Before I post some the pictures I found around the internet of my cosplay, I wanted to talk about something else that has been on my mind since yesterday. I would assume most of the people who visit my blog find their way here because of thier interest in cosplay or costume design so I am sure I’m preaching to the choir here. But a few days ago I found a picture on someone’s facebook of my Thresh cosplay at Anime Expo. Out of curiosity I read through some of the comments and I was shocked to see how negative a good portion of them were. Now, I know not everyone’s gonna love the work I do. That’s to be expected since art is a subjective thing. As an artist I am accustomed to critique. If someone has a suggestion to make my art better or to help me improve, I’d love to hear it! So long as it’s done in a professional and friendly manner. Hearing, or rather in this case reading, people say things like “That Thresh sucks” or “Thresh 0/10” really cuts deep. And I’m not the only one these people insulted and hurt. I was posing with two other cosplayers in the picture and not only were they attacked for their costumes, they were harassed for their body type as well. Calling someone “fat” behind the anonymity of a screen is never cool. If someone doesn’t like my costume or my work then fine, they are welcome and entitled to have their own opinions. But it is unacceptable to personally attack me or any other cosplayer for their work. What I don’t understand is why people like that think its okay to say these things. Why can’t they keep their negative thoughts to themselves? I wish there was a way to stand up to this, but sadly there really isn’t anything I can do over the internet. Not one of them would have the gall to approach me and tell me that to my face if they’d seen me in real life. Cosplay is a fun hobby for everyone regardless of artistic skill level, race, gender, age, appearance, whatever. No one should be shamed for these things. Ever. To all the people who think it’s okay to write up such things all I have to say is, grow up and find another outlet for your misguided aggression.
That being said, there were also a number of people with very supportive comments and I want to thank them for their kind words that really brightened my day. I love making people happy when they see my costumes. I love seeing their faces light up as the recognize a character. That’s one of the most rewarding experiences of going out in costume. Oh, and did I mention I briefly met the guy who did the Thresh splash art? Yeah, he loved the costume! I also got a code for Arcade Sona.
Sorry for the rant, but it was something I had to get out there. Moral of the story is, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.
Anyways, without further ado, here’s Thresh!!
These were taken by Casey Kwock- http://caseykwockart.viewbook.com/
This one came from Digitallee over on DeviantArt- http://digitallee.deviantart.com/
There were taken by my own camera. All of the cosplayer I got pictures with were so nice! Everyone was super excited to see my cosplay and they all did wonderful work of their own! Sadly though… most of these pictures came out blurry.
In all Thresh went over really well. The shoes (for once) didn’t give me blisters and were pretty comfortable. The biggest issue was the heavy coat which weighed down on my shoulders and made me feel like I’d been lifting weights all day. Even though I made the lantern and scythe as light as possible, by the end of the day my arms were shaking trying to hold them up. I know, I know, I’m a wimp! If anyone sees themselves pictured above, let me know and I can post a link to any websites or galleries you guys might have! Thanks everyone who made this years Anime Expo one to remember.
Until next time…