Cosplay interviews! A weekly feature on Animetion where we talk to cosplayers on what motivates them, plus a cool gallery showcasing their cosplays.  Here we talk to English cosplayer:

Name: Lucy Belle Guthrie
(a.k.a. Chibi)

Q: When did you start cosplaying and how long for?

I've been cosplaying for about 3 years now I think.  My first ever attempt at cosplaying was for Bristol Comic Expo in 2006 using a mishmash of clothes from my wardrobe and some little handsewn extras.  A few months later though I shelled out some money and bought myself an Inu-Yasha cosplay from eBay which I loved to bits!  I only ever bought two cosplays though and I have been making my own, for myself and for others, ever since.

Q: What attracts you cosplay?

I love the amount of work, heart and soul people put into their costumes.  It makes me really happy to see so many people come together, even just for 3 days in a year, and create such amazing things.  I love that you can go to a con completely by yourself and by the end of the weekend you come back home

with a notebook full of new friends' emails/phone numbers.  More often than not it's the cosplay that starts the conversation in the first place.  Cosplay is my welcome distraction from everyday life, I suppose that's the best way to put it!

Q:  What has been your favourite cosplay?

Hmm, tough question.  In all honesty I haven't particularly favoured any of my own cosplays; I'm a perfectionist with OCPD so none of them are ever 100% right to me.  My mind wants me to say Wolf Link (Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess) as it was my first fursuit and it got such a good reception, but to be honest I'm more inclined to say Rabi~en~Rose (Di Gi Charat) or Link (Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina of Time).  Rabi because I made it in 24 hours (seriously, finished it at 6am just before leaving for MCM London Expo) and it turned out exactly how I wanted it.  Link because he's well recognised and I think I fit the character quite well (also my first time making a sword and shield).  I should probably mention Mink (Dragon Half) though as I know there are a few friends of mine that might be disappointed if I didn't!

Q: Most memorable moment whilst cosplaying?

Well I think it's got to be the second Bristol Cosplay Club Night.  I came out of the bathroom having changed into Mink from Dragon Half and the room just exploded into applause, gasps and whoops.  Hah that was brilliant.  Embarrassing but brilliant.  That was my 'confidence cosplay' as well, so it gave my self-esteem a little boost. 

Q:  Have you had any cosplays go wrong/encountered problems whilst making cosplays?

Oh tons.  I've never been to a con or expo where I wasn't sewing on the way or in the hotel room because I'd run out of time.  Of course there are also the countless times my sewing machine has given up on me during an important part of a costume.  I was once helping my friend with his Shinji cosplay (from Neon Genesis Evangelion - ed.) and we didn't have the right glue sticks and the hot glue all poured out of the back of the gun all over my hand!  Oh and last Amecon I was in the masquerade as human Luna (Sailor Moon S movie) and when I got in line I realised that my yellow satin dress was somehow splattered with ink!  I was in tears but I decided it wasn't going to stop me from getting out there and showing it off, after all, I'd spent so much work on it.

Heh and many more things have gone wrong I'm sure...

Q:  Have you ever regretted cosplaying?

Never, not at all.  Well, I suppose I could use the couple of hundred pounds a year I spend on cosplay and cons to, y'know, eat and stuff but those are just details...

Q:  Have you ever done group cosplay? If so how did you find that experience?

I've done it a few times now and I really enjoy it.  It's nice to be able to take an hour or two just to spend time with a specific group of people, make new friends and things like that.  It makes it sooo much more fun to act in character when you have people to react to you as well!  What I find fun is trying to round up more and more people so you can get a complete set of characters, difficult to do but if you succeed it sure is rewarding.

Q:  What cosplays are you planning?

Ack, so many - I have a list that's about 3 pages long.  I suppose my most immediate ones are my ones for Kitacon and Ayacon.  For Kitacon I only have time to make one, so I'll be using my Sakura (Card Captor Sakura) that I made for the Bristol Cosplay Club Night the week before, along with a couple of older ones.  For Ayacon I'll be cosplaying An (Sailor Moon R) with my partner as Eiru, and I'm stuck between Teddie (Persona 4) and Metis (Persona 3).  I'm sure I'll pick one more as well as I never do less than 3 cosplays for a con, not sure what yet though.

Q:  Do you have a dream cosplay?

Loads.  I've wanted to cosplay Klonoa (Klonoa 2; Lunatea's Veil) since forever!  One day I'd like to go all out and make a Zora armour Link (Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess), a Megazord/Rita Repulsa (Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers), Deku Link (Legend Of Zelda: Majora's Mask), Puni Puni Poemi... The list is endless!

Q:  Do you have one piece of advice that you would give to cosplay virgins?

Never be afraid to try new things.  Three years ago I didn't have a clue how to use a sewing machine let alone hand sew.  It's all about taking small steps and building up your confidence.  Start with small things like hemming trouser legs and sleeves and gradually work your way up.  I can tell you now, I've been sewing and making cosplays for a long while and I still cock up every now and then.  It's fine, you learn from your mistakes and they only make you better at it!

Q:  Do you have an account with the website Cosplay island/other social networking sites?

Yep I'm on Cosplay Island as "Chibi". I also have a commission website for cosplays, partial fursuits, accessories and wig stylings: http://www.freewebs.com/chibicosplaycommission

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Lucy as Plenair from Disgaea Lucy as Chii from Chobits Lucy as Rabi en Rose from Di Gi CharatLucy as Link from The Legend Of Zelda series

Lucy as Luna (Human Form) from Sailor Moon S Lucy as Wolf Link from Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess - photo by Nert of ManyLemons Lucy as Sailor Mercury from Sailor Moon series - photo by Nert of ManyLemonsLucy as Mink from Dragon Half

Lucy as Inu-Yasha from Inu-Yasha Lucy (left) as Link from Legend Of Zelda series Lucy as Puss N' Boots