Kataang week day 1 - Beginnings
Just a rough sketch i did super quickly when i realised it was meant to start on the 22nd instead of the 23rd!
You can’t knock me down!
Hey, My name is CourtoonXIII, and I’m a cosplayer. I’m also horrible when it comes to grammar and organizing my thoughts, so please excuse the following post.
About six or so years ago I was upstairs in my room and I came down for a snack. I was a freshman in high school with very little going for me besides theater. I came downstairs to see my brother hogging the TV watching something that looked like anime. I scoffed at him for watching this ‘show’, but sat to watch it with him for I had nothing else to do.
This show was Avatar The Last Airbender. Specifically ‘The Waterbending Scroll’ which is probably why I was such an avid Zutarian. I watched one episode and I was gone. I needed to involve myself in this show. I wanted to find out more about it, I downloaded every episode that was out at the time, which wasn’t very many and watched them all.
My life flipped upside down that day. I was astounded to see a cartoon tell a story like this, I always loved cartoons, but I had never seen something like this on television. Before that, the only Anime’s I had seen were Pokemon and Sailor Moon. Though Avatar is not technically an anime, western cartoons didn’t seem to have much of a flowing storyline. I was absorbed.
I wanted to see if other people liked the show, I wanted to talk to everyone about it. But sadly I didn’t know where to do that. I started looking up Avatar clips on youtube, and to my surprise I found something called AMV’s. Animated Music Videos, these really beautifully edited montages that brought back every feeling from watching the show. So obviously, I wanted to start making these. I went under the name PhantomZuko. Phantom because I was really into Phantom of the Opera, and Zuko… well, that one is obvious. I made a bit of a name for myself in that world, and in doing so I discovered a site called deviantart. In deviantart I greeted the fandom.
Fandom: The best and worst thing that will ever happen to you.
I started drawing fanart, and was having a blast. Of course I was awful, most of my fan art from way back then has disappeared from the net. I keep some of it to remind myself of how much further I have to go, but yet, how far I’ve come. But at the time I was just having fun, and getting to know awesome people who I still talk to today.
Through deviantart I discovered cosplay, and while that is a huge part of who I am today, that is a different story.
Being a part of this fandom, making AMV’s, drawing fanart. It was the happiest I had ever been. I was never that unhappy before, but I didn’t know something could make me this happy all the time. It made me feel like how I felt on stage. I knew I wanted to be a part of this for the rest of my life. I wanted to work in the creation of cartoons.
I started taking art more seriously, I was not born with that gift, but I’ve been working really hard. I know my artistic skill alone probably won’t get me far, but I have this drive, this passion, so overwhelming that my dreams aren’t easily crushed. Who knows if I’m just stubborn, or if I’m actually meant for something. But I’m following a path, who knows where it will take me, but I’m traveling without much of a map.
So pictured above are the finished cosplays I have from this series. I have two more costumes that are still to be photographed (Skoochy and Fire Nation Katara). I obviously have a thing for water tribe girls.
So I just wanted to say thank you to Avatar. It’s going to be a long road, and it’s going to be a challenging one. But I look forward to the challenge, because I know this is what I want to do with my life. I want to tell stories. I want to affect other people like you have affected me. I look forward to the day I can come into work… and that is what I will get to do. Be a part of that family that inevitably happens, and bring characters and stories to life.
And this is why my love for Courtney knows no bounds.
Azula’s first and last move of the Agni Kai!