A little late again this week, mostly due to a hectic work schedule and several game reviews lined up over the course of this month and next.
Now here’s this weeks Cosplay Friday feature:
Model Name: Black Stripe
Q. What’s your name, and care to tell a bit about yourself
Phillip, I am an anime otaku with encyclopedic knowledge of One Piece. I aspire to be a critic like that of “Nostalgia Critic“, but am starting small with Amv-hell style amvs
Q. What got you into cosplay?
My first cosplay was, unsurprisingly, Monkey D. Luffy for my first Sakuracon, I knew it was the norm to cosplay at Sakuracon, so I started collecting/building more and more
Q. Do you have any modeling experience?
As an experienced stage actor I am used to have my picture taken while in a variety of costumes, but that was always while I was on stage, never a one on one thing. I also unofficially choreograph the One Piece photoshoot every Sakuracon since about 2011
Q. How has cosplaying changed your life?
Easy to say meeting tons and tons of friends. It has been a huge confidence booster, and has helped me take my acting skills to another level, being able to embrace characters I’ve always wanted to be. It is also because of cosplaying that I know many of my best friends and even technically responsible for me meeting my girlfriend
Q. What does ‘Cosplay’ mean to you?
The Romanization of the words “costume” and “play”. It means to dress up like a character from any medium, (comics, anime, television, movies, e.c.t.) taking on their characteristics, interacting with other people either from or not from the same medium and most likely having your picture taken.
Q. What are your plans for the future? Cosplay or Non-Cosplay.
I plan on continuing to make mini amv’s until I can afford a good enough camera and equipment to start making longer videos where I take the notorious and strangely hated animes that exceed 100+ episodes and breaking down the sagas into point by point retrospectives
Q. What’s your favorite cosplay so far?
Edward Nigma “The Riddler” has been a dream of mine since childhood, helped by Jim Carrey no doubt.
Q. What do you think was your least favorite cosplay, if any?
Any costume that makes me shave my beard off
Q. Do you have any plans to work with cosplay modeling or modeling websites?
I do have a deviantart account, and I post up and save any pictures I find that I like, but modeling is not my immediate goal.
Q. Do you have any future cosplay ideas?
This year I hope to become a Blue Lantern. They are a different fraction of the Green Lantern heros, only instead of drawing their powers from Courage and Will, the blue lantern fuel themselves off the power of Hope and Faith. But my list for characters I want to cosplay is always expanding.
Q. How do you go about creating a cosplay?
Simply breaking down the costume piece by piece and then going to a series of thrift stores looking for pieces. This helps by having more than one costume in mind. However if the costume is too custom/unique, I order it in full online, though it is pretty expensive so this is a once a year option
Q. What materials do you use or recommend to others?
Just whatever I can find I guess
Q. Do you have any hints or tips for other cosplayers?
Choose both characters you think you look like or could look like, but more importantly characters you want to be. Ones you would have fun being and truly love. Don’t be shy, feel free to talk to people at cosplay gatherings and conventions and compliment them on their work. They really are the nicest people.
Thank you, Black Stripe,
it’s been great getting to interview and feature you on this weeks Cosplay Friday!