There’s been a trend recently where comic creators have taken to social media to decry cosplayers as a detriment to comic book conventions and the comics industry as a whole.
The latest example comes courtesy of Pat Broderick, who has recently rejoined DC Comics after a 20 year absence. Indeed, things have changed quite a bit in while Broderick was away, and he doesn’t like it.
Broderick posted a recent update to his Facebook page that laid out his thoughts on cosplayers pretty succinctly. If you’re a cosplayer, he doesn’t want to be your friend. If you’re doing a convention and you want him to be there, it better not be a cosplay-heavy con:
todays heads up. If you’re a Cosplay personality, please don’t send me a friend request. If you’re a convention promoter and you’re building your show around cosplay events and mega multiple media guest don’t invite me….You bring nothing of value to the shows, and if you’re a promoter pushing cosplay as your main attraction you’re not helping the industry or comics market..Thank you..
To make matters worse, the comments on his post became this bizarre pile-on about cosplayers and how terrible they are. Broderick drops comments like “Cosplay are just selfies in costume, and doing multiple selfies is about the highest expression of narcissism.”
Other creators chimed in to both fat shame cosplayers and talk about how they’ve kicked them out of booths for lack of comics knowledge.
Honestly, it all just seems bitter and cruel to me. Do cons need some tweaking to make sure that artists can make some money doing them and fans can meet the creators they love? Absolutely. That’s a conversation worth having. It’s something people can come together on, and I’m sure there are lots of cosplayers who’d love nothing more than to see creators they love do well. But the fact is that there are cosplayers out there that put a tremendous amount of time and effort into their craft. The attention they receive has undoubtedly gone a long way in promoting the comics and games their costumes represent and the conventions they attend. And let’s not forget the charitable side of cosplay.
Maybe he would prefer that SDCC look more like it did in 1983.
Speaking of attention, it seems like Broderick was looking for it himself. However, I don’t think this is the kind of attention he wanted — and if he thought no one would see it and he was just bitching to friends, well, maybe he needs to get a little bit more familiar with Facebook’s privacy settings…and this newfangled Internet thing.
(via Bleeding Cool)