Long Beach Comic Con Attendee Highlights

September 22, 2016

 

Long Beach Comic Con brings in people from all walks of life. Here's a few we ran into. All photos were provided by Rock Me, Amadeus Photography.

 

The Bomb Shell Cosplay

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How did you get your start? 

I lived in Maine when I began cosplaying in high school and cosplaying wasn't as big there as it is here in California.  The first costume I was most proud of was Black Canary.

 

What cosplay jump started this continuous hobby? 

Sailor Venus back in 2014. 

 

If you weren't cosplaying, what would be your creative outlet?

I work for TV and essentially in my line of work I feel like there's a point where both begin to incorporate each other. Cosplay is a new area of art for me, but it goes hand in hand with working in a TV studio sometimes. 

 

Advice to first time cosplayers? 

Don't be discouraged if your first cosplay isn't good. Pick the cosplays you'll have the most fun in.

 

Jmac Da Kid

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How did you get your start? 

I went to Fan Expo in Toronto and saw how happy everyone was in costume. I wanted to be a part of that.

 

As an actor, do you feel like there's a common ground for acting and cosplay?

Acting and cosplay requires great people skills as well as courage in front of the camera. I feel like acting is similar in that you're being directed-- just by a photographer not a director. 

 

What has been your favorite convention so far?
I really enjoyed this recent Anime Expo. I love the pandemonium and had a lot of fun. It was the first convention where I had a different cosplay every day. And I had a lot of fun going to meet ups. 

 

Advice to first time cosplayers? 

Find your favorite and go hard. Don't worry aboout the quality of the costume, just do what feels right for you. I have a lot of love and respect for those who are like "I have a red shirt to use for this or that."

 

(Help us identify this cosplayer!)

 

 

How did you get your start? 

I went to Anime Expo and saw a lot of interesting people dressing up. I wanted to do it, too. 

 

What cosplay jump started this continuous hobby? 

Trafalgar Law from One Piece in 2013. 

 

How do you overcome creative blocks?  

I encounter some technical blocks and sometimes I just need to keep pushing through. Sometimes I feel like I just get lucky.

 

Advice to first time cosplayers? 

Just start and don't worry about it not looking that great. Also, don't worry about your face not looking like the character.

 

Bee Thorn

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How did you get your start?

My first costume was from Heart no Kuni no Alice in 2011. I started because my best friend had got me into it. 

 

If you weren't cosplaying, what would be your creative outlet?

My creative outlets are theater costuming and studio art.

 

How do you overcome creative blocks?  

Pause. I get inspired by watching TV or listening to music. Sometimes I surround myself in a theatrical environment where I can find influence or that spark. 

 

Advice to first time cosplayers? 

If you enjoy it, just do it. You can't let people hinder you.

 

Thor & Loki Cosplayers

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How did you get your start?

Loki Cosplayer: I love The Avengers and Loki. I love his humor and I think he's cool. I ended up dragging my friend to be Thor.

 

Thor Cosplayer: I was a part of the drama program at school and was sort of a lone nerd. This is something we found we had in common.

 

What cosplay jump started this continuous hobby? 

Thor and Loki from the first Avengers movie.

 

How do you overcome creative blocks?  

Loki Cosplayer: I need to just be in the mood. There's no mental proceedure, and if you think too hard, there won't be any progress. Sometimes you have to stop over thinking and watch movies you haven't seen in a long time. 

 

Thor Cosplayer: When I have a creative block, I go to my friend.

 

Alfredo Garcia JR
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How did you get your start?

I started cosplaying in the mid eighties with star trek about ten years ago. My son suggested we go to SDCC. When I went for the first time, it opened a whole new world. It was really cool.

 

What cosplay jump started this continuous hobby? 

Mr. Fantastic was my first cosplay that wasn't Star Trek. Then, it was Hawkeye from SDCC.

 

How did you two meet? 

I wanted to find a Black Widow to cosplay with. I sent her a message and we debuted as Black Widow and Hawkeye at Long Beach. Since then, we've had 18 cosplays together. 

 

How do you overcome creative blocks?  

You just have to dig around old movies or see what's on TV. I love classic movies, we're planning ones on Forbidden Planet, and have done the Golden Age Flashes from the forties. Sometimes friends and family suggest cosplays for us.

 

What do you think of Halloween?

Halloween is just another day. 

 

Hapa Go Lucky

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How did you get your start?

My best friend's mother made me an Arwen costume for The One Ring celebration in 2003.

 

How do you overcome creative blocks?  

I like to use Pinterest to get ideas and follow artists for inspiration.

 

If you weren't cosplaying, what would be your creative outlet?

Photography! Or crafting in general like scrap booking and making cards for friends. Things with my hands. 

 

its punk bunny

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How did you get your start?

I started in high school when a friend that I liked was into cosplay. They were going to Seattle Comic Con and I decided to tag along with a set of Storm Trooper armor that I built. I ended up loving it. 

 

How do you overcome creative blocks?  

I usually watch something that deals with the costume. Usually music helps too.

 

If you weren't cosplaying, what would be your creative outlet?

I do a little bit of photography and drawing on top of prop building.

 

MKSola Photography

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How did you get your start in cosplay photography?

I went to Comic Con in 2006 and I took pictures on my terrible camera phone. I was irritated I couldn't get good photos, so I got a good camera after.

 

How do you overcome creative blocks?

I switch from photography to video when I get creative blocks. It seems like the same thing, but they're different worlds. If I get a video block, I'll switch back to photography. 

 

If you weren't a photographer, what would be your creative outlet?

Salsa dancing!

 

 

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