by Jill Pantozzi | 3:59 pm, April 13th, 2013
Because teenagerdom is a mess, but some people handle it better than others.
by Jill Pantozzi | 3:59 pm, April 13th, 2013
by Jill Pantozzi | 1:16 pm, April 12th, 2013
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – cosplay is more epic when set to music. Check out a wide-range of costumes from last month’s WonderCon NerdReactor put together as a fun music video and see a live-action Hawkeye Initiative cosplayer busting some moves. (Click for more on The Hawkeye Initiative!)
by Susana Polo | 4:57 pm, April 11th, 2013
Our 2nd birthday was at the end of February but WHO CARES Ant at Nerdache Cakes dedicated this Lois Lane cake to us. It’s a good thing we only have pictures so we don’t have to feel conflicted about destroying its aesthetic appeal in order to devour it. She’s got lots more pictures of it at her Tumblr.READ MORE
by Susana Polo | 10:14 am, April 10th, 2013
PAX East was my first real con experience, and it’s been my experience since that it probably gave me a skewed idea of how competent volunteer con staff should be expected to be. The first time I saw somebody giving a New York Comic Con enforcer backtalk, it was like an alien experience. My experience with PAX East enforcers is that they have created a self-perpetuating image: everybody believes that they’re competent and on top of things and so should be treated with respect, which allows them to be maximally friendly, calm, helpful, and communicative to attendees… which allows them to be completely on top of things, which means that everybody believes they are on top of things… and so on. So it does not surprise me one bit that some of them have gotten together, in the wake of a well publicized incident of a disruptive media attendee, to reassure female cosplayers and attendees that they’ve got your back. With a nerdy meme.READ MORE
by Rebecca Pahle | 5:00 pm, April 5th, 2013
by Susana Polo | 10:15 am, April 5th, 2013
Sushi Killer at 16-bit Sirens has a post up about a new photo project she’s been working on: asking cosplayers about their experiences with unwanted behavior, photographs, and physical contact at cons, and then asking them to pose with a whiteboard containing a personal message or the phrase “Cosplay ≠ Consent.” Says Killer:
These [incidents of unwanted behavior] can be as seemingly harmless and annoying as not asking for permission before taking a picture or bothering them for a picture or interview while they were taking a water or food break. But the majority of the stories were more serious and ranged from threats of violence to inappropriate touching, and from lewd facebook messages to stalking.
Her photo set already includes cosplayers both male and female, and even cosplay photographers who want to send a message to other folks who do what they do. If you’d like to know more about the CONsent project or even participate, I can’t recommend reading her entire original post enough. Here are some of the photographs she’s gotten so far:READ MORE
by Jill Pantozzi | 6:00 pm, March 30th, 2013
AMC’s The Walking Dead airs its Season 3 finale tomorrow night and to celebrate “Stan Lee’s World of Heroes” YouTube channel premiered a new series called Cosplay Piano. It will now be a thing, just go with it. Sonya Belousova takes the lead as an oblivious pianist plus, there’s a zombie playing violin. Loving it. They’re asking for suggestions for what they should take on next and so far, Game of Thrones is in the lead. Piano is Coming.
by Jill Pantozzi | 2:22 pm, March 29th, 2013
It’s not often triplets find a suitable family costume so when one mom saw Pixar’s Brave featured three brothers, she knew it was only a matter of time before she’d dress her boys up. On her blog Three at Once she says she spent a month making their costumes for a Halloween trip to Disneyland. “The whole night the boys loved the attention they were getting for their costumes and it was nice to have them dressed as Disney characters,” she says. “All night they insisted on saying hi to all of the little girls dressed as Merida saying ‘it’s our sister.’”
by Susana Polo | 5:01 pm, March 28th, 2013
by Jill Pantozzi | 12:31 pm, March 28th, 2013
Convention harassment is just an off-shoot of regular, old harassment but seeing it invade your “safe space” can be tough to stomach. And some people have had enough. At PAX East this past weekend, a journalist (I use that term loosely) decided to interview a group of Lara Croft cosplayers at the new Tomb Raider video game booth. What followed was not a professional interview of fans but rather a chance to treat women in costume not as people, but as sex objects. The Mary Sue spoke with one of the cosplayers involved as well as PAX management about the situation – a situation we’re hearing about far too often these days.READ MORE