Everyone is talking about the Aleksandr Youtube accounts
But everyone is forgetting a very special one..
No seriously though. I’m referring to the majority of the cosplayers there that blocked the ballroom, screamed during the meetups, smeared gray everywhere, and didn’t clean up after their mess. You guys made the rest of us look horrible, even when respectfully asked to discontinue your game of spin the bottle, you guys could not stop. Fantastic! So here’s how the non-homestucks on the Sacanime page have seen it.
Now you could argue that “oh don’t pick on the Homestuck fandom, we’re nice :(((” No. You were the only ones that caused trouble during the con and the staff had given up on even trying to stop since you wouldn’t listen.
Prayers out there for the good Homestucks that were so badly represented though, I respect you guys, thanks for cleaning up the mess that the big part of the fandom left for us to pick up. Bless you all.
Here’s a prime example of the problem with the Homestuck fandom as it currently is. I speak here as someone who is entrenched so deeply in Homestuck I doubt I’ll ever be able to not call myself a fan, so trust me, I understand that there are people who don’t go around making fools of themselves in the fandom. The issue with the Homestuck fandom as a whole is that there is such a large part of the fanbase that is composed of kids who range from thirteen years old to sixteen. I have nothing against kids of that age group—hell, I was one three years ago—but a lot of them still have a very long way to go when it comes to maturity.
The thing is, most of the characters in Homestuck are assholes in one way or another. At the very least, most of them behave like assholes at one time or another. As a Homestuck, I can say that in the comic itself they are mostly very loveable assholes who tend to redeem themselves at least enough so you can shrug and not be all that bothered by their behaviors. But to someone who is younger and has yet to mature enough to understand that the following train of thought is utter dreck, i.e., people who are thirteen to sixteen years old, if you’re cosplaying someone who kind of acts like an asshole, it must be totally okay to run around acting like a total asshole because of course you’re just acting in character. And sure, wanting to be in character isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But it’s all about how far you take it.
To the younger Homestucks who somehow miraculously manage to see this post, because I won’t even begin to pretend I have all that many followers to distribute this to any kind of larger audience, it’s incredibly important that you not take the canon behaviors of characters you’re cosplaying as an excuse to act in a way that is rude, offensive, or otherwise asinine, especially at cons. Be considerate of your fellow con-goers, clean up after yourselves, and if you accidentally smear body paint on someone, apologize profusely. (Better yet, seal your body paint properly. Youtube is one hell of a site.)
Again. Repeat after me. Cosplaying as an asshole is NOT an excuse to act like one. If you can remember that, you’ll have a much more positive experience in your Homestuck cosplay anywhere you go, whether it’s at a con or not. And so will everyone else.
Giving this a Homestuck fandom boost
As a person who is in the range of the douchebagery (15), I can say for at least some of the people in my age group know better. I personally haven’t done full on troll cosplay because I understand that the makeup can get all over the place. But that is not my point.
My point is that we understand that there are fans who will do things like this. Fan’s who don’t understand that cosplaying isn’t about acting cannon all the time (isn’t a good thing unless the character is an nice person who is polite to everyone), or that if your make up gets on something then you at least TRY to clean it up. There are some good fans who do care. At the last con I went to, a good chunk of the honestucks in my age group were worried about getting makeup on other people and their costumes.
Sadly, I don’t think it was just restricted to my age group. There are many people who are jerks and don’t care out there.
My final thoughts on the matter is, that con most likely got the wrong group on a bad day. There are other kind and awesome homestucks out there that really care. All I can hope for is somethong like this not to happen again to shame the fandom name or my age group.
teacher: tell the class a bit about yourself
subway sure doesn’t mess around when it comes to puns
My Biology book confirms Half-Life 3. However it will take awhile.
*looks in the mirror*
what the fuck is that
So what you’re saying is, Karkat is Phil?
i’ll just take a seat here
When relatives/random people im forced to engage with start talking about “”gay people”” like some mysterious unknowable entity