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I started watching Durarara a couple days ago. (yes I know..late to the party. shutup XP). At first I was skeptical. But it very slowly started to grow on me. Izaya is kind of like the Mukuro of Durarara. Always calculating and controlling things behind the scene. But my favorite is Shinra. Something about that pervy happy doctor just draws me in. I would so cosplay him for Otakon and maybe ACP's event but I doubt I could get a wig in time. So maybe I can get it done for another con in the future. But yeah..rather enjoying the show. I'm almost done with it..give me a few more days XD

15. Your least favourite thing about cosplay

4chan, elitism, and the various aspects of cosplay that surround all of this. Anytime you create a forum or place where people can rip apart costumes, you are asking for problems. Everyone works really hard to make their costumes. Some turn out good, some turn out bad, some need work. That is the case with every cosplayer. You work on things so that you can improve. You have costumes that don't turn out the way you want them to. And you have costumes that are your pride and joy. But each one is special because of the effort it took to create it.

There is nothing I hate more then going on forums and seeing people rip apart a costume or a cosplayer. No one is perfect. These forums might pretend that there is a standard that all cosplayers should aspire towards..but that standard is skewed. You don't have to be beautiful or skinny or asian to make an amazing cosplayer. You just have to be proud of what you have accomplished. Cosplay is art, and everyone interpretation of art is going to be different. Be proud of each other's accomplishments and creations, without staring down the negative aspects of them.

I'm not young, not pretty, not skinny, not any of these things that forums like 4chan believe are necessary to become an amazing cosplayer. But does that stop me from making costumes and portraying characters that I adore? Absolutely not. I don't care if people laugh at my construction or insult how I look. Yes, it hurts. No one can say it doesn't. But I also know that I don't need the adoration and love of everyone to be happy at what I do. I'll never be the greatest at armor making or wing making or resin casting or any of those things. But as long as I continue to improve and can continue to have fun, that's all I care about.

1. Your first cosplay.
2. How many costumes have you done?
3. Your most recent cosplay.
4. Your cosplay communities, where do you go to talk about cosplay?
5. Blatant self plug! Link us to your cosplay page, be it dA, ACP, Coscom, whatever!
6. Your favourite cosplay (that you have done)
7. The character you have cosplayed that is most similar to you (if none that you have cosplayed, then one that you will cosplay)
8. Your cosplay plans for the rest of the year (if you have no more for this year, then do next year!)
9. The dream cosplay that might just happen
10. The dream cosplay that will never happen
11. Something cosplay-related that you will never do (eg. crossplay, cosplay from a certain series)
12. Your cosplay idol.
13. Your cosplay specialty (ie. something that seems to apply to a large amount of your cosplays, it could be a specific series, or a common feature in their appearance, such as glasses)
14. Your cosplay-making habits (eg. singing while working on cosplay)
15. Your least favourite thing about cosplay

16. Do you belong to any cosplay groups? If so, what are they?
17. What events have you cosplayed to?
18. What is your best cosplay memory?
19. What is your worst cosplay memory?
20. Have you won any cosplay awards?
21. Show us your best cosplay derp photo!
22. Have you worn cosplay in a regular situation? (eg. at school, to work)
23. Your most expensive cosplay
24. Your most comfortable cosplay and most uncomfortable cosplay
25. The cosplay you put the most effort into
26. Any unfinished costumes? Will you ever finish them?
27. How many wigs do you own? Which is your favourite?
28. Where do you work on your cosplays and where do you store them when they’re done?
29. What is your favourite cosplay item? (eg. a pair of shoes, a wig)
30. Describe cosplay in three words. No more, no less.
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