Truthful Comics- So Bianca, let's start by asking you how long have you been Cosplaying?
Bianca Bella Cosplay- Come October, only a year. But I am a long time cosplaying fan!
TC- Cosplay or Crossplay? Or both?
BB- Both! Our imaginations have no limitations. Why should cosplay?
TC- Why do you Cosplay?
BB- As a kid, I spent a lot of time dreaming of being in faraway places and dressing up to make it seem that much more real to me. You want to bring life to the characters and ideas in your head. I feel that same kind of innocence in cosplaying. I put on a cosplay and I feel like I am travelling miles without really going anywhere. And when someone else has that same reaction towards my cosplays--I mean that they see it and really believe that I might be that character--that is really special to me. A bonus part of cosplaying is that everyone is so friendly, be it in person, online and what have you. It's the attitude I hope for in the real world. I feel all cosplayers are in it for the same reasons--to bring life to our big-kid imaginations.
BB- For sure. It's like nothing else in the world.
TC- Homemade Cosplay or bought/comissioned cosplay?
BB- It's definitely an impressive thing to make every each and individual part of a "difficult" cosplay from scratch, but hey, the way I see it, bought/commissioned are home made in their own way. But there is definitely more heart and pride in home made cosplays--even if you made most of it by yourself.
TC- Do you have a current Cosplay fav?
BB- I'm a long time fan of Pikmin Link. I also love Akuriko, Harley's Joker and, if it counts, The Zelda Project.
TC- What is your most expensive cosplay?
BB- When I think about it, I'd say the Great Fairy.
BB- Easily the Great Fairy. She's such a wild, outlandish character. There is so much I can do with her.
TC- What Cosplay has gotten more attention from your fans?
BB- I'm not sure if I have a fan base, but judging by people's reactions both in person and online, my Great Fairy cosplay has definitely taken the cake. One of my goals is to cosplay as "minor" characters I love that not many other people have done themselves. I always get excited when I find a cosplay I've never seen before. I can tell a lot of Zelda fans that I met at Melbourne Supanova got that feeling with my Great Fairy cosplay, which was so cool to me.
BB- A few things bug me, but nothing I could call a pet peeve. I guess authenticity is my main thing. But it can be a hard thing to achieve and there is no room in the cosplay world for harsh judgement! Besides, "play" is a big part of cosplaying. It's meant to be fun. Some of us just take it up a notch to get a picture perfect cosplay.
TC- What was your first convention? What was the reaction?
BB- I've been to a lot of conventions in my streets before, but my first time cosplaying was last year. It was very casual, but I wasn't expecting many people to recognize my Fado cosplay. Fado is one of the more distinctive Kokiri in Ocarina Of Time, but I knew only very hardcore Zelda fans would pick up on it. Sadly, only one person knew I was one of the Kokiri. Others just referred to me as "elf girl" or, once, "femme Link". But it was still fun for a first cosplay!
BB- As a photoshopper myself, of course I will say both. Photoshopping can bring that extra bit of something to a cosplay image. For example, if there aren't any locations close enough to what you need, you can gather bits and pieces until you can recreate that location perfectly. You can also add effects and filters that can really bring life to an otherwise great cosplay image.
TC- How do you pay for your cosplays?
BB- Out of my own pocket. It is tough, but worth it!
TC- When do you do Cosplays? At conventions only?
BB- Right now, just at conventions. But I want to do more. I don't plan on limiting my cosplay adventures to conventions only!
BB- It was a few years ago. I was sitting around googling costumes and found all these amazing images. It was clear to me that these costumes were worked so hard on. They weren't just for one Halloween night or a costume party--this was recreation. I stumbled on what it was called--Cosplay--and it went from there. It took me a few years of looking around the internet and going to conventions to feel confident enough to take on a cosplay of my own. Now it's more than a hobby to me. It's like another lifestyle.