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Unread 07-12-2014, 02:49 PM   #1
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The "Rules" of Cosplay

  1. Have fun
  2. Don't be a jerk

It's that simple. Lately I've been seeing a lot of threads asking about "rules" or "standards" when it comes to cosplaying. In reality there are no rules don't worry about reaching a certain standard. It's cosPLAY! Have fun! If it makes you happy you've been successful! At the same time don't ruin someone's else's good time! Never look down at someone. Everyone deserves to enjoy themselves.

As cosplay becomes mainstream the media has been showing the image of how cosplay is "
"supposed to be". Don't listen to them, let yourself be your own judge.
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Unread 07-12-2014, 03:06 PM   #2
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Hear hear. Lots of people think that cosplayers all know each other and talk about how X has a crappy costume and Y's wig was all wrong and so on. Nope. We're all a bunch of easily distracted dorks trying to figure our own stuff out. EVERYONE IS SO ANXIOUS FOR TERRIBLE REASONS OMG.

Be at peace, dudes. Listen to Eve.
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Unread 07-12-2014, 04:35 PM   #3
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I definitely agree! I personally think cosplay is about fun, and the only rules that apply are common sense rules (such as not being a jerk, as stated in original post). I do believe in accuracy and getting advice and critique when you can, but in the end, put all your love and work and just have fun~ Some people conduct and see it differently because it means something to them in a different way, I think.

That's probably why I think cosplay is fun -- there are no rules, just enjoy yourself and treat others how you wish to be treated~
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Unread 07-12-2014, 04:52 PM   #4
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That's the awesome thing about cosplay. There ARE NO rules. Except for 'spread love, not hate' and 'to each their own' kind of rules, but nothing major that would cause it to have politics.

Stressful and frustrating sometimes? Absolutely! All hobbies have them; howerver, it's all about the fun of just being someone else for 3 days Let's don't forget to do the most important thing about cosplay, which is to have fun. There are no politics or a strict guide book for this. Besides, it's all about trial and error anyway. So why make a fuss?

So with that being said, there are no rules. Like Timon from the Lion King would say, "Hakuna Matata" (no worries)
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Unread 07-12-2014, 06:49 PM   #5
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Thank you for making this thread because it is true.
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Unread 07-12-2014, 09:16 PM   #6
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THANK YOU! Finally people who have some common sense! Cosplay is all about fun! Who cares how you cosplay as long as you love it and you're having fun.
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Unread 07-13-2014, 12:45 AM   #7
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Some elitists really need to see this thread.
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Unread 07-13-2014, 01:17 AM   #8
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Some elitists really need to see this thread.
Agreed! The rules are just that of human decency, be nice to people and have fun! that is the whole point is fun!
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Unread 07-13-2014, 01:49 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by Loveable-Eve View Post
As cosplay becomes mainstream the media has been showing the image of how cosplay is "
"supposed to be". Don't listen to them, let yourself be your own judge.
I read that as "let yourself be your own jungle." Which is oddly appropriate. ;>.>
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Unread 07-13-2014, 02:46 AM   #10
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The only standards in cosplay should be the ones you set for just yourself.
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Unread 07-13-2014, 10:44 AM   #11
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However I guess in some cases there probably are some "rules" like if you enter a competition I think there's a set of rules that you have to follow but I mean I guess that's just in terms of making the cosplay..? I guess that's the only acceptable "rules" of cosplay. But if you're not gonna join any competitions then who cares? xD
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Unread 07-13-2014, 11:02 AM   #12
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I'm so glad you made this. I was afraid this was another "what do I need to do to have a successful cosplay?" threads. As long as you're having fun and you like your costume, your cosplay is successful.
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Unread 07-13-2014, 02:21 PM   #13
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Recently I got into a bit of an argument with somebody on my local con's facebook page. He felt that if you want to cosplay for "fun", then you should do it in the safety of your own home, and not subject others to less than stellar workmanship, non-ideal body types, and so on.
He went on to say "Cosplay is an art form, and when you do it badly you ruin the art form and the characters being portrayed."

Needless to say I had a go at him. I asked if he really expected people to lock themselves in their crafting rooms and not come out until their work was master level. I explained that the well known cosplayers who so many of us admire (Kamui, Yaya Han, and others) all started as beginners too, and that they attended cons in less than perfect costumes at first. What if elitist snobs had run them off before they really had a chance to get good and find their niche? Kamui started out with a 100% satin SaiyaMan costume, now she builds kickass suits of armor, having pretty much mastered Worbla, for example.

It makes me very sad to hear statements like the following: "I want to cosplay but I'm scared to. I'm afraid that I will be made fun of for not being perfect/looking like the character/being the wrong race or body type/etc"

I said this to the elitist snot on my con facebook page- "People in less than perfect costumes, or people doing the best they can when they don't have a lot of time/money/materials/skill to work with aren't what's ruining this hobby. Elitism and snobbery are."

The other thing I really dislike is when people take their own definition of cosplay (usually narrow) and insist that anything else is not real cosplay. Seriously, what is with this need to take over the treehouse and push everyone else out? I've heard people say that:
Only Anime is cosplay
Disney characters aren't cosplay
Original characters aren't cosplay
Western media isn't cosplay
and the list goes on and on. And it's pure bullshit, every last bit of it. Who are you to decide who "gets" to call themselves a cosplayer?
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Unread 07-13-2014, 02:27 PM   #14
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Who are you to decide who "gets" to call themselves a cosplayer?
A schmuck. There'll always be schmucks. This thread is an excellent reminder that they can be ignored, no matter how hard they try to give the impression that they're speaking for others.

Nope.

One schmuck = one schmuck.
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Unread 07-13-2014, 02:30 PM   #15
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