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Unread 01-27-2006, 01:34 PM   #16
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Saeto- Seems you and I have the same pet peeves about the cosplay community. I've only been cosplaying for a year and some of the things people say about other people's costumes or about the people who wear them are just rude and unfriendly. There are even times when I wonder why I'm even involved in cosplaying at all since people might judge me and my love of cosplaying based on rude things that the majority of people say on forums and at conventions themselves.

My pet peeves are many but the one that tops the list are cosplayers who think that they are 'God's gift' to cosplay simply because they have gotten recognition for a costume or have won an award. Then they act like they are the authority on that particular costume or on cosplay in general and when they bother to give advice to anyone else, if they bother to at all, they do so with a snobbish air but without really giving help to the person who asked. That ticks me off to no end. They seem to have forgotten that they were once new to cosplay too.

My other top peeve is the way people have been treating cosplayers who commission rather than make there own costumes and also the way some people here have been bad mouthing commissioners (people who make commissioned costumes) Not everyone can sew a costume themselves and there are various reasons why this happens. Just because someone bought their costume doesn't make them lazy or not a 'true' cosplayer. It simply means that they, for whatever their reason, would rather have someone else make the costume. As for commissioners themselves, not every person who makes costumes for money is out to trick you or to take your money and run without giving you the services for which you have paid. There are plenty of legit commissioners out there if you know where and bother to take the time to look.
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Unread 01-27-2006, 01:52 PM   #17
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My other top peeve is the way people have been treating cosplayers who commission rather than make there own costumes and also the way some people here have been bad mouthing commissioners (people who make commissioned costumes) Not everyone can sew a costume themselves and there are various reasons why this happens. Just because someone bought their costume doesn't make them lazy or not a 'true' cosplayer. It simply means that they, for whatever their reason, would rather have someone else make the costume. As for commissioners themselves, not every person who makes costumes for money is out to trick you or to take your money and run without giving you the services for which you have paid. There are plenty of legit commissioners out there if you know where and bother to take the time to look.
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*ehem* My cosplay pet peeves? The WalMart effect. Look, people, when you ask for a commission, keep in mind that things WILL be expensive. None of us (I hope) run factories in third-world countries that pay children minimum wage to sew your costumes or whatever. We're all doing this ourself, meaning that we have to hand-pick the supplies, materials, patterns, and whatever else is being needed. PLUS, we have to take time out of our schedule for your order. So again, don't expect things to be so cheap ^_~

Another things that bothers me is some of the Masquerade skits. I see people come on stage on crappy, thrown-together random Naruto costumes, kiss each other, and get better attention than people with nice, well constructed costumes that execute a planned skit. I'm tired of the, "I DON'T CARE ABOUT THAT DEAD-ACCURATE MARIE ANTIONETTE CAUSE OH LOOK SASUKE KISSED NARUTO-CHANNNNNNN! WAI BAKA NEKO ARIGATOU MORE JAPANESE!"

>_> Yeeeeah.
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Unread 01-27-2006, 01:54 PM   #18
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I think my biggest peeve in the cosplay world would be one that applies to most other aspects of life: LACK OF RESPECT.

People fail to respect other's costumes if they aren't as "up to par" as they think it shoudl be.

People fail to respect other cosplayers time and efforts they put into really intricate costumes, an idiotic glomp can ruin a prop or costume.

People fail to respect how wearing pasties and body paint to a con might offend others there.

People fail to respect those who choose to wear said pasties and think they are walking insult targets.

People who DON'T cosplay fail to respect those who do, and are sad and pathetic enough to judge and call them names.

People who don't like a cosplayer's character fail to have the intelligence to differentiate between cosplayer and character.

So basically, if you can't be respectful of yourself and other people around you, just do everyone a favor, stay at home, and keep your opinions to yourself.
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Unread 01-27-2006, 02:01 PM   #19
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Unread 01-27-2006, 02:04 PM   #20
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My biggest pet peeve? People who expect you to do everything AMAZING and on your own and to use only the more popular methods.
(1) I have a VERY full schedule. If I can find an item to alter in a store for cheaper than the materials to make it on my own- I'm not going to waste my time making something that's right there. If you wanna make everything from scratch, great. Don't make anyone feel less because of it.
(How many times do I read in threads here, "Oh, I could NEVER alter something store bought! There's so much self satisfaction in doing it yourself! You should too!"?)
(2) There's more than one way to do things. Sure, some one parted their wig without using the Katie Bair method (*gasp! shock!*). Does it make it less of a wig? No. It takes time to develop your own methods and if it holds together and looks good, who cares?
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Unread 01-27-2006, 02:09 PM   #21
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This thread is fun, but it's likely to get closed.

I'll put in my two cents before that happens.

I'm really annoyed, for one, by all of the RULES at anime conventions (and on this site). I know that there are good reasons for those rules, but why did people have to be so STUPID as to get those rules put in place? The ones that annoy me most are rules against staves (or rules at certain sci-fi cons that say that you have to have your staff TIED TO YOUR BODY to have it), signage (not that I use it, but what's it harming), taking photos without permission, etc. Obviously, someone abused the privilege of doing those things and got the privilege taken away from everyone.

I'm also annoyed that this new-found cosplay cat-fighting has started pouring over into sci-fi cons. I had a girl backstage at a sci-fi con masquerade complaining about how everyone's costumes sucked (even telling some people) and nitpicking about my Setzer and Daryl costumes. Which leads me to my biggest peeve...

IF SOMEONE DIDN'T ASK YOU, DON'T NITPICK! It's simple, really. A cosplayer has his reasons for not having a "perfect" costume, and even "constructive criticism" when not asked for, can seem like arrogance or nitpicking. If someone wants you to tell her what she could improve on a costume, she'll ask or put it in the criticism forum.
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Unread 01-27-2006, 02:50 PM   #22
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One of my biggest pet peeves are cosplayers (or generally someone involved in the scene) telling others not to cosplay a certain character because it's 'overdone'. If someone likes a character or even just the costume, they shall do exactly what they like, no matter how many others might or might not have done it before.
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Unread 01-27-2006, 03:02 PM   #23
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One of my biggest pet peeves are cosplayers (or generally someone involved in the scene) telling others not to cosplay a certain character because it's 'overdone'. If someone likes a character or even just the costume, they shall do exactly what they like, no matter how many others might or might not have done it before.
EXACTLY. I have competitons with my freinds to see who can count the most Inuyashas in one day. Its fun.

The sign thing...Some sings are okay. Like my freind had one at Otakon asking if anyone had heard of a certain series...cause it's kinda unknown. We met some cool people that way. Some sings though...bug me...

and uhhh...I wear cat ears sometimes when I'm not cosplaying...but i don't call it cosplay. I jsut like the wear them cause I'll get looked at strangly if i wear them anywhere else.

I think there should be a con with no cosplay contest...lIke have a Masqurade but don't have any awards. See how many cosplayers show up for that.
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Unread 01-27-2006, 03:05 PM   #24
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1) People who go up to other people's faces and make rude comments to them about how they should not cosplay or cosplay a certain character because of their race. Seriously, do people still not have brains or manners?

2) Okay, I'm a twenty-one year old woman who happens to be wearing a pretty sexy costume. But as long as the costume is showing TOO MUCH SKIN, another person does not have the right and stalk me and make harassing comments. Though it's the costume that is giving me this trouble, the costume can be sexy without nearly showing my chest and below the waist line. It isn't like I am standing on the corner, and no one should be treating me or anyone like it.

As for someone younger than maybe sixteen, seventeen, or eighteen, a young girl shouldn't wear a sexy costume since she will most likely be harassed and not know how to handle the situation properly.

3) If you are going to cosplay someone and your costume is downright elegant, but DO NOT have a flaming ego about it. Your costume maybe beautiful, but the person wearing it is obviously not on the inside.

4) I'm sorry, but while it is considered fun and nothing but that, wearing a sign saying your character so-and-so or wearing a cut-out of a character from a broad just... doesn't do it at all...

5) If you CAN NOT take criticism expecially kind constructive criticism, you might as well not a costume to a con at all. Because to be quite frank, one time or another, someone will give you constructive criticism and you do not have to be a jerk about it. If anything, there are nice people out there who are only trying to be helpful.

6) If you see someone in the same exact costume as your's and their's may be better looking than your's, don't get made, because there will always be someone better than you. Instead, if you both meet, embrace each other out of love for the same character and exchange tips, etc.
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Unread 01-27-2006, 03:23 PM   #25
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I don't like how someone will want to cosplay a well-known character or an "over-done" character just for the publicity it serves, but then don't bother doing it fully. For example (and I'm not trying to put anyone in particular down or point out specific people), at last year's Anime North, I saw at least 150 Naruto characters running around; some of them I'm sure weren't even wearing a full costume, just the head band and sandles. Often, I see many Chii's running around; many of them are wearing ordinary goth clothes or dresses that Chii never wore, but as long as they're wearing Perscom ears, that somehow justifies it.

But overall, whatever floats their boat. If they're having fun, why get on their case? So long as no one bothers me, I won't bother them.
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Unread 01-27-2006, 03:52 PM   #26
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I hate "drive through" cosplay photography. People walk or run by and take your picture without saying anything or thanking you and take off. I find it so rude.
Thankfully I have a good experience with cosplay, but then again, I don't bother with masqueraude or any other sort of cosplay contests.
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Unread 01-27-2006, 04:48 PM   #27
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4) I'm sorry, but while it is considered fun and nothing but that, wearing a sign saying your character so-and-so or wearing a cut-out of a character from a broad just... doesn't do it at all...
well sometimes people just want to be funny...i give them credit for the idea....but when a million people start doing it....it sure does get annoying. wearing a cutout of a character certainly cannot compete in a competition however. hehehe
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Unread 01-27-2006, 05:35 PM   #28
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just something tossed together with no effort behind the character design and clothing process.
I'm just going to take this little snip it and agree.
if ur gunna do something, do the best you can do at it.
But it irks me a little when the effort is compleetly not put in at all.
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Unread 01-27-2006, 05:43 PM   #29
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I've never been to an actual con, so it's not really my place to say with a 100% passion. However, talking to my friend about her last con, I got really upset when she talked about some J-pop or J-rock cosplayers ignoring or acting rudely to anime cosplayers. I'm NOT saying everyone does this, she just mentioned she's seen it happen. Also, I know I would get incredibly angry if I heard someone snickering and whispering about someone in cosplay that is consitered 'ugly' or 'fat' to them. That to me is probably the worst thing someone could do during a con.
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Unread 01-27-2006, 05:54 PM   #30
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Over use of satin...
And tinsel wigs......Why do those even exist?!?
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