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Where is the article about cosplayers ruining cons btw?
This is Denise Dorman’s article: [link] | [original post with her bolding]
I have slowly come realize that in this selfie-obsessed, Instagram Era, COSPLAY is the new focus of these conventions–seeing and being seen, like some giant masquerade party. . Conventions are no longer shows about commerce, product launches, and celebrating the people who created this genre in the first place. I’ve seen it first-hand–the uber-famous artist who traveled all of the way from Japan, sitting at Comic-Con, drawing as no one even paid attention to him, while the cosplayers held up floor traffic and fans surround the cosplayers–rather than the famed industry household name–to pose for selfies.
The hard-working artists and creators who are the very foundation of this industry…the reason there even is an industry….those creatives who have busted their asses and spent money they perhaps didn’t have to spare in order to be there exhibiting for–and accessible to–the fans…have been reduced to being the background wallpaper against which the cosplayers pose in their selfies.
Capitalization, italics, and bolding by Dorman.
This is the article I first heard about it through that points out some of the holes in her complaints: [link]
"Dave’s fans are in their 40s and 50s. These shows are exhausting and expensive for them. And a lot of them are still feeling the pinch from the economic downturn. They were middle class and got wiped out."
The traditional fan-collector audience is getting crowded out by “broke hipsters,” Dorman says. “It’s all about getting the souvenir to show off at the office, to prove they were part of the cool scene.”
New fans are spending, but not on the same stuff. Research conducted by Eventbrite shows that the vast majority of convention attendees still rank “buying stuff I’m interested in” as the number one reason they go to shows, and fans across all demographic categories spend as much at conventions as they do through retail and online channels.
However, the new cohort of mainstream fans who come to geek culture through the turnstiles of the multiplex represent the generation raised on click-to-buy, digital downloads, and binge-watching. They splurge on media and experiences, but don’t value collecting stuff in the same way as those who grew up in earlier eras of the hobby.
What I’m hearing is Dorman and co. aren’t updating either their product nor their approach for a changing convention audience.
Other comics creators respond by discussing the need to update your self to the changing model rather than getting sour about it changing. [link]
Each show has its own feel. You have to figure out which types work best for you and try new ones to expand your reach/engage new fans. Convention culture changes/evolves. Unfortunately you can’t do the same thing each time and expect the same results.
This year has been one of the best in terms of my overall sales, but I also have a lot of books at different publishers going concurrently.
It’s an alchemical mix of visibility, product, fan base, price point, and salesmanship… and it varies from show to show.
I don’t think it’s a cosplayer thing, I think it’s the changing nature of collector culture and how we consume media as a whole. When we were younger, having a collection was a big deal: music, books, movies, whatever. It was part of an identity. Now we all have massive digital movie, book, and music collections at our fingertips. Some still collect, but it’s more focused/selective.
When you come up to my table, it’s rarely just a cold “purchase and go” scenario. It’s a social interaction and it has to be genuine. You bought something but you also had a conversation and an interaction, something personal and hopeful a bit memorable.You can buy the book cheaper on Amazon. You can get it at your local comic shop or pirate it online. I have to offer something unique. And what I have to offer is me, the interaction and the signature and my genuine appreciation of you, the reader. That’s the whole point. When I finish a day at a show, my throat is hoarse and my brain is fried. I push really hard to be ‘on’ at shows. Ask anyone who’s met me. I have a handful of seconds to make an impression on someone and, if it goes well, they could be a loyal reader from then on.
I genuinely love it, but it’s exhausting. I totally understand if that’s not for everyone, especially if that wasn’t required in the past. But, with time and experience, it gets easier to recognize and plan for different kinds of shows (or avoid ones that don’t work).
Bolding of this last block by me.