Cosplay is for Every Body Support List

This is not the end all, be all list of supporters, since it’s growing all the time, so if you know someone who should be on this list or you yourself want to be included, please let me know (for example, I live in Minnesota, so there’s a high possibility that I missed any groups that center around a particular state)

These are people I either watch or know personally, or who I have seen speak out about cosplay being something that should include everyone, period. This list features a wide variety of individuals who have been supportive in the community 🙂

Brichibi Cosplays (me)

KuramaBabe Kirkland

Akiko Kawaii 

Sweets4aSweet Cosplay

Teh Princess Cosplay

Knightmage

Twin Fools and his Youtube channel

Lonstermash

Jay Justice

Silver Star Cosplay

Dragonmaster Blaine

Raquel Cosplay

Pozer Ninja Cosplay 

Parle Productions

Essie Cosplay (writer for Geek Eccentric)

Strange Land Costuming (made my very first cosplay)

Verssen Werks

Dizzylizzy Costuming

Alanaleilani

Maki Roll’s Chop Shop (author of the article, “I’m a Black Cosplayer and I’m just as Good as Other Cosplayers) https://www.facebook.com/makilovesunicorns

Princess Mentality Cosplay (author of the article, “I’m a Black Female Cosplayer and Some People Hate It)

Misa on Wheels

Daikon Cosplay

Infinite Sky Cosplay

Chocolate Covered Cosplay

Midnight Pursona (and the piece that was written)

 

Facebook Groups to Watch

The Royal Sisterhood

Plus Sized Cosplay (Only Sizes 14+)

Plus Sized Cosplayers in the USA

Minnesota Cosplayers

Plus Sized Cosplay Appreciation

Cosplay Worldwide

Geek Eccentric

Cosplayers Against Bullying

Just Love; Cosplay

Liquor, Games, and Fuckin’ Video Games (has a Curvy Wednesday):

Cosplay: It Unites Us

Be The Minority

The Curvy Geek

Cosplay is NOT Consent

 

Tumblr Groups to Watch

Fuck Yeah Fat Positive

Chubby Bunnies

Body Positive Cosplay Appreciation

Fuck Yeah Fat Cosplay

Cosplaying While Black

Cosfluff 101

Cross-Race Cosplay

Sassy Chubbies

Cosplaying While Trans

 

Magazines

Curvy Cosplay Magazine (coming soon in print!)

Love Cosplay Magazine

 

Non-Cosplay Support

The Big Girl Blog: Tales of a Plus Sized Princess in New York City

Chunky Girl Comics

Tess Munster

Plus Size Modeling

Geek Slink (bellydancing)

Scoundrelle’s Keep (clothing)

It Gets Better Project

Erin Lane

 

Articles to Read

It Happened to Me: I’m a Plus-Size Cosplayer

I’m a Black Cosplayer and I’m Just as Good as Other Cosplayers

I’m a Black Female Cosplayer and Some People Hate It

I’m Demanding Better Representation for Black Girl Nerds in Geek Culture

Dear Insecure/Unsure Cosplayer

 

Videos to Watch

Even Kids think Everyone Should Cosplay

 

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Throwback Thursday: Everyone Starts Somewhere

So there I was, surfing the internet, when I found a page that was using a rather old cosplay picture of my friends and I as their header.  And when I say old, I mean old.  2004 old, in fact.  Wow, have I really been cosplaying for that long?

I think, if you cosplay, you should definitely take a moment to look back at your first cosplay.  It’s a great reminder to see how far you’ve come.  Cosplay is always about having fun emulating the character of your choice, but it’s also a great way to see how you’ve changed and improved over time.  I think people don’t realize that, when it comes to cosplay, everyone starts somewhere.  Cosplay is a learning process and, over time, you learn different tricks and your skills improve.  You become better at your craft as you do it more often.

For those of you who are just now getting into cosplay, I know it can feel intimidating going to a convention and seeing all of the “omg amazing” cosplayers out there.  But the honest truth is that they all started somewhere.  They all were, once upon a time, right where you are now.  And here’s some photo evidence to prove it:

This was my first cosplay with my two friends, back at the first Anime Detour in 2004:

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This is us doing Yu Yu Hakusho cosplay and my friend in the middle made the cosplay for me.  This was the start of my cosplay journey.

This picture has special meaning to me when I stop and think about it.  I first discovered cosplay at Anime Central back in 2002.  I was really interested in doing it but quickly discovered how there are so few characters who look like me.  Today, of course, I know that you can (and should) cosplay who you want, but back then I thought I needed to find that plus sized, black, female character.

Later, I discovered Yu Yu Hakusho and I fell in love with the series and with Kurama.  The Hiei cosplay in the picture said she would make me the costume to match her.  I remember putting the costume on in the bathroom and being nervous to walk out as this character who wasn’t black, who was skinny, and who was male (I even tried binding my chest which became a lost cause, back then I didn’t really know any good methods of doing so). Thanks to my friend’s encouragement (and my partner’s encouragement, who was cosplaying Gaara from Naruto), I walked out that door and never looked back.

We met the other Kurama cosplayer in the picture later during the convention.  We ended up hanging out and becoming friends (we’re all still friends now).  She ended up giving me some pretty hilarious, but solid advice, that I ended up sticking to for the rest of my cosplay days:

Be the best, big breasted, black Yoko Kurama that you can be.

There aren’t a lot of characters who I look like, but that’s not what matters.  What matters is that I love the characters I cosplay, and it’s up to me to do the best I can in being that character.  Instead of focusing on what I’m not, I needed to focus on what I was and embrace it.  Cosplay isn’t about meeting requirements, but sharing your love for a certain character, doing your best, and having fun.

That’s why looking back at your first cosplay is so important.  It’s your first step into this world.  When I first looked at this picture I thought, “Oh.  My.  God.”  But when I stopped to think about it I realized, wow, I’ve come a long way haven’t I?  And so have my friends, we all have.  This picture is proof of progress and growth.  I’ve gone from one costume a year and one or two cons a year to several costumes and conventions all over the place.  I really was the best, big breasted, black Yoko Kurama, and that keeps improving over time.

Here is a testament to what I’ve been saying: everyone starts somewhere, and after ten years, here is where my friends and I are now:

My latest cosplay: Neo Queen Serenity

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My friends (the Hiei and human Kurama) cosplaying with two of their friends.  You can find more work via Strange Land Costuming:

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The human Kurama cosplayer is on the left while the Hiei cosplayer is on the right.  Look how much has changed!

So please, always remember, that every cosplayer starts somewhere.

 

Extra Note:  I’m not sure who did the art in my feature image, but it’s a picture I’ve seen all over the place online.  If anyone knows who the artist is, please let me know!