Sunday, January 24, 2021

Q&A Interview with HeatherAfter Cosplay

Where are you from?

I'm a military kid. My family moved somewhere new every two to four years when I was growing up so I don't really have a hometown. Currently I live in Colorado.

When did you start cosplaying?

In 1996.

How did you first become interested in cosplay?

A friend asked me to go a local convention (AWA '96), and mentioned that some people liked to attend dressed-up as anime characters. I cosplayed as Devil Hunter Yohko and was immediately hooked! 

What are some characters you have cosplayed?

I have done over 200 cosplays, so I won't try to list them all here. Some of my more popular recent costumes include Elvira, 66 Catwoman, Jessica Rabbit, Lara Croft and Black Widow. 

Do you have any future cosplay plans?

Always! I don't usually share because then people start asking me about how certain costumes are coming along and the added pressure doesn't help my creativity haha. That said, it is an open secret that I've got 66 Batgirl in the works.

What is your favorite part of cosplaying?

Whenever I set about creating a new cosplay there are always problems to solve and new techniques to discover. That's what I enjoy the most is the creative problem solving.

Image by Kim Kosnar

Favorite movie? Video game? TV show? Band?

Movie: I don't know that I could ever choose an ultimate favorite....but 'Spaceballs' is pretty awesome.  I used to watch it all the time and am pretty confident I can still quote the entire movie.

Video Game: Again, hard to choose. I'm a big fan of the old school side-scrollers, though I play mobile phone games more than anything else right now.  'Wizards Unite' is my current addiction.

TV Show: It depends on what I'm in the mood to watch. I enjoy documentaries, dramas, and sitcoms like 'Friends' and 'Seinfeld'.

Band: I tend to gravitate towards the classics. I'm a big fan of 80s music.

As a veteran of the hobby, how do you think cosplaying has changed over the last 20+ years and how do you think it will evolve in the future?

I love how cosplay has become more mainstream! Back when I started, you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone outside of convention circles familiar with the term. Nowadays most people know what it means, and accept cosplay as a valid hobby.

 I also appreciate how professional so many cosplayers are now, too! All aspects of cosplay (i.e. costume construction, makeup, photography, etc.) have leveled-up incredibly in the past decade or two. It's wonderful to see, and keeps me motivated to continue learning new skills that I can apply to my own cosplay projects.

What cosplay took the most time/work on creating?

I honestly don't know.  Each project has its challenges, and they are all different. I wouldn't know how to even begin comparing them to one another.   

Okay, what's the most expensive cosplay you've ever done?

Again, I don't know. I almost always make my costumes, and after doing so for as long as I have, I've got a surplus of materials on hand. Whenever possible I try to keep my costs down and make use of things I already own to create new costumes. 

I don't remember how much I paid for everything I've purchased over the last 20+ years and to be honest, I'm probably better off not giving it too much thought haha. 

What is a cosplay pet peeve of yours?

Storage! Figuring-out clever ways to store things like wings, hats and various props is a constant challenge.

Do you have any tips for people just starting out?

Don't be afraid to experiment in order to figure out what sorts of cosplays work best for you.....and above all, enjoy yourself!

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

I also enjoy drawing, gaming, hiking, cooking, etc. Cosplay is definitely my favorite creative outlet though.  

Where can fans find more of you?



Sunday, January 17, 2021

SuicideGirl Gamer of the Month: Lamarmelade

Why did you choose the name "Lamarmelade"?

This nickname was invented by my childhood friend in the distant past when I started my career. I first danced for eight years under this nickname, then I was a DJ. Now I am an official streamer in Russia. I will never change my nickname because I love it very much and I made myself a brand. By the way, I love Japanese mango marmalade.

Where are you from?

I was born in Russia, and I still live here. But most likely I will want to move somewhere when I have decided where. I love traveling and meeting new people.

How long have you been a SuicideGirl?

I have been an official SuicideGirl since 2016. I love our community. There are a lot of good, positive people here and we have many common interests. I also appreciate all of my subscribers. Thank you to them for their support for a long time.

What are some of your favorite video games?

I've been playing a Cyberpunk game lately, but honestly I'm not thrilled. Too much blah blah blah. And so it all depends on my mood. I love shooters, too. Sometimes I go back to League of Legends once in awhile as well.

Are you an anime fan? If so, watching anything currently?

I love anime. I do advertising content, I am an ambassador and have anime partners. They say I'm a real anime diva. Hahaha, I love them. My favorites are Naruto, Tower of God, 19 days-Once Upon a Time, The Perfect Couple and others. I don't have much free time to watch much, though. The last thing I read on the road was the manga "The Gamer."

What is your favorite part about anime?

Personally, I like the epic fights, the thoughtfulness of the plot like when they explain some incomprehensible moment at first glance, the openings, the soundtracks, smart and cunning characters, the drawing style, surprises in the plot, filler episodes, and oddly enough, deep meaning and psychology. Basically, everything!

Do you cosplay? If so, planning any cosplays currently?

Yeah I love cosplay! I've been cosplaying for a long time. I also have a lot of  cosplayer friends. This year we finally met up at a New Year's Eve party where all the bloggers and cosplayers were together. I've been doing cosplay since 2014. As for a new one, I think it will be Hinata. They have been asking for her for a long time. They say that I am very similar. Haha I think I can do this!

Tell me a little bit about the different tattoos that you have.

All the tattoos on my body are my calling card, like an atlas of the planet. Each one has a story. I have never regretted that I continue to get more and invent something new. I love space so I have a sleeve in the style of space. I have been interested in astronomy since childhood. Things like the sun, planets, satellites, asteroids, comets, rings around planets, and meteoroid swarms are all so interesting. I definitely have a lot of tattoos on my body. I think I will soon run out of free space. By the way, I just became a tattoo artist too.

What is your favorite part about modeling?

The main goal is to reveal yourself, your potential, and to show yourself to the world. You need to be not only a beautiful face and body, but also have your own unique style of clothing, understand trends, brands, have hobbies and a wide outlook. That is, to be a unique person. I have been doing advertising and modeling in Russia for a long time. I also have partners from New York.

What are some of your other hobbies?

I like to try everything in life. I did dancing for eight years, was a DJ, played tennis, played handball, played guitar and I was also taught to play drums. Now, I went to stream sites where people are interested in communicating with me. I also love the art of tattooing and have been studying it. And I have my own merch.

Where can fans find more of you?