Truthful Comics- How long have you been Cosplaying?
Stahma Cosplay- I’m a relative newbie! I’ve been cosplaying since 2012
TC- Cosplay or Crossplay? Or both?
SC- I have never Crossplay but if I find a cool character why not
SC- Well I started cosplaying for a very different reason than most cosplayers do. What I liked about cosplaying was the charity we do. Like visit children’s hospitals for example. I have a soft spot for children and I like to make them happy!
TC- Is Cosplay a hobby you consider yourself doing for a long time?
SC- As long as it makes me happy and I can continue doing charity I’m in! There’s a LOT of awesome older characters I can cosplay jeje
TC- Homemade Cosplay or bought/comissioned cosplay? Did I mention I sucked on my crafts class?
SC- The sewing gene apparently skipped me. I have tried but it just doesn’t happen!!! I have a VERY vivid imagination and I know exactly what I want and how I want it to look. But I need the help of a seamstress… for now.
SC- Oh gosh… I currently have just a handful of cosplays so it’s hard to choose, but I would have to go with Master Fay (The elf Jedi) and Bo (the succubus protagonist of Lost Girl).
TC- What is your most expensive Cosplay?
SC- One of my Jedis, Pandora. The fabrics were crazy expensive
TC- What Cosplay has gotten more attention from your fans?
SC- Probably Master Jedi Fay, the elf Jedi. Her pointy ears, the electric blue eyes and the kimono like robes catch a lot of attention. Although I’ve come to think every person holding a lightsaber catches the eye. LOL!
SC- My first convention was on Feb 2012. I went as Master Jedi Fay and it was a huge success!
TC- Photoshopped or un-photoshopped images?
TC- How do you pay for your Cosplays?
SC- Ha! I have a secret money tree on my house! jajaja Well, I have to stick to a budget really… ensamble my cosplays with time and patience helps a lot too. Creating a cosplay in a longer period of time allows you to space out the expenses.
TC- When do you do Cosplays? At conventions only?
SC- No, I do a lot of charity work in costume like children's hospital visits, 5K marathons, health fairs, educational and cultural activities for kids, etc.
//I'll take this opportunity to mention that you and I will be making an alliance of sorts through our Comics For Christmas non-profit organization and you'll be our contact in Puerto Rico, so Comics For Christmas is about to reach Puerto Rico for the first time; which I'm very excited about!//
TC- What got you into Cosplaying?
SC- A very close relative. He’s a kid diagnosed with autism. And he was just nuts about Star Wars so I became a Jedi for him. That still drives me today, the kids’ faces when they see me in cosplay are priceless.
TC- Well, I'd like to thank you for a super fun interview and more importantly, for taking the initiative to help us with our non-profit organization; it means a lot to all of us here at Truthful Comics. Hopefully we'll do this again soon, maybe spotlighting your newest Cosplays.
-Manuel A. Carmona