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About Transdorker Cosplay
Name: Transdorker Cosplay
Occupation: Filmmaking Enthusiast, Cosplayer, and Kamen Rider
Age: 24 Location: USA
How did you first get into cosplay?
I got interested in cosplay around the same time when I got into Anime, which started with Naruto that made me explore other popular titles (like Fullmetal Alchemist, Death Note, Bleach, Inuyasha, etc.). We remember how popular Naruto as a franchise was back in the day and I always wanted to cosplay as the characters I loved in each show that caught my attention. My first cosplay was technically back in 2009 when I cosplayed as SSJ Goku for that godawful DragonBall movie that never happened. But Con-wise, OhayoCon 2010 was my starting point back when that Con was actually fun.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
I see it as a mix of both, but it’s leaning more towards the fun side of things at the moment.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
With the exception of the base of the Kamen Rider Belts (which are the legit toys from Japan), I make all of my cosplays.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
Not counting breaks, about two or three months per cosplay (if it involves armor anyway).
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
Either Kamen Rider Drive: type SPEED or Nostalgia Critic; Drive because it was a lesson I learned from my last Rider cosplay I did before that (Kamen Rider Faiz) and was less complicated to maneuver myself from place to place, the LEDs in that helmed DID work without quitting on me, and I could actually see out of it, even with the LEDs. And the Nostalgia Critic because I myself share the same mannerism as the character and I do go livid (in a satirical way) in front of bad movies and shows (if I’m at home anyway).
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
Being called a Kamen Rider countless times at MatsuriCon 2016 when I cosplayed as both Kamen Rider Ichigo and Faiz at that Con.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I’ve never done one yet, but I’m all for them!
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
Kamen Rider Ex-Aid Level 2
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
It depends on the person the more you think about it; I think the community is welcoming, judgemental, and in competition with others if you were to combine every person in the community into one whole group. We all know how much of an elitist Yaya Han can be (despite her work being good, but she’s not that good of a person), we all flipped out over Rhett and Link doing a Top 5 Worst Cosplays video and unsubscribing from them after that video (or at least I did), and we all have people who focus on nothing but either perfection or just characters alone, there could be better people in the community from time to time. I wouldn’t say everyone is bad in the community (that would be a huge understatement), I just wish some people weren’t too salty or nitpicky in it. And trust me when I say this, all the people I support and have met before in the community are all about Cosplay Equality, as am I.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
Mainly Tokusatsu with my interest of Kamen Rider or Anime with any Anime characters I cosplayed as (that is all three of them).
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
Actually wearing the suit and showing support of both your work and the inspiration you gained from it like you’re in an Iron Man suit.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
Amazon, Michaels, Jo Ann Fabrics, Walmart for their art section, any artsy store in general.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
Outside of becoming a Master in a Cosplay Masquerade division thanks to my Kamen Rider Drive cosplay, I never had that big of an obstacle to overcome outside of seeing how many people I can expose Kamen Rider to and see how many people support the franchise as much as I do.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
Yes; go and have fun at Cons, make lots of friends, all cosplays are equal and deserve no negativity in any shape or form (that I didn’t know about until a few years ago after starting in 2010), and don’t do drugs.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Regardless of who or what you cosplay as/for, don’t be afraid to show support of your cosplay/work because the Con is your stage now (unless if you’re working with staff, then things would be vastly different), and if people talk smack, they’re the ones who are dumb and you have the high ground!
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
Like I said, it has gotten so salty and nitpicky that it needs to be unsalted and be treated with peace and tranquility.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over ambitious cosplay you want to do?
I don’t have a #1 pick for a cosplay, but I do have PICKS; to me, it’s a little hard for me to follow who I should cosplay as because there are so many characters I wanna cosplay as.
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
Yes and no; it depends on any employment/unemployment status for anyone in general
What does cosplay mean to you?
To me, cosplay is a lot like being an actor/actress because you have to wear a costume for something you’re either acting for or showing love and support for a franchise in particular, you get to act and get into character as well, and people being fascinated by your work as a final result. I know it’s a weird simile to bring up, but both are fun to do and would like to put smiles on those faces (no Heath Ledger’s Joker reference intended).
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
You can follow and view more of Transdorker Cosplay here
- Optimus Prime photo by Ethan Hellstrom Photography
- Kamen Rider Decade and Faiz photos by DeathCom Multimedia
- Kamen Rider Kabuto photo by Madster Cosplay and Photography
- Kamen Rider Gaim: Kachidoki Arms photo by EB Pix
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