Earlier, we spoke about Cosplay rules, health and safety and competition entries, if you didn’t read them please do so here.
Today we’re giving tips on Cosplay and Convention Etiquette, which is slightly different. You don’t have to be accurate.
Although it’s good to look like the character you’re portraying, you don’t need to be a chiseled 6-foot white male to cosplay as Superman, you don’t need to be any of those things actually. If your love for a character has made you invest time and money on a costume, go for it – If you want to dress up as a male Harley Quinn, Wonder Woman in a Hijab or a Chubby Black Panther, go for it! Just don’t be the Joker….
Don’t be the Joker
We don’t mean the Batman Villain, we mean the guy that points and laughs at someone’s version of cosplay that you don’t understand or have an affiliation with. A lot of people are conscious of dressing up, and Comic Con is a place for this. Please don’t make it uncomfortable for anyone and be accepting for the genre. This is the why the GiCC Team organise the event: for people to feel welcome, regardless of their background, ethnicity, preferences and daily routines.
For this reason, we have teamed up with GibSams. The GiCC Team feel it is important for people to feel accepted without prejudice, without judgment and want to create GiCC as a space for freedom of expression.
Should any bullying or anti-social behaviour come to your attention, please contact the nearest floor manager. Also, if you ever need someone trained to listen; you can talk to GibSams at their stand at any time you like, in your own way, and off the record – about whatever’s getting to you.
Freedom of expression- but Think of the children!!
Cosplay is often sexy and provocative… that’s fine! But remember that it is a child-friendly convention so make sure you cover your sensitive areas up, as you don’t want a child or photographer to get a glimpse of your ahem… Pikachu.
Cosplay does not equal consent – Although you are free to take photos, please ask the person you are photographing for permission. Most people are prepared for photos, but it doesn’t mean that it’s all free game. Same goes for children and guests, just be respectful wherever you can.
And this concludes our GiCCTip of the day!! Hope you’ve enjoyed it and learnt something about how we work.