| Putting the Unity back Community
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Putting the Unity back Community


We live in a world where everything we do is scrutinized.  Even hobbies we do for pleasure is out there in the eyes of the public thanks to social media.  And while you think social media would bring us even closer as community (and it has to certain degrees) it has also created this rift between us as well.

I know I’m going to sound like an old grannie here, but when I started cosplaying I remember that we were a tight knit community.  It was about the fandom and sharing that fandom with like-minded individuals.  Of course there was drama, there is always drama, but it seemed to act more like the ocean coming and going in waves instead of the cataclysmic earthquake that tears us apart little by little each time.  The community is divided now.  If it got that way because of fake geeks, TV shows, thirst for fame, you know what? IT DOESN’T FUCKING MATTER.  How we transformed from a community united by things we love, to whatever we call ourselves now (because it sure doesn’t feel like a community to me anymore) isn’t the point and shouldn’t be what we are fighting about amongst ourselves.

All that energy we spend calling out each other should instead be funneled into what all united us in the first place, creating and wearing costumes.  Regardless if you make everything on your costume yourself or spent months gathering the ready-made pieces, you still put time and love to transform yourself into that character you can’t wait to embody.  That want, that drive, that love of a fandom are the elements that unites us as a community.  If we forget that and focus on the negative, we loose something great and what a lot of us used to claim as sanctuary from critics of normal life.

We all have our own ideas of what cosplay is and how it should be done, but just like opinions those are your own and should never be forced on someone else.  Cosplay is an art form and like all art, there is no right or wrong way to do it.  Create things because you love to create it.  I want to see this community be a thriving one once again.  A community in which all feel welcome and are encouraged to partake in this very rewarding hobby.  I believe if we make the effort to foster positivity, creativity and unity we will once again be a united thriving community.


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Mel is an internationally know cosplayer, who has won several awards for her costume work. She is skilled seamstress and artist, taking pride and value in the art of crafting costumes. Having been cosplaying for over a decade, she is a valued veteran of the cosplay community.

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  • William Fenton

    As a father of a 7 year old girl who loves to dress up in costume and take pictures with other people playing characters, I absolutely love the people in the “cosplay” community that we have met so far. Every one has been very positive and encouraging. My daughter knows that the characters she meets are people dressed up as the characters, but she loves to pretend they are who they are dressed up as. My wife hand makes most of my daughter’s costumes and my daughter rocks the home made ones with even more pride than the store bought ones. I love the fact that my daughter knows princesses, superheros, video game and movie characters. I am just a proud nerdy, geeky, dorky dad and I thank each an everyone of you fine ladies and gentlemen who take the time to stop for a picture and short conversation with my little girl. I love how amazing and accepting everyone has been that we have interacted with so far. There are so many of you that I am glad that my daughter looks up to as role models. I want my daughter to grow up to be passionate, positive, encouraging, and accepting like so many of you are. I see so many strong, talented, beautiful women in this community and I am humbled to be able to be a part of it. Every community is a cross section of society so there will always be good and bad. I am very happy that this community speaks out so loudly against prejudice, hate, and separatism.

    May 1, 2014

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