Being old is not an excuse to be fat, lazy, and scantily-clad

The Graying of Fandom- Sanford Begley

Now when I was reading about cons and the wild parties there, back in the old days that was a principle thing that made me want to attend. It is no longer. A couple of the older guests were reminiscing about the wild parties and nudity of the old days. It isn’t going to happen unless we bring back the interest of the young people. To be honest with you, had most of the people I saw there disrobed I would have left. You need young people for skimpy outfits and nudity to work. Lets be honest, if you are over 40 and can still take your clothes off to appreciation of the opposite sex they either are very drunk or you are going immediately into something more personal than a party. The skimpy clothing still exists, you just have to have more than the staid old folks of literature to find it.

My yoga teacher is over 45, entirely bald, and incredibly muscular and toned.

He would get a huge amount of positive female attention if he were to get naked in public.

This is because he does physical exercise 7 days a week instead of writing books.

Senior citizens are sometimes vastly more attractive than young, sickly people. The problem isn’t the age bracket, the problem is that too much writing and reading makes you weak and aerobically unfit.

Scantily-clad people are necessary for conventions, fine. Unfortunately, most writers usually look bad when scantily clad, even when said writers are young.

If you want to see lots of attractive, scantily-clad people, you need to make that a higher priority than encouraging fan participation. If you want to elevate fan participation above all else, resign yourself to the fact that most fans will be ugly when scantily-clad.

Technical aspects of cosplay; what I like and what I don’t

I don’t pretend to be an authority on art, but I can point out what I don’t like, and what I do.

Example 1 of 2:

The pale skin and slender build make this model a good fit for this character. Where is her sword?

The model’s facial expression seems to convey a passionate intensity, but not really for bloody revenge by combat. (I am not blaming the model. Models get photographed thousands of times; they can’t exercise precise control over each facial expression.)

The basic costume design is excellent, but some enforcer of public prudery seems to have put semi-transparent clothing between the model and her costume. This ruins the effect. The hair might be a little overdone.

How to fix it: First, get her a sword.
If public costume displays require semi-transparent hotpants and halter tops, do the photo shoot in private with a proper version of the costume. The girl is pretty enough to be a model; there’s no reason why she has to do photo shoots at Comiket.

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What does your cosplay say about the character you portray?

I note (upon ripping off lots of Comiket cosplay images from San-Com) that most cosplays can readily be boiled down to a one-sentence summary.

“I have large muscles and a sword sharp enough to turn my muscle power into destruction.”

Yes, I know the real cosplay sword is probably not a really sharp or useful blade. But the character is making that statement.

Note: Possible minor spoilers for Full Metal Alchemist.
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