Cosplay Interview with moriamactaggart (Ms. January 2011)

J LHLS 2011 Cosplay Calendar interview questions

Thank you for being the January 2011 photo on the J LHLS Cosplay Calendar!

What’s the name of your character in the calendar?

Lust

What’s the source (manga/anime/whatnot) of this character?

Fullmetal Alchemist

What inspired you to cosplay this character?

I really enjoy the show and I knew that I could successfully pull off the costume.

Could you tell us a little about how you made the costume?

I modified a dress pattern to create the right shape for the top. I made the gloves by deconstructing opera gloves, making them longer, giving them a nude palm and stitching in the stripes.

What name(s) do you do cosplay under?

Undead Sango, Risa, moiramctaggart

If this is an alias, what inspired it? If you use more than one alias, what inspired them?

1. Reference to my first cosplay, Sango from Inuyasha. 2. Comedic twist of my name based on many Asians not being able to say “L” (stereotype, I know). 3. Incorrect spelling of the X-Men character Moira MacTaggart.

How long have you been doing cosplay?

Since 2005

How did you get interested in it?

I was talking to a friend about anime and he mentioned conventions. The rest is history.

Are you in any cosplay groups or clubs?

Not anymore.

What conventions do you go to?

Sakura Con in Seattle and Kumoricon in Portland

What’s attractive to you about these conventions?

Sakura Con was my first convention and it is close to home. It’s large and has so many different panels. Kumoricon is small and personal.

Do you have a cosplay story — happy story, horror story, uplifting, artistic story — you can share with our readers?

Last year at Sakura Con when I was cosplaying Lust, I was in the dealer hall when two very excited young girls came up to me asking for a picture. When I offered to give them a hug afterward they were ecstatic, as if I was the Lust that they admired so much. I had that brief moment of knowing what a celebrity feels like.

Do you have any advice for someone who wants to get into the cosplay scene?

Do what you love. Choose a character that you want to represent and then go for it. It doesn’t matter how much or how little money or experience you have, just have fun with it and be proud of what you make.

Are there any links you’d like to share with our readers?

I have a laundry list, but I’ll just give the highlights. (Don’t be afraid to visit the cosplay.com or your local convention forums for advice. YouTube and deviantArt are also great sources for tutorials.)
How to Pose for Pictures: http://behindinfinity.deviantart.com/journal/21030596/
Custom Temporary TattooseBay has the printable paper for cheap. (PLEASE don’t use markers to draw on your skin, it never turns out well.): http://www.microsoft.com/canada/home/memories-and-crafts/articles/design-your-own-temporary-tattoos.aspx
Numerous Tutorials: http://www.instructables.com/

Thank you.

Photos: January 2011; Lust; Lust; Ranma-Chan from Ranma 1/2; Ranma-Chan from Ranma 1/2; Sango from Inuyasha.

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