Los Angeles' Ninja-Con convention brings surprises
ByZen Vuong, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/08/2013 07:34:36 PM PDT
Updated: 06/11/2013 01:23:17 PM PDT
LOS ANGELES - Rather than crowding Toys R Us stores, many kids who "don't wanna grow up" have become fanboys of Japanese animation, comics and video games, said the sponsor of a small, new convention in Little Tokyo.
About 200 people attended Ninja-Con, a three-venue event at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Anime Jungle and the Miyako Hotel. While some wore T-shirts and jeans, others were dressed in full "cosplay" attire, meaning they were outfitted as anime, comic book, movie or video game characters.
** Credit to A9ent 760
As an attendee of Ninja-Con yesterday, here are some corrections and comments to your article:
"I notice a very close-knit community," said Stefanie Warner, the CEO of Creative Chimera, the nonprofit who helped host the convention.
COMMENT: Stefanie Warner is the CEO of Azure Lorica, which is one of the nonprofits who helped host the convention. Creative Chimera is one of the other groups that helped with the convention and handled the emcee duties at one of the main events stages.
"Many in this community recognize the stereotypic perception people have of them."
COMMENT: "stereotypic" is a noun and "sterotypical" is an adjective. Did you think readers wouldn't notice?
""We're regular people that just like to have fun in a safe, comfortable environment," he said, an appropriate statement for a man wearing a "Ghostbusters" T-shirt. "We're just little kids. We get along with other people just fine.""
COMMENT: Just because the guy wears a "Ghostbusters" T-shirt doesn't mean that you can pass judgment on him for the clothes he wears or the hobbies he has. The tone you're setting in this article is very condescending.
"Japanese, Chinese, Hispanics, whites and blacks played video games such as Mortal Kombat 9 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Others played card games like Tentacle Bento, whose objective is to "capture" girls before the school year ends. Girls in this stack of cards come in four types: sexy, cute, sporty and smart."
COMMENT: I'm pretty sure that there are many individuals from different ethnic backgrounds that play video games and card games and they are not all violent and misogynistic as you are describing here. Granted that fighting games are quicker to finish and games like "Tentacle Bento" are a niche card game, but not everyone in the convention scene has violent or molester-like tendencies.
"At the convention, the people in cosplay -- Pokemon, Edward Scissorhands, Link from "Zelda," and characters from popular anime series -- turned heads and were often stopped for photos."
COMMENT: "The people in cosplay" can also be referred to as cosplayers. Did you really need a paragraph for this?!
"Cosplay can be perceived as cross-dressing: Boys become female characters and girls don masculine costumes. But Jocelyn Alcazar said cosplay has no relation to LA PRIDE, which takes place in West Hollywood this weekend."
COMMENT: In the cosplay community, there is cosplay and "crossplay", where a cosplayer dresses up in a character of the opposite sex. This doesn't mean that crossplayers are gay, however. It's almost like when someone dresses in drag at a costume party. LA Pride has nothing to do with cosplay and wasn't even mentioned anywhere in the article.
""It transcends genders," said Alcazar, who has spent as much as three hours to look perfect in her costumes. "It's about expressing your fandom. You have to love your characters to wear leggings, to bind your chest. It's harder than it looks."
COMMENT: I don't even know where to begin with the ending of this article. You start the article discussing the event itself; then you jump into moral judgments about the community that don't represent everyone that are fans of anime, manga and cosplay; then jump back to talking about the convention and why it was created; and finish the article with a quote that makes everyone in the anime community look like complete and total geeks and freaks. This was probably the most poorly written article about Ninja-Con and about cosplay that I have read in a while. You need to do more research about the community that you are writing about and probably learn a thing or two about sticking to one subject and doing it well.
Ninja-Con at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center
Anime fans geeked out this weekend at the first annual Ninja-Con, a celebration at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center. All photos by Matt Baume.
Published on June 10, 2013
Source: " http://www.laweekly.com/slideshow/ninja-con-at-the-japanese-american-cultural-and-community-center-39750830/#01"
Ninja-Con 2013 Coverage 1-2: Cosplayers and Guests
Published on Jun 10, 2013
NINJA-CON ANIME CONVENTION 2013
Nao is an award winning cosplayer and freelance costume designer residing in Los Angeles. With her passion for cosplay and 5+ years of costume making, she has launched her own costume company shinaiko ( now coslife studios). Since her debut in late 2012 , her work has been in high demand across the country and with clients internationally including Europe, Canada and Australia.
*In addition, a featured judge at Ninja-Con 1st year masquerade.
Photo taken by www.geekworldradio.com with fellow masquerade judge, ; Nao from Shinaiko ( Coslife Studios) Ginger from C3, and 2011 Nisei Week Queen Erika Mariko Olsen, and Anton the Anton
MABINOGI: YVONNA & MAPLESTORY: HILLA
We had the wonderful opportunity of creating these two wonderful characters for Nexon Inc, America at their Maplestory booth at Anime Expo 2013. We made everything from head to toe including the shoes, props, and wigs.
More photos on maplestory's facbeook page: click here