Truthful Comics- How long have you been Cosplaying?
Magic Mo- I started cosplaying when I was 17, so about four years now.
TC- Cosplay or Crossplay? Or both?
Mo- I’ve only crossplayed once. Nothing against people who do it, I just like sticking to my own gender – I’m more comfortable that way. So I’m sticking with just cosplay for now.
TC- Why do you Cosplay?
Mo- I cosplay because I love it. Cosplay has become such a big part
of my life, it’s how I’ve met most of my friends and how I connect with people.
TC- Is Cosplay a hobby you consider yourself doing for a long time?
Mo- It started off as a hobby but now it’s a part of my life that I don’t see myself giving up ever. I can just imagine myself as an old woman in a wheelchair still dressing up at cons, haha.
Mo- I started off bought/commissioned but I taught myself to sew at 18 and since then I’ve started making most of my cosplays myself – only buying/commissioning a few pieces here and there if I’ve tried to do it myself but failed. There’s a sense of accomplishment when I make and wear something knowing that not only did I create it but I had the confidence to wear it out.
TC- Do you have a current Cosplay fav?
Mo- My current favorite cosplay is my Age of Ultron Scarlet Witch. It looks so simple but most of the rings and one on the necklaces I wear belonged to my great grandmother. She gave me many pieces of jewelry before she passed. So when I’m Scarlet Witch it’s like she’s with me.
Mo- I try to work on a budget and be as cheap as possible, that
being said, my most expensive would probably be my Beast Boy/Beast Girl cosplay. It was my first time making a full bodysuit and it was two colors instead of just one. So I messed up and had
to keep buying more fabric which really added up. Not to mention
all the other little things like body paint, wig, foam and fabric for
the shoes put me over my original budget.
TC- What Cosplay has gotten more attention from your fans?
Mo- I’ve received a lot of positive feedback for me Sam Manson.
It’s a throwback so a lot of people in my generation who grew up watching Danny Phantom really liked seeing it.
TC- What is a Cosplay pet peeve of yours?
Mo- A major pet peeve of mine, when it comes to cosplay, is cosplayers who don’t wear any makeup. I understand certain allergies and such but when someone wears a really elaborate and well done cosplay yet has on no makeup – it kind of ruins the illusion. Some men can get away with this but for women it’s harder. I’m not trying to hate on anyone, it’s just my personal opinion. I’m not talking kids, it is okay for them not to wear makeup, I mean fully grown adults.
TC- What was your first convention? What was the reaction?
Mo- My first con was NekoCon. My older sister had been going several years before and had finally managed to drag me out to it one year. I’m really glad she did.
TC- Photoshopped or un-photoshopped images?
Mo- I don’t mind a little digital touch up or special effect, I like to
edit my own photos sometimes, but too much enhancement is a problem. I like to still look like myself when the photo is done
TC- How do you pay for your Cosplays?
Mo- I do some cosplay work for a few businesses and events
which pays for my next cosplay. I also work seasonal jobs, while
I attend college, and manage my money wisely.
Mo- While I love to cosplay at conventions, I cosplay whenever I get the chance to. I like going out with friends
to movies in cosplay, or to children’s/charity events, or
even for local businesses when asked. Cosplay isn’t just a convention thing for me, it’s more like an every-other-day thing. I sometimes just even wear some of my more casual cosplays out in public, no real reason – I just like to.
TC- What got you into Cosplaying?
Mo- That first NekoCon my sister took me to, I was impressed by the cosplayers that I wanted to dress up too. So I threw together a cosplay from things I had in my closet which turned out to be Zatanna. It didn’t look that great to
be honest but it was the first step. From then I’ve been in love with cosplay.
TC- I guess we should all thank your sister for bringing
you to NekoCon that day then! Thank you for a fun interview. Hopefully we'll do this again soon, maybe spotlighting your newest Cosplays. If you want to see all of Magic Mo's photo galleries visit her official Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/MagicMoCosplay/ and tell her the good people from Truthful Comics sent you.