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Gamemastering Tabletop Sexism: When Conventions Require Defense Tactics

I was ten years old the last time I attended a gaming convention. It was Gen Con (2000) and I won the youth portion of the costume contest as a Robin Hood-like rogue. I remember being nervous and being treated very kindly by a woman dressed up as my favorite Sailor Scout backstage (Sailor Venus is still my favorite), but nothing about being on stage. I also carry with me the memory of not wanting to take off my heavy and sweltering suede cloak for the rest of the day because it hid my childhood potbelly. At ten years old, I had seen enough fantasy art and cosplaying in my local games store and at conventions to know what I was and was not supposed to look like. At ten years old, I had already begun to compare myself to the fully grown women in my favorite games.

I attended Nexus Game Fair at the end of June, hoping to reclaim the good feelings conventions used to give me. For the past few years, I have been attending cons as a press representative, which was exhausting. Finally free from that obligation, I hoped to begin attending conventions as a free agent. I thought a return to my gaming roots would be a good place to start as a casual consumer of media.

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The Truth Behind Heroes Of Cosplay: New Orleans

The Truth Behind Heroes Of Cosplay: New Orleans

Heroes of Cosplay is a popular tv series on SyFy that showcases certain cosplayers at conventions across the US. But what you might not know about it is how this show treats the people at conventions… the ones that aren’t the “elite” few, the cosplayers and convention goers behind the camera. I never had to deal with them until they came into my town - New Orleans. I thought it would be a great opportunity to see this show in person but my opinion quickly changed.

The way they treated my fellow cosplaying friends and the way they took over our beloved costume contest was completely inexcusable. There were a few mishaps on the convention floor but a majority of the issues came around the time of the Costume Contest. This was my third time attending Wizard World New Orleans and usually the costume contest is done in 1-2 hours. This one took over 2 hours just to get through the individual category. It was clearly being staged because only certain cosplayers were being allowed to talk about their costumes on stage, everyone else was rushed off. I didn’t realize it at the time but the ones they stopped to chat about were mostly Heroes of Cosplay participants. They didn’t care one bit about anyone else. It became really painful to watch/participate when I saw beautiful and elaborate costumes getting rushed off because they weren’t one of the “elite few” from the show.

After the contest was over, my friends and I went on to enjoy the rest of the convention as much as possible. Some of us completely shut out the competition because it was the black mark of the whole show. I began gathering stories from my friends and fellow Wizard World convention goers. Then other people began approaching me with their account of what happened. Here are our collected thoughts:

Encounters on the Convention Floor:

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This happened Saturday around 2:30pm the Cosplay Circuit Digital Hall Awards photobooth, where they take your photograph and post it on the Wizard World site. Jesse Lagers tried to cut in line in front of me. The obnoxious camera crew’s goal was to cut the “Costume Contest Winner” into the line. I was sandwiched right between him and the AVP guys. The costume contest didn’t happen until later that night. They decided the winners for the contest before the show even started.

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I just want to chime in for a second here… I have always loved Yaya, she was always nice to me over the last 3 years and I really admired her up until WW New Orleans. Now I’m a photographer at alot of Cons and I’ve worked for Wizard World for years. This year I wasn’t working for them because I was working exclusively for a very well known website. When I passed by her just in walking around the con floor she pretty much stopped me and was like Oh you ARE going to take my picture now. I was crazy

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I entered my Scarlet Witch into a Marvel themed costume contest.

Every time I enter a costume contest I tell myself the same thing I tell my friends–don’t confuse your success or failure in this contest with your self worth or your skill level or anything besides what it is. It’s just a costume contest and if you lose don’t let it get you down. You’re still the same dork you were before you entered. Lol.

That said, it would be nice to win! The prize is tickets to the con, a slew of autographs and photo ops with convention guests (Karen Gillian, Lou Ferrigno, Sebastian Stan and others) and front row seats at the Guardians of the Galaxy panel. I will be dressed as MCU Gamora (surprise costume reveal lol) so this would be a really fun memory for me <3 The contest ends on Monday June 16th so if you’d like to help me win, vote here. I appreciate every vote, thanks everyone! <3 

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Game of Thrones Dragons!

My Masquerade entry from San Diego Comic Con.  The dragons were made by myself at Komickrazi studios and my friends Silver and Wolfish from Furr happens.

A Fun collaborative project which proved a lot of challenges, but the end results are fabulous.

We won the David C. Copley Award for Most innovative costume at the Masquerade.

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scenes from the mayflower pembroke welsh corgi club’s annual summer picnic. there were so many fabulous corgis i couldn’t even stand it!

there were corgi games, corgi swag, contests and a raffle! so many fabulous dogs and everyone was really friendly. plus, i may have found a sponsor to become an official MPWCC member. amazing.

best.day.EVER!!!!