Hosted by Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin, Stuff Mom Never Told You is the audio podcast from Discovery and HowStuffWorks that gets down to the business of being women from every imaginable angle.
As cosplay has become more popular outside of Japan in recent years, it has raised fascinating questions about gender, sexuality and authenticity in fandom and the fictional realms cosplay strives to mirror. Just in time for con season, Cristen and Caroline share how there’s far more to cosplay than dressing up.
Dear Cosplayers who pride themselves on making their creations or that has an excelled crazy ass fabricating talent or has been doing it for many moons or is naturally gifted with undoubted physical beauty, you’re awesome! You’re still not superior to those who don’t though.
Dear Cosplayers who buy their costumes from the store or has them commissioned, is new to the game, or just wants to wear nipple pasties and tights with a table cloth cape to celebrate their fandom, you’re awesome! You deserve the stage the same as the former mentioned above. Be proud!
*In my Rick James voice* It’s not competition. It’s a celebration bitches. Dress up!
It’s a common occurrence: I tell a friend I’m going to San Diego Comic-Con and receive the reply, “Oh, yeah. I went to the one in Philly.” Or New York, or Chicago, or Cleveland or any of dozens of other cities. It’s awkward explaining that yes, you went to acomic con, but not what is generally consideredthecomic con: Comic-Con International: San Diego, otherwise known as San Diego Comic-Con or simply SDCC.
The organization that runs the annual convention in San Diego for fans of comic books, movies, TV, and all things pop culture has taken legal action to clarify the confusion, at least in regard to one fan convention. A lawyer representing Comic-Con International: San Diego has sent a cease-and-desist letter to organizers of Salt Lake Comic Con over their use of “Comic Con” in the name of the Utah convention, according to anAssociated Press report. The issue may ultimately hinge on the difference — if any — between “comic-con” and “comic con.” (More on that pesky hyphen shortly.)