Friday, 9 November 2012

How to Cosplay Like a Human Being at Conventions

          In reading one of the recent articles by Molly McIsaac on iFanboy.com titled "How to Behave Like a Human Being at Conventions", I have to admit to being put off by some of the things that were talked about and it is probably not how you would expect.
I am a cosplayer who has been costuming since 2000, and have been attending conventions in costume since 2002. I have experienced every type of behavior listed in this article while in costume at a convention. I have been hit on, groped, photographed without permission, had lewd comments slung at me and while I don't condone a lot of the demeaning behavior that goes on at a lot of conventions to women in costume (ie the "cup size" interview with Mandy Caruso at NYCC '12), there are a few key points that were discussed in this article that I would like to bring up.

 I want to clarify that it is completely up to the cosplayer if she wants to dress as a more revealing "sexy" character or a more modest one. However, there is quite a difference in the type of response you will get at a convention.

In her article, Molly asks us "If you saw a stranger on the street, would you behave this way towards them?" and my answer is "Are they dressed in the same skimpy outfit showing the same amount of ass? If so, then yes! And most men would as well." Conventions aren't any different than bars or pubs or restaurants or any other public place. If you dress in a revealing manner, you are going to get at least a few people who do things like this. And guess what-- you cannot control it. Men will always be attracted to a great toned female ass or great cleavage or stomach or anything else.

In the subject of "No Touching!" I have a few things to say about that. There are some instances where touching is extremely inappropriate and wrong; case in point being butt touching. I have had this happen before at a convention, where a sneaky patron in a thick crowd grabs my butt, knowing that I will never be able to identify who did it. This is 100% wrong and is sexual harassment and can be prosecuted against. However, when a person asks me nicely for a photograph with a smile on their face, I am expecting them to put an arm around me if they want to, and most times I am the one who puts an arm around them. I like to be warm and inviting. Some people go lower in the waist than I feel is ideal but different people have different ideas of what is comfortable or not and I can sacrifice one moment of awkwardness to save a fan the embarassment of confrontation. I like to represent a idea of my character that is very personable and friendly. I want people to see a version of Lara Croft who enjoys being around people, as opposed to someone who is standing stiff armed two feet away from the person who is in the photograph with them. So if I must, I will grab their hand and move it away. It takes two seconds and not even a moment's thought.


Being in cosplay to me isn't just about getting attention from the other convention go-ers. I like my costume to represent the character well and to improve the experience for everyone around me. I don't go to a convention thinking in terms of "me, me, me". I go to a convention thinking about how much fun I can have and how I can pass that off onto others. I don't worry myself with questions about if some "pervert" is fantasizing about me in his hotel room later on because the truth is, I don't care! And it's an individual's choice and right who they can fantasize about, as long as they aren't stalking me or impeding on my wellbeing.

If you are feeling very uncomfortable about what an attendee is doing towards you, or they blatantly crossed the line from legal to illegal harassing behavior, by all means speak up! But for anything less, I encourage you to think twice. Do you really want to be "that chick" who is telling people "Don't touch me!" or reprimanding another attendee for taking a picture of her eating a cheeseburger. These people are taking pictures of us because they like us and appreciate our costumes and/or physical beauty. Be happy about it. See the positive in this instead of focusing on what these people did wrong.  We represent cosplayers all over the world when we go to a convention in costume.

Your convention experience depends a lot on what you make of it. Enjoy it!


Sunday, 16 September 2012

Who wants a Poster??


Posters are now on sale of this awesome image by Adam Jay of Superhero Photography! We only have 50 of these posters at the moment so be sure to hurry and grab one before they quickly sell out! (And they will)

Want details? Visit the post on his official facebook page!  CLICK HERE!



Monday, 23 July 2012

Games Mentor Cosplayer of the Week


I have been lucky enough to be featured on www.gamesmentor.com as their cosplayer of the week. Check it out here!


Monday, 2 July 2012

New Interview on Superhero Photography

Superhero Photography's website just kickstarted a new column titled "Featured Cosplay" and asked me to give the first interview. Here is a description of the column as quoted from the page:

"Hello SuperHero Photography Fans!
You’ve seen our images? Do you love them? Do you wonder about the characters behind those AWESOME cosplays? Well we’ve decided to run a new fortnightly column/article featuring characters that Adam has had the pleasure of shooting!  Among other items, we’ll bring you daily quotes, a mini interview with the cosplayer and links to fab tutorial sites.
Think of it as a little way of us saying ‘Thanks!’ for following us (and also we want everyone to create their own EPIC cosplays!!)."

You can read my interview by clicking here



Sunday, 1 July 2012

Oz Comic Con

This weekend I "attended" Oz Comic Con. I used quotations because I didn't actually make it onto the convention floor. The event turned out to be oversold before the day it started, making passes extremely competitive to come by. Unfortunately, this means they sold out of tickets while I was in line waiting. I didn't let this stop me from having fun though, as there was still a lot of fun things to see in the lobby area. Hopefully next year the con will be a bit better organized on the ticket-side of things and I'll be able to attend.

Here are some of my favorite pictures from the event....







Thursday, 28 June 2012

Costume Supercenter is hosting a cosplay contest for Comic-Con 2012

There will be a $1000 shopping spree and a $500 cash prize awarded to the winner. You don't even have to attend Comic-Con to qualify. I'd probably buy a slew of superhero costumes to debut at the next convention I go to. What would you do with the winnings? Check out all the details by clicking below:





Thursday, 21 June 2012

There Is No Rape in the New Tomb Raider 2013 Game

     
             Contrary to popular belief, there is, in fact, no rape scene in the upcoming Tomb Raider game set to release in March 2013. Many fan sites argue this, stating that the pivotal scene in the new crossroads trailer where Lara is forced to defend herself by killing a man for the first time is indeed a rape scene.


             Because of this uproar in the Tomb Raider fan community, Crystal Dynamics' studio head Darrell Gallagher came out with an official statement regarding this scene in the trailer:


‘We had a great E3 with Tomb Raider and received a fantastic public and press response, with the game picking up numerous “game of the show” awards based on the new direction taken with the franchise. Unfortunately we were not clear in a recent E3 press interview and things have been misunderstood. Before this gets out of hand, let me explain.


‘In making this Tomb Raider origins story, our aim was to take Lara Croft on an exploration of what makes her the character she embodies in late Tomb Raidergames. One of the character defining moments for Lara in the game, which has incorrectly been referred to as an ‘attempted rape’ scene is the content we showed at this year’s E3 and which over a million people have now seen in our recent trailer entitled “Crossroads”.


‘This is where Lara is forced to kill another human for the first time. In this particular section, while there is a threatening undertone in the sequence and surrounding drama, it never goes any further than the scenes that we have already shown publicly. Sexual assault of any kind is categorically not a theme that we cover in this game.


‘We take great care and pride in our work and are focused on creating a release that will deliver meaningful storytelling, drama, and exciting gameplay. We’re sorry this has not been better explained. We’ll certainly be more careful with what is said in future.’


Source: The Independent

Friday, 1 June 2012

New E3 2012 Gameplay Trailer

                After being in the dark for quite a while on the development of the new Tomb Raider game we finally get to see more footage from the upcoming game. The story appears to be more complex and interesting than I originally thought. It is certainly an exciting time for all Tomb Raider fans!


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Tuesday, 3 April 2012

New Video by Adam Jay and Sam Highfield


Sam Highfield created an awesome video edited together with the pictures from the Adam Jay photoshoot in March. Check out his facebook profile for more of his stuff here.


Friday, 23 March 2012

New Gallery: After the Raiding is Done...

I have finally finished the gallery for my "After the Raiding is Done.." photo set. You can find the gallery here or by clicking the picture below.



Friday, 16 March 2012

New Interview on the Official Tomb Raider Blog

I recently did an interview to kick off the new section on the Official Tomb Raider Blog called "Croft Couture", which will feature cosplay. You can check it out here or by clicking the picture below.


                                                                       www.officialtombraiderblog.tumblr.com

New Photo Gallery by Adam Jay Added!

I had the pleasure of working with the incredibly talented Adam Jay from Superhero Photography to produce some of my best Lara photos to date. You can find more of his awesome work at www.superherophotography.co.uk

                                                                        (click the photo to go to straight to the gallery)

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Oh dear, I accidentally...

the ice axe. I can't wait to go break a bone playing with this thing!


Saturday, 25 February 2012

New Adventures Page Added!



To follow all of my latest adventures in the outdoor world, be it climbing, abseiling, hiking, skydiving, or base jumping, I will post pictures and reports in this section. Feel free to check it out here or just click the "Adventures" tab up at the top. Happy Raiding!

~Jenn Croft