Welcome back to Cosplay Spotlight! For the seventeenth edition we present to you Anastassia Bear! As usual, our promise is to bring you some of the amazing work these cosplayers do, but also we will be focusing on the why’s and the how’s!
Anastassia Bear is a freelance model originating from Austin, Texas. Starting her career off early in 2008 as a live performance artist, you can now find her in virtually any part of the USA. She loves to travel and frequently does just that! Standing at 5’4” with short blonde hair and green eyes, Miss Bear is known for her versatility and fluidity throughout genres. As of now she describes herself as a full time cosplayer, model, live performance artist, marlboro girl, and aspiring crew member of the firefly class spaceship Serenity.
Comic Book Therapy – Thank you for taking the time out to speak to us. How have you been doing lately?
Anastassia Bear – Pretty good! Working on all sorts of super fun and super secret upcoming projects and photo shoots.
CBT – What got you into doing cosplay?
AB – I came across anime as a young teenager by accident on AdultSwim late one night – my first ever was Cowboy Bebop. I always loved to dress up in costume but after immersing myself in the anime culture I eventually started going to conventions and BAM! It went from there.
CBT – What is your process in choosing the characters you want to portray?
AB – I choose characters I can either relate to or I strongly admire. Not always as a whole, sometimes it’s one certain attribute or quality I particularly connect with or desire to have myself. I always cosplay characters I’m extremely familiar with.
CBT – What was the first character you cosplayed as? Your favorite?
AB – The first cosplay I ever completely handmade myself was my Crysta (Ferngully) costume. The first cosplay I ever did… TECHNICALLY, when I was 3 years old, I went trick or treating as Cat Woman. My favorite cosplay of mine right now is a toss up between my Queen Etheria (Venture Bros) and Sophie Hatter (Howl’s Moving Castle) – neither of which have been photographed!
CBT – How long have you been making your costumes by hand?
AB – About two years now. To be honest, I’m not yet completely confident in my skill level, so I mostly stick to buying bases and adorning them myself.
CBT – Creating costumes is very time consuming, especially when you want to make sure it’s authentic as possible. What keeps you motivated to continue and how do you handle the stress?
AB – Absolutely! I’m a big fan of coffee, I also like to have music playing while I’m working, I have a couple different Pandora stations I switch through. Sometimes I’ll put on a movie for background noise as well.
CBT – Have you participated in any contests?
AB – Never at a convention, no. One day I will – I’m waiting until I’m 100% sure and confident in my costume making skill!
CBT – What is your best Con memory?
AB - I am a live performance artist as well as a cosplayer and model. One of the best con memories I’ve had was this past year (2012) at IkkiCon in Austin, TX when I got to perform my Nerdlesque routine as Misty from Pokemon. It was so well received I couldn’t help but gush!
CBT – Cosplaying various characters must’ve given you a lot of geek credibility. How would you describe yourself as a geek?
AB – I dunno, I don’t really think of things that way, I suppose. I just consider myself a regular person with a lot of creative drive and artistic passions. Also, an overly obsessive love for Sci-Fi and cartoons.
CBT – There’s been a lot of turmoil because of the “sexual” component that is being discussed amongst convention organizers that sees many cosplayers getting asked to put some more clothes or turned away because their costumes are to “risque”. How do you feel about the apparent censorship of these costumes?
AB – If the cosplayer in question is under the age of 18, I agree. If the cosplayer is over the age of 18, I do not. However, I don’t feel children should necessarily be subjected to seeing men or women running around half naked at all ages events. If this is really a big problem, I don’t see why conventions can’t go about their ways by choosing to be 18+ or not and enforcing the rules appropriately. I am more than happy to be half naked (or totally naked) more often then not, but I’m not really comfortable doing so with children around.
CBT – Many Cosplayers are either into Comic Books or Manga/Anime. What are you most into? Favorite Comic or Manga/Anime?
AB – I’m much more of a manga/anime person myself over comic books. I couldn’t pick a favorite per-say but I am a huge Hayao Miyazaki fan! Some of my top favorite anime/manga are .Hack//Sign, Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell, Paranoia Agent, Elfen Lied, Monster, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, and Sailor Moon.
CBT – Any advice you would like to offer up and coming cosplayers?
AB – Don’t dream it, be it! Haha, but seriously – first and foremost, there are a lot of really stuck up, mean people in the cosplay world and whatever you do, don’t let them get to you. Trust me, they aren’t worth your time – believe in what you love and keep working on your cosplays if it’s what you really want to do.
CBT – Thank you so much for your time. Anything else you’d like for us to be on the look out for?
AB – I have so much stuff coming up! I’m supposed to be shooting a really amazing Kiden Nixon & X-23 set next week with my good friend and fellow model Hex Hypoxia. You won’t want to miss it!
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