Hello all! We hope everyone had a good holiday season! Interview with a Cosplayer is back and our love and cheer is good throughout the year! So let’s take a nice longing (but not creepy) stare at our current Cosplay beauty Skyward Song Cosplay. Located in Central Pennsylvania she’s in a prime location to really strut her stuff at cons all across the East Coast. With her devilish smile and heavenly curves there is no character that she couldn’t pull off, and with her high-level technical skills Skyward Song easily shows she’s no fly by night. So let’s pick up our collective jaws from the ground and give Skyward Song Cosplay her just due.
What is the Cosplay scene like in Central Pennsylvania
The cosplay scene is huge in central Pennsylvania! We’re in a great location for hitting Philadelphia, NYC, Maryland, and DC conventions. I have a lot of friends in the immediate area to cosplay with, as well.
What got you into the art of Cosplay?
About three or four years ago I started watching this show on Syfy called “Heroes of Cosplay” which opened my eyes to this wonderful hobby. Since then, cosplay has become a sort of therapy for me in that I can get completely lost in my projects for hours at a time.
Who are your favorite characters to Cosplay?
I love Cosplaying my spider splicer from the video game series BioShock and Mad Moxxi from Borderlands 2. It’s a lot of fun to cosplay characters that are very out of my comfort zone, Splicer being completely horrific and crazy, and Mad Moxxi is a true beauty and power icon in the Borderlands games.
Can you tell us what it took to make this particular design?
Well the Character is Warrior Chibi Moon based on original art by NoFlutter. This costume is my baby. It was my first armor build and I was in a huge group of eleven other very talented and beautiful women and to be considered was an honor. Armor had always terrified me but with the help of my friends and an entire week off, I set to work. Luckily the foam the armor is made from was gifted, and I bought nearly all my supplies with Christmas money. I spent my time making sure everything looked right and even restarted the bracers (the armor on my forearm) since I was happy with how the first ones turned out. Since this costume was made my level of comfort with foam crafting and making cosplay armor has only grown. Also, this wig took me so long to make and I learned I never want to style something like this again!
Who/What is your biggest inspiration?
There are so many Cosplayers I look up to and most of them I am humbled to say are now close friends. I’ve managed to find a group of people so willing to nurture each other through success and strife and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
What are the Biggest cons in (where you live) right now?
Probably Harrisburg Comic Con, Katsucon, ColassalCon, Baltimore Comic Con, and Otakon.
Which con is your favorite?
There are so many varied convention types and I tend to prefer a more laid back convention atmosphere in that I’m not running from photo shoot to photo shoot. I really enjoyed Harrisburg Comic Con and ColassalCon East this year for those reasons. I’ve also found that Harrisburg Comic Con is very well organized so things flow throughout the weekend which is nice. For debuting new builds, however, Katsucon is hands-down the best convention for me.
What are you in to right now?
I’m actually between animes at the moment, but recently caught up on Attack on Titan, Death Note, and started watching the reboot of Voltron. I’m also between games right now since I just finished Horizon Zero Dawn earlier this week, I’ve always been in love with the BioShock series and have played the games multiple times, and I’m thinking of starting Fallout 4 again.
What is your favorite cosplay moment?
Generally, I love when it’s finally time to put the full costume on for the first time and get final looks before the convention or photo shoot. Things start to come into focus and become real.
What is your cosplay horror story?
One story in particular was when I was in the middle of being judged for a cosplay contest and the microsuede grip on my Merida bow started to come off right in front of the judges. I definitely think they noticed, but it was fine. I always try to take things in stride and am very realistic in knowing that something will always go wrong, you just need to be ready for that situation.
Where do you see the art of Cosplay in the next 5-10 years?
It’s hard to say where cosplay might be in just a few years. I would very much like to hope that it will continue to grow into a more recognizable form of art and that pop culture will continue to nurture the hobby, but I also realize the current market saturation is crazy and eventually people will tire of it. So I just hope I can have a few more years of fun with my friends before conventions become sparse again.WR
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