Truthful Comics- So Breathless_ness huh? Cool name. So, how long have you been Cosplaying?
Breathless_ness- I've been cosplaying for 9 years now. Really excited to be celebrating my 10 year anniversary next year!
TC- Wow! You've been doing this for a while then. Do you prefer Cosplay or Crossplay? Or both?
Breathless_ness- I've done both cosplay and crossplay. For me there is no difference, they both require the same skills and the art form of being able to represent a character, whether of the same or opposite gender.
Breathless_ness- I cosplay for me. I get a lot of enjoyment out of becoming my favourite character and the creativity I can release through it. I love getting together with friends in cosplay and e opportunity to meet new, like-minded people because of it!
TC- Is Cosplay something you consider doing for a long time?
Breathless_ness- While I've been doing this for so long and sometimes I feel like I might've run out of characters I want to cosplay, I'm pretty sure I'll be doing this for a few more years lol
TC- Do you prefer Homemade Cosplay or bought/comissioned Cosplay?
Breathless_ness- Personally I'm a homemade cosplayer but I hold nothing against people that want to buy their costumes. Not everybody has the skills to construct something and that shouldn't discourage them from wanting to join in the fun! I'm pretty awful at making weapons and armor so I'm not above asking for help and commissioning something from some very talented people out there.
Breathless_ness- My current favourite costume is my New52 Batgirl. I put a lot of time and effort into it which has definitely paid off. It's a costume I can wear again and again and it's something recognisable to the general population, so people get a kick out of seeing Batgirl.
TC- What is your most expensive cosplay?
Breathless_ness- I think my most expensive costume was a kimono version of C.C. from Code Geass. I used a lot of silks, special Japanese fabrics and ribbons etc to achieve the results I wanted. While it was a good idea for this costume, I don't think it's something I'll do again hahahaha!
TC- What Cosplay has gotten more attention from your fans?
Breathless_ness- I think the costume that has gotten me the most attention is Stephanie Brown Batgirl. She's is such a favourite amongst comic fans and its a costume I really spent a lot of time on to get right. To this day I still love the costume and love to wear it to conventions!
TC- Well, we absolutely LOVE your Stephanie Brown Cosplay! What is a cosplay pet peeve of yours?
Breathless_ness- A pet peeve of mine is fabric choice. It can be really crucial in making a costume look a million bucks or totally awful. While I understand that not everyone can afford expensive materials, if you try looking in different fabric stores, shop sales, use vouchers or look in bargain bins/scrap bins you can usually find something that is better than that $4/m poplin. Research the design of the character or the environment they're from to get ideas.
Breathless_ness- My first convention was Comic-Fest, which is now known as Supanova in Australia. (That's how long I've been around the scene!!!) It started quite a while ago and focused mainly on comics and artists as anime/manga had only just hit Australia. I think I went in like 1998/99. It was such an exciting experience as I was just getting into comics and the concept of cosplay was still some years away for me.
TC- Do you prefer Photoshopped or un-photoshopped images?
Breathless_ness- I'm a believer in Photoshop. You may think you have an amazing photo but most of the time whatever comes straight off the camera will not be perfect. Whether its something minor like colour balance or contrast, it needs to happen. Smalls things like that can really bring a picture to life. In regards to changing the way you look in pictures, I'm guilty of it. I'm sure we all wish we could remove blemishes or nip and tuck in real life. While I don't stray too far from the truth in my pictures, it's hard not to hold yourself to the standard of a comic book character.
Breathless_ness- I work as a graphic designer in real life, so my income goes into cosplay, as well as comics!
TC- When do you do Cosplays? At conventions only?
Breathless_ness- I Cosplay any chance I get! Not all the costumes I want to do are recognisable to the public though, so I tend to stick to popular characters at conventions. If there is something I really want to do, then I'll just do a photoshoot to put up online.
TC- Last question, what got you into Cosplaying?
Breathless_ness- The thing that got me into Cosplay was Cosplayers! Seeing people at those early conventions in Australia, that were really the pioneers of Cosplay, really inspired me to give it a go. It seemed so appealing and so much fun. Being a creative person, cosplay just screamed at me to try it!
TC- Well, we'd like to thank you and I have to say, this was a fun interview! We'll definitely keep an eye out for your next Cosplays.