Late is better than never, right?
(I must thank my friend Holly of Elite Cosplay for turning me onto Worbla, and Kamui’s great tutorials! On Kamui’s site there’s more in-depth videos on how to work with Worbla and Wonderflex)
This is SUPER helpful and easy to follow! Armor and props can seem really intimidating, but this tutorial makes me want to jump right in!!
Over the last six months there has been much discussion of female bodies and comics from Tony Harris’ embarrassingly puerile and juvenile internet rant about female cosplayers to the Hawkeye Intiative joining Escher Girls in shredding comic art of female characters apart to most recently the focus on alternative superhero costumes for women. Artist Paige Hall also addresses the issue but in a much more personal way. For the final of her “Literature in Comics” class where she wrote about hypersexualization she drew a webcomic. she writes:
i decided to broaden it out here as well as personalize it and make myself the subject and discuss something i’ve been subjected to in the convention circuit and on the internet as well as thousands of other women, as well as give a cue to thought about how the comic book industry as well as the video game industry and even just media in general (all of which are male dominated) push such ridiculous pressures onto girls and women.
It’s a powerful piece; take a look.
It’s already gotten over 100K notes Tumblr and has shown up in other places on the net. While much of the response has been positive as you can imagine because this is comics and the internet there’s also been comments that make you want to punch a wall. I’m not going to give them more exposure than they deserve by quoting them.
As the mother of young teenage girl the issue of body image is more important to me now than ever. It’s not just a comics issue it’s a mass media issue. And while boys struggle with body issues as well, I do believe the pressure on women is much worse with the standards for women higher and narrower for what is an “acceptable” body type
What do you think of this piece?
moderatemaddness asked: Your experience clearly shows, that was some quality patchwork there. As for me, this was my third con and second one where I cos-played. Last year I was a black mesa scientist and as you likely saw, I lent it to my friend to use this year. Are you a natural redhead by the way, or was it a dyed?
Haha, I wish I was a redhead. No, unfortunately it was a wig. I toyed with taking the color plunge but I balked at the very end. I’m afraid my natural hair would only be good for playing Power Girl. I have to say though, having done it, I now get the appeal of cosplay. It was incredibly fun!
adauntlessmockingjay asked: Hi! I saw you at C2E2 and took a picture of you, I posted it and tagged you. Figure you would appreciate it ^-^
Thank you so much!! Much appreciated, indeed :)