Up and Coming Cosplayers with Zazie Cosplay: Cosplayer Score Card

(Originally Published May 6, 2019)

Cosplay Name:  Zazie Cosplay

Base of Operations:  DMV area

Years Cosplaying:  5yrs

First Cosplay:  Michiko Malandro

First Con:  AnimeUSA

Cons per Year:  4

Make Your Own Costume:  90%. I have purchased some cosplays but I always have to fix them up to fit me.

Make Your Own Props:  90% of the time I make my own props, but I have had some commissioned

Do Your Own Hair:  Yes

Do Your Own Makeup:  Yes

Do Your Own Wig Styling:  Yes

Makes Your Own Wigs:  Never done that.

Bodypaints:  No cosplays that requires bodypaint at the moment.

Favourite Cosplay:  Sailor Cosmos

Number of times you have been to Dragon Con:  Only one time

Patreon, Ko-fi, Etsy, and/or Support Link:  Yes my Ko-fi  and my Patreon,

Lewds:  Yes

Nudes:  No

More than Nudes:  No

Social Media:  FB, IG

Domain of Your Own:

Secret Super Power:  I never know what’s going on!

Up and Coming Cosplayers with Leontha: Pictorial

(Originally Published August 9, 2019)

Leontha is extremely ambitious in her photoshoots, and we get to reap the rewards.  Leontha really surprised me!  I expected beautiful shots, but some of them are also quite erotic.

Don’t just take my word for it.  Scroll and see for yourself!

We told you that Leontha could get pretty spicy!

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Seeya next time!

-HERETICPRIME

Up and Coming Cosplayers with Leontha: Interview

(Originally Published August 7, 2019)

Man, if I could travel to all of the places of the cosplayers that I interview, I would be one passport stamping brotha!  This Up and Coming Cosplayer comes from Germany, was raised in Poland, but considers both home.  She also tries to capture beauty from every place she goes and in everything she does.  She calls herself Leontha.

Leontha has been very busy with health and family issues, not to mention business of just living life and cosplay, but she was able to put aside some time and answer our many quesitions.  When you also consider that the entire interview is in English, and she answers in English, you can appreciate it even more.

Please meet the very beautiful and talented Leontha.

You told me that your first cosplay was one that whipped up in a hurry just to cosplay for a con.  How did you go from that to choosing this as your artform?  When did you know that you were a cosplayer?

It all happens in 2012.  After my first ”try” in cosplay I was so overwhelmed with joy I had with my friends, and I noted that it helped me to open to other people.  I wasn’t that open for stranger(s) earlier.  I was mostly shy, and I just had my close friends I’ve stick with, and after I move out from home to another city right after high school, I was a bit at lost.  After that convention I wanna try it once again, and my friends helped me with it a lot.  Without their help I will propably quit it really quick.  XD They taught me many things, beacuse I can’t sew at that time, so it was hard on the beginng, but when I sew my first costume and go on convention in it, I was so proud of myself,  especially when totally strangers complimented that costume.  It was that moment when I let myself suck into that community.

I still admire many cosplayers, and still I learn something new everyday, and I hope to grow as cosplayer more in future.

You have a tattoo of what looks like a seal right above your left breast.   Will you tell us the meaning beind it, please?

That seal is originally from series Pandora Hearts, and it was first anime series that I was really hyped for (and I still am).  For me, personally it means that everybody have someting in their live that they wanna change or protect.  It’s like a symbol of my cosplayer site of life.

The first thing I noticed about your cosplay is the wide variety of wigs you use.   ‘So many styles and colours.  I know that other cosplayers use wigs a lot, too, but for some reason it seems you might just be a contender for most wigs.  Why and how so many wigs?

Well, wigs are important part of cosplay- they can change a lot, and that’s why I always try to make them as perfect as I can.  Often I sewing few different shade of 1-2 colors to mix them and get the most similar color to the originall one.  Sometimes I’m using one wig for more than one character.  Now I have so many wigs that I almost don’t know where to put them!  XD

 

You take a lot of great outdoors pictures.  Are those local or do you have to travel to get those beautiful pics?

One of the best thing in cosplay for me is that I travel to so many different beautiful places!  I often travel to close, and sometimes to far away locations for events and photo shoots.  Every time when I know that I will attend some event I try to look for close nice locations, and than I carefully plan what costumes I will take.  ‘Same goes when I going to visit my friends or family-I’m looking for places that could be used for photoshoot, and than plan with photographers to use that time in the best way we can.

But not all of those locations are far for my place where I live-some of them are pretty close.

Personally I prefer outdoors photoshoot beacuse I love nature, so why not to combine cosplay with it?  Thanks to cosplay, I’ve visited many wonderful places and hope to travel to new ones in future too!

Do you get to travel much?  Do you get to cosplay when you travel?  Do you ever travel for the sake of cosplay?

Yes, I’m often travel for the sake of cosplay.  Events like PixelMania or Volta in Cosplay are full of many amazing locations in so many different types, so they are perfect opportunity for cosplayers to make beautifull photo shoots in variety style.  Everytime when I’m creating new costume I plan everything carefully-from type of shoot I wanna do, to locations I wanna use.  For me is very important to portray character I’m cosplaying in the best way I can, so that’s why I wanna put my very best in it.  As I told already in previous question-when I know that I will travel somewhere, even not for event, I try to check locations around and see if I can use them as background for shoot.  If I can’t find anything that will suit to my idea I have in my mind, sometimes I’m creating my own backgrounds for shooting.  I have many stuff for that sake in my home that I store in boxes at the attic.

What else do you do when you’re not cosplaying?   Have you ever had any life obstacles that you had to overcome?  Did cosplay help?

If I’m not cosplaying, I like to making my own photos of places that I visited already.  Sometimes I just stop in the middle of travel just to take picture of coloufull forest, breathtaking sunset, or dreamlike sky full of clouds.

Before I’ve started cosplay I was a real bookworm, and sitll I am one.  I like to bury myself with cup of tea on my coach with intresting book, and just relax reading fascinating story.  From time to time I like to play piano-it was my first big passion, but unfortunately after I had accident when I was young.  I need to give up my pianist career plan, so now I only playing for fun and for not forgetting how to do it.

One of biggest obstacles that I overcome in my life was my health problems.  Short after I finished my high school, my health become really bad-I’ve striglled with them really long before I was diagnosed with cancer.  It took me 2 years of fighting before I won with it, but even today I need to be under constant care of my doctors, by it’s a lot better now.

You are of German and Polish descent.  Where do you call home?   Does home have many cosplayers?  Who are your big cosplayers in Germany or Poland?  What are some of your big conventions?

I was born and raised in Poland, but 3 years ago I moved out to Germany because here, I have better medical care.  I call both-my family hometown in Poland and my current place in Germany, home.  I still have many precious friends and family in both countries that I care of.

In my family I’m the only cosplayer, but my Mom is my biggest supporter, and even now she is the one who teach me and help me with sewing, because she is a professional tailor

One of my cosplay ‘idols’ are Kamui Cosplay-I love how detailed her costumes are, and how she like to share her knowledge in easy way with others. (https://www.instagram.com/kamuicosplay/)

Other one is DasGemini-I admire her sewing skills, and that all her costume are extremly detailed.  She using so many different techniques in her creations. (https://www.instagram.com/dasgeminii/) She is not only skillfull cosplayer, but very talented photographer as well.

In Poland I think we have many talented cosplayer, even if not all of them are that well knowed.

One of the most knowed is Shappi. (https://www.facebook.com/ShappiWorkshop/)

About conventions-I already mentioned PixelMania event.  That is event strictly focused on cosplay photography, but another ones that are worthy to be mentioned are Pyrkon, or PGA.

Are there any cosplayers from the USA that you like?  Are there any international cosplayers you like?  Have you ever made it over here to see how our conventions are?

Unfortunaley, I wasn’t on any events in USA yet, but I hope to come on Katsucon in future.  Every year I’ve seen many relations after that event, so now it’s one of my dream events to attend.

And about cosplayer form USA that I like-there are many.  One of them is Yaya Han.  She is just amazing for me.  How talented she is, and how persistent she was with her cosplay career.

Next one is AKrCos (https://www.facebook.com/AKrCos/)-I like that she creating many ‘original’ ideas for characters she is cosplaying.

There are still many cosplayers that I admire-Gesha (Russia), Aishizaya (USA), Alyson Tabbitha (USA), Maki Eraclea (Italy), Blue Snow (Italy), or Ely (Taiwan), Hikarin (Canada).

I haven’t really seen too much prop or armour crafting from you.  Do you not like those kinds of characters?   Do you plan on doing any in the future?

Actually I’ve created some armour already, but I didn’t go on photo shoot yet with those costumes.  For me, I’ve picking charaters that I like the most, and still I treat cosplay not as my job but as my hobby, so I mostly I choose my cosplay plans depends of what I like at the moment.  I prefer strong characters like Katalina (Granblue Fantasy), or sometimes I pick character because of design that I like.

For sure I will be doing more armour characters in the future.

I’ve noticed that everything you do is beautiful.  You make regular cosplays and they are beautiful.   You cosplay as men, and they still have a softness and beauty to them.  Even your sexy photoshoots have a beauty to them.   I’m not quite sure how to ask you what I have in mind, but could you comment on that observation?  Do you try to express beauty in your work?

I always try to portay character that I’m cosplay as best as I can.  Every time I have clear idea what I wanna create with my cosplays shoot.  Before each photo shoot that I’m planning, I carefully talk about what both me and photographer wanna create together.  We planning posing, how to use background in the best way, or if we wanna do some “dynamic” photos.

Sometimes I’m creating my own characters, or sometimes I have special ideas for shooting, too, and those are mostly creating some “story.” It’s a lot easier for me to work in that way.

Photography and cosplay could be a beautiful hobby; a piece of art too, and this is what I wanna show to others.

What kind of cosplayer do you consider yourself?   ‘Magical girl?  ‘Sexy vixen?  ‘Girl next door?  ‘Secret space alien?   ‘A little of each, or none of the above?

To be honest I’ve never was thinking about it.  I was just creating everything in my own way.  I think I’m all of them, and in the same time no one.  I don’t like pigeonhole people including myself.

Do you have any last things you’d like to say to the readers and your fans?

Often I hear that people are afraid to come to me on convention, so… don’t be.  I’m alway try to be nice, and I don’t bite (or at least not that often ;) )

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Thanks again to Leontha for taking time out of her very busy life, and you all for reading.

-HERETICPRIME

Up and Coming Cosplayers with Leontha: Cosplayer Score Card

(Originally Published July 31, 2019)

Cosplay Name:  Leontha

Base of Operations:  Germany/Poland

Years Cosplaying:  7 years in cosplay, now

First Cosplay:  It was Heiwajima Shizuo from Durarara.

First Con:  It was Japanicon in Poland in 2011.

Cons per Year:  It’s around 5 per year, but sometimes I’m coming for small local one that close by.

Make Your Own Costume:  Mostly I’m doing my costumes, but not only.

Make Your Own Props:  Yes

Do Your Own Hair:  Yes

Do Your Own Makeup:  Yes

Do Your Own Wig Styling:  Yes

Makes Your Own Wigs:  Yes, I like sewing them myself when it’s possible to make colour of them prefect for character.

Bodypaints:  ‘Sometimes when it’s needed for character.

Favourite Cosplay:  Tifa Lockhart (FF VII), Kaga (Azur Lane) Haruka Tenoh (Sailor Moon)

Number of times you have been to Dragon Con:  0

Patreon, Ko-fi, Etsy, and/or Support Link: 

1) KoFi

Lewds:  Yes, sometimes I’m doing boudoir shoots.

Nudes:  No, I don’t do nudes.

More than Nudes:  No.

Social Media:  1) Facebook2) Instagram3) WorldCosplay4) DeviantArt

Domain of Your Own:  —–

Secret Super Power:  Hmmm…. I love animals and they easily get attached to me, too; especially cats and dogs.

Up and Coming Cosplayers with Arkhamesque Cosplay: Pictorial

(Originally Published October 4, 2019)
 
Hey Cool Kids!  We’ll keep this short and sweet, because we’re sure you want to get past the crust and enjoy the creamy middle!
 
Please enjoy this little experiment in pictorials as we feature our first character cosplayer pictorial for our Up and Coming Cosplayers:  Arkhamesque Cosplay!
So, what do you think?  Should we do it again?  Do you mind us covering character cosplayers?  Did it even matter?  Please let us know.  We love to hear your input.  It helps us think that we’re actually doing something worthwhile, and keeps us from taking swan dives out of buidlings.  (‘Just kidding!  …Or am I ?  ;))
 
 
No, but seriously, Folks, please help us with comments.  Also, Share, Follow, Like, and support the site and the cosplayers!  We work so hard, and ask for so little…’just your engagement input!  ‘A mere pittance of your attentive currency!  
 
As always, thanks for checking us out.  ‘See you next time!
 
-HERETICPRIME

Up and Coming Cosplayers with Arkhamesque Cosplay: Interview

(Originally Published October 2, 2019)

For the first time, All Cool Things™ thought it might be fun to feature a character cosplayer as an Up and Coming Cosplayer.  While we respect cosplayers for their ability to be different characters and bring the unreal to life, character cosplayers are a little bit of a contradiction.  Character cosplayers play one character, but very well.

Where great cosplayers are chameleons that change into many different personas, with enough prep time, character cosplayers are more like superheroes with secret identities.  Where character cosplayers are not as versitile in their cosplays, we expect them to be more of an experience.  We expect the character that they portray that much more.

Well, that brings us to Arkhamesque Cosplay:  a Florida Harley Quinn cosplayer with a hint of Juliet Starling. (She’ll get into that more in a moment.) Let’s get to know Arkhamesque Cosplay.

Picture by © Amazing Photo

I think we all get how you came up with your cosplay name.  I know that many cosplayers go through at least one other name before settling one.  Did you have any other names before “Arkhamesque Cosplay?”

Yes, I was also considering “Arkham’s Angel” but A, I thought it was a bit generic and boring, and B, I felt it was a little TOO Harley specific, as ironic as that is.  I wanted a name that both referenced Harley Quinn but could also apply to any other cosplays I might eventually want to do, so I chose “Arkhamesque”, as in reminiscent of Arkham.

Why did you decide to become a Harley Quinn character cosplayer?   For the record, do you cosplay as anyone else?  About how many other cosplays besides variations on Harley Quinn have you done?   How many variations of Harley Quinn have you done?

Harley Quinn is very very dear to my heart.  No other character sparks the same passion in me.  Perhaps it’s because she was my first interaction with “nerd culture,” but I honestly think it goes deeper than that.  All I know is that when I saw her character for the first time (I was 14 years old playing Arkham Asylum), it was like immediate infatuation.  I had never cosplayed before, but my extreme passion for her led me to doing my first cosplay, a cosplay I still wear to this day.

I do cosplay a whopping ONE other cosplay, Juliet Starling from Lollipop Chainsaw, but, if we’re being honest, isn’t she just…Harley-adjacent? (I have some generic Halloween costumes, but I don’t count those.)

How many Harley variations have I done? Oh boy uhh…*looks at Facebook albums because I have no idea*  Oh jeeze, I honestly haven’t been counting but it looks like 12 at the moment.  That’s way more than I thought I’d done.  That’s not counting Harley-themed outfits; just full actual costumes.  That’s the great thing about Harley, though.  I don’t think I’ll ever run out of new Harley costumes to wear!

You are the second cosplayer that I have encountered that has decided to become a character cosplayer for Harley Quinn, even though I have a feeling that that was a very common thing at one time.   How many other cosplayers do you know that have chosen that same path?  How many have you personally met?   Are there any that stick out as especially good?

I personally have never met anyone who cosplays predominately Harley variations, or if I have, I didn’t notice.  I generally just see one or two pictures of a cosplayer, so it’s not often I see their other cosplays unless I look into it.  Doll Face Cosplay on Instagram is an amazing Harley cosplayer, as well as Sammy Jo.

On that same note, I don’t think there is another Harley Quinn character cosplayer that has tried to claim it like you have.   Would you mind telling our readers to what lengths you have gone to be “The Harley Quinn Cosplayer?”

I am definitely not the best Harley cosplayer out there.  I don’t even think I’m in the top 50, but passion wise, I gotta be close to the top of that list.  Not to sound like a freak (I’m gonna sound like a freak regardless, but), It’s so much more than just a costume to me.  Calling Harley a “lifestyle” might be a bit much, but she does certainly occupy a lot of space in my life.

I am a natural brunette, but I have bleached my hair blonde to look more like her even when I’m out of an elaborate cosplay.  I know that sounds bonkers, but it just made me feel more confident in my life.

I actually have taken adult gymnastics classes to try to imitate Harley to an even higher level.  The closest class was 45 minutes away, but again I wanted to better play her character.  Also, I thought it would make me, as a Harley cosplayer, more interesting, and I’d stand out more.  I’ve fallen out of the gymnastics routine, but I do plan to go back.

To a less impressive degree, I also own a few Harley internet domains such as harleyquinn.org, harleenquinzel.org, and harleyquinn.co.  Each one leads to one of my social medias. I honestly can’t believe no one owned those!

Are there any characters that you have a strong urge to try?   Do you ever think that you might want to stop being a Harley Quinn character cosplayer and expand to others?   ‘Or do you think you might end up something like Real Life Peter GriffinRobert Franzese, and be known for one cosplay, but also have maybe one or two others that you also specialize in?

I think I’m much more likely to fall into the latter category.  I think Harley will always be my main muse, but there are some other characters I have my eyes on.  When I was in high school, I did a very amateur version of Stocking from Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt.  I’ve been thinking about cosplaying either Panty or Stocking again, but for real this time, in one of their sexier costumes now that I’m an adult.  ‘But I can’t foresee a situation in which Harley isn’t my main cosplay.  I don’t think I’ll ever be KNOWN for cosplaying her, but cosplaying her just brings me so much joy regardless.

I have a feeling that you do most of what you do by yourself.   Most cosplayers have a lot of help getting started.  They even have crews that they work and collaborate with.   Do you pretty much cosplay solo, or do you have a person or crew that helps you?   Was there a person in particular that helped encourage you, or got you into cosplay?

I do a lot of stuff by myself, but I do have an amazing crew called “My Grandparents!”  They are my support team, and no matter what I aspire to do, they’re always on board! (Maybe a little TOO on board. Like, maybe someone should question me about some of these life choices!  LMAO) Before I met my boyfriend, my grandfather shot the majority of my cosplay pictures, even when the rest of my family didn’t really approve.  My grandmother is a natural creative soul and is amazing with innovative ideas.  Any time I don’t know how to make something, she always has an idea I would have never thought of.  She single-handedly figured out how to turn my hair into huge cones for my Dark Prince Charming cosplay.  I went to my grandparents once day and said, “I need to make a huge mallet” and my grandfather instantly started directing me to what tools and materials I’d need to buy.  He accompanied me to Home Depot to help pick out equipment.  He instructed me on how to use a rotary tool to carve “wood” grain.  Any time I have a cosplay I can’t figure out how to pull off, I hit them up for ideas.  My grandmother once said comically, “Never did I think I’d be spending my late 60’s building a giant mallet, or taping my granddaughter’s boobs together, but that’s where I am!”

My boyfriend is also really really supportive of my cosplay.  He’s the one who takes most of my pictures now. He really has a photographic eye, and is very helpful in telling me how to correct/adjust my pose to make the picture better, but more importantly, any time I ask for his help, he always has my back.  Whether it’s dragging him to 5 Goodwills looking for the right item, or him learning how to use a curling iron so he could do my hair for me (Hair that won me a Bad Dragon dildo once but THAT’S another story.), I know I could ask him ANYTHING and he’d do it for me. (He wouldn’t right out admit that, but he would lmao!)

My high school friends really encouraged me to take the first steps towards cosplaying and going to my first convention.  They were all really into that scene, and I thank them for introducing me to it and teaching me all about it!

What is “Geek Fuel,” and what is your relationship to it?

Geek Fuel is a monthly nerd merch subscription box who once sponsored me.  They were a great support to me, even going so far as to offer my followers special deals and items.  I no longer work with them, for I felt I couldn’t adequately represent their items, as my interests are very DC Comics-centric.  Meaning, when they’d have items from Star Wars or Lord of The Rings, I couldn’t really relate to them

What does your family think about your cosplaying?  Do they understand?  Are they supportive and proud, or just kind of accepting?

As aforementioned, my grandparents are fully supportive, even when they don’t understand why I do what I do.  They see it makes me happy, and that’s enough for them.  They have even gone to conventions with me to better understand my interests. (They had a BLAST at Florida Supercon!)

My mother is a little more skeptical and wary.  This may sound like I’m joking, but sometimes she says she fears for my mental health!  LOL She worries that I might actually think I’m Harley Quinn, or something like that, but honestly, can you really blame her?  Everything I’ve said here probably sounds NUTS, but I promise you, I am still Madison under this clown paint!

My cosplays can get a little (okay…a LOT) risqué sometimes, which doesn’t THRILL my mother, but she seems to take it in a “Oh well…what are ya gonna do?” kinda way.  My grandmother also kinda feels this way, but understands that I’m a young adult and having fun.  I think she puts on a front that she’s going “tsk tsk” but part of her is yelling “You go girl!”

Harley Quinn has her hyenas as her “babies.” Do you have any “babies” that you take care of?  ‘Any pets?

We don’t have accommodations for hyenas, unfortunately, but we do have a pomeranian/poodle mix named Toby!  He is a spoiled brat but he gets away with it because he’s too cute.  He’s a weird dog sometimes.  He’ll pick sweets over meat always.  His favorites are cotton candy and jelly beans (we only give him a very very small amount though obviously.) He also wont drink water without ice, and needs to be tucked into bed.  Even I don’t get that kinda treatment!

Which is a better relationship goal: Harley and Joker, or Harley and Poison Ivy?  Why?

This is a trick question, right?  I wouldn’t really call either of them a “healthy” relationship, but I’d say Ivy is MUCH less abusive than Joker.  Don’t get me wrong, I like a little bit of Harley/Joker sometimes.  I do love their “ride or die” attitude, but I feel like Ivy gives Harley the love and attention she deserves.  No hate to whatever you ship!  ‘Just my opinion.

How much are you about that “Con Life?” What are your favourite conventions you go to?   What is the farthest that you have traveled to go to a con?

I love going to cons!  I love the atmosphere.  It’s honestly like there are no normal social barriers, and everyone is your friend.  It feels like you could ask any random stranger for help, and they’d help you.  You could yell, “HEY WHO WANTS TO PLAY A BOARD GAME!” in the middle of the convention center and BAM, meet your 10 new friends!  There’s so much love and support going around.  It’s nice to take a little break from the real world for a weekend.  Also, I LOVE hotels.  Honestly, you could just put me up in a hotel with no events, and I’d love it.  I’ve never been to a con outside of my state (Florida), so no more than 2 or 3 hours.  My absolute favorite con is Holiday Matsuri, in Orlando.  I love that the con is in the hotel, so I don’t have to trek through the Florida sun in high heels, and the hotel itself is BALLER.  It’s beautiful, has a mini grocery store in it, and the pool is like 5 pools.  Also, it’s Christmas themed! It’s a great way to get into the holiday spirit and get some gifts.

Are there any cosplay or con goals right now?  Are there any cosplayers that you want to meet, or are glad you did?

I’d LOVE to go to SDCC one day.  They have a huge Harley cosplayer meetup there, I believe.  I’ve never really met any big-name cosplayers, but hopefully ‘one day!

Anything to else to say to the “Puddins” out there?

Find your passion in life and follow it!  You don’t have to be the best.  You don’t even have to be GOOD.  Just do you.  Do happy, and as Harley says, “Be good to yourself!  ‘Cause everyone else in the world is probably out to get you!” ��

So…what do you think..?  No…wait…Let us know after the pictorial.  We really want to know if we should have more character cosplayers like Arkhamesque Cosplay, but hold your judgement until you see the pictorial we put together.

 

Keep your eyes peeled for this Friday for the pictorial!

Peace!

-HERETICPRIME

Up and Coming Cosplayers with Arkhamesque Cosplay: Cosplayer Score Card

(Originally Published September 29, 2019)

Cosplay Name:  Arkhamesque Cosplay

Base of Operations:  South Florida

Years Cosplaying:  6…ish

First Cosplay:  Stocking from Panty and Stocking

First Con:  Metrocon

Cons per Year:  2

Make Your Own Costume:  ‘Some minor parts like accessories, but for the most part no.

Make Your Own Props:  Mostly, yes.

Do Your Own Hair:  Yes

Do Your Own Makeup:  Yes

Do Your Own Wig Styling:  ‘Not well, but yes.  LOL

Makes Your Own Wigs:  No

Bodypaints:  No, but that would be pretty dope.  I should look into that.

Favourite Cosplay:  Arkham Asylum Harley

Number of times you have been to Dragon Con:  Never

Patreon, Ko-fi, Etsy, and/or Support Link:  My Ko-Fi

Lewds:  Yes

Nudes:  ‘Thinking ‘bout it.

More than Nudes:  Probably not

Social Media:  Facebook, Instagram

Domain of Your Own:  Harley Quinnhttps://www.HarleyQuinn.cohttps://www.HarleenQuinzel.org

Secret Super Power:   I can fold my tongue, does that count?

Up and Coming Cosplayers with Extraordinary Erika: Pictorial

(Originally Published July 19, 2019)

Just like we promised, we have something special for you this Friday for Pictorial Day!  We’ve spotted a wild Extraordinary Erika!

What is an Extraordinary Erika like in the wild?  ‘Energetic, extremely friendly, and apt to evolve depending on her settings! 

Well, don’t just take our word for it.  Take a look for yourself!

See You Space Cowboy.

-HERETICPRIME

Up and Coming Cosplayers with Extraordinary Erika: Interview

(Originally Published July 16, 2019)

This Up and Coming Cosplayer is a remarkable woman.  She reminds me a lot of Free Safari.  She has overcome great odds and is a survivor.  She also reminds me of AlliZ Cosplay.  She is an Amazon with a great natural body honed by nature as well.  She reminds me of FeistyVee.  She is proud of her body and not afraid to share it.  Who is she?  Her name is Extraordinary Erika.

For the first time there will be more non-cosplay pcitures in a feature for an Up and Coming Cosplayer.  Extraordinary Erika is one of those cosplayers whom’s life, interests, and passions rival those aspects of her cosplay life.  We not only have a truly interesting cosplayer in Extraordinary Erika, but a complete and vibrant complete person.

Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s Extraordinary Erika!

Have you always lived in Hawaii?   That’s quite a place to live.   What do you love most about living there?

I actually grew up in Colorado, and lived there most of my life.  I moved to Hawaii after I finished school for a job.  I never thought that I would leave Colorado, but I also never thought I’d get an offer in Honolulu!  My favorite thing about living here is the ocean.  Back in Colorado I used to keep salt water fish tanks, but now I’ve upgraded to actual reefs!

For fun I ask Up and Coming Cosplayers what their superpower is, and you gave an interesting answer.   You said you have two sets of DNA.  Would you mind explaining?  How did that end up happening?

I was diagnosed with leukemia when I was 22.  After chemo failed to keep me in remission, I got a bone marrow transplant from a donor in Germany.  The effect of that is that I now have her blood, since her stem cells were used to repopulate my bone marrow.  So if a DNA test were done on my skin or organs, it would be me, but the DNA in my blood is from my donor.

Shameless plug, but being a donor is super amazing and easy, and it really saves lives.  You can sign up for free at bethematch.org.  I probably wouldn’t be here today without my donor.

You look like you keep extremely active.  Were you like that before Hawaii, or is that just something you took advantage of?  Does this active lifestyle help with your cosplay? #Cosfit

I moved to Hawaii for work, but I don’t think I could have gone somewhere where it’s hard to go outside and do stuff.  Living in Denver I got very used to being able to hike, and snowboard, and kayak, so when I moved I had to make sure that there were new things to keep me busy.  I just got freedive certified as a level 1 diver, so that’s been a really awesome new skill to learn.  While I firmly believe that cosplay is for every body type, many of the characters that I play are of a fairly muscular and lean build, and I definitely prefer to emulate that where I can in my cosplays.

I’m really not into tattoos, but of the ones I have seen, I think your phoenix is one of the more beautiful ones. Is there a story behind it?

Phoenixes are all about rebirth by fire, so that was a huge factor in the design choice.  I got this tattoo to commemorate my 5 year cancer free anniversary.  Going through chemo and transplant was very much a trial by fire, so I thought that it was a fitting metaphor for my experiences.

I’ve mentioned before that you are very active and fit.   You also don’t seem to be very shy about sharing it in nature.  Is there something about exotic settings or nature that sets you at ease, or are you pretty much a free spirit?

I struggle with the societal concept that the human body is something that should be hidden or that we should be ashamed of.  Nature is my happy place for sure but, it’s more that.  I’m there a lot, so that’s where a lot of the photos are, but I’m definitely always trying to be at peace with my body, and I’m ok with showing what I am; no more and no less.

I’ve seen you in quite a few shots in full mermaid cosplay complete with a mermaid tail.  I’ve always wondered:   Is it hard to swim in one?  How do you learn?  How many tails do you own?

They’re really easy to swim in!  I’m naturally a pretty strong swimmer, so they weren’t very challenging.  I learned when we were at the beach and there were dolphins in the bay.  Some friends decided to go see if they would swim with us (always better to go swim and let the dolphins come to you! Don’t chase animals!) and take photos.  I didn’t have fins so I was offered a tail.  The monofins are good propulsion so we hopped in and ended up swimming all over the place since the dolphins were so playful.  Now I have two tails of my own:  one fabric one and a partial silicone from Merrowfins.

Some of the things I’ve seen you do look kind of dangerous.  Are you ever afraid on your adventures?   Have you ever been hurt on some of them?

Some of the hikes in Hawaii can be dangerous, but we typically don’t go on those.  I do a lot of bouldering in my free time, so I’m usually pretty confident when climbing up things.  Freediving is really safe as long as you’re following basic rules, like diving with a buddy and doing a proper breathe up before a long dive.  It’s not uncommon to get little cuts or bruises, (reefs are sharp) but I’ve been lucky to have never gotten seriously injured.

Are you an actual doctor, or do you just play one on TV?

I have a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering; real doctor, just not medical.  I’ve only played a mermaid on TV.

I’m going to give you two random words, and I want you to tell me the first thing that pops into your mind: “fuck” and “cancer.”

Yeah, fuck that.  I have a “Fuck Cancer” poster in my room with Jane Foster as Thor by @artlidawn.  Cancer in young adults is a different beast, and there’s so little data or resources for it.  If you are a YA Cancer peep, look into First Descents, they’re an awesome group and there are so many people to talk to, plus there’s adventures.

I know that you are a fan of Pokémon Go.   That, plus where you live and what you enjoy doing probably means a lot of cool water Pokémon in a lot of awesome places.   ‘Care to share the coolest examples of both?

We actually got a little screwed on PoGo.  We’re apparently not part of North America, so we don’t get regionals from there or anywhere else.  But there’s a really big community here, so we’re lucky because we can always get a good group for raids and community days are lit.  That said, I’ve literally seen Charmander spawning out in the bay, so I think they got a little confused on our biomes

Speaking of Pokémon, you’ve come face to face with some pretty awesome real animals!  You’ve swam with sea turtles, kissed a shark, and picked up a hitchhiking octopus.   How do you get to actually meet and swim with them?  Do you just know and have access to these great places?  Are they kind of secret?

Part of it is knowing where to go.  You’re nearly guaranteed to find turtles at cleaning stations, and you have to know where to find octopodes, but a big part of it is just being out in the water a lot, and having a friend who is incredible at photography really helps too.

So with all of the things you do and activities you enjoy, how did you find the time to get into Cosplay?   I think most of the questions I’ve asked have nothing to do with cosplay!  You may be busier than FeistyVee!

I don’t even know anymore… I’m almost never not doing something.  I find the creation process in cosplay to be really relaxing, so I’ll often work for a few hours on the weekend or after work.  I hate con crunch, so I usually start making something as soon as my last costume is finished.

Are there any cosplayers out there that you think you would get along with, and might want to travel and go to cons with? (Personally, I think you would have lots of fun with AliZ Cosplay and FeistyVee.)

I love meeting new people and I really want to travel to some mainland cons! I’ve always been really inspired by Kamui Cosplay; her attention to detail is amazing, and she tends toward armor builds which are my favorite. Plus, she has really cute dogs.

Before you kick off into the Wild Blue Yonder, do you have any inspiring words for our readers and your followers?

Thanks for the feature! I’m looking forward to making some fun stuff in the future!

Well, by now you should know the drill.  Friday we publish Extraordinary Erika’s pictorial, and we think you’ll like what we’ve done with it!

There will be a few cosplays, but it will be Extraordinary Erika in her second element:  the beaches, reefs, and waters of Hawaii!  Enjoy!

-HERETICPRIME

Up and Coming Cosplayers with Extraordinary Erka: Cosplayer Score Card

(Originally Published July 15, 2019)

Cosplay Name:  Extraordinary Erika

Base of Operations:  Kailua, HI

Years Cosplaying:  2

First Cosplay:  Hylian Vai Link from BoTW

First Con:  Kawaii Kon

Cons per Year:  3, but hoping to go to mainland cons soon

Make Your Own Costume:  Everything with a few exceptions

Make Your Own Props:  ‘EVA and 3D printed.  Props might be my favorite part.

Do Your Own Hair:  Styling yes but I’m terrible at braiding my own hair

Do Your Own Makeup:  I learned makeup just for cosplay!

Do Your Own Wig Styling:  Still learning but yes

Makes Your Own Wigs:  Nope!

Bodypaints:  Not yet but I have a few cosplans…

Favourite Cosplay:  Usually the one I just finished

Number of times you have been to Dragon Con:  none yet

Patreon, Ko-fi, Etsy, and/or Support Link:  Etsy

Lewds:  Should I make a patreon?  Would anyone sign up?

Nudes:  Nah

More than Nudes:  Def nah

Social Media:  Instagram, Facebook

(WIPs

Domain of Your Own:

Secret Super Power:  I have two sets of DNA.  My blood is from a different person than the rest of me.