It’s time for another interview, this time with DevilMayCosplay! He’s a newer cosplayer from Georgia, who enjoys prop work and having fun!
What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
DevilMayCosplay. Dante from Devil May Cry is one of my favorite series growing up and the main character I cosplay.
How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
Two years. I always wanted to get into cosplay since high school, however didn’t have the funds. Then I finally got to my first convention.
What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
LEDs and paint to bring certain props to life; especially modifying props.
What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
Learning how to use EVA foam and Worbla to make weapons for some upcoming cosplays.
What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
For this question… usually I like accuracy and detail to the character. I like when people go out of their way to recreate certain details.
What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
Cosplay has become popular for better and worse. Better for becoming more socially accepting and appealing to the average joe, thus bringing more people into the hobby. For worse it brings people who try to shove social or political agendas into the hobby. Cosplay is meant to escape the real world and not become a platform for agendas. Plus I see more people cosplay just for likes and popularity too.
What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
More emphasis on fun and being a community. Since becoming mainstream, a lot of people cosplay for popularity or push social agendas. Also people tend to be too involved in their cliques, which misses the whole point of the hobby.
What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
Plan ahead and budget properly. You don’t have to have a new cosplay every day of a con. Try to focus on making 1 or 2 good cosplays. Also always improve your old ones. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from other cosplayers.
What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
AWA is the con that tends to be more social focused. I end up meeting a lot of people at AWA, who happen to be really great friends overall.
Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
For my Dante cosplay, I spent more on the props than the actual outfit.
Thanks for the interview, DevilMayCosplay! Hope to see you at a convention soon!