Welcome back to Cosplay Spotlight! For this ninth edition we present to you Vish 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!
Sup? The name is Vicious. I’m a strange girl with a somewhat introverted personality who loves to cosplay, model, explore abandoned buildings, write, act, watch horror movies, and indulge in anything geeky.~
Comic Book Therapy -What got you into doing cosplay?
Vish Cosplay – About 7 years ago I was introduced to the world of cosplay by a few old friends. Costumes? Modeling? Acting? Geekery? I was immediately hooked!
CBT – What is your process in choosing the characters you want to portray?
VC – The characters I cosplay and plan to cosplay, come from various comics, anime, manga, films, video games, books, cartoons, and etc. that I love! Everyone becomes attached to a certain character from a specific series and when that happens with me, I add that character to my future cosplay list!
CBT – What was the first character you cosplayed as? Your favorite?
VC – My first cosplay was of Integra Hellsing from the manga/anime/OVA, Hellsing. And my favorite cosplay to do is Harley Quinn from Batman!
CBT – How long have you been making your costumes by hand?
VC – I don’t always make every single costume piece by hand. Sometimes parts are commissioned or bought. But I’ve been sewing for a few years now.
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?
VC – Staying motivated can always be a challenge. Especially if you have a very busy life outside of cosplay! But once I get started on a costume, I am 100% motivated to finish it because I know how much fun it’s going to be to wear it around cons and do photoshoots. The only time I ever get stressed on a costume is if I can’t get something right or the con I’m making it for is approaching fast. I’m not very good at dealing with the stress it causes but I always try to remind myself it’s just a fun hobby and nothing to get worked up over!
CBT - Have you participated in any contests?
VC – Yes I have. Costume contest at Wizard World Philadelphia 2010. Didn’t win but it was fun!
CBT - What is your best Con memory?
VC – Each convention I have been to leaves me with amazing memories so it’s honestly very hard to choose. But I always enjoy cosplay gatherings! It’s a fun way to meet people, hang out with friends, see cool costumes, and show off your own!
CBT - Cosplaying various characters must’ve given you a lot of geek credibility. How would you describe yourself as a geek?
VC – I think I’ve always been a geek. Growing up playing video games, reading comic books, and watching Star Wars constantly kind of paved the way for the geek I am today. I love a little bit of everything and thus, I’ll cosplay from everything. But if you want to see me SERIOUSLY geek out, mention Batman or anything horror related and I’ll talk for hours.
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?
VC - It honestly depends on the location of the venue and the type of convention. Some cons have a much larger younger crowd than others and I can understand why the costume rules would be a bit more strict at those. I might be a nude model but I do know when certain costumes are appropriate or not.
CBT – Many Cosplayers are either into Comic Books or Manga/Anime. What are you most into? Favorite Comic or Manga/Anime?
VC – As stated in an earlier question, I’m into a little bit of everything! I love American comics just as much as anime and manga. My favorite comic series is Batman. My favorite anime series is Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. And my favorite manga series is Alive: The Final Evolution.
CBT - Cosplayers are vital and very popular at conventions. Is there a network that cosplayers established to assist each other?
VC – There are many cosplay sites around the internet like Cosplay.com, ACParadise.com, and CosplayGen.com where cosplayers from all over the world post their work, sell retired costumes, help each other, talk about conventions, share photos, and so much more. Sites like that really do help but in my personal opinion, I prefer networking with my personal cosplay friends that I meet and bond with at conventions. I click more with them than anyone else.
CBT - Any advice you would like to offer up and coming cosplayers?
VC – The most important rule of cosplay is TO HAVE FUN! Seriously! If you take your focus off of the fact that it’s a fun hobby, it will become a chore that you will quickly get tired of. Just remember that and you will fall in love with the world of cosplay!
CBT - Thank you so much for your time. Anything else you’d like for us to be on the look out for?
VC – You’re very welcome! Make sure to follow me on all of these sites to keep updated with my cosplay work and geekery!~
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