Okay can I talk about my binder for a sec?
I’m a 34D, so all binders are awkward for me. Small band, large cup. So I never get quite flat, but some lumpy monstrosity with underboob poking out. But this one gets me the closest to flat while being the most comfortable binder I own.
And it looks like a tanktop!! And it was $10!!
It’s got stretchy bits on one side, and a line of bra-like clasps on the other that you can adjust to three different sizes, again like a bra. I didn’t overheat or even really sweat even when wearing it under a shirt in early summer pre-storm humidity. And once you get yourself situated just right, you can’t tell the tank is actually a binder.
EDIT: Here’s the link!
This is definitely inspired by the Cosplay ≠ Consent campaign (or more exactly, CONsent) and by an older but new to me story on The Mary Sue about a Black Cat cosplayer who had enough of this crap and told them so. It also started as just stick figures to fit today’s April Drawing Challenge, but got more defined as I kept at it. And there’s also the difference between “sexy” and “sexualisation” at play here, from today’s post in Less Tits n’ Ass. It’s a melting pot of many things, and I’m happy with how it turned out, although my original mind image definitely had a Kate Beaton+Adventure Time style, which I could not emulate without references.
Keeping the characters as simplified as possible means I can get away with gender-identifying the actors; I deliberately made the last character androgynous so there’s no real assignment of meaning other than standing up to the douchebags no matter who you are.
Hope you like!
So Awesome! I’m actually working on some art for this too! ARTISTS UNITE FOR THE CAUSE!
Aww look Mandy! Inspired by your bravery! ♡♡
I unfortunately had an… incident at Dragon*Con last year, while I was down in the game room. I was wearing my TARDIS corset, which happened to have lit up panels. I would have been wearing the whole costume, but alas, I couldn’t finish the skirt in time for con (Goddamn plinths.)
Anyway, I’m down in the game room, on I think the second or first day, and this guy with a staff badge walks up to me, and is like, “Hey! I’ll buy that off you right now for a hundred bucks.”
“… Excuse you?”
“Hundred bucks, right now!”
“I kind of don’t have anything else to wear… ” I trail off, completely shell-shocked.
“Oh, I know.” and he has this kind of wolfish grin that freaks me right the fuck out. Not to mention that the corset I was wearing was of my own design and completely one of a kind, AND was worth a bit more than a hundred bucks.
I wish I had had the courage to step up for myself, but it was the first time I’d ever been approached like that. As a survivor, all kinds of alarms are going off in my head, and I felt really kind of cornered- even though I was in the middle of an open floor. I’m grateful for my friends, because I don’t think I could have managed to function long enough to get out before shutting down.
I just wish I had gotten the dick’s name. It’s bad enough con-goers do it, but staff?
Oh my god if you’re going to judge someone’s cosplay you better learn your fucking shit because this is Duela Dent you goddamn assholes.
Perpetually laughing over the fact that “real gamer/comic book nerd” males keep insulting women for cosplaying things they’ve never even heard of
who’s the “fake geek” now, fuckers?
Make it viral
Preorders for my book on cosplay and costuming around the United States, Breaking All The Rules: Cosplay and the Art of-Self-Expression, are now open!
This book was a labor of love between me and almost 200 other cosplayers all across the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii, over the past two years. The book is full color, 206 pages, matte softcover (a really nice thick finish comparable to hardcover, but makes the book less expensive!). The book is $40 USD, with $6 shipping to the continental USA. But I will ship all across the world, no matter where you are!
The photos above are from one of the proof books I have ordered over the past year - the actual book will look very similar, but the cover will be nicer, and it will be thicker!
Please head over to Storenvy to order! Preordering will be open until mid-October, and books will ship mid-November.
Any questions, my Ask box is always open <3 Thank you all for everything over the last 2 years and most of all, for believing in me and this project.
Hey everyone, Alex and I were honored to be featured in this book, along with a ton of other amazing cosplayers and craftsman!!! This book is a while in the making, and you should really check it out and snag a copy for yourself! Lots of amazing stories from cosplayers all over the country, and a unique perspective into what it’s like to be a cosplayer on every skill level and situation! If you were ever a little miffed at how some mainstream markets have recently been portraying cosplay, rest assured that this book has a wonderfully wide representation of age, skill and cosplaying experience to really show what cosplay is all about!
Absolutely wonderful to have on hand in your bookshelf or on your coffee table when you want to talk about cosplay or show off that sophisticated nerdy side!
Ive made a lot of posts on my personal facebook about my feelings regardings Heroes of Cosplay. To sum it up, this show is bad. Really bad. I was hoping maybe, somehow, there would be some interesting info about how these girls (and one guy who barely gets any screen time) put together their costumes, but it was all just.. staged, scripted lies. In the back of my mind I knew this would happen, but not this bad.
First of all, Victoria wore Lulu to Katsucon 2012. Does that embroidery look familiar? So there’s no reason why she “couldn’t get it finished”, considering she used it in a (VERY blatantly copied, but i’ll get into that some other time) masquerade skit with another cast member back in 2012.
Second, Yaya finished Fiora (The one she was “crying” about) for Katsucon.
Last, I dont know why they’re all pretending to be super intimidated and scared of the ~*goddess*~ Yaya. They’re all good friends, and did a cosplay group together in 2011.
That facebook post sums up how I feel about this show. It’s HORRIBLY scripted, filled with a bunch of fake drama and staged, rigged “cosplay competitions.” I know that its reality TV, but I really wish cosplayers and fans of cosplay would just stop watching it all together. It’s doing nothing but good for the show.
It literally exists to be one giant ego stroke for Yaya Han, with everyone pretending she’s some high, mighty, “internationally renowned” cosplay goddess. All this show has really done for her is show she’s got a massive ego and her fiance literally does everything for her.
If you want to see more about my feelings i tweet about it when I watch it (…by downloading it, not givin’ them those itunes views they hope for) but I just wanted to throw this out there for those of you who watched the show and dont know much about the people involved. It’d be great if people who understand how bad this show is could spread this around? (On a side note, i’m SO glad Jessica Nigri didn’t get involved with this. I have the screencap somewhere where she said “no way, too much drama.” when asked if she was going to be on it. I’m actually really glad to see shes above all that.)
THIS IS BEAUTIFUL
Even BEFORE the show I knew it was going to be an “MTV reality show” ripoff to get more rating by teens and young adults that have the “There’s nothin to watch so i’ll say on this channel” attitude. but yeah. remember guys: NO LIKE/HATES IT = CHANGE CHANNEL (If using DVR then change toward TWO channels AWAY froom Syfy when this is on).
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