to mention over £200 worth
of materials and accessories T_T;; It was a real baptism of fire, as it
had been seven years since my last cosplay.
Q: Most memorable moment whilst cosplaying?
Q: Have you had any cosplays go wrong/encountered problems
whilst making cosplays?
I think EVERY
Trinity Blood cosplayer has bits break or fall
off within one hour of going out. My Abel
always carries a clutch bag containing superglue and
pliers. Those blasted arrow clips... my
scorpion pendant... the rosaries getting caught in
Q: Have you ever regretted cosplaying?
Q: Do your cosplays have a particular theme to them?
Hmm, yes. Long hair (preferably black, but I'll make
exceptions if I really really love a character) is ideal as I use my own
hair for everything. Glasses are good, as I have many of those.
Essentially, there has to be something in common between the character
and me so it's not a complete bitch to do. Epic is good,
couples/people from the same series are good too - I'm always on the
lookout for a pair that me and my husband can do. And because I
have to create his costumes as well, I have to pick characters which
suit him. And I do really really like CROSSplay - I'm a tall girl, so I
make a good
(crossplaying is cosplaying as a character of the opposite sex - ed.).
Q: Have you ever done group cosplay? If so how did you find
Only by accident! And it is sooooo cool! I love
being in a group of cosplayers, particularly of the same series as they
are most likely understand your pain.
Q: What cosplays are you planning?
Isaak Fernand von Kampfer and Dietrich Lohengrin from
Trinity Blood (me as Isaak, hubby as Dietrich). After that...
Possibly Shanoa and Albus from Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia. Or
Momohime and Kisuke from Muramasa: The Demon Blade.
Q: Do you have a dream cosplay?
Odette, Queen of the Dead from Odin Sphere. Or anything
else that is ridiculously difficult and impossible.
Q: Do you have one piece of advice that
you would give to cosplay virgins?
Hmm... quality over quantity?
It may be because I'm a
perfectionist, but I think it's
really much better to perfect
one costume than make a sloppy
job of three. Even if it
isn't epic, a simple but very
well executed cosplay, with
quality props and finished
sewing, will still look good and
will last you several events.
I was recently reassured that
nobody thinks of cosplayers as a
one-trick-pony if you're seen in
the same cosplay several times,
particularly if it is
ridiculously epic. So get
your wear out of an outfit you
are particularly proud of, the
public and your fellow
cosplayers will appreciate
seeing it again. It also
means less costumes means less
hassle storing, haha!
Q. You don't always cosplay at cons/events
- but you do dress up?
Yup - I'm a follower of Gothic and Lolita fashion. My wardrobe is
pretty much almost entirely composed of frilly, lacy, floofy or
classical things. My favourite brand is Innocent World, followed
by Angelic Pretty and BABY, THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT. So I'm mostly
in lolita or gothic clothing all the time. I've been featured in
Gothic and Lolita Bible and help to moderate
LoligothUK, the UK livejournal community on the fashion. I
still always LOL whenever someone sees me in lolita and says "Nice
Costume!", I can't resist shouting back "It's not a costume!" But
I think this is partly the reason why I got back into cosplay again - to
me, lolita fashion is normal, it's my usual thing to wear so when a big
anime event comes up, it just feels like I'm doing more of the same. So
I crossplay to really make a change.
Q. As a professional manga-ka, you are often in the public
eye. You are photographed a lot?
Oh god, yes. Even when I was at the
New York Comic Con, I got asked about 12 times for a photo and a
magazine offer. Is it 'cos I is AZN or something? LOL! To be
fair, I am asking for it - I am always ridiculously overdressed for
every occasion and have modelled for various professional photoshoots in
the past. Modelling is NOT fun or glamourous, haha! My only
problem now is that I have a reputation to uphold...
Q: Do you have an account with the website
Cosplay island/other social networking sites?
Yup, I'm on
Cosplay Island as sonia_leong, look me up!
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