Hey guys. Apologies for the very long post, but I feel as if this needs to be said.
I’m sure everyone remembers that really awesome, amazingly well made Jake English cosplay that was circulating around for a while? Their url is whatevachild.
These are some of the answered asks on their page. I noticed that some people were receiving really rude answers, and I felt as if I should say something. This cosplayer believes that if you aren’t perfect, then you’re a shitty cosplayer.
The very last two pictures are the responses I received to my asks to them. I honestly respected them as a cosplayer, and strived to make my cosplays as well as them one day. Now, I know I’m no professional, and I’m not some type of cosplay god, but I put a LOT of work into my cosplays. I spend a lot of money and time on them….but APPARENTLY, I will never be able to be as good as this person. I simply tried to be polite and let them know that maybe they should be a little less rude towards maybe not-so-amazing cosplayers, and this was the answer I got.
My point is, you can be an amazing cosplayer, and you can have your opinions, but there’s no need to make other people feel like shit because of a damn hobby. Feel free to take cosplay as seriously as you wish, but once you become a prick towards other people because their cosplay doesn’t live up to your own expectations, you become a pretty awful cosplayer.
Hey, Patricia here.
I would like to deeply apologize for being brought into this by a person with such discourteous behavior. In no means do I associate with him, nor would I ever have any desire to. I don’t even know who he is.
I actually don’t know if he is even referring to *me* here, because I’m not the only person who is named Patricia, and I’m not the only person who cosplays Karkat.
However, in the case that this is directed at me to “go do” something, I would just like to put this out there. You know, even if it’s NOT directed to me, I would like to put this out there anyway.
I am completely embarrassed by whatevachild/Joey’s behavior.
People in general, can we please remember what we have all [hopefully] learned since day one? You can have opinions, but don’t be nasty to people who don’t have the same opinion as you!
Not everyone is going to like the same thing, and not everyone is going to feel the same way about a certain subject, if that would be cosplay, drawing, food, even what movies they like and don’t like.
It would be perfectly acceptable for whatevachild to express his opinion that he feels it is only right for him to cosplay a character if you manage to either (1) have the same build as said character, or (2) you can manage to make yourself look like you have the same build as said character.
What is not acceptable, is the execution of how he expressed his opinion. No one likes to be called names or have insults thrown at them.
If someone, anyone, really does feel that their idea on a topic is the only correct idea, then being hostile about your views on it is not going to help people agree with you. The moment you call someone a name, is the moment you put that person on defense, and this closes any possible connection the two of you could possibly have.
So on that note, I am not going to do or say anything to anyone about “what it takes” to be a proper cosplayer or any type of ANYTHING, ESPECIALLY when someone tells me to.
I believe art is subjective, and cosplay is art. There is no right or wrong way to do something. YOU have to find out what works for YOU.
If you want to go to a thrift store and buy a pair of black leather gloves for your cosplay? GOOD!
If you want to buy a glove pattern and sew it yourself? GOOD!
We do things like these because we want to have FUN. So Joey, please do whatever you want to have fun, just be respectful to other people who don’t share your view on what effort and image is or isn’t.
Everyone else who feels differently? Keep on going with passion.
Also, one last thing: Mortisghost, over on his DA, has stated several times that his characters are up for the player’s interpretation, so it could be possible that The Batter may just be short and thin.