Coming at you with some anime news, we’ve learned that the English dub of Lupin III: Part IV will be premiering on Toonami on June 17th. The dub was previewed at Katsucon earlier this year. I originally was going to attend it and see it myself but I decided to hang out with a few friends instead. To quote what we know about Lupin III: Part IV.
The story of the new series takes place in Italy and San Marino, and it features a blue-jacketed Lupin in his 20s. The series open with an invitation to Lupin’s wedding to a new character named Rebecca (played by Yukiyo Fujii in the Japanese version).
So let me know if you will be watching this on Toonami. Matter of fact, tell me your history with the Lupin series. As always I’m XBen3000 and I’m out!
Happy Friday heroes! New cosplay cafe coming at you, this week I sat down with the wonderful Kimidori Cosplay and picked her brain a bit. Getting someone so creative is always a blast and Kimidori I feel represents that to the fullest. Check out our interview down below.
1. What were you like growing up? What were some of the things you were into as a child/teenager?
Like most cosplayers, I started off as just a fan of manga and anime. Being half-Japanese and a speaker of the language, I had easy access to books and videotapes since I was little. I was a fairly sociable, normal kid whose mom encouraged them to dabble in many things, including drawing and martial arts. I had several phases in terms of hobbies as I grew older, but cosplay is probably the one that has stuck with me the longest. (But I should note, I wasn’t considered “skinny” and had many insecurities just like others.)
2. Who or what got you into cosplaying?
Cosplay didn’t come into the picture until high school, when our drama teacher invited me to help make costumes for that year’s production. A volunteer mom used to make costumes for the department all on her own, so she showed me the basics of sewing so that I might lend a hand. Several friends joined me throughout that year, and eventually one of them suggested that we dress up for our local con. I was apprehensive leading up to the event, but I’ve been making outfits ever since!
3.First off, I wish I saw you at Katsucon this year. That said, way to go on your Stella Glow group, Madoka Magica group,Fire Emblem group, and casual Voltron group. What made you decide to do so many group cosplays for a convention?
I think many cosplayers might agree, that half the experience of this hobby is made by the people who engage in it with you. I MAKE costumes for my own enjoyment and to learn new things, but I WEAR costumes to socialize and meet new friends. While I’m happy to wear the things I worked hard on, I’ve found that the experience is infinitely better when I feel like I’m wearing it to be part of a team!
4.Will you be doing more photography and digital editing? I’ve decided to learn this as well and it’s not easy but I enjoy it.
My husband often jokes that I dabble in too many things (and I agree)– but I’ve found that learning a little bit about photography / digital editing has helped me in multiple ways. Getting behind the camera has helped me understand what poses and compositions look good in the context of a frame. I’ve also begun to notice what make-up techniques (such as contouring) help achieve a flattering look. It has also made me anal about checking for loose hairs on wigs, annoying background elements, etc, enough that I feel helpful when spotting for friends while they do their photo shoots. I don’t foresee being good enough to call myself a “photographer” or a “digital artist,” but I certainly would like to keep practicing so that I might reap the benefits of learning new things!
5.Do you have a favorite costume you’ve made?
“Favorite” is a hard term to use as a criteria, because every costume was made with the intend of trying out a new skill or method. But with that, I think one of the most educational projects was Baron Humbert von Gikkingen from Studio Ghibli’s “The Cat Returns.” It was my first time making a facial prosthetic, and to this day I consider it one of the most challenging things I’ve ever tried. While I was somewhat pleased with the result, I have full intention of remaking him in the very near future–now that I know a little more about the process!
6.Off topic, favorite food?
Avocados, goat cheese, caramel pudding, bubble tea, and noodles. (I love a hearty bowl of ramen, but pho remains king in my book!)
7.What is one thing you feel as though the cosplay community needs to improve on?
I feel a little weird saying this, because I am one of MANY people who rely on social media to keep my hobby going. But there are also many, many days when I wish the community could step away from what is on our news feeds, so that we could focus more on enjoying the craft, or meeting up with other cosplayers. I feel like our focus on the virtual world kind of detracts from our ability to appreciate things IN PERSON, where you could admire all the textures so-and-so used, or make friends out of strangers.
8.Second off topic question, how was your trip to Japan?
Amazing! I got to explore many other regions outside of Tokyo (and take it from me– southern Japan is charming and gorgeous.) I also came home with a big haul of traditional Japanese print fabrics, which are hard to source in the States!
9.Favorite memory while in cosplay?
While walking from our hotel to the convention center, my friend and I overheard a conversation between a mom and her child. We heard him ask why there were people dressed up in the city that day. Her response? “I don’t know honey, maybe it’s a Jewish holiday.” I am still trying to find Jewish friends who could confirm for me if they dress up, too.
10.What upcoming cosplays are you working on? I noticed that Ubume is currently in the works as your long term project.
Yes! I’m currently riding the wave that is sweeping through Asia with a mobile game called Onmyouji, who Ubume is from. While that slowly progresses, my plan is to finish Prince Ferio from the nostalgic title Magic Knight Rayearth, first. I also plan on whipping up Alibaba from the series Magi, so I can be part of another cosplay group!
11.What conventions can people find you at this year?
My attendance at cons is admittedly waning… but this year, I will be at Project A-Kon in Texas, this coming June. Beyond that, my two go-to events tend to be Sakura-con and Katsu-con (although the latter is starting to become debatable!).
12.Final question, anything you want to say to your fans?
I’m laughing a little bit because I don’t think I have FANS so much as I do friends! But to them, I want to say thank you for always commenting, encouraging, and giving me feedback both online and in person. I truly believe I wouldn’t still be cosplaying if it weren’t for the kindness and positivity that I encounter regularly. I hear about nightmarish stories on the web all the time…and while it breaks my heart, the people that I’ve had the pleasure of speaking to have given me a lot of hope these last few years. Thank you so much!
So Pileofrox and I are currently getting to the payload. Overwatch problems am I right? Anyway, while the two of us strategize check out the interview down below.
1. What were you like growing up? What were some of the things you were into?
I was an odd kid, that’s for sure. I’ve been drawing and creating art since I was born, so the fact that I became a cosplayer probably isn’t surprising. My favorite holiday was always Halloween because I got to dress up like something weird and different from just regular old me. I was also a bit of a shut-in and played a lot of games online. It started with those ancient flash games and Newgrounds things and eventually evolved into every free MMORPG I could get my hands on. When I wasn’t doing that, I was reading all the manga at the library. So my nerd obsession started early, you could say. Thinking about it now, I’m honestly still very into the same things as I was as a kid. I still play MMORPGs (Guild Wars 2 is my current fav) and I still draw constantly.
2. Did those things influence who you’re today?
Absolutely! If I hadn’t spent so much time getting lost in the fantasy worlds of books and video games, I wouldn’t be so compelled to try to bring them to life now. It’s interesting to think about how I’ve gone from consuming escapist media (well, I still do) to bringing that escape into reality, and making it my real world. Create the world you want to live in, create the character you want to be, that sort of thing. The difference is now, I have the skills, experience, and resources to bring to life the things I love. It’s kinda cool.
3.I discovered you when a few people retweeted your Huntress Widow Maker costume. What went into making this version of Widow Maker? It seems like a lot of work went into making the details of that costume.
I said it to myself over and over while I was making it, but Huntress Widowmaker is the most complex costume I have ever made, and I think it’s probably the most successful thing I’ve ever made too. Around July my friends convinced me to cosplay Widowmaker because they needed on for a group at Katsucon. I picked the Huntress skin because it was the one skin where she has a normal flesh tone, so I wouldn’t have to deal with body paint. Plus, the whole sexy tuxedo thing she has going on was very cool. I started the process after Otakon 2016 and finished it February 2017, so the whole build from start to finish took about six months, on-and-off. I wasn’t working on it constantly because I had my fall semester to deal with come September.
The whole costume got broken down into parts: The leggings, jacket, vest, tiny decorations, bracer, helmet, and dun dun dunnnnn the rifle. Now, my mom and I are a team when it comes to cosplay and she is the seamstress, so the fabrication of the leggings, jacket, and vest were all her immaculate handiwork. I just stood there for fittings and offered my opinion occasionally, but all the beautiful trim and clean edges on the jacket? That’s my mom’s incredible sewing skills. I keep telling her she should make her own cosplay identity online, but we’ll get there!
Anyways, first I started small and picked out the little tiny things on Widowmaker’s clothes that needed to be made. The odd little buttons running down her legs, the metal nubs on her gloves, the ornate shoulder pads on her jacket, that sort of thing. They didn’t require much thought in how I needed to make them (mostly foam, a little thermoplastic here and there) so I buckled down and made them real quick at the beginning. After that, I tackled the bracer and the helmet. Both were a little daunting because I had never made a helmet before and the bracer has a very odd shape that doesn’t align with how arms are shaped at all, and I had to really understand how I was going to piece together foam to make the shape, while also being able to put it on my arm comfortably. I also made a point to make nearly everything on the cosplay out of foam. I’ve been experimenting with thermoplastics for a while and I’ve found that I personally like working with just straight foam better, and using thermoplastics for tiny sculpted details that need rigidity that foam lacks. It was a challenge, but I think I pulled it off.
A fun little thing about the helmet, in order to make it I had the wild idea of making a plaster cast of my head, so I could more easily work on the helmet without having to constantly take it on and off my head. So immediately after Otakon 2016, that’s what I did! It was a weird process but now I have a cast of my head on a stick in my living room whenever I need it! It’s pretty odd, but extremely useful, especially when working with wigs as well! I highly recommend making one for your own use; there’s lots of online tutorials of how to do it.
The very last thing I made was Widowmaker’s rifle. In hindsight I shouldn’t have put it off for as long as I did, but it was the first time I’d ever made a gun prop. Up until now, I’d mostly made swords and wands, but never something this complicated. After a lot of frustration, I broke it down into layers, build it up out of insulation foam, EVA foam, and a few PVA pipes. The build took two weeks of non-stop work, and then another week to sand and paint it. Overall, it’s probably one of the best things I’ve ever made and I’m very proud of it! But what baffles me is that during the course of the entire project, I learned so much through the process, that when I look back at the first things I made, like the bracer, I can see flaws that I would have addressed differently. Widowmaker was a huge challenge but I’m glad I did it, because it gives me the confidence to tackle ever more crazy costumes.
4. How was your Katsucon this year? I had a great time but I’ve been seeing mixed opinions depending on the person. Some of them dealing with “elitism” others about Katsucon as a whole not being up to par. So what’s your take on Katsucon 20172.
I had an amazing time! I may be slightly biased because Katsucon is my all-time favorite convention. The venue is beautiful, the convention is very easy to access without having to walk too far, and there’s always food just a few minutes away! Although, my real reason for loving it is that at Katsucon, cosplayers bring out the big guns. Costumes that are extremely hard to get around in, uncomfortable, and overall not something you’d want to wear for long periods of time always make an appearance at Katsucon because of the location and the accessibility to a hotel room to quickly change. At least that’s my theory. So on Saturday at Katsucon, cosplayers really go all out and you get to see the incredible and absolutely ridiculous things people have been working hard on, and wouldn’t be able to wear at a con like Otakon because of how impractical they are. I go to Katsucon because of the cosplayers, because of the amazing work I see there, and the amazing advice they give! This year, I talked to so many cosplayers and we swapped stories about how we made things, about the secret flaws our costumes had, and asked each other how we did some particular thing! Everyone I met was incredibly nice and interested in what I had to say about my costume, and I wanted to hear what they had to say about theirs!
It also may have been that the beautiful weather put me in a good mood, but I didn’t have any negative interactions with anyone at Katsucon this year; it was overall a really fun time. Of course I was fatigued as hell and my feet were killing me, but I think that’s a small price to pay when it comes to making new friends and catching up with old friends who love cosplay as much as I do!
5. What’s it like having your mother cosplay? It’s rare to see such a hobby as cosplaying shared by family members. Also, her Ana was well done, just wanted to throw that in there.
It’s honestly an incredible dynamic that I’m very lucky to have with her. When it comes to cosplay, the two of us are a team and have been for years. She’s an extremely skilled seamstress so her sewing skills really puts our costumes over the edge when it comes to craftsmanship. She started cosplaying three years ago, when she was one of the three fairy godmothers from Sleeping Beauty along with her two other sisters at Katsucon. The response was insane; they were stopped for pictures so much that they couldn’t walk around the con! After that, she was hooked, and kept making more costumes for herself!
The great thing about working with my mom as a team is that at any given time, we’re both working on a cosplay. If one of us gets stuck or frustrated, we just call up the other one, talk it out, and by then end we’ve come up with a way to fix the problem or approach the costume differently! While I was building Widowmaker’s sniper rifle, I got pretty frustrated by the complexities of the thing and trying to figure out how it all fit together. But because my mom is also a cosplayer, having her to give me a second opinion and new look at what I was making really helped me to keep going and get it done!
6. Off topic question, favorite food?
I’m a sucker for good falafels. There’s bad falafels in this world but when you put some really well made and seasoned ones in some naan with cucumbers and tahini, mmm it’s delicious.
7. What is one thing you love about the cosplay community?
The willingness to share. It’s rare that you ever find a cosplayer who keeps their process a secret, rather everyone likes to post every part of their process, the mistakes and the successes! And because of that, we get to learn from one another! This aspect of the cosplay community is kind of new, actually. It used to be, if you were making something you’d have to do extensive research on the materials you wanted to use. Now, you can just look up someone who has already made it, or something similar, and see how they did it! I think this really communal sense of creation is something really special to the community and it brings us together because we all suffer and get stuck when it comes to cosplay. You share that frustration, and hey, maybe someone else got stuck in the same way and knows how to fix your problem! It’s really amazing. The most common question I ask other cosplayers and they ask me is “How did you do that?” There’s a genuine desire to learn and understand how someone made a particular thing, because cosplay isn’t magic, it’s not something that just grows on trees, it comes from a process and in the cosplay community, that process is just as important as the final product. Just about everything I’ve learned about how to craft cosplays has come from learning from other cosplayers who have done it before or have used a similar process. The exception to that? Sometimes I just trying something crazy to see if it works. If it does, I’ll tell everyone, so that they can know about it too, and use it!
Even the community is made up of individual people, I feel like our knowledge all kind of comes from the same pool of shared information that builds up online. You don’t take a class on how to cosplay; you google it!
8.Second off topic question, what are you looking forward to this year?
Travelling! I’m going to be studying abroad in Japan for a bit this summer and I am so excited to go! I’ve never been to Japan and it’s been a lifelong dream of mind to visit. Now finally I get to go, and I’ll be getting credit for it for college too, so it’s a win-win!
9. What is something you feel the cosplay community should work on as a whole?
This came up most recently I think when Jessica Nigri debuted her Reinhardt cosplay at Katsucon 2017 and got a great deal of backlash for her take on the character. It’s a good example of the community’s tendency to shame or vilify women for making or wearing revealing cosplays. We are all nerds dressing up as fictional characters, just let people create and wear the cosplays that they want. This ties in with a larger issue of the policing of women’s bodies in general, of course. Cosplayers, especially women, tend to get a lot of hate for making “sexy” versions of something. But if they’re comfortable and happy and proud of their work, what right does anyone have to criticize what they’ve made? The community needs to understand that there is no wrong way to cosplay. Just have fun, and let other people have fun.
10. What costumes do you plan on making later this year?
My next project is Cyberspace Sombra! As soon as Sombra was announced I thought, oh my god I HAVE to cosplay her, she’s perfect! I honestly never play her in Overwatch, but as a character I really love and relate to her. Plus, it helps that I already kind of look like her! Her Cyberspace skin is going to be a challenge because I’ll be working with a lot of LEDs to make it glow properly but I’m up to the challenge. I hope to have it completed by Otakon 2017! As for after Sombra, I haven’t decided yet. We’ll see what character I fall in love with next :)
11.What conventions are you attending later this year?
This year is actually the most cons I have ever planned in a single year in my entire life. Usually, I only attend Katsucon and Otakon every year, but this year I’m going overboard. I’m going to PAX East, Anime Boston, Anime Expo, and of course Otakon. Other than Otakon, all of those cons I will be attending for the first time ever, so I’m really excited to check them out and meet new people that I don’t usually run into at my usual cons! Plus AX has been a bit of a dream of mine to attend, since the only anime convention larger than Otakon is AX, so soon I’ll be able to say I’ve been to both!
12. Final question, anything you want to say to your fans?
I know everyone says this, but it’s honestly the truth about cosplay and I’ll repeat it over and over: cosplay is about having fun as a character you like. That’s it, plain and simple. You don’t have to have crazy complex props or even make the costume yourself, it doesn’t matter. I have had eight years of cosplaying and prop-building experience and I still struggle and get stuck every time I make something, so don’t get disheartened if something you’re making doesn’t work out the first time. That’s okay. You will grow and improve with time, I promise. And don’t forget, I’m always rooting for you :)
So we delivered the payload squad. Anyway, it was a blast sitting down and talking to Pileofrox. Be sure to follow her on all her social media, which are down below. I’m still XBen3000 and I’m out!!
What’s going on club members? Ben is back from Katsucon which means Cosplay Cafe is back as well. I’ll have a write-up about the convention down the line but right now were focused on the cafe. Today’s guest is Momo Kurumi Cosplay, so sit back and enjoy.
1) What were you like growing up? What were some of the things you were into as a child/teenager?
Growing up I was a very shy and lone person, mostly kept to myself and a small group of friends. Was always into things a little too passionately which is where my nerd journey began I suppose! I LOVED Pokemon and Neopets. Those were my two biggest obsessions. I also loved Disney, cartoons, and art. In middle school, I was really into my PS2, but didn’t have many games, so I often just played the same ones over and over, like Jak and Daxter or Ratchet and Clank!
2) Did those things influence who you’re today?
Absolutely! I attribute my love of cartoons and Pokemon to learning how to draw, since I would often redraw my favorite characters and then also create my own monsters or characters as young as third grade. I still love to draw, even though I don’t do it as often as I did as a child! But I ended up being a very artistic person in general, now I mostly focus on sewing costumes and photography!
3) What has been your biggest triumph in cosplay so far?
Getting to be an official Sailor Mars at Anime Expo was a lot of fun! I got to do a scavenger hunt with the attendees, which got really out of hand at times- I’d get a huge line of people who needed me to hole punch their scavenger hunt cards, and booths would get upset at me, haha. So I had to keep moving to prevent huge backups!
4) The first cosplay I saw you in was your Park Ranger Jessica Rabbit via Instagram. You said on your YouTube channel about how it went viral. The question I have is what went into creating not only the costume but the photoshoot as well?
I started the costume in 2013, with the blouse, and patterned a 33-piece short that ended up not fitting and working out, so the costume went on the backburner for a few years. In 2015 I decided to try my hand at the shorts with a simpler pattern made out of a stretch material, and was able to premiere it on Easter weekend at WonderCon! I especially wanted to do it that weekend so I could go meet Roger Rabbit dressed as Park Ranger Jessica since he was out in Disneyland for the Easter week!
5) I noticed you work with photographer Koji. What’s it like working with them?
Koji is a good friend of mine, and is actually not a photographer by profession or hobby! He really just dabbles in it, but we learn together. Sometimes I explain how to do a certain shot to him, or sometimes he’ll show how to do an effect to me. We both bounce ideas off each other to try and get the best photos we’re capable of, despite not being practiced photographers!
6) Off topic question, what is your favorite food?
Pizza or sushi! They’re really a tie, I would probably say sushi but it’s so expensive! Pizza is my peasant food that I get when I’m cheap and lazy, haha. It’s just such a nice comfort food.
7) What was one of your most challenging cosplays to make?
Definitely Princess Anna. Her outfit alone has 33 colors, every item is embroidered (even her hat, boots, mittens, and bloomers under the skirt!), and it was my first time doing embroidery ever, so it was quite a huge task to undertake for me. I used over 8 spools of thread just on the cape to satin stitch all of the appliqué details! It was such an exhausting project, but it came out beautifully. I unfortunately do not have many photos of it though because I have not experienced a good snow since I’ve made the costume! I’ve cursed myself, haha. I keep winter away now.
8) Patreon! You have a Patreon and one of the unique things is that you have your own patterns on there. What made you decide to not only open a Patreon but post your patterns as an award as well?
I’ve heard great things about Patreon from other cosplayers and artists, and I thought it would be a great platform for me to be able to give back to the cosplay community, and also offer a place for fans of my work to support me! I try to offer something a little different, since some reward style Patreons have such a saturated market. It’s a lot of work, but I really enjoy doing it, and maybe I can make it into something even bigger in the future!
9) Second off topic question, favorite cartoon series growing up? Given you’ve said that those cartoons are what got you into cosplaying. This should be a fun answer.
Hmmm, that’s a tough one, I love so many! As cheesy as it is, I am a huge fan of Spongebob, before the original director left. Even today, I still love watching old episodes, and the comedic timing and lines in it were just classic, I still quote it a lot even today. I don’t see myself ever cosplaying from it, but I do enjoy a good Spongebob cosplay! My favorite I’ve seen have been Flatts the Flounder and Mermaid Man and Barnacle boy but as Sailor Scouts (like in Sailor Moon), haha.
10) Armor! I know one of your cosplay goals for 2017 was to learn how to make armor. What characters do you have in mind? I want to make a Hunter Armor from the game Destiny down the line.
To start with, I’d like to make some of Princess Kida’s basic armor! It would be a good practice to get me exposed to it. I’ve also been thinking of doing some original design armor but haven’t settled on a project just yet!
11) What conventions are you attending this year?
KatsuCon for the first time, hopefully C2E2, ColossalCon, and Anime Expo also! I’ll also be guesting at AnimaticCon in March and Anime St. Louis in May!
12) Final question, anything you want to say to your fans?
Everybody starts somewhere in cosplay. I started this hobby 10 years ago, not knowing how to sew, so unsure of my looks and lacking confidence, convinced I couldn’t cosplay certain characters because of my skin tone or body. Now I know there really is no limit to cosplay! Cosplay who you want, how you want, and no design is impossible! Cosplayers always find a way to make a look happen! Believe in yourself, and keep at it! I’ve made so many amazing memories, friends, and skills just from this hobby. I can’t imagine that I would be as fulfilled or have had as interesting a life without this creative outlet.
And that’s a wrap on this issue of Cosplay Cafe. Be sure to follow Momo Kurumi Cosplay on all her social media websites. I won’t reveal whose coming into the cafe next week but I promise you it’s someone amazing. Until next time, I’m still XBen3000 and I’m out!
Katsucon’s 2017 Guidebook updated on Tuesday, revealing the con will host the English Dub premiere for Lupin III: Part IV. The screening is set for Saturday, February 18th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EST. The dub features a reunion of the cast from Lupin III: Part II; Tony Oliver is Lupin III, Lex Lang is Ishikawa, Richard Epcar is Jigen, and Michelle Ruff is Fujiko. However, Zenigata is no longer Jake Martin, who is replaced by Doug Erholtz. The director of the dub is also Richard Epar (Jigen) alongside Ellyn Stern.
Katsucon’s Official Description:
A beloved classic franchise; LUPIN THE 3rd PART4 will be the first full-fledged Lupin the 3rd television series to air since 1984; when Lupin the 3rd Part 3 aired. The new story takes place in Italy and San Marino; and features a blue-jacketed Lupin in his 20s. Lupin the 3rd follows the escapades and adventures of master thief Arsene Lupin III; a brilliant thief who has been able to carry off heists no one ever thought possible. Although he has been arrested and jailed on multiple occasions; he has always managed to escape.
Discotek Media will release the series on home video later in 2017. The series originally aired in 2015, and was simulcast on Crunchyroll for international audiences in 2016. It was directed by Kazuhide Tomonaga(Lupin III: The Mystery of Mamo, Lupin III: Castle of Caliostro) and Yuichiro Yano. Writer Yuuya Takahashi (Tiger & Bunny) controlled the series scripts, as Yuji Ohno once again composed the score.
Katsucon takes place at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. The Convention will run from February 17th to 19th.
What’s going on club members? First off Happy Tuesday! That said I’m back at it again with another Cosplay Cafe interview. This time we have the wonderful Fiona Nova coming through the cafe. As always links to her social media are down below.
What were you like growing up? What were some of the things you were into as a child/teenager?
I was (and still am) very international! When I was growing up, I would move a lot from different countries and meet different people! I loved fashion and was always interested since my mother was a model in France. Fashion and Video Games and Anime were my thing. I was OBSESSED with pokemon and sailor moon when I was younger! When it came to video games, I really wasn’t the fps (first person shooter) type of girl, I really just loved super mario, legend of zelda, or anything nintendo related tbh. I also really loved tetris at that time, i would play it constantly
2. Who or what inspired you to get into cosplay?
It was actually my little brother. He too was into everything I was into. Once we moved to NYC, he couldn’t stop talking about this New York Comic Con, which I had no idea about. I thought it would only be about comic books which I wasn’t a huge fan of, but he forced me to come and bring him anyways, which i did. He was the one to wear a costume, and I didn’t know why so I just wore regular clothes. The cosplays were SO amazing, and since I was into fashion, it was just the most amazing thing I could’ve seen! I was super excited and asked my little brother if I should do that, in which he told me I should! And here I am
3. What has been your biggest triumph so far in cosplay?
My biggest triumph would be when someone recognizes me at a convention or even on the streets, It’s actually the biggest triumph and INCREDIBLY flattering. It absolutely makes my day/week/month. ESPECIALLY if they tell me that I inspired them in any way.
4. What is it like working with Ron Gejon Photography? I’ve noticed you two collab on a few things the past year.
He’s fucking amazing. Every time a cosplayer comes to me for photography recommendations, he is literally always the first one. He is very talented and super sweet. I’ve done 2 boudoir shoots with him, and he made me super comfortable and they came out amazing, i love him, go check out his work!
5. Off topic question, what are you some of your goals for this year?
Some of my goals would be to appear in a cosplay magazine probably! I also want to grow my twitch, and be able to stream full -time while creating cosplays.
6. Your Emma Frost cosplay was the first cosplay I saw of you in and it looked amazing. What went into making Emma Frost and shooting where you did?
Emma frost was actually a really secret cosplay I was working on little by little. It wasn’t my top priority. It was very simple though! Nothing too crazy. A lot of sewing, measuring, and mistakes, since it was the first time I was making a corset-like top. For the shooting, it was actually in my backyard at my house in upstate NY, and it was my little brother who took those pictures for me! He is super artistic, and if I could I would bring him to all the conventions I go to so he could be my personal photographer hahaha! But yeah it was super cold, my ass was freezing, but it was worth it ;D
7. Second off topic question, favorite food?
Oh god this is hard… I’m italian so pasta is my favorite and is always my go-to. I also really love ice cream and cupcakes…. I have a huge sweet tooth hahaha
8. Patreon! For those who don’t know, Fiona Nova has a Patreon up and running. So tell fans what they can expect from you on that platform?
YES! I do! That’s also another platform I want to grow on because it can help me INCREDIBLY when it comes to cosplaying Over there you will get exclusive pics that no1 else has seen! You can also get some boudoir shots, and best of all, you get prints sent to you every month (and other goodies) I’d def recommend signing up if you’d like to see what happens Behind the scenes and stuff.
9. You did a lot of cosplays last year. From Junk Rat, Harley Quinn, Nick Wilde, and Princess Serenity to name a few. Which cosplay that you made helped you grow as a cosplayer the most?
My junkrat got ALOT of attention which I think helped me grow during the summer! So I believe that one was my top cosplay of 2016.
10. Any cosplays you plan on tackling this year?
SO many, but I’ve got to limit myself haha! I’m currently working on Widowmaker, and Ice Drake Shyvana for Katsucon in Feburary. But other big ones for this year is Nova from Starcraft, and Typhlosion gijinka from pokemon