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Now while I could immediately start up with the whole… fill your room past capacity and split the cost part, we’re not going to do that. ; P

Conventions usually have a list of hotels working with them that have a select block specifically set aside for the con. However, remember that pricing you find on the convention’s site and check around on the hotel’s specific site. You’d be surprised when you check for deals, especially if you’re a rewards member with said hotel. From there, I suggest checking booking sites, such as Expedia and Kayak… You’d be quite surprised at the deals you can find on there, and might even be able to get a bonus thing added to your room! Compare all the rates and get the better deal!

Now yes, sharing the room at con is a good idea because you can split the cost between your roommates. However, part of enjoying a convention is getting sleep so you’re not a cranky panda wandering about like a zombie. At most, I suggest ever having to the room is five people. You can comfortably get a roll-in bed or air mattress even with two beds fitting 4 people there, usually, cause there are hotels where that can be argued. As cosplayers, we take up a lot of space, and you want to have your room be a comfortable sanctuary when the con takes its toll. So, don’t get carried away with the room sharing!

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It’s time for another interview, this time with Ita-dere! She’s a lovely cosplayer from the Pacific Northwest in the United States, who enjoys creating group cosplay with friends!

Ita-Dere as Shego from Kim Possible, photo by Provos Cosplay

What is your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
My cosplay alias is Ita-dere and it’s a bit of a funny story on how I came up with it. So, originally I used to go by Ita-Hime which was my old tumblr URL for my pastel anime weeb blog. It was comprised of a shorten part of my last name “Ita” (sounded somewhat Japanese) and added the honorific “hime” or princess in Japanese. I decided to change it right after Sakuracon 2017 to Ita-dere. It’s a spin off on the character types like Yandere, Tsundere, Kuudere, etc. Since I don’t fit into those types, I’m my own type of dere.. “Itadere.” But last Sakuracon I learned there was a double meaning to the “Ita” part of my name. An “Ita” in the Lolita community is an insult meaning “ouch” basically just a major oof. But in my opinion I thought that was very descriptive of me. I find that my type of humor and who I am is a major “oof.”

How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
I did my first cosplay back in January of 2014 but I seriously got into it consistently in late summer of 2015. So it’s been 3 1/2 years for me! As for what got me into cosplay,.. I actually have wanted to cosplay since I found out about it at 13. I used to look up Sailor Moon cosplays on Ebay and wish I could buy the outfits and wear them. But at the time, my family didn’t have a lot of money and was unable to afford it. So when I got old enough to have a job and go to my first convention, I decided to try out cosplay for the first time.

What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
I actually love doing foam work and styling wigs. I’m not the most amazing at it but I surely love it! It’s easy for me to imagine what I’m doing versus when I’m sewing.

Ita-Dere as Sailor Jupiter from Sailor Moon, photo by CosplayPNW

What are excited to be working with in the future and why?
I’m excited to be working on Claudia from the Dragon Prince, Velvet Crowe from Tales of Berseria and Grimmverse Yang from Dishwasher1910’s fan art of RWBY. They’re cosplays that I’m planning with some friends and man, do I love group cosplays!

What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
I love seeing detailing work done. Details can make a bland looking cosplay sparkle! Some cosplayers I can think of that do that are Naychansan Cosplay, Bakudannanacosplay on IG, Morning Mist Cosplay and Labinnak & Mangoloo cosplay!

What is your view of the cosplay scene?
I think the cosplay scene can be very welcoming but also has a lot of toxicity in the community as well. It all depends on who your friends are and who you choose to hang out with.

Ita-Dere as Lucoa from Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, photo by CosplayPNW

What are some of the things you want to see changed in the scene?
I would love to see the elitism stop. I have met a lot of people who have been very elite, people who tell you “you can’t cosplay.. do this or that”. Or that they tell you only what sucks about your cosplays. Also for people to stop being intimidated by people who cosplay a character you cosplay. People can cosplay the same character, no one owns these characters. Friends can cosplay the same character; it’s OKAY to share them.

What is some advice you could give to people starting to get into cosplay?
Research, research, research. There are lots of resources on the internet on how to start cosplaying, where to buy cosplays, and where to buy just anything for cosplay. Start out with cosplays that are easy and small… ease yourself into it. Don’t be like me and make a ball gown in 3 days with no sleep and lots of coffee.

What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
Some of my favorite cons are Anime Oasis and Anime Expo. Anime Expo is fun because there are just so many chances to meet people and try so many things. For Anime Oasis it’s a small con in Boise, ID but always has something to do and the community is tight!

Give a random fact about one of the costumes you’re proud of!
I’m really into hot anime boys and I think the cosplay I’m still most proud of is my Raven Branwen cosplay from RWBY!

Ita-Dere as Raven from RWBY, photo by CosplayPNW

Thanks for the interview, Ita-dere! You can check out her Facebook page here, her Instagram here, and her Twitter here!

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It’s time for another interview, this time with Yuki Cat Cosplay! She’s a newer cosplayer from Colorado, who enjoys creating original designs of characters!

Yuki Cat Cosplay out of costume

What is your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
My cosplay alias is Yuki Cat Cosplay. My previous alias was Awkward Anime Queen, and I thought I had outgrown that name; I felt I should choose a different name that was mature and appropriate for who I was and what I do. I wanted a cat theme because I love cats so much. However, there are a lot of cosplayers with cat names and it was difficult to come up with something original. My best friend suggested Yuki Cat. Yuki is Japanese for snow and snow is another element I love. So, you put Yuki cat together and I’m a snow cat!

How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
2019 will be my third year officially cosplaying. I had known about cosplay since I was a freshman in high school, but my family and I had been so poor that I couldn’t afford it. My best friend had invited me to Denver Comic Con in 2011; I really wanted to dress up and cosplay. So, I did a closet cosplay of Amy Pond from Doctor Who. This would technically be my first cosplay but I don’t really count it. After seeing other cosplays at the con, I really wanted to start cosplaying officially. I wouldn’t really start doing it until 2016.

Yuki Cat Cosplay as Witch Mercy from Overwatch, photo by Jeff Hoffman Photography

What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
I haven’t made too many of my own costumes, but I love working with foam. It’s fun to create with it. Heating up foam and watching it change shape is very satisfying. I made gloves for Mei from Overwatch out of EVA foam and craft foam, and it’s one of the projects I’m most proud of… Unfortunately I have no pictures because the whole costume fell apart. I also made the hat for my Nurse Joy cosplay from Pokémon. It took ten minutes and it was fun to put together.

What are excited to be working with in the future and why?
I’m actually starting a pretty huge project that involves making armor. I’ll be using worbla and foam to make that and I’m pretty excited for that! Honestly, I want to try using all kinds of materials for my costumes; more foam, lights, worbla, different kinds of fabric. I want to try it all! The process for different kinds of materials is intriguing to me, and it’s something new to learn.

What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
Honestly it’s hard to pick a few traits, because there are a lot of traits I see that are pulled off very well. I like to see cosplayers put their own twist in their costumes or design their own original design for their character. Jessica Nigri, Clockworkrose cosplay, and Gladzy Kei are a few who I know do this very well. They inspire me to make my own designs for characters.

What is your view of the cosplay scene?
I see a lot of harassment in the cosplay scene, unfortunately. Fortunately, I haven’t been a victim to the harassment, but I see it all the time. It really breaks my heart, and it’s been known to start wars between people. I feel like every time a conflict starts, it really causes people to voice their opinions and sometimes it leads to more harassment.

Yuki Cat Cosplay as Nurse Joy from Pokemon, photo by Ham Sandwich Photography

What are some of the things you want to see changed in the scene?
I want us to start respecting each other again. I don’t expect everyone to like each other, but if someone doesn’t like another person they should handle it in a mature way.

What is some advice you could give to people starting to get into cosplay?
I would tell them to make some friends who cosplay and shadow them. Learn everything you can from them, and then eventually you’ll develop your own skills. Plus, you’ll have a cosplay senpai who will be super proud of you!

Give a random fact about one of the costumes you’re proud of!
When I made Chise from Ancient Magus’ Bride, I was a beginner level cosplayer. However, my partner who was cosplaying Elias, was a master level cosplayer. So, when we entered the cosplay competition from NDK 2018, we had to enter in Masters. We actually won an award! I was so surprised and happy!

Yuki Cat Cosplay as Poison Ivy from DC Comics, photo by Lucasoar Films

Thanks for the interview, Yuki Cat Cosplay! You can check out her Facebook page here!

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This year’s Anime Los Angeles unfortunately made the news after a man decided to stalk a cosplayer and then set fire to her vehicle and those surrounding it. Happily, no one was injured, but the people whose cars were damaged and/or destroyed are now having hard times paying for it all. Happily, one person on Twitter made a list of the victims’ donation pages and I decided to also bring it over here for those interested in helping.

  1. Julia’s vehicle was the prime target of her now incarcerated stalker and is totaled. You can help her out via this donation link here.
  2. Vane’s car was parked next to Julia’s and was also totaled. You can help via donation here.
  3. Leon’s vehicle was also next to Julia’s and was declared totaled. You can help him out at this link here.
  4. Blake’s vehicle was also involved in the ensuing fire and again, declared totaled. You can donate via this link here.

If you cannot donate, please share around to help our fellow cosplayers out. We may have some bad ones in this community, but we also have a ton of amazing people who outweigh the nasty ones!

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I was going to refer to this as a tutorial of sorts, but honestly, it’s a really good way to describe the brainstorming process that goes into a cosplay. Do I do this with all of my costumes? No, but definitely those more intense pieces get some extra attention. Clarke Cosplay describes the process exceptionally well, so I figured sharing it could be rather helpful!

Cosplay Tutorial: Planning and Design by Clarke Cosplay - YouTube
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