Comic Con Cosplayer encourage girls to be brashly shameless

pretty tough – part time super heroine becomes a minor celebrity!


mandy caruso as red sonja from comic con

 Mandy Caruso is a 22 year old aspiring fashion designer from New York City, & a part time super heroine. The part time super heroine part involves dressing up in cosplay gear and hanging out at comic book conventions. Last year she was Red Sonja and since Mandy’s pretty enough to play Megan Fox‘s sister in a movie the photos caused a minor stir on the Internet. It was a good venue for her because comic con has become kind of a big deal. It’s not just cause movie people hang around hyping their latest comic related projects, either. Pretty girls in fetish wear also have something to do with it.

comic con goes pussy riot?

Mandy showed up again this year as Marvel’s Black Cat. She’s still a part time super heroine while she’s waiting for the fashion design thing to take off. This year Mandy even got a chance to combat evil (& in true superheroine style), if not exactly fight crime. The evil in question was vulgar drooly creepiness in the form of a middle aged video corespondent and his crew. They picked Mandy out right away, cause she was dressed up as you see at the left. Now you gotta admit she’s a miss that’s hard to miss! Anyway the video correspondent got started right away with the borderline sex harassment questions like ‘what are your turn ons?’. He explained that repeated requests for spankings and questions about Miss Caruso’s cup size were only in good fun. However Miss Caruso pointed out that good fun is subjective and largely dependent on your perspective and his was staring down her cleavage. So she told the guy to fuck right off, and then took to her tumblr account to take it out & give account of the situation. She also put out a call for cosplayers to start acting more like real heroines instead of souped up super bimbos. Here’s what Miss Caruso had to say:

fighting evil with witty fiestiness & cups of wonder


At Comic Con today, I went as Black Cat. This is a shitty picture and there will be better ones of my whole costume coming up but I just want to say something.
Black Cat’s costume has a fair amount of cleavage (conservative compared to many other female comic characters but a good amount as far as what I’ve ever shown). I guess I was not surprised to have a couple men ask to pose with me and then do some doofy “WHOA LOOK AT THOSE KNOCKERS” poses. I just make a really ugly face when I see they’re doing it. One guy with the social graces of a lemur said to me “I was this close to wearing that same outfit. My breasts are large and supple and I think it would have been nice.” Nope. Stop talking.
But aside from guys being doofy and awkward (but clearly not foul-intentioned), I did have my first truly skeezy experience at Comic Con today.
And my first truly empowering moment as well.
This group of men from some kind of Stan Lee fan club blah blah internet video channel blah blah asked to interview with them on camera about Comic Con. I said well okay, sure. Camera is rolling. The “host” is a middle aged, rotund dude. It’s an all-male crew and lots of people (mostly guys) were beginning to crowd around. The following is the interview as burned in my mind. Keep in mind that I expected this to be about Comic Con in general.

  • Him: I’m here with…
  • Me: Mandy, aka Felicia Hardy aka Black Cat
  • Him: ..And she is HOT. Do you think I’m hot enough to pull that off?
  • Me: Uh, I’m not sure, I’ve never seen you in drag.
  • Him: I’ve got a great ass. Go on, spank me.
  • Me: (look at his large ass, popped up mere inches away from me then look into the camera like are you kidding me . No thanks. I may hurt you, I’m a lot stronger than I look.
  • Him: Aw come on!
  • Me: No, seriously. Stop.
  • Him: Damn, alright! Well let me ask you an important question then…what is your cup size?
  • Me: (big talk show smile) That is actually none of your fucking business.
  • Him: Oh! I think that means to say she’s a C. 
  • Me: I actually have no breasts at all, what you see is just all of the fat from my midsection pulled up to my chest and carefully held in place with this corset. It’s really uncomfortable, I don’t know why I do it.
  •  Him: (to the male crowd) Aw, come on what do you guys think? C cup? 
  • —a few males start to shout out cup sizes as I stand there looking at this guy like this has to be a fucking joke, then look at the crowd and see that no amount of witty banter or fiestiness will stop making this whole thing fucking dumb. It was clearly a ploy to single out cosplaying women to get them to talk sexual innuendos and flirt with this asshole and let him talk down to them simply because they were in costume and were attractive. Whether I’m in a skintight catsuit or not, I’m a fucking professional in everything I do and I don’t need to play nice for this idiot.
  • Me: This is not an interview, this is degrading. I’m done. (I walk away)
  • Him: (clearly dumbfounded and surprised) ..Come on, it’s all in good fun!
  • Me: Being degraded is fun? That was unprofessional and I hope that isn’t your day job because you can’t interview for shit, my man.

And the entire crew and the crowd were SILENT. NOTHING. SHOCK, HONEY. It felt like I was in a heated fog, full of rage and pride and I sashayed away feeling like the most badass motherfucker in the whole damn room, but kind of also on the verge of tears. A slow build of applause would have been appropriate, but from the looks on people’s faces, they were just completely not expecting me to do what I just did- which was really nothing more than speaking up for myself. It wasn’t something one should feel brave for doing but crazy for not doing when necessary.
It’s because many people at these cons expect women cosplaying as vixens (or even just wearing particularly flattering costumes) to be open/ welcoming to crude male commentary and lecherous ogling, like our presence comes with subtitles that say “I represent your fantasy thus you may treat me like a fantasy and not a human in a costume”. And maybe that will always be how the majority of people see us. But that does not mean we have to put up with shit that crosses the line, it does not mean we owe them a fantasy, it does not mean we dress up to have guys drooling over us and letting us know that we turn them on. It is not all about your dicks, gentlemen. So I encourage cosplaying women everywhere to be blunt and vocal with their rights, their personal boundaries, and their comfort level at conventions. I actually encourage girls to be brashly shameless about these things, to not be afraid to speak up if you feel uncomfortable and to let the person doing it know that they are crossing the line. Don’t keep quiet because you’re scared of what they might say or think- because if you say nothing they will continue to see what they’re doing as OK.

Comic Con has been way over due for an outbreak of genuine Comic Girl Superheroics!

comci con has been long overdue ofr an outburst of genuine super heroine heroics

This thing has kinda gone viral on Tumblr with 33,352  reblogs and notes so far. There’s gotta be more to it than Caruso’s Black Cat photo because many of the comments are from young women describing Caruso as a “real heroine“. So she must’ve hit a nerve or even struck a common chord. That must be because men with minimal social skills are getting carried away in the presence of  attractive young women in super fetish gear. It’s like the guys just don’t know where the line is drawn – so to speak. Now it helps to have some gently confusing comebacks to deflect creepiness, like “I can’t spank you because cosplayers are forbidden to by Comic Con management,. It’s a matter of legal liability. The last guy we spanked got seriously injured when his girlfriend walked up, caught us, & beat the shit out of him. Since then there’s been a strict no spanking policy“. It’ll take em a while to figure out if that’s on the level. However Caruso encourages cosplayers to be brashly shameless – not only in their choice of apparel, but in reminding people just when attention stops being cool and starts getting creepy. They just have to remember that you’re on display, not on the menu! That goes double when the dish has teeth enough to bite back!

It is comic con season in New York and the Big Apple is getting in the spirit of things. Only recently former MSNBC anchor Contessa Brewer ran into Subway Batman while she was out and about. So she made sure to get a picture of them together. Contessa looks a pretty as Lois Lane & Elementary looks like it’s on Thursday @ 10PM and only on CBS! Never let em tell ya that these ads don’t work!

former msnbc news anchor contessa brewer is as pretty as lois lane while meeting subway batman

Contessa ain’t the only one who has some superheroic moments (her highlight was penetrating Saddam Husein’s cubby hole for NBC during one of the Gulf Wars, either the original or the sequel – God help us if there’s a prequel!). Kim Kardashian has had a comic related costume every Halloween (72 day bride in a divorce proceeding was her most bizarre Halloween role). She’s been Wonder Woman & Poison Ivy among others. Well All Hallow’s is around the corner and Kim is already trying out her super gear. This year Wonder Woman nemesis Cheetah seems to have made the short list. Here’s Kim in her erotica villainess outfit!

Katty Kardashian dressed to kill – but is she trick or treat?

kim kardashian gets catty for halloween by trying a costume on for size

Pattinstew makes a Comic Con Comeback!

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson were the biggest celebrity super couple going. Then they split. DC Comics announced shortly after that they were pairing Superman and Wonder Woman. Perhaps they were trying to lift people’s spirits by giving them something to fill the void. Never underestimate the power of superheroes – or of Comic Con either. The San Diego Comic Con was a big enough deal to get Pattinson and Stewart out in public together,  where they promoted their Twilight Breaking Up Breaking Dawn Part 2 movie. So you know that this whole comic thing is big. BTW how many people will be going out as Bella and or Edward this Halloween?

Robert PAttinsons and kristen Stewart maske a reunion appearance at san diego comic con

Celebrity, like superheroism,  is a Halloween State of Mind

Kim looks good enough to campaign for PETA, that is if they hadn’t nailed her with a bag of flour at some public event. That had one of her sisters – I forget which but her name starts with K, saying that PETA, whom she once proudly supported, was now dead to her. So the Kardashian Sister will either have to find new worthwhile causes to support, or continue with their life of crime. Which ever route she chooses she picked the right time to debut her costume, cause Halloween is the holiday that brings out the cartoon hero in celebrities who spent the rest of the year waiting at the autograph booth & hiding behind their thinly disguised and easily recognizable secret identities!

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BTW as previously mentioned Mandy Caruso is a fashion designer, when she’s not in costume and battling creeps. Here’s a look at some of her work which has been described as “edgy & fun“, just like the young lady who created them!

 Drawing inspiration from visual and metaphorical juxtaposition, her thoughtful selection of fabric, materials and technique make for a designer to keep an eye on. Her latest collection is a fusion of classic tailored women’s wear with handmade intricacies that are imaginative, to say the least, but the mastery of the often painstaking details, unorthodox as they can be, is all part of Mandy’s charming edge.

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