Q: What has been your favourite cosplay?
Probably Dan Hibiki, as it was the first costume I felt I had
perfected and raised my confidence in cosplay. Since I first wore
it to the October 2008
MCM London Expo,
I have not only worn the costume to Expos or cons, I have also been in
costume at card game events and video game events. Nearly two
years down the line, I still have the costume and have only just begun
wearing the Alternate costume as seen in Street Fighter IV.
I assume that I am the only person who has done the alternate costume to
At a very close second, is my Wario costume (the Super Smash
Bros Brawl one), as people loved seeing it at October 08's MCM
London Expo. Not only that, everyone said I had perfected the
character not only in costume but in voice and actions as well. "WA-HAHA!"
Q: Most memorable moment whilst cosplaying?
Probably getting so much
attention as Wario, then the performance at AyaCon
09 as Dan. I wore the costume on the
Sunday, while a Street Fighter IV tournament
was being held in the video games room. I
think I gathered more attention at that tournament
than Guest of Honour and voice actor of Fei Long,
Matthew Mercer, who was also playing (as Fei Long)!
Q: Have you had any cosplays go wrong/encountered problems
whilst making cosplays?
I think the worst
cosplay I ever did was Siegfried from Soul
Calibur III at May 08's
MCM London Expo. I had made the costume at
the last minute, so I bought a cheap plastic suit of
armour, and quickly made a cardboard sword (which
was the only part that actually looked good).
My friend had done the opposite with his Nightmare
costume, spending over 6 months making it out of
mod-rock and finding out on the day that it was very
Q: Have you ever regretted cosplaying?
Shortly after the above
incident, I had heavy doubts about cosplaying again.
But those doubts turned into determination that I
would learn my lesson and always do my best at a
costume in the future. Thus I made my Dan
Hibiki costume, and a Saikyo legend was born.
Q: Have you ever done group cosplay? If so how did you find
The first time I had done an intended group cosplay was with my
friend, who organised a group at the May 09
MCM London Expo
for the Anime/Manga
Sgt. Frog (a.k.a. Keroro Gunsou). I cosplayed as a
human version of Tamama, in a karate gi and a T-Shirt emblazoned with
Tamama's symbol. We had so much fun outside messing around and
doing photoshoots, we didn't actually enter the building until we
entered the Masquerade! Doing the group allowed me to get to know
other cosplayers, and found out they're awesome to hang around with too!
In October 09's MCM
London Expo, I will be part of a huge Street Fighter group as my
main man Dan Hibiki, and once again will be wearing the padding for the
alternate costume. There's still time to join in on the
Q: What cosplays are you planning?
Well, I'm in the process of making a personal costume
of my avatar on the MMO MapleStory, who wears a Super Saiyan wig
and tail, and armed with a nodachi and a snowflake shield. I'm
stuck for ideas for my second cosplay on Sunday at the October 09
MCM London Expo,
I want to do a character from Gurren Lagann but just wondering
who to do.
Q: Do you have a dream cosplay?
It's been done at May 09
MCM London Expo,
but I would LOVE to cosplay as a Gyarados from Pokemon, in the
style of a Chinese dragon. There's this one guy who's making a
collection of Pokemon cosplay pictures, so I'd love to help him
Q: Do you have one piece of advice that
you would give to cosplay virgins?
Heh, "One Piece". Sure that wasn't a pun? Anyways, there
are 3 important rules I follow when making a costume:
1) Has been mentioned enough already, but put as much effort into your
costume as you can. Sure enough you can buy one online, but people
appreciate your hard work when you do it yourself because it's unique.
Also give yourself enough time for your effort, in case anything goes
2) Be original. Nobody remembers you if you cosplay as "Naruto
character number 7513" or "L number 63856293" because there's just too
many of them! People love to see characters who aren't often
cosplayed, and in fact you might be surprised how many notice who you
3) Get into and stay in character. Now you don't have to go to
extremes, such as "My character smokes so I'll take up smoking!", I'm
talking about the way your character acts. If they're cute and lovely,
be cute and lovely! If they're a loudmouth, let everyone know who
you are! It also helps if you're good at projecting your voice.
I'm still recovering from a sore throat after
Q: Do you have an account with the website
Cosplay Island/other social networking sites?
If you're browsing around and you find the name Son Gopaul (with or
without the space), it's going to be me. I'm on Cosplay Island
and the MCM Expo forums, to mention a couple.
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