Sunday, February 28, 2021

Q&A Interview with Vanity Insanity Cosplay

Where are you from?

I am from Sunny South Africa, first generation born. I grew up in the South of Johannesburg.

When did you start cosplaying?

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I started Cosplaying officially in 2015. I made my very first costume for a local anime shop called Animeworx. It was for a competition, we had to make the mascot Eri. I had a store card with the limited-edition blue version of her and I decided to make that version. I had no idea how to make a costume so I just hand-sewed everything! I would LOVE to actually remake the costume someday soon. The artist who drew the mascot was the talented Warren Louw.  

How did you first become interested in cosplay?

I remember seeing Yuna from Final Fantasy X when I was younger, and really wanting her little hair piece. At first it was just the hair piece but I grew to love the whole outfit and I became hooked on the idea of cosplay when I saw some people actually dress up like her. Once I had the opportunity, I got a local seamstress to make me a Super Sonico outfit and I went to my very first convention in October 2014! It was just the taste I needed to push me to actually trying the cosplay thing in early 2015.

What are some characters you have cosplayed?

Miss Fortune – League of Legends

 Ahri – League of Legends

D.Va – Overwatch

Mercy – Overwatch

Rangiku Matsumoto – Bleach

Nelliel Tu – Bleach

Deanerys Targaryen – Game of Thrones

Baiken – Guilty Gear

There are lots of characters.

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Do you have any future cosplay plans?

I hope to do a huge cosplay build soon. That is all I can say for now.

What is your favorite part of cosplaying?

The catfishing. Ahaha! No, I just Like the art of it as a whole, from the makeup to the poses to the crafting and figuring out how to make the physics somehow work in the real world. I can’t even begin to describe all off the things I love about it.

Favorite movie? Video game? TV show? Band?

Pfft. I don’t have a single favorite but I can name a few; 

Movies: Year One, Almost Famous, Mean Girls, Inglourious Basterds, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, The Voices, Tucker and Dale vs Evil.

Video Game? PUBG, Dead by Daylight, Tenchu, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, League of Legends, VR Chat. 

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Bands (These are bands and solo artists) Mr.Kitty, Virga Music Project, My Chemical Romance, Placebo, Bad Omens, Bring me the Horizon, Joji, Conan Gray, Kavinsky, Lil Peep, Ă˜fdream, Lana Del Rey, Selena Gomez, The Weeknd, Ava Max, Falling in Reverse,  There are too many man.

What is the cosplay scene like in South Africa? What's the biggest Convention there each year?

Biggest convention is probably Comic Con Africa. The cosplay scene is pretty small but it's growing very quickly!

What cosplay would you say took the MOST time to create and how long was it?

Probably 2B? Figuring out how to put everything together and also having the worst fabric to paint on was by my poor judgment. Ahaha!

What is a cosplay pet peeve of yours?

Messy wigs & hot glued everything! agh X_X

Another one is people making sloppy cosplays then getting angry for not getting as much recognition as they hoped, THEN getting mad at other cosplayers who spent time and effort on their cosplays. They then proceed to be salty and ugly towards them. Like, maybe if they ran their sewing machines as much as they ran their mouths they wouldn't have so much to complain about? That's my 2c salt for the day, you are welcome. XD

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Oh, another one is people dictating who can wear what and gatekeeping cosplays. Cosplay is for everyone and I'm near to damn sure the majority of cosplayers are not going to spend hours, time and money trying to offend another race. Cultural appreciation is so beautiful and people should stop saying everything is cultural appropriation because we should be able to celebrate our differences and come together and grow a better understanding of each other's cultures. Even with something as simple as sewing a kimono, for example. 

You learn how they used to be made, what fabrics were worn. Then you find out different sleeves mean different things and you get so into the history behind the kimono and then the culture and you just understand and appreciate the knowledge you gain along the way.

Sso tell me, HOW IS THAT NOT A POSITIVE THING?! <3 There are way bigger issues in the world they could tackle. If I cosplay something it's because I love the design or character, I can guarantee you I am not racist for doing so.  

Outside of video games and cosplay, what are some of your other hobbies?

My other hobbies include traveling (when I can) binge watching stuff, making things or trying to learn something new.

Where can fans find more of you?





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Saturday, February 13, 2021

SuicideGirl (Hopeful) Gamer of the Month: Brujaja

Why did you choose the name "Brujaja"?

The name is a pun! 

"Bruja" in Spanish means 'Witch' and 'Jajah is the Spanish spelling of "haha." My mother's side is Puerto Rican and I wanted to lean into that aspect of my personality. In English, a brouhaha is "a noisy and overexcited reaction or response to something." That describes my personality pretty well. So I decided to combine bruja and brouhaha to create a pun in two languages with one word. 

Also, Bruja was already taken. 

What got you interested in the SuicideGirls?

I have wanted to be a SuicideGirl since 2006, when I first heard of them.  These women were different. They were wearing art, they were expressive, and they were real. I was 18 but not at all alternative. I kind of let the notion of trying to be a SuicideGirl go. 

Years later, in my 30's, I met a group of women who made lewd and nude cosplay content. One of these ladies was Crybaby. After having the honor to work with her, and seeing how warm and wonderful she was, I decided to check out the community. I found SGs on social media like Penny, DenverMaxx, Riae, and Fishball. I wanted to be apart of this culture. 

How long have you been into cosplay?

Since 2014. I first cosplayed as Red Card Katarina from League of Legends. I was hooked. Now I do mostly boudoir cosplays because entire outfits are expensive. 

What are some of the characters that you have cosplayed?

My favorite character to be is Jessica Jones. But I recently added my first Hopeful cosplay set to SG. I did a boudoir Mary Jane Watson inspired by the Spiderman Loves Mary Jane series. 

Any plans for future cosplays?

I just got the pieces for Ivana Humpalot from Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged me. I love cosplaying strong, badass, and hilarious characters.

What are some of your favorite video games?

I really love Fallout 4, glitches and all. I am horrible at it but I occasionally play League of Legends. I also stream Magic The Gathering Arena on Twitch and I love it. 

I love open world games too. I have about 400 hours clocked in to H1Z1: Just Survive before it was defunded.

400 hours is pretty impressive. If you had to guess, how many hours would you say you've logged onto the game you have played the most and what game is it?

Easily, World of Warcraft. I have well over 600 hours logged. I just restarted my subscription so I am sure I will rack up more soon. 

Playing anything right now? 

Other then MTGA, I am re-playing Fallout 4. The world seems like it's ending so I am practicing. I am also re-playing Fall Out: New Vegas on PC. 

What type of MTG decks do you like to play? Aggro? Control? 

My favorite decks are control, mono black, zombie decks. Both in paper and on Arena I have my most wins with mono black, control, zombie decks. 

Have you tried any of the new cards yet from Kaldheim?

I have! I have played a few on Arena. And it appears the sadist at Wizards of the Coast brought back poison counters....

How did you first become a gamer?

I had a very difficult time making friends growing up, and I didn't have a great home life, so I would just get lost in videos games. I fell in love with a crappy math game called 'Zoombeanies' and 'Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?' I also had a Gameboy and played Super Mario and Kirby's Dreamland. Gaming was my escape. 

Tell me a bit about your different tattoos.

My most treasured among my tattoos is the heart shaped doughnut on my shoulder. My grandma used to get us Dunking Donuts every time we saw her. She always got me a pink iced doughnut. I had a very hard time with her passing a few years back. The doughnut is my way to carry her with me. The tattoo is an original design by Kelly Gelling of Artful Ink in Bohemia, NY. 

A lot of people ask me about my large thigh tattoo. It is a beautiful, original piece by Brokelle Bombshell of Charmed Life Gallery in Baltimore, MD. I asked her to give me a piece of Gomez and Morticia Addams. The first design she sent me is exactly what I have today. I used to self harm on this thigh. I don't have many physical scars left but I wanted to replace how I saw that part of my body. Gomez and Morticia, to me, are the ultimate representation of love. They love each other, their family, and themselves exactly as they are. 

What is your favorite movie? TV show? Band?

My all time favorite movie is The Nightmare Before Christmas. My favorite show is The Walking Dead. My favorite band is The Black Keys. 

Where can fans find more of you?