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Posted 9/14/13
ever since i attended my first con ive been just thinking it would be fun to give it a try but what should i expect and anyone have advice for me?
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Posted 9/14/13
Cosplaying at first will definitely be an interesting experience! Having pictures taken by random people and posing as your characters while doing so is something you don't get to do everyday right? Don't worry too much about the cosplay itself. Think of it more as a costume you wear to a HUGE party at conventions, with thousands of people having fun WITH you

Also, to cosplay expect to spend some money on costumes and props. That'll be the biggest hassle but other than that, I'd say it's a fun thing to do
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Posted 9/15/13
^^ I second what KsideHb said! It likely won't be much different to going to a convention without cosplay, only you'll get strangers asking to take a picture.

Cosplay does take a bite out of your expense. Though, my first cosplay was very low budget since everything was thrift-shopped. However, once you get into cosplay, go have fun at conventions, and meet cosplayers, you'll be able to gain experience and help. So it's something you'll grow into if you choose to continue.

I would suggest cosplaying with a friend though! Whether they've cosplayed before or not. You'll probably be more comfortable that way and you'll guarantee to have fun no matter what happens in your first dip into cosplay!

Hope you'll have fun!
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Posted 9/15/13 , edited 9/15/13
Plan way, waaaaay ahead. Everything will take longer than you expect! If possible, make your cosplay, then pick the con you want to bring it to, rather than picking a con and planning a cosplay around that, especially for your first one.

Like Fold says, cosplaying with a friend/group is always more fun than by yourself! You get to do group poses, plan together, help each other out (I suck at sewing, but can help others make props, that kind of thing), and just enjoy the process even before wearing the outfits.

At the con, bring:
* Safety pins
* Hot glue gun (dual or low temp, since you might need to press the glue close to your skin for a quick repair on something)
* Fishing line (great for tying stuff together at the last minute)
* Sewing kit
* A few of the main paint colors for your props if possible and a brush in case of damage

Not sure about your planned cosplay, but most don't have pockets.. plan ahead if you want to bring a camera or cash or anything with you in costume. If someone asks for a pic, try putting any carried bag behind your legs where it's less visible to the camera - oh, and same with your con badge - either have it easy to remove/hide, or maybe have it on your belt at your back so it doesn't show in most photos. And be prepared to have a lot of people ask for a picture

I also always warn people that being in a cosplay is usually hot, and given all the photos being taken and such, you might forget to drink enough. Dehydration and overheating are things you need to be aware of, so drink up and only stay in cosplay for a short while to start. You can always get back into costume later if you're feeling up to it.

Sadly, there are always people who will make fun of cosplayers - from people on the street to other cosplayers. Be ready for people like that, and ignore them.

On the bright side.. be prepared to have a lot of fun! And be sure to have someone else take your picture so you have it. I've done a couple of cosplays where I forgot to do that and have no pics to share of them now.
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Posted 9/15/13 , edited 9/15/13
To add with what Makoto has said.

Don't let the stress of people picking on cosplayers get you down. In the long run the majority are willing to sit and talk with just about anyone. When I went to my first con 6 years ago I went alone and I met so many great folks and had a great time. I look at it like this at cons. If you can bring a smile to someones face it makes my day. You will meet those outside of the con in the public that will recognize a character and will want to take a picture with you. Little kids always love people dressed up in cosplay because they see it as something fun to do.

Another thing that you need to make sure on is besides drinking water also make sure you have a few real food meals a day as well. I know so many people that go to a consuite or just eat junk food at conventions. I have also seen those who went without food for a day or two. It doesn't end well. The best thing as well is know where there are food locations around the convention center so you can get something to eat. Most places around a Convention Center usually get a heads up on when a major convention is taking place so they can prepare staff and their stocks for the weekend. Most places are also very friendly to Cosplayers on that weekend as well because A) They love the business and B ) They like what the community does as well.
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Posted 9/17/13
I cosplayed for the first time this past summer, and it was unbelievably fun!
The con was three days; for two of the days I dressed up as Hermione from Harry Potter (I know, not anime, but I was not the only person at the con dressed up in Harry Potter garb!)
One of my favourite things is that people will talk to you as if you ARE the character (I had the most fantastic in-character conversation with Deadpool). It's especially fun when you're cosplaying as a character that little kids will recognize (I met a six-year-old girl who was so excited to meet "Hermione").
Be prepared for people to ask for photos, a lot, especially if you're cosplaying as a well-known character. It's awesome if you agree and it really won't take much time and it's a lot of fun posing for photos! But also remember that you're not obligated to stop for photos if you're in a hurry/not feeling well/any other reason like that. Just be polite about it. :)
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followthesound wrote:

I cosplayed for the first time this past summer, and it was unbelievably fun!
The con was three days; for two of the days I dressed up as Hermione from Harry Potter (I know, not anime, but I was not the only person at the con dressed up in Harry Potter garb!)
One of my favourite things is that people will talk to you as if you ARE the character (I had the most fantastic in-character conversation with Deadpool). It's especially fun when you're cosplaying as a character that little kids will recognize (I met a six-year-old girl who was so excited to meet "Hermione").
Be prepared for people to ask for photos, a lot, especially if you're cosplaying as a well-known character. It's awesome if you agree and it really won't take much time and it's a lot of fun posing for photos! But also remember that you're not obligated to stop for photos if you're in a hurry/not feeling well/any other reason like that. Just be polite about it. :)


Also if you are a very popular character and someone wants a photo try to direct them to a less crowded area if the request comes near or in a choke point.

I was at AWA this past weekend cosplaying The Stig from Top Gear and my highlight was as I was walking the lobby there was young girl(tween/very early teens)sitting with her parents and as I was nearing the girl began to wave and stuck her hand out.
I stopped thinking she wanted to shake the Stig's hand but it turned out she was a special needs child and wanted my help to come down from the somewhat high ledge she and her folks were sitting on,once she was down she communicated to her dad to get the camera and gave Stig a big ol hug.
Since I'm an extremely outgoing person staying in the silent totally unphased by anything character of The Stig can be difficult particularly when being asked a direct question(most folk have someone that clue them in that I'm not being rude I'm just in character)so I have a few note cards that I carry covering the Stig FAQ( He's the Stig's Otaku Cousin, fave car Buggauti Veron etc)but the look on that little girls face when her "hero" helped her down and posed with her for a couple of pictures,shook her hand and gave her a big hug before continuing along made every dime spent putting together that costume worthwhile.
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Posted 10/10/13
I say pick a cosplay u don't see often or put ur own touch to the cosplay, and look out for duchbags that think they know everything and think there cosplay is sooo much better then everyone els lol^_^
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Posted 10/10/13 , edited 10/10/13
my first experience was lots of hugs and pictures it was a great day to be Tamaki Senpai!

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Posted 10/12/13
lol the first time I cosplayed was as Gray Fullbuster and things were nice had a few pictures taken but nothing special, second time was as Sebastian Michaelis and that was an experience and a half, somewhere between 100-200 pictures taken per day, on top of that it didn't help that I managed to find a madame red, a ciel, a grell and the crypt keeper which we all ended up just hanging out so people wanted to take pictures with the entire group a lot too lol




Her'es a picture before we found Grell and the Crypt Keeper




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