I’m sure many of you have been watching the glorious drama-filled new Syfy show Heroes of Cosplay, and loving the silly pettiness as much as I have. Regardless of whether you think the show is an accurate representation of the cosplay community, it’s oddly mesmerizing to watch all the silly in-fighting and catty passive aggressiveness. There was a scene if the second episode that has gotten a lot of buzz recently.
Here’s a quick summary from the Heroes of Cosplay page on Syfy.com:
“The others go to a wine bar, where Chloe argues that anyone of any silhouette should do any costume they want. Easy for the size-two model-looking lady to say, and Riki reminds her that the internet isn’t usually kind to those who try to break the mold in that way. Yaya thinks Chloe is being naïve, and talks about the “responsibility” of knowing what you look like and being realistic about the roles available to you in cosplay.”
It got me thinking. I've been wanting to do a short documentary about how different the cosplay process is for folks with disabilities. I've seen plenty of things talking about social issues like race, gender, and weight in cosplay, but I’ve really only heard about Misa on Wheels in terms of advocating for cosplayers with disabilities. I’d like to change that. As a disabled cosplayer myself, I know how important it is to see others succeed when you feel it’s impossible.
Right now, my idea is to do some interviews with people and maybe following a few people from fabrication to wherever they're bringing the costume. I’d also like to touch on the reaction of the cosplay community to disabled cosplayers dressing as able-bodied characters, and also the response to “normal” people cosplaying disabled characters (like Terezi from Homestuck).
Things I would use money for:
Travel to interviews
Even BETTER camera
Formal classes so I’m not doing everything self-taught