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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?


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Feb. 5th, 2011 08:08 pm (UTC)
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.

Are you thinking of the one who once paid a hooker to dress up as Storm? Or are there others? (That wouldn't surprise me at all.)
Feb. 5th, 2011 10:16 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure. All I had heard was some writer had done it multiple times, but no further details as to who it was or which heroine(s) or anything. It was told to me in passing, that there was a writer who did it, and the person left after they dropped their bomb. As a result, I will look at comic conventions or read credit pages and every once in a while, just wonder....

While I know better than to automatically treat all rumor as fact, this was one time where I knew better. Most female characters are created as wank fodder instead of as actual characters. Male heroes inspire, female heroes seduce. So there's got to be more than one out there doing it as far as writers go, and there has to be more as far as the artists go.

I gotta ask -- who did you hear this was about re: Storm specifically? I'm just itching to know.
Feb. 5th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
Feb. 5th, 2011 10:50 pm (UTC)
Believe it or not, he was my first suspect. I've heard a lot of stories about Claremont's views of women, but nothing concrete.

I hadn't really thought about it in a while, but when I read the X-Women one shot that he wrote that was drawn by that Italian porn artist, it came rumbling back up like a bad chili dog. So, it may be rumor, but I do appear to be thinking along the right lines. Which is scary.

Let's see...I already checked the "destroying childhood memories" tag, right? Yup, sure did.
Feb. 5th, 2011 11:20 pm (UTC)
Actually, (depending on the height obviously) platforms aren't uncomfortable. They're actually much easier to walk in than regular heels of the same height. I once played DDR (and won)in platform flip flops.

Also, these are ugly. Except Catwoman. But really, these are quite strange.
Feb. 5th, 2011 11:21 pm (UTC)

"Anime" versions of Superheroes shouldn't happen. -.-
Feb. 6th, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
I agree. It's an interesting experiment, but the fact is manga/anime and American superheroes are completely different genres with completely different things that need to be expressed. It's just not the same.

I saw the first installment of the Iron Man anime and was struck by how...similar it was to other anime. Now, it figures. Done by a Japanese studio, and Iron Man is basically a mecha (Bubblegum Crisis), but in doing so, it didn't feel like Iron Man, it felt like just another Japanese anime. I imagine it worked for what it was, but if you were expecting the iron man you were familiar with, it created culture shock.
Feb. 6th, 2011 02:59 pm (UTC)
Re: platforms: Really? I never would have guessed. All I ever saw was women trying (and for the most part succeeding as long as you didn't look really close) to conceal their discomfort. I bow to your superior knowledge. It could be that I just don't care for platforms or heels. I guess it's reflected in Stress Puppy. Holly wears flats.

Another thing that throws me is Wonder Woman's hair. The "armor", the hair..."strange" pretty much sums it up.
Feb. 6th, 2011 12:01 am (UTC)
Sex sells....
Feb. 6th, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
Hooters' life story. Take it from me, it sure as hell ain't the food.
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