Check out this amazing & massive #Warmachine-inspired #HulkBuster #cosplay by Veni Testa! He used #3DPrinting for making small, detailed #costume parts.
It is both shocking & saddening to see a fundamentalist religious family kick their granddaughter out of the house because she’s a #cosplayer.
Lady Iredell (her real name was withheld due to ongoing church harassment) found friendship & belonging within the #cosplay & #costuming communities when she first discovered the hobby in 2015. Once forced to make her #costumes in secret late at night and keeping them hidden while living with her family, she now lives with a friend; but the harassment continues from the church that most of her family continues to attend.
Lady Iredell said that the church often encourages families to shun family members who leave the church. Since she left, Lady Iredell has not been allowed to speak with her younger brother and church members have visited her apartment trying to pressure her into returning even though she hadn’t told anyone where she was living. (Lady Iredell’s landlord had passed information about her whereabouts to her family.)
Costuming & cosplay are artistic forms of expression. Freedom of expression is the driving force behind the hobby. We sincerely hope that Lady Iredell will be able to continue to improve her life and to live to life as she chooses.
We wish Lady Iredell all the best and encourage those in the costuming & cosplay communities who know her to help her if she ever needs it.
Here are some video highlights showing #cosplays at #SakuraCon 2018!
#CosplayAgainstBullying interviewed #cosplayers and asked them how #cosplay has changed their lives:
Here’s a sampling of the #costumes & #cosplays that could be seen at last weekend’s #ECCC in Seattle:
Here’s a sampling of #cosplayers & #cosplays that attended #Katsucon 2018! (Feb. 16-18)
#CosplayIsNotConsent: #cosplayer #AlchemicFox (check out her #YouTube channel) has published a first-hand account of how she was #groped & #punched while attending an anime con in a #Naruto #costume by a female cosplayer:
If you are ever inappropriately touched or attacked at a convention, report the incident immediately to the nearest convention staff, security guard or police officer.
Cosplay is never consent.
For further reading, we have posted on this topic before: