Welcome back fellow Wanderers!!! Here once again with another installment of Interview with a Cosplayer and we’ve used our Frequent Flyer miles to touch down in beautiful Hawaii to chat with The Dragon’s Cosplay. To say that this young lady puts in work is an understatement. A true Cosplayer in every sense of the word she has a grocery list of great Cosplay designs to wow fans with. What really reels you in is her ultra intense and very sexy ice-cold stare. Her piercing eyes shows the true focus and passion she displays in every one of her photos. Let’s see what she’s got going on!
What is the Cosplay scene like in Hawaii?
In Hawaii the cosplay scene is really nice here. We have about three conventions a year, and there’s a lot of anime cosplayers.
What got you into the art of Cosplay?
Back in 2013 I was active in the Doctor Who fandom, and I was first exposed to cosplay through that. I always loved dressing up for Halloween and making crafts, so cosplay really brought these two interests together for me.
Who are your favorite characters to Cosplay?
Definitely Rey. I started working on her costume right after The Force Awakens came out and it was really a step up from the costumes I was doing before then. I’ve gone through three different versions of her top and sash and two pants. It’s pretty much been an ongoing project since December 2015. I also made a BB-8 to go with her, using paper mache and the details were killer. I was covered in glue for weeks. But Rey is also my favorite costume to wear because of what a crowd pleaser Rey is. The kids love interacting with her/me and BB-8 and that’s worth all the work.
Can you tell me what it took to make this particular design? (Time, cost, materials, etc)
I modified a shirt, sewed a sash to that, added ties on to the bottom of the pants, spray painted the boots, added ties to them, added a buckle to the top belt, spray painted the bag and added buckles/ a clip, dyed the heap wraps, covered the googles in felt, dyed the wraps, and bought the bracer. I’ve been working on this since 2015, so I couldn’t really say the total time. The cost was somewhere less than 100 dollars because I used lots of materials I already had.
Who/What is your biggest inspiration?
Jessica Nigri is one of my favorite famous cosplayers. I met her and she was so nice and real, despite being so famous.
What are the Biggest cons in Hawaii right now?
The biggest one is probably Kawaii Kon. It has over 10,000 attendees over three days, I think?
Which one is your favorite?
I’ve had the most fun at Comic Con Honolulu. Cary Elwes came to the most recent one, and someone gave me a sticker with Rey dressed as Left Shark there.
What are you in to right now?
I don’t watch anime. I saw five minutes of Full Metal Alchemist one time though. Also I don’t play video games. But I do read! Currently: The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway, about the siege of Sarajevo.
What is your favorite cosplay moment?
The first time I went to a convention, (As the Eleventh Doctor) I posed with three other Doctor Who cosplayers and lots of people began taking pictures of us. It was the first time I had experienced something like that, and I loved it. At the most recent con I went to, an artist gave me a free print of Rey because they liked my cosplay.
What is your cosplay horror story?
Honestly, I don’t really have one. One time a bit of my leg armor fell down on stage while performing, but i just held it up with my hand. I try to wear my costumes around before the con to work out any kinks. I also always bring super glue, safety pins, and tape when going out in costume.
Where do you see the art of Cosplay in the next 5-10 years?
I think it’s going to grow and become more and more mainstream.WR
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