first time ever attempting it despite having to scrap it because I accidentally scaled the pieces wrong.
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Unread 08-10-2013, 12:38 PM   #21120
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Everyone starts a new skill having never done it before, so I feel like saying "I can't do it" without having really given it a shot (maybe you have, but I wouldn't know - I wouldn't suggest if a person gives a reason they are not able to sew it themselves) is a bit pessimistic. I have done about 50 hours of embroidery on my current costume - and I have never embroidered before. I talked to a friend and we Googled things for a few minutes and then I just tried it - now I'm almost done and I've accomplished something I've never done before and it's given me the courage to think that some day I could take on a more delicate embroidery project (I've always wanted to do one of these, but knew that I wouldn't be happy with shortcuts (like using pre-fab lace or ribbon instead of embroidery) and certainly couldn't afford to have someone else do that).
That's a little different than what we were talking about, basically when people say "I can't sew because of this factor and this factor, so I'm looking to buy costumes" and people suggesting to learn to sew.

People buy/commish for lots of reasons, like for me I don't sew because I live in a two bedroom apartment with four people. There is zero space for sewing, I can't do it. Plain and simple. Other people have their reasons, but when people ask where they can buy costumes, and mention that they can't sew for reasons, than people shouldn't suggest that they should sew. =/
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