I am a 20-something cosplayer from Northern California. This is my cosplay and sewing blog, where I post progress pics, tutorials, and cosplay pictures. I can get pretty busy with real-life stuff, so don't be alarmed if I don't post terribly often.

I mostly like video games over anime, and I'm into the beast known as Homestuck.

Feel free to ask me for advice or questions about me in my ask section, or just drop by and say hello.


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No seriously though. I’m referring to the majority of the cosplayers there that blocked the ballroom, screamed during the meetups, smeared gray everywhere, and didn’t clean up after their mess. You guys made the rest of us look horrible, even when respectfully asked to discontinue your game of spin the bottle, you guys could not stop. Fantastic! So here’s how the non-homestucks on the Sacanime page have seen it. 

Now you could argue that “oh don’t pick on the Homestuck fandom, we’re nice :(((” No. You were the only ones that caused trouble during the con and the staff had given up on even trying to stop since you wouldn’t listen.

Prayers out there for the good Homestucks that were so badly represented though, I respect you guys, thanks for cleaning up the mess that the big part of the fandom left for us to pick up. Bless you all. 

Here’s a prime example of the problem with the Homestuck fandom as it currently is. I speak here as someone who is entrenched so deeply in Homestuck I doubt I’ll ever be able to not call myself a fan, so trust me, I understand that there are people who don’t go around making fools of themselves in the fandom. The issue with the Homestuck fandom as a whole is that there is such a large part of the fanbase that is composed of kids who range from thirteen years old to sixteen. I have nothing against kids of that age group—hell, I was one three years ago—but a lot of them still have a very long way to go when it comes to maturity.

The thing is, most of the characters in Homestuck are assholes in one way or another. At the very least, most of them behave like assholes at one time or another. As a Homestuck, I can say that in the comic itself they are mostly very loveable assholes who tend to redeem themselves at least enough so you can shrug and not be all that bothered by their behaviors. But to someone who is younger and has yet to mature enough to understand that the following train of thought is utter dreck, i.e., people who are thirteen to sixteen years old, if you’re cosplaying someone who kind of acts like an asshole, it must be totally okay to run around acting like a total asshole because of course you’re just acting in character. And sure, wanting to be in character isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But it’s all about how far you take it.

To the younger Homestucks who somehow miraculously manage to see this post, because I won’t even begin to pretend I have all that many followers to distribute this to any kind of larger audience, it’s incredibly important that you not take the canon behaviors of characters you’re cosplaying as an excuse to act in a way that is rude, offensive, or otherwise asinine, especially at cons. Be considerate of your fellow con-goers, clean up after yourselves, and if you accidentally smear body paint on someone, apologize profusely. (Better yet, seal your body paint properly. Youtube is one hell of a site.)

Again. Repeat after me. Cosplaying as an asshole is NOT an excuse to act like one. If you can remember that, you’ll have a much more positive experience in your Homestuck cosplay anywhere you go, whether it’s at a con or not. And so will everyone else.

Giving this a Homestuck fandom boost

Fucking kids man I tell you what.

I wasn’t really around the HS fandom much this con (not that I usually am, but I spent an unusual amount of time in the karaoke room, even for me, and I didn’t attend the gathering because I wasn’t in HS cosplay that day), and didn’t personally witness any of this, but this kind of thing is still really, really frustrating. :[ (I tend to distance myself a bit from the fandom anyway, just because I’m not a fandom kind of a person, but I do have some degree of visibility in this community because of some of my cosplay and because of my Dinnerstuck events. Everything I know about the bad behavior is secondhand, but since people at the con were telling me about it and people online have been talking about it, I know that it had to be pretty bad, even if everything I know is just hearsay at the moment.)

People need to learn how to behave themselves in public. Being young, while an explanation, is not an excuse. People need to learn how to respect others, and people who witness bad behavior need to call people out on it. Otherwise, no one will learn.

Expect a lengthy post from me in the next week or so about this. I’m really disappointed in the fandom right now, and I want something to be done about it.

Tentative future plans, cosplay and otherwise:

- Post up SacAnime photos (will happen in the next couple of days)

- Write up post SacAnime reports (again, next few days): include an open letter to the HS fandom, an important Dinnerstuck announcement

- (Slowly) post up remaining photoshoots from Fanime (I like to spread this kind of thing out since I don’t go to a lot of cons, so I’ll have content for a while between cons as well)

- Post alpha!Rose photoshoot from SacAnime (once I get the photos back — no rush there!)

- Get working on panels (I’ll see when I’ll be able to do that scholarly HS panel, possibly for Fanime if I can make it, and I want to do other panels as well)

- Continue the type of blogging I’ve been doing (giving people advice, reblogging tutorials, etc.)

- Try to do off-con photoshoots, especially for cosplays that I don’t have shoots for yet. Since I’ll be pretty busy in the next couple of years few months (no, couple of years is more like it…unless I go for my PhD right after my MA, then even longer after that…), I may not be able to go to a lot of cons or make a lot of cosplays, so I want to have a way to keep cosplaying and show off the outfits that I do have.

Tentative cosplay plans, in rough order of priority:

- Bunnylutions group (major planning for this is on hold until closer to whichever con I’ll be doing this group for. At that currently unknown future date, I’ll make a call for participants and get in communication with everyone who has already agreed to the group to work out the details of sewing, materials, shoes, wigs, stockings, accessories, etc., and contact photographers. This will likely be Fanime or AX 2015.)

- Mitochondrial Eve (Parasite Eve)

- Possibly Aura Blackquill (Ace Attorney), if I have time to squeeze her in

- Fancy lusus group (Homestuck) (This is a further future plan, possibly by winter 2016. I am planning on being Mother Grub and nachttour is planning on being Spidermom)

- EDIT: Knew I forgot something! Possibly Samas Aran in her Justin Bailey outfit (again, if I can squeeze it in)

I feel like I’m forgetting something, but those are the main ones right now. The playboy eevees are my top priority, but my next large crafting project is going to be Eve. I’m still trying to decide on which of her forms I’d like to do. So many cosplays with “eve” in the name @_____@

I know this is totally random, but you're an amazing cosplay, and I was wondering if you could help me out? ;-; I'm doing my first cosplay soon, and it's Madotsuki from Yume Nikki. I was wondering if you could help me find a good turtleneck sweater that is about the same pink as hers? Sorry if I'm a huge bother!

Hello there!

Thanks for the compliment. I’m flattered. :]

It is difficult to find consistent reference images for this character, since her sweater seems to be a different color in each image. It seems like the most common color is kind of a dark, slightly dusty, reddish pink. 

This character and color, correct?


I found a sweater on ebay ( http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/171437981513?lpid=82 ) that looks like it might work in the “russet red” color. It is very similar to the color in the image above (which seemed to be the best representative pink of all of the images). As it is a Chinese sweater and only one size, it will probably be fairly small. I also found one from AliExpress that is listed as a bit larger, but isn’t as good of a color. ( http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Autumn-winter-new-Korean-Women-s-velvet-turtleneck-long-sleeve-basic-shirt-Candy-13-colors-sweater/1398271654.html ) I found both of those by searching for “candy color turtleneck” on Google.

If you need a larger size, you’ll probably have to get a used one from ebay or a local thrift store. Try “dark pink turtleneck,” “dusty pink turtleneck,” “dusty rose turtleneck,” and “raspberry turtleneck” as your keywords. Look for something that is a fairly smooth material — no obvious, chunky knits, and certainly no cable knits, since you’ll have to add the applique.

Good luck with your cosplay! :]