Check check check it out! Interview with a Cosplayer is back with another Midwest baby. Meet Timeline Cosplay; this Cosplayer who claims to be a beginner is holding it down for Milwaukee really strong! When she’s not nerding it up like the rest of us she’s got her nose to the grindstone putting together Cosplay designs ranging from sexy, to adorable, to downright demented. With her being on the move constantly in the Midwest Cosplay scene Timeline Cosplays star is definitely on the rise. Let’s give her our undivided attention shall we?
What is the Cosplay scene like in Milwaukee?
It’s actually pretty active, though I find myself not discovering as many Milwaukee cosplayers to hang around as I do in Southern Wisconsin, Northern Wisconsin and Chicago. I recently participated in the Maker Faire but there were only 4 cosplayers amidst 300 other makers, which seems proportionally small for the amount that I see at Anime Milwaukee.
What got you into the art of Cosplay?
I got into it in back when I was in High School. Back before boxed sets of Anime were really more popular, and invested into an anime called .hack//sign. I wanted to dress up as the main character from that anime, and scavenged the pieces from Goodwill and painted a sweatshirt from Kohls. I didn’t know it was cosplay back then, but reflecting now, it was. I love doing it, and I’ve been doing it 17 years now. One of my best friends helped me make Renaissance garb and then Sailor Jupiter from Sailor Moon, and even a Kimono. I was hooked and she even taught me how to sew.
Who are your favorite characters to Cosplay?
I love cosplaying from video games, and I love cosplaying Villains. They’re a lot of fun, and video games have been a part of my life for years. I love Horror style video games, with Fatal Frame being one of my all time favorite series. I have a cosplay from each game up to Fatal Frame IV, am working on one for Fatal Frame V, and just love horror characters and ghosts. I don’t like gore for the sake of gore though, it has to have a story that I like as well. A lot of my cosplays are pretty obscure as well, but that doesn’t make me love them any less.
Can you tell me what it took to make this particular design? (Time, cost, materials, etc)
Well with Lady Three this is actually my second attempt at her. So I’ve probably put in over 50 hours into the design, style, and everything. Cost wise probably around $250 overall, if I’m including the Worbla ($98), the fabric ($50 for two yards of the patterned purple), spray paint, sealer, wood glue, paintbrushes, stencils (from my first attempt at the dress), zippers, fabric paint, the melted foam of my failed first attempted scissor blades, the second version of my scissor blades and then my third version made of Wood. I had to invest in a hand drill to assemble these scissors as well as sandpaper, paint, etc. So many little things that just add up and each failure adds to the total price as well. It was my most expensive outfit probably still to date, and I’m going to be doing a third version of the outfit because the dress needs to fill out a bit more and I need to add embroidery of a dragon to the top.
Who/What is your biggest inspiration?
My best friend Sarah is kinda a big inspiration to me. When we were 16 years old (High School) she pretty much made a Card Captor Sakura outfit by herself that turned out amazing. She has amazing levels of skill with sewing and even though she doesn’t cosplay much anymore, she taught me everything I know and helped me get down this path. There’s a few people I follow cosplay wise who I want to meet but while they are inspiring, they never quite got me into it like my best friend did, as I was already into cosplay when I saw them.
What are the Biggest cons in Milwaukee right now?
A lot of the cons I go to are in the Milwaukee or Chicago area. I’ve gone to Anime Milwaukee, Daisho Con (which is up in Wisconsin Dells), Anime Central, Wizard World Chicago, C2E2, Uchi Con, my first con was No Brand Con back in its first year when it was held at the University of Eau Claire.
Which one is your favorite?
Technically Daisho. It started when I was in college so I kind of consider it my home con. I’ve gone each year for it and haven’t missed a year. If I had to give up other cons, I’d still try to make this one.
What are you in to right now?
Once The Ancient Magus’s Bride is fully released I plan on binge watching that entire show. I love it so much.
As far as games I’m actually working on getting more into Monster Hunter Generations. Monster Hunter Worlds is slated to come out next year so I need to make sure my skills are in tip top shape! I enjoy reading D&D books. I’m paging through the players handbook for 5th Edition in my spare time as well as just other novels and stuff I get my hands on. I haven’t engrossed myself in a book in a while, but I’m looking forward to Jim Butcher’s newest Dresden file book coming out someday I hope.
What is your favorite cosplay moment?
I cosplay as Morgiana from Magi, and when I first debuted the outfit it was on Sunday at Anime Milwaukee a few years back. I was getting off an escalator and I hear two kids running up to me going “MORGIANA MORGIANA!” and they wanted to get a picture with me. They were so sweet, and dressed up as other characters from Anime. It’s still one of my favorite pictures and making their day made my whole month!
What is your cosplay horror story?
I should’ve… I really should’ve done research but I wasn’t smart. I had made my first pair of Lady Three scissor blades out of smooth foam; I had taken a few hours to sand them down after cutting them out to get the shape just right. They weren’t gonna open and close but I was so proud with how they looked. I had decided that I was going to spray paint them as well as my wooden shield, and get it all done in one smooth go. So I was in a well ventilated garage area with newspaper and everything ready to go. I started to paint them, getting on a nice first layer until I noticed them bubbling. They MELTED before my eyes. All that hard work into getting the shape and smoothness just went out the window in under 30 seconds. I was surprised I didn’t cry, or give up at that point. Nothing like watching a few hours of work just melt and disappear into the paper.
Where do you see the art of Cosplay in the next 5-10 years?
I think cosplay will continue to grow. For all the negatives and bad things you see it’s still a very positive thing for a lot of people, and I want to help continue fostering a community that sees cosplay as fun, relaxing, and a way to help people break out of their shell. I expect to see it grow and form into something more popular and hopefully people will see that it’s not just a hobby, but also a community. I hope in 5-10 years I’m still going strong in the community, I really don’t have any plans on stopping.WR
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