Nerd Caliber
Nerd Lifestyle Magazine


April 10, 2012

Anime Boston and Breaking the Gender Binary


Anime Boston was a whirlwind of fun this year!  The Post-Apocalyptic Theme was incredibly present as the artistic installations and ambiance were really stepped up this year.  One of the most popular costumes this year was Finn (and Fionna) from Adventure Time.  One of the biggest costumes was a massive replica of Berzerk Fury from the show “Zoids.”  The Post Apocalyptic displays allowed for some interesting and dynamic backgrounds for photo opportunities.  There were some truly stunning Full Metal Alchemist cosplays that seemed to come out of nowhere.   In my own opinion one of the biggest trends to watch out for this year from AB was Male to Female Crossplay and Transgender cosplay.

Crossplay is something that has always been welcomed at AB and other conventions but this year especially there seemed to be a lot more biologically born males portraying female characters.  Through discussions with multiple con goers many attribute this to My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’s popularity allowing cosplayers to feel more at ease breaking the gender binary in their costuming.  Still others, and I feel more prominently talked of how Michelle Pinard the creator, writer, and artist of the Webcomic Chaotic Kiss, was a Guest Artist this year, and with her came Gunner Scott the head of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC).
For those unfamiliar with Chaotic Kiss it is a Web-Comic which deals with anime and Otaku culture in America and whose central characters identify as Transgender in some way shape or form.  It’s written in the style of a Shojo story so it is at, it’s heart, a love story centered around character development and the building/breaking down of relationships.

While this is not the first time Michelle has been an artist or public speaker at Anime Boston, her being named a Guest artist and Gunner’s involvement in her discussion of Trans rights, “Transgender Manga and Discussion,” lent an extreme amount of legitimacy to the Transgender, cross dressing, and queer cosplaying communities and in a sense told the world that Anime Boston is willing to foster a safe environment for individuals who do not conform to the gender binary at their event.

About the Author

Ashley Rogers
Ashley Lauren Rogers earned a Bachelor’s of English Literature and Theatre at Fitchburg State College, was invited to the two week summer playwriting intensive at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, had shows produced in New York City as part of Stage Left Studio and the New York Nineteenth Century Society, Theatre To Go in Melrose MA, and as part of the Fresh Fruit Festival in NYC. Recently her work has been displayed as part of Stage Left Studio’s sold out Gender: A Performance Project, and her show Bite Curious,was a part of White Rabbit Production’s Scream Queens and Crazed Fiends, short play event. Her one person show PASS/FAIL will receive its premiere at Dixon Place Lounge NYC in February and will be performed for The Midtown International Theatre Festival: Spring Edition in March. Ashley is a recipient of the ACM Award for Comedy Video for writing the pilot of Marisa and Rocco, is the creator of Ashley Rogers Does Something Awesome, Monthly Tea with Madeline Foxtrot, all through Dogtoon Media. She has been featured in the Frenchy and The Punk Music video for “House of Cards,” Sundance Channel’s “Young Broke and Beautiful,” and TLC’s “Bling It On.” Ashley has written articles for Beyond Victoriana and Steampunk Magazine Online, has been a vlogger and a blogger for Ashley has developed a workshop for writers to learn how write for trans and non-binary narratives.



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  1. jay

    where is the video montage? or am i just blind and cna’t find it? xD

  2. E. Ortiz

    It’ll be up in a few days 🙂

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