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Veganism in Cosplay

Cosplay and veganism. For many of those it isn’t something that we would have thought about. Maybe we know one or two vegetarians who don’t want their props made out of leather, but it can be a real pain for a vegan to make a cosplay that fits the ethics. Today we’re going to look at some of the things that might affect vegan cosplayers and ways to work around them. Besides, even if you’re not vegan it is always nice to have other options – especially in a community as creative as ours is.

Makeup. Vegans won’t wear certain brands of makeup, and neither will fully fledged carnivores if they know it’s from a company with bad animal rights practices. In this day and age we don’t need to test on animals anyway. Luckily, there are quite a few companies out there who are 100% vegan friendly (meaning but they are also 100-percent animal lover friendly, and environmental activist friendly). This isn’t however, the end of the problem. Lots of brands just don’t have the necessary colours to make anime cosplay pop. Fortunately, we found one with bright colours and big ethics – Kat Von D. This range has bright and bold shades which match even the most saturated over line art – perfect for cosplay.

Fur and pelts

The use of fur pelts is pretty big in cosplay. Whether you are in the furry community or more of a larp person, where is a good chance that you wanted to use them in your design. And imagine a cosplay of Skyrim without a Khajit? It just doesn’t work. Thankfully there are many versions out there which don’t come from real animals. It can still remain a problem for some vegan members of the community however, because the manufacturing can be less than ideal. One way to go about this is to order synthetic hair, or if you’re interested in upcycling, strip it from some charity shop or thrift store dolls (don’t worry, they creep us out too, you don’t need to go that route if you don’t want to)

Animal inclusions

Some vegans don’t believe in keeping animals, meaning that they would never have them in their shoots. Some characters are hard to cosplay without them, like Snake from Black Butler Book of Circus or Joe Exotic from Tiger King. Luckily there are ways to craft them.

  • Paper Mache and chicken wire
  • Stuffed toys and plushies
  • Photoshop and other editing programs
  • Getting someone to cosplay the creatures

There’s always more than one way to skin a vegetable.

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10 Awesome Cosplay Facts you might not know

10 awesome cosplay facts you might not know

  1. Some accounts say that there were cosplayers at the first World Science Fiction Convention, in 1939 and not just for men as you might expect from that time. Women have always been involved, both making costumes and wearing them, just going to show that like sci-fi we are the future
  2. Thanks to films like Kick-Ass, Kick-Ass 2 and Deadpool cosplay vigilantes have become a thing, and people are calling them the new superheroes. We are now wearing costumes to become the people who wore costumes to not be recognized by the bad guys out of costume to bring justice. If you can wrap your head around that, maybe you can be a cosplay vigilante?
  3. The biggest cosplay this year at Comicon was Rey from Star Wars, and you can even get into duos with cosplayers on tick tok – lets get Reylo!
  4. There are three general categories of cosplayers (although we can list hundreds more). The main three are those who dress up like imaginary characters, those who dress up like real life professionals in uniform play and those who create their own costumes or OCs
  5. Did you know that “layer” is the Japanese slang word for “cosplayer”? Sounds a little more hentai than we think they meant… or not. Could just be a little ecchi. You can always get layer support. Don’t be filthy, it means services designed specifically for cosplay costumes to be worn in like maid cafes
  6. Takahashi Nobuyuki first coined the term “cosplay” after attending Worldcon in Los Angeles. He was attending as a reporter and manga publisher
  7. In 1999, the first cosplay cafe opened in Akihabra, Tokyo, with many more following it
  8. In 2003, the first World Cosplay Summit was held in Nagoya, Japan and still runs today
  9. The first recorded cosplay before the term was coined was in 1908 when Mr. and Mrs. William Fell, a Cincinnati, Ohio couple, attended a masquerade ball in costumes. Their outfits were said to be depicting Mr. Skygack and Miss Pickles, who were martians from a newspaper comic.
  10. Tomoaki Kohguchi is a 66-year-old cosplayer from Hiroshima, Japan, who is known for dressing up as older characters like Master Roshi from Dragonball Z and has no desire to stop. We thing he is as legendary as Shenron and Porunga!
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Can Cospay and porn coexist?

Can cosplay and porn coexist?

More and more cosplayers are turning to sites like Only Fans to earn money, and why not? They’re enjoying themselves, getting paid for it and putting a smile on a lot of fans faces.

One of the problems with this though is that it is taking a hit on our community as a whole. There has long been criticism of cosplay, and there has been an ongoing debate about porn, putting the two together seems to have given those people the clout they needed to attack with force. The first to take a hit was Tumblr, deciding to remove any NSFW content – including art, fanfiction and cosplay.

Yet the effect of this was more cosplayers moving towards sites like Only Fans and Patreon to sell their images. The competition grew and it came down to a battle for survival, and as the old saying goes “sex sells” – and clearly, it does!

Even Youporn has a section for cosplay videos and there’s a lot on there, surprisingly, very well done. And I think that this shows something important about cosplay and porn coexisting. The passion (not the kinky kind!) shines through. The details and storyline replicate the characters that we know any love, and let’s face it, if you’ve been to a big cosplay convention you know there’s a hella big portion of them that are ecchi. This isn’t the death of cosplay, it’s just another facet.

And if you only like the SFW that’s cool too, because where do these cosplayers attract most of their fans? Social media sites like Instagram and Facebook who say a big no to nudity, even implied nudity. So you can get your sweet or your seductive fix, it all depends on where you look.

What is your opinion? Do you think this is a natural merger or a step too far?

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Will Comic con Cosplay survive covid19?

Will cosplay survive during Covid-19?

With mass gathering being cancelled, a lot of us were left shouting “even Anime Japan!?” and yes, the heartbreaking news that even this phenomenal expo was cancelled came about in February. For cosplayers, both amateur and professional we felt your pain, hours sewing, gluing and checking references was squandered. With no sure sign of when Covid19 will be over, will cosplay survive?

For professional cosplayers it’s going to be a hit. After all their livlihood often comes from their paid appearances. They get some income from prints and merchandise, maybe Patreon or Only Fans too, but that isn’t always enough to cover the bills. Not to mention, a lot of us aren’t allowed to go to the post office to pay for our oversees mail and even more just don’t have the cash with jobs being lost or pay cut left, right and center.

Then there’s the other issue. How do we get the parts we need? Usually, most cosplayers are insanely insanely resourceful (how else would we know that gelatin sheets are great for crafting scars?) but there’s a limit. And even if we do know sites that are posting out product, everyone is picking up craft hobbies while they are stuck at home! Everything is out of stock.

Luckily for cosplayers and fans alike there are apps for chatting with our favorite cosplayers from home, and most of them have kept their outfits in tact to wear while online. Some of these are free to watch and others let you donate. It might just be enough to bridge the gap.

And as for the amateur cosplayers? We are pretty sure that cosplay will never die. It’s an art form and it’s one that brings people joy, something that we all need right now. Either way, if we were going to see the end of the world as we know it, we would have preferred to see the proof of Shinegami but whatever!

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Where’s the love for men who cosplay?

The boys of gaming and anime have out hearts racing. Whether that is because you’re a member of the Prince Yuki fan club, totally on team Kira or joing the tsunami of fans rolling towards Sasuke Uchiha. Maybe one of the four boys who were the best part of Final Fantasy XV stole your heart? Those games are soul snatchers anyway, once you’re hooked it’s game over – repeatedly.

So with so many gorgeous guys having us queue up for early release merchandise, smiling at us from our screen savers and filling our SFW and NSFW fantasies (which, btw, you can have filled by www.facebook.com/BandiCrawford for $20 per 1000 words), why aren’t we giving their respective cosplayers some love?

There are so many amazing, male cosplayers out there who are insanely talented like Kuroshiba Cosplay, Pharaohmoan or Yasekai, but you’ve probably only heard of Leon Chiro. The question is why?

There is no difference in quality or passion, though it’s likely that girls will get more likes for an average cosplay than a guy will for a great one.

Our research seems to say that it is a cultural thing. There are more “acceptable” cosplays available for women. We think everyone should be able to cosplay whatever the heck they want; man, woman, tentacles… okay let’s keep that last one to the over 18 cons please, but still! Crossplaying, or gender swap, cosplay goes down great with a girl. Everyone gives you a pat on the back at your retaliation against male dominated society. By switching a skirt for some pants this is seen as a statement. We know all cosplayers make a pretty awesome statement, but we are looking at the values external to our community that seem to be creeping in. Take that empowerment and give it to a dude. Let him where a dress and he’s risking getting a beating – especially in more traditional cultures. In fact, when he’s putting on his make up or owning a long, pastel wig even for a male character, he’s risking ridicule and attack anyway.

It shouldn’t be the case, but sadly it is.

However, this seems to be a very Western attitude. In Japan there are male cosplayers a plenty who are hugely celebrated. Even Gackt, the musician who inspired the face of Genesis Rhapsodos in Final Fantasy Crisis Core, partakes – including outside of events.

What are your thoughts? Have you seen this biases for yourself? Do you have a favorite male cosplayer to share? And most importantly, how do you think this stigma should be tackled. Leave a comment below!

Written by Bandi Crawford