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Unread 04-20-2010, 10:17 AM   #12286
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I don't have many cosplay pet peeves.. but one thing is driving me nuts:

You see a beautiful cosplayer with an AWESOME costume, maybe the best you've ever seen. and then:
PLATEAU BOOTS

raaaaaaah.
I mean: if the cosplayer is the ONLY one you see on the photo... you can't tell how tall he/she is anyways oO°
And it's even more strange if the character he/she's cosplaying would NEVER ever wear such boots for sure. It just looks dumb in my opinion.
That's no offence to anyone who does it. It's just my personal opinion that I don't like the look of characters with (extremely high) plateau shoes.
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Unread 04-20-2010, 10:21 AM   #12287
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Ungratefulness.
When someone specifically asks you for advice, you give it to them, very politely, and then, if it's not something they wanted to hear, they're like, "Psh. Whatever."
I mean, there's a politer way to respond to advice that might mean a little more work for you. It's to say, "Thank you so much for the advice...but that sounds like a lot more work than I'm willing to put forth. I'll see what I can do," or something.

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Unread 04-21-2010, 03:03 AM   #12288
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One of my biggest pet peeves wasn't even really from cosplaying, but I'm sure many people have come across at cons. Creepers.

I was helping a friend out with his booth for a comic he just started and was dressed to match his wife in what we deemed "Paragon Girls". White tank top, blue pleated skirt, blue shoes and little white socks. Simple, but cute. A couple of guys that were hanging out at the booth across from us came up to us at the end of the first day (it wasn't held in a hotel so it closed at night), and we were having a conversation. They asked for pictures, we obliged. Then went back to talking. While I was talking to one of the guys another just kept taking pictures of me. I didn't notice at first because my back was turned, and I actually was enjoying the conversation. Then I realized he was zooming in on my chest (yes there was cleavage, but my boobs were not to the point of trying to make their own introduction). Then he kept touching me. Mostly just on my arm, but as some others have stated I do NOT like strangers touching me. I am extremely affectionate with those I know, but strangers.. no touchy. Especially my face.

At the same con my friend had her own experience with a creeper. An older guy kept following her around as subtly as he could, occasionally he would ask for a picture.. sometimes he wouldn't bother asking. We've run in to the same guy at two cons since and he did the same thing to her.

I am just getting in to cosplay, the closest I've ever done is shadow casting then wearing my costumes to advertise. Creepers are a big reason that newer cosplayers decide not to do cosplay anymore, there's fun, joking and flirting, but do not stalk someone or take copious amounts of pictures of them, their chest and other assets then later get pissy that they aren't talking to you online.

Aside from that.. of course there's the already mentioned lack of respect in so many regards, and the smell. If I can smell someone before I see them.. no.. just no.

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Unread 04-21-2010, 03:06 AM   #12289
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This pet peeve is cosplayers who refuse to hold themselves to the same standards they hold others to, and unfortunately, this seems to manifest itself in a lot of little ways.

There are way too many examples I can think of: things like criticising people's accuracy when you're not completely accurate either, or frowning on people who demand and fight for attention (particularly from photographers) when you may be just as guilty of trying to gain attention. Another one that never ceases to boggle me is when cosplayers complain about "divas", or people who take the hobby too seriously, then turn around and act all serious business about it too. The same can be said about the circus that is cosplay-related drama: I've seen people get very annoyed with people who pick fights or look for conflict and one-upmanship, yet they do nothing whatsoever to diffuse the drama, more often than not they contribute to it and fan the flames. And hell, some of my friends in the hobby have been known to complain about people who cosplay from series they don't know, but these same friends have thought about doing the same.

All we are is nerds playing dress-up. So can we please stop acting like the hobby is any excuse to feed social and psychological shortcomings?
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Unread 04-21-2010, 11:43 AM   #12290
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I don't bash on other people's cosplay for the same reason skippingseth posted.
For all I know, that person may be at their first event, it may be their first ever attempt at a costume, they didn't have a lot of time or money to work with, and so on.
So I'm not going to go up to somebody and laugh at them, saying how much their costume sucks. What's the point of that?

There's an ocean-sized gulf of difference between "LOL, your cosplay f'in sucks" and "A better wig would really make a difference".

I admit- I HAVE seen some cringe-worthy cosplay, but I would never be so crass as to walk right up to the wearer and bust on them for it, or talk shit online. The only exception to that rule would be if said cosplayer started it by talking trash about me and my work. Then turnabout is fair play.
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Unread 04-21-2010, 12:40 PM   #12291
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my pet peeve is when wigs get "disobedient" with its style during a con day XP
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Unread 04-21-2010, 12:42 PM   #12292
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Finals week getting in the way! I'm sooo ready for summer vacation to start so I can workon costumes without feeling guilty over school work!

Also, people (especially kids) who just randomly decide to follow you around a con because you have a 'nice' costume. I just want to enjoy the con, not babysit.
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Unread 04-22-2010, 01:07 AM   #12293
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People getting bitchy because you don't know the character they are cosplaying and insisting that you SHOULD ABSOLUTLY know or you are a noob because this is SO mainstream.

I don't particular often like mainstream and don't think people should expect other people to know because THEY do. I'm almost never rexpecting other's to know my costumes either.


Also if a costume doesn't really look like a costume and you are told that it's a character which you happen to know and you automatically have a WTF?!-look of disbelieve because you would have never associated the persons look with the character and then being bad mouthed and called an "elitist" even thought you didn't say anything.

Seriously. If I had one wish free that would come true in terms of cosplay, then I'd wish for people to actually save their costumes until they are recognizable and don't just throw on some items and say you are so and so and not looking the thinniest thing like it and getting all pissed abut it.
Get that it's your own fault, for not doing a good enough job, not other people's ignorance. -.-
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Unread 04-26-2010, 11:39 PM   #12294
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Unread 04-27-2010, 06:27 AM   #12295
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cosplay peeve: one of my color contact lenses breaking when its about 2 and a half months AWAY from being expired..and then not being able to pick up the replacement one for it because the place that i bought it from is far away from me >: ( ! -face palm-
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Unread 04-27-2010, 06:40 AM   #12296
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People getting bitchy because you don't know the character they are cosplaying and insisting that you SHOULD ABSOLUTLY know or you are a noob because this is SO mainstream.

I don't particular often like mainstream and don't think people should expect other people to know because THEY do. I'm almost never rexpecting other's to know my costumes either.


Also if a costume doesn't really look like a costume and you are told that it's a character which you happen to know and you automatically have a WTF?!-look of disbelieve because you would have never associated the persons look with the character and then being bad mouthed and called an "elitist" even thought you didn't say anything.

Seriously. If I had one wish free that would come true in terms of cosplay, then I'd wish for people to actually save their costumes until they are recognizable and don't just throw on some items and say you are so and so and not looking the thinniest thing like it and getting all pissed abut it.
Get that it's your own fault, for not doing a good enough job, not other people's ignorance. -.-

THIS. I saw a great small Naruto cosplay group (I'm not a fan of Naruto but I recognise some characters) so I wanted to take a picture of them individually and got to the last one who I didn't know. He got into a hissy fit about how he was 'Itachi' and 'how I couldn't recognise Sasuke's brother'. Seriously, people, I don't want to spend all of my free time beeing some narutard and learning every single detail about the frigging show! I have more important things to do with my life than think about cosplay and watching anime/ reading manga every day of the week! Now I really don't ever want to take pictures of a fandom I don't like/ know so much. (no offense to Naruto cosplayers, when I said 'narutard' I was referring to the overly-obsessed people which life involves just around naruto)...
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Unread 04-28-2010, 01:26 PM   #12297
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Hmm. When I first started cosplaying I was kinda stuck up about it. It took some humbling for me to really learn what cosplaying was all about: having fun with your peers. I think the reason I was so bratty about it at first, other than the endless compliments I received that inflated my ego way too much, was because I'm a perfectionist and I've grown up around Ren Fair and making the most out of my Halloween costumes. I'm picky about fabrics, about props, about shoes, about everything when it comes to my costumes, and I just instantly translate that to other people.

I want my costume to be perfect, and so by default, other people should too.

However, cosplaying shouldn't be about being the best. That doesn't mean you shouldn't work hard on it, but that doesn't mean that if you don't have the money, skill, time, or whatever that you should be written off as a bad cosplayer or have people judge you. You can't get hung up on stuff, because it ruins the fun. I mean, sure I'm more likely to fangirl over someone who looks exactly like the character, but that's because they look exactly like them and how often does anyone look like the real life version of a character??? You can't change your face, and you shouldn't. Cosplaying is a costume. It's fun, but it's not gonna be 100% accurate.

I think, sometimes, people really forget to have fun; they get too serious. If they aren't the best of the best they lose some of the fun and excitement that is cosplaying, and if someone else isn't the best of the best, then they just aren't good enough to socialize with them or something. I remember the first time I wasn't stopped a million times for pictures at Anime Expo and how much fun I did not have because of it. No one recognized my costume because it wasn't the default outfit and I felt like crap because of it. And it took that experience to make me realise that it's not about being recognized. It's about having fun. For me, I am always trying not to judge. To be accepting of everyone around me. I don't like being judged and I don't think others like it much either. So I do my best. But I'm not perfect. I still wonder why some people cosplay certain things, and go "what the hell?" when the costume isn't perfect down to a T. I try not to. Especially because it's hard to get things exactly perfect.

With that being said, I cannot stand it when someone hasn't done the hair to go with the costume. I think this is my biggest pet peeve. It just ties everything together. I mean, I know wigs can be itchy even with a wig cap, and expensive, but if you look in the right places, you can find really good wigs for not too much. And if you don't get a wig, then try styling your own hair that way.

I wanted so badly to wear my Rock Lee costume to the Cherry Blossom festival a couple weekends ago, but I didn't because I don't have the wig yet. The idea of going out without it makes me cringe. I suppose, when I see a costume, I'm expecting the full thing. A part of cosplaying is being the character and suspending your disbelief and forgetting about the real world. Sure there are people in regular everyday clothes, but those people are like visitors in the anime world. When someone doesn't have the wig, the image of the character just kind of crumbles.

It's the most nit picky thing, but it just gets on my nerves so much. Blarg.

Oh, and not having the right shoes, but that's not so much because it is sooooo hard to find good shoes for costumes. I think that's more a pet peeve that's directed at the lack of shoes available though.
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Unread 04-28-2010, 02:42 PM   #12298
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When people say you can't cosplay a character that isn't your body type.
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Unread 04-28-2010, 03:35 PM   #12299
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The long vest I'm working on for my current costume refuses to behave while I'm putting in the hem. Gah!
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Unread 04-28-2010, 11:06 PM   #12300
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CAT. HAIR.

It doesn't matter if a piece of fabric has been in a plastic bag in the closet from the moment it arrived; when brought out for cutting, that fabric will have fur on it. It is physically impossible for a cat to have this much hair!
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