Q: What has been your favourite cosplay?
Oh, that's a tough one. Most of my costumes have a place
in my heart and I still have almost all of them. If I had to
choose though my favourite (and probably most worn cosplay) would be
Auron from Final Fantasy X.
Q: Most memorable moment whilst cosplaying?
Somehow I've managed to avoid
anything to embarrassing happening whilst in
costume, so my most memorable one would have to be
when I wore my first cosplay - Vash the Stampede
Trigun. I think I was the first Vash
in England and the reception was amazing. My
cosplay group won our first masquerade and I ended
up stumbling back to our B&B through the centre of
Southampton at 5am.
Q: Have you had any cosplays go wrong/encountered problems
whilst making cosplays?
Always, every costume
has it's challenges. Half the fun is finding
ways around them! I've never encountered any
show stoppers though.
Q: Have you ever regretted cosplaying?
Not regretted per-say.
After a particularly mad and stressful year I did
have to take the next one off though. I'm much
more choosy over the costumes I do now.
Q: Have you ever done group cosplay? If so how did you find
I'd say about 75% of my costumes have been for groups, either
with friends or my girlfriend. When I started cosplaying I got all
my mates from Wessex Anime to join in and we have never looked
back, so we often do cosplay groups. Definitely more fun in a
Q: What cosplays are you planning?
I could tell you.... but I would have to kill you, lol.
Truthfully I rarely announce what costumes I'm making. I might
make a new Soul Calibur costume for
and I've been planning a Ryuk from
Death Note for some years now, but that's all I'll say.
Q: Do you have a dream cosplay?
Maybe a full size Landmate from Masamune Shirow's
Appleseed, that would be cool. Whatever it is, it has to
be significantly more challenging than my 9ft tall Optimus Prime
Transformers - ed.), unfortunately that also means I'd have
to buy a bigger house. Optimus is fussy about his personal space.
Q: Do you have one piece of advice that
you would give to cosplay virgins?
Have fun, don't get stressed
out. Cosplay is a lot of
different things to different
people so work out what you
enjoy doing, be it making,
competing, performing or just
having a laugh and stick to
Q: Do you have an account with the website
Cosplay island/other social networking sites?
Yeah, I can be found on Cosplay Island, or on the
forums (where I'm the cosplay coordinator) as Ilpala.
Ilpala is also one of the founders of the Wessex Anime Club,
which meets every second Sunday in Bath. Contact
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information if
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