So I’ve been thinking about this for a while, since Baltimore Comic Con to be exact. I saw a young woman cosplaying as Storm from the X-Men. But she was white. It tool a second for me to go, oh she’s Storm. I think most people are used to cosplayers playing characters that are white and the cosplayer is not white, but is it acceptable for it to go the other way? My brother really likes Cyborg and would love to take on that costume as a challenge. But my brother is a ginger(pale white skin and bright red hair) and isn’t sure if that would be ok for him to make and then dress up as. We were talking about this for a while and neither one of us could answer the question. All we could come up with was we don’t know. So, I’m posing the question to the universe, since it’s totally cool for a character say to go from white to black (Nick Fury, Perry White) or for a cosplayer of color to cosplay a white character, such as Jay Justice, or Yaya Han, but is it ok for a white cosplayer to cosplay a black character such as Storm or Cyborg?
When I was in college all film majors at my school were required to take a visual aesthetics class. We talked a lot about fine art, architecture, and fashion among other topics. The professor was explaining that no one wears literal interpretations on their clothes. All I could think of that was Ms. Frizzle. I am aware that she isn’t real, but her dresses were always perfect. Although how she always wore pumps while exploring the inside of Arnold’s digestive track or finding out how to get out of a jar while tiny is probably the most impressive part. We also discusses that no one wears prints. Yet again, The Frizz. Those are some loud prints. However, that discussion was almost 2 years ago so the prints thing has really changed. I think I would like to dress like Ms. Frizzle. Maybe not those exact dresses but something close. I think it’s the collars, I can’t pull that off.
Has anyone notices that Agent Fitz on Marvel’s Agents of SHEILD is dressed an awful lot like the new Q from Skyfall?
And these two a mashup of the scientists from Pacific Rim.
I like the look, but Q’s sweater and Fitz’s Sweater are awfully similar. This whole tie and jeans things really reminds me of my college professors. I hope this is a trend that lasts, well dressed nerdy men on TV and in the movies. It’s nice to see instead of the poorly dressed nerdy men like in The Big Bang Theory.
At BCC I went as Powergirl and my brother went as Death Stroke. Here are some of the awesome cosplayers we saw there. All of the people we met there were super friendly and the floor was one of my favorites. My only real criticism was that there weren’t enough panels and even more importantly they weren’t strategically placed panels. It may not have been the best plan to put artist panels against artist panels, and comic book industry panels against other comic book industry panels. But the atmosphere was awesome, and for me that can be even more important. Nice people attending and running these shows is the number 1 thing for me. Making friends and having a great time can make up for the lack of somethings that I want.
Now this last picture is my personal favorite. See I did something dumb, I forgot to take a picture of me and my brother together. He just started college too, so I can’t just bug him at home to take a picture with me. I searched far and wide, and I found this.
The costume reboot is such a great way to make some extra money for comic book companies. it means new toys to sell, new costumes to produce for kids and adults, new t-shirts to put out, new lunch boxes and the list goes on and on, especially if they have changed the symbol. There are no superheroes that this holds truer for than Batman and Superman. They can change in small ways every couple of years and it does keep the characters fresh. It does make it better than making a change once every ten years but a drastic change. The smaller but more common changes really keep the audience feeling safer and more comfortable. These are 2 infographs that show how these two characters have seen their symbols change.
I know there are tons of people who don’t like Disney Princesses. I am not one of those women. I love princesses. I think they can be a great time. I am also not in the minority. I also love Doctor Who and Star Wars and Star Trek and sports and reading and things that aren’t even close to the princess world. There have been many many artists who love the same things I do, so they put them together in such clever ways. And I present to you some throughly exciting mashups of princess characters.
Hot Topic’s main game right now is pop culture. Particularly nerdy pop culture. There are sections of their stores devoted to super heroes and Doctor Who and anything else that gets nerds excited. But walking into this store there is no love of the subject. It leads to the fake nerd. Nerds and geeks are trendy. There is no two ways about it. But loving the new Star Treks does not make you a nerd. The JJ Abrams movies aren’t even make fore Star Trek fans, he’s wasn’t a Star Trek fan when he started making them. They were awesome space story movies but after seeing them they left me missing Captains Cisco or Janeway. I feel like having the clothes so easily accessible is awesome for nerds but when I see someone wearing something that says Police Box or is wearing a Star Wars shirt and I start nerding out to them and they give me a blank look I know it’s all over. I do believe that everyone is a nerd, whether you are a nerd about fashion or football you are a nerd. Fantasy sports are just Dungeon and Dragons for jocks. But it’s like wearing a band’s teeshirt and not listening to the music. There is something a little wrong about wearing, say a Dark Side of the Moon cover art shirt, without knowing or listening to Led Zeppelin. I know here I am contradicting myself from a earlier post saying that one of the best parts about SteamPunk is that you don’t have to know everything about it to dress up as it. However, I do feel as if this is different. When I go SteamPunk I know what it is, when I wear a superhero costume I at least have a working knowledge of who they are. But when you walk about to someone wearing a TARDIS shirt and ask if it’s bigger in the inside and they don’t know what that means, it might not be the right shirt for them. There is nothing wrong with pop culture being nerd culture, but maybe before someone wears a Superboy shirt, they should know who Superboy is.
Well there have been some really cool things on the internet lately. I have to say that for me the ones that have really stuck as of late have been Doctor Who themed. But there is just so much cool stuff going on and now that we are in the early days of convention season there should be even more coming soon.
So here are the last couple of days of Comic Con. I have to say for me the best part of all cons are the panels. I can sit and listen to these talks for hours. Even though they’re pretty much the same questions and answers over and over again. I love hearing about the process that actors have taken to discover their characters. Or listening to other cosplayers talk about how they make their costumes. One great tip I heard was when you’re looking to making something with fun foam or any sort of thin foam one way to get a raised texture is to use puffy paint.
Once it’s hard and you paint over it it’ll look all the same. The New York Cosplay Network had a great panel where they shared a lot of tips and tricks they use to make their amazing costumes.
I have not started to really go to enough panels at cons where I’ve started to take a preference in moderators. They can really make or break a panel. I find this is especially true when you don’t have a panelist that really knows how to handle the crowd, whether they are new to panels or there is a really really large crowd and it’s just hard to be a big enough personality to stop the truly annoying and rambling fans that are inevitably going to ask a question. There is one particularly awesome modirator that has been in Philly the last couple of years, Jarrett Crippen.
He won the second season of Who Wants to be a Super Hero? He will cut a fan off (which I think is just wonderful), tell a funny story while you’re all sitting around waiting for the panelist to arrive, lets the panel go straight to the fans and their questions, and makes sure things end on time, which is good because other people need the room in about 10 minutes and I don’t want my next panel to start late so it’s good that we are all considerate of each other and their interests.
This year the convention’s focus was a little different than last years. Last year is was celebrity packed. They had all five Star Trek captains, and what a disaster that panel was. People were so star struck they asked the worst questions that had nothing to do with Star Trek. It has been a year and I’m still mad. What an excellent opportunity that was squandered. Thor was there and most of the questions were teenage and 20-something women asking him for a hug, which is pretty creepy when you think about it. This year there were panels by scholars of the kind of pop culture I love. Not all of them are great, some are ok, and some when I see them coming I want to pull my hair out and run. But it is nice to have a different view point each year. It keeps things fresh.
Here are some of the pictures I took from the second two days of comic con.