Cosplayer Interview with Dessi-Desu

Chobits Freya Cosplay

Dessi-Desu shows us a vivid the Legend of Dragoon Meru cosplay days ago. We are lucky to get the chance to know more about this cosplay talent. Thanks so much, Dessi-Desu, for accepting the interview :D!

1. Since cosplay becomes more and more popular, how do you think about the good things and also bad things on this performance art?

I think the good and the bad goes hand in hand with this hobby. As the cosplay scene advances, we also gain a couple negative facets. For example, it is pretty wild to see how far documenting cosplay has come. Now, having cosplays documented in beautiful photos is highly accessible and we even have cosplay documented in videos. Unfortunately, with these artistic advancements, I see people becoming increasingly hard on cosplayers. It’s not unusual to see people refer to cosplayers as models and to see people critique someone’s facial expression or pose, rather than the actual costume. While being photogenic and having good skills in front of the camera may be a plus, people should remember that the costume is a major facet of cosplay. However, I do not wish to just highlight the negatives of this craft. Cosplay is also much more accessible for everyone, now. Seasoned cosplayers, who are kind enough to post tutorials online, make it much easier for beginners in their cosplay endeavors. Years ago, such tutorials did not exist, so people had to experiment a great deal to perfect costume making techniques.

Batman Catwoman Cosplay

2. Do you consider yourself a “cosplayer” year round, or only when participating in certain activities?

Haha, once I started cosplaying, it basically became a bit of a lifestyle for me, so I definitely consider myself a cosplayer year round. I’m constantly inspired by new character designs and series, I happen to come across. I also plan and begin work on my costumes months in advance, before a convention.

3. Going to a venue with many people to watch you in costume and simply taking a photograph, which one is more meaningful?

This is a hard question for me. The reactions and positive feedback I receive from fans in person is definitely very special to me. For example, Legend of Dragoon cosplay is very rare to see, so wearing Meru to a convention is always very rewarding for me because fans of the game do genuinely appreciate seeing a cosplayer from Legend of Dragoon. On the other hand, the photography aspect is also very important to me. It’s a documentation of my craft, which allows me to share my work online. I think I might have to go with photography because it allows for my costume to reach more people, who may also happen to be fans of the game or series I am cosplaying from.

Velvet Princess of Valentine Cosplay

4. Is the creation of the costume or characters more valuable than the actual acting or vice versa, or is it a mix? As well, how much of the do-it-yourself mentality is admired? If someone just bought their whole costume, are they still a true cosplayer?

I come from a very artistic background, so I do place a lot of emphasis on the craftsmanship of my costumes, rather than the acting aspect of cosplay. I’m always scouring the net for new techniques, so that I can continue to improve. I also don’t participate in masquerade because I am a bit on the shy side; however, I definitely still appreciate those, who are brave enough to bring their work to life in front of a large group of people. This is probably another reason why I enjoy the photography aspect of cosplay so much. It’s great for people, who may decide performances aren’t their strength. It’s much less intimidating to bring the character you’re cosplaying to life in front of one person, rather than a large group, while on stage. A major component of cosplay is an appreciation for a character or series, so I wouldn’t say someone wearing a bought costume isn’t cosplaying, but I would definitely say it’s important for people to still consider the option of making a costume, in order to preserve the crafting aspect of cosplay.

Final Fantasy IV Rydia of the Mist Cosplay

5. Do you have one piece of advice that you would give to cosplay virgins?

Please, be sure to not take this hobby so seriously that you cannot enjoy it or that people at conventions can’t enjoy being around you. It’s okay to be proud of what you do, but being humble and personable is much more attractive than arrogance. Remember to have fun!

6. Which contest theme do you mostly want to see at Miccostumes.com?

I think the seasonal contest themes are a wonderful idea. I noticed you had a Valentine’s Day theme, recently. Themes like that are nice because they are broad enough, so a lot more people can have the opportunity to participate.

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Cosplayer Interview with Korixxkairi

Todadora! Taiga Cosplay

As promised, we are grateful since Korixxkairi accepts our interview – a chance letting us know more about her. To know her cosplay experience, browse through what’s shared below now.

1. Since cosplay becomes more and more popular, how do you think about the good things and also bad things on this performance art?

The good things – we can found other coser who love this character same to me , we can chat , discuss , talk about this. We can find many friends maybe best friends or become boyfriend. (like me xD) who love something likes you. It can make you to be Assertive person . I really afraid of the camera but now I smile on it with careless haha-. You can find what to you want from your life~ why are you was born~. Yes for find myself to love cosplay. This made me know Yuegene Fay , the most idol of my coser. Yes she is from Thailand too and I really love her so much >W<

The bad thing – I think it’s only one from me -cannot saved the money in your pocket xD

Portrait Minnie Mouse

2. Do you consider yourself a “cosplayer” year round, or only when participating in certain activities?

– I cosplay for myself not for anyone or some contest, there are many contest in Thailand but I don’t interest thing on it so much. I watch anime for long time ago and I just a little otaku girl who love to watch anime all of your life. When I watch, I love , I like her so I want to be like her.

3. Going to a venue with many people to watch you in costume and simply taking a photograph, which one is more meaningful?

I love simply taking a photograph more than other one because it’s a private event where you can take photo whatever you like what style and if you know the photographer well ,it’ll be for comfortable when you chat with them . No shy ~

Guilty crown Inori bikini II

4. Is the creation of the costume or characters more valuable than the actual acting or vice versa, or is it a mix? As well, how much of the do-it-yourself mentality is admired? If someone just bought their whole costume, are they still a true cosplayer?

I think I am the one with them because I cannot make some beautiful costume [I’m bad with these things] so if you make it but someone tell you that it was awful so how you feel? If you bought beautiful costumes but you paid the money for them not just borrow your friends. I think it fair for them.

5. Do you have one piece of advice that you would give to cosplay virgins?

Ummm…. first you have to watch or play the thing that you want to cosplay. Not something like, you saw it and it cute you want to cosplay it. That’s not nice. Second try to don’t make problem with your parents talk to them and discuss with them about cosplay. I know every parents love you but care you and they think it useless for cosplay. So you have to find money all by yourself not ask your parents .

Portrait Maid

6. Which contest theme do you mostly want to see at Miccostumes.com?

Wow , you are going to have a contest~ let me thinks…. I thought the anime theme or game or movie are all the theme is this contest The best who will win must have these thing high qualition of the picture, nice shot , and in the nice location something like that.. But in this time we saw many cosplay contest vote in internet if you got high vote so you win. I think it’s not fair if you have many friends they will vote you, right? But if the real perfect one don’t have much social friends so he/she lose. [just my opinion haha xD]

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Hatsune Miku – Singer in a Box

(concept) illustration by KEI
Hatsune Miku - illustration by KEI

From Ninja, to Pirates to Sailor Moon, where is our adventure of to next. What the heck does he mean by the title? Miku is not a Singer in a box, what craziness is this.

Well, I decided to find the roots of one of the most famous non-living Singers in the world. Little did I know that this was not all that it seemed. This lovely lady – Hatsune Miku – actually started out as a simple Singing Synthesizer. It was later development into a software called Vocaloid. This is where we get the name of ‘Singer in a Box’. Not only was it produced in Japanese and English, but you can now get it in Korean, Chinese and Spanish.

Vocaloid Group
Vocaloid Group

What was cool with this was that a new character was created for each version. They just didn’t stop at one Vocaloid, but decided to set out to form a diverse group of them. I think this was a smart call as it really showcases the way you can market a product without that much capital. Seriously, so many people have fell in love with these characters, that it just makes one of the greatest promotional series. If you want, you should check out the numerous figures that have been designed and sold of them. Even I want the VN2 version figure so I can start at it’s awesomeness.

Why the heck is Miku sometimes pictured holding a LEEK and carry it around for that matter. Why would this vegetable (sort of spring onion on steroids) be such a draw for this character. I guess it is to whack all the fanboys away from her – LOL.

Now lets not leave out cosplay of Hatsune Miku which has exploded across the conventions. I think this is one character that anyone who saw it would recognize her immediately. You can even check out a great blog review right here of Gloria (Sweet Angel) showcasing one of the many cosplays you can find here.

What’s up for the next blog form yours truely, well lets just say my son will be helping me as you ‘Gotta Catch them All“.

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Cosplayer Interview with Meltingmirror

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Feeling fascinated about her Styria cosplay, we invite this cosplay talent to our interview. This is Meltingmirror. You may be inspired by what she shares below ;). Let’s begin.

1. Introduce yourself first of all.

Hi, I’m Meltingmirror, a Canadian cosplayer who has been making costumes for over 7 years. Cosplaying allows me to challenge myself every year by choosing costumes that forces me to learn new techniques. Interacting with cosplayers at conventions and online is another hobby of mine, and I especially like helping others solve their cosplay construction problems. Besides costume making, I am a student wrapping up my graduate studies.

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2. It’s believed everybody is curious about how you succeeded to make your Styria cosplay costume. And would you like to make a simple introduction on this costume?

Styria was by far the hardest costume I have ever made since it required that I learn how to draft armour patterns and to experiment and improvise with new materials like Wonderflex and friendly plastic. I worked on it on and off for several months spending many hours on it. I have only worn it once and it is very uncomfortable to wear.

A lot of time was spent drafting patterns and designs to get it just right then getting them to fit snugly. I made a basic jumpsuit in action wear as a base for the costume and attached navy pleather for the top. The wings are gold painted pleather with a wire frame to make them stand up.

The armour pieces are mostly made with styrene and lined with foam (camping/yoga mats) and spray painted. The seat is made entirely of foam and shaped with wire then hand painted. The feet are made with styrene and plastic bottles.

Wonderflex was used to make the claws and all small detailing were made of regular and light sculpey. All the chains on the headdress was made by hand then spray painted gold.

The wheel is foam with spokes made of wire, straws, and pixie sticks.

The headdress is held on by one black strap under the face.

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3. Is Styria cosplay your favorite cosplay work? How did you get the inspiration of doing this cosplay and also the costume?

Styria is my most impressive costume but not my favourite, because it was very uncomfortable to wear and I had to rush to finish it in time for a convention. My neck was very sore at the end of the day and it is hard to enjoy a convention in a costume like that because your movements are confined.

My cosplay friend Kudrel came up with the idea to cosplay the Shiva sisters. At first I thought she was crazy, but I warmed up to the idea because I liked the challenge and I wanted to test my skills. There were many times that I doubted whether I could make this costume a reality but I persevered and got it done.

My favourite costume, at the moment, is my Tia Dalma cosplay from Pirates of the Caribbean because it turned out to be an accurate representation and she is a fun character to play. There is something about playing a creepy character that is especially entertaining. Maybe I just like flashing my black teeth at people and getting surprised look.

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4. Do you make your costume or buy them?

Making costumes from beginning to end makes me more emotionally attached to them. I make all my costumes from scratch and occasionally I use items from my closet. There is a great feeling of accomplishment when completing a costume and whenever I do not have a hand in every aspect of the costume-making process I feel off.

5. After finishing a costume, do you wear it to a venue to be watched by many people or do you simply take photographs? Which one feels more meaningful?

I usually make a costume with a convention in mind. The convention experience where people recognize your character, talk to you, hug you and take your photo is very flattering and I always look forward to it. However, I often gravitate towards costumes from lesser known series which means less people approach you. I also attend conventions with photoshoots in mind, my goal is to always have some photos I could use by the time the weekend is over.

I am becoming fonder of photos and photoshoots because you get to be the character in an appropriate setting. You get to see yourself as the character and you can easily experience the moment over and over again by looking at the photo. Online feedback is less personal than in person but I still find it rewarding.

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6. When did you first cosplay? Have you ever met some difficulties while cosplaying?

My first cosplay experience was at a local convention that was in its first year. I decided to cosplay as Oruha from Clover, since we had the same curly hairstyle. The costume was a combination of plain clothes and fabric, it was quite disastrous. I had a great time at the convention and decided to attend the next year and the following. I was hooked.

There weren’t many difficulties when putting together that first costume since I managed to do it without sewing; however, learning how to sew and how pieces go together while drafting patterns was difficult to learn.

7. Since you are gifted in this performance art ;), is there any advice for cosplay beginners?

Understand the strengths that you have and use those to your advantage when cosplaying. Once you know your strength; be it woodworking, painting, sculpting, wig styling, etc; look for a costume that will help you showcase it. However, keep in mind your weaknesses, so that you have an opportunity to work on improving them.

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8. Do you always go to cosplay conventions and take photos there? Which is your favorite cosplay photo and why?

I think conventions are a great opportunity to get photos of various costumes and with photographers you might not normally have access to.

My favourite convention photoshoot this year was with Eleventh Photograph at Youmacon 2011. We got some nice action shots of my Yoruichi Cosplay where I am jumping, kicking and punching, which suited her character very well. It was a good workout too.

9. What do you think are the good and bad aspects of cosplay?

I find this hobby has allowed me to meet a lot new people and make more friends than I could imagine. There are so many skills that I have learned that can be used in everyday life. I am now the go-to person in my family for any sewing related repairs.

It can get frustrating at times when a costume is not coming together as planned. It is best to just step back, relax and tackle it another time rather than makes mistakes you might regret.

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10. Are you interested in any cosplay contest? Since we are also holding some cosplay or other themed contests in each month, which motif do you mostly want to see?

I like contests and enter them regularly. I think there should be more contests for some over looked cosplay categories like original costumes or interpretive costumes like Giginka’s. These costumes have just as much and sometimes even more effort put into them since the cosplayers have to come up with the design themselves. I can really appreciate the hard work even though I have yet to make an original costume for myself.

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Cosplayer Interview with DenikaKiomi

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The talented girl, showing us the breathtaking Pandora Hearts Sharon Rainsworth cosplay, accepts our interview today. Thanks, DenikaKiomi ;)!

1. Since cosplay becomes more and more popular, how do you think about the good things and also bad things on this performance art?

Cosplay as any art takes a toll. It’s a bad thing. Cosplay needs a lot of money, time and nerves. But it has also a good side. You turn into the character, understand his world and act as in theatre. You live another life.

2. Do you consider yourself a “cosplayer” year round, or only when participating in certain activities?

I think myself a cosplayer all the year as I make all the costumes by myself and this work reminded me constantly who I am ^^.

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3. Going to a venue with many people to watch you in costume and simply taking a photograph, which one is more meaningful?

I like more venues with lots of people. They can appreciate your work seeing de visu. It can’t be conveyed by a photo.

4. Is the creation of the costume or characters more valuable than the actual acting or vice versa, or is it a mix? As well, how much of the do-it-yourself mentality is admired? If someone just bought their whole costume, are they still a true cosplayer?

I think they are the parts of the work. You make a costume, then perform. I can’t single out one thing. You can cosplay once, but in such a way that you will be remembered forever. I think that those who buy costumes are not cosplayers. I can’t understand their idea. How can you call a costume yours if you haven’t done a thing in it? *–*

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5. Do you have one piece of advice that you would give to cosplay virgins?

Yes, I have. But I have a lot of advice. However, if you ask just one, I want to say that the important thing is to listen to your heart and believe in yourselves.

6. Which contest theme do you mostly want to see at Miccostumes.com?

Mostly I want to see the contests on Final Fantasy. These are my favorite games. I didn’t cosplay on the final fantasy, and I’d love to see pictures of the participants.

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