cosplay do's and don'ts

Now that I’m on an ableism-education spree, I might want to add this to the list.

To all able-bodied cosplayers:

Let me make clear, first and foremost, that cosplaying as disabled characters as an able-bodied person is okay. Just like cosplaying white characters when you’re POC or vice versa, is completely fine.

What is not okay, though, is using devices to aid these disabilities for your costume. If your desired character is in a wheelchair, please don’t use a wheelchair if you’re able-bodied. Because you’ll take up unnecessary space and get special treatment that you do not need from other people. I don’t care if the wheelchair is essential to the character. If you are able-bodied, don’t use one. Just walk.

If your desired character uses a cane, make sure you only use it for pictures and walk normally in public any other time.

Let me try to see if this metaphor works: If you’re white, it’s not okay to change your skintone to match a POC character (blackface ain’t cool yo), so please do not pretend to be disabled just to accurately cosplay a character, either.

Our disabilities are not a costume, they are cold, harsh realities. And our devices to help aid these disabilities are not props for your entertainment.

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Some more Sara pics!! 

I am pretty bendy for my age but oh my god these pictures were so hard to take X___X

pictures taken by: @spacetwinsies, who literally takes almost all my pictures unless we are in the same pic then we most likely forced one of our friends to take the pic

I love love love this shot of my Hera taken at SWCO by @FuryZhil on twitter.

This was right as Celebration was shutting down on the last day and we were slowly inching our towards the exit

Questions For Cosplayers!
  • 1: How did you discover cosplaying?
  • 2: What was your first cosplay?
  • 3: What are your next 3 cosplay plans?
  • 4: Have you ever been in a cosplay contest?
  • 5: Do you prefer sewing, armor making, or wig working?
  • 6: Do you prefer to do photoshoots at cons or at specific locations?
  • 7: Is there a type of character you cosplay frequently?
  • 8: Do you have any favorite cosplayers?
  • 9: What's the most detailed cosplay you've ever done?
  • 10: What are your top 3 craftsmanship tips?
  • 11: What is your favorite cosplay you've done?
  • 12: What is your worst cosplay "horror" story?
  • 13: What's your funniest cosplay story?
  • 14: What's the best in-character interaction you've ever had?
  • 15: Have you ever cosplayed with a family member?
  • 16: What is your favorite cosplay photo of yourself?
  • 17: What are your go-to stores for cosplay materials/full cosplays?
  • 18: Do you prefer to buy pre-styled wigs or style your own?
  • 19: Have you ever had someone mistake you for a different character?
  • 20: List all the cosplays you've done.
  • 21: What's the biggest con you've cosplayed at?
  • 22: Do you prefer cosplaying characters with props, or characters that you don't need to carry a prop around all day?
  • 23: Have you ever lost a cosplay piece at a con?
  • 24: Have you ever bought a cosplay piece at a con?
  • 25: Do you prefer to cosplay solo or in a group?
  • 26: If you had a chance to meet your all-time favorite cosplayer, what would you say to them?
  • 27: Have you ever done a cosplay panel?
  • 28: Do you prefer to buy or make cosplays?
  • 29: If you could tell your past self anything about cosplay, what would you say?
  • 30: What is your ultimate dream cosplay?
  • 31: What's the most difficult cosplay you've ever done? (Craftsmanship, wearing of, ect)
  • 32: What's the most difficult character makeup you've done?
  • 33: What, in your opinion, makes a cosplayer a "pro" cosplayer?
  • 34: What is your favorite part of cosplaying?
  • 35: Make up your own question!
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So I got a haircut today but more importantly I can cosplay Shiro now (with some clip-in bangs) ✌✌

In case you feel under appreciated as a cosplayer on tumblr

The top posts always fall in the categories of:
- cat cosplay (literally cats dressed up XD)
- fandoms with enthusiasm cranked up to 11 (remember Homestuck?)
- boobs/universally desires body types/well, porn (don’t hate, many of us know we would do that if we could)
-cosplays posted on very popular cosplay pages.

So try not to let it get you down if you don’t fall into these categories. Notes on Tumblr (and many other social networking sites) are like wealth in America. 1% gets 99%.

in light of all the Cons around this time,

feel free to send me pictures of any ghibli cosplay because it makes me super happy to see people dressed up (also beware of fraudulent cons just in case)