Sunday, July 18, 2021

Q&A Interview with Amani Cosplay

Where are you from? 

Nowhere fancy. I grew up in a small farm town of Sibley, Iowa. I migrated up north and am currently living in South Saint Paul, Minnesota. 

When did you start cosplaying? 

Tricky question to answer.  I discovered cosplay back in 2007 but never picked up the craft until 2009 (I was afraid of major judgement from my peers). So, I cosplayed I'd say for a year in 2009-2010 but stopped due to wanting to focus on college. In 2013, I got the opportunity to go to my very first convention so I panicked and bought a cosplay and picked the hobby back up! 

How did you first become interested in cosplay? 

Back in 2007 due to my sister introducing me to some hilarious Youtubers that went by the name Fighting Dreamers. 

What are some characters that you have cosplayed?

Oh boy let's see...I'll keep it short but I have cosplayed Panty from Panty and Stocking, Tia Halibel from Bleach, lots of League of Legends cosplays, Uraraka from My Hero Academia, and Zach Fischer's design of Alexstrasza from World of Warcraft. 

What are your plans for your next cosplay?

My next cosplay (currently working on) is Goblin Slayer and a female version of him. The regular version will be worn by my husband. 

Do you have any cosplay pet peeves? 

My cosplay pet peeve is this: people (and not just cosplayers) that believe "if you don't make your own cosplay, you're not a true cosplayer!" No. Cosplay is Cosplay! 

Not everyone has the time to invest in making their own cosplay from scratch. Everyone can cosplay and everybody can cosplay. Race, gender, and the means of getting your cosplay does not matter. 

Cosplay is about showing your love for the fandom, the character, meeting awesome people, and having fun! 


Favorite movie? Video game? TV show? Band?

Movie: Princess Mononoke. 

Video Game: Legend of Dragoon - I love this game! My dream cosplay is to cosplay one of the Dragoon forms (this will be really tough). 

TV Show: Hmm....I don't watch a lot of TV anymore due to streaming services like Netflix. Does anime count? Haha if that is the case then I love Wolf's Rain, Fruits Basket, Trigun, and Cowboy Bebop. Just to name a few favorites. 

Band: Does a fictional band count? If so, Riot Games Pentakill and K/DA are my favorite bands. 

What is Cosplay Kittens?

Cosplay Kittens is an idea me and my friend decided on based on that we like kittens and the members of ours group (husbands, family etc.) all got nicknames after cats we think we associate with. For example: I was going by Munchkin since I'm really short. Unfortunately, not much else to say at this time but we hope to pick things back up with our group! 

What advice would you give to people who are thinking about getting into cosplay but haven't yet?

So many things I could say! But something simple: my advice is just be yourself and cosplay whomever you want! I know it can be disheartening sometimes wanting to do a cosplay then a well known cosplayer does the same cosplay and you think to yourself "wow that's amazing...I can never be that good." Stop that thinking! Is this a character you love and always wanted to cosplay? Then just do it! 

What is the furthest you have ever traveled for a convention? 

The furthest I traveled was to Kansas (roughly nine hours from me) back in.....shoot can't remember but I decided that was too far for a car ride (it was split up in two days because I met up with friends). So currently the furthest I've gone (and keep going) is a big convention in Omaha Nebraska called Anime Nebraskon - this convention was the very first one I ever went too and I love it! That is a five to six hour drive. 

Outside of cosplay, what are some of your other hobbies? 

Playing a variety of video games and watching anime! Also, I love to swim! I don't think that is considered a hobby but pre-COVID I used to go to beaches with my friends. 

Where can fans find more of you?

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Cosplay Gallery Spotlight: Kallisi (Vamp)

The Cosplay Gallery Spotlight is not an interview, but merely a collection of images featuring a choice cosplayer to help introduce fans to them and their work. These images from the cosplayer's shared social media posts.

Photo credits go to @vonkoenigsmarck

Today we are looking at Kallisi, sometimes referred to as Kallisi Vamp.

Enjoy this gallery of 16 amazing images.

If you wish to find more of her work, check her out on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kallisivamp 

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/kallisi__vamp

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kallisiv


















Friday, July 2, 2021

SuicideGirl Gamer of the Month: Jhosi (Hopeful)

How long have you been a part of SuicideGirls?

A little more than two years (although I have some personal issues that kept me out for more than a year, and just recently I came back more active).

Where are you from?

I was born in Venezuela. 

What first got you interested in video games?

That good old Italian with the big moustache of course. 

What are some characters that you have cosplayed?

Sailor Mars, Dana Scully from X-Files, Liz Parker from Roswell (the original TV show), Giorgio Tsoukalos from Ancient Aliens.

If the government confirmed aliens were real tomorrow, do you think that would be exciting or scary?

I already know they exist, and the government too, the only thing to be scared of is how society will react to that change of paradigms.

Any plans for future cosplays?

Too many. I want to try a couple from Star Wars and Dragon Ball series, too.

Favorite video game? 

Bioshock Infinite.

Movie? 

Star Wars: Rogue One.

TV show? 

So many. The X-Files, Ancient Aliens, Roswell... I guess you can see the path (👽).

Anime: Dragon Ball, Sakura Card Captor, Sailor Moon.

Band? 

Aerosmith.

Have you seen Dragon Ball Super?


Of course! On the same week that aired in Japan. It was so exciting to see Goku and Vegeta again.

What is the most challenging part of cosplay?

It's a lot of work and always after you think you are done you immediately want to add something else. It's a never ending story, but cosplaying in conventions is one of the most fun things to do. 

What are some of your other hobbies?

I paint. I do mostly fan art also from anime and movies. 

Where can fans find more of you?

SuicideGirls: https://www.suicidegirls.com/members/jhosi/

OnlyFans: https://onlyfans.com/nibii


Thursday, June 24, 2021

Cosplay Gallery Spotlight: Abbey Cosplay

The Cosplay Gallery Spotlight is not an interview, but merely a collection of images featuring a choice cosplayer to help introduce fans to them and their work. These images from the cosplayer's shared social media posts.

Today we are looking at Abbey Cosplay.

Enjoy this gallery of 18 amazing images.

If you wish to find more of her work, check her out on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArcaneAbbey 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/arcaneabbey/

OnlyFans: https://onlyfans.com/arcaneabbey

















Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Q&A Interview with Celeste Orchid

Credit: Chris Floro

Where are you from?

I am from the USA. Slightly a blend of Midwest, South, and West Coast SoCal life. Currently I reside in Copenhagen, Denmark.

When did you start cosplaying?

I started cosplaying in 2005; definitely was a different age and style of cosplaying back then.

How did you first become interested in cosplay?

I became interested in cosplay when my high school classmates brought a magazine called NewType to school. I thought it was the coolest thing ever. In the magazine they had a section called "Cosplay". I believe it was the issue where they featured Yaya Han and her Fire Fairy costume and it was so inspiring. I have always wanted to try to make my own clothes but never decided on attempting to make costumes.

What are some characters that you have cosplayed?

I've cosplayed a lot of characters since 2005. Some of my personal favorites are Anarchy Panty from Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, C2 (C.C.) from Code Geass, a multitude of League of Legends characters, and Chun Li from Street Fighter.

Who would you say is your favorite LoL champ to main?

Oh lord. This is definitely a hard question to answer as I love to play multiple champions. I would dare say that my favorite is Heimerdinger. Small, smart, and sassy.

What are your plans for your next cosplay?

Credit: Chris Floro

I definitely have a lot of plans for cosplays; some of them being Seraphine's All Out KDA skin and Default costume, Eliza from Tekken, a throwback costume of Freya from Chobits, and a few Smash Ultimate characters.

Do you have any cosplay pet peeves?

One of my biggest pet peeves of cosplaying is GATE KEEPING. It truly grinds my gears when people tell others that they should or should not cosplay, whether they are copying someone, stealing their ideas, or calling others copycats. Cosplaying is definitely a "copy" of someone else's work. The way you create it is your own and your interpretation; however, as a creator/cosplayer, we do not own the rights to commercial Intellectual Properties. So in essence if you create your own character that's a bit more like Live Action Role Playing (LARPing). If you create a series and a whole universe like J.K. Rowling and cosplay as that character from a created universe, then that's a different issue.

In no way shape or form am I downplaying LARPing, original characters can hail from any series or genre. It can be a form of cosplaying which I don't think they're mutually exclusive. Here's to hoping that more entrants to cosplay will just do it for the cosplay and not for the fame.

How do you think cosplay as a hobby has evolved since you started back in 2005 and do you think it's headed in the right or wrong direction?

Cosplay has evolved to be more available to the public. We have better access to high quality costumes and wigs just in case you're not crafty. There's such a bigger scene for cosplaying and it's not so frowned upon. With any advancement there will be both good and bad. There will always be those who frown upon sexier costumes and there will always be those who have too strong of an opinion on others' costumes. As long as people are enjoying the hobby of cosplaying without hurting others; physical or mental, it'll be in a good direction.   

Do you have any tips for someone who wants to get started into cosplaying but might be hesitant?

Cosplay characters that you love: whether it's the design or the actual character. It never feels good to wear clothes or makeup that you dislike.

Don't worry about your real skin color for accuracy. Make the clothes accurate if that's your thing but don't paint yourself another human color. Definitely DO NOT paint yourself black or brown as that's very frowned upon.

Credit: Chris Floro

Cosplay does not matter what gender you are. At the end of the day, they're clothes, wigs, and crafted pieces put together. If you're wanting to cosplay as someone that's not your gender, go for it. Don't be limited by gender.

Research both your materials, and your places where you purchase your costumes/materials. Sometimes you don't want to support a company if it goes against your morals.

Join cosplay groups and don't be afraid to ask questions. Everyone's learning about cosplay or buying them.

Everyone starts somewhere, so go for it!

Is it an expensive hobby? Can it be done on a budget?

Cosplay can be an expensive hobby. Is L from Death Note needing a crazy amount of work? No not really. Making costumes can be expensive as opposed to buying a costume. Keep in mind with crafting you pay for your mistakes as well.

I definitely think it can be done on a budget. There are shortcuts where you can keep it cheap. I know that some people like to do arduinos, 3d printing, and vacuum forming; these can completely be expensive but pay off really well.

Highly recommend investing in a good cutting matt and cutting tools will really stretch the budget and last a long time.

Favorite movie? Video game? TV show? Band?

I definitely have a wide variety of favorite movies. It's a tough call, but my favorite movie of all time is House of Flying Daggers. I loved it for the story, costume design, and the romance. There was a lot to it that others will dislike but it's definitely timeless for me. A close second is Jim Henson's Labyrinth; how can you not love young Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie? And that ballroom scene? It was such a fantasy!

My favorite video game of all time is Tetris. Timeless and classic. I think there's a trend with things that I love.

Credit: Martin SquareNoodles
My favorite TV Show has got to be Courage the Cowardly Dog show. I think this was the first real introduction to dark comedic horror as a child. There was something more sinister and scary about Courage the Cowardly Dog as opposed to Scooby-Doo. I think it was more along the lines of a tiny dog that was powerless and alone that always had to get the job done and save his home. 

My favorite band, this is a tough one. I'm terrible with music and remembering their names but I'm definitely into Baby Metal. I got to see them live before Yui-Metal left the band. I loved the Pussycat Dolls, I haven't heard their newer music but still a fan of their earlier works.

I love pop EDM artists too. Main favorites are Zedd and Calvin Harris. My brother looks a bit like Steve Aoki, and that got me into his music a bit as well.

Outside of cosplay, what are some of your other hobbies?

Outside of cosplaying I love playing with my bulldog and playing video games  I enjoy travelling but with covid that's kinda taken a backseat. I'm hoping that we will be able to go to theme parks again once the lockdown has been lifted. With a lot of countries still closed, I guess I'll throw it back into fashion, video games and cosplaying.

Where can fans find more of you?


Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Cosplay Gallery Spotlight: Lada Lyumos Cosplay

The Cosplay Gallery Spotlight is not an interview, but merely a collection of images featuring a choice cosplayer to help introduce fans to them and their work. These images from the cosplayer's shared social media posts.

Photo credits go to Kira Photoarts and Dzetarion.

Today we are looking at Lada Lyumos Cosplay

Enjoy this gallery of 18 amazing images.

If you wish to find more of her work, check her out on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LadaLyumosCos 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ladalyumos/

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ladalyumos