Welcome back to Cosplay Spotlight! For the eleventh edition we present to you Casey Anne 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!
Casey Anne is a Zelda obsessed gamer and costumer who loves Batman, dogs, Disney movies, and leopard print. If you invite her to your house she will, most definitely, drink ALL of your lemonade.
Comic Book Therapy – Thank you for taking the time out to speak to us. How have you been doing lately?
Casey Anne Cosplay – I’m doing well thanks and thank you so much for including me in this project. I love speaking about cosplay. It is a hobby I am passionate about and it has become an important part of my life. I’ve been doing great, thanks for asking!
CBT – What got you into doing cosplay?
CA – Growing up I fell in love with video games. I used to play the Legend of Zelda with my Grandmother when I was about four, not that I was very helpful I’m sure. I got into comic books and anime when I got a little older and would spend months pretending I was in the worlds of these characters. When Halloween came around, much to my parent’s dismay, I rarely ever wanted to be something they could buy at the store. I wanted to be Link or Catwoman so I’d go Trick or Treating with a cardboard Hylian shield or in an all black outfit covered in white dashes drawn on with fabric pencil. I was going for Nicole Kidman Catwoman that year… I was Catwoman a few times. I started attending Anime Boston a few years ago and realized that people dressed up at every con, sometimes in different outfits each day. Having more resources now than I did when I was seven, it was something I wanted to try doing. I haven’t stopped since.
CBT – What is your process in choosing the characters you want to portray?
CA – My process is heavily influenced by whatever I am currently reading, playing or watching. I have a list of potential costume projects that I update and change on a whim as potential ideas come up. The characters I select are almost always female and they tend to be ladies I either have something in common with or admire for one reason or another but I’m also a sucker for a cool design.
CBT – What was the first character you cosplayed as? Your favorite?
CA – Tifa from Final Fantasy VII was my first real cosplay. She’s so strong and has such a big heart. It’s impossible not to love Tifa. My favorite character to cosplay is Juliet Starling of Lollipop Chainsaw. It’s such a fun game and she’s such an adorable and sweet character. I really admire her positive and happy-go-lucky attitude.
CBT – How long have you been making your costumes by hand?
CA – I put together my Tifa outfit in 2008. It was made up mostly of found items but some of it I made myself and that got me ready for my second cosplay project, Fran from Final Fantasy XII. There was no way I was going to find pieces for that and it was hard work but it was entirely worth it. I know and love every detail of her design and making that costume really helped me value accuracy and that is something that has since influenced my cosplay work and led me to make even small, simple pieces 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?
CA – It can be absolutely maddening when you’re working to bring a design that wasn’t necessarily intended to be anything more than animation or a drawing to life. Sometimes there is inconsistency among reference images and that can be really frustrating and I’ll admit that I’m a bit of a perfectionist. What keeps me going though is my love of the project. Cosplay is hard work and that is exactly the reason why I am careful when I pick a character. I’m going to be staring at that particular fictional lady a lot and if I’m not passionate about the source material I won’t be able to do it justice. Every costume becomes an intense labor of love because for me, cosplay is all about being able to create things that replicate what I love. My goal is always to bring the character to life.
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 “risqué”. How do you feel about the apparent censorship of these costumes?
CA – While I completely understand that convention organizers have a desire to keep these events family friendly and ensure that attendees dress in such a way that they are in accordance with public decency laws, I cannot honestly say I agree with cosplayers being turned away. When a costume is deemed too risqué for the convention scene I wonder why that same outfit is okay on a comic book page or in a video game. Why don’t people take issue with the outfits when they are animated? You see people being told they cannot wear the same thing as an action figure on display for everyone to see in the vendor room. If it is not okay for the public eye in one artistic medium why can it be publicly displayed in another? Women in comic books and video games and anime are depicted in a hyper-sexualized way and there are few voices speaking against it until real women embrace it, replicating these images through cosplay. Then for some reason it becomes a problem. I am all for artistic expression through cosplay, no matter the amount of skin revealed as a result. People who are bothered by it should take issue with the industry before the individual.
CBT – Any advice you would like to offer up and coming cosplayers?
CA – Cosplay, costume play, is supposed to be fun. It’s not a competition. Be quicker to greet cosplayers who are dressed in the same outfit as you than you are to start comparing yourself to them and criticizing their craftsmanship. You have at least one thing in common. You share a love of the series you are representing and worked hard to portray whatever character you both chose. You could stand to learn something from each other. There are so many different ways to make any piece of any cosplay and in regards to making things, don’t be quick to put down someone else’s hard work. Everyone has to start somewhere.
CBT – Thank you so much for your time. Anything else you’d like for us to be on the look out for?
CA – No, thank you so much for taking the time to listen to my experiences in cosplay and opinions. I have so many new costumes I’ll be sharing as we start the new year so I’d love for anyone who is interested to check out my cosplay page: facebook.com/xladieluck I post progress pictures of my work often and am always willing to answers questions about cosplay and offer advice to other cosplayers. I’m active on Twitter too and share some of my work there as well at twitter.com/xladieluck :]
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