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2012-10-14 09:51:56 PM  

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

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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?


To be more precise, it was a drawing on Pixiv that inspired a friend of the artist to write a song about said character and had Hatsune Miku sing it (The Song). It was so popular it led to an OAV which was the prototype for a TV miniseries. There is now also a manga and PSP game as well with each following a different backstory to what she is exactly.

She's just got a sleek design behind her and she's always fighting on cutscene mode. But yeah; her whole phenomenon is just about the wet dream of every DeviantArt member.
 
2012-10-14 10:45:23 PM  
I once cosplayed as Queen Amidala's stunt double, complete with facial hair and a cigar (like in Spaceballs) at Otakon. I wore the throne room costume, the first one you see Amidala in in Episode One. The costume is made of velvet, fur, a headdress and wig and weighs a ton. After three hours in Baltimore in July I was done. I don't see how people can wear those heavy costumes all weekend long. I now just cosplay as the Doctor, mainly Ten, though I've also done Four and Eleven. I did Three at AnimeUSA, but purple thought I was supposed to be Huge Hefner.
 
2012-10-14 11:10:47 PM  
I've thought about cosplaying and since I'm anal about getting details right and good with my hands I know that I could do it right not awful. The problem is that I have no idea who I could pass for. I'm 5'8", olive complexioned, and fairly round faced. I'm a genetic mutt who can pass for anything between Hawaiian to Native American to half Asian.

I watched Desert Punk and noticed that I'm basically a ringer for Kanta Mizuno (Desert Punk). Plus we both have an affinity for ample bosoms. Ahem. I also could probably pass for Yusuke Urameshi. Beyond that, I'm not sure. So, for someone whose general look is between those two, what other characters (from anywhere, not just anime) might work?
 
2012-10-15 12:05:19 AM  

SCUBA_Archer: 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."


I've never been to a real con (live in a small city), but just last weekend I went to a mini steampunk themed con and it was a blast. I was escorting my 15 yr old who decided to get into steampunk last year and took on an ambitious wing project for her costume. It turned out great and she was a big hit. I'd post pictures, but this is fark and I know better...

/assholes
 
2012-10-15 12:46:05 AM  

phaseolus: 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.


I didn't expect to be inspired to make my own soaps by a visit to Fark. Interesting!

/not Fight Club style
 
2012-10-15 06:01:14 AM  
But what if you're going as Peewee Herman's character from mystery men? That's a good excuse though right?

/who doesn't bathe daily when they are out and about?
 
2012-10-15 09:40:38 AM  

Vaneshi: 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.


that's like being disappointed because cheerleaders wear stockings.
 
2012-10-15 11:45:18 AM  

Bag of Hammers: Additional Rule:

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


Awww... I just got to the party. I like the steam punkers.
 
2012-10-15 11:48:46 AM  

QT_3.14159: SCUBA_Archer: 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."

I've never been to a real con (live in a small city), but just last weekend I went to a mini steampunk themed con and it was a blast. I was escorting my 15 yr old who decided to get into steampunk last year and took on an ambitious wing project for her costume. It turned out great and she was a big hit. I'd post pictures, but this is fark and I know better...

/assholes


Do what you like. That's the message of the original article. Fark those haters and the too school for cool types. Just, you know, take a bath and if you are Deadpool, be Deadpool creatively.

I am a total civilian, I just take the kids to Dragon Con to see the parade and the cosplayers.
I like steam punk.
 
2012-10-15 12:15:10 PM  
don't wear something that lets your fat hang out, but most importantly don't be loud and obnoxious

just because you're with a group of peers for a weekend who are as introverted as you there's no need to over-compensate and annoy everyone else in a public area.
 
2012-10-15 02:44:34 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.


Wearing a single costume all weekend is... icky. I've been going to DCon for 10 years, and I generally pack a couple of "light" costumes (e.g. Quailman from Doug) that are comfortable to wear in case any heavier stuff proves to be too oppressive (e.g. Dr. Horrible costumes are SWEATY).

Personally, I like the low-budget, humor-based costumes (especially the group outfits). It's hard to compete with the high-end cosplayers, but if you're clever, you can still get lots of high fives.

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2012-10-15 05:01:41 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.


My first three Origins, there was an odor around the registration area. It was no where else, but every year, it hung an average 100 feet from the small information booth. A concentrated miasma of armpits and ass. Then the 4th year, Wizkids and Wizards of the Coast pulled out of Origins and took their tourneys with them. The smell was gone. And still is.

I'm convinced the gamer smell was Clix players and/or Magic players. The Clix tourney hall was right behind the info/registration area, so I'm pretty sure that's a sign.

The other worst offender was the guy I saw in the registration line. Huge guy, normal upper body, 400lb guy bottom half. As he was walking away, his shirt started to pull up in the back and you could see this brown streak down the center of his shirt where it was tucked in. Turns out he was a judge in the Clix tourney room. Thus further confirming my hypothesis.
 
2012-10-15 06:50:36 PM  

FunkyBlue: 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.

My first three Origins, there was an odor around the registration area. It was no where else, but every year, it hung an average 100 feet from the small information booth. A concentrated miasma of armpits and ass. Then the 4th year, Wizkids and Wizards of the Coast pulled out of Origins and took their tourneys with them. The smell was gone. And still is.

I'm convinced the gamer smell was Clix players and/or Magic players. The Clix tourney hall was right behind the info/registration area, so I'm pretty sure that's a sign.

The other worst offender was the guy I saw in the registration line. Huge guy, normal upper body, 400lb guy bottom half. As he was walking away, his shirt started to pull up in the back and you could see this brown streak down the center of his shirt where it was tucked in. Turns out he was a judge in the Clix tourney room. Thus further confirming my hypothesis.


Thanks for that. I just threw up a little.
 
2012-10-15 07:07:39 PM  
FARK covered a slideshow of this Iowa cos-convention last year, and I wonder how many of these rules were broken there. Like say, in pic 7: If you're over 300lbs, you can't be anything from Pokemon.

Hotties? In anime costumes? In Iowa? It's more likely than you think.
 
2012-10-15 07:26:01 PM  

FunkyBlue: 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.

My first three Origins, there was an odor around the registration area. It was no where else, but every year, it hung an average 100 feet from the small information booth. A concentrated miasma of armpits and ass. Then the 4th year, Wizkids and Wizards of the Coast pulled out of Origins and took their tourneys with them. The smell was gone. And still is.

I'm convinced the gamer smell was Clix players and/or Magic players. The Clix tourney hall was right behind the info/registration area, so I'm pretty sure that's a sign.

The other worst offender was the guy I saw in the registration line. Huge guy, normal upper body, 400lb guy bottom half. As he was walking away, his shirt started to pull up in the back and you could see this brown streak down the center of his shirt where it was tucked in. Turns out he was a judge in the Clix tourney room. Thus further confirming my hypothesis.


Origins, that's the one here in Columbus right? have only gone a couple of times, but will attest that the 'final rule' from TFA goes double, as the convention center has jack shiat for AC and ventilation.
 
2012-10-15 07:44:40 PM  
CognaciousThunk:
Origins, that's the one here in Columbus right? have only gone a couple of times, but will attest that the 'final rule' from TFA goes double, as the convention center has jack shiat for AC and ventilation.

Yes. Usually for origins they have the AC cranked all the way over to "Alberta in December" however in my experience, but that's only for where the miniatures hall is usually located.
 
2012-10-16 11:33:23 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.


Anime Central has a new design for their "Got Soap" merch every year. I have a Bubble Gum crisis themed shirt at home.

Here's another:
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