- Posted August 3, 2014 by
San Diego, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
San Diego Comic-Con 2014: Who wore it best?
Cosplay at Comic-Con
The other event had to do with a growing problem of harassment of cosplayers by convention attendees, either emotionally, verbally of physically. From openly mocking cosplayers to physical abuse, some attendees felt that a sexy costume was an invitation to touch and feel cosplayers. The situation got so bad that some conventions, including the San Diego Comic-Con, have taken varying steps in posting and enforcing anti-harassment policies. There are a number of organizations devoted to the motto Cosplay is Not Consent.
What I noticed personally about the popularity of cosplay, and conventions in general in the last few years, is a lot of newcomers to the scene don’t have a history of cosplay or conventions. If I may be a bit bold, I would say with the influx of new fans, who are more fratboy than fanboy, they bring a fratboy, party town mentality to conventions. Another and more telling issue has to do with the presentation of cosplayers by the people that promote cosplay. I’m mainly focusing on photographers who aren’t necessarily long time convention goers. If you look at many online blogs or newspapers covering a convention and especially cosplay events, look at the photos posted. A vast majority of those photos will be of scantily clad beautiful women. You might get a few men, if the costumes are good, maybe a few zombies (well if it is a sexy zombie of course) and considering the thousands of people who come in costume at any given convention, and the amount of photographers covering those conventions, it is remarkable how many repeats of the same cosplayers, normally attractive women, are in the portfolio of different photographer’s posting.
I tried doing something different in this batch of photos and I hope to continue this in the future. I want to show the full spectrum of cosplayers and use the same techniques for all of them. What I mean is I would photograph all of them with the same skill and care. If the costume is elaborate, plain, well known or your own inspired creation I wanted to show the joy of cosplay to an audience. I didn’t want all scantily clad women or all super elaborate. I wanted an arrangement of cosplayers that illustrated the variety of inspiration someone could get from cosplay.