CONGRATULATIONS, HOMESTUCK FANDOM AT SACANIME SUMMER 2014! YOU GUYS WERE TRULY AMAZING AND HAD SUCH A GOOD REPUTATION!!!
No seriously though. I’m referring to the majority of the cosplayers there that blocked the ballroom, screamed during the meetups, smeared gray everywhere, and didn’t clean up after their mess. You guys made the rest of us look horrible, even when respectfully asked to discontinue your game of spin the bottle, you guys could not stop. Fantastic! So here’s how the non-homestucks on the Sacanime page have seen it.
Now you could argue that “oh don’t pick on the Homestuck fandom, we’re nice :(((” No. You were the only ones that caused trouble during the con and the staff had given up on even trying to stop since you wouldn’t listen.
Prayers out there for the good Homestucks that were so badly represented though, I respect you guys, thanks for cleaning up the mess that the big part of the fandom left for us to pick up. Bless you all.
Here’s a prime example of the problem with the Homestuck fandom as it currently is. I speak here as someone who is entrenched so deeply in Homestuck I doubt I’ll ever be able to not call myself a fan, so trust me, I understand that there are people who don’t go around making fools of themselves in the fandom. The issue with the Homestuck fandom as a whole is that there is such a large part of the fanbase that is composed of kids who range from thirteen years old to sixteen. I have nothing against kids of that age group—hell, I was one three years ago—but a lot of them still have a very long way to go when it comes to maturity.
The thing is, most of the characters in Homestuck are assholes in one way or another. At the very least, most of them behave like assholes at one time or another. As a Homestuck, I can say that in the comic itself they are mostly very loveable assholes who tend to redeem themselves at least enough so you can shrug and not be all that bothered by their behaviors. But to someone who is younger and has yet to mature enough to understand that the following train of thought is utter dreck, i.e., people who are thirteen to sixteen years old, if you’re cosplaying someone who kind of acts like an asshole, it must be totally okay to run around acting like a total asshole because of course you’re just acting in character. And sure, wanting to be in character isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But it’s all about how far you take it.
To the younger Homestucks who somehow miraculously manage to see this post, because I won’t even begin to pretend I have all that many followers to distribute this to any kind of larger audience, it’s incredibly important that you not take the canon behaviors of characters you’re cosplaying as an excuse to act in a way that is rude, offensive, or otherwise asinine, especially at cons. Be considerate of your fellow con-goers, clean up after yourselves, and if you accidentally smear body paint on someone, apologize profusely. (Better yet, seal your body paint properly. Youtube is one hell of a site.)
Again. Repeat after me. Cosplaying as an asshole is NOT an excuse to act like one. If you can remember that, you’ll have a much more positive experience in your Homestuck cosplay anywhere you go, whether it’s at a con or not. And so will everyone else.
Fandom will be fandoms. There could be 10 great and respectful fans, but only one bad fan to give the fandom a bad name. To make matters worse, the bad ones tend to attract more attention because their behavior isn’t what is expected (not the social norm to leave trash and shout inappropriate things). Thus, the good members are ignored because their actions don’t warrant any unnecessary attention, even if they have larger numbers than those who are bad.
For instance, you don’t see posts with thousands of notes that say “Members of fandom spotted picking up trash!” or “Large amount of fandom acts perfectly normal!” It’s unnecessary to give these people attention because that is what is already expected. In every convention I have been to I have only experienced one moment in the homestuck fandom that made me mildly embarrassed, and that was when someone shouted “bucket”. That made me look away and embarassed, but, at the same time, everyone else looked pretty embarrassed as well, just showing how most of the fandom looks upon those who are less mature in the fandom. That was only one instance as well, and, although I cannot speak for all conventions, the ones I have been to have been fairly respectful.
It is a shame that something like this did happen, but I do feel that the above post is also correct in stating that homestuck attracts a very diverse audience in terms of maturity levels. That means that those who are less mature will enter and may cause issues like this. In the future, I suppose ask the person to keep to an indoor voice, or ask the person to pick up their trash. If they don’t, pick it up and throw it away yourself. I should have said something all so long ago so I’ll try to do so in the future. As stated above too, please do SEAL YOUR PAINT THOUGH! I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH!!! I heard a story of one karkat with unsealed paint hugging a fancy tier homestuck member and ruining their cosplay because THEY DIDN’T SEAL THEIR PAINT. Please do this. Not to mention, do not shout curse words or other slurs, as it will disturb others at the convention. Also, as for trash, do be mindful that others are at the convention too. Pick up your trash, even if you don’t think it’s a big deal.
In conclusion, there will always be a great number of good members of a fandom, but some bad ones as well. Remember to be mindful to others at the convention and always respect those around you. You wouldn’t want someone shouting and ruining your convention experience, so don’t do the same to them.