Time for another update and somehow I skipped May 🙁 But TJ Cosplay will more than make up for it! TJ is a Melbourne based cosplayer with many awesome cosplays up her sleeve. From Star Wars, Disney, X-Men, DC and more, she’s one to watch and follow online. Enjoy the gallery below and social media links under that.
Time for your monthly dose of some of the best cosplayers out there so let us introduce you to Fairie Tails!
She’s originally from New Zealand but recently moved to Melbourne, Australia to continue her studies. I’ve only included a sample of her work but she has quite an extensive portfolio of cosplays which need to be checked out. So for now, feast your eyes on the gallery below and then check out her social media links below that!
Time to update our Cosplayer Of The Month segment and to close out 2016, it’s none other than a US based cosplayer I’ve been following for a while now: Kristen Lanae! Kristen shows an amazing degree of skill and versatility in her characters ranging from Jessica Rabbit, Juliet Starling, Moxxi and loads more!
Kristen also does modelling work which you can check our on her Facebook page which I’ve linked below under the gallery. Enjoy and congrats to Kristen!!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you would have heard of Florida based cosplayer, Alyson Tabbitha. Her cosplays, workmanship, wig styling and make up skills are beyond amazing and have to be seen to believed. For more proof, just check out her Jack Sparrow and Lightning cosplays in the gallery below and while you’re at it, prepare to be amazed at just a sample of her work.
This is why she’s our Cosplayer Of The Month for November 2016!
Following on from naming her as the Japandaman Cosplayer Of The Month, we now have our interview with Vera Chimera which she kindly agreed to. Vera’s done some stunning cosplays from Tracer (Overwatch), Ada Wong (Resident Evil), Black Cat (Marvel), Katrina (League of Legends), Tifa (Final Fantasy) plus a whole swagload more!
Japandaman:When did you first discover cosplay & what inspired you to start cosplaying yourself?
Vera Chimera:Every time I answer this question, I’m reminded how long I’ve been cosplaying, and how much more I still have to learn haha!
I’ve been cosplaying for around 10 years now. Probably over the last 5 years I’ve tried to step thins up and learn new skills. Originally I began cosplaying to escape a not-so-nice reality, but these days I cosplay simply for the fun and exploration of self-identity.
J: Which of your cosplays is your favourite & why?
VC: My current favourite is Tracer from Overwatch, It took me a couple of months to pull her together, learning how to wire my own LEDs and understand the functionality of the suit. Wearing her gave me the opportunity to compose some really awesome photoshoots with friends, and even score several gigs with Blizzard Australia which were a real blast! I have plans for the future to create her Slipstream skin, now that I’ve literally worn the original costume to death.
Another favourite is Championship Riven from League of Legends. Took only 3 weeks to make and I learnt so much about armour and prop construction. I’ve worn her at Gamestart in Singapore and several local cons. She’s also currently retired from excessive damage. I go all-out in photoshoots, even if the end result doesn’t work.
J: Is there something you’re planning on making in the future that you’re really excited about?
VC: Honestly I am the worst when it comes to sticking to one cosplay idea! I have all these sick ideas, then a new game/skin will come out and I ditch everything! However these days I’ve tried to slow down and choose costumes I know I’ll suit AND make in time. PROJECT Katarina and genderbend Reaper are my two upcoming costumes, and have already started putting the budgets together. I have a bajillion other things I’m excited about but want to wait it out to see if it’s just a phase. Really should get Jessica Rabbit done, as well… It’s my most requested cosplay idea haha!
J: How do you find the Sydney Cosplay scene? Are people supportive of your work?
VC: The Sydney cosplay scene is great. Like every group there have been hiccups here and there, but these days the waters are smooth. I think it all has to do with age and personal life experiences that eventually mould us. Australia has an abundance of talented cosplayers that the world needs to discover. We’re all very supportive of each other and cheer on our champions.
J: Who is your cosplay idol?
VC: I have two idols: Lightning Cosplay and Maul Cosplay. Extremely talented cosplayers who perfectly transform into their character of choice. Lightning also has some fantastic tutorials on armour and crop construction.
J: Your cosplays are so intricate, how long does it take you to put one together?
VC: It all depends on 2 things: spare time and level of energy. Sometimes I can pop out a costume within a few days, other times it can take a few months! Back in the day it was easier since I had a casual job; I could shoot out several costumes in 1 year. Now that I have a full time job and am saving for a house, I’ve been a bit constrained. I hope to set up a schedule to work around though, as I’m getting the itch to make more and more haha!
J: What is your all time favourite anime or game?
VC: Anime: It’s hard to choose. Fullmetal Alchemist, Evangelion, Ergo Proxy, and One Punch Man are my top contenders. Sadly I don’t watch much anime these days as the Western comics and series have kidnapped me. Game: currently it’s Overwatch, But Halo, Deus Ex: HR, Abe’s Oddysee, Planetside 2, and Injustice are my top faves.
J: What draws you to a character? Personality, design?
VC: A bit of both. I like a costume that’s a mix of both fabric and armour, and try to work with some LEDs here and there. I also like to pick out characters that’s spunky or sensual, but need to keep in mind if they will suit me physically.
J: Is there a type of character you enjoy doing?
VC: I like strong, spunky, sexy, and charismatic characters who are iconic in their own way. I mainly aim for the “strong” trope, since my natural bitch-face works very well for photoshoots. Less work, great results, haha!
J: Do you have a Favourite convention in Australia or overseas?
VC: Sydney: Gotta say Supanova. I’ve been attending for many years and it’s still as fun as ever. Overseas: Gamestart Asia is fantastic, as is Blizzcon. Travelling to Singapore and America introduced me to a new kind of cosplay talent. Very inspiring!
Vera, thank you for your time! Everyone at Japandaman really appreciates you taking time out of your busy schedule to talk to us! We wish you all the best in the future!
I was covering Tokyo Game Show in 2014 and I was lucky enough to bump into my favourite cosplayer, Vampy Bit Me! What followed next was a very impromptu interview which she was more than happy to do. I found her to be extremely friendly and down to Earth and great, interesting person to interview.
To kick off the Interview segment on japandaman.com, here’s an interview that I did with Neko for our TV show It’s Japan, Man! The interview was with internationally renowned Japanese cosplayer, REIKA. This is back from our very 1st season and was filmed at SMASH! 2014.
Just trawling across the interwebs as you do and came across this amazing cosplay of One Piece character, Boa Hancock complete with Salome, her snake! Shame I couldn’t find any info on the cosplayer as it’s truly amazing.
Time to choose the Japandaman Cosplayer of the Month! And this time around it’s none other than REIKA! Reika is regarded as one of the most highly technical cosplayers around. Her cosplays are extremely intricate which she puts together all herself, her wigs are nothing short of astounding and her make up skills are unparalleled. One aspect of her cosplays that she is well known for is primarily cosplaying as male characters, or what’s commonly called, crossplay. No matter what she does, you just know that it’s going to be nothing short of amazing, impressive and something you won’t forget.
We were lucky enough to interview Reika at SMASH! 2014 for It’s Japan, Man. Here’s myself and Neko with the interview.
And the special guests keep rolling out for SMASH! 2016. This time it’s mecha cosplayer,TAKAHIRO (GOLDY) SAKAI! It’s shaping up to be an amazing looking convention for it’s 10th anniversary. Here’s the press release with all the info below.
SMASH! 2016 GUEST PROFILE:
COSPLAYER TAKAHIRO (GOLDY) SAKAI
Official Website: http://gadgettool.web.fc2.com/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/Goldy-1549129935365479/
Meet TAKAHIRO (GOLDY) SAKAI also known as ‘The Gundam G u y ’.
With over ten years experience in constructing mecha costumes and armour accessories, Goldy has become one of the world’s greatest craftsmen.
Inspired by mecha characters from Japanese pop-culture such as Gundam and Evangelion, the mecha enthusiast has transformed this passion into something more complex and fulfilling.
In 2006, Goldy was one of Japan’s representatives for the World Cosplay Summit Championship, and was also the recipient of Brother Industries’‘Special Award’.
Sharing his knowledge with like-minded peers, Goldy regularly conducts cosplay workshops in Akihabara, Tokyo. During these workshops, cosplayers get the opportunity to spend a few hours with Goldy to learn the basics of armour crafting.
Despite so little is known about him, there is significant respect for Goldy beyond Japan. Not only has Goldy been invited as a special guest, but he has also been a judge and speaker at various conventions such as Anime Expo, London’s MCM Comic Con, Philippines’ Cosplay Mania, and North Carolina’s Cosplay America.
This will be Goldy’s first Australian appearance at SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show 2016.