401167_101697610040976_566921635_nThunderCos is a lovely Cosplayer, who at the age of 16 went to her first convention. From that point she became connected to the Cosplay World and has been enjoying it ever since. Recently I was able to get her to sit down and answer a few questions about the world of Cosplay.

Mr. Incredible: What first got you started in Cosplaying?

ThunderCos: When I was younger, I was kind of addicted to animes and mangas. I almost did nothing else in my spare time. By a fluke I bought a magazine about those and read a report about Cosplayers when I was 12 y.o.. I was pretty impressed and I thought: “I want to do this!”

That’s how it started. But it would take 4 years until I had the courage to go to my fist convention.

Mr. Incredible: Who are some of the Cosplayers that you look towards for inspiration?

ThunderCos: Definitive. For example I’m a huge fan of Yaya Han. But there are sooo many great Cosplayers. Also, I don’t only look at the famous Cosplayers. There are a lot unknown, who do a great job.

Mr. Incredible: How do you choose who to Cosplay as?

ThunderCos: his is always hard for me, because I’m very choosy. There are three criteria the character I choose has to fulfill.

First: I have to like the Outfit of the character. It has to be cool or cute or just awesome!

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Second: I have to like the character for itself. I don’t like these girls in animes, who are stupid and naive. That’s not that kind of women I want to represent.

Third: I have to feel great in the Cosplay. This is the most important point! If you don’t like your Cosplay, you shouldn’t wear it.

Mr. Incredible: Do you create your own outfits and props?

ThunderCos: Yes, always. But if I try something new, I like to take someone in, who did something like that before, and is willing to help me.

Mr. Incredible: What was one of your hardest Cosplays to put together?

ThunderCos: It was my Harley Quinn Cosplay. The drapery was very stretchy, so I had to un-seam it over and over again, just to sew it anew. But My Princess Peach Warrior Cosplay was also very hard to do. I’ll wear it on Gamescom for the first time and publish some pictures after it.

Mr. Incredible: What have been some of your fav. Cosplays to do?

ThunderCos: I like every Cosplay I made. Even if they had mistakes. But I plan some awesome Cosplays, that might become my favorites

Mr. Incredible: Are there any Cosplays that you won’t do because it shows off to much of your body?

ThunderCos: Yes. I neither show my breast nor my butt and I wouldn’t go out in a underwear-outfit. I don’t judge people who do, but I think to see me half naked should be a privilege for someone I love.

But everybody should do as he or she like. Some revealing Cosplays look great on their wearer.

Mr. Incredible: How do you feel about people using Cosplay as a way to get over their self esteem problems?

ThunderCos: Actually I don’t care. If Cosplay helps people to accept themselves or if they feel better with the certification they get it’s okay for me. But what should never be forgotten is that Cosplay is supposed to be fun.

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Mr. Incredible: Have you experienced any Cosplay bullying and harassment?

ThunderCos: I feel very sad about this topic. What I loved most about being a Cosplayer was the community. Everybody seemed to be accepted and welcome. But in the past few years this attitude has changed. Especially bullying became a common problem. There were always some idiots that had nothing to do with Cosplay, but thought it was funny to make fun of Cosplayers. But what I experience more and more are Cosplayers which are jealous or just mean. They hate on big Cosplayers or some who had just begun with this hobby and aren’t that good at it yet. It’s just sad and I hope that nobody takes such mean comments serious and keeps on.

And to all the haters outside: “Stop making a competition out of such a great hobby! If you want a challenge, there are special Cosplay Contests were you can improve your skills and compete your Cosplay with those of others! Or if you aren’t a Cosplayer…. Stop being a jerk!

Mr. Incredible: What do you have to say to those who want to Cosplay but maybe afraid?

ThunderCos: Well, there is nothing to be afraid of. Even if some people are mean, most are very kind and heartily. If you are still unsure, just take some friends with you that also make a Cosplay or just want to support you. You won’t regret it.

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Mr. Incredible: As a Cosplayer, do you take Halloween off?

ThunderCos: I LOVE HALLOWEEN. On Halloween I kind of did my first Cosplays I never take it off. It is my favourite holiday of the year. I love to go to theme party’s and make my costume by myself.

Mr. Incredible: Have you ever meet a creator, actor or voice actor that does the Cosplay you have done?

ThunderCos: No, but I would love to! 

Mr. Incredible: What are some of the fun points of going to conventions?

ThunderCos: I think it is the possibility to meet new people with similar interests. But to show your Cosplay, make some photos and to show off a little is also fun.

Mr. Incredible: How has social media affected what you do as a Cosplayer?

ThunderCos: Hardly. I only saw some commercials and shared pictures of animes or games which I tried afterwards and decided to Cosplay one of the characters.

Mr. Incredible: Thank you for taking time out to do this interview. Is there anything you would like to say to the fans and readers?

ThunderCos: Thanks for your support! Just be yourself and do whatever you want to… as long it’s not illegal.

For more more about ThunderCos check out the links:

https://twitter.com/ThunderCosplay  https://www.facebook.com/ThunderCosplay/

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Photo Credit: BDPro Production


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