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Darker than black Cosplay Idea-Interview with cosplayer BeefxCake

Interview with cosplayer BeefxCake

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~BeefxCake is an artist that does commissions. She's an avid fan of things such as Cello, Music, Anime, Cosplay, Video games and Crafts. And for her spare time, she cosplays.And she doesn't just cosplay, she Crossplays!

1. So, tell us something about yourself.

I got by Beef Cake on many sites and it's on my artist cards, so using that name is fine. They'd be able to find me easily.

2. How did you know about and get into Cosplaying?

I've known about cosplaying since I was about 14. I knew my older friends who were into anime always talking about conventions, particularly phoenix comicon, and how they planned costumes for it. my first con was a small convention called Anizona where i dressed up as Karin from koge donbo's kamichama karin. but i had dressed up as a jigglypuff before for holloween before i entered the con scene.

3. Can you share your first cosplay experience and what character did you portray? How long have you been cosplaying?

Same as above I cosplayed as Karin for the first con i attended. my first drawn out cosplay that I went all out for was the same year and I dressed as Shigure sohma from fruits basket to Saboten convention in 2009.

4. You're known for you Hei cosplay, what particular reason did you do it for?

Hei is one of my favorite anime characters. ever since my first saboten I have always Crossplayed, dressed as male characters. I find most of my favorite characters are male and i love their designs more so than i like female designs. hey was easier to pull off the illusion of being male because he wears a mask. every part of his cosplay was fun to make. I bought his coat online from am ebay store called hellocosplay and their service was very good. the swords i made and the mask i made myself as well. running around in a black trench coat and mask you feel like the coolest person int eh world since no one knows who's under it. really fun XD

5. What makes you want to cosplay?

The whole process of cosplay I find fun. a lot of my cosplays spawn from my trips to goodwill, a thrift shop basically, i see something that looks either exactly or similar to a character i love and i just can't help but go through with it. there is only one cosplay I have done where i made everything from scratch and that was my trance kuja cosplay.

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but the idea of being someone else for a day is really fun. I love getting into character, especially when they're my favorites. I had a recent experience cosplaying as Kanji Tatsumi from Persona 4 for Saboten 2013 and everyone would come up and asked me if i liked dudes and it would result in in-character responses and that's what makes cons fun for me. :iconkanjilikesdudesplz:

6. Which character is your favorite one that you've cosplayed so far?

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Hei and Kanji for sure. hei because i felt so legitamate in it. like a qaulity cosplay but Kanji because he is one of my favorite characters if not my favorite.

7. Have you had the experience of a cosplay gone bad, or encoutered some problems while cosplaying? What are those?

Haha everytime i wore trance kuja i would have something go wrong, that costume was beatiful when i had it set up right but as soon as i started walking around a bit it would start to mess up. the leg coverings would fall down or i've get my make up smudged or it would just be too hot, arizona cons are hot most of the time the weather here is horrible for cons.

8. Was there a time you regretted cosplaying a certain character?

Not really, I love cosplaying my favorite characters, even if people don't know who i am i don't really mind. when i dressed as karin no one knew who i was, and that was ok because it was a very mediocre cosplay but when i dressed as kuja and people came up to me not sure who i was but liked it or they came up squealing over the fact i was dressed as their favorite, those moments make my day and the work i put into my cosplays worthwhile.

9. Do you observe some similarities in all the characters you've cosplayed? What similarities would it be if yes?

Well they're all men...>.> but generally the character i cosplay as are kinda dark or bad temptered. hei and L for instance are both very badass characters, they show little emotion and are cold, and kanji is just ready to beat you up where ever so then there's him. but shigure sohma also fits into that dark catagory as well as kuja, he was a final fantasy villain. yeah all my character is cosplay are male and have hints of a dark aspect in them.

10. What cosplays are you planning?

Well i would like to finish up my makoto cosplay, just some minor stuff and get a wig for my kanji cosplay. but after those i believe i am going to cosplay as the protagonist from the game journey by Thatgamecompany. and then as an original character of mine named Belial. he's all over my deviantart and i'd love to make his robes. a couple friends of mine wanted to do a shingeki no kyojin group i might do jean.

11. What's your dream cosplay?

My dream cosplay...well i have three....Chaos Vincent from Dirge of Cerberus FF7 img233.imageshack.us/img233/32? Thanatos from Persona 3 images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__c? or a Perfect Noctis Lucis Caelum from ff15. these three seem so daunting, maybe i;ll actually get a noctis one done since there isn't so much building involved but the other two there is no way i could ever XD

12. Would you consider yourself as an Amateur or Pro-cosplayer?

Oh definitely amateur XD most of my cosplay supplies i get from thrift stores and throw together well. since most of my cosplays wear street clothes it makes it easier. but im in no way a pro. i hardly no how to sew XD

13. What advice can you share to your fellow cosplayers and the so called "cosplay virgins"?

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Cosplay who you want. if your a tiny girl who wants to cosplay a big man from street fighter, heck go for it. no ones judging you it's not a contest until you make it one. I have never had someone call me out for being not good enough or, why are you cospplaying someone so easy it's cheating. im sorry i didn't know it was a contest XD as long as you are having fun being part of the cosplay culture then do what you want. also plan ahead. i start my cosplays a few good months before i need them, so i don't feel stressed for time. it's on thing to do what you want but if you want something completed you need to plan ahead. also get frinds to go with you and do this stuff with! it's no fun

For those who want to know more about BeefxCake's art and cosplay, you can visit her DA account through this link:

BeefxCake

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Green Arrow Cosplay Idea-Interview with Test Subject B

Interview with Test Subject B

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1. So, tell us something about yourself. And say Hi to your fans :)

Hey everyone I'm Brian Milne also known as Test Subject B and I operate out of Vancouver, B.C.

2. How did you know about and get into Cosplaying?

I grew up loving Halloween and playing dress up, spending months of my childhood planning what my next costume was going to be. I would make full cardboard armor suits when I was in elementary school. I was just always so enthralled by costume and prop making and I realized that's what I wanted to get into.

3. Can you share your first cosplay experience and what character did you portray? How long have you been cosplaying?

My first cosplay was Guile from Street Fighter II. I was 14 years old, 5'4" and 160 pounds of pure twig, but my god I got that anime flat top hairstyle down even if it took a whole bottle of hair spray to do it. I was so proud of my costume, I strutted around Anime Evolution '04 like I was a champ.... but then everyone mistook me for Heero Yuy from Gundam Wing. Other than that I don't remember much of my first experience, I just remember inhaling a LOT of hairspray.

4. How long have you been cosplaying?

Its almost 10 years now.

5. What makes you want to cosplay?

It's a combination of just my love for crafting and seeing children's faces when they see their favorite hero in person.

6. Which character is your favorite one that you've cosplayed so far?

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Green Arrow for sure. there isn't a single day where I don't miss having that beard.

7. Have you had the experience of a cosplay gone bad, or encoutered some problems while cosplaying? What are those?

the typical wardrobe malfunction is the most annoying just because those can happen when you least expect it.

8. Which aspect of cosplay do you prefer: making garments, creating accessories, crafting props, makeup/prosthetics, etc?

I actually love them all, the whole experience of creating each little piece and seeing the final product in the end is what does it for me.

9. For your Green Arrow cosplay, what preparations have you done?

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The only difference compared to other costumes was that I actually grew out that beard for 3 months and took archery lessons. My usual preparation for a character is rereading the issues that they appear in to get as much reference as possible for their costumes, to get their poses down, get into the character's mindset, etc. I'm basically a method cosplayer ha ha

10. Do you observe some similarities in all the characters you've cosplayed? What similarities would it be if yes?

Spandex is used for a lot of my costumes, it's just fun to work with and I love me some superhero costumes, especially the lesser known ones

11. What future cosplays are you planning?

I'm trying to get back into armor and prop making so I'm currently planning out Redeemer from Spawn and Nova.

12. What's your dream cosplay?

Bio Booster Armor Guyver. That was actually one of the costumes I built out of cardboard as a child, I just want to make one that can do my love for that series justice.

13. Would you consider yourself as an Amateur or a Pro-cosplayer?

I would still consider myself an amateur for sure, there's still so much more out there for me to learn.

14. Aside from cosplaying, what other things keep you busy in life?

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I try to help out the Vancouver nerd community in any way I can, be it hosting different local events, even partake in Burlesque shows on occasion under the name "Nathan FillYouIn". It's just great to get out there and meet all the different people in the community.

15. And aside from cosplay events/cons, do you dress up at home or out in the public?

Depends really, when I'm out at a nerd event I usually wear some sort of costume. but just normal days I'll just be in normal clothes, but they always tend to be nerdy in some way.

16. Do you see yourself still cosplaying 5-10 years from now?

I see myself cosplaying as long as I can. There are a lot of silver haired characters out there.

17. What advice can you share to your fellow cosplayers and cosplay virgins?

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If it's your first time making a costume, start off simple. Get the hang of it. When you think you're ready to start challenging yourself, do so. Ignore the haters, don't let anyone tell you you can't do a certain costume. Most of all, have fun with it, don't take it too seriously. Just get out there and enjoy yourself.

For those who want follow Test Subject B Cosplay, you can visit his FB account through this link:

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