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  • Fri, 12:49: AJ and RD. //RT @SchulzMuseum: This strip is from December 20, 1965. #snowballfight #Peanuts #CharliebrownvsLinus http://t.co/qqFMHhtFHO
  • Fri, 14:46: RT @GailSimone: This ridiculous trend of comics pros bashing cosplayers is pathetic and embarrassing. Stay home if it hurts you so deeply. …
  • Fri, 14:50: RT @hitchopottimus: @scalzi Mama always said there ain't no shame in being a nerd herder, so long as you ain't scruffy lookin' doing it.
  • Fri, 15:08: o/` Have yourself a very little Christmas, make the yuletide small… from now on we barely will be seen at all… o/`
  • Fri, 15:10: That’s pretty small! //RT @Kyyanno: mry xms? ^.^;
  • Fri, 15:22: Hey @mlp_DreamerOOC! I was just looking through my notes and realized you asked for a commish a few months back I never got back to...
  • Fri, 15:22: If you still want it, I’ll try to get it finished by the end of December. :) Just let me know. Sorry for the delay!
  • Fri, 15:23: <— is not THE worst at the business end of art, but is really, really bad at it
  • Fri, 15:26: One of the things I love about the furry fandom? Vendors/artists and cosplayers are all in the same pool of fans. What an arbitrary divide!
  • Fri, 15:31: RT @marcusgilmer: done with news this week. just gonna sit here and stare at this until it's time to go home and drink. http://t.co/94kotx8
  • Fri, 15:44: RT @LOLGOP: If you say something is going to destroy the economy and instead you have the best job creation since 1999, maybe never trust y…
  • Fri, 16:04: People say Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was created by Montgomery Ward rather than being a Christmas legend… 1/2
  • Fri, 16:05: I’m pretty sure Montgomery Ward never really existed, and it’s just a bluff. *nods seriously* 2/2
  • Fri, 16:25: I’ve decided to take what commissions I can get this weekend or, alternatively, clear out my backlog. #StayAtHomeCon
  • Fri, 16:26: It probably won’t pay for my unused plane ticket, but it’ll defray costs, anyhow! So if you want a commish, now’s the time to ask. :)
  • Fri, 16:30: YCH ;) #furry #art #StayAtHomeCon http://t.co/CLnh3evWDm
  • Fri, 16:31: Seriously tho, if you’d like to get in on the action, my rates are up here: http://t.co/ZujjEVrlhS #StayAtHomeCon
  • Fri, 17:07: I wonder how many other artists besides me do MST3K-style riffs on their own art in their head while they draw.
  • Fri, 17:08: Me, in my head, while drawing beefcake earlier today: “Hey, it’s the speedy delivery guy, and boy has he got a package!”
  • Fri, 17:57: RT @staypuft: French Toast Crunch is back? That's cool and all but here's the cereal the world REALLY needs... http://t.co/2ciXzuud1M
  • Sat, 05:15: Not quite as catchy. Or march-y. Could be worse, tho. //RT @Kyyanno: possibly better than the Imperial March?
  • Sat, 09:04: RT @WTFitsKatie: I am sad the 7 foot giraffe plush I saw in the store today was $1000. I would dress him up all the time. #ImAnAdult



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Dec. 7th, 2014 03:37 pm (UTC)
The "comics pro bashing cosplayers" was taken from an article that was not well written or put together properly. I haven't seen the article, but I have seen the reply from one of the people that is being targeted. These are copy-pastas from FaceBook.

Mike Wolfer: Yesterday I made a comment on a popular artist's Facebook page, stating that I prefer to attend conventions that promote comics and comic creators over cosplayers. I said, "I hear you. I ignore con invites that proclaim, 'HUGE COSPLAY CONTEST (oh, yeah... and Stan Lee).'" My point was, why should I spend money to attend a show which is promoting fans first, rather than the creators themselves? Today, I found my name and quote plastered all over Bleeding Cool, The Mary Sue, even The Telegraph UK, after which were comments by others that were sexist in nature and directly attacking cosplayers. Nice company for me to be in, right? See, the whole thrust of the cut-and-paste stories were to try to portray the artist, his personal views, and the views of everyone and anyone who commented as sexist pigs, because the popular misconception is that only women cosplay, so any negative comment made against cosplay is naturally misogynistic.

Then, this afternoon, I see that a member of the cosplay community has tweeted, calling me out by name, and asking, " Mike Wolfer, why do you think all cosplayers are broke, attention whores?" You know, for the whole world to see. As if I said that. Which, of course, I did not.

I calmly replied, "What is your source for that 'quote?'"

The cosplayer responded, this time less incendiary (probably because they were thinking, "Oh, crap, he actually responded to me,"), sheepishly offering that cosplayers have something to offer conventions, too. And then a few seconds later, they responded again. "I'm sorry. That was directed at (the artist whose post I commented on), not you."

They then confessed that they were drinking, apologized again, and deleted the tweet after I recommended it. And apologized again.

It's a good thing that Bleeding Cool didn't see that tweet, or we'd be looking at 13 pages of "Wolfer hates cosplayers because some drunk on Twitter said so" comments right now.

There's a message here, but I'll be damned if I can figure out what it is.


Gilbert Emilio Rodriguez
Yesterday at 10:48 ·

Mike Wolfer's response to all the negativity from the comic book media and fans who verbally attacked him for agreeing with a statement that Pat Broderick made.

"So here's my official stance on cosplay, so everyone listen up and “cut-and-paste” report it accordingly. Cosplay is good, and fun, and harmless, and brings new faces and, potentially, new fans to conventions. However:

1. I’m not keen on cosplayers randomly stopping in front of my booth to pose directly in front of me. Once they stop walking, they’re stuck in that spot for a bit, as more and more people ask to take their photo. Being the considerate guy that I am, I don’t want to spoil fans’ photos, so I move out of the way until the cosplayer ventures off. So now, not only is access to my display blocked from view, but I also remove myself from the area and I’m not pushing my stuff. Yeah, sure, it’s only for 2-10 minute intervals, but if you sat at a booth all day, trying to sell your work, you’d be saying, “Enough already, can’t you do that somewhere else” after the 10th or 11th roadblock. Oh, I know, I can hear you… Someone out there is saying, “But it draws attention to your booth. You’re benefiting, Mike Wolfer.” Sadly, that’s not the case, because when the cosplayer walks away, the crowd follows. All eyes are on the cosplayer, not the background they’re standing in front of. You try taking your eyes off of a 20-foot-tall Incredible Hulk hugging a 12-foot-wide Megatron. It can’t be done. So if some could show a little more courtesy to vendors, that would be great. I won’t photobomb your poses if you don’t block my booth. We can work together on this.

Dec. 7th, 2014 03:38 pm (UTC)

2. Here’s the other thing that bothers me. Oh, yeah, I said, “The other THING.” As in, “only two things.” People who are extroverted assholes, particularly when they’re jacked up on Mountain Dew, coffee, and sugar annoy me because I’m human. It doesn’t matter if it’s a fan, or a vendor whose “thing” is shouting at the top of their lungs, or a cosplayer “in character” as loud-mouthed Deadpool or screeching, cackling Joker. I don’t like it. It’s annoying. “But Mike,” someone’s thinking, “it’s all in good fun and draws people’s attention. We all go to cons for the excitement and blah, blah, blah.” Yeah, I know. But again, you sit for 8 to 10 hours, unable to escape the blasting audio from a looped, low budget movie trailer, or listen to a vendor yelling “50% off, right here” every 15 seconds for an entire day. It sucks. And so does the shrill screams that can be heard across the entire convention floor. When you hear it constantly. For an entire day. Or an entire weekend. Does it hurt my business? Of course not. It’s just annoying.

And that’s it. My contribution to what The Mary Sue referred to as my “jumping on the anti-cosplay bandwagon.” I’m not anti-cosplay, I’m anti-inconsiderates."
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