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About Megami Cupcake
The name is Cupcake…Megami Cupcake. I go by Alex in the real world. I was born and raised outside of D.C. Lived there for most of my life before meeting my husband and moving to Pennsylvania. My parents moved here from Portugal. No, I can’t speak Portuguese well at all. I have 3 kids who ages range from 2 to 11. I’m a stay at home mom. I love spending time with my kids. In my free time, I work on cosplays. I also spend a good amount of time gaming. My kids are following in my footsteps. LOL Some of my favorite games are Zelda, Diablo, Destiny, and Borderlands. I am afraid of spiders. My methods of killing them are never approved. A little fire won’t hurt. Haha.
How did you first get into cosplay?
I always loved dressing up as a child. It really took it to another level when I joined a LARP group. From there I started to make my own costumes. I made some new friends who were into cosplay and I instantly wanted to be a part of the amazing community. Here I am today, still loving every minute of it!
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
Cosplaying for me is a little bit of both. Who wouldn’t want to make a career doing something they love? Viewing it as a possible career also pushes me to better my crafting, reach out to others and help them reach the same goals. If we lift each other up, we find we can do some pretty amazing things. I absolutely have a ton of fun when cosplaying too. I get to be a fictional character who I can relate to or because they are a badass!
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
Nothing brings me more joy and fury than making my cosplay from scratch. I constantly mess up, like a lot! But when it is all done I feel incredibly proud of what I created with my blood, sweat, and tears, literally. Haha, There have been plenty of times I’ve bought my cosplays. Nothing wrong with that. It becomes a bit overwhelming when you’re not sure on how to even begin the creating process. It also adds less stress, especially pre-con when you’re scrambling around for a last minute cosplay.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
Depending on the intricacy and size of the costumes, creating them can take from a few hours to months. My latest one was an armor cosplay. My first time really making something that big and with a material, I knew very little about. I spent 3-4 months in my crafting hole, for hours each day to complete it. Didn’t help that along that way I had a lot of “What if I added this?” moments. Husband was not pleased! LOL
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
My favorite cosplay I’ve done so far would have to be my recent armor one. I designed a clash up of Diablo 3 Demon Hunter and My Little Pony’s Nightmare Moon. Wearing it makes me feel invincible, that I could take on a horde of demons! Bring it!!
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
My most memorable experience was at a local convention, Four State Comic-Con in September 2017. I met so many amazing people and got to hear their stories of how they became a part of the pop culture community. During the convention I took part as a cosplay contest judge, I was very honored. Everyone did such an incredible job on their cosplays, It made judging very difficult. Many of my cosplay friends where there as well and we had incredible adventures through a tiny door in the hotel we stayed at. It wasn’t Narnia though. We were lied to. Haha.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I LOVE group cosplays!! They’re so much fun! We learn tips and tricks from each other. Crafting together is an added bonus. Though not much gets done. I have crafting ADD.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
There are a ton of cosplays I have planned for next year. Some include a Titan from the video game Destiny 2, a Unicorn, Umbreon and a few other surprise ones.
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
Oh boy…I see a lot of negativity in the cosplay community. The most divisive issue I feel is body shaming along with racism and sexism. None of this should exist! Everyone, no matter how big, small, tall short, white, black and everything in between should cosplay anything they want and be respected. If it’s not your cup of tea then move along without saying hurtful words. The more mainstream cosplay has become the more we see this negativity. We all need to work together to lift each other up and stand up against the bullies.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
A lot of my inspiration for my cosplays comes from dark fantasy or video games. I like to mix it up. I also incorporate my own stylistic elements into the designs as well.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
Ohh! I love it all. I learn new things that can be applied to the current project or next with researching. Shopping is super fun too. I always buy stuff I don’t need but think I will for another cosplay. Haha. I love to sew, photo shoots are extremely fun as well. The best of all is attending cons. I get to see everyone else’s incredible cosplays, meet celebrity guest/ cosplayers and spend time with my cos friends.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
I buy my fabrics from Joann’s. Sometimes online if I know exactly what I’m looking for. I get worbla from Cosplaysupplies.com. Foam and other tidbits I get locally from Harbor Freight and Walmart.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
The biggest obstacle I’ve had to overcome as a cosplayer is myself. It’s an ongoing battle. I always doubt myself and think I’m not as good. My husbands support, along with my friends help give me that boost to continue and never give up something I love doing.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
Hmm…I’m sure I have. At least one that I can remember is to always watch where you place hot and sharp objects. My clumsiness has given me some scars.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
My golden cosplay rule is to be true to yourself. Don’t compromise who you, do what you love and spread positivity. The cosplay world needs more of it.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
I haven’t been in the cosplay community for that long. Only a little over 2 years. It has changed a bit since I joined. It has become more mainstream. Which isn’t always bad but has attracted different types of people. It has become competitive as well. Sometimes I feel it becomes a popularity contest which discourages a lot of cosplayers.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
There are soooo many!!!! I would say an over-ambitious cosplay I would want to do is an incredibly detailed Neo Queen Serenity dress from Sailor Moon. I’m talking about hand-sewn sequins and beads, intricate sewing patterns and embroidery along with motorized articulated angel wings.
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
Yes and no. I try to be thrifty but If I know that adding or using certain materials will bring the cosplay to the next level then I will splurge. I splurge…a lot.
What does cosplay mean to you?
Cosplay is more than just putting on a costume. It’s about the people you meet and their stories. The people you inspire and encourage. It’s about the friends you make and memories made. Friends become like family. Costuming is just an added bonus.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
Death. Haha I will cosplay until I die.
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