Hetaquette

Welcome to the class. Have a damn seat.

Please do not ask this blog for advice on what or how to cosplay. We are not a cosplay blog and neither of us mods have much experiencing in making cosplays. 

If you want to discuss a concern about a cosplay or cosplay accessory that may be considered offensive, that sort of thing we can offer opinions and advice on.

I’m not trying to be mean, I just think there are much more qualified people to take cosplay related questions. If anyone knows of a good cosplay advice blog (especially if there’s a Hetalia related one), please let us know so we can link it!

Thank you for your understanding.

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Anonymous said: Hi, I need some help. Me and my sis are pretty good at researching and she came across a Germany fanart, but the flag was drawn incorrectly. My sis was polite & calmly corrected, but the artist blew up at her. My oc Laos is a country whose people are mostly Buddhist and the swastika (not rotated like the Nazi one) represents peace, but someone made a big fuss about my art, even after I explained!

You both did the right thing by confronting them politely. Unfortunately some people just don’t take criticism well at all. It’s good to explain things to give people a chance to learn or to recognize their mistake, but sometimes they refuse to listen and nothing you say will make them change their mind. At that time it’s best to just back off so it doesn’t turn into a big argument, save yourself the stress, especially if they’re just being immature. You did what you could.

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Anonymous said: Where I live, you are either a preppy, cocky idiot, or a red-neck Jesus freak. I am working on my Finland cosplay currently but I don't really have any friends or family to express my oddness out to. How would you suggest finding good "geeky" friends, not only for cosplay, but for a friend in general?

If you’re looking for friends in your area, my best suggestion is checking to see if any local schools, libraries or other such organizations have a public anime club. I know in my city there’s also a couple theaters that have an anime night. Those would be good spots to meet local fans. You can also check to see if there are any facebook groups for local fans. I’m in two Hetalia groups for my area.

Hetalia specific, there’s Hetalia Day in October. It’s a few months off so there’s no list of meetups yet on the site, but you can always keep an eye out for a Hetalia Day meetup in your area, or if you’re feeling really gung-ho you can organize one yourself, set up an event page on facebook and get local fans together that way. We’ve met some really nice people through Hetalia Day, so I definitely recommend it.

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Anonymous said: Hi! Um, so I have this little problem. With cosplaying. I want to cosplay France, but, I'm poor, I have acne that I have no idea how to get rid of, I'm a bit short, and have a very regulating family. Aside from that, there's always the fandom. Not only am I worried about being an idiot with all these amazing and well-known cosplayers, especially for that character, but I'm also afraid of France's fanon view. (You know, that whole rapist and overly perverted thing.) Do you have any advice?

Cosplay to have fun. I have seen plenty of Hetalia cosplays from people with similar circumstances as yours, including France. I never saw those things prevent them from having a good time, at least not at our Hetalia Day that I am aware of. 

As for the “rapist/overly perverted” fanon view. Don’t do it. To any France cosplayers, don’t be like that. Whether or not someone may think the character is like that, it is inappropriate, especially for public gatherings, extra especially for public gatherings with MINORS around. It is a violation of other people’s personal space, makes everyone feel uncomfortable/embarrassed, and can likely gain you a bad reputation. If anyone pressures you to act in such a manner, kindly decline. If they’re upset that you don’t act like that, that’s their problem.

By the way, if anyone harasses you, either going too far with being “in character” or trying to get you to do those sort of things and won’t take no for an answer, etc, please report it. As someone who helps run Hetalia Day I would much rather know about such an incident and deal with it, than find out after the fact.

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chain-link-stories said: I'm perfectly fine with people cosplaying as ocs, besides, we're all dressing up in cosplay of characters, and its not like they're going to go around saying they're a cannon character. Ocs are apart of the community in all the fandoms, so why not cosplay as one if you want to?

Thank you for sharing your opinion!

Anonymous said: Hi there! I wanted to ask if it would be a good idea to cosplay as an oc country. Me and my friend want to cosplay as Mexico and Philippines, as we have the traditional costumes we wore for a cultural festival performance a little while back. We're planning to go to Fanime and cosplay their, but we don't know how the fandom will react.

I apologize, I’ve been sitting on this question debating how to answer. I’m not much of a cosplayer. I’ve done 2.5 Hetalia cosplays (all South Italy related), so I’m not really sure how the fandom reacts to OC cosplays. I don’t believe there should be an issue with it. But in this case, I’d like to hear some opinions from other cosplayers on the topic of Hetalia OCs.

So, Hetalia cosplayers, please let us know what your opinions are on OC country cosplays!

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Anonymous said: Hi! I wanted to cosplay as one of my favorite Hetalia characters, but she's Caucasian and I'm a person of color. Is this ok?

Of course it’s okay! Please cosplay your favorite characters as you like!

I live in an area with a high population of people of color and they cosplay as they please, everyone from England to Japan to Seychelles. I’ve also seen caucasions cosplay people of color as well. The important thing is to have fun and love your character. Don’t let anyone shame you for not having the same ethnic background as the character you cosplay. And if anyone does try to shame you for it, ignore them. They aren’t worth your time.

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This should probably be obvious, but for anyone cosplaying a person of color, please don’t try to “tan” yourself to match the skin color. That can be very offensive and considered racist, even if you don’t mean it to be. Don’t do.

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fem-usa said: Hello Hetaquette! Is this blog still in business? I wanted to give you a big promo because I love this blog so much and I want my followers to read what you have to say. Is it ok if I do? :)

It’s perfectly fine if you’d like to do that.  We’d welcome it!

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Anonymous said: This blog is amazing! You know, I used to be a big Hetalia fan until I came across all the fan fiction and fan art and cosplay about my country being a psychopathic, insane rapist. After that, I literally couldn't take it anymore, but I've slowly come back to the fandom and found the sane fans.

Unfortunately a number of Hetalia characters have fallen victim to some rather undesirable portrayals. Thankfully the fandom has quieted down more so it’s not as common as it used to be. Welcome back to the fandom!

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Just a note that Mod!Jam and I are taking over this blog.  We’ll probably leave the blog so far pretty much untouched, but we are very willing and able to answer any questions or concerns as soon as possible.

We’ve both been in this fandom for a number of years so hopefully that will help.

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