Cosplayer Interview – Blackro

This is RoMy, also known as blackro in Deviantart. She is an amazing cosplayer from Argentina. You can find many wonderful cosplay artworks in her Deviantart or Blogger account. Let’s share his cosplay experience together!

1 What does cosplay mean to you?
Cosplay is the chance of being the character you love, it´s a hobby that involves making cloth and accessories that you always wanted to have. It´s something that makes me happy.

2. What’s your first cosplay?
My first cosplay was Sakura card Captor a cover form the manga

3. Your family support your cosplay?
At first they don´t, but later they get used to it..

4. What is your most memorable cosplay experience?
When I used my Suiseiseki cosplay, everybody loves the character, they all greet me and loved my cosplays.

5. What’s your 2011 cosplay plan?
I have plans to make Sylvanas windrunner from the online rpg Worlds of Warcraft, and a lot of Final fantasy

6. If possible, which anime you wanna cosplay most?
Mnmm Sakura and Tomoyo from Tsubasa.

7. Do you make cosplay your own costumes or buy?
I make all of my cosplays by myself, I make everything even all the props.

8. Any other cosplayers you like?
I love Yaya and Kamui, I think they are great.

9. Do some changes happen on you after joining in cosplay?
No, I think I’m the same as always.

10. Any advices you wanna share with cosplay newbies?
Yes, just have fun don´t look at others just try to make your best and have fun.

11. When will you stop cosplay ?
I think when i turn 32 years old. Thats the stop for me.

Other cosplay works by Blackro:

Experiences with being a cosplayer in Germany – Guest post by MikuMikuLeek

In Germany, the number of cosplayers has increased in the last years.
There are many conventions and fan made events in all parts of the country!
For Germany is, compared to other countries, rather “small”, you can visit nearly every convention if you have enough money.
The biggest conventions are placed in Kassel (Connichi) and Bonn (Animagic).

I am yearly visiting the Connichi, for it is not too far away from my home town. This year, in September, it’s my 3rd time going to this convention!
Also, one of my other regular visited conventions is the Frankfurt book fair, which is not only an anime-related convention but also an ordinary book fair. Nevertheless, the number of cosplayers also has increased on this convention!

You can say that every weekend there are lots of fan made events, so you’ll never get bored here!
Naturally, I am not visiting one of those every weekend for I need time studying for school and sewing my cosplays!

I am also member of a showgroup which is planning to film Vocaloid PV’s. This group is rather new, but we have some ongoing projects like Len Kagamine’s “Spice!”.

My experiences with Cosplay are precious memories I never want to forget about!
Being a cosplayer, I belong to a huge community where I’ve made a lot of friends who I also meet in my free-time to do shootings or just hang out with!
I started to cosplay 3 years ago and it was rather per accident then consciously. In eBay, I was searching for Final Fantasy fan articles and found costumes of Yuna.
I got addicted by them and asked my parents to buy me one as my birthday present!
At this time, I didn’t knew much about wigs and stuff, but I still had lots of fun cosplaying as Lenne on my first convention!

Then, when Final Fantasy XIII was announced, I saw Oerba Dia Vanille and fell in love with this character!
I told myself I needed to cosplay her and begun to make the costume by myself! Because I had no experience in sewing, I bought a skirt and dyed it orange! Haha, the only things that I really made by myself were the bead chains, which was enough work for me already!

At the beginning , I was very shy and didn’t really know how to talk to people, but with the time I got more confident and had much more fun then I already had before!

I began to sew cosplays by myself and had my ups and downs with it!
The first cosplay I sewed all by myself was Rin Kagamine’s basic outfit! Through a Greek friend of mine, I got to know Vocaloid and couldn’t stop listening to the Kagamine twin’s music!
I was very proud when I finally finished this cosplay!

Rin Kagamine became a very important character to me and she is now the one that I mainly cosplay! I have to admit that because of her I dyed my hair blonde and cut it short.. Oh but now I’ve started to let my hair get long again.

My absolute dream cosplay… I don’t have a special one but I’d really love to do something elaborate! I’d love to work at a ball gown someday!

I’m really looking forward to my future cosplays and the time I will spend being with my friends talking about our beloved hobby! And remember! Cosplay is not a competition! It’s about having fun being someone else (:

Author Bio: MikuMikuLeek is a 17-year-old girl from Germany. She’s obsessed with Vocaloid and Cosplay. You can check her amazing cosplay works at her Deviantart account.

Cosplayer Interviews–Imari Yumiki

We’ve been doing interviews with fancy cosplayers all over the world recently. And today we have Imari Yumiki, a passionate girl ( i thought she was a boy….OMG)  from United States. I don’t know her, haven’t met her, but I can feel her enthusiasm for cosplay, and even for life through her words. Imari Yumiki, glad to have you here! 🙂

1. Please Introduce yourself first?

I am Imari Yumiki, a everyday normal person who loves cosplay, anime, videogames, figure collecting, conventions, and has a never ending love for animals.

I am also a dedicated user of which is a great cosplay website for fans all alike. I highly suggest it if you don’t have an account to get one! They cover all sorts of conventions and masquerades all over the USA, they also do cosplay events with industries at conventions where you can have fun promoting your favorite series! It’s open to all internationals and local USA to join to share their cosplay works.

ACP is my main cosplay page where everything is updated first when I get my photos from conventions. It also has my upcoming cons/plans. I do have other social networks and other websites I update but this is always my number 1 main.

2.What does cosplay mean to you?

Cosplay is one of the biggest hobby in my life, I have done it for many years now and I am never tired of it. It’s something where I can dress up and portray a character for a day. All the work I put into cosplay just to portray the character as best as I can with wig, costume, make up, and learning how to be in character is just a lot of fun. It touches my creative side in every way possible and I am happy to have this as one of my main hobbies. I do not see Cosplay as a serious business thing at all, it’s suppose to be having fun and doing what you love that counts the most. I don’t feel people should try to see this as a competitive hobby because cosplay is all about the creativity play all together.

3.What was your first cosplay?

Haha, it was such a long time ago, my first cosplays would be from Yu Yu Hakusho. Even though I only started to going to convention events in 2005 for the USA. I’ve been cosplaying longer than that, mostly at international events in the past.

4. Does your family support your cosplay?

Yes they do. My sister, Eve aka. Everon, takes majority of my photos for my cosplay. It’s nice to have someone who loves taking photos that is so accessible. :3 As for my parents, they believe that the creativity I get from all the cosplay making + wig/make up is a very good healthy hobby. They support my doings and do not believe it’s a waste of time. So they are perfectly fine with me doing what I love because they know I am clear minded and just having pure fun.

5. What is your most memorable cosplay experience?

Being able to meet all the wonderful people through cosplay events and conventions. It’s always something I am grateful for. All the experiences I have had through cosplay has build what I am today, it is a part of me that will always mold me into a person with different experiences through my life.

6. What are your 2011 cosplay plans?

If you follow my page you can see all the new costumes I have been doing for 2011 so far. There are many more coming this year that is just too much to list, if you are interested I usually post sneak peak on all my social network pages. However the ratio seems to be tilting back where I am doing a lot of female characters this time around vs. the big ratio of male characters hee hee. I will keep my balance though, it’s so fun to cosplay things I really want to do this year though!

7. If possible, which anime/manga/game do you want to cosplay most?

I really want to do something that is full body and mask covered, like Beelzemon from Digimon and Vampirdzhija Vjedogonia from Nitro+. (Yay Nitro+! It’s my passion to cosplay from my favorite artists/company works! I admit I am a big Nitro fan just like I am Harvest Moon fan haha. I’m such a nerdy gamer.) Cosplaying full demon/devil like character is something I really want to try!

8. Do you make costumes yourself or buy them?

I make all of my cosplays, all the way from simple to complex, patterning/sewing/crafting/etc. Usually I will state which pieces I don’t make myself if there is any. I also style wigs and make props, the reason I love cosplay so much is because I can be so artsy and crafty. Constructing your own costumes and being able to wear them afterwards is a big happiness of mines.

9. Any other cosplayers you like?

All of my friends are very inspirational to me and people who have a strong passion for cosplay. I respect everyone who puts their very best and just having fun with cosplay.

10. Do some changes happen to you after cosplay?

I’ve learned to be more outgoing a bit and not clam up. Although I am still shy and sometimes run out of things to say, I try my best in talking to others and keeping up a conversation. But if anyone who has talked to me felt I just stopped talking, I apologize because most likely it’s just me shying and clamming up after I have lost a train of thought. (^^0

11. Any advices you wanna share with cosplay newbies?

Cosplay Idea – In choosing what cosplays to do, I suggest choosing things you love, either series or character. The emphasis on the portrayal of character is much better when you love the character your doing. Sometimes if your interested in the costume due to artwork that’s ok too, just look into it to get more of the feel for the character.

Cosplay Choices – If you sew or learn to sew to make costumes. Never worry about trial and error, it happens to everyone. If there is never mistakes, you will never learn through the process. Don’t ever feel you have failed if you just make a mistake, it’s always ok to improve in the future. If you are buying your costumes just remember, your doing what you want to. It is ok for people to buy costumes and wear them in public as long as you are having fun doing what you want. Just as long as you never lie you made your costume, there is nothing wrong with buying outfits to wear. Credit properly to the ones who should be credited.

Tips – Whether your a competitive type masquerade or just cosplaying for fun. Always remember to respect others because not everyone is the same as you. Some people may put up a different view on cosplay and why they do it just let them be. If you do it for fun then never let anyone change that. There is nothing worse then letting yourself fall into someone’s way of thinking. Just like life, cosplay community is still a social community. Not everyone will get along but you will also meet many wonderful people who do, just have fun with it.

12. When will you stop cosplay ?

It really depends on how life changes, anything can happen in life but I like looking toward the positive of everything. Everything and anything is possible in life but no matter what I want to try my best looking at it positively. As long as I have time, I will always continue cosplaying and taking photos.

Cosplayer Interviews – Akane Yueyuki

I initially found Akane Yueyuki by her music, According to profile on Blogger, Akane feels interested about really LOTS of movies, music and books. In her word, she aims to show her artwork to the world. Joining in cosplay in October, 2010, she was ever the only one cosplaying as Maka at Animangaki. Here, Akane Yueyuki joins in our cosplay interviews to share her cosplay experience and tips. Thanks, Akane Yueyuki, XD.

1. Please Introduce yourself first?

Umm….ok….I’m really bad at this but here goes! I’m Akane Yueyuki, currently 18 going on 19 years old. Just started cosplaying in October last year and loving it! XD

2. What does cosplay mean to you?

It’s a way for me to express myself freely with friends…and just to enjoy life! ^^

3. What was your first cosplay?

My 1st cosplay was Maka Albarn from Soul Eater. She inspired me too much that I feel I MUST start cosplaying!

4. Does your family support your cosplay?

Yes, more or less….surprisingly….I thought they gonna kill me when they found out…but until now, they are still quite supportive.

5. What is your most memorable cosplay experience?

My 1st photoshoot! I never knew doing silly poses with others can be so much fun! Haha~

6. What are your 2011 cosplay plans?

Soul Evans from Soul Eater, Panty from PSG, Syaoran frm TRC and Maka Spartoi Version…all confirmed! Hehe ^^b

7. If possible, which anime/manga/game do you want to cosplay most?

I love anime the most…but for now, nothing strikes my interest…I’m still waiting for another anime that can make me overcome my love for Soul Eater…XD

8. Do you make costumes yourself or buy them?

For now, most of my costumes are bought (I don’t have a sewing machine T~T). But I do make my own props and parts of my costume, like my Maka boots…I love them so much…hehe…

9. Any other cosplayers you like?

Oh…there are so many epic cosplayers everywhere….but I have no particular interest on anyone for now…^^

10. Do some changes happen to you after cosplay?

Plenty…I learnt how to make up, make props, pose for photos, and much more. Now I have MUCH more knowledge on a lot of things compare to before!

11. Any advices you wanna share with cosplay newbies?

LOL! I’m still a newbie myself. XD But for all cosplayers just starting out, just have fun, mingle with everyone, ask A LOT…you’ll be surprised how nice and amazing cosplayers are! ^^

12. When will you stop cosplay ?

Dunno…I guess maybe when I have no more time for it…I hope not though…XD

Cosplayer Interviews-Monika

Monika, another talent cute girl i found in deviantart .Today , Monika join in our cosplayer interviews category to share her cosplay history ,tips and advices .Thanx Monika, XD

1. Please Introduce yourself first?

Hi! My name is Monika, more commonly known as London2191. I’m an 18 year old high school student and I love cosplay! I’ve been cosplaying for about 5 years now and I hope to continue it through college. I’ve done a lot of costumes from anime/manga to video games, but I really want to try doing more sci-fi/fantasy and pop culture costumes these coming years.

2.What does cosplay mean to you?

For me, cosplay is an amazing and unique way to express my creativity. It’s also fun to be able to act and dress like someone else for a day!

3. what’s your first cosplay?

My first cosplay was Temari from Naruto—I was a pretty big anime nerd back then, haha

4. Your family support your cosplay?

My mom is surprisingly supportive of what I do and I’m really grateful for that. And being asian, my dad disproves of it, but he does take an interest in what I do especially when it comes to prop making (the perks of having an electrical engineer for a father!).

5. What is your most memorable cosplay experience?

Every cosplay experience is memorable for me because I’m not the type of person who goes to 5-10 cons a year. For me, it’s 9 or so days out of the year that I can cosplay so I cherish every moment of it.

6. What’s your 2011 cosplay plan?

I’ve already created two costumes this year (Yukari Hayasaka from Paradise Kiss and Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony). As of now, I have a Little Sister from Bioshock planned as well as Belldandy from Ah! My Goddess and Sansa Stark from HBO’s new fantasy show Game of Thrones.

7. If possible, which anime you wanna cosplay most?

I’m not too big on anime, but I really enjoy manga and video games. If possible, I would love to cosplay Hoshina Airi from MeruPuri or Ashe from Final Fantasy XII.

8. Do you make costumes yourself or buy?

I make all my costumes. I love being able to wear something I’ve made and am proud of! The joy of cosplaying is taken away, in my opinion, when you’re not able to wear your own creations.

9. Any other cosplayers you like?

If you mean cosplay friends, definitely! I have a lot of close cosplayer friends and I enjoy cosplaying more when I’m able to cosplay with friends.

10. Do some changes happen on you after cosplay?

Definitely! Cosplay promotes a very close and unique community of people through which fans can share their love of anime, video games, etc. It’s something that has taught me that being weird isn’t so bad after all, haha. I’ve also learned so much from a lot of talented costumers that make me strive to be better at my craft.

11. Any advices you wanna share with cosplay newbies?

Keep going! Cosplaying has taught me so many valuable skills (especially ones that look really good on college applications!) and the friendships and memories that come with being a cosplayer are amazing!

12. When will you stop cosplay ?

I have no clue, haha. I feel like I may stop or at least come to a slow pace a few years after college, but who knows? Maybe I’ll transition to more adult costumes (opposed to Japanese school girl characters, haha), but I’m not sure. Life can take you anywhere and it’s too hard to predict what you’ll be doing in the coming years. Cosplaying is definitely an amazing hobby I don’t want to give up anytime soon, though!