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Interview with Arlette Resendiz!

Posted: April 6, 2011 by Mike in Interviews

Its Wednesday again! And that means its time for interviews! So here you are! Arlette Resendiz from The Female Gamers Alliance Network!

 

Q: When did you start cosplaying and why did you start?

A: I started Cosplaying in 2003. A friend of mine organized a Halloween party, and I actually wanted to wear a video game costume. I began constructing Edea from Final Fantasy VII. At the time, I was unaware of the term “Cosplay”

Q: What’s your favorite cosplay you’ve done and why?

A: Oh boy… I would have to say Miss Tron Bonne with the Giga Servbot and the Green Gustaff from Megaman Legends and Marvel VC Capcom 2 and 3. I am a huge, HUGE! (Believe me when I say it), Megaman fan.

I began playing Megaman Games since I was 6 and from there on, I’ve collected all the games as well as action figures, propaganda or and anything that can be collectible and rare. I always wanted to Cosplay as a Megaman Character, but there are not that many girls in the Megaman Series (the ones that exist are very effortless). I could Cosplay as Roll by wearing a wing, but I find her insufferable.
The first time I played Megaman Legends, I immediately connected with Tron. She and I are so alike in so many ways. When Marvel VS Capcom 2 came out, I immediately said “Holy CRAP!” There she is again!! I’ve entered many Marvel VS Capcom 2 tournaments and won with her assistance. Tron is so awesome, Capcom made a spin off game just for her.
These and many other reasons would point Tron as is my ultimate favorite Cosplay. I love Tron very much. I am her. She is me.

Q: What do you do to come up with a cosplay to make?

A: First, I look at 3 things:

Do I love the character? Can I get the materials? How am I going to transport this to the Convention?.
When it comes down to Cosplaying, I never ever consider the following: Weight, How comfortable the Cosplay will be, and if people would recognize my character?
All I care about is that I love the character, I have fun making it, and to always make sure it looks just the way it should. I like to make good Cosplays so I know I did the best I could.

Q: What was your hardest cosplay you made?

A: Bahamut from Final Fantasy X… that Cosplay made me cry… about 6 times in a row. I’m not kidding.

Q: What made it hard?

A: The wings. I didn’t know how I was going to make the wings work. The Cosplay ended up weighting 40 pounds! Considering I am 5’1 feet tall, I wore and carried those wings on my back for 8 agonizing hours. The funny part was that even after all the frustration; I had the time of my life. Oh yeah!, I burned myself 4 times with the hot glue gun. I have the burn marks to prove it. Not fun at all.

Q: What was the easiest thing about it?

A: O__O

I really cannot think of an easy part about Bahamut. That Cosplay was literary… a BEAST!! *Shivers at the thought making another Bahamut cosplay* X__X

Q: Have you ever competed in a masquerade or other kind of Cosplay contest?

A: I have actually. The first time I participated was at Anime Central in Chicago 2008. I Cosplayed as Samus Aran from Metroid Prime and won the Novice Category. The second time was at Anime Central 2009 with the Miss Tron Bonne Cosplay with the Green Gustaff and Giga Servbot from Megaman Legends and Marvel VS Capcom 2 and won under the Journeyman’s category. The Third time was at Anime Central 2010 with Bahamut from Final Fantasy X and won under the Master’s Category.
Super Special Awesome Ultra Special Feeling.

Q: If so, what was the most memorable part of it?

A: To know that my hard work was rewarded in the most fantastic and possible way. My family means a lot to me an although they do not understand the concept of Cosplaying and what it means to fans like us, I was very happy to know they were proud of me.

Q: What would you tell to some of our readers who are new to cosplay and what you did when you first started.

A: HAVE FUN!! Make a Cosplay for yourself and not for others. Make it because you love the character. I found out that if you relate to your Cosplay character, you end up putting more effort, time and energy. This pushes you to go the extra mile just to make sure it looks great! Make sure you start making Cosplays with plenty of time. Don’t rush! Also, dollar Stores are your BEST FRIENDS. Always use coupons to buy your material, even if it means you have to visit the store 300 times to exchange a coupon at the time. This process saved me a lot of money.

Ultimately, Cosplaying is almost as if you were paying a tribute to the characters you love so make your Cosplay a good one!

 

Thank you, Arlette, and you guys can find her work on her web page The Female Gamers Alliance Network as well as her Cosplay.Com!

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Bonbori and Hauzuki Interviews!

Posted: March 30, 2011 by Mike in Interviews

Okay sports fans! We have a bit of a treat for you guys! I’ve got here a DOUBLE INTERVIEW! This one is the Bonbori and Houzuki sisters! They agreed to let me have a crack at them for this weeks Cosplay Interview!

Introducing Koi-ishly and Sangochan!

Q: When did you start cosplaying and why did you start?

Koi-ishly: The first time I cosplayed was when I was 16 in 1999 due to some urging from a friend. To be honest, it was the last time I cosplayed until summer of 2010. I’ve been going to conventions all through out that span of time. It wasn’t until summer 2009 that I showed an interest in cosplaying and it always helps when you have friends who are into it.
As for why I started, I can’t really pin point what made me say, “I have to do this next year!”. There was the influence of the con itself, it’s intimidating when there’s a ton of people in costume and standing there in t-shirt and jeans in awe of it all. It just felt right and things fell into place.

Sangochan: I started cosplaying in 2004 when I first realized it existed along with the idea of anime themed conventions. I just fell in love with the idea of being able to make a costume after your favorite character and then getting to put it on and run around AS that character with a whole bunch of other people who love doing the same thing. Theres just so much energy that it’s a bit overwhelming and never before in my life have I had more fun doing something with a bunch of my friends.

Q: What’s your favorite cosplay you’ve done and why?

Koi-ishly:I have two, sorry I’m cheating, you can’t make me choose between them! My 1st is the first cosplay that I made in 2010 that is Gwendolyn from Odin Sphere. I’ll leave it at that because I will be rambling a mess of words of how much I adore this character.

My 2nd, Hozuki from Otome Youkai Zakuro. My partner Sangochan241 and I fell in love with these characters while watching the anime. It was a crazy spur of the moment decision. I had no experience with wig making, we were crazy to do this but we were motivated by the cuteness of the characters. It was the hair design of the twins that drew me to this cosplay and I had to do it with my “twin” Sango.

Sangochan: My favorite cosplay has to be pre-time skip/time skip Yoko Ritona from Gurren Lagann. Gurren Lagann is my all-time favorite series, and Yoko has got to be one of my favorite anime characters, so I jumped at the chance to cosplay her. Aside from getting to cosplay one of my favorite characters, this was also the first costume I was able to complete without the aid of another person (aside from the riffle which I had commissioned). I was able to plan out the costume, find the materials, and then assemble everything entirely on my own. It was a major accomplishment for me since I was still very new to cosplaying at the time.

Q: What do you do to come up with a cosplay to make?

Koi-ishly:There’s a lot of factors when coming up with a decision of what character to do. At the moment, it’s all inspired from anime/video games that I have known about. There are some cosplays that I plan for the future that have interested me purely on design.
Something that draws me to characters are interesting props. I’m a sucker for armored girls and weapon yielding characters…
One thing I always do when a character has interested me, I do a ton of research. I can’t stress that enough. I research original and fan art. I research patterns and tutorials. I save all of this in a folder according to that character.

Sangochan: Usually I’ll get an idea in my head of what character I want to do or what costume a certain character wears. I’ll just see it and say “Hey, I really like the way that looks.” I know for certain I want to make the costume when I start picking out fabrics in my head and when I start to make plans for the costume (“Wouldn’t it be funny if I did this?!”) Once I know I’m doing the costume I start gathering reference images from the internet (fan art, screenshots, scans, etc.) and I keep them in a folder on my computer. Once I have enough reference material, I start to draw and sketch out designs for the actual mechanics of the costume (how to sew certain parts, measurements of certain props or accessories, as well as my own drawings of frontal, back and side views of the characters as I need them). Then I head out with my shopping list, gathering my materials and after a couple of all nighters with my sewing machine and my ipod, I have my self a cosplay costume.

Q: What was your hardest cosplay you made?

Koi-ishly: Hozuki by far. While a kimono is simple in theory but when put into practice… I just don’t know where I went wrong. While I have limited sewing skills, I felt all my abilities left me. Thankfully Sangochan241 was there to save the costume from my ineptitude with a sewing machine. I think the wigs were playing into my inability to sew. Those wigs were… I don’t think I can go into it due to the blankness that envelopes my brain when thinking about it.

Sangochan: It had to have been the Bonbori and Houzuki costume my friend and I made for Katsucon 2011.

Q: What made it hard?

Koi-ishly: Using a new material is always hard. I’ve dabbled in a lot of artistic mediums through out my life, but wig making was something I’ve only admired from afar. With the twins hair, I knew it would be very costly to have them commissioned and to add the time it takes to make. I feared it wouldn’t have been done in time. I decided I’d take on the challenge. By some miracle everything feel into place, but there was a lot of frustrated nights and tears a long the way. This by no means was a piece of cake.

Sangochan: What made it so difficult was how simple the entire costume looked. We initially choose it because the hardest part appeared to be the wigs, and even then it would just be covering shapes with wefts and adding the fox ears. So we thought it would be a good “funsies” cosplay for us to throw together and enter into the hall contest. Because of this, we really underestimated how much work the whole costume would take. We also underestimated how much time we needed to actually get the entire costume done (I was actually working right up until I got to my hotel room at the convention, I had to hand sew a few final details on that I just didn’t have time for earlier). In addition to that, this costume was leaps and bounds above the heads of our costume making ability. It pushed me to my limits since I was trying to figure out new techniques and different ways of doing things so that I could finish the costume not just to be worn, but to be judged. When I look back on it, the actually construction of the costume wasn’t all that difficult, but when you’re racing against the clock even the little things seem to be complex. So we wound up having to re-make certain parts of it because we rushed through it the first time trying to get it done. Once we were able to take a deep breath and slow down the whole thing came together rather nicely.

Q: What was the easiest thing about it?

Koi-ishly: Making the sakura blossoms. I have been working with polymer/sculpty clay since I was little. I love working with it and it is a forgiving material.

Sangochan: Getting the materials. We found all the fabric for it the first day we went out shopping, and we were even able to find the trim with a little bit of hunting on the internet. Our wigs were even easy to find. My friend and I were both hunting the internet for various wigs and colors we liked for the twins and she finally found Arda wigs and that’s where we wound up getting all of out wig materials from. (2 long base wigs, 4 curl extensions, and even 2 regular extensions, this wig took A LOT of hair)

Q: Have you ever competed in a masquerade or other kind of cosplay contest?

Koi-ishly: I’ve only competed in two hall contests. I have considered entering a masquerade, but I enjoy the hall contests. I’m not much for singing/acting (I love to dance). It’s something I would like to try one day.

Sangochan: Yes, I’ve only participated in one, the Hall Costume Contest for Katsucon 2011 with my friend Emilie who I cosplayed as Bonbori and Houzuki with her. We took first place for the novice level.

Q: If so, what was the most memorable part of it?

Koi-ishly: Katsucon 2011 Hall Contest. Walking into judging and the judges were sitting at a table. As we walked up one immediately says something along the lines,”First, you have to explain how you made those wigs.” I don’t have a lot of experience in the Hall Contests, but hearing that made me so happy and proud of all my hard work. It was a huge compliment.

Sangochan: The amount of attention we got from our wigs. I didn’t think that they would cause this much of a stir or even get us that much attention. Outside of the contest, people would stop us to take our picture just for the craftsmanship of the wigs! And the fact that we won and got a plaque if pretty memorable too.

Q: What would you tell to some of our readers who are new to cosplay and what you did when you first started.

Koi-ishly: My first time cosplaying I went along with my high school friends. My friend’s mom made my Rei school uniform from Neon Genesis Evangelion. I was very lucky to have someone make me a costume for free. This is not the norm in cosplaying. It’s take a lot of time and money to make a costume. When I think of my cosplays, I’m realistic. I try to think of what I know I can make and what will be a challenge. I did not listen to my own advice when making my Hozuki cosplay… but sometimes it will work itself out.
The number one thing to remember is to enjoy it. If I didn’t enjoy it, I wouldn’t be doing it.

Sangochan: Since I knew nothing about cosplay or even how to sew when I started to cosplay, the best tool in my arsenal was knowledge. You want to not only make the best costume you can, but to make it well, and the best way to make a great costume is to master the skills you’ll need to make that great costume. Make sure you do your research before starting any costume if you don’t have experience with certain materials, fabrics or even techniques needed to construct the costume. Along that same line, I would have to say always keep learning and don’t be afraid to learn a new skill. If you stumble upon a tutorial or a video demonstrating something you may not need to use for a costume you’re working on currently, learn it any way. You never know when you might need to know how to sew a pleated skirt or how to become a ninja using only an old tee-shirt. That way, when the time comes for you to finally put your new skills to use you’ll already be familiar with the process and materials needed. With each new costume is a new opportunity to learn something new and to be able to practice what you already know.

You can find them on their respective cosplay.com sites:
Koi-ishly
Sangochan

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When did you start cosplaying and why did you start?

I started cosplaying at Kumoricon 2007 when one of my best friends took me along. I felt so out of place walking around in normal clothes even though there are so many other people not dressed up so the last day of con I threw together a closet cosplay.

What’s your favorite cosplay you’ve done and why?

To be honest all my cosplays are my favorite when they are new. Though my current favorite is Date Masamune from Sengoku Basara (mainly because that is my current obsession)

What do you do to come up with a cosplay to make?

I cosplay the characters I like from a series. Most of the time that turns out to be males or bad guys and half the time both. On rare occasions I will cosplay with a group from a series I am not too familiar with. I do always make sure that before I go to a con that I know about the character and at least the basics from the series.

What was your hardest cosplay you made?

  1. What made it hard?
  2. What was the easiest thing about it?

As I continue cosplaying my costumes have been getting harder. I am not going to lie I have bought a few of my costumes like Kuja, the Organization coat, and most of the Naruto characters I did at the beginning, but I have started to move away from that and make my own. As of now my hardest one has been Date. I made about 90% of it on my own. I had a little guidance on sewing the jacket from Kayla but she mainly let me stumble through it. The pants, sweater and the shoes are the only thing I did not make, though all three were altered by me to obtain the desired results.

1: What made it so hard was the fact that I haven’t really made any detailed costume on my own like that before. I have done a little bit of armor making in the past but I really wanted this one to look as good as I could make it. I don’t think I have quite gotten there yet either. I am still thinking of ways I can improve it. I am also still a beginner sewer but I am teaching myself how to sew better. That jacket was the hardest thing I have sewn to date.

2: The easiest thing surprisingly was the armor. It wasn’t hard at all just time consuming, a lot of sitting around and waiting for glue or paint to dry. To make the armor I simply followed the craft foam armor tutorial for the most part. I may have skipped a few steps or substituted some things like the armor coloring method.

Have you ever competed in a masquerade or other kind of cosplay contest?

  1. if so, what was the most memorable part of it?

Yes, I have. Sakuracon 2008 was my first cosplay contest. I was an extra in a skit. The only other time I was on stage wasn’t for the actual contest but for the entertainment during judging at Kumoricon 2010 with the anime hunters.

1: I would have to say the most memorable part of it was the friends I made. At Sakuracon 2008 I only got asked to be part of the skit because someone was wearing the same costume as me. Because of that I met Bangbang Neko and became great friends with her. And through her I meet Yatta Cloud and became friends with the Anime Hunters. 🙂

What would you tell to some of our readers who are new to cosplay and what you did when you first started.

One thing you should always know is that this is for fun. Don’t take it too seriously and don’t take anything personally. Everything is a learning experience. Go into things with an open mind and you will have a good time. Don’t be afraid to talk to people. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself. There are many costumes I thought I would never be able to do and I have found myself wearing them at a convention within a year. Use the internet and peers to get ideas on how to make things. One other thing that I strongly suggest is if you are going to a convention join the forum for that convention, and if at all possible arrange or go to meet-ups to find other cosplayers in the area. When I first started going to cons I had no friends that were in to cosplay. The girl I went with the first time was her first time too so she didn’t know anyone either. All of my cosplay friends I have now I have met either through meet-ups or through cons. Cosplay is something that is very quickly growing. A lot of people are beginning more familiar with it but there are those that are not. When you are outside of con space you should make sure you are on your best behavior. This may be the first time someone see and hears of it so you want to make sure you set a good example and not be one of those cosplayers that is running around screaming and generally annoying people. Yes conventions are fun and they can be very exciting but please be on your best behavior.

http://nikkiolie.deviantart.com/

http://www.cosplay.com/member/111872/

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Meltingmirror Interview!

Posted: March 23, 2011 by Mike in Interviews

Well, its that time again! We, at ConGear, have done it again! We scored an interview with the illustrious Meltingmirror! This cosplayer may be best known for her Styria Shiva cosplay! So, without much more from me, here is your content!

Q: When did you start cosplaying and why did you start?

A: I started cosplaying in 2004. It was the first convention in my city. My friends were really excited about it and they wanted to dress up. I was opposed to it but I gave in.

Q: What’s your favorite cosplay you’ve done and why?

A: My favourite costume has to be my Scout from Grando Espada. I just love all the small details in it. The colour scheme is great. It is a costume to suits me. It was also a challenge to sew so it gave me a great sense of accomplishment to finish it. Another perk is that it is also comfy to wear.

Q: What do you do to come up with a cosplay to make?

A: I keep a folder on my computer where any costume or character that interests me gets saved. Some come from series I follow, others from looking up what other cosplayers make researching the series. I often go through the folder and whichever ones I keep staring at are usually the ones I make. For the most part the costumes must have some design that attracts me. I can see a figurine at a convention that I like and that all I need to decide to make it.

Q: What was your hardest cosplay you made?

A: By far, the toughest one I made was my Styria cosplay of the Shiva Sisters from Final Fantasy 13.

Q: What made it hard?

A: It required all my skills and learning some new ones to make it work. I find it was more a engineering project than a costume project. Figuring out the measurements to scale, finding a way to balance the headdress on my head, how is it put on and removed, how do all the armour pieces interact, how do I move around… It was a lot of planning, sketching, crafting which took a lot of time. It was all learning on the fly and I was lucky enough not to have to remake any parts.

Q: What was the easiest thing about it?

A: The spandex body suit underneath all the armour was the easiest part. It was the only sewing required for the entire project.

Q: Have you ever competed in a masquerade or other kind of cosplay contest?

A: I take part in quite a few masquerades. Now that I compete at the highest level, master or craftsman, I am being more selective of which to compete in. I am trying to go to new conventions to test my skills there.


Q: If so, what was the most memorable part of it?

A: I really like hanging out in the green room and meeting new people. You can learn a lot of great tips from other cosplayers. The time you spend on stage is a blip compared to the hours you spend backstage. I made a lot of friends there.

Q: What would you tell to some of our readers who are new to cosplay and what you did when you first started?

A: If you are just starting out, I suggest picking a project within your skill level and sticking to it. Do your research and look for any tutorials that can help you out. Cosplayers are usually very open so ask around for some tips and tricks. I started by getting a brief sewing lessons from my grandmother and woodworking / workshop advice from my father. Family is usually willing to help after they get over the strangeness of the hobby.

Thank you so much! Well, if you guys want to check more of her work out, you can find her on her Web pageDeviantArt, Cosplay Lab, American Cosplay Paradise, Cure, and her Cosplay.com!

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