pathetic. truly pathetic.
I think the point I was trying to make is...he's not wrong about some of them. He doesn't convey that opinion in the most PC of ways, but then again, no one can do anything about how someone tends to convey their opinion.
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Fake or not who gives a shit. There are people who that in all forms of life and places, not just cons. In the end, they'll leave and the people who love the subject will stay.
Maybe, that's how some geekness start, not all, but some. Not from the way most of us got in it but from a level of fakeness to wanting to actually know the subject. It happens.
First of all, if you love dressing up, you're doing what you like to do, regardless of your knowledge of the source material. That isn't fake. How many people at the Renn Fairs know the first thing about feudal Europe? I doubt many do. They like dressing up, and that's fine. Nobody questions what "kind" of attention they are after. And we all know what the root of this is. Pretty girl invades my fun place and doesn't want to have sex with me. BURN HER!
Second, even if the Harry Potter cosplayer never read the book or watched the movie, wouldn't a Harry Potter cosplayer, or a few, make the experience more fun for all the attendees? Why should they even be quizzed or questioned? But we both know they wouldn't be, because Harry Potter isn't The Black Cat, and outside of comics and Star Trek most people really don't care what level geek you are when you like something they like.
I've once been told by some guy who I suspect didn't at the time own a single comic book that I wasn't a true comic nerd because I hadn't read Watchmen. Well, I don't consider myself a nerd anyway, and I am not interested in super hero comics. I would think if he knew so much about comics he'd know other kinds exist too. But the point is, he heard I liked comics, asked me about the most mainstream and commonly read comics among people who don't normally read comics, and upon hearing he'd read something I hadn't he went ahead and tried to defeat me in some nerd competition I didn't know I was in.
So it looks like Tony Harris has become a crazy old man like Byrne and Miller. Shame, I loved his work on Starman.
Personally I don’t go to conventions in part because cosplay creeps me out a little. People in masks are fine in comics but it is almost never a good thing in real life.
Still, you have to admire the dedication of anyone that goes to the trouble of making a decent costume. Anyone who goes to that much effort to express their fandom has much more of a right to call themselves a “real nerd” than I do. All I do is consume the media and post on message boards.
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I like the steampunk cosplay a lot. Not for me, but looking at the stuff online is fun.
I think he makes a GOOD point. there are those who cosplay and its straight up prostitution. "Tee Hee buy me that or you should buy that and we can hang out--but never do" crowd, and some poor dope buys books that are over priced because some hot and not so hot chick rings a guy's*ahem* bell.
And if any of you heard them talk about the same fans behind closed doors..Harris rant wouldn't seem that out of context, Its akin to working with someone who is in the KLAN but doesnt say how much they hate you, because they are getting paid.
Dont get me wrong there are REAL cosplayer's who do it for love of character or comics. But there are more than a few who take advantage of nerds lack of social skills. HIRED by vendors. And who also laugh when they count their profits.
So dont shoot the messenger. next time you are at a convention and see a comic fan pay 4 times as much for an issue because a woman with big boobs pushes them on his back..dont say you wont warned.
To those who do it for the love, I aint talkin bout you.
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I love that this has turned into the levels of nerd-dom and the degrees of geekery. I totally want to see some sort of graph or flow chart defining the levels of "real nerd status."
I think it’s far more likely that the lady dressed as Power Girl just wants some attention. Lets face it, that’s what the guy dressed as Deadpool wants too.
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while i don't 'understand' the appeal of cosplay, whether it's a con, larping (or whatever it's called), re-enactments, tea bagging events, protests, etc., it's part of a geeky sub-culture. they don't have to love comics, or sci-fi. the fact that he predictably targeted women cosplayers, is well, predictable.
expect another sad rant by another male gatekeeper in a month or less.