Back like the end of a commercial break we your pals at The Wandering Ronin bring you yet another installment of Interview with a Cosplayer. This time touching down in the State of Utah where we run into Cospeej. At just 18 this Cosplay Wonderkid has the world at her feet. With her very talented hands in Writing, Poetry, and Music we’re very lucky she chose the art of Cosplay as her medium of choice. Not ones to toot our own horn but this alluring young lady has the stuff to go far in this game and you saw her here first! Set your faces to stunned and lets get cracking shall we!
What is the Cosplay scene like in Utah
I don’t personally know a lot of cosplayers. Other than a couple of my siblings and my best friend and a couple of his friends. But I always see and hear people from my area that have amazing skills and cosplays! The conventions here are amazing!
What got you into the art of Cosplay?
My super cool, awesome, funny, talented best friend, (and boyfriend) Tate! He got me a three day pass to FanX for Christmas a couple years ago and that was my very first convention! He made a deadpool cosplay (which he later improved and plans on improving even more!) and I made my first cosplay! Harley Quinn from DC’s Suicide Squad! That was awesome!
Who are your favorite characters to Cosplay?
My top favorite character to cosplay is Harley Quinn. She’s a classic. I’m currently working on the ORIGINAL jester suit. I’m so excited for it! Other characters I like to cosplay are Rapunzel, Raven (teen titans), Tinker bell and Spider-Man weirdly enough. I think it’s so fun to try different cosplays!
Can you tell me what it took to make this particular design? (Time, cost, materials, etc)
I’m a crazy bargain shopper!! So I like to buy things from thrift stores and yard sales and then improving and changing them! For my Raven cosplay, I didn’t spend that much. I bought a few necessities like the wig and material for the cape. I love to sew a lot so I pretty much just eyeballed the cape and watched a quick tutorial for the hood. Tutorials are amazing so thanks to all the cool people who make them! But time wise, it takes a lot. And a lot of dedication. Plus don’t even get me started on makeup. It takes a lot of practice to make sure it’s right. It all takes a LOT of work.
Who/What is your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration would have to my older sister. She has helped me a lot with of sewing things. And gives me ideas and support through all of it! She’s awesome.
What are the Biggest cons in (where you live) right now?
The biggest cons here where I live are Salt Lake City Comic Con and SLC FanX!
Which one is your favorite?
I think Comic Con is my favorite just cause so many people go and have fun and it’s just such a big deal!!
What is your favorite cosplay moment?
My favorite cosplay moment was when I was at FanX dressed as Harley and we went across the street to get some food and a little girl came up to me and asked for a picture and a hug and even then I stayed in character and it’s just kinda awesome to be able to be someone else for a little while!
What is your cosplay horror story?
My cosplay horror story? Oh boy. Well I was at a convention as Spiderman and I had to go to the bathroom but I was really struggling to get the zipper down in the back and I kept trying to reach it and everything was ripping. That was really bad. But I went and fixed it later. I did get the zipper down by the way. Everything else went fine
Where do you see the art of Cosplay in the next 5-10 years?
I think with technology improving so quickly, the art of cosplay will follow. There is already so many possibilities to make cosplays realistic that it will only get better and better!! I’m excited to see what there is to come! WR
For more on Cospeej check out her Instagram