According to Bleeding Cool on Thursday, DC Comics comic book artist Pat Broderick expressed his disdain for cosplay enthusiasts. On his Facebook page he’d written a proclamation disallowing friends requests from cosplay fans and requested that convention promoters not even invite him to venues that base their events around cosplayers and big name multi-media guests. It appears that Broderick feels that cosplayers are only doing it for self-promotion and referred to them as “selfies in costume.”
He made it clear that cosplayers bring “no value” to the shows and proclaimed that any promoter whose main method of operation is to push this at their events is not helping the comic book industry nor the market. Broderick had been out of the picture for 20 years and now going back to DC Comics. He had worked on “Batman: Year Three”, “Doom 2099”, and “Micronauts.” Broderick had left the industry to pursue work in advertising and even had done design work on “Jimmy Neutron.”
Other comic book industry names joined sides with Broderick as they gave their rendition about their opposition to cosplay. For instance, Raymond Lui expressed in kind his disdain for a costumer who had approached his booth with the knowledge of the “Doctor Strange” movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch, but lacked the knowledge of the comic book character himself.
“I had a cosplayer pass by my booth all excited about the upcoming DOCTOR STRANGE movie, and wanted to dress like him, but the cosplayer had no idea what Strange does, if he’s a real doctor, and when I remarked that he was created by Steve Ditko, the man who made Spider-Man, the cosplayer asked me if Strange was related to Spider-Man. I had to boot him out of my booth.”
That all being said, some industry professionals believe there’s no excuse for misplaced knowledge of a comic book character. It seems to them, therein lies a contradiction of cosplayers actually portraying the role of the aforementioned hero/villain.
Cosplayer Abby Dark-Star gave a positive spin and diplomatic approach on Broderick’s Facebook appeal. She had likened that without the artists, there wouldn’t exist the passion to take up such a involved craft that’s appreciated by fans around the world.
I’m a comic fan. Love them. Without these amazing artists we wouldn’t be able to have the characters we love to make a reality. I respect the hell out of friends of mine who are artists (industry or no) and will do what I can do help them. I wish that instead of creating divisions within the community that perhaps we could find a way to work together. Pat Broderick, I wish you the best.