Hello! THE WICKED + THE DIVINE 5 is out this week, bringing our first arc to a close. Here is a preview.
As well as our regular cover, there is a fantastic variant by Becky Cloonan.
"I’m a cosplayer …. I’m also black. Which is fine by most everyone, until I have the audacity to cosplay a character who isn’t.
I’m aware that to actively engage yourself in such a visual hobby as cosplay, you have to have a thick skin — and I do. I’m cool with people criticizing my choice in fabrics, choice in wigs, choice of pose, whatever. But my skin color is something I can’t change, nor would I if I had the ability. I love the skin I was born in, and I won’t apologize, make excuses or work around it for anyone’s benefit beyond my own.
I’m thankful that the black cosplay community has encouraging blogs like Cosplaying While Black and World of Black Heroes, so now anyone who might be curious about joining in won’t have to worry about feeling out of place, and will also have a reference to see how certain colors, styles and characters look when portrayed by someone who shares similar features.
We have celebrity support as well - Gail Simone, the current writer of DC’s Batgirl has given her stamp of approval to cosplayers of color time and time again — she even told me she liked my Batgirl on Halloween! (And if Gail Simone likes what you’re doing, then everyone else can take a step to the left because GAIL SIMONE.)”
- Chaka Cumberbatch, writing for xoJane
Chaka, you so do not need my stamp of approval, you are amazing in every cosplay you do, you are witty and stylish and gorgeous, you do nothing but honor to every character you portray and I am thrilled to know you.
You are exactly why I love cosplayers.
Now you can make your own Kid Loki crown and spread mischief to the world!
Injustice: Gods Among Us - Dinah, Barbara and Helena
psylynce77 said: Gail the panel today on Female Fandom was so inspirational. I'm ready to get back to my writing. I only knew about it because you left the info at your booth. Why the heck did they put you way back there?!? Don't you have more street cred than that? ;) hope to meet you tmrw.
No, I am used to this. This is going to sound a little obnoxious, but it’s true, so please bear with me.
The idea is to put people who have sizeable, dedicated readerships as far back in Artist’s Alley as possible. The first time this happened, it was at Stumptown, and I thought I was being put in the boonies because I wrote superhero comics. But the organizer was very clear about it, he said, “no no no, the idea is that all the people coming to see YOU will have to walk by all the tables for the new people and that gives them a chance to be seen.”
So it’s a way to get people to go by lots of new creators and hopefully they will stop and check them out, as well. Michael, the NYCC organizer, also told my hubby the same thing about this con yesterday, both times I have been here, they put me as far back as they could, along with people like Adam Hughes and Christ Claremont, so that the back of the con is very busy and everyone gets seen on the way. If you’ll notice, the DC booth is at the far, far back, as well.
He also said it’s because we have the longest lines and being at the back allows the line to wrap behind the curtain against the wall without blocking other booths. It’s flattering, but MAN IS IT A LOT OF WALKING at the end of the day! Every panel and publisher signing is even further…I walked eleventy miles yesterday. :)
And thank you about the female fandom panel, that thing was the funnest panel ever!
I get it now! I did get to meet you too! You looked tired (justifiably so as it was Sunday) but you were incredibly gracious. I am loving Red Sonja and I sooo wish you had been at the “Paranormal Romance Panel.” I was there against my will and it was the polar opposite to the Female Fandom panel. Blech. You would have whipped them into shape, by George!