Under the wigs – January

Under the wigs

Hello everyone,

Cat here.

I am here to present you my brand new project called „Under the wigs“ which I am pretty much excited about. I will show you 3 amazing, ambitious and of course very talented cosplayers from all around the world and ask them few questions about their work and cosplay life. Hope you will enjoy this as much as I do.

So let’s get started!

First very talented cosplayer I had the honor to do interview with is Anso Cosplay.

Photo: LarsWS

Let’s see what she can say about herself

My name is Ansocosplay (or just Anso), and I’m from Denmark. I’ve been doing cosplay for around 2½ years now, and absolutely love it! When I’m not in cosplay, I’m a student with some other interests like singing and scouting. My favorite cosplays I’ve made are David from Camp Camp, a human version of Baymax from Big Hero 6, and Max Caufield from Life is Strange. I’m on insta as @ansocosplay.

  1. Let’s start with the classic one, what got you into cosplay? Tell us more about the moment you realized „Hey, this is cool, I want to try it!

It was one of my great friends who first introduced me to cosplay. Back then I only really did it because a lot of my friends where doing it, and I didn’t want to be left out. It was not until I saw the biggest cosplay show in Denmark, where I met someone who told me about the amazing cosplay community, cosplay competitions, famous cosplayers etc. that I wanted to take cosplay to the next level. I was so fascinated by the amazing costumes, scenography and performances, and I really wanted to do something like that myself.

Is cosplay a hobby you see yourself doing in, let‘s say, 10 years?

I hope so! I have no clue about what I’m doing in 10 years, but of course I hope I’m still doing something related to cosplay. I’m still very new to cosplay, and I hope I get to develop my craftmanship, so maybe one day I can help others with crafting.

How are you dealing with cosplay hate? What do you do when someone tells you that they hate your work?

I haven’t experienced cosplay hate from anyone in the cosplay community. Outside of the cosplay community, the only thing that I’ve experienced is people taking photos of me without permission, which is never fun. Personally, I deal with it by either ignoring it, if it isn’t serious, or confrontation, if I found it harassing. Other than that, I just never travel alone in cosplay if it’s night or I’m in an area I don’t feel safe in.

Do you prefer working alone or in a group?

I think a combination of the two is perfect. I love when you get to walk around at cons or attend photoshoots with a group, but when it comes to crafting and creating, I prefer to work alone because I tend to work in the middle of the night.

What is your favorite part of cosplay and your least favorite? What are your strengths?

I love when you get to show the cosplay at cons and photoshoots, especially when your cosplaying someone’s favorite character and they freak out (it’s just so cute!). I also love when you’re making the cosplay, and a part of it just turns out perfect! And of course, I love the entire community!

My least favorite part is when the thing I’m crafting doesn’t turn out right. Oh, and everything about wig-styling (it’s so freaking nerve wrecking).

I think my strengths are my positive attitude and my love for performing, which have proved themselves useful in a lot of situations!

What are your next 3 cosplans? Have you ever been in cosplay contest?

Photo: Bang photography

My three next cosplans is Candace Flynn from Phineas and Ferb (For a cosplay contest), Elsa from Frozen, and Chloe Price from Life is Strange.

I’ve never been in a real-life cosplay contest before, but I’m planning on participating in one at the next con I’m attending. I’ve been in some other weird competitions at cons, like a Lip-sync battle, and the Karaoke contest at J-popcon, which I managed to win! (Yay).

Is there a type of character you cosplay frequently?

I tend to cosplay the good characters, who are very kind towards others, because then I can go around at cons and compliment people and still be in character. I do however want to cosplay a villain at some point just to change things up a bit!

What are you currently working on? How is it going?

I’m currently working on my Edward Elric cosplay, which is one of the biggest projects I’ve done. I’m currently working on the automail, and just need to make the upper arm and shoulder part, and then it’s done! Then it’s onto the wig, which I’m quite terrified about.

Thank you for your time and good luck with your work!

Slightly Bitter

Next cosplayer is Hannah aka Slightly Bitter

Hannah aka Slightly Bitter, is a 20 year old Australian cosplayer who got into cosplay in 2016. Since then she has made all different kinds of cosplays from superhero mutants to ghost princess pirates. Her proudest cosplay moment was getting on stage for a Cosplay Showcase and getting up the stairs in giant foam arms and a tail. When she isn’t hunched over her sewing, not realising her bobbin ran out 2 minutes ago, she’s at uni studying business and events or volunteering at music festivals.

Instagram: @slightly_bitter_

Let’s start with the classic one, what got you into cosplay? Tell us more about the moment you realized „Hey, this is cool, I want to try it!“

I learnt about cosplay when I was 15 and attended my first con with friends, I went with the intention of just buying nerdy merch and having fun socialising but left in awe of some of the costumes I saw there.

I loved looking at other peoples creations and seeing how it all came together for a few years but it wasnt until I started learning how to sew that I thought I would give it a go. I did so much research for my first costume and ended up making two at once! One for myself and one for a friend. Thats when I knew I was hooked, I loved every second of it from planning and researching all the way to wearing it, even when things weren’t going right and I was sewing sleeves on upside down!

Her 1st self-made costume

Is cosplay a hobby you see yourself doing in, let‘s say, 10 years?

Initially cosplay was a creative outlet I had to just create what I wanted and learn new techniques, I never thought about long term goals for it. However, now I have met so many amazing people through it, I can’t see myself stopping any time soon. I may not be doing huge builds or complicated costumes but in 10 years I can still see myself attending cons and crafting costumes.

How are you dealing with cosplay hate? What do you do when someone tells you  that they hate your work?

Cosplay hate and negative people are everywhere and unavoidable when you put yourself out there, especially online. Although I haven’t had any major experiences with it I still get the comments here and there. My way to deal with it is to block and move on or simply just ignore it. Obviously there’s a difference between hate and constructive critcism but it’s easy to tell them apart and if someones intentions with their words and actions is to bring you down and make you feel bad then its just not worth spending any time or head space on them. It’s easier said than done I know, but at those times it’s great to go to friends or family or anyone who supports you to just take your mind off things. It’s good to be proud of your work because then it doesn’t matter what other people say, they aren’t the ones who control how you feel about your work.

Do you prefer working alone or in a group?

Personally I prefer working alone. I have been in groups before and loved the experience but I take so long to complete projects and I am too much of a perfectionist! I hope in the future I will have the chance to be in more casual cosplay groups but for now its just me. My dream cosplay group would be a full straw hat pirates group (One Piece) and I would be Brooke!

What is your  favourite part of cosplay and your least favourite? What are your strenghts?

One of my favourite things about cosplay is standing back and looking at something I have created and seeing my vision in front of me. I am proud of all my cosplays even if they didn’t come out perfect or something didn’t work out. Another thing is the community, no matter where you go the cosplay community is so wonderful and full of talented creative people. Of course I love my local community, shoutout Brisbane Cosplayers!

My least favourite is the same as many, the unwanted competition and elitism. Whether it’s worded as an insult or compliment comparing people who didn’t ask for it is endlessly frustrating. I know hoping for a day where these things don’t happen is overly optimistic as there will always be those people in any community but I do feel things are becoming more supportive and positive which is always a step in the right direction.

My strengths are my planning skills and ability to know when to quit. Most of my time making a cosplay goes into research and testing techniques, this is also why I probably take so long too, but I find having everything laid out in a plan its much east to not stress or find yourself in the dreaded con cruch. Con crunch ties into the ability of knowing when to stop or quit too. I have only found myself concrunching once and it was awful, up at 3AM spray painting and glueing only to be exhausted the next day! Never again! It only took that one time to realize that it isn’t worth it, that costume will be there when you come back and there’s always another con. If my cosplays aren’t ready or if i need to take a break I’m not going to push myself. At the end of the day this hobby is about having fun and being creative not being tired and stressed.

What are your next 3 cosplans? Have you ever been in cosplay contest?

My cosplans have been up in the air for awhile but I finally settled on one solid plan. I am planning to make Boa Hancock from One Piece in her original outfit. This will be for a competition in April, it will be my first real cosplay competiton and I am so nervous and excited.

My other plans I think will Erza Scarlet from Fairy Tail in her Flame Empress Armour. This was a project I stopped working on, I needed some time to work on other things and I think I’m ready to come back to it.

And finally, with those two builds in the works I will be doing something simple and fun. Marceline from Adventure Time has always been a favourite character of mine and with so many outfits to choose from it will be fun putting her together.

Is there a type of character you cosplay frequently?

I don’t have any criteria for characters I choose to cosplay it mainly comes down to my favourite characters or designs I really like. Although at this point I have only cosplayed female characters they have all been very different ranging from superhero suits to big poofy dress to giant mech arms. In the future I would love to try cosplaying a male character, I’m thinking Ban from The Seven Deadly Sins because that cherry red two piece is amazing!

What are you currently working on? How is it going?

Currently I am in the planning stages for Boa Hancock, this means researching the techniques I want to learn and use and collecting fabric samples. I hope to start on her in January giving me plenty of time before the competition. I can already see some challenges ahead such as making my own shoes but I am ready to get stuck into it.

I also have some plans to have photoshoots for some of my finished cosplays as I usually forget to take photos at conventions!

Good luck with your future projects!

Rebel Against Reader

My last but not least is wonderful Rebel Against Reader

How did you get into cosplay?

Instagram: @rebelagainstreader

Homestuck introduced me to cosplay around 2016 when I was looking at photos of John and saw someone dressed up as him. Seeing that really confused me because I never knew you could dress up anytime besides Halloween. Know that excited me and I told my dad what I found and we went to Party City ( Don’t ask) and got the things we needs for a con that was going on in two days.

 Is cosplay a hobby you see yourself doing in 10 years?

Yes, cosplay has become a huge part of my life and I don’t know what I’d do without it. When I am no longer able to cosplay because of age I hope that I’d be able to make and sell cosplays for those who don’t have a lot of money. Once my brother is older, I will definetly try to get him into cosplay as well.

How are you dealing with cosplay hate? What do you do when someone tells you that they hate your work?

Though, it may be crushing to hear that to someone you look bad, it’s a pretty common thing in the community and you’ll learn to get used to it. Whenever I receive hate I usually delete the comment and go on with my day. If the hate is a death threat, the comment is reported and that person is blocked. It does hurt a lot to get these comments but I’m learning to just forget about them and love how I look. 

Do you prefer working alone or in a group?

I prefer working in a group whenever I go to cons because I’m still fairly new at them and don’t like walking around alone. If I’m just staying at home and cosplaying then i prefer to be alone because I won’t be too worried about how i look.

What is your favorite part of cosplay and your least favorite? What are your strengths?

My favorite part of cosplay is seeing everyone’s face light up when they’re favorite character. I also enjoy cosplaying princesses and seeing little kids pull their parents sleeves trying to come meet a princess. 

My least favorite thing about cosplaying is the weird looks you get in public or the guys and girls catcalling you because your costume is a little revealing.

What are your next 3 cosplans? Have you ever been in cosplay contest?

My next three cosplans are…

•Ayato Kirishima from Tokyo Ghoul

•Jack Kline from Supernatural

•Samandriel from Supernatural

I’ve never entered a cosplay contest but last year, I was planning on entering a one  but I got there too late and wasn’t able to join it. Since I don’t make my cosplays, I can’t really join most of them but sometime in the future I hope that I’ll be able to learn and start making my own.

Is there a type of character you cosplay frequently?

I tend to cosplay characters how are shorter and around my height,I’m 4’11, because I feel like I’d suit those characters more than the characters I really like who are 6’0. Sometimes I will end up cosplaying doings taller characters but I won’t take them to a convention.

Cosplaying someone my height makes me feel better because I don’t have to worry about ruining a character for someone because a lot of people on the internet can be rude.

What are you currently working on? How is it going?

I am currently working on Auction Arc Juuzou Suzuya. Since I haven’t learned how to sew yet,I ordered the dress from Aliexpress and will be making small adjustments to it. Currently it going just fine but I need to find a petticoat to make the waist fit me and the skirt fuller. I also need to make the scythe for next years Ohayocon but I’m not sure I’ll be able to finish it in time.

I am sure, that you will be just fine. Thank you for your time.

And that was it, hope you liked those amazing cosplayers! Check out their pages, because they are all pretty awesome!

I am going to make slight changes in next months article, so, stay tuned.

You can apply for next month’s round by clicking here: https://glittercat.typeform.com/to/oYDr9q

2 thoughts on “Under the wigs – January

  1. Love the idea for this post! It’s great to hear more about what cosplayers have to say! I’d love to follow some more cosplayers too so it’s a great introduction for me! Thanks very much for writing and sharing 🙂

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