First time cosplaying

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Fritzy525

New Member
Hello cosplayers! I've been thinking about attending comic-con for the first time but I don't know anything about conventions, or cosplay. I mean, I've always loved the idea of going to one, but I've never been to one myself. If you guys could just let me know what I should do when cosplaying and what I should expect, please let me know. Thanks!
 

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Jedi Dade

Sr Member
Cosplaying can be a lot of fun - or it can take over your life - or both :).

I would suggest starting out simple and easy without striving for dead on accuracy - just see if you like it. If you do then you can dump your life savings into costumes - or learn to craft yourself. I guess it depends on your budget, and time you have to devote to it.

I say have fun without spending a ton of money then decide.

Jedi Dade
 

Fritzy525

New Member
Cosplaying can be a lot of fun - or it can take over your life - or both :).

I would suggest starting out simple and easy without striving for dead on accuracy - just see if you like it. If you do then you can dump your life savings into costumes - or learn to craft yourself. I guess it depends on your budget, and time you have to devote to it.

I say have fun without spending a ton of money then decide.

Jedi Dade
Well since you seem to know a lot, maybe you can help me a bit. I'm a huge Fallout nerd, (Tunnel Snakes RULE!!!!) and I'm thinking about dressing up as Arcade Gannon from the New Vegas game. I put in a picture of him, if that helps any. But anyways, what I was thinking was I was going to buy things such as the lab coat, pants, etc. But I think I'm going to make my own radio prop that you see on his coat. I'm also planning on making my own Followers of the Apocalypse patch and stitch it onto the lab coat. But everything else shouldn't be too hard to find, and I already have hair like his, so I'm not really worried about that. On the other hand, I am slightly worried about going to a convention. I'm not exactly sure how to get into character, and I don't know what to expect from a real cosplay convention.
 

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division 6

Master Member
Most of the cosplayers I've encountered ran around being obnoxious, a nuisance and dangerous to the public.

Costumers on the other hand are more professional, being at an event to show off their work and even be presenters and booth bunnies for vendors.

Some important things to keep in mind. (From personal experience)

1. You will be made fun of in public so don't have a thin skin.
2. You may be attached or harassed by stupid people.
3. Make sure your kit is well assembled, sturdy and field tested before an event. (see #2)
4. Take a repair kit in case something gets damaged or falls apart.
5. Try to make the costume as comfortable and easy to put on as possible (see #3)
6. Be able to breath and see. (temp control is a bonus)
7. Have a way of easily transporting and storing your kit.
8. Follow event rules. (if in doubt about something ask)
9. Be polite with fans especially children.
10. If it's a costume that is hard to get around in make sure you have a handler to escort and assist you.
11. Make sure all the parts are accounted for and in your transport container before you leave for the event. (have a check list)
12. Where will you be suiting up? Home, Parking Lot, Somewhere in the event building.
13. Will you have to travel a distance after suiting up, say from a parking garage a block or more away, (be prepared to lug everything if so)
14. Gone are the days when you could stroll down the street or even a Con with replica weapons so consider that in your costume choice.
15. Have a way to carry needed items on you, wallet / money, phone, anything else you may require (repair kit)
16. If possible make allowances in the costume for using the restroom.
17. Make sure to have food and liquids to keep yourself going.
18. If you go with others it enhances the experience especially in a "themed" group.
19. Don't worry about accuracy, as long as it can be recognized, that's all that matters.
20. Make sure to take mundanes (street clothes) with you so you aren't stuck in the costume all day)
21. Have Fun.
 

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ScreenFashions

New Member
Some people will act "in character" by imitating the character's voice and mannerisms. Pick a few phrases your character says and practice them in front of a mirror when you're in costume. If you've never been to a convention before, I suggest starting at a smaller convention and then moving up to bigger ones. The crowds and sensory overload can be overwhelming. And don't be afraid to approach other cosplayers to compliment their costumes or ask for a photo.
 

George

Master Member
At my first Comic Con 30,000 people I didn't know buzzing in several halls intimidated the sh# out of me...literally.
The keywords here are bathroom visits.Make sure your suit can be (partially) disassembled or removed ASAP.Anything else is peanuts and/or logistics.
 
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enterprise0216

Sr Member
Exactly do it for fun, your there to have a good time and meet like minded people. Some folks make Cosplaying a professional job. However, that doesn’t always apply because some who call themselves professional cosplayers fall short on how to be polite and courteous to fellow cosplayers. It’s not always the case but you will know who is who on how they act. Again like many have said here and I echo their words, HAVE FUN!!
 

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