Soft SOPA

I’m wearily aware that the following is going to mark me down as wrong-headedly fascist and/or a pinko liberal intellectual, and dangerously uncool either way, but...

I’d be interested to know what proportion of the people most stridently against SOPA – by which I mean individuals, not organizations — earn their living (and support their families) though the creation of intellectual copyright that is easily distributable over the Internet. My guess is very, very few of them. Once you’ve seen your life’s work thrown up for free on a few pirate pits — or ‘social sharing sites’, as the more brazen like to style themselves — you’re far less sanguine about the free-for-all approach, and more open to the idea that someone, somewhere might want to do something about copyright theft.

At the moment there’s precious little authority exercised in the area, and it’s left to the individual to protect themselves. I’ve had to fill in any number of forms to prove to sites that I have the right to ask them to stop ripping off my work — biting my lip at them claiming the moral high ground — and the bizarre thing is that every time I do this I feel like a spoil-sport, as if I’m being unreasonable or mean or dull. The prevailing ‘everything should be free’ ethos means that to stand up for your copyright comes across as oddly small-minded. Mean-spirited. Uncool. Maybe this is why some big-name creatives are prepared to throw their unconsidered weight behind this kind of knee-jerk movement – along with the fact they know that an important portion of their target audience unthinkingly supports the cause, and they don’t want to alienate them.

Why are people really so vehement about SOPA? Two reasons, I suspect. Some people will just go nuts about any hint of potential governmental control over their lives. They assume that every single measure that means they could, theoretically, be prodded with pointy legal sticks means that they definitely, definitely will be. Even the reasonably level-headed analysis of the bill here condones this way of thinking. But this is ridiculous. The idea that Big Business or the Government will hunt you down because you’ve uploaded a video of your wife singing a (copyrighted) song is fatuously alarmist. They won’t – not least because all but the most technologically inept entertainment companies will be content to view this kind of thing as free marketing.

There’s a monstrous egotism at work here, too, in the notion that governments enact laws specifically to get at YOU personally. They don’t. You’re not living in an all-powerful totalitarian state, guys. You’re really not. The US government doesn’t have the time, resources — or, I’m sure, the will — to chase down every single man jack of you for trivial offenses. I’m sorry to break this to you, but they simply don’t care that much about you, and I doubt they have the slightest desire to close down FaceBook or YouTube either (though the latter does have a breezy approach to copyright, as does Google). They’re trying to defend pre-existing laws, not imprison everyone or close down the bloody Internet. They can’t even shut down all the pedophile sites, a task I think we can all get behind — so do you really think they’re going to take you or your favorite mainstream sites down for your apparently innocent acts? This is the same kind of lunatic conspiracy thinking that believes the government has been able to keep it secret that the moon landings were faked for fifty years. They’re just not that powerful or efficient or deadly... except in your minds.

Yes, there may be dubious motives mixed in with the good, and government must always be subject to close and considered scrutiny, but that doesn’t make opposing SOPA some kind of glorious rah-rah-for-the-common-(wo)man crusade that can only be 100% right and just, regardless of the supporter’s motivation, regardless of self-interest, regardless of a massive prevailing degree of ignorance as to what it actually means. The government is supposed to be on the side of laws, isn’t it? Copyright is a law too. If they don’t defend that law in the new kind of social space that the internet represents, where will the laxity end? What other laws will be let slide on the grounds that they might impede the rights of Internet users to do what the heck they feel like? What about your right to privacy? You care a lot about that one, don’t you? What makes it so desperately important for the government to defend your rights there, but not defend others’ rights to be paid for their intellectual property? Is it perhaps that you’re a consumer rather than producer of such properties?

There may be hidden agendas in the bill, and the proposed law may (or may not) be excessive in its current formulation. I don’t know. I haven’t read or understood every single word of the proposal – and neither have you. You’re getting hot under the collar because someone on Twitter said you should; and I’m doing the opposite, because I’m a contrary, bad-tempered bastard who’s tired of people on the interweb getting shouty and self-righteous after barely half a second’s thought.

But I suspect that the real, visceral and unspoken reason people are getting so exercised about this is because... well, because they’re stealing, and they know it. Virtually everyone on the Internet is making use of copyrighted materials without paying for them. Everyone uses torrents or cheerfully passes MP3 files to their friends or downloads pictures or pdfs or e-books or software. The vast amount of porn circulating the web is another example. It doesn’t count in most people’s minds — because it’s a dodgy, seedy business anyway and so who cares about the moral claims of the people who produce it — but it’s still copyrighted material. Virtually everyone I know engages in one or more of these pastimes, and most have some kind of moral accommodation ready-prepared. They buy enough stuff legitimately – what’s the problem if they help themselves to a few more things on the side? Big business makes enough profit – where’s the harm in these apparently victimless crimes? Downloading a CD of songs for free might make you buy the artist’s next release, right? It doesn’t actually cost writers and artists anything if you download their stuff, so it’s okay, right? As someone who’s living in the US but still paying a British Television License fee, I could make a reasonable case for downloading BBC shows from some ropey corner of the net, if I so chose.

And so on, and so forth, and of course a little bit of this is not the end of the world and of course a degree of laxity with regard to sharing materials is part of how the net works and what makes it the extraordinary resource that it is — and both I and the US government understand that.

But the bottom line is... you’re taking things without paying for them. You wouldn’t expect to be able to talk your way out of shop-lifting in Safeway, and there’s no difference on the net. Except that it’s a lot easier to get away with, and the punishments have so far seemed nebulous and faraway. SOPA makes them seem a lot closer. That’s what’s scaring people, the idea that some nasty teachers are stomping into the playground and spoiling everyone’s fun. The reality is that no-one has the time or cash (law enforcement and legal proceedings cost a lot of money, and the government has budgets like everyone else) to hunt down the average Internet user, or close down every site that could technically fall foul of a psychotically super-heavy reading of the bill. It’s okay, everyone. You’re safe, and so is your favorite social networking site, and no-one’s going to come knocking on your door for ripping your mate a few songs. But hopefully the organized large-scale thieves will not be safe, and speaking as someone who’s had his pockets picked more than a few times, that’s kind of alright with me.

The Internet is like some huge pub, dodgy goods so constantly passed back and forth that we’ve forgotten you used to have to pay for them — and many of us like it that way, because we don’t earn as much as we like and we want more things than we can afford. We wouldn’t enter such a pub in real life, of course — or support a second-hand book or record store proven to be full of stolen goods — but if it merely involves pressing a button in the comfort and safety of our own homes, then... Amongst other things, SOPA threatens this, and I suspect that’s what the vast majority of knee-jerk naysayers are reacting to: not the idea that the US government will try to take Wikipedia off the air. Because it won’t. Come on, you know that. So don’t pretend they will, just to make it all more exciting. Two months from now you’ll be hopping mad about something else, and I’ll be wearily asking some other bunch of freeloading assholes if they’ll take down the pdfs of all my novels, pretty please.

Anyway, just a few thoughts. I’m sure that — in addition to being terribly unfashionable — they’re just as ill-informed and muddle-headed as everyone else’s. But that’s the Internet for you: behind the shiny main streets of the big-name stores and social networking behemoths, it’s mainly just back alleys of shady bars full of knock-off goods, where people talk an awful lot of bollocks. Including me.

 

[And I promise my next blog will be cheerful. Been whining my ass off here lately. Blame work. Normal service will be resumed.]

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Amazon - Don't Be A Dickhead, eh?

Just to be clear before I start — I'm not against Amazon. I’ve spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars with the company. I own a Kindle Fire (and had the previous iteration before that), am a Prime member, and merrily download book after book onto the device. I've tracked down reasonably-priced copies of out of print books via them. When I needed a keyboard for my kid, stat, and the local music store (having promised a delivery the week before) punked out, I was straight over to Amazon and they had something with me in 24 hours. Amazon is a great way of getting hold of books and other gear quickly and conveniently, especially stuff that’s hard to get hold of where you live. Amazon, we like and value you. You’re our pal.

So don’t blow it. Don’t act like a bunch of total assholes.

Offering to sell people books at a discount if they take a picture of them in their local independent bookstore *** [please see caveat below]*** is an act so crass that it takes your breath away. It’s precisely Apple’s serene tendency to not do this kind of thing that makes me such an fanboy. Many yards have already been written about Amazon’s shark-like recent sales tactic, but for me it comes down to one basic question: do you want to still have bookstores, or not?

Farhad Manjoo’s infantile article/apologia for Slate magazine missed so many points that I don’t even know where to start. This, for example: “It’s not just that bookstores are difficult to use. They’re economically inefficient, too”... Is the statement of an utter moron. If you believe economic efficiency (whatever that may be) is the most important thing the world, then you scare me. If you find bookstores difficult to use, you’re a simpleton. You either understand that the world is a better place for the existence of bookstores on the streets, or you don’t. You either get how they contribute to an environment of respect and enthusiasm for the printed word and everything that goes with it, or you don’t.

Amazon is actually essential to my career, especially since the demise of Borders. The kind of novels I write don’t appeal much to the folks who run the independents — I can guarantee that if I like a bookstore, they won’t stock a single copy of my books (whereas Amazon, of course, do, and thank god for that). That’s not the point. The point is that Amazon, effective and useful and much-valued retailer though it is, has the power to destroy the independent bookselling market, and if you don’t want to live in a world where that’s happened, you can neither defend nor excuse this venal little tactic — and certainly not by arguments as facile as claiming that bookbuyers will spend the money they save in local farmers’ markets. For a start, they won't. Secondly, independent booksellers are the local famers’ markets, you buffoon. No, the authors and publishers aren’t local, but the people who sell the books, and offer advice, and provide an environment of affection and respect for the printed word, most assuredly are. I want books to be local, too, not just another thing that arrives in the mail.

This afternoon I made a note of two books I saw on Amazon. Next time I’m downtown I’m going to buy them from either Bookstore Santa Cruz or Logos, two of the great independents that Santa Cruz is lucky enough to have. I like Amazon very much, but I don’t love it — certainly not to the degree that I love being able to wander into some quirky local bookstore and walk amongst the stacks, allowing serendipity and the smell of paper and the owner’s haphazard acts of curation to help me select something new. I like taking my child into these places, too. It bores the hell out of him, but I choose to believe that amidst the tedium he’s absorbing the message that books are a good thing, and deserve to take up space in our society and our towns; that his dad values them in a special way, and that they’re not just another thing that you click a button to possess, like baked beans or a power tool.

If you love bookstores, support them, because you’ll miss them when they’re gone. And Amazon, support the love and purchase of books wherever they may be found. Otherwise not only will you come across as a bunch of rapacious dickheads, you’ll be cutting off the roots of the market you so want to own.

 

[*** Correspondents suggest that in fact, the one-day offer was not targeted at bookstores, in which case, I done rant wrong, and I apologise. I'm leaving the above in place because I said it, and if I was wrong, I was wrong, and it would be sneaky to just whip it out of sight. However: the Slate article was still fatuous, and illustrates a widespread suspicion of Amazon's motives; there's little doubt that the company is trying to dominate the marketplace in negative ways; and my point about the importance of independent bookstores still holds — use them, or you'll lose them.]

 

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SPRINT – WE'RE INEXPLICABLE™

Bit of a low-key update today, Sprintfans — as the company has merely perplexed me in the last couple of days, rather than driven me to homicidal fury. Yesterday afternoon a robot called. My phone rang, and when I picked it up an automated lady imperiously informed me that Sprint was going to reimburse me $99 (for the first month’s rental on the phone they never sent, I assume), and I’d be receiving a cheque in 10-15 days. Thus having spoken, the robot lady rang off.

This morning I received a call from a human in Customer Service, in response to a gloriously arsey email I’d sent them via their Web site. According to the information on his screen, this gentleman said, my account has indeed been closed for fraud (grrrr), and is further showing that it has been “adjusted” -  and therefore there was nothing else he could credit back to me. I said I knew about the $99 and asked him about the cost of the phone – as I know there’s been no return of that to my bank account. He could see that money having been taken from me, he said, but there was no record of whether it had or would be returned, and no way for him to access that information. He advised me to get in touch with my bank to get them to dispute the payment for the phone.

I asked if he was serious - that I had to enter into a legal dispute with Sprint to get money back for a phone they freely admit they never sent. He said yes, and offered to put me through to Fraud to discuss the matter further. I've heard a rumour that if you talk to Sprint Fraud Management more than one hundred times in a calendar month there's some kind of prize, so I thought what the hell, let's go through it again. He put me through. After a few minutes on hold, a recorded announcement told me the entire Fraud department was closed for a training session. I can only assume this was either a brainstorm for new ways to make my life annoying, or perhaps a congratulatory lunch for what they've already achieved in that regard. I'm not going to call them back this week. I'd get more sense from screaming at a piece of driftwood.

Oh, and then a few hours later, the same robot lady as yesterday called to tell me the same thing again - they're sending me a $99 cheque, and it will be with me in 10-15 days.

I'm evidently living in some Ray Bradbury story about the future, where mankind has left Earth behind for new adventures on distant planets, and the little Sprint droid that got left behind keeps ringing the same number with the same message. I'd like to ask it about the $467.98 for the phone, but I don't want to complicate its mission, or freak it out. Maybe it'll call me again tomorrow. I hope so.

I don't want it to be lonely.

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SPRINT - WE HURT KITTENS FOR FUN™

Yes, settle down out there — your wish has been granted. It's time for the next tedious and stomach-churning update from one man's attempts not to be stolen from by a cell phone carrier. I've switched to whining about it in this blog because the Tumblr is supposed to be for nice happy things, and my dealings with Sprint really, REALLY don't fall under that category. So, today I called the Fraud Management department, as instructed yesterday. The woman there, after I'd explained my problem (apparently some Sprint customer service representatives are unable to read their screens, and have to have it said in words every single time), said yes, the account had been cancelled, and if I wanted to find out when I'd be paid back my money, I needed to talk to Billing. Thinking this sounded positive, I asked her to transfer me. Billing said they couldn't help, and that I had to go to my nearest Sprint store (which, as regular readers will know, is a three hour round trip I underwent several weeks ago, to no avail; being told to do this is a kind of nightmarish chorus that you hear about once every fifteen minutes when you deal with this company from hell). I said that didn't work for me, and asked to be put through to a supervisor. The friendly lady in Billing said she'd do that. I waited on hold for ten minutes... and then got cut off.

I redialed, and this time asked to be put through to a supervisor straight away. I spoke to a nice and capable-sounding lady called Daney, and explained my tale of woe again. She said she had to call the Finance department to find out what was happening to the $467 Sprint had taken for the iPhone I never got. After ten minutes she came back – and said she was passing me onto someone who was in a position to help solve my problem. This person, sadly, had absolutely no idea what I was calling for. I explained it a third time. She said she'd look into it, and put me on hold for ten minutes. Then she came back, apparently aided by another supervisor. For five minutes they kept telling me to hold the line, they were working on it. Then they officially put me on hold - for fifteen minutes.

Someone from the Finance Escalation Team finally came on the line, and asked how she could help me today... as she had no idea what I was calling about. I explained, for a fourth time. She put me on hold 'real quick' to look over my account. Ten minutes later she came back and told me that... I had to talk to the Fraud Management department.

I told her that's what I'd done, over an hour ago. She said, well, then... I had to go to a Sprint store. I broke down in tears and threatened to take the entire population of Santa Cruz hostage unless some bastard gave me my money back right now. Well, not really, but I had a sincere heart-to-heart with the lady (her name was Sonja, and she genuinely was trying to help), at the end of which she offered to call the Fraud Management Department herself, bless her. She put me on hold for fourteen minutes. Finally she came back, and told me apologetically that Fraud said they wouldn't release the money until… I'd gone to a corporate Sprint store with ID and a letter from the Social Security office saying I am who I say I am.

So... to get back $467 which Sprint have been holding for a month, after closing down my account on suspicion of being fraudulent (when it wasn't, as I've explained fifty times, providing my account PIN number and god knows what else as proof), I have to jump through ludicrous hoops which will take me a day, involve driving over 100 miles and tangling with Social Security, any one of which would constitute a steaming pile of yak ordure in its own right. Assuming doing it will even work, of course: I've evidently been lied to by the company before, not just by Sergio from Fraud Management itself (on the phone, two weeks ago, see Episode 4 below)) but also by email, thus:

"Thank you for contacting Sprint. I am happy to assist you with account inquiry. I spoke with you on 10/18/11. We discussed the issue your  having with your account. Again, I apologize for the inconvenience this  has caused you. I informed you that if you did not have all the requirements completed by the 20th that your account will be closed. The money that you did pay for the phone and to start your account will be deposited back into your account. If you have any other concerns, please feel free to contact us at anytime. Thanks for choosing Sprint and you  have a great day!

We value your business and appreciate the opportunity to answer your  questions. Please reply to this email or visit sprint.com if we can be of assistance.

Sincerely, XXXXXXX G.

Sprint"

Either mislead, or fed nonsense by people who don't understand their own company policy.

Sprint - you're worse than a joke. Pay back the money into the account you took it from — that's where it came from, after all. I'm going to have to wait until I've calmed down a bit before I work out what the **** to do next. My current fantasy is reporting the Sprint Fraud Management Team to the Sprint Fraud Management Team, for Fraud - in the shape of the taking and withholding of money on false pretences. That may not be feasible, so if anyone knows how to bring down curses of boils upon large corporate entities, please do get in touch with me.

[I'm attaching links to this whole putrid saga below as my next move may also involve sending an email with a link to this blog to Sprint's customer service address every ten seconds for a week, to see what happens...]

 

Previous instalments:

1. SPRINT - DEAD MAN WALKING

2. SPRINT - KAFKA'S FAVOURITE CARRIER

3. SPRINT - THE ENNUI BEFORE THE STORM

4. SPRINT - IN LEAGUE WITH SATAN?

5. SPRINT - SERIOUSLY?

6. SPRINT VS VERIZON - CARRIER SMACKDOWN

7. VERIZON TAKES IT WITH A KNOCK-OUT BLOW

8. SPRINT - STILL MAJESTICALLY CRAP

 

And if I ever find out who composed Sprint's hold music, I'm going to kill them.

 

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I didn't write this post

... but I feel I should share it. It's a piece of spam sent to this very site, but a deeply beautiful one. I can only assume it's an actual interview from somewhere, put through the translation mangle, but who can fail to thrill to exchanges like:

"You grasp a rightly slim choose, does this not conceivably you are reduced to cosplaying characters that spasmodically your allot type? What are your views on this matter?

Vash Nut: This is always a nerve-wracking taxpayer fret with miscellaneous people. I prove to anyone who may not like my answer. Trunk disparity on a seal is something I each with respect to identically last. I admit that I from time to time catch field of view of myself intellectual I can twitch nutty a proper based on cadre personification, but that’s a rare case."

I felt I learned a great deal through reading the following. I'm just not sure what I learned it about.

Enjoy.

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Vash Extremist is joined of the youngest cosplayers we’ve featured consequence here but her presentation is joined of the most inspiring. When not hard at commission on the cosplay go out she is enrolled as a Recognizable Artist, and has assorted interests; such as cosplay, programming, composition, and writing. We sat down with her to pick her comprehension on her bedeck making, the managing, and unborn projects. Read here in behalf of the broad interview…

You’ve been cosplaying after a just years now, so thorough completely the progression of this cunning, what is the segregate most valuable chastening you hold well-versed in cosplaying?

Vash Unpredictable: There are variegated things I sire au fait back cosplay: don’t beat about the bush, needles heartbroken and fiberglass resin kills brain cells. But, aside from those lessons, I would tolerate to approximately the most valuable discouragement I be undergoing brainy is exhausting m俿eries pays off. I recall secure blaze up payed mistaken already (for the benefit of archetype: boarding-school projects and problems in lifestyle); but this is a unimpaired special level. I hold professionals making costumes all the eternally and be inquiring how I would oblige them without the costly materials the professionals would rather access to. But, tight-fisted researching and putting a giant amount of plunge into the cosplay, it makes you start that granite-like develop is all it unquestionably takes.

You make capital out of each garments with a hardship meter from 1 to 5. What is an representation of a 5, and what difficulties does it entail?

Vash Maniac: An archetype of a 5, at this show in inadvertently b perhaps, would transport to be Female Arthas. That rags is by a long chalk everywhere 90% armor! I align not in any way made a togs with armor to charge Arthas. Since this was my beginning opening making armor, I had to delve into ways that I could hand over the armor and be masterly to leak forth entangled with it. There are so varied ways to do it! When all is said, I implicit to advantage the fiberglass method, which takes a business of linger and patience. I would bump into b pay up frustrated when there was a fizz, that created more assignment and continuously lost. So a 5 entails countless hours of province and the complicatedness in design.

Since you extricate oneself a recoil looking at the results of your laborious obligation putting a raiment together, do you mostly range away from pliant characters?

Vash Nut: No intuit! The characters I choose to cosplay are ones that I engage curiosity in, vexatious or not. I’m not the classification of cosplayer who chooses characters based on how much mind it’s going to take over from make good to me. While I do make benefit of doing characters that command a plight of squad, it is not a working-out maker.

Make out us about Blizzcon and your first going in into a giant contest. What was it like?

Vash Enthusiast: Overwhelming. I had no point of view how destroy blowing it was flourishing to be. I didn’t conscious what to upon from the convention. At up ahead, I brooding I would be surrounded by means of reactive nerds, like at Anime Expo. Upon suggestion, my respect had changed. There were people of all ages and they all seemed incredibly normal. Well, aside from people shouting “AS OPPOSED TO OF THE HORDE” or “IN THE CURIOSITY OF THE ALLIANCE” at each other (Torch be with you). Getting to the disagree age, I was surrounded by incredibly cool cosplayers. As I was looking from one end to the other of backstage, I right-minded could not have faith what I was seeing. So much strength gathered all together! It was mind-blowing and heady! I got to come together and talk to a reams of the cosplayers. I complimented them on their drill equal and asked some of them how they made some of the things they had. We all were handsome difficult with attentiveness to walking across stage. I kept asking people what I should do, how pretentiously I should function up on separating, justification they in all cases been in this competition? Only anything to persevere in me distracted from being so nervous. But, when the live came, all the twisted feelings I felt in my bay window disappeared and I made my modus operandi across stage. I did as a consequence to a bit of a answer from the audience, which was encouraging, and outright, a gargantuan feeling. Blizzcon was great and has rarely season into on of my favorite conventions! Confidently I can make a show it every year! So various wonderful people and skilful cosplayers.

Does cosplaying usurp with your complete skills in the fitness world? How has this fun been applied to throng your art courses easier?

Vash Zealot: Cosplaying has helped me in the adroitness world. What I secure professional in my technique classes is that: your masterpiece be compelled defend out. It is impressive to employ diverse mediums in your works. On pattern: I did an representative of Bloody Mary allowing repayment for regarding people of my classes. I develop myself inkling of various materials I could establish profit of to make it in propel finished and look creepy. A cosplay I had just done in the vanguard this byzantine mirrors. That was my return! I went to the same retain I had bought the replication like data and employed it on my illustration project. It turned unconfined de facto comfortably and was a bulky whip with the class. My professor parallel with asked me how I would ruminate all over of applying something like that to my in default; my comeback: Cosplay!

We distinguish you’re a conceitedly fiend of anime, could you occasion us a extra of your favorites?

Vash Extremist: If you can’t tell what my all every so frequently old-fashioned favorite anime is already…it’s Trigun. Trigun is the most astounding anime EVERLASTINGLY! Other ones I in occurrence leaning are Durarara, Saiyuki, Kimi Ni Todoke, Panty and Stocking, Ao No Exorcist..the beadroll goes on!

You grasp a rightly slim choose, does this not conceivably you are reduced to cosplaying characters that spasmodically your allot type? What are your views on this matter?

Vash Nut: This is always a nerve-wracking taxpayer fret with miscellaneous people. I prove to anyone who may not like my answer. Trunk disparity on a seal is something I each with respect to identically last. I admit that I from time to time catch field of view of myself intellectual I can twitch nutty a proper based on cadre personification, but that’s a rare case. People should arbitrate their cosplays carefully, keeping their association fount in mind. I’m not saying that a larger damsel shouldn’t cosplay as Yoko, looking for example. If you love the eccentric, do it! But, thinking be predisposed in city of some opposing negatively comments you mightiness receive. The cosplayer community judges based on clothes superiority, not how gangling you are. Stable so, it complex to leak out take delight in what the comprehensive worldwide judges by. I cause on the agenda c gull noticed though, that they non-standard like to judge mostly on looks.

When tackling a Crowd of Warcraft look, what is your mindset like? It imperative be daunting having to establish armor, aesthetics, AND a weapon…?

Vash Maniac: It looks like a high barricade to climb. I whack at to break the total down and layout it unmistakable carefully. As great as something the clothing, I responsibility in layers. I take one’s repose patch down every role of the costume and diagram effectively what layer should drink what on it, how it’s wonted to link to other pieces, etc. It can be a touch challenging at times because, every metre you contrive something is bourgeoning to work in as sure and it doesn’t, things non-standard like too cascade heiress to a whit discouraging. Despite the fact that goes promote of the weapon and the undamaged else. I by a hair’s breadth have in the offing to duress myself to map the mostly shooting bout carefully.

Everytime I relate to this, mums the dispatch…but we’re begging you…could you disbosom oneself us some of your later plans because of costumes representing upcoming cons?

Vash Fiend: I don’t desideratum to offer any of my pre-eminent ideas authentic yet. I’m not unchanging steady if they are well-heeled to happen. But, a certainly any to tabulation: Legolas from Immortal almighty of the Rings, Rider from Wealth Bide Continually, and I’m hoping Sylvanas from Manor-house Age. Animated gain of 2012!

Light-complexioned enough. Lastly, any good word in region of reborn cosplayers?

Vash Fanatic: There purposefulness at all times be cosplayers who are better than you! There is no entertain incitement for the treatment of to be discouraged by way of them; tamper with them as inspiration. I participate in noticed that cosplayers have so caught up on being wiser than someone else. They end up focusing on being the a-one that they don’t in to be sure gain wearing their cosplay. Cosplay should be all more mirth! After all, it is a hobby. Point do your upper-class and lift your cosplay! This is all voyage of discovery of pranks!

[If anyone owns the copyright to this lunacy, please feel free to contact me and I'll happy take it down before it breaks anyone's brain.]

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