It also has to be the mix of talents. To be successful in cosplay
you need to have so many different talents, whether it be sewing,
woodwork, metalwork, acting, dancing, singing, etc. Any and all of
these can play a part and it is fantastic to see so many people from
such a wide variety of backgrounds pulled together by a common interest!
Q: What has been your favourite cosplay?
That depends on the definition of cosplay. At this point in time,
I think my original Steampunk character, Count Louis de Theudubert from
my novel Flight of the Valkyrie is my favourite. But as this is an
original character, my backup would be Alucard from
Hellsing. Partly because his costume is so interesting, partly
because I love vampires anyway and partly because...he's insane!
Q: Most memorable moment whilst cosplaying?
That is very difficult to say!
I think it has to be taking part in the Manga
Naruto Launch cosplay competition. During
that contest, when I was cosplaying as Jiraiya, I
got to meet Kakashi's voice actor who told me my
costume was amazing. Not only that, but after
messing around on stage, I won best male and took
home some pretty decent prizes! It was amazing!
Q: Have you had any cosplays go wrong/encountered problems
whilst making cosplays?
Loads! There is always
something that goes wrong/needs redone on every
cosplay I've done. Whether it's things
breaking last minute or ideas not working...for
instance, my newest cosplay, Angeal Hewley from
Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core, I used
promotional pictures as references and made the
belt...the wrong colour to how it actually ended up
being! Which is a shame as I now have to redo
it all LOL.
Q: Have you ever regretted cosplaying?
Once or twice. It's usually
because some drama comes from it or the pressure has
gotten a little too much. But, the people I
have met through it have always brought me back in
Q: Have you ever done group cosplay? If so how did you find
Hellsing and Steampunk were both group efforts and both came off
really well. I usually dislike working in a group as it means that
you are relying on others rather than yourself. But, luckily for
me, I have worked with some fantastic cosplayers and have not had this
Q: What cosplays are you planning?
Quite a few! I am booked until next October in
fact! Amongst them are Angeal from Crisis Core as mentioned, Fu Xi
from Warriors Orochi 2 (biggest project I think), Hellboy from
Hellboy 2, Piccolo from Dragonball Z, along with the ones
that I am unsure of, like Totoro from
My Neighbour Totoro, the Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon from
Yu-Gi-Oh and Captain Bucky O'Hare (from Bucky O'Hare -
Q: Do you have a dream cosplay?
It will always be Totoro until he has been finished, but
I THINK I have got him figured out! LOL
Q: Do you have one piece of advice that
you would give to cosplay virgins?
Take it slow,
start basic and keep trying to
learn new things. Two
years ago I was unable to sew
(still have issues with it
really LOL) but now I am
experimenting with resin
casting, wonderflex, craft foam,
fosshape...and most of those
words were foreign to me last
Q: Do you have an account with the website
Cosplay island/other social networking sites?
I am on several cosplaying and social networking sites.
You can almost always find me under "sjbonnar" ^_^
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