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Kentaro Miura’s BERSERK carries a legacy of blood, Guts, and great manga

Berserk Vol. 1
Berserk, book 1

The passing of legendary manga writer/artist Kentaro Miura will either get veteran fans of his Berserk series revisiting the dark fantasy world he created for his giant sword-wielding warrior, Guts, or new fans looking to finally take the plunge into the sprawling epic.

Whichever the case, engaging with the first book of the series means experiencing a brutal read with monsters and other creatures that’ll make you readjust your fingers at the edges of the page so as not to touch the horrors Miura committed to it. This is certainly the case with the first pages of Berserk book 1, in which Guts is having sex with a woman that quickly turns into a monstrosity that looks like something straight out of an H.R. Giger nightmare and tries to kill him. It sets the tone for the type of story Berserk while tell.

Berserk follows the now iconic Guts, also known as the Black Swordsman, as he embarks on a journey fueled by revenge. Guts is branded with a symbol that attracts murderous demons towards him, forcing him into a life of isolation. The revenge aspect of the story centers on a character named Griffith that might or might not be responsible for Guts’ supernatural affliction.

Miura presents Guts to readers, in the first book, as the perfect man to deal with the violence and chaos that governs his medieval Europe setting. It’s a dark state of affairs that is overwhelmingly ugly and ever present. Death and gore is the status quo, which explains why Guts carries a giant broadsword that cuts people into pieces after a single swipe. The weapon is a reflection of how bad things are, and in Berserk’s case, things are quite bad.

Berserk
Berserk

We get a taste of this in the events that follow the aforementioned sex scene that opens the story. Almost immediately after the incident, Guts is faced with a group of bandits and soldiers that are throwing knives at a Pisky elf called Puck for their own deranged amusement.

Guts makes a bloody mess of the corrupt men for what seems to be a righteous motive, but it ends up being about sending a message to their leader, a humanoid snake demon that ends up giving Guts a particularly gruesome fight as he reveals his true form.

This is all meant to establish Guts as a kind of antihero character. His mission is purely personal and his commitment to the innocent people he meets along the way initially hinges on personal gain. Guts isn’t a hero here. He’s a hardened, near maniacal force of visceral violence that responds to his cursed reality in kind.

I characterize Guts as maniacal for the bleak outlook he has towards life, its worth, and how individuals who die on his watch are more a reflection of their own flaws rather than his. The Black Swordsman has little tolerance for weakness and takes no responsibility for the deaths of those who fall in combat around him. In some instances, he even laughs while explaining this, showing little regard for the misguided moral expectations others decide to put on him.

What’s impressive about how Miura introduces Guts to readers is that a considerable portion of his character development comes through violence rather than expository text. We get to know this man through the carnage he rains down on his enemies, and it’s not all done for the sake of bloodletting.

Berserk

There’s a kind of sadness to his existence knowing he doesn’t fight for glory or for the safety of others. By fighting for revenge, Guts is put on a road of no return, and he seems to be aware of it. Ruin is sure to follow and we as readers are given the necessary story elements to be able to foresee this and think on the cruelties of fate. It’s just awe-inspiring how Miura manages to achieve this level of storytelling through action rather than dialogue or narration.

Kentaro Miura’s Berserk has one of the best first books of a series in the history of manga and it does an admirable job of setting up a world and a main character that have no choice other than being iconic. Forget about the reasons you need to experience this book, just make sure you do and know that there’s a lot more waiting for those brave enough to stay the path.

Darren Criss, Manny Jacinto join Shay Mitchell in cast of Netflix Original Anime Series Trese

Netflix has released the official trailer for Trese, the highly anticipated Netflix Original Anime series based on the Philippine graphic novel created by Budjette Tan and KaJO Baldisimo, premiering on Netflix June 11, 2021. Netflix also revealed the English language and Filipino language voice cast of Trese.

Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story), Jon Jon Briones (Ratched), Nicole Scherzinger (Moana), Manny Jacinto (The Good Place), Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba) and Dante Basco (Avatar: The Last Airbender) join Shay Mitchell (YOU, Pretty Little Liars), previously announced as the voice of Alexandra Trese in the English language version.

Filipino actress Liza Soberano (My Ex and Whys, Alone/Together) will voice Alexandra Trese in the Filipino language version of the series, and will be joined by local professional voice talents Simon dela Cruz (as Crispin and Basilio), Apollo Abraham (Captain Guerrero), Christopher Carlo Caling (Hank), Christian Velarde (Nuno), and Eugene Adalia (Anton Trese). Well-respected Filipino Language Voice Artist Director Rudolf Baldonado will direct the local voice talents.

English language voice cast:

  • Shay Mitchell – Alexandra Trese
  • Griffin Puatu – The Kambal (Crispin and Basilio), Bantay
  • Matt Yang King – Captain Guerrero, Dominic
  • Jon Jon Briones – Hank, Xa-Mul
  • Steve Blum – Datu Talagbusao, Ibwa
  • Carlos Alazraqui – Anton Trese, Santelmo
  • Manny Jacinto – Maliksi
  • Eric Bauza – Nuno the Snitch, Bagyon Lektro
  • Darren Criss – Marco
  • Nicole Scherzinger – Miranda Trese
  • Lou Diamond Phillips – Mayor Sancho Santamaria
  • Dante Basco – Bagyon Kulimlim
  • Rodney To – Aswang market guard, Man in drag

Filipino language voice cast:

  • Liza Soberano – Alexandra Trese
  • Simon dela Cruz – The Kambal (Crispin and Basilio)
  • Apollo Abraham – Captain Guerrero
  • Christopher Carlo Caling – Hank
  • Eugene Adalia – Anton Trese
  • Cheska Aguiluz – Miranda Trese
  • Christian Velarde – Nuno
  • Bryan Encarnacion – Datu Talagbusao
  • Nica Rojo – Ramona
  • Jo Anne Orobia-Chua – Emissary
  • Jose Amado Santiago – Marco
  • Steve dela Cruz – Maliksi
  • Rene Tandoc – Mayor Santamaria
  • Steffi Graf Bontogon-Mola – Young, Teen Alexandra
  • RJ Celdran – Santelmo, Señor Armanaz
  • Elyrey Martin – Ibwa, Dominic
  • Steven Bontogon – Jobert

Set in a Manila where the mythical creatures of Philippine folklore live in hiding amongst humans, Alexandra Trese finds herself going head to head with a criminal underworld comprised of malevolent supernatural beings.

Keanu Reeves’ BRZRKR Goes from Comic to Film at Netflix

It’s not a surprise that BRZRKR, the new comic series from BOOM! Studios and Keanu Reeves is getting a film adaptation. Netflix has acquired the rights to the comic to turn it into a film and then anime spinoff series. The anime series will expand upon the world of BRZRKR exploring different elements of the story.

BRZRKR was created by Reeves and written by Reeves and Matt Kindt, illustrated by Ron Garney, colors by Bill Crabtree, and lettering by Clem Robins. The character designs and covers by Rafael Grampá. Reeves had developed the idea for a number of years.

Netflix’s BRZRKR will star Reeves, who along with Ross Richie and Stephen Christy for BOOM! Studios; Stephen Hamel for Company Films will Produce. Adam Yoelin for BOOM! Studios will Executive Produce. Reeves will also provide the voice of his character for the anime series.

BRZRKR is a brutally epic saga about an immortal warrior’s 80,000 year fight through the ages. The man known only as “B” is half-mortal and half-god, , cursed and compelled to violence… even at the sacrifice of his sanity. But after wandering the earth for centuries, B may have finally found a refuge – working for the U.S. government to fight the battles too violent and too dangerous for anyone else. In exchange, B will be granted the one thing he desires – the truth about his endless blood-soaked existence…and how to end it.

The first issue sold over 615,000 copies, one of the highest-selling comics in almost thirty years.

BRZRKR #1

Yen Press Announces Megumi Hayashibara’s The Characters Taught Me Everything: Living Life One Episode at a Time

Yen Press has announced the acquisition of Megumi Hayashibara’s The Characters Taught Me Everything: Living Life One Episode at a Time, a memoir of the legendary Japanese voice actress, lyricist, and radio personality. Megumi Hayashibara is one of the world’s most celebrated anime voice actresses and is widely known for voicing some of the world’s most beloved characters.

For over three decades, renowned Japanese voice actress Megumi Hayashibara has breathed life into countless iconic characters—including Ranma Saotome (Ranma ½), Rei Ayanami (Neon Genesis Evangelion), Lina Inverse (Slayers), Jessie (Pokémon), Faye Valentine (Cowboy Bebop), and Paprika (Paprika)! In this new autobiographical memoir, Megumi provides an in-depth look at her illustrious career and how the very characters she has portrayed have impacted her life on both personal and professional levels.

Megumi Hayashibara’s The Characters Taught Me Everything: Living Life One Episode at a Time is scheduled for digital release on February 20, simultaneous with the memoir’s release in Japan.

Megumi Hayashibara's The Characters Taught Me Everything: Living Life One Episode at a Time

Christmas time and Holiday Cheer with cosplayer Brielle Arts

Far away and deep inside Western Europe, there is a workshop that works all hours of the night to bring these fantasy amour characters to life. No, it’s not made by elves but by a persistent young woman who has cosplay blood flowing through her veins. She’s young and talented and she is here to do Raven Steel’s Holiday interview. Please show your love and your Christmas cheer to my next guest with us today, Ms. Brielle Arts.

Raven: Welcome Brielle Arts to sanctuary of solitude. What happens here, stays here unless you open the door. 

Brielle: Thank you Raven Steel for having me do this interview. I happy to do this!

Raven: The honor of interviewing BrielleArts, is all mine. You do have my plate of cookies and milk, right?

As you may not know before I begin all of my interview questions, I offer some words of advice, a ballad of encouragement when you find yourself at crossroads during your career. I hope you’ll take these words to heart whenever the world becomes too much to bear and you need that little push to get you back on track. So here goes, You cannot sit and wait for inspiration to come to you. You have to get up and go after it with a heavy club”.  Kinda of like a Polish Christmas tradition.

I think we can all agree,  I have been a good reporter this year. Would you be so kind and tell me all about you?

Brielle: Well, I was born and raised in Poland.  I dream about moving to another country someday just to try something different. Nevertheless, Poland is a wonderful country, and I’m not sure if I would ever leave it.

Raven: Your color eyes and hair?  

Brielle: Hmm difficult question, I’m not sure what color my eyes have, sometimes they seem grayer, sometimes bluer, sometimes they fall into shades of green

Now about my hair color, that’s an even more difficult question because I change my hair color so often. I currently have my hair color as ginger.

Raven: How tall are you? 

Brielle:  I’m 162 cm tall, but always say I’m 165 cm, I don’t know why (5 feet 4 inches).

Raven: Do you speak or write any other languages?

Brielle: Do computer programming languages also count?  I’m joking. I speak and write in Polish, English, a little German, Spanish, and I also know a little Russian. I’ve always wanted to learn Japanese, but unfortunately, I can’t find time for it.

Raven: What does Brielle Arts love seeing during this Holiday Season? 

Brielle: The two things I love during the Holiday Season are these. Because of the little child inside me,  I like  everything that is lit, sparkles, and plays beautiful melodies, for example glowing music boxes playing “Let it snow” or “Jingle Bells”, or the lights on Christmas trees. I love Christmas trees.

The other thing I love during the Holiday Season is watching all the Holiday movies and cartoons like Mr. Grinch. That green creature is my favorite Christmas character. In Poland, we also have a “Common Tradition” of watching “Home Alone” with Macaulay Culkin as Kevin. Maybe it is funny but many people in Poland cannot imagine Christmas without seeing that movie.

Raven: What sort of music do you love to listen to? 

Brielle: I really like to listen to metal and rock music, unless you ask about Christmas then I like to listen to metal remixes of Christmas songs and carols.

Raven: What makes you nerdy or geeky?

Brielle: I’m just a nerd who plays games, reads books, watches movies, wears cosplays and goes to conventions, and buys a lot of unnecessary figurines, keyrings, mugs, and other pretty things related to pop culture.

Raven: Are you a social butterfly or a quiet mouse?

Brielle: It depends. Sometimes I go for the entire day without saying a word, but most often I say a lot of things when I’m feeling great and with good company. I can say that I’m a mutant mouse with butterfly wings or something like this.

Raven: What got you into Cosplaying?

Brielle: Since I was a child, I liked sewing and doing various handicrafts, I also liked some costumes and I really liked dressing up, Carnival and costume parties at school were my favorite events of the year. And one time, when I was attending my first convention ever in my life.  I said, “Hey, maybe I’ll dress up as some character?” The costume then, but it turned out to be quite expensive, so I decided to make one myself.  I still do some cosplays that I’ve developed in my workshop.

Raven: A workshop. I must see this workshop of yours.

I’ve noticed many of your cosplays are Props and makeup. What characters give you the biggest satisfaction in creating a cosplay?.

Brielle: I think that the characters who have some interesting makeup or large armor give me the greatest satisfaction. Even though prop/amour characters are very uncomfortable to wear at a convention or doing a photoshoot.

Raven: Are you attracted to these characters or something else?

Brielle: Most often I just like their designs, but I try to choose characters with a certain personality that suits me. I like to bond and feel with the character. I like becoming the character, and it’s not just about the appearance, but about being connected with the character, or something more.

Raven: Is there a Christmas gift you got that made you cry with JOY? 

Brielle: There was such a situation, it might sound strange but I cried with joy when I just got a new backpack. When I was in elementary school, my family didn’t have much money, so I didn’t have any great stuff and my backpack was a tragedy. The backpack was old, worn out, holes were sewn 100 different ways. It was just disgusting, and the kids at school were laughing at me and this backpack. I remember that then I got a brand new backpack for Christmas, it was the best gift, I was so happy that I started to cry. It sounds funny to me now, but I was really excited back then.

Raven: How did you create your cosplayer name, Brielle Arts Cosplay?  

Brielle: My name is Gabriela, I have friends from outside my country who transformed my name into Gabrielle because it is easier for them to remember and pronounce it, and over time they’ve shortened my name, and now it’s just “Brielle”. I like it, so it became my nickname, but unfortunately, many people in my country have a big problem with pronouncing my nickname, so probably in the future, I will change it to a more accessible one for both Polish and foreign fans.

Raven: Has your cosplaying experience provided an opportunity to get more commission work?

Brielle: Yes, before the pandemic I had a lot of commissions, but now that the conventions are not organized, people don’t buy costumes and unfortunately, I don’t have many orders.

Raven: Hired to give gifts to little children, what cosplayer outfit would you wear for that event? 

Brielle: I think I would choose Vi cosplay from league of legends. She has large, mechanical gloves that children always love. So I think they would be delighted to receive a gift from such big hands.

Raven: How do you feel cosplaying Dark, Bloody, or Gothic interest you doing them or just the cute and sexy ones?

Brielle: My favorite types of cosplaying are strong, armored, brave, dangerous characters. I don’t like cute and sexy cosplays, although sometimes  I like various character designs that allow me to do this type of cosplay. I feel much more comfortable doing Bloody/Gory types of characters.

Raven: Is cosplaying in your country very popular? Is it widely accepted? Are fellow cosplayers help each other?

Brielle: Cosplay in Poland is quite popular. Cosplays are being created by many people of all ages. I think since cosplay is becoming widely accepted. Even though there are a few individuals who think cosplay is a kind of “childish stupidity”, it has become more and more popular.

Raven: Booo to those who think its a Childish or Stupid! 

Brielle: Do cosplayers help each other? Yes, very often, there are whole groups that rely on helping each other. Whenever you have a cosplay problem, there will always be another cosplayer willing to help.

Raven: What is the #1 Christmas song you would sing all day long?

Brielle: “Rockin ‘Around the Christmas Tree” but more rock version.

Raven: I’ve noticed on one of your videos, you play with fire? Tell us more. 

Brielle: Honestly, about playing with fire, I don’t do it professionally, I am a total amateur. But the fire has always intrigued and relaxed me, and playing with fire is just something that allows me to chill out and forget about problems.

Raven: Well, I would still invite you to my campfire anytime. It would be very entertaining.

Who should control the types of media a cosplayer be allowed, fan request, or you? 

Brielle: I believe that everyone should decide for themselves. Of course, some fan requests are important, but the final decision should still be up to the cosplayer. Everyone should be comfortable with what they do, regardless of the opinions of others.

Raven: Have you ever experienced any unusual requests (Bet it was Feet)? 

Brielle: I think that every cosplayer girl had some “unusual” request. Quite often I have some strange requests. Several times I was asked to take pictures of my feet, I was asked for pictures in my underwear, for pictures with someone’s name or some fan sign, but the strangest request I got was to send someone my used panties. The person who asked about it was willing to pay a lot of money for these panties. Of course, I declined the person’s request.  It was too strange and too awkward for me to comply.

Raven: Would they be interested in my used boxer shorts? I have no shame in my game.

Raven: If you could give back your fans a Christmas gift, what would it be?

Brielle: I know what I would like to give each of my fans, I would like to give a package containing a handmade Christmas ornament, candy cane, and some sweets, my photos, and a card with handwritten Christmas greetings.

Raven: You have the look at times in your cosplay as a torched soul and other times the look of being cute and cuddly.  Which do you prefer doing?

Brielle: I rarely look cute and cuddly in cosplay. I feel much better when I look badass. I think that cute costumes do not suit me, sometimes I wear such cosplay, I look in the mirror and I have the impression that I look like a complete freak, like some alien. It’s not “me” then. I look best and feel best in costumes that aren’t cute. I prefer IT when people see me saying, “OMG! so amazing, or That’s So Hot”. Then, “Awwww! what a cute little piece of the rainbow”.

Raven: How easy/hard to find a good photographer in Poland?

Brielle: I think finding in Poland a good photographer, who would specialize in cosplay photography is quite simple. In Poland, we have a lot of talented photographers who can create truly magical photos.

To be honest, finding a photographer is easy, but sometimes you have to be patient because it often turns out that this photographer has a full graphic and you have to wait a long time to arrange a photoshoot, or to receive processed photos after photoshoot… Often it also happens that a perfect photographer lives on the other side of the country and you have to travel several hours with a heavy suit to take beautiful photos.

Raven: Pack a lunch and don’t talk to strangers. They may ask for your underwear. 

Is your cat a part of your props in your photo shoots?

Brielle: My kitty is very curious and is always interested in all props during photoshoots in the studio. Sometimes she can be a little bit annoying, but at least she doesn’t destroy my props.

Raven: What places, in your country, have you taken your photos?

Brielle: Hmm. I’ve taken pictures in various places, but mostly in a photo studio. However, I sometimes do an outdoor photoshoot. For example, Vi’s cosplay was photographed in an abandoned warehouse in a river port, Cerys in the ruins of a castle, an elf costume in the forest, and Leona in some park. Whenever I have the opportunity, I choose photos outdoors, because it is a much more interesting experience for me.

Raven: Breaking down your bedroom door, a hoard of Killer Elves is going to attack you. 

What weapon, in your room, would Brielle Arts pick up to defend herself with? 

Brielle: Haha, that’s a good question, I have to think about it … I think a slipper would be a good weapon … It works great for spiders, so maybe it will work on elves too, who knows.

Raven: How do the people of your country celebrate Christmas?  

Brielle: I noticed that people in Poland celebrate Christmas in different ways, it all depends on the region. A large number of Poles are Catholics and all groups celebrate Christmas “like Catholics”, I mean with pagans traditions, which were stolen by the Catholic Church. So, the Christmas tree is decorated and the Christmas carols are sung.

On December 24, when the first star appears in the sky, we sit down to the Christmas Eve supper which consists of 6-16 dishes depending on the region, We share the wafer and make Christmas wishes. The dishes also depend on the region, but there must be fish practically everywhere, as “tradition” dictates preferably carp.

Of course, this is not a real tradition, a relic of the past that has its origins in the times of socialism and the Polish People’s Republic (PRL), because there was almost any fish in the stores, and carp was cheap, so they were told it was a tradition and so far Poles they think it’s a traditional Catholic Christmas fish. I hate Carp because it is disgusting and I have salmon or trout on Christmas Eve.

There are other dishes as well, for example, Dumplings with cabbage and mushrooms, Cabbage with peas, borscht with dumplings, poppy seed noodles, kutia, prune and bean soup. After the Christmas Eve supper, people open presents lying under the Christmas tree, and after that go to church for Midnight Mass. On December 25, on the 1st day of Christmas, there is usually a dinner made of leftovers from Christmas Eve dinner and people spending time with families, and the season for “caroling” begins, children wear different costumes, visit homes, sing carols and collect money. On December 26, the 2nd day of Christmas passes like the 1st day.

Raven: What sort of Polish Christmas traditions do you celebrate? 

Brielle: I think almost all that I talked about before. I always decorate a Christmas tree, make presents for my family, Presents lie under the tree and wait for the end of Christmas Eve supper. We always share the wafer and make wishes. At Christmas Eve supper we have traditional dishes, for example, dumplings with cabbage and mushrooms, dried plum and bean soup, fish, of course, different from this gutted carp. I always spend Christmas with my family. I think that’s all, Christmas is a very important time for everyone and I hope that despite the pandemic that decided to make our life difficult this year, everyone will manage to have a wonderful Christmas.

Raven: What do you miss the most about cosplaying since the Pandemic? 

Brielle: I think I miss conventions the most. The opportunity to go out in cosplay, take pictures with people, meet my friend’s cosplayers, for the convention afterparty, for cosplay competitions in a classic form, not online. I miss everything related to conventions, I miss my favorite Polish convent “Pyrkon”, I miss it when someone shouts “soon it will be dark” and everyone shouts “shut up” this is a “pyrkon” tradition, I miss singing in the evening “Pyrkon’s Song”. I miss this atmosphere of the convention, that people, despite being tired and sore after a whole day of cosplaying, are still happy and find the power to put on an uncomfortable costume the next day and go to the convention. This year was devastated by the pandemic, but let’s hope that in 2021 I will turn out much better.

Raven: If Raven Steel was a naughty interview all year long, what would you give him?

Brielle: According to Polish tradition, and probably not only Polish, but naughty people also get a twig, which they then beat in the ass. So I think if you are naughty you should also get a whipping twig…

Raven: Sweet. I’m long overdue.

Any sort of advice for aspiring cosplay/prop makers out there? The most important question to ask, Can I get a Hug?

Brielle: Awww of course you can. As for advice for aspiring cosplayers: don’t give up, not everything has to be perfect in the beginning, everyone started and made things that they laugh at when they look at it now. Also, don’t worry about hate, most of the haters have never done any cosplay, so their opinion is worthless. Just have fun with it, cosplay is all about fun.

Raven: Brielle. You will be visited by three Spirits tonight. Expect the first spirit to appear at the stroke of midnight. And tell them, Raven says, “Hello”! That’s all the time that we have. Thank you Brielle for allowing me to do this interview with you.  On behalf of the staff and I, we wish you a Merry Christmas a blessed New Year.  

Brielle: Thank you Raven for having me, I do appreciate it. If you should ever visit us, our twigs will be strong and waiting for your arrival to welcome you! And please vote for me. I am in the Redbull’s  cosplayOn competition. I am one of the finalists. Please click on the link below for a chance to vote for me and make my dream come true.

Konkurs CosplayON: Mamy 12 finalistów!
CosplayON: 12 finalistów drugiej edycji konkursu

Please Like. Please Share. And Above all, please Love this Holiday Season.

This has been a Raven Steel exclusive.

Open an Early Holiday Present with Cosplayer Tenshi Meirou

Forget leaving a plate full of chocolate chip cookies and a glass of milk for Good ‘Ol Saint Nick. Instead, why not give this exclusive interview from Raven Steel to keep Santa warm all through the night. My next cosplayer guest comes from a lovely country from Hungary. She’s lived there all of her life with her and her husband and has made some of the most beautiful cosplay wear ever seen. She is tall and a full-figured gal, but truly believes body-types should never stop from anyone to create a character he/she loves to portray. So please give your best Holiday Cheer to this wonderfully talented and beautifully alluring cosplayer, Mrs. Tenshi Meirou.

Raven: Welcome Tenshi Meirou. It is a pleasure to finally meet you. Please come sit by the roaring fire and enjoy my Christmas oasis. 

Tenshi: I am so happy and honored to be here doing this interview with you, Raven.

Raven: Your interview is best interpreted as me having a PS5 and the New Xbox series X under my Christmas tree with a year off from work with pay That’s how I’m so excited for this interview.

Tenshi: Thank you!

Raven: As you may not know before I begin all of my interview questions, I offer some words of advice, a ballad of encouragement when you find yourself at crossroads during your career. I hope you’ll take these words to heart whenever the world becomes too much to bear and you need that little push to get you back on track. So here goes, “An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great!” So carry a big bow and have lots of quivers.

Now with that being said, please Tenshi, tell me about yourself.

Tenshi: Welcome dear readers, I’m Meirou Tenshi from Hungary. I’ve been cosplaying together with my husband since 2012.

Raven: What does Tenshi Meirou want for this year’s Christmas? 

Tenshi: I just wish 2021 to be better for everyone than in 2020. <3

Raven: Your color eyes and hair? 

Tenshi: I have blue eyes and light brown hair. I like naturality, never dyed my hair.

Raven: How tall are you? 

Tenshi: I’m 176 cm. Is it tall?

Raven: Do you have a special talent that no one knows about?

Tenshi: If overthinking would be a sport I would be no1, haha!

Raven: Do you speak or write any other languages?

Tenshi: I can only speak English other than my mother tongue, but some years ago I started learning Japanese. Sadly it was too hard, but I can translate little parts from the manga if I need it. I’m a real shoujo manga lover.

Raven: For the record, what sort of Christmas gift do the women of Hungary want? 

Tenshi: If she likes you, anything. If she feels you care about her, she’s already happy. (Chocolate of course. :P) But maybe some flowers are something special!

Raven: What does Tenshi Meirou love seeing during this Holiday Season? 

Tenshi: I’m always waiting for some snow as Christmas is coming, but the lights on the streets make me feel the warmth of the holidays.

We live in a small town, in the center you can hear Christmas songs played from the castle.

Raven: What sort of music do you love to listen to? 

Tenshi: I’m nostalgic about music, my favorite songs are still from my high school or earlier years, mainly rock or punk-rock.

But if I need to say one “band” it would be Owl City. It’s something special.

Raven: Is there a deep-dark secret you have been holding all these years and now are ready to confess (Just me being funny)?

Tenshi: Well, If I must confess, I like to help others, do things what they like. But if I say “I will make some sweet for you” I’m lying… I make it for myself. Sweets are life. I just love you enough to give from it. :D

Raven: Is there a candy or dessert you crave during this Holiday season?

Tenshi: We always make “méteres kalács”! I don’t know if it’s a well-known dessert or not, but we always make it around Christmas.

Raven: What sort of places would you show Raven Steel to have a good time or good eats?

Tenshi: I actually would show you my hometown. It’s sweet, calm, our little castle is beautiful and my parents have a restaurant here with some local specialties like goulash in a bread bowl. For one day, everyone would love it.

Raven: What makes you nerdy or geeky or just a beautiful gypsy?

Tenshi: I love a lot of games, anime, and mangas. It’s just hard to make everything that I love!

Raven: Are you a social butterfly or a quiet mouse?

Tenshi: I’m really quiet in person and on the internet, too. I like to hear others more than to talk. Of course not now! :)

Raven: Is there a celebrity star you would be happy to kiss under the mistletoe?

Tenshi: My husband is the biggest star in my life. :D  

Raven: Is there an anime/manga character best describes your personality? 

Tenshi: It’s a really hard question because people are way more complex. But maybe Susukihotaru from Otome Youkai Zakuro.

She’s quiet and nervous with new people or new situations like me but kind to anyone.

What makes her unique is that she has an ability: if she touches someone she can feel that person’s feelings (or even memories from items). I felt it close to me as I’m always interested in what’s in others’ head and/or heart.

Raven: What got you into Cosplaying?

Tenshi: In 2008 I was at an anime convention in Budapest with my friends and saw cosplay for the first time. I told my boyfriend/now husband, Kumori, that I loved it and he said we could try it anytime.

Later in 2012, we went to another con together, me as Tsunade from Naruto and him as Luffy from One Piece. We loved the feeling and continued this creative hobby.

Raven: What is the #1 Christmas song you would sing all day long?

Tenshi: “O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree…”

Raven: I’ve noticed many of your cosplays are Anime/Manga characters. Are you attracted to doing them? 

Tenshi: Yes, I’m really in love with Japanese culture and mythology. Japanese stories also make a lot of women characters with a shy, quiet, and kind personality, what is my most loved.

Raven: What character(s) give you the biggest satisfaction in creating a cosplay?

Tenshi: It was surely Ubume from Onmyoji. It was my hardest dress that I ever made but sadly I still need to take a good photoshoot with her.

Raven: To surprise Raven Steel this Christmas, what Hungarian gift would you offer?

Tenshi: We have some really interesting sweets with cottage cheese! (Diabetes, anyone? :D) We also have a special bonbon “szaloncukor” which is traditionally hung upon the Christmas tree (or put under it). We love to eat, haha!

Raven: Being you are a full-figured woman do you feel it is a blessing or a curse when cosplaying? 

Tenshi: To be honest, it’s good and bad at the same time. Of course, I like to feel “sexy” or “good looking” but I don’t like to oversexualize a younger girl character.

The problem is that sometimes my favorites are far from my body type – like Nezuko from Kimetsu no Yaiba. Of course, I made her this year as I wanted, it’s just “not perfect” to my liking. Still love it, I’m just a big critic of my work. I also drop some plans because I realize it wouldn’t look good on me.

Raven: Breaking down your bedroom door, a hoard of Killer Elves is going to attack you. Raven: What weapon, in your room, would Tenshi Meirou pick up to defend herself with? 

Tenshi: Our cats! They are real devils with the speed of lightning.

Raven: How did you create your cosplayer name, Tenshi Meirou?  

Tenshi: In my high school years,  I suffered from depression, I was mostly alone at home as my parents worked so much. I already had Kumori as my boyfriend and I started to write stories about us in different situations and worlds. So I named the angel character Meirou Tenshi, which means “clear angel” and the demon character Kumori, which means “shadow or cloudy”.

As we lived far from each other I wrote about their love cursed by God so they needed to fight for their happiness again and again (quite like Nanatsu no Taizai’s story about Elizabeth and Meliodas. I guess that’s why I love cosplaying Elizabeth.)

Now we use their names as nicknames online. Oh, local thing: Here in Hungary, we write names like in Japan: Family name first.

Raven: Is there a Christmas gift you were completely surprised by? 

Tenshi: When Kumori gave me the Dragon Age Inquisition game! I waited for it to be released, but he was super fast, I was so happy. Still one of my favorite games.

Raven: How do you feel cosplaying Dark, Bloody, or Gothic interest you doing them or just the cute and sexy ones?

Tenshi: My main interest is “cute” or “elegant”. My sexy ones are mostly because it looks good on me or Kumori suggests it, or maybe for a cosplay group.

I also really love gothic dresses, but don’t know too much character for it. Not long ago my Banshee (from Iratus game) was finally a darker photoshoot, and I was pleased about it. Next year we plan to make an Alice, Madness Returns shoot with the girls.

Raven: What was the most embarrassing gift you got on Christmas Day? 

Tenshi: Years ago I got the same book from my mom and my cousins… it was awkward. 

Raven: Is cosplaying in your country very popular? Is it widely accepted? Are fellow cosplayers help each other?

Tenshi: This year has made the Hungarian cosplay community quiet. Some people favored more to go to conventions than to be in cosplay. For me, this year was much more active, because I made smaller projects and I didn’t need to make a bigger one to conventions.

So I feel it is less popular than earlier, but the small groups/friends have stayed together, especially my friends. I can’t say anything about the community, I feel like it’s the same as anywhere else: some people are supportive, some are toxic. But I’m happy that if I tell anyone that I sew costumes, they like it.

Raven: What sort of places in Hungary have you done a photo-shoot?

Tenshi: Sometimes we went out to a forest or once behind the castle, but I’m nervous in cosplay outside as people start to stare and also harder to work with the lights. So we prefer our little home studio or normal photo studios in Budapest. Sometimes we travel here if we find a perfect place.

Raven: Are there any places in the world you would do a photo shoot in?

Tenshi: Sadly, we haven’t traveled anywhere, but Japan is a must-have photoshoot.  I wish to take pictures in beautiful gardens, torii gates, and temples. I’m in love with kimonos and kimono-like dresses.

Raven: On Tenshi Meirou Christmas Special, who would be your celebrity guests?

Tenshi: Tsuda Kenjiro! He’s my ultimate favorite seiyuu. I always recognize him, he has a unique voice.

Raven: How do the people of your country celebrate Christmas?  

Tenshi: Here, Santa Claus arrives on the 6th of December and leaves chocolate at your window. On the 24th, close family members come together and “little Jesus” leaves his gifts to the little ones under the tree.

As an adult, I will spend the 24th with just Kumori (as my dear granny left this year) and visit my parents on the 25th. Nothing special, just spend some time together.

Raven: Is it true that Clinging to your drinking glasses is rude in public? 

Tenshi: Never heard about it, we do it anywhere with stronger alcohol (I’m not a big drinker by the way). :)

Raven: Are the characters you portray reflect your personality or do the personality of the characters you want to become?

Tenshi: I think my most loved characters have a little from me and somewhat I want to be. There are so many situations in which I wish to know how I would behave. I can just hope that if I will need it, I could be brave and confident. What I’m not! :D

Raven: From Charles Dickens a Christmas Carol, what ghost would be interesting to meet?

Tenshi: The 3rd for sure. It’s always interesting to see the future and to know if I want it to be different.

Raven: Was there ever a cosplay outfit that your fans loved but hated to wear? 

Tenshi: Lilithmon from Digimon. It was a lot of work and after we went to a con I just realized that “oh god, my whole chest is seen!”

I started to feel so uncomfortable that I wore a scarf on myself closely all the time. People loved it as it was really popular here when we were kids, and I learned that not everything is good in person what is good in a pictures. :D

Raven: If possible to give back all the appreciation from your fans, what sort of gift would you give them? 

Tenshi: If I could do anything, I would invite them to a drink and talk, get to know anyone at least a little.

Raven: Knowing Raven Steel was naughty all year long, what would you give him?

Tenshi: Santa would give you birch for sure! But I would give you some fancy chocolate. :D

Raven: How supportive has your friends, family, and/or loved one has been to you?

Tenshi: My parents always said that I should do what I want and love. (Still they never really understand why I’m cosplaying but never said to finish it, I already worked that time).

My current friends are cosplayers or anime fans, too, so they are super supportive. And of course, Kumori is my other half, always here to help and take photos of me. (These pictures were all made by him. <3)

Raven: Any sort of advice for aspiring cosplayers/prop makers out there? 

Tenshi: Just start cosplaying! Buy or order from someone, start with a wardrobe cosplay, or even try hand sewing if you feel the power!

But I surely advise everyone to try to make something from their own, at least once. It’s a different feeling to wear your hand’s work, and don’t be ashamed to try!

Raven: The most important question to ask, Can I get a Hug?

Tenshi: Everyone deserves a hug (just ask it kindly)! <3

Raven: How do you say in your language, “Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”

Tenshi: In the Hungarian version this was said:„ Talán ünnepet nem is vehetsz boltban, mert az ünnep inkább benned, legbelül van. ” 

Tenshi: Means: “Maybe you couldn’t buy the holidays in a store, because it’s rather deep in your heart”.

Tenshi: Thank you for your time Raven and everyone who read this much! Stay safe and celebrate with your loved ones! 

Raven: Tenshi, it was an honor to meet you and know a little more about the women of Hungarian. They’re certainly a special kind of European women and is a blessing to have in this world. A Merry Christmas to you and your family and a wonderful 2021 New Year.

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Cosplayer Mila Alexia Jaeger Gets Into the Holiday Spirit

For this coming Christmas, I’ve found a wonderful gift we can all share. Thank you all and welcome back Holiday shoppers as Raven Steel brings some Tidings of Joy to all this week with another cosplay interview. This Holiday stocking stuffer comes from Eastern Europe with Mila Alexia Jaeger who brings her cosplay wear artistry via her Instagram and her Facebook pages. She’s been cosplaying for years gaining both experience and fanship. And next year, Mila will be coming out with a very sexy 2021 calendar to brighten your wall all year long. So without further adieu, please show some Christmas Love to my next interview guest, Ms. Mila Alexia Jaeger.

Raven: Oh, baby it’s cold outside. Welcome, Mila to my Holiday interview! Thank you so much.

Mila: Thank you Raven Steel. It is a pleasure to be here doing this interview with you. This is such a nice Holiday surprise.

Raven: Believe me when I say, you’re like one of the Top 3 things on my Christmas list.

As you may not know before starting all of my festive Holiday questions, I offer some words of advice, a ballad of encouragement when you find yourself at crossroads during your career. I hope you’ll take these words to heart whenever the world becomes too much to bear and you need that little push to get you back on track. So here goes, “Nothing is Impossible. The word itself says, I’m Possible”. Mila, your Polar Express awaits.

Let’s get this Christmas party into high gear. Would you be so kind and tell our readers all about yourself? 

Mila: Hello, my name is Mila Alexia. I am a cosplay loving girl and living in Vienna, Austria.

Raven: How tall are you? 

Mila: Waifu sized :)

Raven: Do you speak or write any other languages?

Mila: I do speak and write German as my mother’s tongue, and English is fine for me too. I learned a bit of Japanese a few years ago but forgot most of it again ^^°

Raven: Does Mila Jaeger workout/exercise or does it come naturally? 

Mila: I’m really lazy when it comes to workout or sports :) but I try to eat healthily and like to be outside talking walks in nature.

Raven: What does Mila love seeing during this Holiday Season? 

Mila: Snow hopefully, and I love to see all the Christmas lights and decorations.

Raven: What sort of music do you love to listen to? 

Mila: Very different things actually, but I like the new KDA songs at the moment

Raven: Is there a Christmas gift you got that made you cry with JOY?

Mila: Always the cute presents from my Darling <3.

Raven: What sort of places in Austria would you show Me to have a good time or good eats?

Mila: There are a lot of nice places and restaurants in Austria and depending on what time of the year you visit I would recommend different stuff.

But if you are into sweets I always would show you the Hotel Sacher and their delicious and famous chocolate cake there.

Raven: What makes you nerdy or geeky?

Mila: I guess the fact that I’m cosplaying haha, and of course because I like to game a lot and watch anime.

Raven: Is there an anime/manga character best describes your personality?

Mila: I think a mix of Zero Two, Rin Tohsaka, and Raphtalia Hihi :)

Raven: What got you into Cosplaying?

Mila: I wanted to do a cosplay already a few years before I did. When I saw some pics of really cool Asian cosplayers online but it took a while until I found out there are such things as conventions and that it’s a thing in Europe too haha.

Then I tried to do my first cosplay after visiting a few conventions :). And most important I love doing it since I met my Darling back then <3

Raven: How do you feel cosplaying Dark, Bloody, or Gothic interest you doing them or just the cute and sexy ones?

Mila: I love the cute and sexy chars but also doing quite badass or dark ones, I don’t think about it, if I love the character or design I just do it.

Raven: Have you ever re-gifted a gift to a friend/family member? If so, what?

Mila: Yes, I did, when I got something that I had no use for but I did know someone else who really would love it. It was a lipstick in a color I don’t like.

Raven: How is the cosplay atmosphere in Austria? Is it widely accepted? Do people LOVE or HATE it.

Mila: It is not like in Japan where a lot of people know about cosplay and conventions, most people are amazed when they see cosplayers on the street.

Or when you tell them about it, and they ask if it’s like for a movie or show or anything, haha. Most of them are very interested and like what they see. And the younger people and gamers always love to see the characters they know from games or series.

Raven: What sort of places have you done a photo shoot?

Mila: Really a lot of various places. Inside studios, at home, on castle ruins or broken buildings. In nature like mountains or at a lake, on the beach, or even at an abandoned mining location, we always try to find fitting spots anywhere to match the character I will do :)

Raven: Are there any places in the world you would love to do a photoshoot in?

Mila: Anywhere with my Darling <3

Raven: Have you ever done or will do any Lewd, Spicy, or Fan Only photos/videos?

Mila: I think I always have done a bit of sexy stuff ;) Not sure if I will do more spicy or Fan only stuff yet.

Raven: Should women take part in this side of cosplaying? 

Mila: If they want to why not? But First of all, Its nothing you need to do for cosplay. It’s nothing women should do just because it’s trending or “everyone does it” or just for easy money.

It’s something that will be forever on the internet, visible for everyone, and cosplayers should be aware of that and feel 100% comfortable with that fact before doing NSFW/fan only content or they will regret it later. But if you are aware of that then sure, anyone can do it if they like it.

Raven: Is it for profit or for artistry for doing Lewds/Spicy media? 

Mila: Can be both, I think you see the difference in the photos/video if it is artistic or for-profit

Raven: Who should control the types of media a cosplayer be allowed, the fans requesting or you?

Mila: You should always only do what you like to and feel good with :)

Raven: Have you ever experience any unusual requests (Bet it was Feet)? 

Mila: Yes and yes :D

Raven: What sort of surprise gift would Raven Steel find under his Christmas tree this year from Mila Alexia Jaeger?

Mila: Maybe a Mila Alexia Calendar 2021 Hihi :)

Raven: How have your fans treated Mila Alexia Jaeger overall? 

Mila: My fans are kind and respectful and I’m happy to have a great community like this <3.

Raven: What do you miss the most about conventions since the Pandemic?

Mila: Just miss being there and meet my friends and have a good time together so much. And also the chance to get to know new people there and meet fans.

Raven: Was there ever a cosplay that your fans loved but hated to wear? 

Mila: That would be my Bayonetta cosplay, everybody loved it but it was uncomfortable and I just never liked wearing it too much, even if I put a lot of work in it^^°

Raven: I’ve noticed, you are coming out with a 2021 Calendar. Will your photos make us forget 2020? 

Mila: I choose my best pics for it so yes I hope so ;) And that people are happy with it.

Raven: What cosplay character would you love being for the rest of your life? 

Mila: Definitely Zero Two <3

Raven: How supportive has your friends, family, and/or loved one has been to you?

Mila: My family likes what I do and the fact that I do a lot of stuff myself like crafting and sewing. But I can’t wish for anything better than to have my love at my side, always there for his waifu, helping with my cosplays, and caring for me when I’m down because something didn’t work as planned <3

Raven: Is there a candy or dessert you crave during this Holiday season?

Mila: Just waiting for the self-made Christmas cookies from my mother and grandmother, it’s always the best in the holiday season.

Raven: What sort of surprise gift would Raven Steel find under his Christmas tree this year from Mila Alexia Jaeger?

Mila: Maybe a Mila Alexia Calendar 2021 Hihi :)

Raven: Well everyone, that is all the time that we have as Mila and I are going to build a snowman. But before we go, I wanted to give a Yule-log thank you for having Mila Alex Jaeger join me on this Holiday interview. 

Mila: Raven, you just keep doing what you do. Thank you so much for having me on this interview. I found it both fun and weird at the same time.

Raven: I aim to please. If I could as you one more question and ask where can readers get lots more of Mila artistry and that new 2021 calendar?

Mila: Of course, here are my sites: 

Instagram
Facebook – Mila Alexia Jaeger – Home
The calendar on Ko-fi

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Get into the Holiday Spirit with Cosplay and Dollka-Kat

It’s the season for sharing and this year’s holiday month interviews will blow-up your Christmas list. All month long until December 23rd, will be bringing these fantastic cosplayer’s interviews for your entertainment. Kicking off this Holiday-themed interview, she comes all the way from Mexico who’s spicy looks and Latin style cosplay will make you stay under a mistletoe. So stay away from the “Naughty List” or else, you find something under your tree that might never get enough from this cosplayer. She’s short and sweet and the complete package wrapped in a bow.  Please give a Christmas Spice welcome to cosplayer, Dollka-kat.

Raven: Hello Mina or should I call you, Dolkka-kat? Thank you so much for the gift that keeps on giving, you!

Mina: Hello Raven. Hello World and ¡Feliz Navidad! Thank you so much for having me do this Holiday interview with you.

Raven: This is a wonderful gift I don’t mind opening before December 25th. 

As you might not know before I begin with any of my festive Holiday questions, I offer some words of advice, a ballad of encouragement when you find yourself at crossroads during your career. I hope you’ll take these words to heart whenever the world becomes too much to bear and you need a little push to get you back on track. So here goes, “Making Mistakes is better than Faking Perfection”.

Now for the moment we all have been waiting for, please tell us about yourself. 

Mina: I am Mina del Ángel, I am of Mexican nationality and I live in Mexico City, I am a Psychologist, I have several specialties in Psychometry and Human Resources and I have been practicing in that area for the past 10 years.

My eye and hair color is the same, brown, although sometimes my hair naturally bleaches to almost blonde tones. My native tongue is Spanish. I speak and write English, a bit of Latin due to the influence of my father and Romanian due to the influence of my mother (not Romani, Roma is from the gypsies). I’m 1.58 (4’9 ft.).

Raven: How did you come up with your cosplayer name, Dollka_kat?

Mina: It is a composition of ‘Doll’ in English, and kat/cat for the Cats, I don’t know, when I was thinking about when I decided to identify myself as. the doll of cats since I have many kittens.

Raven: Is there a special talent that no one knows about? 

Mina: Special talent? Well, I can learn to do almost anything just by seeing it once, I don’t know if that counts as talent, hahaha.

Raven: Have you ever re-gifted a gift you received that you hated?

Mina: Yes, my boss in my office gave me some HORRIBLE Christmas centerpieces, Horrible!!! I kept them for a whole year and ended up giving them away in exchange, to a classmate who curiously found them adorable …

Raven: Do you workout or does it come naturally?

Mina: Since March 2020, the quarantine started in my city, I do at least 90 minutes of daily exercise and have been on a diet since the beginning of this year, supervised by a nutritionist, so it is more effort than anything else.

Raven: What do you love to do over the Christmas Holiday?

Mina: For Christmas time, I like watching movies all day, I love detective, supernatural, and some fantasy movies. After watching movies, I love to walk around the places where there are Christmas decorations and have a hot punch.

Raven: Hot Punch? I’m sure the Kool-Aid Man would have a few choice words on that subject.

Raven: How would you avoid someone kissing you under the mistletoe? 

Mina: I burn the mistletoe.

Raven: What sort of music do you love to listen to?

Mina: About music, Haha! You’re going think I’m weird, but I like many genres, industrial with Laibach, Apocalyptic Folk music with Cocteau Twins, ethereal music with Current 93, folk-rock with Human Drama, Balkan with Goran Bregovic, Täraf from Haidoüks, experimental rock like The Legendary Pink Dots, punk or new wave, etc, I could talk for hours about the genres and groups that I like.

Raven: Is there a Deep-Dark secret that no one knows about and is ready to confess? 

Mina: Deep-dark secret? Yes, I have like 100 dark and deep secrets, I’m not quite ready to reveal them all but at least I will do it with one, I use Bra Push Up to make me look like I have bigger boobs. Haha! I don’t know how good it was to reveal that :P

Raven: I haven’t noticed. Hmmm?

Psychology speaking, why do you suppose people love to cosplay a character?

Mina: Speaking of Psychology, of course. Cosplay is an expression of personality, like fashion. Those who wear cosplay seek to cover the part of self-realization and social interaction as well as belonging to a group.

For this reason, many cosplayers become excited and even make this a hobby, or a lifestyle, it is complex and it is a subject for a long and extensive debate, I can do it whenever you like.

Raven: There you have it, folks! The Psychology science of Cosplay!

What sort of books do you read to pass the time?

Mina: I usually mix subjects related to my career with fantasy or gothic literature, I like Robert E. Howard, Lovecraft, Tolkien, ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Silmarillion’ I read them every year in December, as a personal tradition.

Raven: What is the most precious gift you ever received from someone at Christmas? 

Mina: A sewing machine. I am so thankful, I was able to make my first cosplay.

Raven: What anime/manga character best describes your personality?

Mina: I think Wild Tigger from ‘Tiger & Bunny’.  He’s a big loser who strives to continue his dreams by persevering no matter what happens. He will do what he thinks is right and in his ideals, to continue on his way, even when he has nothing, not even half of what he was.

Raven: When visiting you and your country, what fun & interesting places would you show me?

Mina: You have to visit El Museo Nacional de Arte (Monal), its collection of paintings is exquisite, El Castillo de Chapultepec or La Biblioteca Palafoxiana. To have some fun there’s Cancun and the coastal area, where 24/7 full of events and lots of parties.

Raven: Have a favorite Comic, Anime, Manga, graphic novel book you like to read or watch?

Mina: Yes, ‘V for Vendetta’, when I read it I was moved by the ideals professed by antihero V, by the plot, by the characters, by that ending, I read it at a time in my adolescence, when I was rebellious and against the system and marked a lot the type of literature and comics that later I began to like.

Raven: Is being a Disney Princess as an adult a cry for help? 

Mina: Well, fortunately, Disney has already changed the stereotype of princesses that he writes, I think you can be a Disney princess and be someone self-sufficient without having to be saved, although of course, the extremes, in anything, are bad.

Raven: I knew it all along there was a pretty gothic princess inside of me!

What was your most memorable Christmas gift ever?

Mina: My most memorable Christmas gift is a Malibu Barbie, it was the first doll that Santa brought me, and the first doll I ever got. Until a few years ago, was still intact, in its box.

Raven: Is there a favorite candy or dessert you can’t wait to have at Christmas? 

Mina: Apple Salad (Mexican Version), it is my downfall, especially because they add fruits of the season and combined with cold afternoons and punch, they create the magic of the time, at least for me.

Raven: When you wear your cosplay outfit, do you feel you become the character?

Mina: Yes, when I wear cosplay, I automatically become the character, modeling allows you to shed your grief and arm yourself with the security that perhaps at other times, it would be difficult for you to show.

Raven: If you could give a gift full of coal to someone, who would it be?

Mina: To my ex-boss, I’d fill her department with coal.

Raven: Knowing you are a model, what sort of modeling have you done?

Mina: I have modeled for streetwear, visual kei, and lolita catwalks, I modeled for some indie brands and my designs, I have also modeled lingerie and gothic clothing.

Raven: Sweet!

Is there a cosplay outfit you hate to wear but your fans love you?

Mina: I have a love-hate relationship with ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’ and ‘Darling in the Franxxx’ plug suits. The fact of wearing tight and vinyl suits are suffocating, you sweat a lot and are very uncomfortable, but they are the ones that fans ask me to wear the most, Haha!

Raven: I’ve noticed most of your characters are Anime ones. Do you find these characters attract your attention to cosplay them?

Mina: Yes, most of the characters that I have made cosplay are from anime, many are girls with histrionic and persevering or sexy personalities, maybe it is a nod to my personality for what I like, but in 2021 my goal is to get various characters from DC Comics and Dark Horse! :3 Just wait for them.

Raven: Does your personality resemble the type of character you want to portray or do the personalities of the characters Mina wants to become?

Mina: Both, a lot of my personality is like that of those characters, however, characters like 2B from ‘NieR: Automata’, Vincent from ‘Final Fantasy VII’, to name a few, I admire them because I aspire to have their mettle and seriousness from them.

Raven: What celebrity star would you love to see visit you on Christmas Eve?

Mina: Johnny Indovina from ‘Human Drama’ I’ve had a crush on him since I was 20.

Raven: Do you love to cosplay Cute or Sexy characters as well? Is there a cosplay you would love to do?

Mina: I love making characters that I identify with and some are sexy, although, in the case of gender bender, I make them my style, which is cute and sexy, Haha!

Raven: Is there a cosplay you would love to do?

Mina: Yes, Silk Spectre from ‘Watchmen’! This is my golden dream, my dream cosplay.

Raven: Be careful when wearing Silk Spectre. You are going hurt people by stopping traffic! 

Do you love doing photoshoots indoors or outdoors?

Mina: Depending on the theme, some cosplays require and that looks great indoors. With locations, others are perfect for outdoors, both styles are enchanting.

Raven: Are there any locations you love to photograph in? 

Mina: Yes, I would like to do a photo session in a Japanese tea house or in a location with that theme.

Raven: What got you started into cosplaying?

Mina: When I was a child, I read many books about the theater that my father owned. Pictures of the costumes inspired my half brother to become the first cosplayer in Mexico. Through his efforts, I was inspired by his works as well. Although I did a couple of characters in high school, it wasn’t until 2008, my friend Axel convinced me to formally cosplay.

Raven: If Santa Claus was real, what would Mina ask for this Christmas?

Mina: I would ask for good health.

Raven: What was your first character?

Mina: My first character was Death from ‘Sandman’, since I read that comic, I loved her personality and it was the first character I could do when I was in high school because I had similar clothes to the one she wore in the initial pilot, so mimic both the hairstyle and makeup It was simple, I even bought a cross like the one she carries.

Raven: When did you realize your cosplaying attire brought you a lot of attention?

Mina: Since I was a child, I think I would have been about 5 or 6 years old, I saw books on classical theater costumes, the complexity to make them, the details, the makeup and everything that is behind a characterization caught me, my dream was to create those costumes and wear them When I discovered comics and anime, I knew that I wanted to dress like my favorite characters.

Raven: Christmas elves decided to sew you a whole new cosplay outfit for one day, what outfits would you want them to create?

Mina: Jeanne d’Arc from ‘Fate’.

Raven: Here is a curious psychological question. Many fans want to see more of their favorite cosplayer do Lewd or Only Fans photos. 

Is this the new thing for cosplayers to do? 

Mina: I have seen that nowadays, many people have their Only Fans, both boys and girls, at the same time that they take sexy and spicy photos. I have also seen several boys and girls who, by doing sexy cosplay, and their self-esteem improved.

Raven: What is your opinion about women doing Lewd photography?

Mina: I think that is everyone’s personal decision if it is right or wrong. I could not offer or apply my valued judgment on the subject. Many people do it, at least in the world of cosplay. Many cosplayer celebrities carry out various personal projects thanks to the site, OnlyFans.

Raven: Is there any profit to be made with Lewd shots?

Mina: The first instance, the monetary one, helps many of the cosplayers with their cosplay expenses. We can not forget that performing cosplays require great investment, of time, effort, dedication, and yes, lots of money. The revenue it generates makes it affordable to buy material for new costumes, props, or accessories and has helped immensely with the cost of travel expenses, as well as all those photo sessions, a cost cosplayer pays out of pocket.

Raven: Should fans or you control what sort of photos your fans want you to be seen in? 

Mina: I believe that the sexy and the sexual content will always be present in any human activity and you have the option to monetize it.

Overall, it depends on the cosplayers and their fans if they are going to support their favorite cosplayer’s projects. Doing sexy photos requires taking out that part of your personality and deciding whether to show it more or less. Some are more daring and those will make me work a little harder, Haha!

Raven: Did this ever happened. During the exchanging of gifts with friends, you mistakenly wrapped a very inappropriate gift to the wrong person?

Mina: Hahahaha, it wasn’t Christmas, it was Valentine’s Day, I wrapped a bra and a thong badly for a friend. When she took the gift, it unfolded, exposing its content to my classmates and the teacher. She and I were so shamefully embarrassed.

Raven: Have your fans been very supportive of all of your cosplay projects?

Mina: The fans have been very supportive, thanks to them, my work as a cosplayer stands out. They encourage you and share your image on social media, but they never forget that their favorite cosplayer is a person with a mind and will of her own.

Raven: Have they ever suggested a sort of character outfit you should wear?

Mina: They can help you in some decisions and even do surveys in the ones that the fans vote to help you in your decisions, as a kind of marketing survey, but in personal decisions, you are the one who is in charge, if you lose control over that, we already talk about a bigger problem.

Raven: Was there ever an unusual request asked by a fan? If so, what? 

Mina: An unusual request, well, recently I am selling various old cosplay that I no longer use while others I plan to remake. So a fan-requested if I could sell him a suit after having used it. It was a whole lot of weird, Haha. I can’t say he was crazy, though I would say it was a bold request and quite a fetishist, Haha!

Raven: Are they CRAZY?

Mina: Hahaha no, it’s just a Pilia, Podophilia :D I have read of stranger Pilias, for example, Emetophilia. Do not investigate it or else you will not be able to sleep at night, Haha.

Raven: What is your favorite Christmas song you love to sing every year?

Mina: ‘El niño del Tambor’ (Little Drummer Boy). Damn, I think I’m already humming it.

Raven: Did Mina del Angel ever give a gift to someone who loved it? 

Mina: Yes, I gave a gift to one of my followers one of my cosplay outfits. She wanted it and I would no longer use it so I decided to give it to her. Its been two years since that day, and she still becomes emotional whenever she remembers it. I think the suit is in the best hands.

Raven: Do you have any new outfits you are working on that will break the internet? 

Mina: Yes, it’s armor, I can’t reveal the character yet, but I hope to achieve it and make it look amazing.

Raven: Any word of advice you can give to new and inspiring cosplayers out there?

Mina: Do not be discouraged, practice, learn new techniques to perfect your costumes. Little by little, and do it calmly, there is no rush. Cosplay has no age, has no gender, nor any nationality. it is for everyone. Someone will notice your effort, and above all, have a lot of fun. Did I mention don’t forget to have fun?

Raven: When I ask for a Hug, does it mean I have Mother Issues? Can I still get a hug?

Mina: Mmm… If you’re my friend, yes. If you aren’t my friend, it’s very weird.

Raven: It’s closing time and I just want to thank Mina del Angel for being here and offering some Christmas cheer to everyone. This is a present worth unwrapping. 

Mina: Thank you Raven for having me do this Christmas-themed interview with you. And to everyone out there, a Feliz Navidad and un Buen Ano Nuevo 2021!

Raven: If I could ask one more question, where can fans find more of Dollka-kat?

Mina: Of course, anything for your readers at Christmas time. Here are my sites:

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Halloween Treats with Hey Jay Cosplay

On the eve of darkness and mayhem, there is a single glimmer of light that shines over the city. She’s forged many costumes and attire to appear among the innocent and the curious. Her looks brighten the darkest day as she offers herself with the most powerful energy of all, LOVE. Though she is a Moonie, please don’t hold that against her. Halloween is almost upon us and with her at our site, we will all prevail. Jay Sutton is in the house and is our next Halloween Special Edition interview. So stop sinking your teeth at someone’s neck and welcome our next vixen cosplay guest, Hey Jay Cosplay.


HeyJay: Thank you Raven Steel for having me for this Halloween Special interview with me. 

Raven: Believe me, the pleasure is all mine and your car keys. 

Raven: As you might not know before I begin to ask you my list of Ghoulish questions, I offer some words of advice, a ballad of encouragement when you find yourself at crossroads during your career, and in today’s world we all need some inspirational words to make it through all this. So here goes, “Never regret a day in your life: Good days give happiness, Bad days give experience, Worse days give lessons, and the best days give memories”.  

Raven: Now, before the full moon breaks thru the cloudy night sky, tell our reader about yourself. 

HeyJay: I’m a Cosplayer and gamer from South Florida. I am a Moonie who believes Sailor Moon will solo your entire verse (yes, even Goku). Traveling is another hobby of mine so I can’t wait for outside to officially open back up again so we can go to conventions and travel around (safely). 

Raven: Are you a pet lover?

HeyJay: I LOVE pets. I wish I had a dog but can’t afford the time right now. I do have a hedgehog that I love so much!

Raven: What is your Zodiac sign?

HeyJay: I am a Leo. Proud fire sign here

Raven: What sort of Season is Hey Jay? Winter /Spring / Summer / Fall.

HeyJay: I’m a Summer baby, but my favorite season is Fall. Living in South Florida, Summer gives us ZERO relief, especially with this damn humidity. 

Raven: What would it take Hey Jay Cosplay to spend the night at an abandoned Mental Institution that’s Haunted? 

HeyJay: Aint nothing in the world

Raven: How did you get the cosplayer name Hey Jay Cosplay?

HeyJay: I’m not good with making up names so I just did what rhymed LOL I wish I had a deep meaning

Raven: Would you say Jay’s an artist or loves getting dressed up?

HeyJay: A little of both. I love the transformative feel of each cosplay, but I also love bringing a vision to life. I think cosplayers are artists.

Raven: For the record, can we dispel any myths or legends about the black women living in America?

HeyJay: In regards to the nerd community, there’s the dumb myth that black women cannot be “true” nerds or indulge in certain hobbies because of their own choice -it is always because they’re trying to be cool or attract a man, and of course, this is absolutely false. 

Who is watching 900 episodes of One Piece to impress a man? Like…no

Raven: Do you have a favorite Comic, Anime, Manga, graphic novel book you like to read or watch? 

HeyJay: Sailor Moon is my favorite. It fills me with such joy and nostalgia. 

Raven: Would the Lifestyle of a Vampire or a Werewolf be a good career change? 

HeyJay: With the way 2020 is going, it would make sense and spice things up.

Raven: What is Hey Jay Cosplay is notorious for? 

HeyJay: I’m known for the most random yet fun things. One is not finishing my chicken wings, which is crazy because I do LOL. People send me memes and videos of chicken wings just because and it’s hilarious but also slander!!! 

Cosplay-wise probably just being fun with memes and videos and also using afro-centric hairstyles.

Raven: What does the Spirit of Halloween mean to you? 

HeyJay: It’s a cool time when people who don’t cosplay/dress-up meet in the middle with those who do it year-round. It’s almost “unifying”

Raven: What Anime/Manga character best describes your personality? 

HeyJay: I don’t know anymore. I used to think Sailor Jupiter, but I continue to grow as a person so I think a mix of characters.

Raven: As a young beautiful child, what sort of Nerdy or Geeky thing(s) you found yourself doing growing up?  

HeyJay: I was definitely watching anime and writing fan-fiction. I loved reading some good fan-fiction, and I even tried my hand at it.

Raven: Were you a shy or outgoing young girl growing up? What was your Break-Out age?

HeyJay: I was a shy kid who didn’t become outgoing until the latter part of high school years.

Raven: What sort of costumes/cosplay wear are your favorites? 

HeyJay: Gender-bend cosplays are my absolute favorites. 

Raven: As of right now, how many cosplay outfits do you own? 

HeyJay: Couldn’t even tell you, but just know I have a closet and bins dedicated solely to cosplay stuff. 

Raven: Why does the Black brother or sister always get killed first in any Horror Movie? 

HeyJay: Because the movie would be over quicker if they lived!

Raven: Tell me about how you became Co-Founder of the Urban Anime Lounge? 

HeyJay: A few friends and I had a vision for an amazing social community that merged our interests as anime fans and just as people. 

We created the Facebook group and then kept expanding from there by planning in-person social events. It’s dope to see the number of friendly connections people have made from the group.

Raven: What do you prefer doing indoor or out shots? 

HeyJay: I want to do more photoshoots! Preferably outside because I am such a fan of natural light. 

Raven: During the night, your door is broken down (Not by the Police). As a hoard of Killer Clowns begin to break down your bedroom door, what item(s) would you find in your room to defend yourself? 

HeyJay: A can of mace, taser, scissors and a ring light

Raven: Fans nowadays want their favorite cosplayer so more wearing less. What’s your opinion about Lewd or Only Fans photos? 

HeyJay: Lewd or OnlyFan photos are great. There’s a lot of fo creativity that goes into the sets, which is dope.

Raven: Should these women control what sort of photos should be taken or answer to their fans what they want to see? 

HeyJay: I think unless anyone should be able to express themselves artistically as they please. Fans are great to have as support and it is nice to be in tune with what your fanbase wants, but no one should completely control what someone else does.

Raven: How was it and do you get any unusual requests? 

HeyJay: I have gotten some unusual requests even though I have not posted any content along those lines. 

Raven: Do you think Lewds/ Spicy photos are a form of artistry or profit? 

HeyJay: Photoshoots are artistic in themselves that translate to profit. It is not “easy” to just take those pics and go. A lot goes into it. I respect people who express themselves how they want.

Raven: What is the first thing people notice first when meeting Hey Jay Cosplay when people meet you for the first time? How do your fans treat you?

HeyJay:  I still get caught off guard when people recognize me, and I hope that does not translate to my reaction. It is a happy surprise, and I love those interactions. 

People are so sweet so I greet them with the same energy.

Raven: Do you think the black community is respected and appreciate their cosplay work? What needs to change? 

HeyJay: Black cosplayers are not respected enough. There are so many trolls who aim to bring black cosplayers down, and they just need to go outside and get some business about themselves instead of harassing and/or Berating people online. 

Raven: If you were given an Ouija Board on a dark stormy night, who would you contact?

HeyJay: Nobody WTH LOL. I’m not touching it

Raven: Are there people that you admire for their cosplay? 

HeyJay: Soooo many. I have a general admiration for anyone that puts themselves out there because it takes some guts!

Raven: What sort of advice or pointer you can give to new cosplayers out there? 

HeyJay: Identify your goal, but also don’t be afraid to change what that goal is.  This is for you and it’s fun so don’t let anyone interfere with that.

Raven: Can I get a Hug? 

HeyJay: Maybe when the Rona is gone :) 

Raven: Fair Enough.

As the doors give way and the hoard of Zombies begin to feast upon our flesh, I look over to Hey Jay Cosplay, “We’re Done!” That’s it, people. It is in Tha Books. Thank you HeyJay Cosplay for allowing this old-timer trick o treater in her beautiful universe. 

HeyJay: Thank you, Raven. I had a fun time answering your questions. Now, can you give me back my keys so that I can go home? Haha!

Raven: Beautiful and Funny. If I can ask you one more question, where can readers get more treats with HeyJay Cosplay?

HeyJay: Of course. We can discuss the worth of your soul, later. In the meantime, here is some site anyone can get more of me. 

Facebook

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Halloween Edition: Talking Cosplay with Wreck-it Ronnie

Screams everyone! Welcome back as my Halloween-themed interviews continue to possess and terrorize the souls who are forever cursed to walk this earth. Here now we have a lovely cosplayer whose beauty and creativity come together to bring this treasure trove oasis from the City of Lights, Wreck-it Ronnie Cosplay. A lover of sun and endless blackjack tables, she is never short on cosplay wear and imaginative conversation through her social media Youtube channel.

Children of the night, please give a howling bloody-warm welcome to my next exclusive interview with the enchanting but never a fantasy, the brilliance of Las Vegas, cosplayer Wreck-it Ronnie Cosplay. 


Raven: Welcome Wreck-It Ronnie. It is a pleasure to finally meet. Thank you so much for doing this interview.

Ronnie: Thank you for having me on this Special-Edition Halloween interview. I feel so. “Hauntingly Excited,” to do this!

Raven: Well, it’s a Treat we can all share. Oh, and by the way, BOO! Just Kidding (jk). 

As you may know before I begin to ask you my list of questions, I offer some words of advice, a ballad of encouragement when you find yourself at crossroads during your career, and in today’s world we all need inspirational words to make it through this. So here goes, “The trick is not to let people know how really weird you are until it’s too late for them to back out!” 

And now the moment we’ve all been waiting for, tell our readers all about yourself.

Ronnie: Hello! My name is Ronnie :) I am a cosplayer of 13 years and a nerd since birth. I have lots of experience in sewing, prop and armor building, wig creating and styling, modeling and photography, photo manipulation and composite creating, makeup and special effects, and acting (who would have guessed I was a theater kid). 

I am Black-American, from Ohio but currently in the beautiful town of Las Vegas. My eyes and hair are both currently brown. I do not have any tattoos yet but I plan on getting some big, bright guro kawaii pieces as soon as I have the extra cash and find an artist I want to do it. 

Raven: What can Trick O’Treaters expect to receive while knocking on the door of Ronnie?
Ronnie:
Mostly tricks. If a trick or treat happened this year I love getting horrifying decorations and pretending to be a prop that runs after kids once they get candy. I used to do it all the time and it’s hilarious (Obviously only if the kid isn’t too little so they can laugh it off).

Raven: I can speak for all, hoping to see those artistic tattoos, but what about any piercing? 

Ronnie: I used to have my ears gauged to 00 (but I’ve let them close up quite a bit although they’re still pretty stretched compared to a 14/16g); My ear double piercing and nose piercing have also since closed, but I do have my septum, belly button, and nipples pierced still!~

Raven: Inquiring minds want to know. Does Wreck-it Ronnie have any secret talents?

Ronnie: I wouldn’t say there are many talents I keep a secret: I’m an Aries sun Leo rising so if I have anything cool AT ALL I will not shut up about it ever lol. Uhmm. I can tie a cherry stem in my mouth if that counts? Lol. I can also hold my breath for (what I think is) an impressively long time. 

Raven: See. Now there’s a talent we can all appreciate during this COVID 2020 season, Breathe Holding!

How tall are you and are you a pet lover? 

Ronnie: I am 5’6”, right-handed, and have a 9-year-old boxer named Rufus who I would die for. I also work at a pet hospital so it kinda comes with the territory. In my life, I have had 4 dogs, 6 cats, 5 birds, a hairless rat, 2 hamsters, a field mouse that I found, and tried to keep for a week before my mom found it, and 2 frogs.

Raven: Dear Lord! You owned your very own circus. Did you name it, Ringling Ronnie Circus!?

I hope I will never see your reaction to this, but what’s Your Biggest Pet Peeve?

Ronnie: My biggest pet peeve is people who chew with their mouth open lol I hate it so much.

Raven: If the Chucky Doll was real, who would you send it as a gag gift?
Ronnie:
Trump definitely–do your work little buddy.

Raven: Does your astrological sign reflect your personality?

Ronnie: I am an Aries sun, Taurus Moon, and Leo rising (so I’m vain and stubborn LOL)

Raven: How many states have you lived in and what’s your favorite state so far? 

Ronnie:  I have lived in 3 states and so far Nevada is doing it for me. I hate the cold and I belong in the desert. 

Raven: Do you speak or write any other languages that you know of? 

Ronnie: I am monolingual unfortunately but I took Spanish in school for like 4 years.

Raven: Is there a “Deep, Dark Secret,” you are willing to confess with us now?

Ronnie:  A deep dark secret hmm. I don’t like cheesecake, please don’t hate me for it LOL. 

Raven: If Ronnie owned a Time Traveling Machine, what US. History would she change?
Ronnie: All I’m saying is America would still belong to the natives.

Raven: To have this on record, can we dispel any myths or legends about the women from the Midwest? 

Ronnie: There’s not much to dispel, we’re all chain-smoking psychopaths (jk). 

Raven: I knew it!

Raven: What makes you happy? 

Ronnie: A good meme is always a serotonin source for me, but I have a bit of a problem with retail therapy as well so buying things makes me happy. 

Raven: How does Ronnie keep her energy levels up while you’re being creative? 

Ronnie: I have a hard time keeping my energy up so I drink a lot of energy drinks but the focus is born from ADHD and hyper fixation. But that’s a double-edged sword because if I get fixated on something else I’ll drop a project almost entirely. 

Raven: Oh my, I feel for you. You should see the many unfinished Netflix shows I’ve saved. 

What’s your favorite Comic, Anime, Manga, graphic novel book you read or watch?

Ronnie: My top anime in no particular order: Kill la Kill, Naruto, Hunter X Hunter, Devilman Crybaby, and Promare (which is a movie but still counts).

I also really enjoy Square Enix games and a lot of the Mario franchise (I prefer platform games to fps) Horizon Zero Dawn and Uncharted are a couple of other titles I adored.~

Raven: What Halloween costume still scares you today?
Ronnie: I don’t think there is one specific, maybe the pig mask from SAW. I’m a huge horror fan so I don’t scare super easy.

Raven: Living out there in the desert, a camera is as necessary as sunscreen when facing those Alien encounters. What camera equipment do you use for personal/photoshoot sessions?

Ronnie: My camera used to mostly be my Canon T3i but smartphone cameras are so intuitive these days that I prefer to just shoot with that instead when I’m just shooting for myself.

Raven: If your life could be the life of an animation character, who would it be? 

Ronnie: Like if I could live in any world or be any character? If I could be any character I would be Miruko from My Hero Academia so I could be a kick-ass brown bunny girl. But if I had to pick a universe to live in I’d say maybe the Sanrio Universe because nothing bad ever happens there lol. 

Raven: Wait a minute. There are Brown Kick-Ass Bunny girls?

Cosplayers own a host of wigs to portray a character. What’s number of Wigs do you own?

Ronnie: Currently I own 30ish wigs?? And maybe around 20 or so cosplays. I cycle through both a lot. I’ve probably owned over 100 each easily though. 

Raven: I’m almost positive that having a Walk-in Closet is a mandatory requirement for a cosplayer?

Ronnie: I do not have a walk-in closet. I wish I did. 

Raven: If Wreck-it Ronnie was on a Killing Spree, what music would be playing to keep it fun and loose?
Ronnie: Oh, definitely a
Tiny Tim soundtrack. Or maybe City Girls just to keep it fresh. [chop off  some heads, ‘Period!’]

Raven: As a young beautiful woman, what Nerdy or Geeky thing you love to do?

Ronnie: I love to read manga, watch anime, I play DnD, and go to ren faires. I play and stream video games, I cosplay and go to conventions and do panels on stuff, the works! 

Raven: Were you a shy or outgoing young girl growing up?

Ronnie: I was a lot more outgoing in my youth, I used to be an ENFP personality type but ever since college I’ve gotten INFP so not so much anymore! 

Raven: You know so much about personality traits, I feel you are talking to my soul!

What got you into cosplaying? 

Ronnie: I got into cosplaying from enjoying Naruto and spending hours going through google image results for it. I’d see cosplayers doing it back in the early 2000s and I wanted to try it too and eventually I made friends that wanted to do it with me! 

Raven: Did you love to dress up?

Ronnie: I’ve always been into dress up but I didn’t care about fashion at all until college. 

Raven: What’s cosplay outfit is your favorite? 

Ronnie: My favorite cosplays to wear are the really big intricate builds that impress folks, but there’s a similar yet different kind of love for cozy cosplays that you can party and trek the con in.

Raven: During a Zombie infestation, you managed to access a car dealership, what sort of car would you use to escape from them?
Ronnie: Maybe a Prius? Something with hella mileage and pickup because running out of gas is like the number one zombie trope and I would hate to fall into it.

Raven: I’ve noticed that all of your photos are fantasy characters. Is that your favorite? Have you ever done or will do, Gothic, Dark, or something else?

Ronnie: I kind of makeup OCs and do a lot of fashion looks. Most all characters are fantasy unless they were a real person, I haven’t ever cosplayed a real person although I probably could? I guess there hasn’t been a real person I wanted to dress as I suppose. 

I have done gothic and dark looks in the past but I very obviously prefer pink and pastel color palettes now. If you can believe it, I had a whole emo/scene phase in which I wore almost exclusively black and hated pink, LOL. 

Raven: I like pink very much, Lois (from Superman, the movie).

Raven: Which is sexy to go to a Halloween party, a female Werewolf, or a female Vampire?
Ronnie: Yes. Both. I can’t choose. I wasn’t even Team Jacob or Team Edward in middle school. I was Team they should kiss each other instead.

Raven: Do the characters you select are a reflection of your personality or Is it the personality of the characters you want to become?

Ronnie: I do tend to pick characters to cosplay for one of 3 reasons: 1. We-vibe on a personality level, like I see myself in them. 2. I just really like the design, sometimes I won’t even watch/play/read the source material, I’ll just like character design and want to make it, or 3. I have a friend(s) cosplaying from a series and I want to join in and get/make the costume to join since I love group cosplays. 

Raven: What sort of makeup style do you use when cosplay?

Ronnie: I do lots of different kinds of makeup from glamour to horror but I’d say I do mostly glamour because it’s a lot of fun and less messy usually.

Raven: Should cosplayers select characters that best compliments their body type (Skinny Large, or In-between) or just go with the flow?

Ronnie: Cosplayers should cosplay whoever they want as long as they are doing it respectfully and not painting/editing themselves to look like other races (e.g. race facing).

Raven: What sort of cosplay outfit would Ronnie wear during an Alien Invasion in Las Vegas?
Ronnie: I did an “area 51” group last year at Dragoncon with some friends, so probably that, a holographic bodysuit and my pink demoniacs!

Raven: Since the Pandemic, what do you miss the most about cosplaying? 

Ronnie: I still cosplay even in the pandemic, but I do miss going to conventions with friends and getting tipsy in hotel lobbies in costume! 

Raven: I’ve noticed you’re into Memes? What exactly is that?

Ronnie: Memes are shared humor across the internet. Usually inside jokes to an extent but often just jokes in their own right. I always appreciate a good joke. 

Raven: Is taking photos of my toes a Meme?

When Ronnie has time to chill, what does she enjoys doing? Do you have any special projects or outfits in the works right now fans expect to see soon?

Ronnie: I started an OnlyFans and started trying to wane down my work hours to accommodate building that, I have fallen back in love with just zhuzhing up more in general. 

Raven: If you have a chance to become a mutated Hero or villain, who would you become?
Ronnie: Does Miruko still count for this one? Because yes. If not, Squirrel Girl has a pretty sweet power.

Raven: How has your lifestyle changed since moving to Las Vegas? 

Ronnie: I have had to adjust to a 3 hour time zone difference between myself and most of my family/friends and adjust from having 4 seasons to like, 1 and a half (also the extreme heat is no joke but NGL I love it.) 

Raven: What are the positives/negatives? 

Ronnie: Positives: It’s warm, there’s lots to do and lots of opportunities, it’s beautiful. Cons: I miss a lot of my friends back home, that’s mostly it. 

Raven: How comfortable are you when you video blogging yourself to the public?

Ronnie: I have always been public to some degree I had AIM and Yahoo! Chat since I was maybe 6 and started making YouTube videos as soon as the platform launched so I’m super comfortable with crowds. I’m way more nervous in one on one interactions. I was a theater kid! We have no fear! 

Raven: If Ronnie was asked to stay the night at a haunted house till morning, what sort of incentive would she demand after the ordeal?
Ronnie: Ronnie would not. Ronnie is too black for that, LOL.

Raven: When not doing a photoshoot, what photos do you take with your camera? 

Ronnie: 90% of my camera roll is me I’m not even gonna front. I do save a large number of memes and take pictures of cute pets at work as well though!

Raven: So since coming out to Las Vegas, you became your own Paparazzi? Well, goodnight everyone!

When Ronnie has time to chill, what does she enjoy doing?

Ronnie: I enjoy watching tv, playing video games, and napping~ 

Raven:  Do you have any special projects or outfits in the works right now fans expect to see shortly?

Ronnie: I am currently working on a collaboration with Blerdcon and Afropunk for Planet Afropunk on the weekend of October 23rd, I am working on a collab with Lagoon Out Photography as well as an Onyx the Fortuitous/Bowser the Director (of whom I’ve made a couple of video collabs with already on his YouTube if you want to check them out!) 

Raven: If a Witch Book of spells were made available for you, what spell would you use?
Ronnie: I have had one available to me before and I refused to mess with it because I didn’t wanna play around and hex myself and that decision stands.

Raven: Any advice you want to give to those inspiring bloggers or cosplayers out there?

Ronnie: To newbies, I say make sure to get a planner and write down what you want to get accomplished related to blogging/cosplaying each day/week and you’ll be there in no time if you stick to it. 

Youtube is now the holy grail of tutorials for anything you’d want to make, and promote, promote, promote! 

Raven: Yes! That’s what she said, Promote yo Stuff!

And the most important question to this entire interview, Can I get a hug?

Ronnie: Take this big ol’ snuggle~ xoxo

Raven: That’s it! Thank you so much Wreck-it Ronnie for sharing just a piece of a very beautiful world you live in. It’s in Tha Books!

Ronnie: Thank you Raven for having me do this interview. Happy Halloween Everyone! 

Raven: If I could ask one more question and ask where can anyone find more of Wreck-it Ronnie on the internet?

Ronnie: Sure thing! You can find more of my treats at these following websites: My Linktr.ee

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