Anonymous said: Hi! I really love this blog! <3 Sorry if this is really off topic, but you seem to be the one who would know the most about this. Is horriblecosplay known for picking on very young cosplayers like children and young teens? I'm a 13 year old cosplayer and I fear that my NYCC cosplay might be on there, since I didn't look anything like who I was going as, and I was wearing glasses that ruined my makeup.

I don’t know very much about them, aside from who they are, that they go on 4chan all the time, aren’t that great at cosplaying themselves, and picks on anyone regardless of age.

jenn-legacy said: Hi, I've recently started following your blog, and I really love it. As an amateur cosplayer, it's a big confidence booster. Anyways, I want to ask your opinion on something that's been bugging me for a while now. Sometimes I see forums dedicated to cosplay and everyone just gets disgusted as soon as they see a guy in crossplay. If it's considered normal for girls to cosplay as male characters, then why are male crossplayers frowned down upon?

A lot of guys do it as a joke, such an Man Faye or Man Chii. I don’t have an issue with it, a lot of them do a really good job. I think people just get upset because it’s less acceptable than a girl dressing up as a guy? That or men have hit on them and then get upset because they find out it’s a guy.

Well okay. One of my posts that has been up for a few days was at 100 notes this morning. Now it’s at nearly 900
/confused

scorpiocious said: the worst injury ive had when cosplaying was when i was sewing armsocks. i usually work on the floor so when i put my needle down to get something i came back into my room. when i walked over to where i was working i stepped on my needle and i saw it sticking out of my bare foot as i pulled it out. then i went back to work.

I think we’ve all done that. I know I step on pins and needles all the time. Hurts like a mofo….

With us hitting nearly 500 followers, I’d love to pose you all a question.

We’ve all gotten injured either while making or wearing cosplay. What has been your worst cosplay injury?

My personal story? I was once using a pair of scissors to cut something, and my scissors slid and slashed my thumb wide open.

What’s yours?

Sure! I made this rebloggable too. All of these websites, I&#8217;ve had personal experience with.Arda-Wigs Probably the most popular wig website in the US right now. These wigs aren&#8217;t super cheap, however they&#8217;re high quality. They are also made for people with bigger heads, since sometimes asian wigs are just too small. Very good for male cosplayers. They ship quickly and their customer service is amazing. The wig I got had fibers that were a little thicker than I&#8217;m used to, which was interesting, but it&#8217;s still very high quality.
Cosworx This is Cosplay.com&#8217;s wig shop. This was huge a few years ago. Their wigs are decently priced, and they have sales often enough. The customer service is alright, and sometimes the wigs can take a while to ship, but usually they&#8217;re pretty quick. The colors on their website don&#8217;t match what the wigs turn out to be, and I know in the dark wig I recently got from them, I found purple fibers scattered throughout it, which was odd. It&#8217;s good if you have no other options.
Amphigory When I started cosplaying, this website was huge. They have fair prices on short wigs, though their color selection is incredibly limited. Their long wigs aren&#8217;t very good and shed a lot. They also tangled more easily than other wigs. Their shipping is quick, though, and customer service is great.
Ayanamisatoru I use this ebay store more than any other site. Their wigs are asian, though, so if you have a big head, it&#8217;s not going to fit well. A lot of these wigs are prestyled for characters, but you can also find great unstyled wigs. These wigs are VERY well priced, and great quality. One of my wigs from there has suffered a beating, and yet, I can just run my fingers through it to remove the tangles. This is one of my favourite sites to buy from.
You can also get a number of great wigs off of ebay, however, do your research. I will never buy from a seller that has less than a 95% rating.

Edit:

 kalmari said:  EpicCosplay is a pretty good site, too. It’s on par with Arda’s prices, sometimes a bit more expensive, but has large cap sizes like Arda and are really easy to detangle

Sure! I made this rebloggable too. All of these websites, I’ve had personal experience with.

Arda-Wigs Probably the most popular wig website in the US right now. These wigs aren’t super cheap, however they’re high quality. They are also made for people with bigger heads, since sometimes asian wigs are just too small. Very good for male cosplayers. They ship quickly and their customer service is amazing. The wig I got had fibers that were a little thicker than I’m used to, which was interesting, but it’s still very high quality.

Cosworx This is Cosplay.com’s wig shop. This was huge a few years ago. Their wigs are decently priced, and they have sales often enough. The customer service is alright, and sometimes the wigs can take a while to ship, but usually they’re pretty quick. The colors on their website don’t match what the wigs turn out to be, and I know in the dark wig I recently got from them, I found purple fibers scattered throughout it, which was odd. It’s good if you have no other options.

Amphigory When I started cosplaying, this website was huge. They have fair prices on short wigs, though their color selection is incredibly limited. Their long wigs aren’t very good and shed a lot. They also tangled more easily than other wigs. Their shipping is quick, though, and customer service is great.

Ayanamisatoru I use this ebay store more than any other site. Their wigs are asian, though, so if you have a big head, it’s not going to fit well. A lot of these wigs are prestyled for characters, but you can also find great unstyled wigs. These wigs are VERY well priced, and great quality. One of my wigs from there has suffered a beating, and yet, I can just run my fingers through it to remove the tangles. This is one of my favourite sites to buy from.

You can also get a number of great wigs off of ebay, however, do your research. I will never buy from a seller that has less than a 95% rating.

Edit:

kalmari said: EpicCosplay is a pretty good site, too. It’s on par with Arda’s prices, sometimes a bit more expensive, but has large cap sizes like Arda and are really easy to detangle

fancypantsmanifesto said: As someone who is very underweight, the kind of societal backlash I get for it is not the same as someone who is overweight gets. There are plenty of things that really suck that are unique to being very thin which I wish were addressed more in discussions about body image, but it is not equal to or the same as being overweight. You don't need to relate thinphobia to fatphobia in order to turn it into a valid issue.

Thank you for this.
I just feel that while the hatred of larger people is very out in the open. While hatred for thin people is more quiet and behind the back.

Hatred is hatred, and it feels bad no matter who is targeted.

Anonymous said: I'm still rather in-experienced with sewing, so if I want to cosplay a specific character who has an outfit that's a bit out of my skill range, I tend to buy it. I never enter competitions with these costumes, always tell that the costume is brought if asked and tell people where I brought it from. Yet recently, I was told that "Buying a costume means you're not a proper cosplayer". I honestly don't think this is true, but what does a more experienced cosplayer like yourself think?

Good for you for knowing your skill level and not biting off more than you can chew!

As for being a “proper cosplayer”, that’s bull.
There are two different sorts of cosplayers. Competitive cosplayers, and for fun cosplayers.
Competitive cosplayers are who you see in cosplay competitions. The create their own costumes and props in order to challenge themselves. To me, and many others, challenging oneself is a lot of fun.
Then there are cosplayers who do it for fun. Whether they make a costume, commission it, or buy it online, they do it for fun.

Each side of the coin gives you a different experience. With competition pieces, you work to make everything perfect and experience the talent that cosplayers have behind the scenes. When you just cosplay for fun, it’s a less stressful experience, you don’t have to get nervous over a contest, nor upset if you don’t win.

Proper cosplaying is putting on a cosplay and enjoying yourself. If you bought it, that’s fine. If you made it and want to compete in it, that’s fine, too. Anyone who tells you that buying a costume isn’t proper cosplaying is taking the hobby far too seriously.

If you have chosen to buy your costume, be honest, like this anon. Tell people it’s bought if asked. Don’t enter it into competition. Because those of us have been doing it for a long time can look at a costume and tell from the fabrics, buttons, trims, and stitches that it is bought. Though that’s just because we’ve been in this hobby for super long.

I hope you ignore what this person said, because you should never feel like you aren’t a real cosplayer just because you know your own restrictions when it comes to skill. You clearly want to portray the character to the best of your ability, even if it means you have to buy the costume because you don’t want to risk having a cosplay that isn’t up to your personal expectations.

sombramalamutt said: I’ll have to respectfully disagree. Hate is hate but the hate is most certainly not equal. “Thin” is still the beauty standard and is seen as automatic good.

Like I said, I’m not talking average. I’m talking the girl who has rumors spread behind her back. Who gets called a skinny bitch. Who is told “Real women have curves”.

Thin is the beauty standard, yes. But many people are under that standard and seen as disgusting, many are over that standard and also seen as disgusting.

As far as I see it, unless you are perfect, you are considered gross.

Hell, I even know muscular girls who get hate for seeming “manly.”



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