Okay, so somebody I talk to on Facebook was claiming cosplayers largely don’t buy comics. I’m pretty suspicious so I thought it was worth polling about. Thoughts?
Sounds like some weird variation of the fake geek girl bs to me.
I mean, I’m sure there are plenty of…
That was exactly what I was thinking. It really sounded like some marginalizing crap, despite coming from somebody I consider an ambassador of comics in other ways. How can you imply that a whole swath of people that spend a not small amount of money on costuming devoted to their favorite characters have no interest in spending money on the source material they’re going off of, the books that are keeping those characters alive?
I saw that post that Gus was referring to, as I’m a member of it the same group where it was posted (
still not sure if that’s a good thing or not) but anyways, I have to agree that the whole ‘cosplayers don’t buy comics’ has sexist undertones to it.
I know cosplayers who are pretty dedicated, and if they’re willing to spend hundreds and even thousands of dollars on material to dress up like their favorite characters, then what makes you think they’ll somehow neglect buying the very comics that introduced them to those characters in the first place?
That makes absolutely no sense to me.
Every cosplayer I know has stacks of comics alongside the fabric, sewing needles and all of the other paraphernalia they use to express their love for a character. Saying they don’t buy comics because they devote a significant amount of time to dressing up for cons is just another way of marginalizing and making fun of anything that women and girls in particular, gravitate towards, and it’s repulsive.
(And fyi, in case anyone is wondering why I mentioned women here in particular, it’s because the original conversation was inspired by the recent revamp of Barbara Gordon and one of the people in the conversation, in particular, lamented the mostly young women who cosplay because it’s been in his experience, that they don’t buy comics at cons, or in general. Nevermind that all other empirical evidence outside of his limited, narrow sphere says otherwise.)