The latest Dengeki had a little thing written by Yoko Taro about what the Drakengard 3 cast would be like in high school, so I translated it real fast:
Zero would be a delinquent who’d never even show up for classes, instead spending her days getting drunk and indulging in every kind of vice….
yuna-yoko asked: Why are some cosplayers selling prints, but most aren't? And how do you sell your prints the first time around? It is always hard for new cosplayers to find good photographers who have previously been working with other cosplayers; I have found some photographers, but why do they care so much about what the cosplayer looks like?I am starting to think that no photographers will work with me because they find me too ugly to work with me at all. I have asked and propositioned some photographers to
Oh my goodness…this is tough for me to answer. And it’s tough because it really makes me sad knowing how tough it is for cosplayers these days when so many people place and stress importance on the wrong things.
Please, let me be the person to tell you - NEVER feel that way about yourself. Cosplay should be about having fun and doing what you love. Photogs can be petty, and picky, about who they photograph. I am fortunate to have my boyfriend there to take pictures of me, because some simply won’t work with cosplayers that will not give them attention in return. Do not let this bother you. You can find a good photographer to work with by reaching out on Facebook or Cosplay.com or someplace and asking who is available to take pictures, and when you plan on wearing your costume so they can work something out with you. Not all photographers are going to be petty. It might take a while to find someone, but I’ve found that a lot of photogs are pretty eager to work with new people.
Now, I personally do not sell prints, nor do I intend to. I know some people do, and I realize that is their business, but it is my own personal opinion that it’s a bit silly. Unless they are really established and contribute a lot to the community, I don’t see much of a point? Yes, I know. People love money. Anyone on the planet would like to make money, but I can’t bring myself to ‘sell’ or ‘market’ my image in that way. It’s not something I am comfortable doing, and I have a lot of humility.
When I first started to cosplay 10 years ago, prints were very rare. Only a few girls did them, and really most of us couldn’t care less about them. In the past year, everyone and their mother is selling them. It’s like watching a race. Cosplayers are spending money to get prints made and to make people Like their pages, things that were never a factor when I started. Dynamics have changed, I would not say for the better because I see a lot of cosplayers with hurt feelings or feeling like they are not good enough. No one should feel that way when it comes to this hobby. What is cosplay? Dressing up. There can be more to it, like entering costume contests, but the base point is just the very act of wearing a costume and having fun with it. If you have to stress about something that you should be doing for fun, it could be hurting you more. I hope that hearing this will make you feel a bit better because it really does make me VERY sad to read these things. :(