Let me elaborate on a post I made recently involving one cosplay getting more notes than another.
I’ve been receiving anon hate/harsh criticism for it.
"You should be just happy to get any attention."
"You’re just looking for attention."
"Your post is discouraging to others starting out in cosplay."
There were a few more lines with more vulgar and/or bitter choices of wording, but I’ve already set those on ignore.
My Kevin cosplay is thrifted and the only thing I did was make-up and altered it to my size. Few hours of effort, that’s it.
My Thorin cosplay (second photo) was endless hours/days of sleepless nights. Blisters, bleeding, crying, sweating. Every free moment was working on it. After work, went straight to working on it. Everything is made from scratch (save for the key I wore around my neck.)
For someone who’s been in the cosplay community for nearly twelve years and competed competitively for five, it is heart breaking for me to have a cosplay completely overlooked by another that took so little effort. Yes I am bitter. Yes I am looking for attention, but for a cosplay I poured my heart and soul into.
It’s like, you’re an artist. You draw something that you half traced or nearly copied from some show or something. Then you make something completely from your own mind on your own that’s elaborate and gorgeous. Now, say you post both on tumblr and the one you spent little effort on gets more praise than the latter. It’s a terrible feeling.