New UK thread, since the old one is in autosage.
Who will be the bigger disaster, Kitacon or Pottercon?
I wish Kita did day tickets for a tenner, i live in the area, i don't really care about the con goodies, i just want to check it out and meet up with some weebros
But nope, just a 3 day ticket for 40 quid
>Invent lady-like Victorian and Edwardian fashion
>Pinnacle of high-society on which the sun never set
>servants and tea
2016 and everyone's ita, fat and/or muslim and no good conventions. I feel sorry for you Brits, but hey at least you still have PG Tips.
Potter Con has celebrity guests like Paul Redfern who was an unused extra in Deathly Hallows and his forthcoming role as a Gala Guest in #fantasticbeasts
Also you can get a KFC box signed by him too which will be worth the entrance fee just for that
>Paul Redfern who was an unused extra in Deathly Hallows
Please tell me you are having a laff for mentioning this. Is anyone supposed to care he didn't make it to be an EXTRA in a film?
He's on the poster so it's a pretty big deal to get him as a guest
Me too, the second hand embarrassment is intense. Who gives this much of a fuck about £15? I lost an admin fee when I cancelled my ticket to Aya a few years ago, I didn't feel the need to have a screaming shitfit about on twitter.
From the looks of it, she's not upset about the £15. She's upset that when she asked directly if she'd get a full refund, she was told she would. Meaning no charge regardless of the T&Cs. Only to still be charged.
If I've understood correctly then she's upset about being lied too, not about the loss of money itself.
Ribbons Cosplay. I always thought she seemed sweet, but this embarrassing display put me way off.
The terms and conditions are up on the site. She should have checked there rather than just the social media. Been there for weeks, too. Why would they break their T&Cs for her? Why would they assume she hadn't read the T&Cs in the first place? It's not being lied to if the information was right there and she ignored it. Getting your dad to fight your battles as a grown adult, over £15, and throwing a tantrum on twitter is embarrassing no matter what.
I hope he's going to a con really soon with this, because I need a good laugh
The colours are the most accurate thing imo, the armour would have looked a lot better made out of thicker foam properly shaped and sanded, whatever he used made it flat and flimsy looking
I know AnimeLeague are a joke but how the fuck is this a cosplay guest at LAGC?
Anime league guests are always a joke desu
Kitty Brooker because of her natural beauty and costuming talent
You may have actually noticed she is a guest at several conventions this year for a very good reason. She sells tickets! Just like she sold magazines she appeared in. She's one of the most in demand Cosplayers despite what you lot whine about on 4chan
More being added all the time. I thought 4chan was supposed to know everything. Obviously not!
None of which are conventions of any note. That's not breaking the glass ceiling that's decking about in the kids sand box.
Photos hoots you book ffs. It's not like there's some exclusive club or badge of honor.
Panels are only any good if people turn up to them actively. Most people just end wondering past and sit down to hear tit's talk.
Appearances....because buying a ticket to an event or standing in place makes you a celebration.
No one is really famous in cosplay in the UK. Stop trying to make it happen.
This is funny because seeing you all beat each other up over tiny details over your costumes and then this person comes along and gets invited to events, sells prints, has website, youtube and is labelled professional cosplayer.
Hi kitty. How exactly did you become a professional cosplayer? Did you win competitions? Do you offer successful and helpful panels? Do you do tutorials on how to make costumes? What have you actually even cosplayed?
You lit all seem to cling to this idea of what a Cosplayer is and what they must do but you don't see that Kitty doesn't play by those rules. Everyone thought to be a model you had to look a certain way and then you had alt-models change the game. Kitty is like an Alt-Cosplayer. The old cosplay crowd may not get it but no one really cares what they think
Fashion and modelling is about the clothes and about the bodies.
Cosplay is the art of wearing/re-creating a character. It is what it is. There's lots of ways of practicing it but it's still an either/or hobby.
'Alt-cosplay' is just fancy dress.
What it seems with the UK 'cosfamous' is the ones that keep coming up again and again are those that do networking and know how to market themselves.
Loads of maybe more talented work that just are quite happy with how they are, and just don't know how to market themselves properly.
Interesting disparity when you start thinking about it. Like Eevee, her cosplays are barely that, but she's somehow (bought likes aside) got loads of togs shooting her almost constantly.
Stay out of circlejerks or groups that generally stuckup themselves. Have decent portfolio of the costumes you have by decent photographers. Provide help and show progress of how you made your costumes. And don't use kickstarter or similar fund your hobby.
You lose all respect when you start using patreon.
Regular updates is the most important thing, that most cosplayers don't do. Not necessarily many, but regular, predictable updates about their wips; then a small selection of high quality photos of the results. Outreach and interaction, basically.
cont. Regular updates fail mostly because for the majority cosplay is just a hobby so real life, job, family, other commitments etc take precedence and as such an online presence is harder to maintain in regards to reliability.
this, plus some people don't want to be cosfamous and are happy just posting things now and again and taking part when they have time from work/life.
Not everyone doing cosplay wants to be cosfamous, certainly not the more talented and older crowd
Yeah but the discussion was about becoming cos-famous. So those that actively opt out of having an online presence aren't really relevant to the point.
Cosplay is essentially a fandom project. In the same way fan art is. Dominate a niche and you'll corner a market. Wether it's picking a specific character or series, or going for 'sexy', 'cute' some over arching theme, if you put out reliable content you'll get a following.
But there's a difference between having an online following and being recognised in person. Two different crowds really.~
It depends what you want out of it.
You want to be internet famous? Do what everyone before you did and sell yourself.
My boyfriend did some extra work for Hp, maybe I should get him to apply to be a guest for the lulz. I mean, he has an entry in the french harry potter wiki and everything.
This. I have maybe an hour each evening to do cosplay. Nobody wants to see shots of the same huge applique piece I've been steadily working on for the last week. My Facebook is like 'omg you've not posted on your page for 7 days' but I give zero fucks - once it's done, I'll post it, with a video tutorial showing how I did it. I don't have that many likes, but my reach is good because people liked my page for the content, whenever I post it.
Stacey shot nudes with Lucas but then he kept badgering her to shoot with him all the time and she got pissed off with him and doesn't work with him anymore. He threw a big strop when she did a lingerie shoot with someone else
DID we all catch this? Amazing.
I'm always very suspicious about things like that. One of them wanted people to send her money because Paypal took a payment out of their account they weren't expecting. Yeah, because they won't clear that shit up in a day or two but no, you need to TAKE, not borrow, money from complete strangers
Reading Comic-Con just appeared on my Facebook wall, does anyone know anything about it? The event page for it doesn't fill me with a lot of hope, of the 18 unique words in the description 3 of them are spelt completely wrong. Also pretty awful photoshopping...
I think it was around £180 including insurance for my friend and I last time. If not a little more, depending. £90 for the table, £30 extra for an extra ticket then £60 for insurance through their company. I used to just provide a guarantee but now insurance is mandatory because of the venue.
Here you go... http://www.comicconventions.co.uk/uk-comic-conventions-expos-and-popular-culture-shows-in-2016/
If you're looking for a con to attend within the next Month or two I can highly recommend LSCC on 20th and 21st Feb
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If you're looking for a Con to attend in the next month or two I can highly recommend LSCC in Feb 20th and 21st.
I'll be there. A friend and I were really excited to traumatise ourselves again with the cringe af burlesque show, but it doesn't look like it's running this time. Kitty will work well as replacement cringe though, fingers crossed she wears Muffin Top: The Cosplay! Y'know, the one where she's always pulling that hideous expression that shows how the colour of her teeth and hair match so vividly
I'm So Excited!! Victoria Maclean is going to be at Cardiff Comic Con, with her SIGNED GoT Throne. I'm so in love with her, she's the best prop maker. Who else is excited to sit on her throne?
So does anyone know what the convention scene of Amecon is like? I've not been to a convention since Aya2013 and managed to get tickets for this years Ame.
What am I in for? What should I look out for. Ect.
Umm no it's called having a strong facial structure, unlike most women who are into cosplay, most have a round ugly face with no features like Ugly Asians!! This is actually a WOMAN, not a GIRL.
Nothing is likely to top Aya13 because that con was golden.
Amecon last year in the Brit was a very mixed bag. The time table was empty, the sound system in the main room was TERRIBLE and the venue was literally falling apart. Someone almost died on the Saturday because a window pane fell out of a window on the top floor.
However, this year Amecon is at Warrick. The best venue. So it should be pretty fucking sweet.
You can't really blame amecon for a sparse schedule. If people don't submit events there's only so much they can do.
I've always enjoyed amecon but they've definitely suffered trying to find a good location so I'm hoping that at Warwick they'll be able to pull off something to rival ayacon. After another year of kita at the Hilton I can't wait tbf.
I think it's because ultimately, we're all secretly ashamed of our hobbies, most brits lack that final step to go all in.
Plus everyone is miserable, lazy and depressed all the time.
by 'cosplay standrad' do you just mean the very few who are known to those outside their own countries comm?
Because I can tell you, the actual general quality of costumes from those countries are average. But at least, unlike the U.K they do actually have some incredible cosplayers that the U.K seems to lack.
Yes. No country has a high costume quality being the norm so therefore you end up having to look at the top people in each country and comparing them against each other. If you do that, then the countries I mentioned end ranking pretty high on the list.
Unless you have countries that you think would be better as I can't really think of any?
Almost every single asian country, Japan, China, Taiwan, Singapore, South korea etc.
Granted a large majority of them have consistent high quality due to the popularity of costuming there and sites like taobao but, overall the norm is higher there and produces some of the best costumes in the world.
Brazil and some south american countries, as well ofc as USA also produce costumes just as high quality as france/germany etc.
It's literally just the U.K for being the shit anomaly. go us. ( or you, i'm from eastern europe in a country that cosplay doesn't exist in any way.)
I was going to say. Most Asian cosplayers buy their costumes (not to mention they can buy perfectly styled wigs and extreme photoshop is much more accepted there). It's hard to compare an average store bought cosplay against a slightly below average handmade cosplay.
But if I was to take the top 10 cosplayers from every country with an active community and rank them against each other to see which country came out top or had the most in the top 10 in the world, I don't think an Asian country would win. It would USA, Russia, Germany, France, Norway (in no particular order), and then followed by the South American, Asian countries and the rest of Europe.
>You can't really blame amecon for a sparse schedule. If people don't submit events there's only so much they can do.
That's a lie.If your schedule is empty or lacks quality the event orgs need to ask people that can run decent panels to actually run stuff. Even if it's just the committee running panels on various things they are actually informed about.
Oh yeah, I forgot about Russia,
I think you're slightly doubting asian cosplayers, as someone who as seen them first hand they are all a league above the average cosplayer, with their most famous ones being seen as almost representatives of their own country. Like Alodia etc.
They might not seem that big in the western sphere but other than people like Jnig, they don't know any western cosplayers there -- which is where it becomes very hard to compare.
I think you guys really over value the overall popularity of french cosplayers, I will admit germany and norway do produce some incredible talent but overall they're not that well known outside of europe.
To me it'd more likely be USA, asian countries, norway, russia, germany, south american countries, australia and then the rest of europe. Just a tier below everybody else/
Entitled much? ame, kita and aya aren't a business like LSCC and MCM. You're not paying them to entertain you.
Yeah, that amecon didn't have many panels and yeah that was my main gripe, but I enjoyed it. But it was no kita.
I'm sure everyone wants a convention committee member in their jeans and t-shirt telling us how to style a wig (!). Almost all the UK conventions are run by the people who are the least qualified to run a good panel (well the one's I've met anyway). You want actual cosplayers and people who research to run panels, so anon's point stands.
I've also seen asian cosplayers first hand and actually follow more asian cosplays online than I do western ones. Asian cosplayers have the best wigs and makeup without question but because they for the majority wear store bought (easily-accessible) costumes they don't qualify for the top spots in terms of quality. That's just me personally though, I can't rank store bought against handmade.
I also don't think Alodia is that good of an representative. Her most recent cosplays (particularly her very popular GoGo cosplay) wasn't made by her. Whilst she is very popular, I think there are much better asian cosplayers (such as Ying Tze or Yuegene Fay).
Minus the position of the asian countries, I agree with your ranking order though.
Then what are you paying for?
I know for a fact certain Aya and Kita has had panels that were organised by the committee/friends to fill the schedule.
I dunno about your cosplay entitlement but you can't just slap any cosplayer on a wig making panel, so many don't even do their own wigs or do interesting things with it.
Look at Minami, many of the panels are run by the committee who have a vested knowledge in the stuff they are talking about. So when I say "informed" I meant an actual participant about the field they are running the panel on.
Looks like the weeb cosplayer Abi Mill's ex boyfriend has spoken out about her bullshit and how he had to hide their relationship because of her "Youtube status". What a cunt.
The point is that you have someone on your committee organising events. These events might be from someone in the committee, someone from the community/attendees or someone external they've researched and contacted. It is not the job of attendees to make sure there's a timetable.
Actually we are paying them to entertain us, the whole point of a residential event is to provide a sufficiently filled out schedule to entertain people for the duration of the con. LSCC and MCM are trade shows, their only obligation is to provide a place for people to whore their shit
Actually wouldn't mind some kind of list of people who put on decent panels. Would mean I wouldn't be going in so blind at certain cons.
Well if her health was that important she wouldn't be going to Kitacon which isn't exactly cheap or spending money on new cosplays. If it's that serious you don't spend spend spend. No sympathy.
This rustles my jimmies so bad. She was going on about buying circle lenses for cosplays and her comeback to kita but this just smells shitty
Kek at the thirsty boys donating to her though in hopes of dem titties
>>It's literally just the U.K for being the shit anomaly. go us. ( or you, i'm from eastern europe in a country that cosplay doesn't exist in any way.)
Nope Ireland's an even shitter anomaly than the UK
Residential convention committees don't get paid like trade show events. It's the same as holding a party with your friends and chipping in on a pizza. You don't expect your friends to dance for you while you eat your pizza.
Every time I've worried about going to a con and not having anyone to hang out with due to drama, i've made a bunch of new friends. It'll be fine anon. If you need to make some new con friends fast, come to Tokonatsu this year, it's definitely the best one for getting to know randoms at any time of day and making friends.
Ok so.... I never ever thought I would revert into using one of these..... But let me first tell you why. In the past year I have suffered badly with a lot of health problems.... Including a lot of kidney problems and laser surgery on my womb. Recently I had to take a lot of time off work in December because I was poorly due to my surgery and Kidney issues including a very bad kidney infection and a suspected kidney stone. Because I'm supply staff I'm not entitled to any sick pay. So this is a one off campaign, so I can survive the month. I already have a lot of stuff for sale on Facebook to try and make this money, I'm not going to beg, because I'm really not the type of person to asks for someone's help especially with something as sensitive as this. But for once I'm honestly willing to admit I need help.
There's a high possibility that Sunnycon 5 in Newcastle might be getting Filthy Frank as a guest. That or Markiplier.
I know the Japanese VA for Rukia Kuchiki will be attending.
I hate that all the bigger cons are in the fucking South though. I've only ever been through London once and never left The Underground the entire time and prior to that the further South I'd been was Sheffield.
Meiko Shiraki ma little chickenwing.
How bout' u kazoku?
I'm not sure yet, but my better half is wearing some of her Lolita. I'm more interested in the dealers room and AA desu
Already got my hotel/tickets, it's just a long ass wait from here
>mfw just realising now that it is
Great, no MCM for me
Cosplayers pose for free and are far more comfortable posing on camera. I've shot with a couple of cosplay friends doing fashion/modeling, and I prefer it over using my own friends. They have better photography etiquette anyways and dont ask for the photos back on the day you took them......
Always feel like the photos are better appreciated with cosplayers too (dont get me wrong, some are absolute cunts and dont even say thank you if you get a photo back to them from a con, but majority are fine)
But I'm boring as fuck
MCM in May - Might be worse as I know my former friends will also be going, but its a big convention, chances are I wont see them around.
I hope I have your luck, anon.
I do see some benefits - I don't have to leave early because my friends want to go, don't have to do things I don't want to do in general.
Thanks for the replies, guys.
So I'm not entirely sure this is the right thread to ask, but MCM is apparently shipping over to both Germany and Belgium later this year. What's MCM like? Good con? Kind of have to start making choices on conventions since there's a very sudden rise of new cons here.
Because most cosplayers are desperate for photoshoots that aren't shitty con hall photos?? Why else do you see people wetting themselves over subpar photos that are anything other than those gross grey shutters?
Any norn Iron going to Q-Con this summer? First time Im going to it, whats it like?
Unfortunately not as I'm only going there to perform with my dance group, and we have a couple of dances we want to film a bit earlier during the day, so I won't have time to cosplay.
2 months to Kita!
What cosplay is everyone doing for it?
>who dropped out on who
Look who has the most progress and it'll be the other one.
Considering OddToggs was sharing her progress in about 30 places the other day I wouldn't think she dropped out.
you mean that ugly idiot that spams the MCM groups?
Getting your ass kissed in the MCM groups is hardly an accomplishment. I don't know how anyone can kiss the ass off of someone who plainly buys her own costume but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. whatever people jack off to nowadays
I'll be doing a Bloodborne boss, Lisa Lisa from Jojo and Kagura from Gintama.
I've applied for a panel again even though they rejected mine last year over a silly reason but I've come back with a different idea and waiting to hear back about it.
Lisa Lisa from JJBA and Smith from Monster Musume. I'm toying with the idea of doing something for one of the parties too, but I'm really too lazy for that. Might just get some cute dresses that work for my characters.
I wonder how many people here actually cosplays or makes their own costumes to a non shitty standard...
So far it looks around 36% grills, 11% neckbeards, 5% shitposters, 26% gulls, 22% unknown post here. Enjoy the shitistics.
>I wonder how many people here actually cosplays or makes their own costumes to a non shitty standard...
I wonder the same anon.
Can we get a show of hands? Maybe post what you're currently working on?
Depends on what you mean by shitty.
I've made the majority of mine but boy are there some that I would want to delete.
I mean, I never use ebay wigs and I don't glue my costumes together so ?
Been cosplaying for a ridiculous amount of years, and I'm working on three costumes at the moment, but like everyone else I'm not going to post myself. I'm too fat to be up to cgls version of good anyway, but my costumes are good quality even if I'm not.
Same. Been cosplaying a long time and I wouldn't say I'm a fantastic cosplayer, but I also don't think I turn out shit. I haven't been posted on cgl in a very long time AFAIK and it was very rare that I did get posted back in the day, which I take to mean that I am comfortably middling. Neither so amazing nor so terrible that seagulls would care. Suits me just fine.
I like to do a mixture. I pick one or two 'big' ones a year to make and then buy/cheapo cosplay some other characters to go with groups and friends. Last year my big one was Aigis and the year before that it was Da Capo Nonon.
I don't think I'm the best or anything but I've been enjoying challenging myself with cosplay and I feel like I've definitely gotten better over the years.
Haha, definitely not me. I like wearing costumes but I don't know how to make anything and I definitely don't have the time to invest in learning, so I just buy stuff. Wigs, makeup and shoots are the fun part for me, so I still get what I want out of it.
You need to give some good in betweens if you want to scale it like that.
I'd say I'm an above average-to-good cosplayer. I make all of my own stuff, have been praised for my technique & neatness and get asked to make tutorials & do commissions. However I don't fully class myself as a "good" cosplayer, because I only do sewing based projects and still have a lot to learn in regards to armour or props.
I know my strengths, my weaknesses and my body type, and I consider them all when choosing what cosplays I do.
I'm at the SFBall and day -1 of the con and there was already drama.
An autist had a meltdown in reception on Thursday because the even bigger autist she was sharing with on Friday, Saturday and Sunday phoned the hotel earlier this week and put herself on autist's 1 hotel booking without informing autist 1.
Later learned that autist 1 had the hotel and con boot autist 2 out of the room and into a spare room.
Saw autist 2 walking around looking sorry for herself and autist 1 smirk and give her the finger behind her back.
Toko's a festival; always was. It never classified itself as a con.
I was a gopher/volunteer for them 5 times, I know the committee very well and they're fantastic people to work with. They were absolutely amazing to me the last time I went when I went down with an epileptic seizure.
Sure there have been times when things haven't gone right, but no con/festival is perfect. I don't go any more because of new work commitments, and as well as the fact that I gave up on camping.
I was stupid enough to go to LAGC today; just came home.
Requested to pay at the door online, everything was what I had expected at an AL event but I didn't go for the wonderful fun I wanted to have there :P
I've recently started a small business selling Japanese artbooks, magazines and cosplay books, and I figure the dealers room would be okay to do.
One of the gophers sees me collecting some stock, asks me rudely what I'm doing. I explain, he calls for backup (for some reason). I explain to backup, remaining calm and composed the whole time (cos I'm that kind of fool), until one of them told me to (exact words) "fucking do one!".
Hasn't changed since I gophered when it first started at the Rocket Complex; we all mutinied when we realised he would take all credit and not thank us at all. I've been an anime con gopher for over 10 years and I know my shit both inside the venue and outside.
Heard people outside were given shit as well - "Oh, you haven't paid!" "This ticket isn't yours!" "Where's your ID to prove you're old enough for who-know-who to ogle at?".
I'm going to Amecon in July (gopher again), and I swear if I see who-know-who...
First day of LAGC (first time too). It was as poorly organised as I'd heard. They moved half the cosplay stuff from the area it was assigned to a different room halfway through the day.
Most of the stage shows were embarrassing. Kitty Brooker looked fucking disgusting. Saw Kyle, absolute autistic wanker.
Price of drinks was pretty decent though.
I have lost a lot of faith in the UK anime community as it is, in some parts, a pile of manure. Hence why I turn to the US instead.
That long-told saying: "Anime is cool, but it's just the fans that can suck."
Wow. What a bunch of arseholes. As long as you were paying for your stuff and not trying to black market it at the event itself, it's none of their business what you do with it after purchase.
I used to make my own costumes, but nothing anime or cosplay, I'm too autistic to do a solo cosplay and none of my friends enjoy the same kind of anime/games I do.
Hopefully I'll find something and start brushing up my skills, working on a much better bod which is a start.
Don't go to Anime League events, they aren't the UK anime fandom, it's just he-who-shall-not-be-named and his shit storm creating friends, running an event without any dedication, running them for e-penis and nefarious reasons.