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How does /cgl/ feel about cosplay guests at conventions?

Should they be receiving comped rooms and travel expenses? Should they get paid for attending, or get a free table in AA to sell prints? How much work should be expected out of a cosplay guest? Should they judge the costume contest or just run a few panels? Do cosplayers really care about cosplay guests at all?
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People on cgl aren't the target audience of cosplay guests. Cosplay guests are for casuals/normies/beginner cosplayers, who make up 90% of the people who actually pay for badges. They actually get really excited about meeting their cosplay senpai or 3d waifu, even if the cosplayer is just a pretty face and doesn't make their own cosplays (i.e. spiral cats). Even at Anime Impulse, which is badly run and has no programming, had a huge attendance increase just by bringing Ely Cosplay and Hikarin over, and the lines to meet them were extremely long for a con of that size. The main point of guests is to increase attendance, and cosplay guest do that really well. Cosplay guests that are just pretty faces bring in a lot more people than Cosplay guests that are good at crafting, in all honesty.
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>>9792257
It's pretty much the same with those stupid photo shoot contests people do on instagram and shit. The number of times I've seen people's friends win their photo shoot contests is pretty suspect.
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>>9791548
Seconding high-tier cosplayers that focus on quality builds like J Hart, Kamui, Lightning, and are willing to share their knowledge in panels or Q&As or contest judging.

Got to go to a con with J Hart as a guest and missed all of his panels (shoot me) because of my own poor timing, but I did manage to meet him in the hallway and he was nothing but sweet. His makeup/body shaping game is also on point, like damn, my friend couldn't even tell he was a guy until after I told him.

His panels were stuff like structured bodice and advanced sewing (perfect for someone like me who's already been through some formal sewing training for fashion) and I think he added a lot to the community. Cosplay is all about turning yourself into the character, and he does it really well. He's sharing his knowledge with others. That's pretty fucking awesome.

Other cosplay panelists I think add value are weapon-prop builders like Kamui Cosplay and Lighting Cosplay. They often hold workshops at the cons they're invited to, or act as judges. It's much easier to give value to an award if it's given by people that are respected in the community for their handiwork (rather than their boobs or sexuality).

Also worth a shoutout for high-tier builds are Volpin props, but I feel like he's becoming almost industrious in nature. His materials and techniques, even if he shares them (he doesn't), really can't be utilized by the normie cosplay community.
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>>9794305
I'm in the same boat about missing panels but mine was with Kamui when she came to Paradise City Comic Con back in January. Timing for taking off work and about a 4 hour drive stood in the way.
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>>9793583
He had a pretty informal process -- Paypal him some money (iirc $5) and he'll email the Powerpoint. You could probably contact him through one of his pages ("hey, I heard from the community that you were making your bodice construction Powerpoint available for purchase and I'd love to buy it for reference" or something like that) for more direct information!

You know the drill
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>>9794521
Didn’t say the coord was great or perfect.

I can still think it looks good without it being 10/10 completely spot on.
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>>9788316
>>9788772

...It's not a guy?
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>>9794750
It’s because it’s easy to troll and get reactions. How else can they justify their untouched boner if it’s not trying to insult a board that is known to have women on it?
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>>9792901
I’m so sad for this dress
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>>9794160
In defense of nitpicks, when the rest of the coord is good I find it even harder to understand how someone doesn’t notice a glaring flaw like this.

Curious if anyone knows where to access photos and video posts from this years Katsucon? More specifically from the Ball.

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>When small conventions in small towns try charging as much for badges as some of the biggest conventions in the country

Why do small cons shoot themselves in the foot like this? I get that they need more money to expand and that being in usually smaller towns far away from big cities with big conventions that a lot of people will suck it up and pay the $70+, but Christ. What in god's name makes them think that they can charge as much as some of the biggest cons in the country? There's a big difference in what you're getting.

Has cgl ever been to any small cons like this? What was it like?
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>>9792084
They should lower prices because it's a lower quality con. Prices probably won't attract people from bigger cities with bigger cons anyways, a better convention will--and these cons just aren't that.
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I go to a pretty dinky local con near me and it costs $30 for a weekend pass.
It's... slightly over priced.
I'm hoping since it's at a community college that has now merged with a really big state college which has a nice campus (and hotels nearby) it will eventually expand and be a little more worth it.
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Seishuncon. It's quite easily the most boring and bland convention in the state and they still had the gall to charge $40 this year. I ghosted the year before because i thought $20 wasn't worth it and then was fucking floored at the boost in price they had this year. Not to mention that parking was $30 on top of it. I don't know many people who went to the con and actually bought a badge.
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>>9792195
At least last year TnT had Baby, bit now they're back to no name guests.
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Brony conventions typically have prices that high for the weekend of at least $60. They never get that big in attendance that's not Bronycon. They include limited sponsorship badges with the top alicorn level tier go as high as $2000.

Hina Kagiyama cosplay

Do you have some ideas or links that could help me with the dress?

Or should I just buy it online?
Because I can't find any quality ones so...
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I actually bought that one from that site and it was nice quality, looked good and fit me perfect. If you're a stickler for details there's some things you can change(the ties on the collar and the crisscross over the design on the skirt fnd the ribbons) that its a great base for. I can't sew so this was a great thing for me so I recommend that site if you can't make anything

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So I just saw a conversation in my local cosplay group that made me finally realize something about cosplay photography. Most people don't need a professional photographer, they just want a decent god damn picture.

I'm not a professional cosplayer and I have no intention of selling prints of my work. I'm not trying to get 1000 likes on facebook or anything like that. But I do put hundreds of dollars and dozens of hours into making my costumes and I would like a picture of me wearing it that looks decent. The problem is, I can't take a picture of myself.

As I was reviewing a year of con photographs, all taken by various people, I could see that certain friends were able to take good pictures while the ones others took were pure shit, every single one. I'm not sure if the problem is that they don't know how to take a decent picture or if they just don't give a fuck when I ask them take one.

I have friends that are professional photographers. I know how much their equipment and software costs. I know they have knowledge on how to setup a great shot. I'm aware that after the photoshoot they have to spend more time editing. For those services, $200 or more is a completely fair price for a one hour photoshoot. However a lot of cosplayers don't have the money to pay for all that, or would rather put that money into another costume or two.

Have you ever had someone take a photo and they stare at the screen and click the button without saying anything and hand the phone back and you know even before you look at it that the picture is shit? Do you wonder why after people click the picture and see it on their phone when it has obvious problems and think to themselves "yeah that's good enough."

All I want is a decent god damn picture.
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>>9779935
This. My friends have taken better photos of me with a fucking camera phone than most "professional cosplay photographers". Not willing to pay a cent to those greedy motherfuckers, just gonna shoot each other with my friends. Every asshole these days think that if they get a $1000 camera with a mediocre lens they can start charging $200 a shoot because m-muh equipment cost and effort! Yeah you yanked up the exposure and saturation in Photoshop and delivered 3 photos, money well spent.
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>>9792645
The best cosplay photo I ever got was on an old iphone. It's still getting me notes two years later. Absolutely no "professional" photographer has even come close to this photo despite me going to 3 cons with this same costume.

None of them seemed to know anything about angles, lighting, and how to actually work with your model. (Somebody's got double chin? Ask them to fucking perk their chin out. Christ. Did it for my friend all weekend at the last con and her shots turned out okay.)

I'm this close to just getting a used DSLR and a solid lens just so I can take this shit into my own hands. However, when it comes time for me to do a photoshoot with my friend (to fixed a botched one from our last con) I'm worried I'm shit out of luck.
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>>9793069
post le pic
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>>9793069
I'd rather remain anonymous. Sorry. Small fandom.
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>>9779935
>>9792645
>>9793069

Anyone with a camera can swindle some money from somebody and then call themselves a professional. It's your job to check their work and see if it's on par with what you are paying, or your expectations.
You wouldn't buy a personalized painting without seeing the person artwork beforehand and then be angry once you see the final product looks like shit.

Thoughts and feelings on cosplayers darkening or lightening their skin for cosplay.
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>>9792268
>so angry they replied 2 weeks later
Must've REALLY struck a nerve
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>>9766271
THIS
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>>9792650
Sure you did
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>>9765174

It's can't be considered racism, they're just trying to match the character. There's not a single thing wrong with that apart from the health issue they can get for fucking up their skin.

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The most recognized, the photo that make you fall in love with lolita, etc, post them all
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>>9794007
ok but that's not what this thread is for newfag
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>>9794149
it literally is
this thread is not for shoe talk
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>>9794017
ntayrt but shoes that fit correctly will not have a large gap at the heel and your toes will also not be mashed into the toes of the shoes
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>>9794149
>doesn't read the thread description
>Calls a valid poster a newfag

Ok newfag
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>>9793890
Cosplay lolita plz

How do you organize your wardobre. Mine is a cluster I need help .
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>>9792827
Everything I’ve ever seen from Wayfair has been utter trash... I’m sorry anon. Ikea has been much better in my experience, if you are still looking to buy new
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>>9793901
Your apartment looks so nice. I wish places were set up and styled like that in the US. Thanks for sharing.
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>>9793901
This was super amusing, thank you for this!

>>9794072
This honestly looks like every apartment I’ve lived in in the US... just look for pre-war buildings.

>bonus: walls so thick I can’t hear the neighbors fucking
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>>9794097
Maybe in New England or something, but none of the apartments I've lived in in the midwest or west coast were like that. Older buildings here never seem to be taken care of properly either.
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>>9794103
I’ve only ever lived in the midwest... If you live in the city, I promise there’s a pretty, well taken care of old building somewhere

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Just normal boys medium length hair with... what do you call them? Thick, long, sideburns? This is the only picture I have of this hairstyle but I'm not showing this to anyone.
So how should I describe it in barber language?
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>>9784288
dude that hair is gonna look like this irl it aint gonna be cute
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>>9784288
You can always just crop the picture and show it to your hair stylist. And don’t go to a barber. Someone who cuts women’s hair might be more understanding.
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i believe you mean "forelocks"
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Because I'm unashamed of how much of a cringey weeaboo fuck I am, I took some pics of Heather into a salon a couple years ago and told them to do their best. The cut wasn't a perfect match, but they did a pretty good job. Idk how well an anime style would work since the hair is always just a blob of color, but it's worth a shot.
I think it would be easier to take in a pic of a fairly detailed video gayme boy. Pick one of the angsty boys from the Final Fantasy series maybe?
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>>9793732
Fuck off


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Red flags for Cosplay.

>Amazon wigs
>Actually dyed hair which looks fried and crispy
>Has Instagram, Twitter or Facebook where they post non-cosplay material onto their cosplay accounts.
>Treats twitter like the bible
>Says they're a lesbo but probably actually isn't and just memes it because they want to fit in
>Uironically uses weeb words like ahegao
>Posts ahegao selfies and gets a bunch of fame for it, then takes them down and says "I don't want to be known for doing that stuff" after gaining followers
>Has a patreon yet doesn't make their own costumes.
>Cosplays characters when they aren't familiar with the source material itself (Every 2hu Cosplayer)
>Has a manyvids account
>Has a ko-fi
>Over use of filters like Snow
>Uses animal filters (like dog, cat, bunny etc) WAY too frequently

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Biggest avoid-this-person warning to me is when there's a character name of any sort in the profile username. You're either nuts or 12.
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>>9793833
Right? This person sounds so aggressive. Almost like they have to be in everyone else's face about their thotism, insecure tramp.
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>>9793952
Replying to yourself is a little sad, especially when you complain about samefagging.
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>fakeboi
>claim to be trans or cis male while clearly having boobs
>has bull nose piercing that does not remove even for photos
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>>9793972
Lol I'm not replying to myself, stop crying faggot and accept that people don't like thotty beggars.

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Do you ever wish you could go back to the early/mid 2000s and go to small conventions without smartphones? When everyone at cons was talking about Utena and many people hadn't heard the terms manga and anime (despite being aware of DBZ and Pokemon)? When you had to share shitty clips of the con directly between each other on forums instead of youtube and IG?
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>>9787648
Holy shit, I remember this! I was 14 and therefore didn't use 4chan but I remember being told to evacuate lmfao
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That masters thesis on cosplay will be a big help while you are making Frappuccinos.
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Can't relate to any of this my first con was anime matsuri 3 years ago
The only difference between then and now was I didn't have depression
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>>9767673
You're depressed about being old. I'm in my 30s and feel the same.
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>>9787695
t. McDonald's reject

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>>9790800
>no Kozi
>no Tetsu
They are saving them for the 30th anniversary right guys? g-guys?
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>>9782104
I bought tickets.
so wgonna be worth it. now the onlyp roblem is WHAT TO WEAR
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>>9791232
No Tetsu, No point.
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>>9791232
Kozi will be there though...
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>>9782104
I don't know. The last time I went the venue was located up a hill and I hated walking up it in egl and heels. It was too much of a workout. When I left I had a good time watching girls try to walk down the steep hill in their platforms in heels. If the venue is walkable to get to and there are tickets, maybe I'd go.

Simeone know this boy?
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>>9785063
@queenrikachuu on IG. Pretty sure she's a girl.
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can confirm it's a girl. Traps usually have that bold jaw line too
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>>9788673
Don't lie
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>7 posters
Self-post confirmed
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>>9793720
At least two or three of them are replies from the clearly delusional OP, retard.



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