Q: Most memorable moment whilst cosplaying?
Ha. I've not told my friends
this but a couple of years ago a friend and I
dressed up as Sailor Moon and Sailor Mars (both
Sailor Moon - ed.) and went on pub crawl
on a busy summer day in London. Towards the
end of the night we ended up in a gay bar.
Turned out they were hosting a drag queen event and
we won! We were well chuffed.
Q: Have you had any cosplays go wrong/encountered problems
whilst making cosplays?
Oh yes. My most
recent cosplay mishap was with my Batman of the
Future cosplay at the
MCM London Expo. In the morning the zip
broke on the mask which couldn't really be fixed
unless I unstitched the top of it and my 'Batbelt'
kept falling apart, so we had to rebuild it in the
masquerade queue. Luckily my friend Mart used
his superior brain and managed to fix both problems
without much effort.
Q: Have you ever regretted cosplaying?
I honestly have.
It's weird to start a hobby only to be filled with
self-doubt, whether it's about your costumes or your
physique. There's a level of showmanship and
professionalism that I didn't feel I could match,
but after aking these concerns to my friends they
simply told me that cosplay is meant to be fun.
I've taken their advice and not looked back since.
Q: Have you ever done group cosplay? If so how did you find
I can't really say that I've been in a big group before, I've
always done characters as a pair.
When I did Gino for the
Amecon ball in 2008 I had my friend cosplay Suzaku in the same
uniform and recently at the MCM Expo my friend Mart cosplayed as
Nightwing to accompany my Batman. Although I believe
Ayacon will be a
learning curve for big group cosplays as I'm part of the Guilty Gear
group that the
Animé Club guys have been planning for what must be six years now.
Last time I checked I'm part of a 30+
Sailor Moon group too.
Q: What cosplays are you planning?
Big elaborate ones. I'm making five cosplays
between now and the end of year, Ky Kiske (Guilty Gear 2: Overture),
Ali / Allen / Eiru (Sailor Moon), Freakazoid, France (Hetalia:
Axis Powers) and Gamma (Zombie Powder). All of which
pose new challenges for me, apart from maybe Freakazoid as I'm just
going to be hot gluing things to my torso again.
Q: Do you have a dream cosplay?
Oh yes and boy it's going to be a challenge. I
hope to cosplay The Lich King from World of Warcraft. I
would ideally like to enter it into a competition, which means that to
stand a chance against some of the more competitive cosplayers it will
need to be detailed and my god does this suit of armour have detail.
I think if I started slowly I think it'll take me a full year to
complete if I neglected any future cosplays. To quote George
Broussard “It'll be done when it's done.”
Q: Do you have one piece of advice that
you would give to cosplay virgins?
Start small. I had a big
issue with choosing cosplays
that will blow peoples socks off
which left me with a conundrum,
as I have the costume making
skills of a crippled gnat.
Although that's slowly improving
as I bug my friends to share
advice and learning as I go.
Q: Do you have an account with the website
Cosplay Island/other social networking sites?
I'm on various animé/convetion forums and Cosplay Island as
Shenny, Livejournal as Zaros and of course the dreaded
Facebook as myself.
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