For some people, cosplay is a fun hobby. All they want out of their experience is a fun, geeky time with friends. But for those wanting to pursue cosplay more seriously, or even pursue cosplay as a career, marketing is an essential part of the equation.
Anyone can cosplay, but you'll usually find the biggest number of cosplayers at popular annual comic conventions like San Diego Comic-Con, New York Comic Con, and Denver Comic Con. Cosplaying is fun, and given the sheer number of people who love their anime, comic books, and video games, we can expect to see new amazing cosplays every year.
Back in February, I released a set of 6 Harry Potter themed cosplay pinup photos for Valentine's Day. They unexpectedly took off, and my limited edition prints flew off the (digital) shelves! But more than the prints, what people really wanted was a complete pinup calendar. So... I'm making one!
I'm tired of cosplay as a lookalike contest. I'm tired of people telling cosplayers what they should and shouldn't spend their hours and dollars crafting based on the coincidence of their genetics. I'm tired of watching actual cosplays ignored in favor of who the cosplayer "reminds you of." And I'm tired of how all these problems are supercharged for cosplayers of color, fat cosplayers, genderqueer cosplayers, and disabled cosplayers.
Some of you may have seen on my Instagram or Facebook that I recently completed a cosplay of one of the centaurettes from Disney's "Fantasia." I chose the one filing her nails with a cattail in one scene. I love her style, and I was drawn to her color scheme. But there’s a dark subtext to this character, and, in fact, this whole segment: Racism.