April 25, 2012

Common Sense Tips (For Cosplayers)

          With the joy and entertainment, every cosplayer faces something new to the table nowadays. It’s not that much to realize how an easy dose of “common sense” can help a long way. A simple application of these tips would definitely improve not only your cosplay but also personally improve your life. With all intents and purposes, this guide will describe basic scenarios in events as well of relating them to personal habits. Are you being affected by it? If yes, then we suggest you start reading and start acting upon it.

Familiar with this?
1.“Learn How To Say No” – if you’re in a hurry and being photo bombed by more like a dozen photographers once in a while you need to let them know. It’s far better than just being a ninja and move away from the crowd. People will respect you for it, especially when you need to have a bathroom break. Just like every human being in the world we all have the right to privacy once in a while. To some it’s a bit annoying but for cosplayers, it’s always a right to say no.

2.”Sidewalks Are For People” – ever find in a situation that a security guard would tell you to stay somewhere else? It’s a common occurrence in malls especially when the hallways are too narrow to walk alongside. Think of hallways as sidewalks. You can’t simply park a car into a sidewalk since people tend to walk to onto it. It’s much safer than walking on the street right? So the next time you try to cram yourself and your cosplay buddies into a corner of a hallway expect the crowdedness and the repetitive nagging of the mall’s security staff. They’re just doing their job in the first place.

3.”There’s always more than one way” – I remember back then when people tend to get jam packed inside comfort rooms at the top floor of SM Megamall due to location is very nearby the Megatrade Hall. If you think the other way around, there are tons of comfort rooms below where you can dress up and fix yourself with utmost convenience. The best about it is you people would definitely look upon you with their foremost interest. And remember to dress up as fast as you can. That’s why they are called comfort rooms right? Look best and make others relieve their tension.

4.”Act! Don’t React” – plenty of people mean plenty of problems. If any problem occurs during your stay, inside conventions, always act upon it. Are you being harassed by other cosplayers? Say it! Are you a female cosplayer and was sexually harassed by someone? Then send everyone a message by slapping the guy in the face. Just reacting to it like posting Facebook's statuses about what happened doesn’t help anyway. Don’t even try to share your experiences if it’s only for the sake of sharing it. It simply degrades your value as a person. There will always be the proper authorities to explain the situation.

5.”Cosplay is COSTUME PLAY” – most people don’t get the meaning of cosplay. Simply wearing a costume from a famous character isn’t enough. Only models do that kind of thing. You need to play your part and act upon it. Don’t just be a walking wall flower taking pictures with the weirdest of photographers around. If the character you’re portraying is a bit weird in nature, then act dumb like hell at some point. Most con-goers get the idea.

          So there you go everyone. We hope that you would put these basic tips into good use. And remember the most important rule in cosplay. “Have Fun!” 

April 1, 2012

The Community Wants Us Out

(This is a personal message from the overall team. This is not for the faint hearted. Proceed if you want the truth)

One year passed, and it seems like it was yesterday. Started from just a simple meet-up, we become the first and only cosplay news organization in the country. We covered at every place and every date any organizer can arrange inside and outside the metro. We did the unthinkable. From the personalized to the extravagant, we did what the ideas of the organizers have to offer. We accomplished what some other groups can only have dreamed of and will probably be a mere fantasy. For over a year we battled the pressures, hindrances, and social acceptance of us in the community. We are constantly fighting the one thing that binds all members into one big family. The dream that every cosplayer would be in a place of equal respect and the pure act of social transparency inside and outside the convention halls. We did our best as of now, but it seems it was not enough. 

We could still remember back when we're at our infancy that it would come into great things. That it would become bigger and more socially accepted as a new art form. Sometimes we still ask the questions ourselves. “Did it really become bigger?” alternatively, in our honest terms “Did it became worse than we expected it to be?" Personally, we don’t know but one thing is obvious from the twelve months that we are around. That once in a while they need to get the right respect that they deserve. 

If you remember the past, cosplayers enjoy this hobby. For some they managed to turn it into a profession. The only problem is their narrow-minded approach into making events. If we could still remember three years ago, conventions are organized and controlled in a timely and professional manner. It’s all about making “eyeballs” nowadays with huge disregard to both cosplayers and con-goers alike. No wonder why conventions are packed from mall to mall. 

One thing that we are so proud of with the change is the businesses that live around cosplay. They would be spending dimes on rocks if that boom never happened. Some establishments are now acting as sponsors to certain events. They get the attention that they wanted when they started doing business. 

One thing that pushes back from doing our job right is the amount of information that we know. Some people in the community feared that by sharing what we know we could cripple them for good. Even some are willing to pay us just to shut down our operation. To us that is one thing. They thought that we wanted to take over and shut the booming season of cosplay for good. Actually, we are doing what we believe is right. To let them know what must be done so that we could progress faster. Unlike the slow progress that they had for almost a decade, we hope that by sharing what we know everybody can make a change. 

What is that change? We want to move things forward. Most in the community wanted the good days of cosplay. Believe it or not we do agree. There are some elements back then that makes it the best times but let’s not forget that we must move on. They don’t need the past instead they need to plan for the future. The future lies in every cosplay entity inside and outside the zone. We cannot be held by the past. What we can do is learn from the lessons that we have fought and use them today so that soon every cosplayer will experience the same fun and acceptance as with every cosplayer in the past. 

Cosplay is one thing. Making them is another. In the short span that we have, it’s some of the things that any organizer must know. Cosplay is neither a fashion show nor a rock concert. It’s not a typical weekend event in some mall’s event center also. We have learned from helping people from cosplay events. What’s the conclusion? We need cosplay organizers. Not some floor director from some fashion show or your weekend guy at the club. Cosplayers turned organizers who are being paid to make conventions more appealing and acceptable to the masses. I wish they would concentrate more on making the customers happier than making a buck from each of us from such poorly organized events. 

We have cosplayers indeed, but we need something more. Idols are one thing, but we need to put professionalism into our portfolio. Remember the day when conventions and groups are so well-organized and well behaved? We bet you can’t experience that with a grain of salt nowadays. And the infamous bashing and showing who the finest group in the community makes it a lot more badly than we could possibly know. It’s one of the greatest hiccups in cosplay as of right now, and we did our finest to understand why. The biggest reason we don’t because they are oblivious to the fact that it’s greatness is its own catalyst for disaster. 

As for us we have been under constant pressure from all forms of harassment from them. From simple threats and accusations, we have accepted them happily as a challenge. We take one nudge to the head; we just prove them ten times more. Even corporate entities want to sell us out, but we never believed in covering the truth. Some cosplay groups thought that we were pawns pretending to be reporters but in fact, operating under espionage and conspiracy. It’s seemed that in the end they rather believe in other people's murmurs than even asking us directly. It is such a cowardly way of showing incompetence to our line of work, and we take it as a huge insult. 

For the people that believed us, thank you. We could have never reached this far without your full support and your dose for the truth. We did everything we could to understand the entire goings inside and outside. Thanks for the spending sprees and all the budget cuts that we did so that we can go to conventions and feed you guys with information around the Philippine cosplay scene. We have kept our word, but it seems they want us out. We tried to hide it but in the end it’s about time that you learn the truth. We don’t know how long would be staying around with you guys but one thing are for sure. We will always be in the community as long as we can hold out. Only when nobody listens to our stories that we shall quit and forever disappear as time passes on and things are at its worst. 

It might be the last. We hope we could hold out for much longer.