cosplayer interview

My friend tagged me on this picture of Lestat and Louis from Sender and Zihark and as a cosplayer myself, can I say I have NEVER seen as many vampire chronicles cosplays in such a few times xD ?!?!
I cannot wait to see how it will be after the TV show release~
#vampireapocalypse

//Okay, so a month ago I came upon some other Dutch VC fans on the interwebz. And we met up yesterday for the first time and then this happened. We also had a Lestat later in the day and the photoshoot we did is in progress. So stay tuned for more because it was insane.

Claudia: Me
Armand: @frankenland
Louis: @aph–lietuva

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Our Louis and Lestat cosplays
Louis: @maliceineverland
Lestat: me
Anime North was such a wonderful con and we are so happy for winning the contest in our divison, a lot of people reconized us and all the judges knew our characters and have read the books, they were so sweet.
The fandom is bigger than expected~
Our next challenge will definitly be MonChevy from Versailles

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We have an amazing interview with Dyana, founder of Plus!SizedCosplay.  Here is what we talked about.

Q. We would like to know more about you, please introduce yourself! (name/nickname, age, hometown/area where you currently live).


A. Hello there! My name is Dyana, but some of my friends call me Cake. You are welcomed to call me whatever you want- I love getting nicknames! I’m 18, I live in Tulsa, Oklahoma here in the States. I’ve lived in Tulsa my whole life, but I’m hoping to travel soon.


Q. For you, what is the meaning of cosplay? How long have you been practicing this hobby?


A. The meaning of cosplay to me is self expression, being yourself- as weird as that sounds, because you’re dressed like someone else! It’s about showcasing your talent, your abilities, things of that source. It’s a great way to make friends, and most importantly, it’s about having fun! You really get a chance to be someone else- and that may help you come out of your shell, if you’re shy, or it may give you a great confidence boost with all the compliments you get on your cosplay. It’s just overall… so fun and enjoyable. I started cosplaying in early 2009, I first cosplayed as an “anime school girl” for a Halloween party at school, then I cosplayed Gerard Way from My Chemical Romance for another Halloween event. My first convention was Defcon8 here in Tulsa- it was so long ago, the convention doesn’t even exist anymore! For that convention, I cosplayed L from Death Note. It was a very beginner cosplay and I had A LOT of fun wearing it and attending the convention in it. 2009-2010 I kind of took a break from cosplaying- I didn’t have a lot of money and was going through some hard times in my life- although I did attend Tokyo in Tulsa 2010 (out of cosplay.) In 2011 I attended IzumiCon in Midwest City, Oklahoma and began cosplaying again- debuting my John Egbert (Homestuck) cosplay. That convention was AMAZING- and I must say a big thank you to my friend Kayla for getting me back into cosplay.

Q. How many costumes have you done? Which of your cosplays is/are your favorite/favorites?


A. Oh lord! I have done close to 30 cosplays- including my casual/closet ones. One of my favourite cosplays to wear was Russia from Hetalia, which has since been retired, but in the near future I do plan on re-making the cosplay and improving on that one. Another cosplay that was just pure fun to wear was my Data (Star Trek: Next Generation) cosplay. I got a lot of pictures taken as Data and tons of people loved the cosplay and even ‘fangirled’ over it! It made me feel amazing when people told me they liked my Data cosplay. Pinkie Pie (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic) was also fun to wear- and not to mention, very comfortable to wear! It’s so hard to choose which cosplay was my favourite- because honestly, I think they all are my favourite.

Q. Which is the character you have cosplayed that is most similar to you (if none that you have cosplayed, then one that you will cosplay)?

A. I think most the characters I cosplay reflect a personality aspect of me. For example, I cosplayed Pinkie Pie and she loves to make people happy, make people smile, and overall bring fun to any situation and I think I’m like that, quite a bit actually. I love making my friends happy, doing good deeds for people, just the small things that brighten people’s day. I cosplayed Sherlock Holmes (from the BBC Series) too, and I think I’m like him in the sense that I’m a little strange, quiet, clever and sarcastic. Overall, I really think that the most similar to me that I cosplay/cosplayed is/was Mako Mankanshoku from Kill La Kill. She LOVES food- sushi, croquettes, rice balls- which happen to be all my favourite foods! She is silly, adorable, loves, cares and would do anything to help her friends and family.


Q. Could you tell us what is your dream cosplay?

A. I have SO many dream cosplays! I really, REALLY want to cosplay Princess Peach (Mario series), Fat Princess, Ira Gamagoori (Kill La Kill), Jenkestsu!Satsuki (Kill La Kill), Worf (Star Trek: Next Generation)… and many, MANY more. I know I will be cosplaying for the rest of my life.

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What events do you visit in Cosplay? Have you won any cosplay awards in these events?

A. I go to all kinds of conventions, meet ups, photoshoots, gatherings, things like that. I attend all the conventions that are held in Tulsa, Oklahoma- especially Tokyo in Tulsa. I sometimes attend out of city conventions, but as for now I am sticking to local conventions. Hopefully this year, I will be attending ACEN (Anime Central) in Chicago. I have not won any awards yet for my cosplays because I really don’t enter them in contests or anything.

Q. What is your best cosplay memory?

A. This one is a tough one… I’ve had lots and lots of amazing memories over the years in cosplay and attending conventions- but something happened recently that is now my favourite memory regarding cosplay and conventions. Recently, I attended Tokyo in Tulsa 2014 and held my Plus Size Cosplay panel- a little over 60 people attended and it was absolutely fantastic. It went so great, everyone loved it and I even made some new friends- a lot of people even recognized me from my Facebook page- which was exciting! After the panel I stayed a little bit to talk to everyone, people thanked me, complimented my cosplay, and then I walked out shortly after once everyone was finished talking. An older women approached me, she had tears in her eyes and told me that she just wanted to thank me for having this panel. She then told me that her daughter has been hating her body, being afraid to cosplay because of her weight, and hating clothing shopping because of her size. This made me infinitely sad and made me want to talk to the daughter, give her a big hug and tell her she was absolutely perfect. The lady kept talking and I kept listening, she told me that her daughter had found my panel and Facebook page and had been no longer afraid to cosplay because of her body, she was happier, she was more outgoing, and trying to love her body just how it was each and everyday. At this point, there were tears in my eyes as well and I had to keep wiping them away. It was so inspiring to me, I felt like I had truly made a change and difference in someone’s life and how they view themselves in a positive way. She told me that people, especially girls need to hear positive weight representation in the media, cosplay world, and the real world- how important it was that I keep hosting this panel so that the world will spread and more people will be accepting and loving of their bodies. I gave her a big hug and told her my thanks and appreciation. That meant SO much to me- and it will always mean so much to me.

Q. While on the subject of your page, please tell us more about you Facebook page, what drove you to take this initiative?

A. It’s a page for plus sized cosplayers! We have little giveaways, shout outs, features, show cases, contests- and most importantly a positive outlet for plus sized cosplayers to show their talents! I felt that plus sized people needed a positive support place to feel welcomed, accepted and comfortable showing off their awesome cosplays!

Q. How people reacted? Did you receive support for your page?

A. Well, I think the page is doing pretty well. Everyone seems to love it, support it, share it all around- and we’ve received NO hate for it! I am so happy that everyone loves and supports it.

Q. Do you have a memorable story related to your page?

A. Not really one in particular… But we have over 2,000 likes and keep climbing- so that’s pretty memorable!

Q. There’s a lot of controversy around the topic of physical similitude between cosplayer and character, what’s your take on this matter?

A. Cosplay who you want. If you want to cosplay big characters and you’re skinny- COSPLAY BIG CHARACTERS! If you’re big and want to cosplay skinny characters- COSPLAY SKINNY CHARACTERS! Cosplay who you want, as long as you’re comfortable and having fun- that’s really all that matters!

Q. Do you think there’s discrimination or bullying in this subculture?

A. Unfortunately, yes, there is. I’ve experienced myself- especially while wearing and posting pictures of my BBC Sherlock cosplay. People saying “Sherlock isn’t fat! You look disgusting” and saying things worse than that, this took place on my personal Tumblr. I’m not entirely sure why people care what my weight is and how I look in a cosplay- I’m going to cosplay who I want to cosplay and not let the people who say crappy things about it bring me down.

Q. If you think there is, what makes you continue doing cosplays?

A. I continue to do cosplay because I want to cosplay. I love it, it’s my true passion and I don’t think anything could make me stop. I want to change the way people see cosplayers. I want everyone to see cosplayers as beautiful, talented and looking great in their cosplays no matter what.


Q. What would you tell the new generation of cosplayers?What positive advice would you like to give to those who don’t dare cosplaying their favorite characters because of their love handles?


A.  Be bold. Cosplay who you want to cosplay and don’t give a rat’s half if people give you crap about it- because whoever you are cosplaying, you will look fantastic, beautiful and stunning in that cosplay. As long as you’re having fun and enjoying yourself- you’re doing it right

anonymous asked:

@Sheila: i swear I saw you on tv here in Germany. It was about Carrie fisher's death (may the force be with her <3) and how her fans paid tribute to her at the walk of fame. Some cosplayers got interviewed - was that you as Rey?

That was actually! We got invited as reps from Character Masters and the Chinese Theatre to come out and pay tribute. We had family from our Star Wars group on discord help pay for flowers and a card. It was extremely touching. And it’s thanks to the guys out there people had a space to share their feelings, memories, and more. 

The Walk of Fame representatives were extremely kind about it, and Madam Toussard provided the ropes. And fans from everywhere came out to add trinkets, roses, dolls and more. Carrie has obviously touched so many. Star Wars and beyond. 

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Calling All Cosplayers

First of all a big thank-you for your help! :)

The radio documentary is basically a little history of Cosplay/wearing costumes for fun; interviews about people’s experiences/what they like best about cosplay; vox pop’s saying whether they prefer to buy or DIY their costumes (and why); and finally any tips or advice they’d have for beginners/people wanting to get into cosplay.

My script gets approved at the end of this month; so I’d have the whole of February and hopefully the first few weeks of March to collect recorded stuff and stick it together. :)

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Hey Fanatics! This cool person needs cosplayers to interview for her final 

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I definitely know I have cosplayers who follow my blog yo, so ya put two n two together…..and etc..

so 

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reblog this post, like this post, and or send it to any cosplayer you know who might be interested 

and like click that there link up thar

like now

please

seriously

thanks

remember that thing from years ago where some reporter was interviewing cosplayers at some con and they asked a homestuck cosplayer who they were and they said they were eridan ampora so the reporter thought all the other troll cosplayers were all eridan and there was like an article w/ a photo of a large crowd from afar like “hundreds of eridan amporas”

Calling all Cosplayers!

Hey guys, I’m currently taking a “Gender, Art, and Society” class at my college, and for my final paper I’m writing about cosplay and how it can pertain to feminism.  If it goes well, I have plans on extending it to be a more in-depth study in my free time.  In order to make this the best paper possible, I have been interviewing cosplayers that I know and at a local convention this last week.  Now I’m reaching out to the wider cosplay community.

The questions I have are as follows:

  1. Do body types, gender, or appearance matter in cosplay?  What about ethnicity?
  2. Do you have a “cosplayer alias”
  3. When cosplaying, do you try to assume the personality of your character?
  4. How have your activities as a cosplayer impacted your normal life?
  5. Have you ever had any negative experiences as a cosplayer?  What were they?
  6. What is the most positive experience you’ve had as a cosplayer?
  7. Any other comments? 

I would love to have as many answers as possible to help make the most informed paper I can.  If you want to inbox the answers to me, you can do that here, otherwise reply or reblog this post and I’ll see it.

Even if you don’t cosplay, I would appreciate even a signal boost.  Don’t feel restricted to stick to the questions either, if there’s anything you want to add, go ahead!

Thank you so much guys!