Artists wearing cosplays Does it help, hinder or have no effect?
Posted 24 December 2012 - 09:58 AM
I think it's an interesting dynamic, as it's great to be able to do something other than hawk your stuff at people and you get to take lots of photos. Plus, if people recognize your cosplay, maybe they'll drop by when they wouldn't have. On the other token, do you get people who just want to chat with you and take pictures and take time away from someone who wanted to buy something?
My twin and I cosplayed as the Hittachin twins from Ouran High School Host Club (Cheshire cat outfits) at Youmacon this year, but I really can't say one way or another if it had an effect as anyone who was at Youma knows, our traffic flow wasn't so great. =p We're planning to cosplay them again at ACen as well as Kyo and Yuki from Fruits Basket because we enjoy getting to chat with fans from the shows and who knows, maybe we'll make it to a photoshoot this time!
So what are your thoughts on artists cosplaying? Are you planning to go as anyone this year?
Posted 24 December 2012 - 11:08 AM
I think it also helps cement the fact that you're just a fan like they are, not just someone looking to make money off of popular anime trends.
Although on Sunday I tend to wear a comfy outfit for move-out, and last year I wore my red contacts which seemed to scare off some of the parents an more "normal" people.
Posted 24 December 2012 - 07:45 PM
We have a lot more experience IN cosplay than out of cosplay but the one time we did not it didn't really effect sales. We didn't really get too many photograph requests anyway and it saved the prep time before the con.
I'd say if you have and want the extra hour or so prep time in the mornings then go cosplay. But it does seem to be superfluous and your cosplay never gets the attention you want or deserve behind a table.
Posted 25 December 2012 - 06:05 AM
Posted 27 December 2012 - 12:26 AM
Here's my situation: I'm a cartoonist, and my AA presence is centered around original characters and stories rather than doujinshi or fan art. Dressing up as a character from another body of work doesn't really help me and I feel might actually confuse potential readers. However, my stories do carry a particular visual aesthetic (fantasy western/ Steampunk-ish) so if anything, the wife and I will dress in that style (not entirely sure if that counts as cosplay).
I AM going to be rolling out a full-fledged costume of an existing character this ACen, but it'll be after the AA closes. I sort of see my time in AA as "work time" - mainly because I'm paying money to be there, and I want to make sure I can make personal contact with customers and potential new readers.
I personally think, for myself, putting on a costume might detract from that. Getting a picture taken is fun and (usually) feels great, but it's just not what I'm there for.
Artist Alley- 12th Year under Panda Rage Productions.
Check out our webcomic Onward Bound!
Panel for 2013: Carpe DM- The Art of Gamemastery for Tabletop RPGs