Twitter is blowing up today after a Facebook post became highly public.
In response to what some are calling the real life Comic book guy, cosplayers are tweeting just how big of a fan they really are.
First a little backstory:
Pat Broderick began working as a DC Comics penciller in the early seventies, straight out of high school, as well as working for Atlas and Marvel, including Captain Marvel and Micronauts. He co-created the Creature Commandos, launched The Fury Of Firestorm in 1982, Captain Atom and drew Batman Year Three as well as Swamp Thing and Green Lantern in the nineties, before returning to Marvel for Alpha Flight and Doom 2099.
Pat is returning to DC comics after a twenty year absence.
Here is what he said yesterday:
https://www.facebook.com/pat.broderick. … 7919728233
todays heads up. If you’re a Cosplay personality, please don’t send me a friend request. If you’re a convention promoter and you’re building your show around cosplay events and mega multiple media guest don’t invite me….You bring nothing of value to the shows, and if you’re a promoter pushing cosplay as your main attraction you’re not helping the industry or comics market..Thank you..
Today YayaHan has started a hashtag trending on twitter called #cosplayersAREfans
tweet after tweet of pictures of collections, stacks of comics, dvds and anything you can imagine related to a comic book are being posted at an alarming rate.
It is very true that no matter what your level of fandom, you should not be quizzed and pushed to prove just how big a fan of something you are. The days of “booth babes” who are hired just to wear a costume are dwindling. These people are passionate about what speaks to them in some way, be it small or massive.
Hours and hours go into the making of these costumes, people learn new skills and they get tips from other cosplayers. It is a vast community. It has its share of drama just like anything else that becomes popular or mainstream.
Cosplay is about expanding your hobby. Making it more than just reading a comic book or playing with a toy that you grew up with. It is an artistic celebration of creativity that impacts a person on a higher level.
Cosplayers do what they do because of passion. They are fans and to say they are not really just means that Pat and those who quickly joined in his denigration of cosplay don’t understand that.
Cosplayers enhance a convention, and the comics they represent.
Pat saying that cosplayers don’t buy comics or that they take away income from real artists, shows his lack of knowledge of a burgeoning hobby that some may say is peaking. That person who is cosplaying may not be visiting your booth today, but she might tomorrow in a jeans and teeshirt. Maybe he/she has their handler make purchases for them.
Passionate fans are speaking their minds today.
check out the hashtag cosplayersAREfans.
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