Welcome back to Cosplay Spotlight! For the twelfth edition we present to you Ani-Mia Cosplay! 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!
I started modeling in 2001 and began getting involved with cosplay in 2008. Since then, I have been working to put together a varied cosplay portfolio.
One day, it would be great to be able to make my hobby a sustainable career. I often daydream about being asked to attend conventions around the world. I would also love to work on special projects with people in the geek, entertainment or gaming industry. I’m always willing to work with creative minds!
Comic Book Therapy – Thank you for taking the time out to speak to us. How have you been doing lately?
Ani-Mia – I’ve been good, busy but good.
CBT – What got you into doing cosplay?
AM – I started going to conventions and saw people cosplaying for the first time and thought that it looked like so much fun. After talking to some cosplayers there I decided that I wanted to cosplay for the first time. The first time I every cosplayed, it was with a costume I had bought over the internet. It didn’t fit me right at all and even though I had a lot of fun, I figured out that I wanted to learn to make them myself so that I knew they would look right on me. Plus, as an art history major, I really love and appreciate cosplays as art.
CBT – What is your process in choosing the characters you want to portray?
AM – I usually cosplay as characters that I really love, first and foremost, because it’s my way of showing how much I love them. Then there are times where I see a character’s design and I love the way they look so I will look into them and read the manga or comic they are in or play the game they are from. I end up falling in love with the character and it turns into the first reason why I cosplay a character, because I love them.
CBT – What was the first character you cosplayed as? Your favorite?
AM – The first cosplay I ever did, and which I never show because it looked horrible, was Nerine from Shuffle. My favorite is hard to say because I love them all for so many different reasons. Though cosplaying as Lulu was great because she’s always been one of my favorite Final Fantasy characters.
CBT – How long have you been making your costumes by hand?
AM – I’ve been making my own costumes since 2008 when I didn’t have a sewing machine or even know how to use one.
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?
AM – I try not to procrastinate as much as possible on making my costumes just so that I don’t stress out too much before conventions. What keeps me motivated is how much I enjoy wearing a new costume and seeing people’s reaction to it.
CBT – Have you participated in any contests?
AM – I’ve been in one contest at Sakuracon but have judged a few conventions since then.
CBT – What is your best Con memory?
AM – All time favorite would have to be a tie between meeting Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flannery at ZombiCon; or getting an Ohhhh Myyyyy from George Takei while dressed as a sexy Wampa and having him remember me later.
CBT – Cosplaying various characters must’ve given you a lot of geek credibility. How would you describe yourself as a geek?
AM – I’ve always been a geek, since I was little. A lot of it is influenced by my dad who is a bit of a geek himself. I’m into everything from gaming, comics, tv shows and movies, big fantasy book reader, I’ve got a Shadowdancer in D&D named Mistaya who’s named after a character from a Terry Brooks novel. That’s my kind of geekiness.
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?
AM – Every convention has the right to establish their own rules as to what they will allow at their convention and I think it’s a cosplayer’s responsibility to read them and figure out what will be appropriate or not. For instance, what you could wear at Dragon*con, you probably couldn’t get away with family friendly PAX. Cosplays have been getting skimpier over time but there is a line between what is con friendly and what is photoshoot-only friendly.
CBT – Many Cosplayers are either into Comic Books or Manga/Anime. What are you most into? Favorite Comic or Manga/Anime?
AM – I’m really split between the two. I love animes, my all time favorite being Samurai Champloo, Cowboy Bebop and Chobits. For comics, my favorite since I was a kid was Elfquest and X-Men. I even collected the X-Men trading cards.
CBT – Cosplayers are vital and very popular at conventions. Is there a network that cosplayers established to assist each other?
AM – I like how cosplay.com is set up with the forums so that cosplayers can ask questions about creating their costumes, meet-ups and photoshoots at conventions. I also encourage people on my Facebook page to feel free to email or message me with their cosplay questions and I will try to help them when I can.
CBT – Any advice you would like to offer up and coming cosplayers?
AM – Sometimes creating a cosplay can be super frustrating to the point where you want to throw your sewing machine against a wall. It happens. Just keep trying and always challenge yourself to try something you haven’t tried.
CBT – Thank you so much for your time. Anything else you’d like for us to be on the look out for?
AM – Please feel free to check out my Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/Ani.Mia.Cosplay to stay up to date on my cosplay adventures, my progress shots and my funny posts.
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