So I went on a bit of a rant on Twitter earlier.
If you’re no longer making money at cons, either stop going or refocus. It’s not other peoples’ fault that your business model no longer caters to them.
My friend and I were talking about this whinefest of an article last night. I’ve had my struggles as an artist, but I don’t blame it on the attendees. It’s not that difficult to reevaluate yourself and prepare accordingly, it’s not that difficult to observe the market and adapt accordingly, and having a decent ability to market yourself will take you pretty far.
Insulting and unnecessarily criticising one art form just because your entitled ass feels that it’s taking away from your husband’s art form is extremely tacky. Either adapt or piss off, and don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
What I gathered from that article is some old veteran artists are saying “OH WOE IS ME ALL MY FANS ARE OLD AND THESE YOUNG PEOPLE AREN’T MAGICALLY INTERESTED IN ALL THE HARD WORK I DID 30 YEARS AGO AND IT’S BECAUSE THEY’RE SO OBSESSED WITH THEMSELVES IN THIS “SELFIE” GENERATION.”
SO MAKE SOMETHING NEW. IF YOU’RE SO FUCKING PISSED THAT YOU’RE NOT MAKING ANY MONEY OFF YOUR OLD ASS WORK THAT YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE LIKELY NEVER HEARD OF, MAKE. SOMETHING. NEW. IT’S NOT THAT FUCKING HARD. JUST KEEP UP WITH THE TIMES, OLD MAN.
I am so SICK AND TIRED of this “sefie” generation bullshit. GOD FORBID we see enough joy and beauty in ourselves that we want to capture that moment and share it with the world. Are old people SO jaded that they just can’t stand to see us enjoying ourselves and being PROUD OF SOMETHING WE’VE ACCOMPLISHED?? Cosplay isn’t about “HEY LOOK AT ME IM COOL” it’s about “I LOVE THIS THING THAT SOMEONE MADE SO MUCH THAT I INVESTED HOURS OF MY LIFE CREATING THIS WORK OF ART AND I’M PROUD OF IT AND WANT TO SHARE IT WITH THE WORLD”
You know what I almost NEVER do? Take a “selfie”. You know why? Because I was an early member of the “selfie generation” and the wave of self-positivity didn’t start hitting until I was in my last year of high school. I grew up hating and doubting myself. Not only did I never take selfies, I also rarely even looked in a mirror. I hated myself SO MUCH that I wouldn’t even check the mirror before I left for school.
So you know what I say to kids in the selfie generation? YOU GO. YOU TAKE ALL THE SELFIES YOU WANT. YOU TAKE THEM AND CHERISH THEM AND SHARE THEM ON FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM AND TWITTER AND THE ENTIRE WORLD BECAUSE YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL AND YOU DESERVE IT. IN COSPLAY?? TAKE SO MANY SELFIES!! HAVE YOUR FRIENDS TAKE PICTURES. I WANT TO SEE EVERY PHOTO OF YOUR COSPLAY TAKEN BY EVERYONE WHO EVER TOOK ONE EVER. BECAUSE IT’S BEAUTIFUL AND YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL AND YOU AND YOUR PASSIONS HAVE NOT BEEN, ARE NOT, AND WILL NEVER RUIN CONVENTIONS.
What HAS BEEN, IS NOW, AND WILL CONTINUE to ruin conventions is the idea that cons are static, unchanging venues of one specific culture and ignoring all the problems that actually exist within conventions like all the ones listed above. And perpetuating the notion that it is somehow bad that this younger generation is enjoying themselves in a different way than old people are used to and don’t know how to market to is also killing cons. If you want our money, learn to market to us. Make something new that we’re interested in. Learn some new tricks, you old jaded dogs.