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2012-10-14 09:13:29 AM  
I think the most important rule is to consider your breasts first, and build your outfit around them. This goes double for the guys.
 
2012-10-14 09:23:27 AM  
 
2012-10-14 10:43:14 AM  
Is stinky a thing at Cons? I admit, I've not been to a Con since my one trip to Gen Con in '88. I don't remember stink being a thing, but I was pretty drunk the whole time.
 
2012-10-14 10:53:08 AM  
Every so often you catch a bad whiff.
 
2012-10-14 11:07:48 AM  
Dress as you want, clean yourself. Have fun.
 
2012-10-14 11:42:46 AM  
I think the first order of business would be to make sure the Dalek cosplayers exterminate the furries before they make it to the convention room floor.
 
2012-10-14 11:53:30 AM  

Ennuipoet: Is stinky a thing at Cons? I admit, I've not been to a Con since my one trip to Gen Con in '88. I don't remember stink being a thing, but I was pretty drunk the whole time.


Yes. Part of it is just the sheer volume of people (which is forgivable and somewhat unavoidable), while another part is some people are legitimately bad at hygiene. Yes, they do exist.

Build your outfit around your body type and rock on with your bad self. I don't cosplay for Zasalamel from Soul Calibur for obvious reasons (I don't own a scythe, you racist), but I am working on Boyd from Psychonauts. Similar body type and definitely under-utilized.
 
2012-10-14 11:55:16 AM  
Why is that shiatty character played by Ryan Reynolds in X-Men Origins so popular now?
 
2012-10-14 11:58:37 AM  

DubyaHater: Why is that shiatty character played by Ryan Reynolds in X-Men Origins so popular now?


From what I gather, his character in the comics is actually comedic.
 
2012-10-14 12:00:07 PM  
To everyone: hygiene is important. Most people are fine, but I occasionally get those hits of body stank on the floor that clearly comes from someone who hasn't showered in days. Every single person who goes to the show should have showered that morning, preferably with soap and one of those foofy things that make it foam. Everyone who smells is making us all look smell bad.

fixed
 
2012-10-14 12:09:01 PM  
Most important rule isn't on there: No ponies. At all.
 
2012-10-14 12:10:24 PM  
I'm a DJ. Now, before you think that statement is filled with pretension, it's my full-time job, doesn't pay very well and I drive all over creation primarily playing at clubs up and down the Northeast. The point being is I'm exposed to a lot of different people.

There was one Goth/Industrial night in Western MA that simply had people who never bathed. To quote the promoter, "My people are a community, but they sure do stink." I half-jokingly suggested that she should have Ban Deodorant sponsor the night, and her eyes lit up like Christmas.

The next time I was there, I was informed that Ban came close, but that the negotiations fell through.

There's nothing more of a turnoff short of watching someone shiat themselves than being blasted by BO. I'm guessing this is why Gasmasks are popular at Industrial nights.

Please, you may think you don't stink, but take a shower. Use soap. Wash your hair. Don't be a hippie and properly use deodorant. Before the outrage sinks in, again, my nights are filled with you dancing, usually in a crowd of 100+.

There's a reason phrases 'Stinking up the joint' exist. Bathe. You might actually get laid.
 
2012-10-14 12:17:06 PM  
Point is for ALL people...bathe.
 
2012-10-14 12:26:19 PM  
You mean this one: 'To all hot girls playing Mario, stop giving me weird boners.'?
 
2012-10-14 12:35:22 PM  
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If I start to grow out my beard I could have this costume ready by next convention season.
 
2012-10-14 12:45:29 PM  

wildcardjack: If I start to grow out my beard I could have this costume ready by next convention season.


*checks profile*

Please be a dude, please be a dude...[/]

*whew*
 
2012-10-14 12:53:46 PM  
I love "bad" cosplayers so much more than people who look like a character exactly. Bad cosplayers know they look bad and they're having fun. They're doing it to do it. I respect that. If you're 500 pounds, strap on that spandex and go as the Phoenix. Don't let anyone tell you not to.
 
2012-10-14 12:55:37 PM  

Ennuipoet: Is stinky a thing at Cons? I admit, I've not been to a Con since my one trip to Gen Con in '88. I don't remember stink being a thing, but I was pretty drunk the whole time.


I've never been to one but I have a friend who go to cons as a vendor and she has mentioned the horror of stinky people many times. She assumes part of it is poorly designed costumes that don't breathe and cause the wearer to bathe in their own sweat all day long. But there are also the non-costumed people who stink and have no excuse beyond being too lazy for basic hygiene.
 
2012-10-14 01:04:39 PM  
www.2d-x.com
 
2012-10-14 01:13:09 PM  
I thought the most important rule was NO FAT CHICKS.
 
2012-10-14 01:14:29 PM  
Most cons go on for a few days and from what I've seen people at these cons only bring one costume. And they wear this one costume for the whole weekend! My feeling is if you're gonna cosplay all weekend, bring more than one costume. Otherwise do what I do and just cosplay on one day.
 
2012-10-14 01:14:57 PM  
Heh. About 20 years ago my girlfriend and I were getting our first apartment and we had a roommate lined up to join us. We didn't know her that well, but she seemed alright, was into the same geeky stuff we were into (D&D, Star Trek > Star Wars, etc.), and other than being into wicca we had no worries. One night when we were discussing moving logistics and "house rules" I said "rule 1 is everyone must bathe daily". It was a joke since I assumed that, as adults in a first world country, this would be tacit. Turns out the roommate didn't see the joke.

/We found a new roommate.
 
2012-10-14 01:26:58 PM  
I'm just gonna straight up say this - I don't shower daily unless it's summer and I'm covered in sweat. Every other day is fine, and it doesn't make my skin go all hideously dry. So bite me.

/nerd
//should I find myself at a con, I WILL shower daily on principle.
 
2012-10-14 02:01:54 PM  
Wear a costume suited to your body type. Reinterpreting the character in the name of achieving this goal is not only acceptable, but outright encouraged.
 
2012-10-14 02:07:42 PM  
That was... not at all what I expected. Sensible AND tolerant. I'd buy the guy a beer, if I ever ran into him at a con, if I ever went out.

/introvert
//still bathe daily
 
2012-10-14 02:12:45 PM  

Mara See Mara Do: I'm just gonna straight up say this - I don't shower daily unless it's summer and I'm covered in sweat. Every other day is fine, and it doesn't make my skin go all hideously dry. So bite me.


I have to shower daily or I turn into a mass of hair and oil. Mostly oil. I don't really develop much of a funk, but the oiliness is unpleasant to me. My girlfriend doesn't have that problem. She can shower every other day and she's just fine. I can get all up close and personal and, believe me, she doesn't stink. Such is life.
 
2012-10-14 02:22:38 PM  

Tyrosine: Heh. About 20 years ago my girlfriend and I were getting our first apartment and we had a roommate lined up to join us. We didn't know her that well, but she seemed alright, was into the same geeky stuff we were into (D&D, Star Trek > Star Wars, etc.), and other than being into wicca we had no worries. One night when we were discussing moving logistics and "house rules" I said "rule 1 is everyone must bathe daily". It was a joke since I assumed that, as adults in a first world country, this would be tacit. Turns out the roommate didn't see the joke.

/We found a new roommate.


Meh - some days it makes sense. Some days....not so much.
 
2012-10-14 02:31:59 PM  

Richard_The_Clown: Most cons go on for a few days and from what I've seen people at these cons only bring one costume. And they wear this one costume for the whole weekend! My feeling is if you're gonna cosplay all weekend, bring more than one costume. Otherwise do what I do and just cosplay on one day.


And they never wash the costume from con to con...
 
2012-10-14 02:37:26 PM  

Fark_Guy_Rob: Tyrosine: Heh. About 20 years ago my girlfriend and I were getting our first apartment and we had a roommate lined up to join us. We didn't know her that well, but she seemed alright, was into the same geeky stuff we were into (D&D, Star Trek > Star Wars, etc.), and other than being into wicca we had no worries. One night when we were discussing moving logistics and "house rules" I said "rule 1 is everyone must bathe daily". It was a joke since I assumed that, as adults in a first world country, this would be tacit. Turns out the roommate didn't see the joke.

/We found a new roommate.

Meh - some days it makes sense. Some days....not so much.


Saturday and you intend to sit in front of a computer naked/in your underwear and not bathe...I get that. But all week makes people want to cry.

There was one time where I was at the gym (literally), and this black guy in wifebeater starts stretching out and my nose was suddenly getting raped by a horrible stench. I actually gagged. It was horrendous, like someone had been eating a diet of purely oranges, shiat them out half-digested and then bathed in it. That stench was powerful.

I can also recall the time during a camp tripping where this guy in our team shiat his pants. We walked behind his shiatstank for a solid 4 miles before we stopped and said, "Andrew. You smell like human feces." We handed him what remained of our sanitary wipes and sent him on his way. We buried the crapped in pants. 

/*shivers*
 
2012-10-14 02:41:06 PM  
I'm thinking of cosplaying Corvo from Dishoroned, problem is I have next to no clue on how to even start the mask.
 
2012-10-14 02:42:27 PM  
It's tweed jackets, you maroon.
 
2012-10-14 02:45:57 PM  

Ennuipoet: Is stinky a thing at Cons? I admit, I've not been to a Con since my one trip to Gen Con in '88. I don't remember stink being a thing, but I was pretty drunk the whole time.


Three Origins, Four GenCons (before it left Milwaukee), four Historicons, and too many regional historical wargaming cons to count.

Yes, hygiene is damn important, and it is criminally neglected. If I ever get put in a position to run a con, I'm going to install odor detectors at every entrance and wire Febreeze-bombs to the apparatus.
 
2012-10-14 03:29:04 PM  
Went to Gen Con years back and there were a couple of guys with T-shirts that read "We're not fat/Why are you?". Wanted to tell them "I don't stink. Why do you?"
 
2012-10-14 03:36:35 PM  
Also, being a frequenter of conventions.. I have to say when everyone is cosplaying for fun and love of their realm of geekery, it is kind of awkward when some are there because it's a turn-on. Just sayin'.

Never noticed the hygiene problem actually, been going to Dragon*Con since '04. Usually the big cosplayers have hotel rooms nearby, bathing isn't inconvenient for them but it is for the commuters.
 
2012-10-14 04:01:34 PM  
Additional Rule:

*Steampunk is over. Go find another use for top hats and goggles.
 
2012-10-14 04:16:25 PM  

Bag of Hammers: Additional Rule:

*Steampunk is over. Go find another use for top hats and goggles.


Alternately, "taking common costuming genres and steampunk-izing them is no longer innovative or clever. Time to try something new."
 
2012-10-14 04:38:53 PM  
Screw that guy. Puns are hilarious.
 
2012-10-14 04:46:39 PM  

Richard_The_Clown: Most cons go on for a few days and from what I've seen people at these cons only bring one costume. And they wear this one costume for the whole weekend! My feeling is if you're gonna cosplay all weekend, bring more than one costume. Otherwise do what I do and just cosplay on one day.


Going to DragonCon next year, and already have a seamstress lined up to make a Kitana costume and an Inara costume. Any suggestions for the other two days?

Difficulty: nothing that shows off my midsection, or with ridiculously uncomfortable shoes.
 
2012-10-14 05:18:49 PM  
if I was not on my phone I would love to post a link to Foamy's (all hail our lord and master) bit on AKON .

/take a shower was highlighted well.
 
2012-10-14 05:24:10 PM  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maOk2inUjLg&feature=youtube_gdata_play er


There. Someone else can make it a link
Phone says no.
 
2012-10-14 05:26:36 PM  

UNC_Samurai: Ennuipoet: Is stinky a thing at Cons? I admit, I've not been to a Con since my one trip to Gen Con in '88. I don't remember stink being a thing, but I was pretty drunk the whole time.

Three Origins, Four GenCons (before it left Milwaukee), four Historicons, and too many regional historical wargaming cons to count.

Yes, hygiene is damn important, and it is criminally neglected. If I ever get put in a position to run a con, I'm going to install odor detectors at every entrance and wire Febreeze-bombs to the apparatus.


the swag bags at ICC (VtM) used to have bottles of febreez in them... along with a weekends worth of soap, shampoo, and conditioner

Subtle hints... I think it worked pretty well.
 
2012-10-14 05:45:24 PM  

See My Az Go: Richard_The_Clown: Most cons go on for a few days and from what I've seen people at these cons only bring one costume. And they wear this one costume for the whole weekend! My feeling is if you're gonna cosplay all weekend, bring more than one costume. Otherwise do what I do and just cosplay on one day.

Going to DragonCon next year, and already have a seamstress lined up to make a Kitana costume and an Inara costume. Any suggestions for the other two days?

Difficulty: nothing that shows off my midsection, or with ridiculously uncomfortable shoes.


I've never been to any cons before, so I have no idea how people normally cosplay for DragonCon.

That said, you could be the J Block from Tetris, one of the several Doctors (Rule 63 - no exceptions!), Jade from BG&E, Hillary Clinton (you'll need a Blackberry and sunglasses, though), Colonel Sanders (once again, Rule 63), Lyrica Prismriver, or the box from Metal Gear Solid.

Or you could buy a plain white racing suit and matching plain white helmet with dark-tinted visor. Not only will you be able to cosplay as a certain tame racing driver, but you'll also have a set of clothes to wear if you ever decide to take part in an event at a race track.
 
2012-10-14 06:21:18 PM  

See My Az Go: Richard_The_Clown: Most cons go on for a few days and from what I've seen people at these cons only bring one costume. And they wear this one costume for the whole weekend! My feeling is if you're gonna cosplay all weekend, bring more than one costume. Otherwise do what I do and just cosplay on one day.

Going to DragonCon next year, and already have a seamstress lined up to make a Kitana costume and an Inara costume. Any suggestions for the other two days?

Difficulty: nothing that shows off my midsection, or with ridiculously uncomfortable shoes.


sturdypine.com

Hair might be a problem if you don't want to cut it. You could always go as a Deep Eye.
 
2012-10-14 07:25:00 PM  

Mara See Mara Do: I'm just gonna straight up say this - I don't shower daily unless it's summer and I'm covered in sweat. Every other day is fine, and it doesn't make my skin go all hideously dry. So bite me.

/nerd
//should I find myself at a con, I WILL shower daily on principle.



If showering isn't kind to your skin -- which is still going to be a problem when showering only every other day, I'm guessing -- ditch the shower gels and most of the commercial bar soaps out there (synthetic detergents, many of them) and find a local soapmaker who makes good stuff. Tell them about your dry skin, ask for something with a high % of olive oil, buy a shampoo bar while you're at it. I think you'll be very pleased.

Or check out the soaps at Whole Foods if it's more convenient. It might not be the cheapest route, but they have a huge selection of very nice handmade soaps.

Either way you'll probably want to avoid soaps with a high proportion of coconut oil -- They're nice and foamy, but really aggressive cleaners.
 
2012-10-14 07:40:13 PM  
Mara See Mara Do:

Also see any of these links for the reasons why. I forgot to add those to my soap rant...
 
2012-10-14 08:09:14 PM  

gadian: I love "bad" cosplayers so much more than people who look like a character exactly. Bad cosplayers know they look bad and they're having fun. They're doing it to do it. I respect that. If you're 500 pounds, strap on that spandex and go as the Phoenix. Don't let anyone tell you not to.


imageshack.us
 
2012-10-14 08:09:34 PM  
Shower For Me! Link
 
2012-10-14 09:18:32 PM  

tiiger: [www.2d-x.com image 450x675]


Sorry to disappoint but she's wearing a lot more than it seems. Look at the inside of the leg; she's in a full body stocking and quite a heavy one at that.
 
2012-10-14 09:20:08 PM  
To Black Rock Shooter cosplayers: do not do cute or sexy facial expressions for photos. Only stoic, determined or slightly annoyed facial expressions.

farm5.static.flickr.com
 
2012-10-14 09:41:13 PM  

LaBlueSkuld: To Black Rock Shooter cosplayers: do not do cute or sexy facial expressions for photos. Only stoic, determined or slightly annoyed facial expressions.

[farm5.static.flickr.com image 850x579]


To Black Rock Shooter fans: seriously, what the fark is up with it? It's not an anime or a manga or a video game, it's just... some dude's drawing of a girl with a gun that shoots rocks that became a media franchise. What the fark?
 
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