Arson Victims from Anime Los Angeles

This year’s Anime Los Angeles unfortunately made the news after a man decided to stalk a cosplayer and then set fire to her vehicle and those surrounding it. Happily, no one was injured, but the people whose cars were damaged and/or destroyed are now having hard times paying for it all. Happily, one person on Twitter made a list of the victims’ donation pages and I decided to also bring it over here for those interested in helping.

  1. Julia’s vehicle was the prime target of her now incarcerated stalker and is totaled. You can help her out via this donation link here.
  2. Vane’s car was parked next to Julia’s and was also totaled. You can help via donation here.
  3. Leon’s vehicle was also next to Julia’s and was declared totaled. You can help him out at this link here.
  4. Blake’s vehicle was also involved in the ensuing fire and again, declared totaled. You can donate via this link here.

If you cannot donate, please share around to help our fellow cosplayers out. We may have some bad ones in this community, but we also have a ton of amazing people who outweigh the nasty ones! ❤

 

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Interview with Daydreamernessa

It’s time for another interview, this time with Daydreamernessa! She’s a long-time cosplayer from California, who loves seeing characters brought to life!

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Daydreamernessa as Emeraldas from Galaxy Express 999, photo by Maxim Stensel Photography

What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
Daydreamernessa; it’s still the one and only cosplay alias I’ve gone by since 2001! As you can guess I chose it because I was a big daydreamer, even now it’s still true! But back then I didn’t realize I daydreamed so often because it was my form of escapism from bullying at the time, which is something I’ve only recently ever admitted!

How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
17 years… and counting! Once I hit middle school I started hopping on my family’s computer, and exploring anime online. This is late 90’s and early ’00’s so it wasn’t as accessible in real life. I wanted to know more, and would visit all sorts of anime shrines, Anipike, which led to seeing convention reports and cosplay photos! I’ve always been a fan of playing dress-up, and loved seeing people outwardly share what characters, and series they loved! Back then it was so pure how we tried our best to recreate characters, it still makes me smile thinking of our early cosplay days. 🙂

What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
Depends on what things mean! If it’s material-wise, then really nice quality satins for my mahou shoujo costumes! If it’s for props, then definitely insulation foam and regular craft foams!

What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
As of right now in 2018/2019 I’ve yet to really use Worbla, which has been out and in cosplayers’ hands for years now and revolutionized how cosplay armor and props are made. So I may be late to the game, but definitely that! If money weren’t an issue, I’d love to play with laser cutters, and the Cricut machines! 🙂

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Daydreamernessa as Chun Li from Street Fighter, photo by Joseph Chi Lin

What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
I’m a sucker for seeing costumes brought to life. Seeing a really well executed costume, where someone puts their all into recreating a character. My dear friend Li Kovacs does this with every character she tackles, and you can see the love! I also recommend QuantumDestiny and HikikoMuri for these traits as well. As a fan of these people, it’s always my favorite day seeing progress they share, and the finished projects they create!

What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
The scene changes every day! Because we are on a global platform, and recognized in ways we’ve never been, it’s changed the hobby quite a bit. I think my biggest opinion, is that back in the old days our audience was fellow fans. We didn’t have rando’s seeing our content. We stuck to our costuming websites and forums, or creating personal sites. The general public didn’t know who or what we were, and it was rare to be engaged by non-cosplayers. Fast-forward, and shifting to social media that has the whole world as our audience, it’s changed. We now have a global audience, and that includes people who don’t participate in the hobby.

I think the biggest change about the scene nowadays is what makes up people’s first impressions, and what is popular. For better or for worse what makes up first impressions of cosplay now is usually cosplayers with large followings, and the content they share since that is what’s shared most frequently due to social media algorithms, and being able to pay to show up in people’s feeds. Back in the day if you shared something there was no bumping your work!

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Daydreamernessa as Sophitia from Soul Calibur 2, photo by Cospix.net

What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
Honestly I’d love a solid place to connect with fans like I did back in the day. I really do miss the less intense approach where we were all fans, not on a global microscope.

What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
Learn the basics, and start with a costume/character you feel excited to make!

What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
For cosplay reasons, Fanime! It has the best photo opportunities, and has become a spot where people across the west coast come out for! Some of my favorite events are really small ones too where you pretty much engage with others easily, and feels more cozy!

Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
My Yukiho Starry costume that I made from scratch, has 150+ LED lights that were hand-sewn down to conductive thread, and made in under 2 months!! I worked a 8-6pm job and would come home, eat, and work from 7pm-2am most nights then get up to go to work! It was a very daunting costume to do in a short time, while working full-time!

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Daydreamernessa as Deedlit from Record of Lodoss War, photo by Kyle

Thanks for the interview, Daydreamernessa! You can check out her Facebook page here, her Youtube page here, her Instagram here, and her personal site here!

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End of 2018, or Close Enough…

This year was a bit slower for me, as I had a busier work schedule and less time to sit and focus on many costumes. Instead, I actually tried to focus on photoshoots for costumes to allow me to get some older ones sold off.

I ended up completing three costumes for 2018. I had hoped to potentially get one more in, but it’s still not entirely finished. One costume was bought from Herostime.com and had changes made to the costume to make it a little more polished. The other 2 costumes were made by me, one being a dream costume and the other being made from leftover wedding decorations, lol!

I managed to attend only one convention, and while I wish I could do more, finances dictated otherwise. We’re for sure attending Denver Comic Con in 2019 (I bought tickets already) and we’re hoping to make it to TwitchCon, but we have family vacations and at least one wedding to plan for.

I feel I did better on being more interactive on social media, but I know some other things I plan to do personally next year. My goal for the blog is more interviews and articles about cosplay!

I’m looking forward to what 2019 will be bringing us! I’ve already got at least four costumes planned for me and 1 for my husband, with one of mine almost ready to go! Here’s to having a creative new year! 😀

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Harley Quinn’s Hammer Prop Tutorial

Sometimes, with props especially, you gotta go big or go home! This Harley Quinn hammer prop tutorial is a bit extensive, but wouldn’t be too hard to follow over time. It was created by AWE me and the final look is pretty awesome!

Hope this helps! 😀

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Clarke Cosplay’s Planning and Design Video

I was going to refer to this as a tutorial of sorts, but honestly, it’s a really good way to describe the brainstorming process that goes into a cosplay. Do I do this with all of my costumes? No, but definitely those more intense pieces get some extra attention. Clarke Cosplay describes the process exceptionally well, so I figured sharing it could be rather helpful!

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Interview with Deussolaris Cosplay

It’s time for another interview, this time with Deussolaris Cosplay! He’s a talented young man from Colorado, who strives to get all the details right!

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Deussolaris Cosplay out of costume

What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
Deussolaris Cosplay – I’ve been using “Deussolaris” since I was a teen, mostly for gaming, but gaming has had a huge influence on me to do coplay so it was a natural choice for me. It’s a compound of Deus (God) and Solaris (pertaining to the sun) – for me it means a lot as I see the sun at the center of creation and the reason life is possible at all.

How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
I made my first cosplay over 10 years ago. It was Anji Mito from Guilty Gear I made to go to Nan Desu Kan my first time. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a lot of friends who knew or understood cosplay back then so I fell out of it. I’ve only really gotten back into cosplay since 2016 so fairly new to the community from that perspective.

What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
I absolutely have fallen in love with worbla and EVA – I used to only sew so these mediums have allowed me to take cosplay to the next level and start making props and such.

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Deussolaris Cosplay as Daario Naharis from Game of Thrones, photo by WeNeals Photography

What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
I’ve only done molds and casting once, but I thought it was really neat. I’d like to do more with that in the future so I can make better more detailed props and accessories. I also think it would be neat to get into some light effects as well.

What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
I’m all about the details. I absolutely love when cosplayers nail the details that would have otherwise been overlooked. I also really enjoy when cosplayers get creative doing mash-ups or gender-benders. It’s something I haven’t done yet either so I really appreciate cosplayers that pull these off. I’m fortunate enough to have a lot of friends now that cosplay and I look up to each and every one of them.

What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
Well it’s definitely changed since I first did it all those years ago. I think most surprising was the amount of negativity some people bring to the community. I think most cosplayers today have experienced some kind of bullying, feelings of social inadequacy, etc. – Cosplay should be an outlet and a safe place for people to express themselves and feel comfortable in their own right. There’s a lot of good people in our community, but there are some that still manage to disrupt it.

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Deussolaris Cosplay as Gambit from X-Men, photo by Cameko Cosplay

What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
So going back to what I said – I’d like to see more positivity and support within the community. Let’s show encouragement to those that need it, let’s be kind to one another and if anything just let people enjoy the things that they love in peace – there’s no need to hurt others or tear people down.

What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
Start small and work your way up to harder more intricate projects. Build that confidence so that you don’t get discouraged – Your dream cosplay can wait. It goes a long way to have the confidence to take on the next challenge so just be patient. You know you’re overdoing it when you no longer are having fun making it. We do these things because we enjoy them – Don’t lose that!

What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
Well I’ve only been to Colorado conventions – my dream is to go to some of the larger ones like San Diego or Dragon Con. But I do really enjoy the energy at DCC – there are so many people and so much to see! Starfest was a blast; I went for the first time this year. I also managed to go back to NDK this year as a “blast from the past” kind of experience. It was great and I got to cosplay one of my favourite anime characters from my childhood with a dear friend.

Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
My Nyx Ulric cosplay is basically my crown jewel. I worked almost half a year on it making sure that I made it as detailed as possible. It was actually the reason I have so many good friends in the cosplay community today. This cosplay also got me 3rd place in the Master Tier cosplay contest at DreamHack Denver in 2017.

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Deussolaris Cosplay as Nyx from Final Fantasy – Kingsglaive, photo by WeNeals Photography

Thanks for the interview, Deussolaris Cosplay! You can check out his Facebook page here and his Instagram here!

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Wonder Woman Make-up Tutorial

This tutorial is created by the wonderful Alyson Tabbitha and teaches you how to recreate her Wonder Woman look!

Hope this helps! 😀

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