Peter G (sinetimore) wrote,
Peter G

Cosplay Gets An Upgrade

What a difference a day makes.  We have gone from aprons with DC character motifs to corsets with DC character motifs to this....

DC has been commissioning resin statues as anime versions of its characters.  Some of the designs are actually quite interesting.  DC has taken this a step further.  Costume Craze, which is selling the superhero corsets, now has anime versions of DC character costumes.  Here's the pics....

How did they miss Power Girl?  Or (given the sheer amount of slash about them) Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy?  Or even Black Canary?  You'd think the fishnets would make her a logical choice.

There is a legend in the industry of a pro writer who, at conventions, hires hookers to dress like the women he writes for the night.  I guess his kink just got a lot easier.

The first thing I noticed (well, okay, maybe not the first thing) was the impracticality.  Platform heels.  Unless you're mostly going to be standing around, platform heels are horrible to wear, and even then, they ain't no picnic.  (I was at an anime convention, and a girl cosplaying as Cammy from Street Fighter II tried to play Dance Dance Revolution in her platform heel boots.  It was one of the funniest things I'd ever seen.)  They're uncomfortable, they're bad for your ankles, and they're dangerous.  Then again, we're talking sex fantasy here, so there you go.

Frankly, the Catwoman one looks kind of generic, like something anyone could put together with a little time, money, and Google fu.  The Wonder Woman costume?  THAT looks really uncomfortable.  Notice all the preformed pieces (I almost said "hard pieces," but I didn't want to hear any snickering in the back).  It's not just clothing, you are strapping on hunks of plastic.  Unbendable plastic.  Which restricts your movements and, unless you fit inside it properly, is going to hurt like hell (assuming the design is ergonomic to begin with).  And platforms are dangerous enough without that crap around the ankles.  They must be expecting the wearer to fall over.  Why else would they give it shin guards?

Rich Johnston at Bleeding Cool asked if "anime" was being used as a synonym for "slutty".  Now why would anyone think anime is...oh, yeah!  That's right!

And comic companies wonder why they are seen as catering to a market of horny antisocial males who wouldn't know what to do with a woman if she came with pull down menus and an undo function, and then wonder why they can't get female readership to expand.  Where do those ideas come from?
Tags: art, comic books, comics, destroying childhood memories, don't try this at home, haven't we suffered enough, i'm such a bitch, let's talk about sex bay-bee!
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