Interview with Serafina Cosplay

It’s time for another interview, this time with Serefina Cosplay! She’s a lovely cosplayer from Colorado, who absolutely loves handling wigs!

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Serafina Cosplay as Harley Quinn from DC Comics, photo by KJean Photography

What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
I sadly was not very creative when I chose the name Serafina Cosplay. It was similar to my real name and sounded nice enough – and no one else was using it (at the time). However, now “Serafina” is apparently the name of a teenage-geared book series so if I had the chance to go back in time and pick something else I probably would!

How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
I started cosplaying without knowing it around 2007 (old, not obsolete) when I became a professional children’s entertainer. I was a few years in before a friend of mine said to me, “You know they have conventions for this sort of thing?” So I went to my first convention in 2011 or 2012 I believe. It opened up a new world of costuming options for me.

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Serafina Cosplay as Star Sapphire from Justice League DOOM, photo by Nlightened Designs

What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
My strengths lie in wig-styling. I went to cosmetology school so I have some background in hair, however, wigs are a whole different animal. I watch a lot of youtube videos to learn new skills. I recently completed my Dark Lady wig (from Sailor Moon) and I’m excited to try it out. I am hoping the grandeur of the style doesn’t look too silly on my face. 😀

What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
My best friend Kristi just won the 2018 Her Universe Fashion Show and she has been my exclusive costumer for a few years now. She and I have been discussing some more “nostalgic” cosplays. In other words, cosplays that aren’t necessarily instantly recognizable to everyone, but are nostalgic and will hopefully be appreciated by fans that recognize it.

What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
I love a “whole package”. In other words, I love seeing cosplayers that put detail into every piece. Maybe they are wearing an intricately crafted set of armor but also made sure their wig and their shoes were on point. Or even small things like seeing a Sailor Mercury with her visor and her computer. Or an Aang with his glider. I love extra pieces that show that extra touch of love for their character.

What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
Yikes! This is a tricky subject. I suppose all I can say is that I have had more than my fair share of negative experiences with people in the “cosplay scene”. Do those experiences represent the community as a whole? I’d like to think not. But it certainly has put a damper on my interest to continue with the hobby in the future.

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Serafina Cosplay as Xena from Xena: Warrior Princess, photo by Raven

What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
I think catty-ness within the cosplay community is useless. There is no reason to purposely attack another cosplayer. We are all in this together and we should act like it.

What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
You are beautiful and your cosplay is beautiful and completely valid. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
I have really enjoyed Emerald City Comic Con both times I’ve attended. Seattle is obviously a beautiful city. But the con itself is well laid out and I’ve always had positive experiences with the staff.

Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
As previously mentioned, my friend Kristi often helps with my costumes. At my request, she added a skirt to my yellow power ranger costume. Technically the yellow ranger doesn’t have a skirt but ever since I was a child I always wanted her to have one. I get a lot of “that’s not accurate to the character”, but I don’t care. It makes me happy.

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Serafina Cosplay as Yellow Ranger from Power Rangers, photo by Raven

Thanks for the interview, Serefina Cosplay! You can check out her website here, her Facebook page here, and her Instagram here!

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Sakimichan Hades from Disney’s Hercules Wig Tutorial

This wig tutorial is pretty hard-core for a wig, so I definitely do not recommend it for beginners! It was created by Jak Cosplay and teaches you how to create Sakimichan’s version of Hades from Disney’s Hercules!

Hope this helps! 😀

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Buying Fabric on Etsy

Lately, I’ve been purchasing fabric on Etsy since I’ve been having to find very specific colors or patterns. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at what I’ve been finding! So, I thought I’d share some tips and tricks on how I’ve been deciding where to order from.

1. Take advantage of those search terms! Play around with the keywords to find what you’re looking for. Describe the color or the actual fabric you’re searching for and play around with it all to get as many ideas as you can.

2. Check the pricing, and include the shipping. The saving grace of Etsy is it allows you to find the pricing that would best suit your project’s budget! The 6 yards of fabric and shipping charges cost me $30 for my husband’s vest I plan on making him. I can’t beat that!

3. Pay attention to where the item is being shipped from! It can affect the cost, but it’s more to know the time frame for how long your order may take.

4. Look at the store’s ratings! As much as I hate to say it as an Etsy seller, people do pay attention to the ratings. If the store has low ratings and a lot of complaints, you may want to avoid it.

 

Hope this helps! 😀

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Werewolf/Creature Nails Tutorial

This amazing tutorial was created by Madeyewlook and teaches you an easy way to create your own creature nails! Perfect for Halloween! 😀

Hope this helps! 😀

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In Memorium: Callie Cosplay

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Callie Cosplay as Ms. Marvel from Marvel Comics, photo by David Love Photography

On October 5th, the following statement was released by Callie Cosplay’s mother on her Facebook fan page:

“It deeply saddens me to say that my dear daughter, Leah Delaney, aka Callie Cosplay, has passed away. Her brother, Carter Ross, and I find comfort in knowing that Leah is no longer in pain and is now with her Daddy. Leah loved each and every one of her fans, and she considered all of you to be her friends and family. Thank you for the love and support you showed Leah during her short cosplay career and young life. A copy of her obituary will be posted as soon as it is available.
Sincerely,
Leah’s Mom, aka Mama
Debra Burroughs”

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Callie Cosplay as Zatanna from DC Comics, photo by Saffels Photography

Callie Cosplay, Leah, had been suffering from a multitude of medical issues for years, but still did an insane amount of work in the cosplay scene, from being on Patreon to attending conventions. She had a large fanbase and a lot of friends she had made who supported her, through thick and thin, and to say the community is hurting right now would be a huge understatement.

Leah openly spoke about her struggles and everything she was going through, and was never shy on discussing her treatments and how much everyone’s support meant to her. We can all take solace in the fact she is no longer in pain and that so many people are coming together in this tragedy.

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Callie Cosplay as Mystique from Marvel Comics, make-up by Elia Lizacano, photo by David Love Photography

Rest in Peace, Callie Cosplay. ❤ And this page is going to continue to send love and support to her friends, family, and fans that are hurting.

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Metropolis Gallery’s Simone Bianchi ‘Marvel Masterpieces’ Exhibit Press Release and an Interview with Vincent Zurzolo

Per the Press Release I received:

“For (New York) Comic Con attendees, it’s a can’t-miss side trip: the once-in-a-blue-moon opportunity to not only view but purchase original comic art by the master painter Simone Bianchi from Italy—art soon to be immortalized in the upcoming Marvel Masterpieces 2018 trading card collection.

Metropolis Gallery will host the Bianchi exhibit, which opens on Friday, October 5 and runs through the end of December. The trading cards, published by Upper Deck, will also be released in October.

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Spiderman from Marvel Comics, artwork by Simone Bianchi

One of the most renowned comic artists working today, Bianchi is best known in the U.S. for his work in X-Men, Avengers, Spider-Man, Thanos, Wolverine and Star Wars comics, as well as his signature watercolor and ink wash style.

‘Simone brings a certain aesthetic to everything he does,’ says Metropolis Gallery curator and owner, Vincent Zurzolo. ‘It’s distinctly European, filled with dynamic tension and a distinct mood that in-and-of-itself can only be described as Simone Bianchi.’

The Metropolis exhibit will feature more than 50 paintings from the Marvel Masterpieces 135-piece set—all on sale, with prices ranging from $2,500-$14,000. The rest of the collection will be exhibited simultaneously in Bianchi’s hometown of Lucca, Italy.

From 1992 to 2008, release of a Marvel Masterpieces card set was a highly-anticipated comic art event that showcased the work of greats such as Greg and Tim Hildebrandt. In 2016, Marvel revived the tradition—now biennial—with a new, 100-piece card set created by Joe Jusko, who also painted the original 1992 set.

The opening reception will be held Friday, October 5 from 6-9pm. It is open to the public.

Thereafter, the exhibit is open Tuesday-Friday, 11am-5pm through the end of December. As always, the gallery’s permanent exhibit also will be available for viewing, featuring art by iconic artists such as Kirby, Ditko, Frazetta, Gil Kane and Neal Adams, among others.

‘Think about it,’ says Zurzolo. ‘Here’s a rare chance to own an original piece of art featuring your favorite Marvel hero or villain—and it’s also a trading card, too.’

‘I’ve long been a fan of the contemporary Italian comic painters. The chance to represent Simone’s work is quite a thrill for me on a personal and professional level.’

Metropolis Gallery is located at 36 West 37th Street, 6th Floor, a 10-minute stroll from the Javits Center and Comic Con.

Metropolis Gallery is the creation of Metropolis Collectibles, the world’s largest vintage comic collectibles dealer. Together with its online auction house, ComicConnect.com, it has an evolving inventory of more than 150,000 collectibles and holds five Guinness World Records.”

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Groot from Marvel Comics, artwork by Simone Bianchi

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Interview with Vincent Zurzolo:

What initially started your love for comics?
Before I could even read I loved looking at the colorful pics of these fantastic characters.

How did you get more into the vintage comic collecting and what’s your favorite aspect to them?
I collected as a child and at the age of 15 starting buying and selling them. My favorite aspect would be the amazing great stories and art which let you escape into a different world.

With the growing number of conventions, comic films, and spread of cosplay, how do you feel about comics becoming so mainstream?
The more people that love and appreciate comics the better. It makes me happy to see more and more people enjoy comic books.

What was your inspiration to create the art exhibit in the Metropolis Gallery?
I always loved the idea of treating comic art with the same respect as “fine art”. Maybe it was seeing Unbreakable and Mr. Glass’s comic art gallery… who knows.

For this exhibit, since it’s over New York Comic Con weekend and I cater to the cosplay community, are fans welcome to visit in costume?
Absolutely. Last year we had a Walking Dead art gallery show and had a zombie cosplayer roaming the gallery all evening.

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Amy Lee-Inspired Make-Up Tutorial

So, with Halloween around the corner, I thought I’d share this make-up look by Claire Dim! It’s not super hard to follow and was inspired by Evanescence’s Amy Lee! 😀

Hope this helps! 😀

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