It’s time for another interview, this time with Blue Bunny! She’s a cosplayer I’ve gotten to happily know via Facebook who does lovely work and is talented and lovable!
What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
I suppose it would be Blue Bunny or Bunny. My husband told me I looked like a bunny and my favorite color is blue so it quickly became my nickname.
How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
I’ve been dressing up since I was around 12 years old, before I even knew what cosplay was! My very first cosplay was Usagi from Sailor Moon about 13 or so years ago, the next year I went as Goku from Dragon Ball Z. I loved both of the characters so asked my mom and aunt to make the costumes for me and I wore them to school on Halloween and out trick or treating. My first cosplay after I realized what cosplay actually was, was Rosette from Chrono Crusade. I cosplayed it at my FIRST Convention, JAMPCon in Chattanooga, TN.
What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
Craft foam!!! It is by far my favorite material to work with because you can do SO much with it!! I’ve made armor, wings, and various other parts to costumes using it. It’s affordable and easy to work with, as well as accessible at most hobby shops. Another favorite material I enjoy using is EL wire. It is like LED rope, and can be used to light up props and make any costume GLOW.
What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
There are two costumes in particular that I’m looking forward to working on in the next year. One is a female version of Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy 7, big sword ‘n all! The other is the ‘Twisted Princess’ version of Mulan from the Disney movie – Mulan. In the artwork she has a dragon tattoo that lifts off of her arm and becomes an actual dragon that hovers above her. I intend to make the dragon as part of the costume created with wire and who knows what else!
What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
I enjoy seeing cosplayers who add lots of details to their costumes – whether it be beading, embroidery, textures, or a realistic paint job. I admire a costume that has a touch of “reality” to it making it look better then actual art. I also enjoy seeing extravagant wigs made with foam and other odd materials.
What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
I suppose I would call it a very creative “scene”. It’s great to be able to share the same hobby with others, especially a hobby that more “normal” people might not understand. It’s so much fun to meet other cosplayers who just pour their time, effort, and creativity into their costumes; I feel like I can really relate to them.
What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
I would like to see some more adult conventions, and I don’t mean adult in a sexual way. Perhaps some conventions that are 18 or 21 years of age and up to weed out the younger folk. Sometimes the younger con-goers can be a bit hyper and annoying and clash with the more mature/older cosplayers. I know it sounds silly to call people who dress up as anime and video game characters mature, but some of us take our costumes VERY seriously and to have an immature 15 year old run up and jump on you, crushing all your hard work under their weight, is not a good thing.
What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
RESEARCH! Learn as much as you can about sewing, prop making, and all that is involved with costume making before you get started. Don’t half-ass your costume, if you plan to be in public and displaying your costume as art please take time and learn to hem, iron, and other simple tasks that will improve the look of your costume. Such a simple thing as ironing can make a big difference! Also try to avoid fabric like cheap silk, fake velvet, and other ‘costume’ fabrics. And lastly but not least, shapewear such as corsets, girdle, compression belts, and stockings can make a big difference in your appearance – even if you have a great body.
What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
Because of all the money I pour into my costumes as well as bills and the cost of living, I can only afford to attend a few conventions. I usually go to 1 a year and seem to frequent MTAC and AWA. I choose these two because they aren’t overly packed with people and are close to where I live.
Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
I’m very proud of my Mutio (Blue Submarine No. 6) cosplay because of the makeup and airbrushing that was involved to make it. The bodysuit was actually airbrushed ON me while I was wearing it so after we were done I had the character’s colors stained onto my skin for a week!
Thanks for the interview, Blue Bunny! Hope to see you at con!