Archive for the ‘Cosplay’ Category

I really do have a love/hate thing going on with the CTA. We have the iconic Elevated trains (or as us locals like to refer to… “The El”)….

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The El System, downtown Chicago.

But lately we have just been having problems left and right. For those of you not local to Chicago, there was a very bad accident involving the Blue line that runs from Forest Park in the south side up to O’hare on the Northwest side. Allegedly, a train at approximately 3 am crashed at the ORD terminal (the end of the line)  due to a conductor that is a “floater” (fills in various shifts) falling asleep behind the “wheel”.  This is one of the lines that runs 24 hours hours (or just about) because of the incoming/outgoing passengers at O’hare.

This is still under investigation, but footage as leaked of the crash :

Keep in mind that this concerns me as I live only a few a stops from there. Thank god, that this happened early in the morning. 30 people were injured (not life threatening). Could anyone imagine what this would be like say, during rush hours? Those platforms are always packed.

Not only that but this follows another incident that happened just 5 months ago in Forest Park with a run-away train that magically started out of a yard, down the tracks and crashed into another incoming train.

Oh and then there are things like this that just annoy me that happened two weeks ago:

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Semi Caught under 90/94 underpass at Irving Park 3/18. Taken by Tessana Nemenski

 

This is a constant headache. I would say at least once a month that this happens at Irving Park. When I was working in West Lincoln Park off of North Ave and Kingsbury, I cannot tell you how many times I was late for similar incidents in that area also. I understand that maybe no one as thought to NOT have semi-trucks get off at these exits, or maybe we can’t, but it totally screws up the CTA. I actually sent an email to the CTA saying that this happens often enough that the people at the station should radio it to the trains so people don’t have to backtrack onto the train. They could just make an announcement on the trains and people could stay onboard to a neighboring stop.

Don’t get me wrong. The CTA is not the best system in the world, but its far from the worst. I have friends out in LA who say they would love to have the problems they had while going to school/living here in Chicago. When I have friends come in from out of town, we have to make a mandatory trip on the El around the Loop (downtown Chicago).

I’ve met alot of interesting people on the CTA (both good and bad). I use to be an avid netflix viewer on my commute to and from work, but after an incident years ago with a passenger that was high on god knows what, I stopped doing that.  A lot of times I will put my headphones in and not listen to anything but neighboring conversations of other passengers. It makes for great laughs and fodder for stories. Scourge told me this one last night and I couldn’t help but to create a post for it.

Teenager 1:

You know what would be awesome?

Teenager 2:

What?

Teenager 1:

If someone came up with an English to Shakespeare App.

Teenager 2:

Yes that would be awesome.

 

*mental head slap*  hiddles

This is the type of stuff that I am talking about. There is enough of this type of things that I over heard that makes me laugh and sometimes is so bad that I loose faith in humanity.

The best time to ride the trains is when there is a comic convention in town. At random places you will see cosplayers waiting on {insert train here}

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People of the CTA- Go Go Green Ranger!

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People of the CTA- I don’t even know what this is.

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People of The CTA- Where’s the Toy Store-y??? 🙂

 

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Thanks to the 501st Legion page for this pic!

 

Special thanks to the People of the CTA and 501st Legion Websites for these pictures!

 

Overall, The CTA is barely tolerable. Most days its a *shakes head* type of day. But I can guarantee, all this is a “Only in Chicago” type of moments!

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I love going to comic con and seeing cosplayers. As a producer it dumbfounds me alot of time at the detail and level of quality of some of the costumes that “normal” people somehow put together.

But I do have an issue with certain cosplayers, particularly certain FEMALE cosplayers and certain MALE fans.

Let me back up a second. There has been this thing going around the circuit called “Cosplay isn’t Consent”.  (Take a look at the FB page here). The gist of this is that just because cosplayers were spandex or certain cuts of costumes does not mean they consent to sexual harassment. I am all for this. Truly, I am.

This is not exactly what today’s post is about, but you need to be aware of it. Going to numerous conventions over the years I have seen some pretty stupid shit done by pretty stupid people. I lost count how many times I have seen a dad take a picture with say, a woman dressed as Laura Croft and his kids, and he’s groping her ass. Or commentary from idiotic “press” in the industry. What bugs me about the female cosplayers can be broken down into this pin I stumbled acrossed one day.

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There’s this love hate amongst the female cosplayers and the above image completely explains it. The wrath of this post comes from the Syfy show “Heroes of Cosplay”.

Toward the end of the show’s run, there was a bit with all the female cosplayers, including the queen of cosplay, Yaya Han. They are talking and even Yaya makes this big deal about the over sexualization of some female cosplayers with their costumes, but then in the same breath talks about how some woman shouldn’t wear certain costumes because they will get made fun of.

The reason I see it as a bit hypocritical is because Yaya has costumes like below.

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Here’s where I agree with her. She was making a point and trying to put her “mentee” in place after this chick decided to ignore all of Yaya’s advice and sex up a steampunk version of a Poison Ivy costume (to the right of the three above) . What cracks me up is that this chick, for the entire episode is watching how she walks and sits because the back part of the costume just barely (and I mean take a breath just barely) covered her ass.

Here’s where things get murky. In my humble opinion you should be able to cosplay whatever the fucking hell you want too. I don’t think that people should starve themselves to put themselves into a costume. In an episode of HOC Yaya passes out during a photo shoot in that Jessica Rabbit costume because she had the corset pulled too tight.  I mean really? Are we as a society that obsessed with our looks that we make ourselves pass out to look like a fictional character?

Part of the problem is that there is still this- idealized Barbie type of woman- that are being drawn in comics and created for video games. That’s problem one. 90% of females don’t look like this folks, can we start going a bit more realistic? Please?

We also have this problem that we are idolizing our heros. We want to be them, look like them etc. Hey, there is nothing wrong with this. If your favorite hero is Green Lantern, then go cosplay Green Lantern, however don’t get *so* lost in the details that you are putting yourself in danger with your health. Don’t start doing steroids or purging your dinner, working out excessively to look like your hero. It’s not healthy.

My biggest beef are certain female cosplayers that I feel like are not actual fans, but are sexing up these costumes to gain the attention, much like Poison Ivy over there. Here’s a great example. Mary Jane in the Spiderman comics has been used over and over and over again, wearing a white t-shirt with a Spiderman heart on it.  The below is actual comic book art (by J. Scott Campbell) of such an instance and this is probably the most “sexualized” version that I could find out of the comics. ImageRipped up jeans, sitting in a pose that no person alive could do and drinking coffee. How do we go from the above image to the one below the actual art? I mean, really? REALLY? If I had kids with me at this convention, I would actually be pretty pissed off as a parent.

 

 

mjcosplayActually, I am pissed off at this picture in general because it just reinforces the whole Barbie-damsel in distress idea.

Am I smaller than a size 12? No I will fully admit that. But I would at least pick a costume that a) fits my personality and b) fits me correctly. What makes it worse is that there are some female cosplayers that got the costume part right but then go and do some sort of stupid sexy pose that has nothing to do with the characters or the story in anyway shape or form.

 

 

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I cannot stress this next part enough.

Just because someone dresses a certain way DOES NOT mean they consent to anything.

However, does anyone but myself see where there could be confusion? When you have cosplayers like the above acting like this trying to not only gain attention, but the wrong type of attention, yeah, I could see why there would be some people thinking it is giving consent.

So to those idiots I mean cosplayers who oversexualize what they do and to the fans that encourage it. Shame on you. Stop it. Seriously. You are ruining it for everyone else that actually gives a fuck about the actual character or trying to make a kid smile because they got see their favorite character. If you want attention, then there are other conventions that involve dressing up and acting like sex robots- but they are not comic conventions.