Attending conventions and cosplay are very important social aspects of the Anime Community. While not everyone at a convention is a cosplayer and some people like just take pictures of other’s costumes, cosplay is still one of the most enjoyable parts of an anime convention. Because of this I decided to interview two cosplayers at AnimeUSA, who happen to be my friends, to learn a bit about their costuming passions.
Haley has been cosplaying for 7 years and has attended 14 conventions, and Mandy has been cosplaying for 2 years and has attended 7 conventions. I used pictures of their ‘Favorite Currently In-Use Cosplay”, Haley’s Winter Sawsbuck (Pokemon Gijinka) and Mandy’s Pit from Kid Icarus.
Q. What is the weirdest material you’ve used?
Haley- a door stopper, for a prop for Kira Kosuke from the anime Btooom!
Mandy- cans of Mountain Dew, to make the laurels for my Pit cosplay
Q. for Mandy: What inspires you to make a new cosplay?
Mandy- I want to show my love for my favorite characters, and to show appreciation to their creator.
Q. What is the hardest piece that you’ve very made for a costume?
Haley- altering a sweater for a Halloween version of Estonia from the anime Hetalia
Mandy- toga for Pit from the game Kid Icarus, since there was no pattern
Q. What originally got you into cosplay?
Haley- People who cosplay at conventions get talked to more, so its easier to make new friends while wearing a costume.
Mandy- my friends go to conventions and most people cosplay, so it seemed fun, and if someone recognizes your costume, you know that you have a shared interest with them
Q. for Haley: You’ve been to a lot of conventions, whats that like?
Haley- going to conventions is really fun, but I’ve been to so many that it’s hard to keep my exact count accurate!
Q. What is your favorite Convention snack?
Haley- Chocolate Pocky and Strawberry Ramune
Mandy- Strawberry Pocky