I'm afraid I'm not good English writer and I can't tell my idea clearer or sometime it cause misunderstanding. My parents are Japanese and I was born in Japan, but I spend almost half of my life in the U.S. and I'm getting confused which country I belong to. However, national backgrounds is not a matter to participate in any fandom in the world. "Be a fan
" is the right to any people who love that fictional series/characters, and their activities as fan are necessary to "being a fan
" and "be fun
." So please don't labeled me as either 'American fan' nor 'Japanese fan.' It's stupid.
Is cosplay fan-art or not?
To create 'fan-art' is one of fan activity based offica's work, includes fan-comic, fan-fiction, translation, and cosplay. And 'freedom of expression' should be applicable to any fan-artist, unless they infringe of official's or other fan's copyright (such as art-steal), even other fans don't like it. There is so many theme/genre in fan-art (for example, animalize, humanize, couples, slash/yaoi, Original Characters, violent, gro, etc.). Some people like. Some don't. Of course. This is one's choice and no one can force their liking to other fans. And same thing for cosplay. I know there's people who don't like cosplay, but this does not mean I'm not supposed to cosplay.
Well, I read comments of a TF fan who totally hate cosplay and I got depressed yesterday. It was not about my cosplay, but that person dislike all TF cosplay and cosplayers. I'm just starting a new cosplay project this month, so I feel so bad all day today. I'm not certain I can going to this year's Botcon, but I want to do my best until June even I'm out of money and time, to I'll have no regrets later on.
If you don't like cosplay or my fan-arts, I understand you and I respect your opinion just like I do it other fans. Because I also know fan-arts that I don't like, but I never slander them and those artists. So please don't abuse other fans by personal grudge without reasonable explanation. It's too chidish.
Why I'm not buy/sell fan-arts?
I believe fan-activity should be volunteer work. This is just my personal opinion, but I disapprove of to sell fan-art in any medium beyond "one-to-one" or between individual basis. Do fan-artists need profit? Or why fan-artists want profit? I don't think people become a fan to gain their money and fame. It's the right of officials, not fans. But if a fan or fans make a fan-art (fictions, comics, or anything) and make copies to sell them to unspecified fans, means the general public, isn't it infringe the copyright of official? I think it's too "commercially" way of fan's activity. Officials provide their arts/stories/characters not for fan's commercial purposes. We must not do business using someone's work without the permission. If someone selling fan-art of your OC without your permission, don't you feel sad? Especially, if that person makes much money!
All my fan-arts are gift for officials and other fans. You deserve them without money. However, fan-art has copyright, too. That means you can't sell artworks to people (not a person) without original artist's permission. You can't use/copy/share artworks without mentioning about its original artist, even it's educational or non-commercial purpose. Those are the basic manner and better way to avoid misunderstanding (like art-steal) and all future problems. I'm not force this all of you, but it might protect you and other fans.
A good fan is humble and polite who line up behind you, not front of you...