Q: When did you start cosplaying and how long for?
Proper cosplay, with the intention of making a character... November last year. Which means we've only been doing this 10 months, and that's scary as hell. First one I made was one Vegeta from Dragon Ball Z with a full body suit for my friend Christian. Yeah, we didn't start small. At all.
Q: What attracts you cosplay?
My first convention there was a guy there dressed as Cloud (from
Final Fantasy VII -ed), who kicked everyone's ass in the
cosplay competition (I was only in lolita then). The next
convention we were back with Vegeta again, though the bastard still won
as Vincent Valentine. So a sense of competition definitely helped
me get really into it.
Sorry, that was more about how I got into it than anything. What attracts me though is that sewing/making things is something that I'd never been able to show off like how other people who can play an instrument or do a sport can. Cosplay gives me a chance to do this, and I've made a lot of friends that way. (Though the week before the con I become a total shit and all my friends leave me alone as much as possible. I don't get much sleep during that time.)
Q: What has been your favourite cosplay?
One that I've worn myself? Ivy (from Soul Calibur - ed),
hands down. Mainly because it's the latest one I've done, and
therefore the best so far, so I feel really good in it. As for the
favourite of all time... It's got to be Vegeta worn by the delightful
Christian. Nothing beats the prince of the Saiyans, especially as
we used his actual hair for the costume. And he can do his voice.
Q: Have you had any cosplays go wrong/encountered problems whilst making cosplays?
Fell down the stairs as Ivy at Alcon. Also, every time I've preformed as her the sword has broken on me. It's not too bad a thing because people don't notice, but it really annoys me.
Q: Have you ever regretted cosplaying?
Ha! My bank account says yes! This tax year I've spent over a grand on cosplay and cosplay events. Though because I do sell costumes to my friends I'm registered as self employed, and so I can reclaim a couple hundred back from the tax man. (I work in an accountancy firm in case you didn't realise)
Also, I don't get free time. I'm the main maker of costumes, so I don't get out much. I also run a web comic and have a full time job, so that leaves no extra social life time. I'm really lucky to have friends who cosplay with me though, so they tolerate coming over my house and chatting to me while I sew and glue.
Q: Have you ever done group cosplay? If so how did you find that experience?
I always aim for group cosplay. I find that when a group of friends do different cosplays you tend to drift apart from each other during the day. Group cosplays mean that you get hauled in together for group photos (which are fun!) and you can make coherent skits up, that aren't just a bunch of your friends doing caramelldansen. Our last Skit was “Soul Calibur - The Movie” featuring Dr Eggman (from Sonic the Hedgehog -ed).
Q: What cosplays are you planning?
Next project is a big steampunk thing which could set my back by about... Another grand. (I'm on MIN WAGE GODDAMMIT). We also had something about Pokémon in mind (first ever fur suit... YAY), maybe a come back for Vegeta, something Naruto when it becomes less popular... and maybe Vash (from Trigun -ed) at some point.
Too many ideas, so little time (AND MONEY). We always like to plan cosplays around skit ideas, because there aren't many people who do skits, and sure our costumes may be awesome, but if you don't have fun and entertain people, then there's no point.
Q: Do you have a dream cosplay?
Did it. It was made of real purple leather.
Q: Do you have one piece of advice that you would give to cosplay virgins?
DO NOT TOUCH THE SATIN.
SATIN IS A BAD SHINY FABRIC THAT WILL DESTROY EVERY COSTUME YOU EVER ATTEMPT.
Q: Do you have an account with the website cosplay island?