Welcome back to Cosplay Spotlight! For the sixth edition we present to you Kasea VP, the co-founder of League of Hot Geeks! 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 how’s!
A Chinese, Laotian, Chipowa, Norwegian and German cosplayer. I am Kasea Vp and I have been cosplaying since the summer of 2005. I am a cosplayer that believes in equal LOVE for ALL cosplayers. No matter your weight, shape, size, race,status,age, or color– you are all the same to me, you are all beautiful and equally loved. No matter what.:)
Comic Book Therapy – Thank you very much for your interest and taking the time out to speak to us. How have you been doing?
Kasea VP - Thank-you so much for having me, I’m doing awesome!
CBT -What got you into doing cosplay?
KVP - Growing up both my sister and I were always into comic books, video games, drawing and dressing up. Our parents always encouraged us to be different and to be creative, that advice followed us all of our lives. When I was about 17 or 18years old, we found out about conventions and how you could go and dress up as some of your favorite characters, which to us was really cool and we wanted to be a part of it. The first convention we went to was DragonCon 2005 and we dressed up as Yuna(Gunner) and Rikku(Thief) from Final Fantasy X-2 and we had a blast. I’ve been cosplaying ever since then and I’m really honored to be a part of the ever growing cosplay world today.
CBT – What is your process in choosing the characters you want to portray?
KVP - I really like choosing characters that are rarely ever cosplayed and bringing recognition to them. The type of character I am usually drawn to is very confident, strong, and fierce– I’m beginning to like more “fighter” characters because I love to do action shots and feel I can portray them very well especially with my background in gymnastics.
CBT – What was the first character you cosplayed as? Your favorite?
KVP – The first character I ever cosplayed as was Gunner Yuna from Final Fantasy X-2 and I do love her, but now I have so many new techniques that I’ve learned over the past few years–I’m pretty sure I will make that cosplay over again, I want to make it better than before. My favorite coslay so far would have to be my Aion Asmodian Assassin cosplay. That cosplay has huge black wings, weapons, armor and all that jazz! Everything you see on it was all made by my husband and I by hand–it was a lot of hard work. It took us about a month and a half (with work mind you) just to construct the wings, but it was so worth it. It was a lot of trial and error, but we made it work to our advantage and it’s by far my best cosplay to this day– I’m very happy with it and would love to make more wings in the future.
CBT – How long have you been making your costumes by hand?
KVP - I’ve been making all my cosplays by hand ever since I started in 2005 and I’m so proud of that! It’s definitely more rewarding when you can make your own cosplay and say, “Yes, I did make all of this 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?
KVP - What keeps me motivated and stress free is seeing the end result in my head and thinking of wearing the cosplay once it’s completed. I’ll admit I’m a big procrastinator, but I’ve always managed to get every cosplay done on time so far. It is very important to give yourself that extra time to construct a cosplay though–espcially if you need to order things online (i.e. wigs, shoes, contacts, accessories).
CBT – How did League of Hot Geeks form? How long have you been a part of the League?
KVP – I guess you can say I’m what inspired The League of Hot Geeks to form in the first place. I’ve been with the group since the very beginning, through the hard and good times, but I’m so happy with what we have today. We stand for all types of geeks/nerds and embrace it with people all over the globe!
CBT – Have you participated in any contests?
KVP - I just competed in my first cosplay contest this year actually and it was amazing! We had a huge Mortal Kombat group at San Diego Comic Con 2012 and did the masquerade and we actually did very well! It was an amazing experience and I would love to do more skits/contests in the future.
CBT – What is your best Con memory?
KVP – My best convention memory so far would have to be from SDCC this year (2012) and being able to do the masquerade with all my friends. I was added to the skit last minute, but they welcomed me with open arms and helped me out so much with the music and choregoraphy. We really made a great team and gave SDCC an amazing skit to remember.
CBT – Cosplaying various characters must’ve given you a lot of geek credibility. How would you describe yourself as a geek?
KVP - Me? I’m a geek of all things. I love and understand cars, racing/drifting (thanks to Initial D), videogames (preferrably MMO’s or fighting games), I like to draw my own manga/comics for fun, I’m a cosplay/convention addict and I’m a soon to be mom!
CBT – There were a lot of great comics and events that’s been coming out. Have you read any this past year?
KVP – I’ll be honest, I have always been a fan of the old school comics– but I’ll have to check out what they have coming out this year.:)
CBT – Cosplayers are vital and very popular at conventions. Is there a network that cosplayers established to assist eachother?
KVP – The internet is great for cosplayers these days! There are tons cosplay/costuming forums/tutorials online these days(i.e YouTube, American Cosplay Paradise, just google what your looking for and I guarantee you will find something). The League of Hot Geeks is always available too if you have any questions!:D
CBT – Any advice you would like to offer up and coming cosplayers?
KVP – The best advice I can give is make a cosplay that you are absolutely in love with and you know you can make. It’s completely fine to start out simple and work your way up to more difficult cosplays in the future. That’s the only way to get better after all–you learn techniques from previous projects and other cosplayers that will contribute to your work later on. Also, confidence is key!
CBT – Thank you so much for your time. Anything else you’d like for us to be on the look out for?
KVP – Thank-you again for having me! Please come check out my page for more cosplays and updates!
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