Jan 252015
 

( This interview was originally posted on March 2014 ) Last week I discovered a new cosplayer from a suggestion on Twitter. I always like discovering new cosplayers and the Supergirl cosplay profile pic looked really good. I found a new cosplayer and got a chance to interview her to learn more.

Photo by Emerald Coast Cosplay

Photo by Emerald Coast Cosplay

Who are you and where are you from?

My actual name is Brittany. However, you all can call me Sparky Cosplay or just Sparky! I hail from the great state of Alabama! I originally dropped from the mother ship in Tennessee.

 

How long have you been cosplaying?

I have been cosplaying for a little over three years now!

 

How did you get started and what was your first cosplay?

I got into cosplay when a person I was friends with said, “Hey, you sort of look like Lightning from Final Fantasy XIII. There’s a convention coming up soon and you should dress up as her and go!” So, my story began at Kami Con Season 3 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama! I wore my very first costume, Lightning Farron from FF XIII a three days.

 

What did your friends and family think when you started?

Well, I grew up in a very small town in Tennessee, so cosplay was unheard of. I was a big “closet nerd”. At first my friends and family were very skeptical of the whole cosplay community. They were honestly slightly worried about me. At the time I was living two hours away from home. So, I could understand their concerns. But luckily I had a loving and supportive convention family. Now, my family and friends think it’s exciting and support me full on. They’ve even helped me with a few costumes! It means the world to me that they accept me for who I am and the community that I cherish.

 

What is your most recognized cosplay?

I’m not really sure. Hahaha, I honestly never really pay too much attention. At first, it seemed to be Lightning. She was a costume I stuck with for a while. But now, it seems my Neliel from the anime Bleach has taken her place. Which I am okay with. That costume is SUPER comfortable!

 

Where do you get your inspiration for choosing what to cosplay?

My inspiration for my cosplays mostly come from my love of the series or characters. I always have some kind of connection whether it’s the attitude, trials the character goes through, or the feels I get when I see the character, I want to love and appreciate what I cosplay.

Photo by Whitney's Wonders

Photo by Whitney’s Wonders

Do you make all of your cosplays?

My first costume was straight up bought. Back then, I had never touched a sewing machine. My friend at the time tried showing me, but it was hopeless….those things still scare me today! Haha. I have come a long way since then. But sometimes, I do not make ALL of a costume. There are somethings that are beyond my skill levels right now, like full spandex body suits, that I can’t do. However, I always try to make as much as I can. In some costumes though, like my Female Red Robin, I just borrowed stuff for a fun shoot with friends. I will be making an official version soon though! My skills are growing though! I haven’t been in cosplay for long, but luckily I am a fast learner!

 

 

What has been your easiest and most complicated cosplay?

My easiest cosplay has to be Neliel. I mean, come on guys have you seen her costume?! Haha, while she’s difficult to pose in, I can flail and derp around without too much of a care. One of my most challenging costumes would be my version of Poison Ivy. I hand glued ALL of those flowers, not to mention had the bright idea to make the train of flowers and greenery off of the back. It was so much fun to wear though. My Pyramid Head is a close second. And to think I am remaking both of them. HA!

 

If you could cosplay anybody from anything who would it be?

I was a big fan of the Gundam series growing up. I would absolutely love to cosplay as an actual Winged Zero Custom. I mean, those wings just call to me.

 

Who have people said that you should cosplay as?

I get a lot of people wanting me to cosplay from comics. Which I am okay with, I grew up with them. Recently it’s been Wonder Woman (my hero) and Black Canary. I also get requests to cosplay from League of Legends. Which I am currently working on a Midnight Skin Ahri for Anime Weekend Atlanta.

 

What was one of your most memorable experiences you have had while cosplaying?

One of the most memorable things to happen to me at a convention happened at this past Anime Weekend Atlanta. I had been in Poison Ivy all day and was starting to feel the aches and pains of cosplay. I was sitting at a table when a family passed. They had a young boy with them who flipped out over my cosplay. Even though I wasn’t a cannon version of Ivy, he knew who I was. He hugged me and said he loved my new outfit and that it was nice to see me in person. He had been reading about me in the comics. He also apologized for Bruce Wayne shutting down my program. Hahahaha, I thought that was so precious. He thought I was the actual character. It brightened up my night of fatigue and gave me a new energy. THAT is one reason why I cosplay. You can’t get those memories anywhere else.

Photo by MV Photography

Photo by MV Photography

What do you think makes a good cosplay?

I think love for the genre and character you cosplay as makes a good cosplay. It doesn’t matter who makes what or who bought this or that. Who looks more like that character or who has more sex appeal. At the end of the day you are surrounded by friends and people who share your passions. Sharing that love is a beautiful and wholesome thing.

 

How would you describe the state of the cosplay hobby right now?

As of right now, I am glad that cosplay is getting more attention and being recognized as a community. Though I feel some things are more negative than positive, it is nice to see the community growing. My only hope is that we do not forget where we came from and how to love one another.

 

What advice would you give to somebody just starting out cosplaying?

My advice would be to have fun! Cosplay who you want to and don’t be afraid to ask for help! I still do all of the time. You would be surprised at who would help you out and give you some excellent tips! If you see me at a convention say hi! I love new friends. Also…fear the hot glue.

 

Besides cosplaying what other hobbies do you have?

I love gaming, cuddling up to watch Dr. Who and all those nerdy things. I also love to hang out and meet new people. When I go to Tennessee to see my family, I will ride my horses or ATVs. (I grew up a redneck!) I also love photography. So when I can get my paws on a camera, I’m almost as bad as the paparazzi.

Photo by Chris Auditore Photography

Photo by Chris Auditore Photography

Thank you again to Sparky Cosplay for the interview. You can visit her other sites here.

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Jan 222015
 

This past November I had the opportunity to attend BGG.Con 2014.  This convention’s focus is all about  board and card games.  This was my first time to attend this convention in two ways.  I’ve been to conventions as an attendee and as press before but not as an exhibitor.  That’s right.  I said exhibitor.  I was going to be demoing games for Upper Deck such as Legendary Villains and Legendary Encounters.  If you’ve never played any of these games I encourage you to check them out.

 

The first day Jacob and I met up with Jason and Travis from Upper Deck and got our badges.  We got to the booth and I started setting up for the scenario I would be running all day for Legendary Encounters.  I was mentally telling myself to not mess up anything.  I didn’t want to make a bad impression on the guys from Upper Deck.  The doors opened and the gamers kept coming in.  It didn’t take long for my first group to sit down that wanted to play.  My first game went very well and after that I wasn’t really nervous anymore.  I spent all day running Legendary Encounters and it seemed like it was a popular game.  Our booth was busy from people just checking out our games to the ones that sat down and played.

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The next day I switched to running Legendary Villains.  Jacob and I decided to take a break from what we were running.  This day went a lot like the first.  One thing that was different were the groups I was getting.  I got more families and kids with Villains than Encounters.  I had a father and son that wanted to check out Encounters but after I showed him some of the art he decided it was too much for his son.  I thought I would like running Encounters more than Legendary but some of the people I played with changed that.  I enjoy both games but I decided to run Legendary Villains the rest of the convention.

I do have one story that happened that I would like to share.  There were these two guys who stopped by everyday to play Legendary.  They didn’t have the game and were thinking about picking it up.  BGG does this huge giveaway.  Everybody that attends gets a ticket which could be drawn for a prize.  It isn’t a few prizes they offer.  They give away a lot of games and it is something to see.  Upper Deck donated a copy of Marvel Legendary for the drawings.  The guys that stopped by everyday won the copy of Legendary.  They were so excited and so were we.  It made me feel good to see it go to people that really wanted the game.

One thing that you might not think about that dealers have to do is clean up.  After the convention is over what do you think happens to the booth?  We had to tear down both setups and pack them in a case to ship out wherever it needs to get to next.  It wasn’t real difficult but it wasn’t easy either.  I am glad that we didn’t have a lot of games to ship back also.  Normally I would just leave a convention and not think about the dealers and staff.  This made me appreciate the dealers and staff that come out to all the conventions even more.

I had a great time running games all weekend for Upper Deck and want to thank them for the opportunity.  Sure, after the convention I didn’t want to play any Legendary for awhile.  Playing the same game most of the day for a few days can take it’s toll.  It didn’t make me hate Legendary but I wanted to play something else.  I may not have gotten to see and do a lot of what the convention has to offer but I did enough there to make me happy.  I got to play a game that I enjoy with a lot of new people.  I hope that I’m lucky enough to do it again next year.

Jan 222015
 

I just got this in an email this morning from Sony.

If You Had a PlayStation Network, Qriocity, or Sony Online Entertainment Account Before Ma‌y 1‌5, 201‌1, You Could Get Benefits from a Class Action Settlement.
A settlement has been reached with the Sony Entities about the illegal and unauthorized attacks (the “Intrusions”) in A‌pril 20‌11, on the computer network systems used to provide PlayStation Network (“PSN”), Qriocity, and Sony Online Entertainment (“SOE”) services. The Sony Entities deny any claims of wrongdoing in this case, and the settlement does not mean that the Sony Entities violated any laws or did anything wrong.
Who is included? The Class includes everyone in the US (including its territories) who had a PSN account, a Qriocity account, or an SOE account at any time before Ma‌y 1‌5, 20‌11.
What does the settlement provide?
There are various benefits, depending in part on what type of account(s) you had. Benefits you could get (if you qualify) include:
Payment equal to paid wallet balances (if $2 or more) in PSN or SOE accounts that have been inactive since the Intrusions,
One or more of the following: a free PS3 or PSP game, 3 free PS3 themes, or a free 3-month subscription to PlayStation Plus (once valid claims exceed $10 million, class members will still be eligible for one free month of PlayStation Plus),
A free month of Music Unlimited for Qriocity accountholders who did not have a PSN account,
$4.50 in SOE Station Cash (amounts will be reduced proportionally if valid claims exceed $4 million).
Identity Theft Reimbursement: If you had out-of-pocket charges due to actual identity theft, and have documentation proving that the theft was caused by the Intrusion(s), you can submit a claim for reimbursement up to $2,500. Reimbursements will be reduced proportionally if the total amount payable on all valid claims would exceed $1 million.
How can I get benefits? To get benefits, you must file a claim form. Claim forms are available at WWW.PSNSOESETTLEMENT.COM. You can also request claim forms from the Claims Administrator by writing to PSN-SOE Settlement, P‌O Bo‌x 1‌947, Fariba‌ult, M‌N 55‌021 or by calling 1‌-87‌7-5‌52-1‌284. The earliest deadline to file a claim is Aug‌ust 31, 2015, or 6‌0 d‌ays after the settlement becomes final and effective. Visit the website for more details on submitting a claim online or by mail.
Your other options. Even if you do nothing, you will be bound by the Court’s decisions. If you want to keep your right to sue the Sony Entities yourself, you must exclude yourself from the Settlement Class by Apr‌il 1‌0, 20‌15. If you stay in the Settlement Class, you may object to the settlement by Ap‌ril 1‌0, 20‌15. For instructions on how to exclude yourself from the Class or object to the settlement, please see WWW.PSNSOESETTLEMENT.COM.
The Court will hold a hearing in this case on M‌ay 1, 20‌15, to consider whether to approve the settlement, and a request by Class Counsel for fees, costs, and expenses up to $2,750,000. You or your own lawyer may appear and speak at the hearing at your own expense.
For more information or Claim Forms:
WWW.PSNSOESETTLEMENT.COM or 1‌-87‌7-55‌2-1‌284
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Jan 222015
 

Moon_Knight_Vol_5_11_TextlessBrian Wood, Greg Smallwood, and Jordie Bellaire continue their intriguing Story arc with this eleventh issue of Moon Knight.

We last saw our hero, Marc Spector, being arrested for seemingly trying to assassinate the head of another country. He successfully saved the dignitary’s life while sacrificing his own freedom in the process.  Rendered opens with the signature vision that has arisen with Moon Knight. It has two pages that are composed of fifteen individual panels. These panels tell two alternating tales. One shows the daytime activities of Marc while he is being held captive. The other show the beatings that he endures in the night time. The series of small panels end with Marc meeting his new doctor. It quickly becomes apparent that he is being held for some purpose other than punishment as the doctor states they need him to be a willing participant without explaining in what.

The most interesting bit of this issue is that Khonshu shows up and begins talking to Marc again. We get to watch as the tortures happen to Marc and he investigates the nature of the prison in which he resides. From the perspective of Khonshu, it seems like Marc has given up and is not much with out Khonshu to guide him. The interplay between the two while Marc plots his escape is priceless. Wood’s storytelling has remained strong throughout this arc and Rendered is not exception to this rule. In particular, I enjoyed how Marc chides Khonshu on his choice of representative while he is in the middle of his daring escape. He points out that despite being a god, Khonshu needs to better vet his choices.

The art in this issue is phenomenal. I have enjoyed the work of Smallwood throughout his run but this issue does an excellent job of highlighting his skill. I particularly loved the two opening pages with the variety of panels depicting alternating stories. There is a also a page where we get to watch as Marc is escorted back to his cell while the doctor speaks to him. the stark nature of the room against a background of white does a wonderful job of highlighting how the level of isolation that has befallen Spector.

This new creative team continues to knock it out of the park with Moon Knight. They capture the feeling of crazy that is a carry over from previous volumes of Moon Knight while not allowing it to override the story. The surreal nature of the character comes through without sacrificing the heroic nature of this new iteration of Moon Knight. I thoroughly enjoyed this issue and can not wait to see how they answer the cliffhanger that ended this issue.

 

 

 

Jan 212015
 

​Hello Ladies and Gents this week on Direct Damage Cast we join Layfield and Kaesi on the final Day of prerelease weekend. After the dust has settled and Ugin has been reborn or healed anyway. Listen to our stories from prerelease weekend. We also go around the table and off the rails as one of our hosts had been up over 24 hours and couldn’t remember the episode number. Sit back and curl up with another great episode of DDC and a fine glass of Kraken.

Jan 212015
 

TOP 32 FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR RPG SUPERSTAR 2015 GAME DESIGNER COMPETITION

REDMOND, WA (January 20, 2014): Paizo Inc., creator of the popular Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, announces today the Top 32 finalists for 2015’s RPG Superstar, the annual, worldwide open call for would-be game designers to have their talents discovered, and the chance at being published in an official Pathfinder RPG module.

RPG Superstar™ 2015 Top 32 Finalists

Gabriel Almer – Staff of the Prime Mover
John Laffan – Staff of the Thieving Magpie
Charlie Bell – Crook of the Unseen Forces
Monica Marlowe – Spectre Blight
Charlie Brooks – The Hero’s Breath
Matthew Morris – Psychopomp’s Crosier
Russ Brown – Ice Fang
Kalervo Oikarinen – Fate-binder
Christopher Donnangelo – Staff of the Vanara King
Ben Parkin – Magrim’s Mountain Crusher
Brian Fruzen – Pyrolastic Spike
Anthony Pennington – Depth Charger
Mark Hart – Venom’s Kiss
Newton Philis – Breach Barrier
Jeff Heikkinen – Flowing Fortress Armour
R Pickard – Harvestweal
David Higaki – Earthcracker
Olivier Raye’- Lalonde – Ring of the Investigator
Dana Huber – Ophidian Coil
Justin Riddler – Mountain Stance Armor
Taylor Hubler – Fist of Havoc
Matt Roth – Rimewinder
Ben Iglauer – Fool’s Scepter
Chris Shaeffer – Hide of the Vibrant Frog
Jason Keeley – Rod of Exorcism
Marina Smolina – Shield of Stormwall
Jacob Kellogg – Soulshifter Staff
Frankie Trombetta – Interrogator’s Ally
Patrick Kilcullen – Swarm-strike Caster
Christopher Wasko – Windstrider Mail
Scott LaBarge – Keyhole Stiletto
Benjamin Wilkins – Staff of the Trusted Physician

Alternates

Jeff Hazuka – Fellbough Hookhammer
Allana Sliwinski – Harlequin’s Hurlbat
R D Ramsey – Tunnel Fighter’s Ring
Jensen Toperzer – Rod of the Iron Rose

These Top 32 finalists will move on to Round Two, which will require the contestants to create a full-page map, or previously unmapped fantasy-themed location, in Golarion.

“The map itself is the entry, so it is important to make it interesting and creative,” says Owen Stephens, RPG Superstar MC and Pathfinder RPG Designer. “The map should spark the imagination, and lead to exciting encounters.”

The deadline for these entries is January 23, 2015, and public voting on the maps will begin on January 27, 2015. For more information, or to submit an entry, visit paizo.com/rpgsuperstar.

Now in its 8th year, RPG Superstar receives thousands of entries from all over the world, which are reviewed by a panel of experienced game designers, and then voted on by the paizo.com community, who have cast millions of votes over the years.

The winner of the competition will have their adventure published by Paizo as a Pathfinder Module, a full-color, 64-page, high-quality softcover book, compatible with not only the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game (RPG), but also with any game published under the Open Gaming License (OGL). Also, three runners-up will win assignments to write adventure scenarios for Paizo’s Pathfinder Society Organized Play campaign, offering all four finalists professional writing contracts with Paizo Inc., and an opportunity to begin their game design careers by working on the world’s best-selling roleplaying game.

Jan 202015
 

 

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Dungeons & Dragons Fans Called to ‘Unearth the Deception’ in 2015

Elemental Evil Storyline & Product Offerings Unveiled

January 20, 2015 – Renton, WA – Today, Wizards of the Coast announced the newest Dungeons & Dragons storyline and accompanying product offerings for both digital and tabletop RPG players. Coming off of the biggest and most exciting year yet for Dungeons & Dragons, the Elemental Evil storyline starts in March and runs through mid-summer. During that time, heroes are needed in the Forgotten Realms to discover and defeat secret cults that threaten to annihilate the Sword Coast by harnessing the powers of the elements of fire, water, air, and earth.

The product line-up includes the release of a new downloadable module—Neverwinter: Elemental Evil—for the highly acclaimed free-to-play Dungeons & Dragons MMORPG from Cryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment. Serving as an additional way for fans to experience the storyline, Neverwinter: Elemental Evil brings a new playable class—the Paladin—and increases the game’s level cap to 70. Neverwinter is set in the Forgotten Realms, and the new expansion launches in early 2015. Cryptic also recently announced Neverwinter on Xbox One will be available in early 2015 as well.

Characters in the D&D tabletop roleplaying game can help prevent devastation to the lands and people of the Forgotten Realms in the Princes of the Apocalypse adventure by Wizards of the Coast and Sasquatch Game Studio. Princes of the Apocalypse is available on April 7, 2015 and includes an epic adventure for characters levels 1 – 15 as well as new elemental spells and the element-touched genasi as a new playable race. In addition, a free download will be available in mid-March that includes more new races plus the player content available in Princes of the Apocalypse, just in time for the start of the Elemental Evil season of the D&D Adventurers League.

Other products tied into the Elemental Evil storyline include the Temple of Elemental Evil Adventure System Board Game and pre-painted collectible miniatures, both from WizKids Games. WizKids has also partnered with Perfect World Entertainment to bundle in-game items for Neverwinter with the Temple of Elemental Evil Adventure System Board Game and miniatures boosters. Rounding out the tabletop RPG game products is Gale Force Nine’s new Dungeon Master’s screen featuring Elemental Evil art, as well as unpainted, resin miniatures that tie into the adventure, all slated to release beginning in March.

Jan 182015
 

(This interview was originally posted on January 2014.)  I got the chance to meet and play a game with Toni Darling at Gen Con last year. She was really busy so I didn’t get an opportunity to interview her at Gen Con. She did say that she would do one for the us when her schedule isn’t as busy. So now here is an interview with Toni Darling.

Photo by Slim Summers, Grant Brummett

Photo by Slim Summers, Grant Brummett

Who are you and where are you from?

I am a country girl originally from upstate NY. I currently live in Los Angeles.

 

How long have you been cosplaying?

Just under 2 years

 

How did you get started and what was your first cosplay?

I moved to Mesa AZ to complete my degree at ASU. I was looking to make some new friends and get out of the house so I googled ‘geeky things to do in Mesa’. I came across an event at Evermore Nevermore in downtown Mesa called the Zombie Bikini Contest. I entered, and while I didn’t win, I met Jim MIller of New Mutiny Media and we ended up collaborating on some projects which exposed me to cosplay. Once I knew what it was I got hooked, made my Thor costume and have been a slave to the hobby ever since!

 

Do your friends and family know that you cosplay and what do they think of it?

Well it’s my full time job now, so yes! They think it’s great. I am a singer and have been performing since I was a kid, so the concept of me doing something performance or entertainment related is not foreign to them. However I think it was unexpected, since I had planned on going into small business consulting after finishing my degree. The benefit of getting that degree though is that I now apply all of my skills, knowledge, and experience to my business as Toni Darling which has allowed me to make this full time.

Photo by Craig’s Cosplay Corral

Photo by Craig’s Cosplay Corral

Which cons or events do you usually attend?

About 20 across the country or so a year is my track record so far. I book more and more each season. I tend to enjoy gaming conventions the most because I get to play games AND dress up. I love comic cons too though because of the panels and the vast amount of unique geeky swag I tend to collect.

 

Where do you get your inspiration for choosing what to cosplay?

My passion for the character usually, and once in a great while I choose something simply based on the aesthetic appeal of it. But making costumes can be frustrating and time-consuming so if I don’t really love that character I can’t always get through it. I always recommend choosing characters you know and love…. It will make the blood, sweat, and tears worth it in the end.

 

Which is your favorite cosplay?

Mother Russia by far: death by lawnmower. It is one of my most intricate and powerful cosplays yet and I love the character. I also really enjoy getting in to shape to wear the costume. I have to put on some serious muscle to really be in character and lifting heavy is my favorite gym activity. I did the movie version since my appearance is similar to hers and not at all like the comic book version.

 

Which has been your easiest and most complicated cosplay?

Easiest is black canary by far and hardest was a tie between Mother Russia and Lady Death. Mother Russia was complicated in its construction and Lady Death was just a ton of paint!

 

I have seen pictures of your amazing Lady Death and how hard is doing all that paint?

It takes about 30 minutes but what is challenging is doing it by myself. With help it can take less than 15 minutes for the full body and then 10 for the makeup. Alone it’s more like 45-60 minutes all together. The real challenge is the maintenance after that. I really don’t enjoy oil based paint, so I go with water based, which can be a challenge when you sweat.

Photo by Tatiana and Kipsworld

Photo by Tatiana and Kipsworld

What is your least and most favorite part of cosplaying?

My least favorite part is getting on my costumes by myself. Many of them are so intricate and just easier to do with help, Mother Russia alone has over 20 buckles. My favorite part is the community. I love my fellow cosplayers and fans and at every show it’s like a big happy family reunion where we all get to geek out!

 

If you could cosplay anybody from anything who would it be?

A cross-play of Arnold as the Terminator and a She-Riddick! Then next on my list is a classic Wonder Woman. It’s been over done but I’m such a fan, I really don’t care.

 

What was one of your most memorable experiences you have had while cosplaying?

A little girl dressed as Thor hanging out with me at a show and telling me about how she had the power to lift the hammer. EPIC.

Photo by Craig’s Cosplay Corral

Photo by Craig’s Cosplay Corral

What advice would you give to somebody just starting out cosplaying?

Make characters you love, not necessarily ones you look like. It’s about fandom, so regardless of body type, if you love a character- do it. Also, Google and YouTube tutorials are your best find.

 

What do you think of the current cosplay community?

I love it. I only want it to get bigger and better :)

 

With the recent explosion of cosplay in media would you do anything similar to Heroes of Cosplay?

Maybe. I don’t know how much I love the idea of competitions though.

Photo by Hong Lee of Geek News Network

Photo by Hong Lee of Geek News Network

Besides cosplaying what other hobbies do you have?

I sing, I draw, and I really love board and card games. I’m starting a Pathfinder campaign this week, HUZzAh!

 

I met you at Gen Con while you were demoing a game. How and why did you get involved with that at conventions?

Japanime Games brought me to that show and it changed my life. It was my first real gaming show and I loved it so much. I just can’t help myself and have to go to as many gaming shows as possible now.

 

Can you tell us about your company Pop-Fury and how that got started?

It started last year, after a peer suggested doing a cosplay calendar. No one else was available to organize it so I took the lead, and turned it into a very profitable business. However, with the growth of my brand as Toni Darling, Pop-Fury has taken a back seat simply because with my travel and schedule I do not have as much time to run things. Leah Rose is taking over operations of the Cosplay Calendar this year.

 

What do you like to do when you’re not at a convention?

Play games, make new costumes, watch re-runs of Doctor Who, and snuggle my Viking cat Hrothgar.

 

If you were to get stranded on a desert island what one item would you take with you?

My Mother Russia machete.

Photo by Joe Lee and Mary Park

Photo by Joe Lee and Mary Park

Thank you again to Toni Darling! For more of Toni Darling check out her other pages.

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Jan 182015
 

( This was originally posted on October 2013 and is being reposted. )  I have heard other cosplayers mention the name of Lindsay Elyse. After hearing her name a few times I went and looked up some information on this cosplayer.  It wasn’t long after I saw more of her cosplays that I wanted a chance to interview her.

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Who are you and where are you from?

HI! I’m Lindsay Elyse! Born and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona. I currently reside in Chandler!

 

How long have you been cosplaying?

About 8 years? It’s been a long time! Only recently though have I REALLY been into it, like job status. That happened in 2009!

 

How did you get started and what was your first cosplay?

My first cosplay was Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist. My mom made it! I was like 14 and didn’t know anything about sewing, so she helped me out for a while before I learned to do it on my own. The first one I made myself was my Blood Elf from World of Warcraft.

 

What did your friends and family think when you started?

Everyone’s always been SO supportive. My mom the most, of course, since she really helped me get into it. Both of my parents love that I’ve found something I love to do that I can use as a job and also as an outlet for my creativity. I’ve always been doing stuff like this and they’re really proud!

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Which cons or events do you usually attend?

Local. For now. The first out-of-state convention I went to was last year, I believe, and it was WonderCon in Anaheim, CA. It was a blast! It’s definitely a different experience though, having to pack up all of your costumes for travel like that. If you forget something you can’t just drive home and pick it up! This year I went crazy with conventions though, I went to Taiyou, Phoenix Comicon and a few comic book store gatherings in Arizona, then I was lucky enough to attend E3 and San Diego Comicon in California. Later this year, I’ll be back in California for Comikaze, which is one of my FAVORITES.

 

Where do you get your inspiration for choosing what to cosplay?

From the games I play! Most of my costumes are from the video games I’m playing at the time. I also get inspired from friends suggesting costumes for me, or group cosplays we can all do. I also ask my facebook page every once in a while who I should cosplay next, and definitely have a ton of those on my ToDo list!

 

Do you make all of your cosplays?

I do, yes! After learning everything from my mom I picked it all up myself. I definitely have people I look to for pointers and to tell me how to do things, but I make them myself! I’ve started a blog on my website (It’ll be up soon) to show how I create everything with pictures and details of what products I use and stuff like that.

 

What has been your easiest and most complicated cosplay?

Easiest was probably Tifa Lockheart or Han Solo. They’re just like… normal clothes! Hahah not much too them. The hardest was hands down my Kratos cosplay. It took about two weeks. Lots of sewing and burning (yeah, like with fire), and weathering and painting and just SO MUCH!

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If you could give your past self any cosplay advice what would you say?

Keep going! There were so many costumes I attempted and quit because I didn’t have the faith in myself to continue. I’m pretty bummed I didn’t do a few of the costumes when I had the chance. Maybe soon I’ll attempt them again!

 

If you could cosplay anybody from anything who would it be?

Like… if I don’t have to make it and it’ll be perfect? Kos-Mos from Xenosaga. I love that costume so much, but I’m scared to make it! I don’t really know how to do all of the armor yet. SOMEDAY!

 

What was one of your most memorable experiences you have had while cosplaying?

Definitely this year at San Diego Comic Con. I had the great pleasure to work with Ubisoft for their upcoming Watch Dogs game. I was dressed like the main character of the game, Aiden Pearce, and they sure made me feel like I was THE Aiden Pearce! I was introduced at the panel and got to stand at their booth for pictures and hang out with all the wonderful people over at Ubisoft. It was a blast and I love those guys! (PREORDER THE GAME :D)

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How would you describe the state of the cosplay hobby right now?

ITS INSANE!! It’s blown up in the last few years! I remember when it wasn’t ‘cool’ to go to conventions. I mean, don’t get me wrong it’s awesome to see so many people into it now, but I will admit that I don’t like some of the publicity it’s getting and how a lot of my friends are being treated because it’s such a hot topic right now.

 

What advice would you give to somebody just starting out cosplaying?

I get this ALL THE TIME! So many people email me and ask advice. You just have to TRY! You have to pick a costume and start one thing at a time. Pick a tiny square of it and do it. It’s overwhelming if you look at the entire thing! You just have to try! And don’t be afraid to be like Wow, this is bad, I’m going to try again. I can’t even tell you how many costumes I’ve thrown away because they weren’t exactly what I wanted them to be. Practice is all it takes! Also, DON’T WORRY ABOUT WHAT EVERYONE ELSE THINKS. Because the internet is a harsh place and I guarantee you 10% of the people on it will hate what you do for no reason. Just do it anyways. Have fun! Don’t spend all day reading comments and asking people what they think because one bad comment will discourage you SO much. Just do it.

 

Besides cosplaying what other hobbies do you have?

Gaming! I spend my entire day on my computer or my xbox. I stream my gameplay weekly, you can check it out at twitch.tv/lindsayelyse. I also like to run and dance! And modeling, that’s another HUGE hobby of mine. I’ve been modeling about as long as I’ve been cosplaying and I love it just as much. It, like cosplay, is an escape!

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