By Kendra James
I had the pleasure of joining Arturo in his home town this weekend to help in expanding coverage for San Diego Comic Con. It was my first time, but despite being slightly overwhelmed I sat in on a few panels, conducted a few interviews, pimped the site out in more than one podcast interview, and managed to get us some great video footage (which will likely debut sometime next week). I’ll have my full TV news roundup later this week, but for now my SDCC Storify panel reaps, and a selection of adorable kids enjoying their con time under the cut.
I focused on the instructional panels– talks that offered advice in how to get ahead in writing and marketing yourself in the entertainment world as an indie media maker. We’ll talk more about this in depth next week, but for now the recaps from two writing panels.
The full SDCC was rather intense, so for a (very, very) abbreviated peek with a slightly glitchy Storify, I tried to collect some of the tweeted observations from Art and I:
And lastly, I spent a lot of time with cosplayers this week, and they’re all under the cut:
By Guest Contributor Chaka Cumberbatch; originally published at XOJane
So, here’s the deal: I’m a cosplayer. If you don’t already know one of us in person, (and you probably do–we’re everywhere) you’ve probably seen people like me on the news–all dolled up in a rainbow of face paint and eye-popping wigs, 50 shades of spandex, and skyscraper shoes, for the sake of expressing love for and bringing our favorite characters to life at sci-fi, comic book, video game, and anime conventions.
Since I started cosplaying in 2008, I’ve traveled the country, hitting up as many cons as financially possible, all the while making incredible friends, unforgettable memories, and lugging hard-to-get-through-airport-security props along the way. (Have you ever tried to fly with a dress made out of plastic bubbles? Fun fact: you can’t. But you can ship it to your hotel!)
Here’s the second deal: I’m also black. Which is fine by most everyone…until I have the audacity to cosplay a character who isn’t.
After my pictures started making the rounds on deviantArt, Tumblr, and 4chan, it became pretty clear that my cosplay brings all the racists to the yard, and they’re, like, white cosplay is better than yours.
By Andrea Plaid
Stumbling back from the back-end blue field called Tumblr, I can say that a whole lot of you Racializens seriously enjoyed what we posted this week–like hundreds of you! So let me say for the record that, to borrow from our current president, we love y’all right back, and we hope to keep posting people and things you love…
…like this bit of magnificence that has the late Eartha Kitt reclaiming her signature role as Catwoman! Comic Book Sources reports:
Eartha Kitt is on holiday, searching for the purrfect wave. When suddenly??? Well we won’t spoil the surprise. But in the tradition of DC Nation and all good things for all ages comes Eartha Meets The Gorgon, the first in a series of advemtires done with the blessing of the legendary actress/singer’s estate.
The comic book dropped yesterday!
By Guest Contributor Kendra James
Before we get to criticisms, let’s start on a positive note: Overall, I loved attending New York Comic Con this past weekend. Entrenched in one giant convention center with my fellow geeks, I was mostly able to ignore the fact that most of us had no way to contact the outside world…or the friends we got separated from in the massive crowds.
Waiting in line for panels was actually the best way to escape the crowds at NYCC which seemed to take over all of midtown Manhattan (I was nearly hit by a van on 10th Ave driven by what looked like Daenerys and Spider-Man) and, as suspected, Saturday’s panels proved most exciting. Here’s a brief wrap up of two major panels and some general NYCC news and observations for those who weren’t able to attend:
By Arturo R. García
As mentioned last week, Racialicious is proud to join a bunch of other fine folks in presenting The Slants’ two-night stand in San Diego during this week’s Comic-Con.
But what about the rest of the convention? As it turns out, when it comes to POC-centric offerings, this year’s event is front-loaded compared to years past.
by Latoya Peterson
On Saturday, I received this email from regular reader Allison:
I found this article: “For Anime Fansa: Maid For A Day” by Dan Zak. The article talks about American women (read: white women) being hired to work as “Japanese maids” for a DC-area Anime convention. Among other duties, their volunteer responsibilities include “call conventioneers ‘master’ and ‘mistress.’ They gratefully drop to their knees to draw a ketchup smiley face on a Japanese omelet.”
Isn’t it great when white women appropriate Japanese culture in order to sell omlettes to the so-called ‘master’? No race & gender conflicts there, right?
In my horror, I had to pass it along. If anything, it might be fodder for a blog post.
Hope you’re having a great weekend!!
Little did she know I was at that anime convention (it’s called Katsucon) over the weekend. I woke up, checked my email, and laughed. I wasn’t planning on attending the maid cafe, but the Washington Post article made us seems like such gloriously costumed freaks, I felt like I had to go represent. I convinced most of my roomies to come with me, and so we began a quickie investigation with three main goals.
We went downstairs to determine if:
1. The maid cafe idea is sexist.
2. The maid cafe idea is racist.
3. The implementation of the maid cafe at Katsucon was racist/sexist. Continue reading