Re: [pinoy_cosplay] hi all.
- wow . . . that was one long message . . . hehehe. pero i'm quite impressed of the way you use words, my friend. :) they are (almost :)) straight to the point. i must say you are quite a good essay writer. :D
karin ang dakilang manggagaway.
"Nazri M. Noor" <naz_noor@...> wrote:
thanks for the welcome, haruka. as is evident from
reading my survey results, i'm admittedly something of
a newbie in the anime community, more so in the world
i've pretty much known about cosplay for almost a year
now, but i'm only familiar with principles and nuances
in a more foreign context. that's because i wasn't
quite aware that we actually had a local cosplay
community, and i'm glad to know that things are going
relatively well, considering the very fact that we
have a pretty sizable online body of communication in
the form of this list. i suppose it might be safe to
assume that perhaps about 70% of the people on this
list are active in terms of cosplay? as active as it
gets, at least, considering the limited number of
conventions we have the opportunity to attend...which
is well and good, in a sense, considering cosplayers
are given more time and margin to polish and develop
costumes and details ;) let's positive thinking!
<--persona 2 reference there, sorry.
yes, i have done my research, and yes, i have drooled
over those damnably talented individuals...huongstar,
yaya, elfeater, khet tcheba, g-chan, nyanko chan, and
a host of other horrifyingly talented foreign
cosplayers who intimidate the bejeezus out of me. but
hell. all extremely inspiring individuals, if you ask
me. friendly ones, too, considering their levels of
experience and positions in their respective circles.
but i digress.
i've lurked about a bit, checking out images taken
from the various cons and expos we've had locally, and
i'll have to say, i am quite impressed. for such a
comparatively young cosplay 'economy,' i'd say that
the local community is doing extremely well. the level
of craftsmanship is sufficiently impressive as to be
potential competitive material for international
cosplay conventions. although i must admit, i am
somewhat prejudiced in a sense. i don't know if most
will agree, but while the quality of a costume
certainly comes into play, personal dedication,
expertise, and skill are just as essential. i.e., i
don't actually consider commissioned outfits, as in
entire outfits you have sewn by the neighborhood
seamstress, true to the essence of cosplay (note: i
pertain to little to no creative input. i can't sew to
save my life either ;P ). there's just something about
lovingly handmade items that stand as marks of
quality, skill, and a personable amount of dedication.
even constructing one's own display weapon out of
papier mache and pvc piping is enough to blow me away.
but maybe that's just me. and i don't want anyone
kicking me in the head for mouthing off three days
into my membership, so, whatever, pretend i didn't say
back to the local cons. browsing available images, i
found some great costumes. like i said, quality is
really very impressive. saw a great yuna, nice faye
valentine, saber marionette j and ah my goddess
groups, i believe, and some unfortunately sorely
undersized images of absolutely beautiful angel
sanctuary cosplay (found on the pinoy_cosplay
geocities site, if i'm not mistaken). excellent
costumes, executed appropriately by individuals who at
least swing withing 20% of their chosen characters'
looks. forgive me charles, i'm one of those 'try to go
for someone around your appearance' type people, but i
guess i adhere to that only in the context of
competitive cosplay (ie, masquerades, etc.). if it's
all in the name of hallplay, fun, and one's love for a
character, then well and good! i myself am planning to
crossplay certain characters in the future...hehehe.
just my two cents about a few things...laebius, i
agree that it would be interesting to see more
cosplayers getting into dressing up as mascots, but
don't forget two things that get in the way of so many
people trying to do so: expensive, hard-to-find
material (foam, faux fur? where the hell do you find
this stuff in manila?), and climate. i'd gladly jump
into a kirby or crayon shin-chan suit, but if it means
creating a trail of sweat from here to the far end of
quiapo, no thank you :) and about ensuring one's place
as the ONLY cosplayer to go as a certain character,
i'd have to agree with joy and the others on this.
some people love characters too much that there will
be no chance of prying them away from their concepts
and ideas, and it would be unfair to claim exclusivity
and absolution over a certain character. what joy said
on love for specific characters and group-hunting
makes a lot of sense. heck, group cosplay intrigues me
immensely. i've seen pics of entire hordes of mai
shiranuis, yunas, and lulus all dressed in relatively
linear outfits. that'd be really bloody interesting.
kazuma kaneko/persona 2 charas, anyone? look on the
bright side. ending up with doppelgangers at a
convention means opportunity to strike up
conversation, make new friends, have lots and lots of
pictures taken, and trade crafting secrets. right?
unfortunately, my interaction is limited to viewing
pictures and posting here (::sob::) until some
fabulous convention comes up where i will definitely
participate, so please, anyone with any info on
upcoming cosplay events, please post, post, post! i
have a couple of potentially mentally decrepifying
costumes i'm planning to try out ;)
last paragraph na to, promise! i met up with a friend
a few days ago, and she informed me that the annual AX
(anime expo) will be held this coming july 3-7th at
the anaheim convention center, which is, what, an hour
away from where i'm vacationing here. i am trying very
hard to convince my guardians to allow me to haul off,
and had i known about this earlier, i'd have prepared
some wonderful costume to throw on for the event.
unfortunately, should i be given the go signal to
attend, i'll just be a spectator. *sigh* but hey, if i
get to attend AX as a relative newbie, hell, what a
way to be introduced to cosplay, eh? :) so wish me
luck, everyone. and if i get to go, i swear to take a
billion pictures and erect some expansive gallery to
commemorate and preserve.
so. that's my "hello i'm naz and please don't beat me
over the head with a styrofoam mallet" message. again,
it's nice to be here, and i look forward to hearing
from everyone :)
"I have to re-create the universe every morning when I wake up. And kill it in the evening...maybe twice a year I have to destroy everything."
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