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Interview de Marine (Belgique)

January 5 2017, 22:57pm

Posted by MERCENAR GAMEKULT

Voici l'interview orientée Tomb Raider (pour les 20 ans de Lara Croft) de la belle Marine de Belgique ! Vous me pardonnerez d'avoir inclus une photo d'un autre de ses cosplays (Poison Ivy), c'est un peu hors sujet ici mais elle était juste trop belle pour ne pas vous la montrer <3 !

1. Vous avez découvert Lara avec quel épisode de Tomb Raider ? Et sur quelle plate-forme ?

J'ai découvert Lara avec le jeu Angel of Darkness sur Playstation 2. Et oui, désolé mais en 1996 je venais seulement de naître, et oui les 20 ans de Tomb Raider tombe la même année que mes 20 ans je suis sûre que c'est une signe  ! Une fois que j'ai eu fini Angel of Darkness, j'ai acheté tous les jeux précédents et je les ai refaits dans l'ordre.


2. Que pensez-vous du reboot de 2014 et de sa suite Rise of the tomb raider ? Lara c’était mieux avant ou maintenant ?

J’adore le design de ce jeu  ! Il est vraiment magnifique ! J’aime beaucoup le fait qu’on puisse crafter nos flèches etc mais je suis un peu déçue de Lara… Elle est certes très jolie mais je la trouve un peu fade.. Moins badass que la Lara Classique et moins humaine que la Lara Reborn. Maintenant je n’ai pas encore fini la quête principale donc je risque surement de changer d’avis !  Par contre, j'ai bien sûr joué au Reboot de 2013 et j'ai vraiment bien aimé ! Je pense que ce reboot permet de rendre Lara un peu plus humaine car dans les anciens jeux, elle est déjà tellement badass que c'est presque inhumain ! C'est ce qui fait qu'on l'aime évidemment mais ici ça nous permet de voir que même Lara Croft a commencé au plus bas ! Personnellement, j'ai souffert avec elle dans le dernier jeu, j'ai eu mal pour elle ce que forcément on n’avait pas l'occasion de faire dans les anciens jeux ! Je pense que la nouvelle et l'ancienne Lara ne sont pas comparables ! Elles permettent chacune de donner une dimension différente au personnage ! Mais rien à faire, ma Lara préférée restera l'ancienne ! Ce côté badass, «  je dégomme tout  », sûre d'elle, un peu hautaine ! J'adore !

3. Avant il y avait toujours une Lara officielle. La dernière en date fut Alison Carroll en 2008. Vous pensez que cela manque d’en avoir une pour représenter le jeu ou bien le cosplay l’a rendue inutile ?

Effectivement je trouve que ça manque un peu... Maintenant, il y'avait quand même Camilla Luddington qui a prêté ses traits à la nouvelle Lara mais je suis un peu triste qu'elle ne soit pas vraiment un modèle officiel… J'aurais aimé la voir sur différents magazines, des shootings photo et tout ça vraiment en Lara ! Malheureusement, je pense que ça va se perdre de plus en plus surtout maintenant que le film avec Alicia Vikander va sortir… Le nouveau visage de Lara sera Alicia, et je pense que l'industrie du jeu vidéo ne va pas se risquer à relancer l'idée des modèles officiels et c'est dommage ! Elles étaient toutes si belles...


4. Combien de costumes différents de Lara avez-vous réalisé ?

Tant que maintenant sept ! Mon tout premier cosplay était la version de Tomb Raider Underworld et puis j'ai enchainé sur la version du Reboot de 2013 puis sur 4 nouvelles tenues de Rise of the Tomb Raider : Débardeur de Syrie, col tunisien, la version parka kaki et la tenue décontractée de Londres ! J’ai aussi fais une Lara Classique version Noël et ici je travaille sur la version Antarctique et la catsuit de Tomb Raider 3 et la légendaire Lara Classique de 1996 ! 

5. Que pensez-vous du changement de voix française pour Lara dans les 2 derniers jeux ? On était habitué à Francoise Cadol et puis.. boum ! Voilà Alice David…

Évidemment ça fait un petit pincement au coeur … Françoise Cadol restera toujours pour moi LA voix de Lara ! Je ne dis pas qu'Alice David ne fait pas du bon travail au contraire ! Mais bon, Françoise Cadol quoi ! On l'aime de tout notre coeur ! Sa voix est tellement symbolique… Mais bon, il va falloir s'y faire !

6. On fête cette année les 20 ans de Tomb Raider ! A cette occasion comme vous le savez, un livre sera publié en octobre prochain. Une bonne amie commune est dans ce livre, elle vient d’ailleurs d’être reconnue comme la Lara belge officielle. Vous en pensez quoi ?

Déjà l'idée de faire un livre pour les 20 ans de Tomb Raider est juste énormissime  ! Alors si en plus Aurélie (ndlr : Visual Aurelie, la Lara belge officielle) est dedans ! C'est juste parfait ! J’ai reçu le livre et je peux vous dire qu’il est super ! Aurélie mérite sa place dans le livre, quand tu incarnes Lara depuis 2008, tu ne peux qu’être dedans !



7. On voit régulièrement en convention des rassemblements de Lara ! Les Lara look-a-like, une communauté à part entière ou bien partie intégrante du cosplay en général ?

Je pense que la communauté Tomb Raider fait évidemment partie du monde du cosplay mais ce petit groupe est tellement différent des autres ! A mes yeux, cette communauté est comme une grande famille ! C'est bien simple, je n'ai vu Débora qu'une seule fois et pourtant, on s'entend super bien et mon dieu j'adore cette fille ! Pareil pour notre superbe Aurélie ! La première fois que je l'ai vue, elle tenait un stand en convention et je suis allée timidement vers elle pour lui demander si je pouvais déposer mon sac dans son stand. Elle a tout de suite accepté, m'a complimentée sur mon premier cosplay de Lara… Elle a été tellement gentille avec moi alors que je ne lui avais jamais parlé ! Cette anecdote reflète parfaitement la communauté Tomb Raider, des personnes adorables, avec le cœur sur la main ! 



8. Vous faites quoi dans la vie quand vous n’incarnez pas Lara ?

Je suis actuellement en deuxième année à l'université en Psychologie ! J'aimerais devenir neuropsychologue mais bon, encore 4 ans devant moi avant d'y arriver  ! En plus de ça, je travaille en étudiant dans un restaurant chinois. Et oui, je ne suis malheureusement pas archéologue ! 



9. Vous avez une collection Lara à la maison ? Figurines ? Statues ? Livres ? Autres ?

Ooooh oui  ! Déjà, comme toute fan qui se respecte, j'ai tous les jeux ! J'ai divers livres, bds, artbooks… Le collector du jeu de 2013, Rise of the Tomb Raider, celui de Temple of Osiris, quelques figurines Atlas, diverses figurines, les superbes répliques officielles des USP match, les piolets...



10. Quel est l’état d’esprit dans lequel il faut se mettre pour incarner Lara de manière plausible ? Il faut rester sérieuse et avoir le regard badass ?

Évidemment, pour bien incarner le perso je pense qu'il faut vraiment se mettre dans sa peau, trouver des poses badass qui lui correspondent et bien sûr le regard de tueuse ! Maintenant, le cosplay est avant tout une passion donc il faut savoir profiter et ne pas non plus toujours rester froide et badass comme Lara ! Personnellement, incarner Lara ne m'empêche pas de faire la débile quand j'en ai envie ! Il faut aussi savoir se lâcher !

Sa page FB : https://www.facebook.com/TsukichanCosplay

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Interview of Allstaralice (USA)

January 1 2017, 22:25pm

Posted by MERCENAR GAMEKULT

1. For how long have you been in cosplay ?

I have been cosplaying for 14 years. 

2. Cosplay is a time consuming hobby. how long does it take to craft your costumes ?

It depends on the complexity of the costume, or, how much time I have before my deadline ! I have taken several months to complete a costume, and other times, I have completed a costume in 2 weeks. Deadlines for conventions really get me motivated !

3. Any other hobby or passion besides cosplaying ?

I love sewing in general. I like to craft and create things, I always like having a project. If I have free time and need some extra money, I will take on a cosplay commission. Some other things I like are video games, tv shows, being with my friends, cooking, and spending time with my dog and cat !

4. What materials are you using for cosplay crafting, worbla ? Foam ? Can you talk about that a little bit ?

It depends on what I am making. I like using worbla as it's so easy to use. I can get impatient though and don't spend a lot of time coating it and sanding it. I love using foam too since they are readily available and also easy to use. I haven't used transparent worbla, but my friend who made my Tennis Peach crown and accessories used black worbla !

5. Do you have any FAVORITE cosplayer ?

I don't have 1 favorite. The cosplay community has gotten so large over the past 15 years, it's hard to keep up with who's who. I do love seeing cosplayers who not only make amazing costumes, but get amazing photoshoots done to go with it (especially scenes that match the character). 

6. Did you hurt yourself while making a cosplay or in a convention ?

I've burnt my fingers with a glue gun a number of times, but nothing major ! One time at a convention, I was wearing Fran from Final Fantasy XII, which is a very cumbersome costume. I was in the middle of a photoshoot and I got lightheaded, and almost passed out. I had to sit down immediately and drink some water and eat something. Always make sure your body is fueled up before getting into costume !

7. Do you sell your old cosplays, or just keep it in a huge closet ?

I used to keep all of my old cosplays. When I moved out of my apartment last year, I ended up throwing away a lot of old costumes. They were from when I had first started sewing, and didn't need to be kept since they had been sitting in my closet collecting dust. Nowadays, since I am much more confident in my construction skills, I will try and sell an old costume to try and make some extra money. I'm still trying to sell my Daenerys from Game of Thrones dress ! 

8. Who teached you to craft your cosplays ? Your family ? By reading books or watching youtube tutorials ?

A girl who I was friend with in high school introduced me to cosplay. For the first few years, I taught myself almost everything. When I started going to college for Fashion Design, I took garment construction classes that taught me how to sew things correctly. I do however like to look at tutorials for armor and prop making. 

9. Which conventions are you going to this year ?

I'm going to Katsucon and Anime Central for sure. After that, I'm not sure.

10. What is your limit budget for a cosplay ?

I always try to keep my budget as low as possible (but still making it look great) for less that $200-250 if possible. Most of my costumes are made for $100-150. My Cammy (Vacation outfit) from Street Fighter costume was made completely for free, I had all of the materials already !

11. Any future super secret cosplay project in mind ?

I don't really keep my future project super secret. I'm currently working on Dolce from the Sakizou Cafe artbook. 

12. What are you doing in "real" life for a living ?

I sew for a living of course ! I am a professional costume technician in the Chicago area. I work in costume shops for professional live theaters to create, build and alter costumes for the actors. I absolutely love my job.

13. You best experience from a convention ? And your worst ?

All my best experiences just involve being in costume and being with my close friends. We love to goof around and of course, party a little on a convention weekend. Not sure what my worst experience would be, some cons are better than others, it's all what you make of it.

14. Any advice for cosplay wannabees or beginners ?

Go for it ! Just be creative. Study your project and think it out. Ask questions. Search the internet for help if you need it (it's SO much easier for beginners these days than it was 14 years ago). Start with a realistic goal for a costume and work your way up from there. Lastly, be proud of what you create ! 

15. Do you have limits ? Some cosplays you will never make ?

I do limit myself a little. I don't want to be too naked (getting too old for that) or be too scantily clad. I also don't do full suits of armor because I just don't have the time nor the desire to make something that intense. I enjoy a challenge, but my strengths are in fabric. There are also a lot of characters that honestly barely look human, or defy gravity, or just look straight up insane! I have no desire to do anything that crazy.

Her facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/allstaralicecosplay

 

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Interview of Marinyan (Italy)

December 30 2016, 23:18pm

Posted by MERCENAR GAMEKULT

1. For how long have you been in cosplay ?

I started doing cosplay in 2009, so now there are eight years.

2. Cosplay is a time consuming hobby. how long does it take to craft your costumes ?

Oh yes cosplay takes away some time, but I try to be as fast as possible in dealing the different costumes, sometimes because I am bored to work for too long on the same thing, and because I want to do many. I can work on cosplay when I'm not at work, so at lunchtime and in the evening... so I use about one month for each costume.

3. Any other hobby or passion besides cosplaying ?

Oh yes ! I really like to see anime and collect nendoroid. Lately I have less time to do it, but I like to take pictures when I spend time with my friends and then print them and create as many scrapbook.

4. What materials are you using for cosplay crafting, worbla ? Foam ? Can you talk about that a little bit ?

I know that there are many different materials to make cosplay, unfortunately I don't  know all the names, I often choose and use materials without knowing the exact name... But I had used worbla, foam and polyethylene. My favorite is the polyethylene I used to make guns and lately for a bow. With worbla and foam I'm still in trouble because I don't use them very well... Moreover worbla is an expensive material, if I can do the same thing with a material that is cheaper, or with some recovery material, I chose that. Spending less for every cosplay allows me to do more ones. 

5. Do you have any FAVORITE cosplayer ?

Ohh yes ! I love very much asian cosplayers, and I try to drawn inspiration from them. I follow and I really appreciate Neneko, Momo P Chen, Hiko. In Europe, however, I follow few people, but in this area my idol is Calssara.

6. Did you hurt yourself while making a cosplay or in a convention ?

Fortunately I didn't ever hurt me during a convention, the only thing is so much fatigue at the end of the days, but it is a very welcome tiredness !

7. Do you sell your old cosplays, or just keep it in a huge closet ?

For now I keep all my cosplays in a large closet. It's very difficult for me to be able to sell the clothes on which I worked and struggled... Also I always have the desire to improve them and reuse it.

8. Who teached you to craft your cosplays ? Your family ? By reading books or watching youtube tutorials ?

For the part of sewing I'm a self-taught, I still do not know how I can do things... I take inspiration from my clothes and I try to copy them... I design paper patterns and then I edit on my body. For weapons instead I learned thanks to some video tutorials ! Although each weapon or accessory is different.

9. Which conventions are you going to this year ?

For this year I think they are unfortunately finished... Surely next year I will attend the Romics, the Lucca Comics and Rimini Comix  although I hope to go to new ones !

10. What is your limit budget for a cosplay ?

For simpler cosplays always I try to keep myself within 80 - 100 €, if it is more complex cosplay with weapons or special accessories I can also spend more, even if I try to never exceed the 150 - 200 €.

11. Any future super secret cosplay project in mind ?

Soon you will see me in the shoes of Utaha Kasumigaoka from the anime Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata, then there will be a new Christmas cosplay (but I don't reveal anything). For new projects instead I still have nothing defined, although I have some ideas in mind.

12. What are you doing in "real" life for a living ?

I'm an interior designer, and daily I work in a furniture shop, my job is to plan, design and sell the furnitures to furnish the houses. 

13. You best experience from a convention ? And your worst ?

I think the best experience was at Lucca Comics, when I wore the cosplay of Kuroyukihime. Kuroyukihime is a character with big black and rose wings, I was walking wen a lady comes up to me with her daughter and asks me if she can make tangible the wings to his daughter because she is blind, in that moment I tried to describe my clothes to the girl who very gently touched my wings. It was a very emotional and important moment, my little thing may have made "happy" another person. As I write I have tears in my eyes...

Fortunately I had few negative experiences and all quite mild. I remember an experience that happened not long ago. At a convention a boy, with who I previously had taken some photos, asked me to take some photos. That boy is a particular person and makes me uncomfortable when shooting, so I gently said no to the photos... The result is a flame in which he denigrated my cosplay and my person... Luckily then everything is solved.

14. Any advice for cosplay wannabees or beginners ?

My biggest advice may be to choose with the heart the character to play, choose a character you like, with who you have things in common so that makes everything easier, beautiful and fun ! Practical advice instead is to look carefully at good images of the character and pay attention to proportions !

15. Do you have limits ? Some cosplays you will never make ?

I like the idea of never having limits. You never know what the future might bring. The only important thing for me is that I will not do cosplay in which I could feel bad, in that case it is not worth it for me to achieve it.

Her facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/MarinyanCosplay/

Her deviantart page : http://marinyancosplay.deviantart.com

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Interview of Christina McDaniel (USA)

December 30 2016, 22:28pm

Posted by MERCENAR GAMEKULT

1. For how long have you been in cosplay ?

I went to my first convention in 2011 as Nel from Bleach and I was hooked.

2. Cosplay is a time consuming hobby. how long does it take to craft your costumes ?

Depends on the complexity of the costume as well as what else I have going on personally (family). Sometimes I’m able to reuse items from other costumes, so I only have to make accessories. If that’s the case, then I can have it done in a day or two (just a few hours of work here and there). But, if it’s a total armor build, then it’s going to take me at least a week, if not more. Armor is a lot of layers and time for drying/setting/painting/fitting/etc.

3. Any other hobby or passion besides cosplaying ?

I have tons of hobbies actually. TONS. I used to sing for work, but have kind of put that on the back burner and only do fun singing clips for FB. I also love art and house is cluttered with my paintings, sculptures, etc. During the holidays, my inner Martha Stewart and Betty Crocker take over. I’m pretty much baking and crafting fun non-cosplay related stuff from Oct to Jan. I am also a self published writer. I have 1 book on Amazon (first in the series) called Before Solstice. I have been working on book 2 in the series for over a year. A wee bit of writers block and tons of other distractions have kept me from working on finishing it.

4. What materials are you using for cosplay crafting, worbla ? Foam ? Can you talk about that a little bit ?

I use whatever I think is going to work for the cosplay and I’m comfortable working with. For example: the next project I’m hopefully working on is my own version of Mera (DC). I have lots of mediums including fabric (4 way stretch is my hero), vinyl, worbla, and foam. I always create my armor in foam first, the cover with worbla. I’m not a fan of the sandwich method (using 1 piece of worbla on each side). I prefer the wrap method. It has a small but of flexibility still and not as sharp edges (which means less sanding work to prevent damage to my skin from cutting into me) as well as using less worbla (saving money is a must). I’m still a newbie IMO when it comes to crafting, so I always chat with my close group of cosplay friends for recommendations. It always saves me time and money by just asking for advice. I also scour the internet for ideas or tutorials whenever I can. There’s tons of resources online from the community. It’s great!

5. Do you have any FAVORITE cosplayer ?

That’s a tough choice because I look up to so many for different things. I adore Jessica Nigri’s confidence and ability to be herself. Yaya Han is the sewing Queen (besides God Save The Queen Fashions, of course) and I love to look at her work. Nicole Marie Jean always has fun costumes and gender bends to inspire me to get out of my comfort zone. Jessica Dru has beautiful costumes and tons of underwater photos to be envious of. The list literally goes on and on. Plus, I have tons of awesome local talent in Houston that I can plug into on a personal level and learn from or do fun themed photo shoots with. I love collaborating with tons of different talent.

6. Did you hurt yourself while making a cosplay or in a convention ?

Every time. There has not been one costume where I haven’t stabbed myself with pins, cut a finger, burnt off fingerprints, etc. I'm naturally clumsy anyway, so it’s kind of a give in to bleed for cosplay. I don’t typically hurt myself at conventions except this past weekend at ACCC. I was working a booth for a company that had me walking A LOT in heels. I rolled my ankle while walking several times (remember, I’m graceful AF) and ended up twisting something and losing feeling in my foot. I’m still recovering. Usagi is my spirit animal, I swear.

7. Do you sell your old cosplays, or just keep it in a huge closet ?

I haven’t sold anything. I reuse stuff for multiple costumes, so my closet it literally full of cosplay. I only have like a basket of real clothes and a walk-in closet of cosplay. I have given some things away though to local cosplayers who needed it. We work together and help each other out a lot.

8. Who taught you to craft your cosplays ? Your family ? By reading books or watching youtube tutorials ?

I have learned most everything from online tutorials. The rest has been from the local talent that I’ve been lucky to have in my life. They are an unlimited resource for me. Plus, I can call them at 3am to ask questions because they’re usually up working on something too !

9. Which conventions are you going to this year ?

Well, this convention season is over for me this year. I take time off from cosplay during the holidays for family time and events. I will only be shooting my boudoir shoots for Patreon until Jan. I am actually already filling my calendar for 2017. As far as conventions for 2017, I typically attend all the local conventions for Houston. But, I really want to branch out this next year to conventions out of state. But, to do this, I need to talk with the right people and hopefully work out some guest appearances since my budget is pretty limited at this time for travel and expenses.

10. What is your limit budget for a cosplay ?

I try to make everything as cheaply as possible. I’m a  mom of 3 nerdy little boys, so all my money goes to food and clothes (cuz boys are rough on clothes, man). I try to make costumes for under $50 whenever possible. But, anything with armor will NEVER be that cheap. There’s just so much priming and painting and everything else involved. Plus, worbla isn’t cheap. Although, I could probably cut corners and just use foam whenever needed to cut down cost. 
I’m not above spending more on a good cosplay though. Depends on what it is. My most expensive one was a commission job from Castle Corsetry for my SuperGirl. I paid in several payments, which really helped. This next year, I also have plans to commission a friend of mine, Dekamexican, to make something for me as well. For commission work, I just have to budget and pay in several payments to make it work.

11. Any future super secret cosplay project in mind ?

Not necessarily. I’m not really chatting about what I’m working on with Dekamexican yet since we are still in discussions that won’t be finalized until March. Other than that, I’m pretty much an open book. I do reveal what I’m working on to my patrons on Patreon first tho. They get to see the WIP and get to help me choose the next cosplay to work on. But, I typically announce it sometime later on the rest of the social media. 

12. What are you doing in "real" life for a living ?

I am lucky enough to be a stay home mom in “real life”. I was working a sales job, but it was too stressful for my health and I had to leave for medical reasons. I do pick up odd jobs singing or bartending (I have like 17 years of waitressing and bartending experience) to have a cosplay budget. The more I work, the more money I have to spend on cosplay !

13. Your best experience from a convention ? And your worst ?

Best experience from a convention would be have to be the celebrity experiences. The photo opps are great, but getting to catch them outside the con is way better. I have been lucky to catch a few either out and about or at the bar after hours. And, now, some cons are offering VIP parties where you can actually have dinner and drinks with celebrities. I plan on going to some of those in 2017. Worst experience was one of my first experiences as Nel. It’s actually one of the reasons she has been retired until further notice. Nel from Bleach is basically a torn t-shirt worn as a dress. So, that apparently opened the door for creepers to ask for inappropriate things from me and touch me inappropriately.

It was my 2nd year cosplaying and I almost quit. All I could think of was that if this was what the community was all about then I didn’t want to have any part of it. But, after making some friends in the community, I learned that those instances are fewer than I thought and can be handled by traveling in groups or having a handler. I have a handler with me at every con now. I don’t walk the floor alone ever, if I can help it.

14. Any advice for cosplay wannabees or beginners ?

There’s so much… My biggest piece of advice is to just be yourself. We are all nerds. Don’t listen to the negativity. Don’t let the negative thoughts or words of someone else control you. There will always be someone out there to be a negative Nancy. Brush it off and have fun. Make your costume. Be proud. Improve your skills. Never be afraid to be the nerdy little weirdo that you are. Just don’t be a creep. And, never be afraid to ask for help or advice. There will always be someone out there to help. You are not alone anymore. The community is here. We’ve got your back.

15. Do you have limits ? Some cosplays you will never make ?

Well, I do modeling (fashion, boudoir, etc) as well as cosplay. So, my limit is always no nudes lol I’ve done some implied nudes, and I’m just not a fan. They were very tastefully done, I just wasn’t satisfied with them on a personal level. I probably won’t be doing more of those in the future either. There are some cosplays on the back burner because I personally want to be more fit. That’s a personal preference not because I don’t think I can do it. Because anyone can cosplay anything. I just want to put my best foot forward. A lot of my costumes involve corsets because I’ve had 3 kids. I’d love to eventually not need those because it’s not comfortable to wear those all day for a con. I don’t do a lot of full armor because of budget, but it’s not to say I won’t ever do it. Basically, I like to keep it classy for the most part. I do sexy stuff because it’s empowering for me as someone who was teased her whole teenage life for being “ugly”. But, even though I do sexy, there’s a fine line between sexy and raunchy. I don’t like crossing that line. Think of Dita Von Teese. She does burlesque, but she’s so classy. I love that. Sexy and classy all the way.

Her facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/christinamcdanielofficial/

Her deviantart page : http://kissedbyasuccubus.deviantart.com/

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Interview of Evilyn13 (Canada)

December 30 2016, 00:37am

Posted by MERCENAR GAMEKULT

Here comes the interview of the amazing Evilyn13 from Canada !

1. For how long have you been in cosplay ?


I actually didn’t know cosplay was a thing for a long time, and I didn’t know it was acceptable to go to comic conventions dressed as your favorite character. I was always a huge fan of Halloween, so it was so exciting for me to discover that other people loved dressing up as comic characters and villains as much as I did. So although I have been dressing up in costumes for a long time, I actually never went to a convention until about 4 years ago. I was also a bit nervous to go to a convention as I read so many negative experiences from other women online where they were harassed for being a “fake nerd” or groped or touched without permission. I am happy to report I have had no problems at conventions with any of these things, so it has been a wonderful experience for me.



2. Cosplay is a time consuming hobby. how long does it take to craft your costumes ?


It really depends on the costume, some of them I do not make, and some I do. I do not make my latex costumes, but I have sewn some of my costumes, like my Orko costume from He-Man, but that just took me one weekend, as it is quite simple. I built my proton pack for Ghostbusters from fiber glass and items from GB Fans which had to be put together and the instructions were a bit hard to understand, plus installing the lights and wiring the sound with the sound card and adding switches took a long time. It is still a work in progress as I haven’t attached a speaker to the pack even though it is wired for sound, so that piece in particular has been ongoing for a few years and it probably doesn’t help that I travel with it wrapped in bubble wrap and stuffed in a suitcase, so it gets bumped, banged up and damaged all the time.

3. Any other hobby or passion besides cosplaying ?


I do a lot of non-cosplay modeling and have been on the runway from Berlin to Las Vegas and I love to travel, I have travelled to Toronto, Edmonton, Atlanta and Seattle for comic conventions and I am crossing my fingers that I might be able to travel to San Diego for SDCC next year. I also DJ at local events in Vancouver where I live, I have a DJ residency at Sin City Fetish Night, Madhaus (which is an alternative night) and Kitty Nights Burlesque. I really love music and dancing so its kind of the best job ever.



4. What materials are you using for cosplay crafting, worbla ? Foam ? Can you talk about that a little bit ?

Right now I have just finished up gluing a million crystals on a Jason mask (Friday the 13th) because Halloween is right around the corner and I am a featured guest at the Halloween Fair here in Vancouver. I have never used worbla, but I have seen some pretty amazing things people have made with it. 



5. Do you have any FAVORITE cosplayer ?


Oh gosh I have so many favorite cosplayers! Obviously I love Yaya Han, because she is so crafty and I wish I had skillz like that. I love Jessica Nigri because she is so funny and Leanna Vamp because she is into all things spooky (just like me). I love Kristen Hughey, Amber Arden and Luna Mars because they are adorable pinups, and Riddle because she loves animals and she is Canadian (like me). I also love the Hip Hop Trooper because he is so cool and Mark Meer cuz he does some really amazing prosthetic makeups at cons when he is a featured guest. 



6. Did you hurt yourself while making a cosplay or in a convention ?


Sometimes when I am in a costume for too long it can be painful. Some costumes I have worn are so tight they pinch, so I will be left with bruising and cuts when I finally have a chance to take it off. Plus, a lot of my costumes require me to wear heels, so I always pack a pair of flats so I don’t hurt my feet too much.


7. Do you sell your old cosplays, or just keep it in a huge closet ?


I keep them in my closet. I love my costumes too much to part with them. It is becoming a storage problem as we speak !


8. Who teached you to craft your cosplays ? Your family ? By reading books or watching youtube tutorials ?


Youtube tutorials are the best I find, so you can actually see what people are doing and follow along. Sometimes I just think of a concept I want to do and then figure out how to make it happen on my own, as a lot of my costumes are not exact replicas, I like to use different materials to make them more personal and more my style.



9. Which conventions are you going to this year ?


This year I was a featured guest at Power Con in L.A. Power Con is a He-Man and She-Ra convention and it was so much fun! I got to meet other cosplayers and some of the voice actors from the cartoon and geek out with other fans of the show. I have only been to Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle as my budget unfortunately shrank when my dog got sick in April. Bruno was my little Boston Terrier that I had for 9 years and he ended up with a brain tumor that was inoperable and he passed away. It was a very difficult time, and I am still trying to recover from many of the vet bills because I would have done anything to keep him alive. I will be a featured guest next month at the Halloween Fair in Vancouver as well as Fan Expo Vancouver in November, and I am very excited for both!



10. What is your limit budget for a cosplay ?


I do not have a limit. I would rather perfect my dream cosplay than do a half ass job because I didn’t have enough time or enough money. I guess that makes me a bit of a perfectionist and probably is the reason why I don’t have a huge collection of costumes like many other people, but I try to put all of my effort into one costume at a time.



11. Any future super secret cosplay project in mind ?


Maaaaaaaaaybe…. But if I told you it wouldn’t be a secret! 



12. What are you doing in "real" life for a living ?


In real life I work in nightclubs mostly DJing, working in the coat check, hosting parties, throwing parties, helping people make bad decisions, modeling and just being a gong show.



13. You best experience from a convention ? And your worst ?


One of my best experiences was my very first convention. The whole reason I came to the convention (it was the day after my birthday so I was a bit hungover) was to meet Elvira. I was a little sad that she was not dressed as Elvira, but I was super happy to get a photo with her and chat with her a bit because she is one of my favorite celebrities. I cosplay as her as well, but I didn’t have my costume at the time when I met her. My worst experience was probably when I went to Dragon Con in Atlanta. I made some poor decisions not knowing how humid and hot it gets in Atlanta, as I am from the cold great north in Canada.

I wanted to march with all of my Ghostbuster friends in the parade, and instead of wearing my Ghostbuster pinup dress I wanted to be legit and wear my full flight suit and proton pack. I ended up getting one of the worst cases of heat stroke I have ever had, and I had to miss a lot of activities for the rest of the day because I was so sick. I would really like to go back to Dragon Con and have a do-over so I can attend all of the things I missed, and perhaps skip the parade next time.


14. Any advice for cosplay wannabees or beginners ?


Have fun! Dress up as whatever you want and don’t let anybody tell you you can’t do something. Release your inner superhero (or villain) !



15. Do you have limits ? Some cosplays you will never make ?

Definitely. I love to travel so I have to keep my costumes small enough that I can get them in a suitcase. I had a friend help me make my Evil-Lyn staff collapsible so I can travel with it if I want to, and my proton pack is not sized to scale, so it’s a smaller version of what most people have so I can wrap it up in bubble wrap and fit it in my suitcase. I would love to get a giant mallet for my Harley Quinn cosplay, but I think it would be difficult to take with me on the road, so I got a small cork gun instead, but I even feel nervous travelling with that because if they scan my suitcase they might see something the shape of a gun and open my luggage. The cork gun is non-functioning and they would discover that upon seeing it, but when you are crossing an international border with it, it can be a bit stressful.


Her facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/evilynthirteen/

Her official website : http://www.evilyn13.com/home/

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Interview of Fosya (Russia)

December 19 2016, 10:16am

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Here comes the interview of the beautiful Fosya from Russia !

1. For how long have you been in cosplay ?

I'm in cosplay since 2010 !

2. Cosplay is a time consuming hobby. how long does it take to craft your costumes ?

Oh that depends on difficulty of a costume and what my future plans are. Sometimes it takes a day, some of them can take about a year or even more...

3. Any other hobby or passion besides cosplaying ?

Yes, of course ! I'm also a photographer and I'm studying to be a cameraman. 

4. What materials are you using for cosplay crafting, worbla ? Foam ? Can you talk about that a little bit ?

Worbla is the best material I've ever seen, I always watch tutorials about it, but I've never work with it ! However I'm gonna order it for one of my next costume. Usually, I use foam, kapa, linoleum, papier-maché, etc.

5. Do you have any FAVORITE cosplayer ?

I have lots of cosplayers who I really wanted to be ! And many cosplayers that inspire me. But unfortunately, I know very few foreign cosplayers, so most of them are Russian.

6. Did you hurt yourself while making a cosplay or in a convention ?

In conventions my feet always hurt because of my shoes. And while I'm making some craft I can easily cut myself, burn a finger or another part of my body. Of course it's a very dangerous hobby...

7. Do you sell your old cosplays, or just keep it in a huge closet ?

My closet is really huge, but it isn't endless ! And my family don't like the fact that my costumes needs a lot of space, so I have to sell them anyway. And I always need money to make new ones anyway !
 
8. Who teached you to craft your cosplays ? Your family ? By reading books or watching youtube tutorials ?

Mostly by watching tutorials. And learning from my mistakes, of course !

9. Which conventions are you going to this year ?

This year is ending, and we only have "Igromir Expo" on next week and after I have no festivals that I really want to visit. It's "Oni No Yoru" in october, but Im gonna go as a photographer there. However Im gonna visit "3D Print Expo" but I'm not sure yet.
 
10. What is your limit budget for a cosplay ?

NO LIMIT ! I'm trying to do cosplay as cheap as I can, but I can spend a lot of money for quality. My most expensive costume cost me 40,000 rubles (625$).

11. Any future super secret cosplay project in mind ?

Yes, I have one ! I'm gonna try to do the most difficult cosplay I've ever done. But I still don't know my capabilities.
 
12. What are you doing in "real" life for a living ?

It's very difficult to find a good job now, so I have only different kinds of underworkings.

13. You best experience from a convention ? And your worst ?

Oh I've never had any bad conventions, and good ones are too many... But one of the most vivid convention was in Ufa town. It's very far from Moscow (where I live) and I made a team of LoL cosplayers. The team consisted of 9 people, but at last moment before the convention we were only 3 left... With a Tibbers costume (the big bear) ! 

We didn't finished our costumes because we missed our train and we had to take plain tickets to Ufa. We were trying to finish the costumes on the convention, but we still didn't finish. As we had no man for the Tibbers costume, so we found someone and just putted the suit on him ! That was a terrible journey and of course the performance was really not cool. However WE WON A THIRD PLACE lol ! I still can't believe it !

14. Any advice for cosplay wannabees or beginners ?

Don't believe in yourself. Believe in me ! BELIEVE IN ME WHO BELIEVES IN YOU !

15. Do you have limits ? Some cosplays you will never make ?

I'd never do a nude-cosplay. Some people think that I had a nude Horo photoshoot, but the truth is that I wasn't fully naked !

Her facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/fosyacosplay/

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Interview de Calypsen (Poland)

December 11 2016, 23:16pm

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Voici l'interview de la belle Calypsen de Pologne !

1. Depuis combien de temps es-tu cosplayeuse ?

J'ai commencé à créer des costumes il y a 3 ans.

2. Le cosplay est un hobby qui prend du temps, combien de temps cela te prend-t'il pour faire tes costumes ?

Cela peut me prendre de 2 semaines à 2 mois.

3. As-tu d'autres hobbies ou passions en dehors du cosplay ?

Bien sûr, je joue aux jeux video comme Tomb Raider ou Assassin's Creed mais j'ai aussi deux chinchillas et j'aime aussi regarder des films sci-fi et fantasy.

4. Quels matériaux utilises-tu ? Worbla ? Mousse ? Tu peux nous en parler un peu ?

De la mousse EVA mais aussi worbla, PVC et XPS polystyrene, c'est pour faire les armures mais j'ai aussi essayé de coudre plus souvent.

5. As-tu des personnages préférés que tu admires le plus ?

Oui, c'est Diana de League of Legends, Lady Arthas et aussi Mercy d'Overwatch.

6. T'es-tu déjà blessée en fabriquant un costume ou durant une convention ?

Oui hélas, mais il est important de se protéger en utilisant des gants et des lunettes spéciales.

7. Vends-tu tes anciens cosplays ? Ou tu les stocke et les conserve dans une armoire ? 
Cela dépend. Parfois je les vends mais quelques fois, je les aime trop pour les vendre.

8. Comment as-tu appris à fabriquer tes costumes ? Via des amis ? D'autres cosplayers ? Des tutoriels sur le net ?

Via des tutoriels sur Youtube.

9. A quelle(s) convention(s) iras-tu cette année ?

Il y en a bcp : Gaming Istanbul, ESL ONE, IEM, Pyrkon, SferaKon, London Filn and Comic Con, Gamescom, FantaExpo, nowJapan...

10. Quelle est ta limite de budget pour un cosplay ?

Je ne sais pas... je ne peux pas répondre à cette question !

11. Des projets cosplay futurs ?

Je veux faire plus de costumes tirés des jeux de Blizzard et de films sci- fi.

12. Tu fais quoi dans la vie IRL ?

Je suis une étudiante en Computer graphics et animation 3D.

13. Ton meilleur souvenir en convention ? Et le pire ?

Le meilleur c'est quand je rencontre les gens que je connais seulement par Internet, et le pire quand des mecs ne sont pas gentils avec moi.

14. Des conseils pour les débutants ou ceux qui veulent se lancer dans le cosplay ?

L'important c'est de s'amuser ! Et soyez déterminés ! 

15. As-tu des limites que tu ne dépasses pas pour un cosplay ?

Il n'y a pas de limites dans le cosplay. Mais il est important de ne faire rien de vulgaire ou de raciste.

Sa page facebook : https://www.facebook.com/CalypsenCosplay/

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Interview of April Gloria (USA)

December 10 2016, 23:43pm

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Here comes the interview of the beautiful April Gloria from New Jersey in the USA !

1. For how long have you been in cosplay ?

I wore my first costume to a convention in May of 2013 so a little more than three years.

2. Cosplay is a time consuming hobby. how long does it take to craft your costumes ?

It depends on the costume and how much time I have to work on it. It could be two weeks or six months, or anywhere in between.

3. Any other hobby or passion besides cosplaying ?

I enjoy the outdoors, drawing, reading, and makeup.

4. What materials are you using for cosplay crafting, worbla ? Foam ? Can you talk about that a little bit ?

I use a variety of materials depending on the project. I use a lot of leather, linen, vinyl, spandex for clothing, and some craft foam and worbla for armor. I've never tried the transparent worbla but it seems cool !

5. Do you have any FAVORITE cosplayer ?

I have many favorite cosplayers ! I can't choose a favorite but I really admire Kamui cosplay's work if I have to choose just one.

6. Did you hurt yourself while making a cosplay or in a convention ?

I've never severely injured myself however every so often I will burn my skin with hot glue. A heat gun melted a hole in my sock once also !

7. Do you sell your old cosplays, or just keep it in a huge closet ?

A little of both. I've sold some costumes that are decently made, or able to be sold cheap. Others I will wear again I keep in a closet in clear plastic containers which are all labelled by the name of the character.

8. Who teached you to craft your cosplays ? Your family ? By reading books or watching youtube tutorials ?

A mix of all. My mom taught me sewing basics but much of my skill is self taught by practice, and looking at tutorials online.

9. Which conventions are you going to this year ?

I do not have any more conventions planned for 2016 but in 2017 I plan for Pax South, Star Wars Celebration, and Pax West.

10. What is your limit budget for a cosplay ?

I don't really have a limit as long as I save my money. I don't buy all of my materials at once so the spending is gradual. It's important to not go crazy with spending!

11. Any future super secret cosplay project in mind ?

I have a really long list but I'd like to make Yennefer's alternate outfit from The Witcher 3.

12. What are you doing in "real" life for a living ?

I work in a manufacturing facility operating machines that fill bottles with fluid used in automotive maintenance.

13. You best experience from a convention ? And your worst ?

My best experiences are always spending time with my friends at cons. The worst thing was the only contest I ever entered. My pauldron fell off my shoulder on stage.

14. Any advice for cosplay wannabees or beginners ?

Watch a lot of YouTube tutorials and Google all the things ! Also don't focus on comparing yourself to others. Do your thing and have fun !

15. Do you have limits ? Some cosplays you will never make ?

Not too many limits ! If I like it, I'll make it !

Her facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/aprilgloriacosplay/

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Interview of Faythe (Germany)

December 9 2016, 22:35pm

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Here is the interview of the amazing Faythe from Germany !

1. For how long have you been in cosplay ?

I started with Cosplay at the end of December 2012. My first Convention was already in 2009 with my cousin who started cosplaying back then but the hype kinda got me 3 years later.


2. Cosplay is a time consuming hobby. how long does it take to craft your costumes ?

Hardly depends on the cosplay to be honest. While I do most of my cosplays only a few weeks before a con I work almost non-stop on them then. My two most time consuming cosplays were the Restoration Angel from Magic the Gathering and Ashura-ou from RG Veda/Tsubasa back in 2013. They took me a few months. The others were mostly build in around 2-3 weeks.

3. Any other hobby or passion besides cosplaying ?

I love playing video games as well as writing stories once in a while.

4. What materials are you using for cosplay crafting, worbla ? Foam ? Can you talk about that a little bit ?

Since I am building many wings lately my most used material are feathers and wire. But I'm also using worbla once in a while and got my hands on some pro foam now for trying it out a bit.
In the last few years there have been so many new cosplay materials coming out and I hope I will get the time and money to try out the transparent Worbla as well one day. As well as I wanna use the Black one as well but I still got one entire XL sheet of the classic one that has to be used before.

5. Do you have any FAVORITE cosplayer ?

That's a pretty hard question. I got a few favorite Cosplayer. One of them being TinYasuo Cosplay as well as Murmeltierchen Cosplay. While there are many great armor building people out there I admire people who do a lot of sewing and stitching the most and especially TinYasuo is a Master of details !

6. Did you hurt yourself while making a cosplay or in a convention ?

I kinda hurt myself almost every cosplay I make. I am a super clumsy person and I always burn myself while using the heat gun or the hot glue.

7. Do you sell your old cosplays, or just keep it in a huge closet  ?

Both. I got a really big closet that is almost only filled with all my cosplays but I also sold a few ones so far or giving them to friends for wearing at a Convention. Especially the ones I don't wear myself very often anymore.

8. Who teached you to craft your cosplays ? Your family ? By reading books or watching youtube tutorials ?

I mostly learned everything just be trying out. I am one of those persons who just always tries everything herself. But I learned the super basic stuff about how to use a sewing machine by my friend Zwillingsnadel Cosplay who does extremely cool cosplays herself as well !

9. Which conventions are you going to this year ?

This year I will only attend the Frankfurt Bookfair and the Epiccon since the year is almost over. For next year I am thinking about attending more conventions outside Germany as well.

10. What is your limit budget for a cosplay ?

I don't really have a limited budget for one cosplay. I usually try to work on one cosplay at a time. And I try to not start with a new one until the other one is finished. Since I already got some cosplays I really like to wear, I'm giving my new projects the time and money they need and if I don't make it in time for a convention, I just wear an old one again.

11. Any future super secret cosplay project in mind ?

I don't really keep my cosplay plans a secret. Next one on my list will be reworking my Morgana Cosplay from 2014. Already got the base and the new wings are finished. For next year I am not totally sure what I will cosplay yet but so far I got Eredin from the Witcher 3, a new version of Ho-Oh from Pokemon (as a comparison to how much I improved to my first one in 2013) and the Deathpact Angel from Magic the Gathering on my wishlist.

12. What are you doing in "real" life for a living ?

I am working at a logistic company.

13. Your best experience from a convention ? And your worst ?

My best experience ? I am not really sure about this one, I got a lot of great memories from conventions.. especially when I was wearing my Morgana at gamescom 2014. I still now how unsecure I was about wearing a belly free cosplay especially with all those people around. But everyone was so nice and I got so many compliments. It really helped me feeling better about Cosplaying difficult Characters ! And my worst one.. that is pretty easy I went to a convention with some people I didn't really know that well once... cause they were living close and I was asked to join them on the train. And they just forgot me at the convention. All of them turned their phones off and left me alone at the Convention ! Luckily a friend of mine took me home with her, gave me clothes and let me stay at her place.

14. Any advice for cosplay wannabees or beginners ?

Just give your best ! Never feel too unsecure about making a cosplay ! Just give it a try ! Like a friend of mine once said : ever tried, ever failed ? Try again, fail better. One of my first cosplays was one of my biggest projects so far and everything I know about sewing and stitching I learned from making this one project ! Always dream big !

15. Do you have limits ? Some cosplays you will never make ?

There are a few cosplays I feel too fat or too insecure to do yet but I don't think you can call that a limit. Cause maybe one day, I will do them anyway ! Just not yet because I know I will not be as satisfied about the outcome as I want to be ! And I still gotta learn much more ! But that's what cosplay is about for me, always giving your best, always learning new stuff and having so many people around who inspire me and maybe a few that I inspire as well.

Her facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/FaytheCosplay/

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Interview of Rowan Rayne (USA)

December 9 2016, 21:29pm

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Here comes the interview of the beautiful Rowan Rayne from Detroit in the USA !

1. For how long have you been in cosplay ?

I have been cosplaying for 4 years now, but before cosplay I made costumes for Halloween for about 7 years. That is really what got me into cosplay.

2. Cosplay is a time consuming hobby. how long does it take to craft your costumes ?

Yes it is ! Very time consuming. I usually make 3 costumes a year, and all three normally take me about 6 months to complete. I usually take a break in the summer but when the days start getting colder I usually being working on my costumes inside.

3. Any other hobby or passion besides cosplaying ?

I am a weightlifter so I spend a lot of time in the gym, usually several hours a day. I never really enjoyed working out for most of my life until I got into weightlifting. It's a great hobby, and I feel great since I have started.

4. What materials are you using for cosplay crafting, worbla ? Foam ? Can you talk about that a little bit ?

So I have always been mainly a sewer when it comes to cosplay. Last year I made my very first cosplay that didn't require sewing, Deathstroke. I made the armor out of foam. I love working with foam. I usually will go on Amazon or Ebay and search for yoga mats, I have found them to actually work really well for foam armor, especially as I personally, as a woman, prefer my armor to be less bulky looking than say an Iron Man suit. It cuts really well with a heat knife and I have found sticking it in the oven is the easiest way to heat it up. If you are working on a very small piece, a heat gun works well, but for large body pieces, the only thing that has worked for me to get the entire area hot enough to mold has been sticking it in my oven. I would suggest wearing a mask while you do it, it smells awful and I am sure the fumes are bad for you. I have tried using worbla in the past and I unfortunately could not figure out how to work with it, and it was just too expensive to keep trying and testing.

5. Do you have any FAVORITE cosplayer ?

That is so tough, there are so many good cosplayers. One of my absolute favorites, though is Dominique Skye. Not only are her costumes incredible, she is gorgeous, she make's her daughter matching costumes and she is a firecracker on social media. I follow all of her posts and she is always spot on with what she says and never fails to get a giggle out of me.

6. Did you hurt yourself while making a cosplay or in a convention ?

I have never SERIOUSLY injured myself making a cosplay but I have stepped on a LOT of needles over the year. I have also burned myself many times with either the heat gun or hot glue gun. I have made the mistake of rushing things and trying to hot glue pieces of my cosplays while I am wearing them and have burned my neck, arms, chest several times. I still have a couple hot glue scars haha.

7. Do you sell your old cosplays, or just keep it in a huge closet ?

I keep a HUGE closet ! I am actually moving next year and the most important thing to me is finding a home with a large spare room just for cosplay, both for creating them and storing them. I keep all of the ones I have made, but usually only wear them once or twice.

8. Who teached you to craft your cosplays ? Your family ? By reading books or watching youtube tutorials ?

That is an interesting question. I really never had any assistance. I think it was mostly a process of trial and error with me. I saw something I liked and then I tried a thousand times until I figured out a way to make it work. I will look at youtube videos sometimes for hints or tricks to working with certain materials.

9. Which conventions are you going to this year ?

So in May I went to our biggest local con here in Metro Detroit which is Motor City Comic Con. I am going to another local convention in November, Youmacon. In 2017 I am hoping to make it to Chicago for C2E2 this year. I am currently saving to purchase a house so I am trying to stay as close to home as I can.

10. What is your limit budget for a cosplay ?

I say that I am trying to save for a home so admitting my budget is really embarrassing. I probably spend close to $1000.00 a year on cosplay related supplies, but that usually covers 3 costumes, so I guess it's about $300 per costume.

11. Any future super secret cosplay project in mind ?

I am usually not super secretive about my costumes, I like posting progress updates on my blog and photos. I currently am working on She-Hulk and Lady Death for next year. The Lady Death cape is being a huge thorn in my side. Fingers crossed I can get it worked out. I will say I have been considering doing a gender bent Iron Fist as well. Nothing in the works for that but I may give it a shot.

12. What are you doing in "real" life for a living ?

I have been an executive legal assistant in a law firm for over 7 years now. I essentially work for the CEO of the firm as his assistant.

13. You best experience from a convention ? And your worst ?

I think some of my favorite memories have been meeting some of my actor idols at conventions. I met James Marsters who plays Spike on Buffy and Manu Bennett who plays Deathstroke on Arrow and both experiences were super amazing. The celebs I have come into contact with have just been so nice. I also just really enjoy hanging out with my friends at the con. My best friend and I usually cosplay together as coinciding characters and it is the most fun time of the year. As for worst ? I haven't had that many bad experiences with cosplay, thankfully. I guess my worst was once at a convention where I was cosplaying Black Canary and a guy came up and fought with me over who I was cosplaying and told me I wasn't Canary, I was Black Cat. He was super super rude, and hell, I made the costume, I studied the character, haha, I know the difference. He was super rude and condescending. That was probably the worst con experience.

14. Any advice for cosplay wannabees or beginners ?

Sure ! I think the most important thing is to remember this is a hobby and it is meant to have fun. Try not to get too caught up in making sure everything is perfect and second guessing all your choices and just do what you love and have fun with it ! I know a lot of people get super nervous cosplaying certain characters and they worry about if they can pull off the character. Guess what ? You can ! Any character you want. Cosplay is an amazing hobby that is so much fun ! You get to be whoever you want and never let anyone tell you otherwise. You won't regret taking the plunge.

15. Do you have limits ? Some cosplays you will never make ? 

This is something I actually haven't given too much thought to, so I am glad you asked. I like to think that I know my way around limits. There are definitely things I am not great with, such as prop construction, but I either try to do it myself as best I can, or I commission things. I will say, after wearing Deathstroke all day at a convention, I probably wouldn't do a full armored costume ever again, because I was actually sick at the end of the day because I was so overheated. I try not to think in limitations when it comes to stuff that is too hard, like I said, I would rather think up a way around it and a way to make my cosplay work, one way or another.

Her facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/RowanRayne/

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