Cosplay Spotlight: Soni Aralynn

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Cosplay fever continues to grow in popularity both as a hobby and as a spectator sport. To that end, here is a new section we’re starting off on the Comic Book Therapy website. It’s a quick look at some great cosplayers from around the globe. But instead of just showing you the amazing work these cosplayers do, we will be focusing on the why’s and the how’s!

This week we chat with Soni Aralynn.  A costumer and YouTub-er and a “bunch of other things”!

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Comic Book Therapy – The cosplaying world is a very busy one, but I’m glad that we’ve been able to take the time out to talk. How have you been?
Soni Aralynn - Im great thanks for asking, glad I am doing this interview

CBT – What got you into doing cosplay?
S.A. - I have always been into anime and video games since I was very young. A group of friends and I decided to go to an anime convention in 2003 and that’s what got me into dressing up in cosplay. After that year, I made each and every one of my costumes.

CBT – What is your process in choosing the characters you want to portray?
S.A. - Its more like an epiphany. Ill be reading something and I’ll just get a burst of creative energy to create this wonderful character I am reading/playing in game/watching in a show or movie. I adore all the characters I portray, and don’t pick them based on popularity. If they are popular, great, I just make what I like.

CBT – What was the first character you cosplayed as? Your favorite?
S.A. - Beramode from War of Genesis, a korean MMO game. My favorite has to be spider woman Jessica Drew. Shes a strong character who has been through a lot.

CBT – How long have you been making your costumes by hand?
S.A. - Since 2003, I actually started sewing many years before that but I finally got my own sewing machine around 2003.

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?
S.A. - I dont handle it, some times I have outbursts where I rage quit for an hour, then slump back into my room when I feel better and keep trying. I have cried, broken things, screamed hahahhahaha. I got better over the years dealing with the stress of sewing. Some times a costume is smooth sailing the entire way. I pretty much watch hentai shows or power rangers or any other show I need to catch up on while sewing.

CBT – Have you participated in any contests?
S.A. - Yes many years ago I won a contest for my kitana cosplay at a small anime convention. Also more recently I won first place for my huntress costume at a toy convention.

CBT – What is your best Con memory?
S.A. - Dressing up as spider woman for a marvel photoshoot with my friends at dragon con. It was a special shoot, only one person per character no doubles, at the start of the shoot, it was announced that we had a surprise guest for our shoot. It ended up being stan lee, when he came out, we all clapped and he yelled out with his arms outstretch “these are my people!!! “ and got in the middle to take epic shots with us. It was definitely special, and I feel lucky to experience the things I do in this cosplay community.

CBT – I understand that you’re bit of a geek as well. What makes you geek?
S.A. - A bit? Geez thats an understatement. I used to hunt things down to feed my geek need. Now that being a geek is considered acceptable, its a billion times more accessible for me to feed my galactus sized hunger for geeky things. NOM! Video Games, anime, comic books, cartoons, etc.

CBT – There were a lot of great comics and events that’s been coming out. Have you read any this past year?
S.A. - Yes a lot of new 52, green lantern new guardians, red hood and the outlaws, the flash, marvel gambit, avengers vs x-men, the mighty thor, DC teen titans.

CBT – Cosplayers are vital and very popular at conventions. Is there a network that cosplayers established to assist each other?
S.A. - Cosplay.com is a good resource.

CBT – Any advice you would like to offer up and coming cosplayers?
S.A. - Be yourself, have respect for one another, keep away from that drama. Its not worth it, stay positive.

CBT – Thank you so much for your time. Anything else you’d like for us to be on the look out for?
S.A. - I am experimenting with making armor, stay tuned, some new epic costumes are on their way!

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Make sure you hit like on Soni’s Facebook page to check out some of her other awesome photos and keep up to date with her adventures. Give her a follow on @Aralinna if you’re on twitter. You can also check her Youtube page!

Soni Aralynn is also available for commissions if you are interested!

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Hey cosplay geeks!! As the continuing interest in the cosplay world grows, we want to reach out to the cosplay community and highlight those who dedicate their time and effort to a passion for cosplay. Tell us YOUR story!

To be featured in a Cosplay Spotlight, please complete the following steps:

  • Contact us at: dezdewberry@comicbooktherapy.com (Please put “cosplay” in the subject line)
  • Gather 5-10 photos of you in your favorite cosplay outfits
  • Sit down, relax and get ready to be contacted back!
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