You know my biggest regret in being involved for so long in the local cosplay community? Is that I don't often get to join contests without being completely free of bias. It may be a surprise to you, but other than supporting cosplaying for fun, I also support cosplay competitions, because it helps heighten the quality of the hobby. Its really those who cannot handle the responsibilities of joining contests that annoy me (sour-graping, cheating and power tripping).
I enjoyed the days when I was just a regular cosplayer. And if I wanted to join a contest, I'm good with it because I hardly know the organizers and the judges, and they hardly know me. These days I'm now part of a group that organizes cosplayers, that I'm invited to judge contests, and for better or worse, personally knew some (if not, most) who have become popular or famous because of cosplay. If ever I would like to join a contest, I would join one that has little to do with me (a good example is TOEI, but I missed this year and have to wait for the next 5 years). Also true why I jumped on the chance to join a contest overseas like AFA. Less bias.
Every year we manage to pull off one of the traditions of the FC-Cosplay.ph community is to set up a Christmas party. It's unique in a way for the costume-clad cosplay community because this is the gathering where we discourage visitors wearing costumes so that a more meaningful interaction can be done between members and their guests. A sort of team building seminar, where people mingle with one another and team together to win games. And so far it has not produced any bloodshed of sorts, but I digress.
Those in the cosplay community already know this "Heather Mikayle" character trending in the internet as the infamous impostor of Saya, the famous cosplayer who was reported to have died recently, according to her FB fan page. Identity theft in the internet is nothing new because anyone can just log in and give themselves an identity, even if someone else already owned it.
But I wont be talking about Heather, there are enough blogs by everyone, including established news networks, to read and discuss about (Google it if you really want to know more). Right now I'm actually fascinated about one thing: how to make sure people wont steal your identity, even when you're dead. I've thought about a few things, based on experience and some forward thinking, and other than trying to be famous or infamous. I'll try to sum it up as simple and short as possible.