Otakon has come and gone in a blink of an eye. Many come to the convention for different reasons whether its to watch a dub premiere, interact with their favorite voice actress or even attend a concert. Even in the blazing heat, one of the many reasons of going to Otakon is to cosplay. By definition, it is an art form where people dress up as their favorite character from a movie, book, video game or even anime. It’s also an abridged form of the words, costume and play.
Van enlisted me (Sandmuffin Makeup) to approach a few random cosplayers that caught my eye and ask them a few questions. Being that I enjoy enhancing cosplay projects with makeup myself, I accepted the proposition. Without further adieu, please enjoy the following meet and greet with several cosplayers from Otakon 2015.
– Sandy –
First we have a Yu-Gi-Oh! cosplay group. Various members of this group are first time cosplayers and have attended Otakon once or twice. David or @gufunk has been going to Otakon for over 5 years and cosplayed numerous times. This time he has “conned” his friends into cosplaying for their first time. The group wanted to add comic relief to their cosplay and it was much appreciated with everyone there.
From left to right –
“Awkward Sexual Tension [trap card]”
“You have have fallen for this trap card, b-but it’s not like you him or anything!”
“King of High Fives [Party Guy/Effect]”
“Once per turn your enemy must give the Kind Of High Fives… a high five.”
“ Reluctantly Agree [spell card]”
Being peer pressured into cosplaying. Feel shame for rest of the match.
“Jeezuz The Ballmighty[Divine Beast]”
When this card is sent to the graveyard, special summon it onto your field after 3 turns.
Next we have Nancy Tang or @iamtangy who has been attending Otakon since 2006. She enjoys going because everyone who goes can relate to all things nerdy. She decided to cosplay as Ryu Lion from “Is it wrong to pick up girls in a dungeon?” better known as “DanMachi.”
Byndo Gekh or @byndogekh has been attending Otakon for almost 10 years and came into cosplaying for friendship. She did 2 star Mako from Kill La Kill alongside her friends who did Ryuko @sarahfongcosplay and Satsuki @cheebangbang. Byndo Gekh can also be at facebook at https://www.facebook.com/genderbynder.
Eowinth Cosplay has been attending Otakon for 3 years. Much like Byndo Gekh, she’s in it for the camaraderie, enjoys group photoshoots and learning from her fellow cosplay loving peers. For Otakon 2015, she came dressed as Officer Vi from League of Legends as a personal challenge in prop making and to reach a new level of health and fitness. To add to that, her friends have suggested the idea earlier on. When asked what challenges came about in creating the cosplay, Eowinth Cosplay told us the gauntlets as they had many interlocking (and articulating) parts that have to fit like a shoe. Trial and error along with hot glue burn would result in the props you see below. Bravo Eowinth. Bravo. Those interested in following her on facebook can reach her at https://www.facebook.com/eowinthcosplay.
@GuitarGirlTS9 has been attending Otakon in 2012. She likes the large crowd that Otakon pulls in as she can attract a large audience for playing music. In her words, “Cosplaying is a way for me to express my love for playing live music and for the anime characters I like who also share my same passion for playing live music.” For 2015, she cosplayed as Kousei Arima from Your Lie in April, Tsumugi Kotobuki from K-On! both whom are play either a keyboard or piano. She explained this interest came about after jamming with the Super Soul Bros in the Shedspace room of Magfest. Of the four days, she has also cosplayed as Yui Hirasawa from K-On as the guitar is her preferred instrument.
When asked what was the difficult in the making of the cosplay, it wasn’t the ensemble per se. Rather her concern was being able to play the keyboards well enough to convince people to see her as the character. To add to that, musicians love jamming with other musicians, she wanted to be ready for any impromptu jam session with zero preparation.
After thirteen years , Khiem Nguyen has finally made it to Otakon. As a new attendee, he mentioned to us he enjoyed the people watching and loved the dynamics between cosplayers, tourists and local folks going on about their business. In his own words, “Well dressing up is fun in general, but its really nice that costume making is another hobby I can share with my girlfriend and friends. It’s just fun motivating each other to work on our costumes, and its a great excuse to meetup, hangout and be merry! Haha, of course, people watching and making people excited is wonderful onto itself.”
For his first Otakon, Khiem came as his favorite One Piece character, Monkey D. Luffy from the Dressrosa arc. Khiem showed genuine intrigue with the One Piece eco system and even mentioned Monkey D. Luffy was someone he could personally relate to.
When asked about the difficulty level of the cosplay, Khiem openly confessed his girlfriend made the costume. Little did he know, he would also join her in on a photoshoot and end up having a lot of fun. This of course also sparked an interest in crafting a cosplay ensemble for the next event whether it be Otakon, Anime USA, RenFest or whatever may be up on the horizon.
Currently, Khiem does not have a Facebook page dedicated to cosplay. However, we’ll be looking forward to seeing his work at any of the future MidAtlantic cons.