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About Blackterial Cosplay
Hello! I’m Blackterial (real name: Ana), a 19-year-old nerd from Spain. I’m studying History at college. Apart from cosplay, my hobbies are taking naps, cooking, wearing cute fashion and videogames.
How did you first get into cosplay?
I got into cosplay at approximately 13 years old, when I went to one of my first cons and I wanted to try it! So I cosplayed Dokuro-chan from Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan. I saw cosplay only online and I became hooked!
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
I mainly do it just for fun, but I’d like to pursue a modeling career and I believe cosplay could help me improve my modeling skills.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
I make them from scratch! I love sewing (and now I’m getting into prop making) and I have lots of fun making them.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
From one week to one month, approximately. It depends on how much time I spend in it.
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
I think it’s Sailor Saturn! I also love my Kanon (Umineko no Naku Koro Ni) cosplay because I got to knew many amazing people from the fandom through it, and I went to a con with other Umineko cosplayers, and it was truly memorable.
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
Going with my two Umineko groups last year, and meeting one of my fav cosplayers and getting compliments from her!!!
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I LOVE them! Talking about the making-of process with your friends and supporting each other, taking amazing pictures, going all nerdy in your cosplay joking about the anime/video game/whatever you’re cosplaying… They are definitely one of the best experiences in cosplay
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
This year I have 4 scheduled cosplays: Eirika from Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, Seryu Ubiquitous from Akame ga Kill!, Celebi from Pokemon and Akali from League of Legends. Akali is already started; I’ll finish her before I get into making any other.
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
I think there’s a lot of competitivity over cosplay contests and masquerades. I sometimes enter them, but there’s a lot of things going around that: rigged contests, biased jury members, people arguing over who’s the best cosplayer, people who buy their costumes and say they’ve made them themselves…
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
I prefer video game characters the 90% of the time. Also, I have a liking for antagonists or plain evil characters.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
I love researching my costume and making lists (I’m a list nerd XD), and sewing sewing sewing!
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
Local 1-dollar shops.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
Making my first big prop, Sailor Saturn’s Silence Glaive, and accidentally breaking it 2 days before the con (and it was already finished!). I had to fix it as I could. I almost cried XD Also, in my Haunter cosplay, I had to overcome a little anxiety because I was showing lots of skin and I was quite nervous about it.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
Always start everything with plenty of time. Finishing your cosplay in the last minute isn’t usually good for your mental health.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Remember that this is a hobby, something meant for fun. Stay away from toxic people and always take it easy!
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
Nowadays, cosplay community is SO MUCH BIGGER than before, and it has become something more “serious”. People take their hobby very seriously, almost like a lifestyle. I don’t judge anyone who does it this way but personally, I’d like people to remember that we’re just nerds in costumes, nor anything else.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over ambitious cosplay you want to do?
I don’t usually like oversized costumes with hundreds of meters of fabric or humongous armors, but I’d love to do Hatsune Miku from the Dark Woods Circus song.
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
I’m starting to do it because Sailor Saturn was a bottomless pit where I threw my money and I got ruined.
What does cosplay mean to you?
A fun hobby in which I love to spend my time, and an amazing way to exploit my creativity.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
Mainly economic issues, nothing else!
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