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Unread 11-23-2012, 08:49 AM   #1
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UK Cosplayers needed for magazine feature!

Hi there,

My name is Bee and I'm writing a feature on cosplaying for my university journalism project.

I was wondering if anyone would be able to speak to me about their cosplaying experiences. While I do cosplay myself, unfortunately I can't use myself as an interviewee!

If you could fill out these simple questions and post them below, that would be great!

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When did you start cosplaying and what made you start?:
What was your first cosplay? Did you make the costume yourself?:
Do you cosplay in public?:
Have you been to any expos/conventions?:
If yes, which was/is your favourite to go to and why?:
Do you cosplay regularly? If yes, how regularly?:
What do people think of your cosplay?:
Who is your favourite character/person to cosplay as and why?:
Do you make the costumes yourself?:
How long does it take for you to construct a costume?:
What do you enjoy about cosplay?:
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Unread 11-23-2012, 08:54 AM   #2
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Also if I could get your name, age and location, that would be great too!
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Unread 11-23-2012, 12:58 PM   #3
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When did you start cosplaying and what made you start?: I started because I felt a strange compulsion to dress in a wig and prance around like a fool. I started in May this year.
What was your first cosplay? Did you make the costume yourself?: My first cosplay was Gumi from Vocaloid, in her Matryoshka cosplay. I bought the hoodie from the internet, and painted the eyes on myself.
Do you cosplay in public?: I do when possible and in the mood. However, I haven't been able to often, because I usually go out with my parents and they don''t like it when I wear it in public. I have spotted a young child staring at me when wearing it, though.
Have you been to any expos/conventions?: I went to Bristol Comic Expo in May, and was meant to go to MCM in October, but stuff happened. As stuff does.
If yes, which was/is your favourite to go to and why?: Bristol Comic Expo. The only one I have attended.
Do you cosplay regularly? If yes, how regularly?: Yes, once or thrice a month when I can. However, it's usually just hanging around in character, though I don't even have much of a character in my only current costume.
What do people think of your cosplay?: It's not stunning, so people don't usually care, but nobody's come up to me and said that I look stupid. However, I've gotten more compliments under a wig than out of one.
Who is your favourite character/person to cosplay as and why?: I'm pretty sure that, when I finish her, my gijinka (human) Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony will be my favourite, though I hate it currently. I need to do a LOT of work on it to straighten out the mess made for my mum to sew the collar.
Do you make the costumes yourself?: I do the parts that I can by myself, and modify clothing when avaliable, though I have some problems with motor skills that make me less than okay on a sewing machine. My mum helps me with that.
How long does it take for you to construct a costume?: Between half a month to over a year with procrastination.
What do you enjoy about cosplay?: The fact that I can escape under another person for a while, and be confident in myself.

Helen, 14, England.
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Unread 11-26-2012, 08:29 AM   #4
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Thank you! Any one else out there willing to do this for me?
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Unread 12-06-2012, 06:00 PM   #5
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When did you start cosplaying and what made you start?:
I was 14 when I first started. I got really into Anime and Manga, and me and my best friend went to a convention together. I saw so may amazing costumes there, I loved them to bits, even though I had no idea what most were.

What was your first cosplay? Did you make the costume yourself?:
The first costume was a gift from my mother, the second, she helped me with. But then a friend gave me an old mannequin and I've been making everything since.
Do you cosplay in public?:
Yeah, but I'm not going shopping dressed in a suit of armor. My more casual costumes I have worn out before. The big fancy ones I do use for when my school does fundraisers.

Have you been to any expos/conventions?:
I've been to 9 conventions over 5 years.

If yes, which was/is your favourite to go to and why?:
London MCM! I love the people there, they're all so nice. I love getting photos of my costumes taken, and I love how if you stop for a second, even somewhere out the way you're still surrounded in costumes!

Do you cosplay regularly? If yes, how regularly?:
I tend to only really get my full costumes on for events of photos, because they take a lot of effort to get into. But most of my spare time is cosplay related one way or another.

What do people think of your cosplay?:
My friends like it, even those who don't cosplay. Strangers ted to ask a lot of questions or stare, I don't mind.

Who is your favourite character/person to cosplay as and why?:
Kushina Uzumaki from Naruto. The costume is really simple, and it's my most successful. The wig I use is amazing, it comes to my knees, gets horribly tangled but can be fixed in 5 minutes.
My boyfriend cosplays her husband, so the costume means I get to spend the con with him.
Do you make the costumes yourself?:
Yes, sometimes I have to have someone pin me into a dress because I'm thinner/shorter than my mannequin, and sometimes I bribe them with cake to hold things while the paint drys.

Helen, 17, Nottingham, England.

How long does it take for you to construct a costume?:
It depends, between three months and three days.

What do you enjoy about cosplay?:
Being my favorite characters, meeting new people, walking into a supermarket dressed as iron man and having everyone do double takes.
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Unread 01-24-2013, 10:43 AM   #6
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When did you start cosplaying and what made you start?:
Started cosplaying in 2009 after visiting the MCM convention in london started watching some of the anime I had bought at the con and decided that I could relate to some of the characters.

What was your first cosplay?
Did you make the costume yourself?: My first costume was Gilbert Nightray from Pandora Hearts - This was a bought cosplay as I wanted to see whether or not it was something that would be worth spending the time/money/effort in making cosplays for future cons.

Do you cosplay in public?:
Whenever I can - I have a cosplay group for Vampire Knight which we do photo shoots in public places.

Have you been to any expos/conventions?:
Yes

If yes, which was/is your favourite to go to and why?:
The MCM conventions in London - as it is a 3 day event in which the atmosphere is pretty amazing - You will always find friendly cosplayers there looking to meet others even if they are in their own groups.

Do you cosplay regularly? If yes, how regularly?:
Yes - Most Weekends

What do people think of your cosplay?:
My Kiryuu Zero cosplay seems to be popular with our cosplay groups DeviantArt fans.

Who is your favourite character/person to cosplay as and why?:
Kiryuu Zero - Because I can relate to him in several ways to how he acts and thinks.

Do you make the costumes yourself?:
I have been making my own cosplays in the last couple of years.

How long does it take for you to construct a costume?:
It varies, mostly depends on work and theatre hours - the simple cosplays tend to take a few weeks, the more extravagent a couple of months.

What do you enjoy about cosplay?:
I enjoy being able to become someone else. To act/talk as they would in the anime/manga/game/movie.
I enjoy challenging myself to make different cosplays and props, finding new and different ways of making the same thing.
I enjoy it when people say that the photos/videos of the cosplays have inspired them into cosplaying from that anime/manga etc or just cosplaying in general as it shows that what I do is encouraging others join the hobby/lifestyle of cosplaying - and helping make it more widespread around the UK.
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