Sunday Times, article on comic con/cosplay.

FaSMaN

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On Sunday, the Sunday times released a article on comic con, the article negatively portraying the event and the attendees opening with:


What a strange thing it is to see a pixie vomiting. There she was, in a somewhat concealed area (but not concealed enough, obvs), bent over, savagely sunlit and retching/crying while her fellow pixies (and an emaciated Batman) rubbed her back and looked on concernedly.

This was probably the strangest thing I saw at the inaugural Comic Con Africa held this past weekend at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Johannesburg, but there was some very strong competition.
The article then goes on to fat shame some of the cosplayers, taking photos without permission and accusing geeks to be "Too Polite":

Like the obese, puffing Darth Vader or the bedraggled PR girl eating her sad polystyrened lunch, hunched desperately under an industrial staircase ....
A British woman who loudly accused me of taking photographs of the arse of a girl dressed as Harley Quinn (I really wasn't). ... "Are you taking a picture of her arse?"
Another thing that I believe defines a geek is their cringing politeness. Whether they're purchasing a new HD monitor from some clerk who looks suicidal or buying a fizzy water or insisting you walk through the door before them, geeks are so intolerably polite and sycophantic that you feel like being intentionally rude to them just to see what would happen.
Read more: https://www.pressreader.com/south-africa/sunday-times/20180923/283016875626100

Edit: Fixed spelling thanks to the full article being posted by @LazyLion

This article has been met with a lot of backlash from several news agencies and readers.
 
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Personally I thing they sent a journalist with no understanding of geek colture and instead of doing thier job and reporting on the event (interviewing people and asking them about their experience) they wrote a article based completing on their ignorance of what is going on.
 

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Did this get published? In the actual paper? Can the editors and sub-editors be taken to task over the horrible editing? I mean
'Weather there purchasing a new HD monitor from a store clerk '
How does this get in?
 

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I originally read the article with a view that it would come across as a strange event for someone not familiar with cosplay, etc.

Very soon I realised that the journalist was indeed familiar and predisposed, and went our of their way to ridicule the event and those attending.

Not that it does bother me that much; mainstream media is in the death-throws of its existence and it shows in opinion pieces masquerading (cosplaying?) as a journalistic article.
 

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Did this get published? In the actual paper? Can the editors and sub-editors be taken to task over the horrible editing? I mean
'Weather there purchasing a new HD monitor from a store clerk '
How does this get in?
That's apparently the OP retyping. The article is probably paywalled and can't be copy and pasted on pressreader
 

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Could this article be fake?

I see it has the word "ess h one t" in it - I don't think that could be published in a newspaper.
 

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Complete article below:

What a strange thing it is to see a pixie vomiting. There she was, in a somewhat concealed area (but not concealed enough, obvs), bent over, savagely sunlit and retching/crying while her fellow pixies (and an emaciated Batman) rubbed her back and looked on concernedly.

This was probably the strangest thing I saw at the inaugural Comic Con Africa held this past weekend at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Johannesburg, but there was some very strong competition.

Like the obese, puffing Darth Vader or the bedraggled PR girl eating her sad polystyrened lunch, hunched desperately under an industrial staircase, or, or, the British woman who loudly accused me of taking photographs of the arse of a girl dressed as Harley Quinn (I really wasn't).

For anyone not in the loop, Comic Con is a gigantic convention for geeks, and for South African geeks, Comic Con has, for far too long, existed as an impossible wet dream, something that happens in the US all the time and is like unbelievably cool and colourful and loud and sexy, but could never possibly reach our cash-strapped shores.
But now - probably thanks to gigantic turnouts at events like the Rage Expo and GeekFest - Comic Con was finally here.

Things that happen at Comic Con:

People dress up as superheroes/villains/ video-game characters (this is called Cosplay and on the right kind of girl it's maddeningly sexy (you'll have to ask a girl whether this same truth applies to a fit guy dressed as, say, a Star Wars Storm Trooper);

People participate in Larping, which is a mildly violent yet heaps of fun thing where people dress up as warriors/video-game characters et cetera and have these faux-battles using nonlethal home-made weapons;

All the big computer/gaming brands set up massive stalls and use colourful lights and pounding dance music to confuse and pressure geeks into buying very expensive keyboards and monitors and headphones for their game play.

People put on virtual-reality headsets and look a bit silly while ducking and swatting at thin air;

Very serious and possibly professional gamers compete against each other while people with Secret Service-type headsets commentate on the action and a crowd of people watch it all unfold on a big screen, enthralled;

Software engineers who "work from home" wear pleather jackets and T-shirts with "funny" slogans on them (this was on Friday);

Men and women lose their minds over framed posters signed by the entire cast of Big Bang Theory/Star Trek (the original)/X-Men/Star Wars, et cetera.

Some things overheard at Comic Con Africa:

"I can't take credit for this - it's my wife's work."

"We are geeking out, hey?" "Ja, we are geeking out and it's awesome."

"I'm all hot and sweaty from the five-kay walk to get in here. Thank goodness I changed out of my heels first."

"Appletiser is amazing." "I like sugar, so I like Appletiser, ha-ha!"

"Are you taking a picture of her arse?
Let us attempt to define what a geek is, exactly. First off, I don't think there's much difference between a nerd and a geek; I think "geek" is really just an updated and much less ugly word for the same entity.

From what I observed at Comic Con, a geek is essentially anyone who is overly enthusiastic about something.

Like I think what separates an everyday person from a geek is that the everyday person can experience and express excitement over a particular thing, but they do it in a more reserved and perhaps controlled way; what a geek does to express their passion for something is go completely over the top about it and, as a result, sometimes or often, become a bit annoying.

An example of this was the maybe eight, nine, 10 individuals who utterly lost their **** in a board-games stall when they spotted a game called Exploding Cats. I checked out the game and it seems fun, but, whoa, when these geeks spotted it, they started whooping and pumping their skinny carpal-tunnelled wrists and spraying droplets of saliva. It was just too much.
The same thing happened at a stall selling absurdly expensive figurines from Star Wars, et cetera - these geeks were very public about their exhilaration at seeing the merchandise. It got kind of embarrassing.

Another thing that I believe defines a geek is their cringing politeness. Whether they're purchasing a new HD monitor from some clerk who looks suicidal or buying a fizzy water or insisting you walk through the door before them, geeks are so intolerably polite and sycophantic that you feel like being intentionally rude to them just to see what would happen.

However, work your way through all of this caffeinated zealousness and bad posture and what you're actually left with is a surprising admiration for geeks
Wouldn't the world be a better place if we all operated with the same don't-give-a-shitness that allows very adult people to dress up in elaborate costumes and go berserk when they spot a lifelike 1/60 figurine of Luke Skywalker?

Wouldn't our days be more pleasant if, in even our most basic of social exchanges, we were all a little more polite and optimistic?

I don't doubt that geeks can have a nasty streak. Some can even be pretty arrogant and cliquey. But at their fast-food, Coke-ridden cores they are innocent and well-meaning, and their enthusiasm for silly games and sci-fi movies is begrudgingly infectious.

The result is that Comic Con was pleasantly different to a lot of other big expo-type events because the pervading energy was, instead of macho and aggressively charged, passive and bright.

At a place like Comic Con, everyone is free to be themselves without any fear of ridicule or scorn. And whether you're geeking out or not, that's really kind of nice.

PS. I also admittedly got a little shaky and excited at the board-games stall when I spotted (and subsequently bought) a Trivial Pursuit game based on the Friends TV show.
 

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This is shoddy journalism.. the same thing happens to the furry fandom, in the case of that, all the journos do is look for the bad in everything, and go out of their way to find the deviants at a furcon, in their own private hotel suites, shagging each other and then conclude that "ALL FURRIES DO IT AND THAT'S WHY THEY FURSUIT - TO PRETEND THEY'RE BONING ANIMALS... OH THE HUMANITY".

As someone with a hell of an artistic bent, I've been involved in this sort of thing, both furry and cosplay, for a very very long time..

I have yet to find the people who do the perverted things, and by jove, its not like I didn't satisfy my curiosity to see if there really were animal fsckers, or girls pretending to be young anime shoujo and getting laid.. This leads me to conclude that the media tells outrageous lies, all of the time.
 

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This is shoddy journalism.. the same thing happens to the furry fandom, in the case of that, all the journos do is look for the bad in everything, and go out of their way to find the deviants at a furcon, in their own private hotel suites, shagging each other and then conclude that "ALL FURRIES DO IT AND THAT'S WHY THEY FURSUIT - TO PRETEND THEY'RE BONING ANIMALS... OH THE HUMANITY".

As someone with a hell of an artistic bent, I've been involved in this sort of thing, both furry and cosplay, for a very very long time..

I have yet to find the people who do the perverted things, and by jove, its not like I didn't satisfy my curiosity to see if there really were animal fsckers, or girls pretending to be young anime shoujo and getting laid.. This leads me to conclude that the media tells outrageous lies, all of the time.
This doesn't help hey.

Imagine whenever someone speaks about a biker group and one guy constantly yells out. "WE'RE NOT A BUNCH OF CHILD MOLESTING DERANGED STALKING ASSHOLES!!!"

What picture does that create in your head now?
 

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This doesn't help hey.

Imagine whenever someone speaks about a biker group and one guy constantly yells out. "WE'RE NOT A BUNCH OF CHILD MOLESTING DERANGED STALKING ASSHOLES!!!"

What picture does that create in your head now?
You know how it is... words used to paint pictures... and I am over it man... people can think what they want...
I've been called a pedo many times... even for the mere association of watching anime ... so people can do what they want..
 

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Joke of an article.

A British woman who loudly accused me of taking photographs of the arse of a girl dressed as Harley Quinn (I really wasn't). ... "Are you taking a picture of her arse?"
 
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