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Melis Ishida Talks Cosplaying and Dance Dance Revolution Being a Good Workout

As the last remaining moments of summer begin to fade away, our cosplay interviews are just getting interesting. Hello everyone, Raven Steel here with another exclusive cosplay interview with this seasoned coser. A native-born American, she has performed countless cosplay wear going solo and with her husband for years. She‘s never one to shy away to sing a few Japanese songs in front of a crown as well as play a video game or two. And if you should challenge her to a Dance Revolution dance-off, you’re in for one hell of a surprise. She’s smart and funny and enjoys what she loves. Please give a warm and tender American welcome to Melis Ishida Cosplay Art!

Raven: Hello Melis Ishida Cosplay and Art or should I say, Mrs. M? I so do appreciate you doing this interview with me. I can only hope your fans as well as our reader will soon come to love Melis Ishida Cosplay and Art. 

Melis: Hey Raven, I appreciate you doing this interview. I can’t wait to get started.

Raven: As a tradition of mine to cosplayers to offer some words of advice, words of encouragement, or the smallest of wisdom in hopes these words will clear you a path during moments of strife. So here goes, “If you were able to believe in Santa for like 8 years, then you can believe in yourself for like 5 minutes”!

Now with that being said, if you would be so kind and tell our readers a bit about yourself.

Melis: My name is Melis Ishida. I’m 35 years old, am Italian – American living in the United States of America! My eyes and hair are brown (boring I know), and I’ve been married for 10 years. I enjoy cosplaying with my husband and 2 brothers. My favorite convention is Anime Expo! I guess the only special secret talent I have is singing in Japanese. Am I any good at it? My husband says I am but I think he’s obligated to say that.

I’m 5’ 2”, so I’m pretty damn short and a Sagittarius. I know phrases in Japanese, French, and Italian, but I specifically know a lot of Italian cuss words from my parents (thanks Mom and Dad!)

Raven: What does Melis Ishida do to keep herself in shape? 

Melis: To stay in shape I play a LOT of Dance Dance Revolution (I have an actual arcade unit!) which is great for cardio and muscle confusion. I’ve also use weights to do some light strength training and watch my portions. If I want to eat something ‘BAD’ or ‘UNHealthy’, I’ll eat it, I just make sure not to eat the entire thing!

Raven: Do you a favorite drink/food or something to makes you satisfied and happy? 

Melis: My favorite food is spaghetti and meatballs and I love Coca Cola! Snack wise I LOVE cheddar and sour cream ruffles. One time I ate an entire family size bag and cried; it was great.

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

Melis: My favorite anime is Digimon season 1! Manga wise I LOVE Fushigi Yuugi and X/1999

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

Melis: I was always pretty outgoing for the most part growing up but I’m pretty shy if I’m around new people. It takes me a while to get comfortable but once I do, I’ll never shut up so you’ve been warned.

Raven: How did you overcome it?

Melis: I overcame my shyness by just not caring what anyone thinks about me. Cosplay has also helped to make me feel more confident, I mean have you seen some of my costumes? Can’t be shy in some of them!

Raven: What got you started into cosplaying? 

Melis: I got into cosplay when a friend invited me to an anime convention. My brothers and I would mess around making ‘costumes’ at home with stuff we had in our closets. Eventually, we learned there were a lot of people doing the same and they all gathered at these things called conventions. Once I went to that convention in costume, I just knew cosplay was something I HAD to do. It was so cool and unique and fun!

Raven: What was your first cosplay character? What’s your most favorite cosplay outfit to wear?

Melis: The first real cosplay I ever made on my own was Rukia from Bleach. It was SO bad, but everyone knew who I was so that was good!

Raven: What’s your most favorite cosplay outfit to wear?

Melis: My favorite cosplay to wear is a tie between Sora from Kingdom Hearts 2 and Sarah from Labyrinth. I just have so much fun as Sora and I feel SO elegant and beautiful as Sarah. Thankfully my fans are wonderful. They’re pretty respectful and understanding and I rarely get a troll or pervert, though I have had a few leave me some nasty inbox pictures. They are promptly reported and banned asap.

Raven: Do fans offer suggestions to cosplay or do you decide yourself?

 Melis: I’m very picky about who or what I cosplay. I enjoy getting suggestions from people. The outfit of Tharja was suggested by my husband, and LOVE cosplaying her!) so it does help give me ideas, but at the end of the day, I prefer to decide who or what I’ll cosplay. It’s just easier for me.

Raven: As a young and beautiful woman, does the size of a woman matter in cosplay? 

Melis: I honestly don’t think height, weight, bust size, etc should limit or prevent you from cosplaying who you want. I do think it helps if you want to be as identical to the character as possible. Obviously, most anime characters are super unrealistic so you’ll never be 100% accurate but if you have similar looks (height, weight, etc) then it might make you feel a bit more confident in pulling them off.

Raven: What sort of places or locations do you prefer to show off your cosplay outfits? 

Melis: I enjoy just wearing my costumes at conventions. It’s a bit awkward waltzing around town in something super revealing or a 20+ pound bridal gown. Parks are always nice but again, it gets a bit awkward having to explain what you’re doing there and why. I think all cosplayers suffer for their art to some extent.

Raven: Do you suffer for your artistry when you are doing a cosplay photoshoot?

Melis: For one, our feet are dead after 8+ hours in heels or crazy shoes, not to mention most costumes are super uncomfortable. And let’s not forget how fun it is wearing a wig all day! But in the end, it’s worth it, at least to me anyway!

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

Melis: I love doing outdoor photos because they make for great backgrounds but it can again be awkward or the lighting could be wrong and the weather acts up. In the end, indoor photoshoots are a lot easier to deal with since I have control over the lighting and such.

Raven: How easy or difficult when doing makeup for a character?

Melis: Make up wise is not too difficult. I do my makeup pretty much the same each time, though will adjust my cat-eye eyeliner accordingly. The only time I mix it up is when I’m cosplaying as a male character, which means no lipstick and less eyeliner. I try to avoid body paint altogether as it’s just too messy and frustrating to work with

Raven: Do you own personal Tattoos? 

Melis: I am currently tattoo-free.

Raven: Are you happy with what you do? 

Melis: I am very happy cosplaying the way I do and hope it will continue to bring me joy in the future as I get better and better at it!

Raven: Have people recognized you at conventions and has anyone offer you any gifts? 

Melis: I’ve only met 2 or 3 people who recognized me at conventions, so I’ve never really received any gifts.

Raven: What is the first thing people notice you when they meet Melis Ishida for the first time? 

Melis: The first thing everyone seems to notice about me when they first meet me is my eyes. When I first met my husband, he said my eyes reminded him of Alita’s from Battle Angel Alita (what an amazing compliment)! I also get lots of compliments about them.

Raven:  Do you do other things besides cosplay? 

Melis: Besides cosplay, I like to game when I have time (which is never!) and specifically Minecraft or old school games on PlayStation 1 and 2 or Nintendo, Sega, etc. I’m not too big a fan of newer video games. I also like to draw and write as well as go for walks.

Raven: Lewds/Only Fans photos? Is it something you, yourself, are interested in doing?

Melis: I plan to make Only Fans site, but I have no plans to go lewd or nude. I also want to start selling prints and art! I think Lewd photography is great. I don’t consider my work to be lewd, but others have said otherwise…so maybe I do lewds but less lewd-ish? Is that a thing or a word? I say if you’re hot and confident, then go for it! It’s a great new take on cosplay as a whole.

Raven: Overall, should cosplayers offer Lewds as artistry or shock value? Or give want fans want? 

Melis: I think the only downside is it can get pretty repetitive as there are so many cosplayers doing lewds and such now, it seems difficult to keep it fresh and unique. I also think lewd cosplay gets a bad name and it seems a lot of fellow cosplayers are not too fond of it. I get it and if it’s not your thing then just don’t do it or follow cosplayers who do. I control all of my photos and what I post.

Raven: Was there ever an unusual request made from a fan wanting to see you in? If so, what? 

Melis: I don’t mind taking requests or my fans giving me ideas of what they want to see but, in the end, I’m going to do what makes me feel comfortable. I haven’t got any strange requests from fans. I do get the occasional troll or pervert asking for nudes. They are promptly blocked.

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

Melis: There is a market for lewds and cosplay in general. I think it’s a great way to help support cosplayers and artists so they can keep doing what they love.

Raven: What sort of new characters are you interested in doing soon? 

Melis: Some characters/cosplay my husband and I will be working on in the future are Deelit and Parn from Record of Lodoss War, Selphie and Irvine from Final Fantasy 8, and Howl and Sophie from Howl’s Moving Castle. One personal cosplay I must do for sure next year is Cheza from Wolf’s Rain; it’s been a dream cosplay for a long, long time!

Raven: How long does it take to make a character outfit? 

Melis: Creating cosplay is pretty time-consuming. Some costumes we purchase from costume sites, which usually means mild alterations which can take a few hours or a few days. Costumes that involve armor can take weeks, sometimes months! The same goes for wigs! It just depends on the costume and character.

Raven: Does a character you portray a reflection of your personality or is your personality a reflection of the character? 

Melis: I honestly don’t think any characters I cosplay reflect my personality, but if I had to pick one that was close to my personality it would be Aeris Gainsborough from Final Fantasy 7. I don’t usually make my cosplay decisions based on my personality, it usually is based on the overall look of the character and has to be a character I like or have an interest in!

Raven: When not in front of a camera, what does Melis Ishida do in her spare time?

Melis: Spare Time….? What’s that? Seriously, I am always busy. My friends can vouch for me! I’m always doing something; reading, writing, playing Dance Dance Revolution, going out shopping, or spending time with my family. I rarely have any free time though.

Raven: Is there anything you love to collect? 

Melis: I’m a huge collector of anime and video game stuff! I also have a pretty big manga collection as well. If I’m outdoors I’m usually at the park on the swing set! I can listen to my iPod and swing for HOURS! I’m very easily entertained!

Raven: Is there any place Melis would love to travel and visit for a photoshoot?

Melis: If I could travel anywhere for photoshoots, I would say Italy and Japan. They have so many gorgeous places!

Raven: Due to the Pandemic, public events have been postponed until further notice. What would you love to see come back?

Melis: I would love to see anime conventions come back ASAP! I know a lot of people and cosplayers are depressed and upset not to mention have little to no motivation to work on new costumes since there aren’t any places to show them off. It’s also hard not to be able to meet up with friends or having anything to look forward to other than working.

Raven: What sort of advice or words of wisdom you can offer new cosplayers out there?

Melis: For any new cosplayers my main advice would be; start small and do what makes YOU comfortable. Also, decide if you’re doing this just for fun or if you want to make it big. Granted, you will more or less never make it big like a Jessica Nigri, but you can still get your name out there it’s just going to take work. If you do plan to go big (or even stay small) realize cosplay takes a LOT of time and money, especially if you want to make a good costume with good materials.

Just take your time and work on 1 or 2 costumes at a time so you don’t get burnt out or overwhelmed. I would also say invest in some photography equipment like lights, a backdrop, tripods, etc so you can get better quality pictures. Lastly, just be yourself. Don’t go out there trying to replace another cosplayer or recreate what they do.

Definitely use them for inspiration or advice (most of us are pretty friendly) and inspiration, but do things that make your own work unique Ex. unique eye makeup or jewelry, etc. And of course, just have fun. Cosplay is meant to be a FUN hobby. It can get frustrating and overwhelming, so take breaks often and focus on how much fun it’s going to be wearing that costume at your next anime convention!

Raven: That’s it. It’s in, “Tha Books”! Thank you so muck Melis Ishida Cosplay and Art for your wonderful interview. 

Melis: The same to you, thank you. I really enjoyed it.

Raven: If I could ask you one more question, where can our readers get more of Melis Ishida Cosplay and Art?

Melis: Not a problem, they can go to the following sites for more of Little ol’ Me!

My Facebook page. My Instagram page.

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This has been a Raven Steel interview.

Meet Indonesia sensation cosplayer Vinvid Luke

Here, as we are all just staring into space and wondering when 2020 will ever show some good news from this Pandemic year and I believe I’ve found it. Vinvid Luke is a cosplayer from Indonesia and was gracious enough to allow this old report at a chance for an interview. She is cute and petite and all complete. A lover of great food and of course cosplay veteran for some years now. Her name is Vinvid Luke and she is my guest to offer sight about her life, love of cosplay, and everything in between. Please give a warning American welcome to cosplayer, Vinvid Luke.

Raven: Hello Vinvid Luke. Indonesia’s most precious gift for the world to enjoy! I really appreciate you taking your time to answer these burning question about you and your artistry.

Vinvid: Thank you for having me here. I am so looking forward to answering all your questions.

Raven: It is a tradition of mine to offer a cosplayer, who I have the pleasure of being interviewed by me, to offer some words of advice, inspiration, or encouragement. So here goes, “ My life is like a camera. It just focuses on what’s important and captures the good times. It develops from all the negatives and if things don’t work out, I take another shot”.

With that being said, please tell us all about Vinvid Luke? I’m all ears!

Vinvid: Hi everyone, my name is Vinvid Luke, I was born in Indonesia. I’ve recently cut my hair very short. I once had about a meter long hair, but drying it was a bother. So I cut it short. My eyes are brown/hazel in color. I love offering one’s fortune with tarot cards. My clients consist of friends and family who have become very loyal customers. They love to discover their luck, especially when it comes to finding their soulmate. Haha! What sort of secret am I keeping? Once, I confessed my feelings with someone, twice. Each time, I was rejected, twice. On the third attempt, he finally confessed his feelings for me. I was extremely relieved!

Hemm. I am 165cm (5’4) tall and was born in the month in July making my Zodiac sign,  Cancer. At times, I am more comfortable writing in English or Japanese. But when I have to speak in English, I’m still submissive. Drawing things like Fanart, manga, and original characters fill my heart with joy.

When I’m in a bad mood, or stressed-out, I like to drink a matcha latte. The bitter taste and creamy milk make me relax. Just the smell and taste alone is enough to enjoy having it. I like vampire genre comics like “Vampire Knight, Vampire game”. My favorite anime is Code Geass, and the character, Lelouch, is one of my favorite characters.

Raven: Let us go back to when you were younger. Were you a shy or outgoing young girl growing up? Were you Nerdy or Geeky? 

Vinvid: When I was little, I was very geeky in appearance, but I got into fights with guys a lot, that’s for sure. I was a Tomboy kind of girl and I blame that on an aunt back when I was 7 years old. She said I was ugly to my face. It changed my life from that time forward. I hated looking at myself through a mirror or if someone were to take my picture of me.

If you ever read a manga called, “Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge” where the main character is a girl named, Sunako, who hates all things beautiful including his reflection. Sunako, like myself, got his feelings and affections for someone rejected because she believes she was ugly.

Thus, in some way,  life inmates’ art. The resemblance is uncanny. My appearance is somewhat similar to the character. We both love to wear all things black with dark accessories like Goth features. I became so obsessed,  I even wanted to paint the walls of my room black, providing my mom allows it. Haha!

Raven: What got you started into cosplaying? What was your first cosplay character? 

Vinvid: It wasn’t until I was 17 years old when I found a cosplay community. At first, I didn’t know what cosplay and cosplayers were until I joined them. My first cosplay was “Hatsune Miku”, and it was a character that traumatized me a lot.

Why, should you ask?

Raven: I choose you, Pikachu. Why?

Vinvid: Because my first time cosplaying and my first time to an event I saw so many “Hatsune Miku” cosplayers. They were so many beautiful cosplayers wearing these amazing outfits and their fabulous makeup to compliment there cosplay. Many asked for their photos, whereas I was never asked at all. That event kept me from cosplaying for two years, but since then, I’ve made it a goal to practice with makeup applications and making better costumes.

Now, while tending an event, I again was cosplaying, Hatsune Miku,  and would you believe, the fanfare was overwhelming. I couldn’t even move a bit because there were so many people asking for my photo. It is the most precious, most amazing thing I have ever experienced.

Raven: What’s your most favorite cosplay outfit to wear? Do you create these amazing outfits?

Vinvid: The character I like the most is “Neliel” from the anime Bleach. I do all of my costumes and makeup myself.

Raven: What characters draw you to cosplay them? 

Vinvid: I choose a character that I like because when I like a character, I can act like him. Because in my opinion, cosplay is a character that we like. Makeup is very important in cosplay. No matter how good your costume is, if you can’t make up and style the wig according to the character, then you can’t be the character you cosplayed.

Raven: Does makeup play a role in your cosplaying? 

Vinvid: Usually, before I cosplay a character at any event or a photo-shoot, I practice makeup,  and their persona about 2 to 3 times. If I’m satisfied with my makeup, and my performance, I will cosplay that character then. I especially love to cosplay with my dear friends.

Raven: Many fans want to see more of their favorite cosplayer do Lewd or Only Fans photos? What is your opinion about women doing Lewd photography?

Vinvid: About sexy cosplay, I don’t mind it, because cosplay is a hobby that we must be able to enjoy. That’s why I cosplayed the characters I enjoy playing the character. But, it all depends if the character’s costume is really sexy, and offers that certain allure or attractiveness a cosplayer gives off.

For example, I cosplayed Nami Swan or Jewelry Bonney where their costumes can be said to be very sexual, but the allure I portray is not a Hot- Pornographic allure, but an allure as the character. So if it’s a matter of sexy or open cosplay, it depends on what the cosplayer’s intentions to portray it.

Raven: Do you find yourself dressing in sexy cosplay wear from fan requests or what you want to offer them? 

Vinvid: I prefer it if my friends approve my cosplay, not because it is sexy, but because I am suitable and can make a 2D character come to life, which means I have successfully cosplayed many of the characters with the help of my friend’s suggestions. With their positive comments and suggestions, that is well appreciated, can I enjoy and do more interesting cosplays and not just being a sex symbol in the cosplay world.

Raven: Now, a more established cosplayer, can you see some of the mistakes people do when cosplaying?

Vinvid: I like to pay attention to other people’s cosplay preparations, for example, I noticed that one cosplayer whose wig was not neat or real hair was visible, my body spontaneously wanted to help her straighten her wig so that her cosplay would be better, even to strangers. And I like the environment of cosplayers in Indonesia, they are kind and open to anyone helping them.

Raven: I am always curious about the cosplayer choice of character outfits. Does the personality of the person determine what sort of character to wear? Or, does the character’s personality chooses the cosplayer?

Vinvid: I cosplayed a lot of different characters, and I like them all. I don’t look at what their costumes are like, as long as I admire the characters and I can act them out, then I’ll cosplay them.

An example is  “Lalatina” from the anime Konosuba, she is a masochist girl, a character I can relate to. She’s alluring and full of expressions as well as detailed makeup.

On the other hand, the character “Boa Hancock” from the anime One Piece is quite different. She’s a pirate queen whose personality and appearance give high self-esteem and grace. Overall, if I can’t portray the character well, no matter how much I adore the character, then I won’t cosplay it.

Raven: I’m told you love Gothic and love Vampires. How did that possess your soul? 

Vinvid: I like goth more mainly because I love to wear black. I always wear the color black in my clothes and my accessories.

Raven: Do you Bite? 

Vinvid: I don’t bite..XD

Raven: What sort of places or locations do you prefer to show off your cosplay outfits? What do you prefer doing indoor or out shots? 

Vinvid: Location .. Depending on the kind of character I am portraying. It could be a sandy beach and ocean location, a forest, or a simple house location. I do prefer having all of my photo-shoots be outside, it is refreshing. XD

Raven: When you are in front of the camera, your face is full of emotions. What are you thinking? Food? Milkshakes? Did I leave the stove on?

Vinvid: When I was cosplaying and taking pictures, what I thought at that time was, how to become the character, what would this character be like if someone asked him to talk or pose. Well .. sometimes I think “have you turned off the stove and locked the door of the house” XD.

Raven: When not in front of the camera, what sort of fun-filled adventures does VinVid do?

Vinvid: Culinary hunting..XD is something I must do when I’m not in front of the camera..XD.

Raven: Is having a friendly relationship tough when you are a cosplayer

Vinvid: In the world of cosplay that I live in, that relationship is a delicate one and one that can break easily. When you’re on a project while working with two or more people, there are times where teammates take on the same character. There have been some egos bruised that later has festered into creating animosity among each other. But, even in the world of cosplay, there’s beauty in a relationship because they understand and respect each other. Its the fun of meeting at events, sharing knowledge, and sharing stories

Raven: If I could just leave my COVID-19 mask at home and fly over to visit your country, what place can you show me?

Vinvid: The place that I would recommend, to be honest, I have never traveled around Indonesia myself because I’m the type who likes to stay at home except for cosplay activities. But there is a place that I want to visit and that I might recommend, namely “Raja Ampat” off the island of Papua.

Raven: Because of the Pandemic, a lot of public events have been postponed until further notice. What would you love to see come back? 

Vinvid: I miss some of the big events in Indonesia like Ennichisai. It is one of the biggest event ever. Visitors from various regions and outside countries will make their way to this. I really like walking in the middle of all the activities and enjoy the atmosphere. It is full of diversity.

Raven: Do you have anything in the works right now that will break the internet? 

Vinvid: Nope, I prefer to make works, such as makeup practice, making an original character, practicing concepts, making my own photo studio so that I can still work at home.

Raven: What sort of advice or words of wisdom you can offer new cosplayers out there? 

Vinvid: I want to say that cosplay, is a hobby where I can be anyone and anything I want to be. Just keep practicing and you will become better at it. Don’t give up when people insulted you, especially if starting. Make the insults and harsh criticism a source of strength so that you can become powerful. Prove to those who are against you that one day they will praise and adore you. They will eventually be your biggest supporters.

Raven: Can I get a Hug? 

Vinvid: Of course not, we are in a pandemic. When this pandemic passes, quickly, and we can all enjoy the beauty of the world again, only then will I give you a hug, friend.

Raven: Thank you so much for that amazing interview, “It is in the Books”! If I could as one more question Vinvid. Where can anyone find more about you and be a fan? 

Vinvid: Raven, it was my pleasure, and thank you for having me do this interview. I really appreciate it. For those out there interested in finding more of me, they can go to these websites:

Facebook Page
Instagram Page

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Interview with the vivacious Arni Okita

The Japanese have someone that will make our hearts melt with excitement. She’s an international internet sensation lovely. Known as Anri Okita, she’s made a career shaking things up in the social media world and should be considered a national treasure. The hips don’t lie, she’s a pleasure to look at to some and what may be surprising, she’s a mom. Please give an all American welcome to Anri Okia.

Special Guest:

Anri Okita

Raven: Thank you so much Anri for doing this interview with me, I really appreciate it.

Anri: Thank you Raven Steel. I am happy to do this for my fans and a chance to offer just a little piece of this Japanese apple. Haha!

Raven: Yummie! As a time-honored tradition with me, I offer a few words of encouragement so that whenever you’re at your worse, you could remember these words to lift your spirits. Here’s goes, “Be Strong, because you know weakness. Be Beautiful, because you know your flaws. Be Fearless, because you learn to recognize illusion and deception. Be Wise, because you know your mistakes. Be a Lover, because you know hate and Laugh often because you know sadness”.

Raven: With that being said, please tell us Anri Okia all about yourself? 

Anri: Hi, this is Anri Okia!! I truly appreciate the Interview for my cosplay from Raven.

I’m Japanese born and living in Birmingham/UK as well as living in Tokyo Japan. I have black eyes and Deep ash brown hair. 

Raven: How tall are you? 

Anri: My height is 66 inches or 168cm. I have some milky way freckles Birth sign on my stomach which I usually conceal.  

Raven: Do you speak or write any other languages? 

Anri: I speak Japanese for my mother language and British to pronounce English (where you can notice on my Twitch stream) and a little Chinese. 

Raven: What does Anri Okita do in her spare time to relax after a tough media day?

Anri: I usually attend various beauty treatments and workouts, especially for the hips. Though recently, I started to notice an increased size with my breast and unfortunately, my hips. I realized my fans love my curvy body more than those compact skinny figures.

Raven: What sort of mangas or anime, do you love to read?

Anri: My favorite mangas by far are started from Rurouni Kenshin for the first place and Evangelion,  Ranma 1/2, Ray earth, One-piece, Demon Slayers, all the Ghibli Animes.…you know I can’t stop this because I love more unfamous comics a lot!!

Raven: Does Anri Okita love animals?

Anri: I would love to say I am an animal lover. Especially dogs. Though while I’m growing up I learned about veganism. In Japan, we don’t have many vegetarians due to the amount of meat we’re served during school lunches.  Overall, I guess I can’t say I am an animal lover completely. 

Raven: What sort of music does Anri love to dance or relax?

Anri: I love EDM, RAP, Jpop, ROCK, R&B, and Amine songs!! I rotate these types of songs depending on the type of mood I’m in at the time. Because of my hectic work schedule, my only free time I have to listen is at bath time.  

Raven: What sort of games do you play? 

Anri: I play various games then stream them on Twitch. I mainly play MHW and FF’ remake also the Biohazard. I either play with one of my friend Hitomi, or some of my fans. Either way, I have a good time and have lots of fun. 

Raven: Were you a shy young girl? Were you very popular in school? 

Anri: Back in my younger school days, I was an outgoing girl, but wasn’t very popular among other students, Haha! Because of my dual heritage, I was felt like I was a foreigner during my school days. I was either too Japanese for UK students or too British for Japanese students. 

Raven: Sometimes a woman’s body can suddenly develop almost overnight, how old were you when things about your body started to grow very quickly?

Anri: One day something extraordinary happened to me. At the age of 13, my body parts began to grow and grow fast. The boys at my school became very interested in me for a change. Suddenly, I was a bit but more interested than those skinny girls in Japan. 

Who has the cute dolly face now, Raven? 

Raven: That would be me wondering why I couldn’t have been the kid sitting next to you at school. 

Anri: How am I doing, Raven? lol hmm… 

Raven: You are doing a fabulous job, my lovely Geisha girl!  Anri, you have a wide-spread fan base you have. How are they treating you?

Anri: I chose to focus on my oversea fans more. The trigger was 3M followers in China and 1M on Instagram. They accepted me more than while I was trying to be skinny a lot. I just totally appreciate the fans all around the world.

Raven: I notice you love to dress in various outfits. What’s your taste on outfits you love to wear? Do your fans help you dress in various clothing wear?

Anri: I would like to wear clothes that accentuate my figure, especially my cup size and the rest of me of course. I pick the types of clothing, including dresses, myself.  In Japan though, it is almost impossible to find something in my size. Buxom size women like me have it rough here in Japan. But recently, I’m thinking of creating an Amazon Wishlist to list so that both my fans and I can select my wardrobe. I can’t wait to make this, it be will something I can share with my fans, together.

Raven: What photoshoot places have you traveled to? 

Anri: I’ve been to Germany and some local areas in Hawaii. While on vacation, I’ve taken photos in the Maldives. In my home country, I’ve taken some nice shots at various Japanese hot springs. 

Raven: Is there a country/place you would love to do a photoshoot?

Anri: Oh, I will be pleased to shoot either in Europe or New York City, U.S.A. Unfortunately, because of this COVID-19 thing, my dreams of traveling are just hoovering out of reach for now. I would love to travel around a lot overseas and photoshoot more!

Raven:  Is there anyone you would collaborate with for a sensational photoshoot? 

Anri: If this could be possible, I would love to have various buxom beauties, from different countries, to have an amazing photoshoot session. Me and these famous overseas girls, with a pair of nice-size boobs, would be a memorable experience. 

Raven: Are you satisfied with your career the way it is now? Does Anri Okita want more, like World Domination? 

Anri: Oh no. that’s not my final aim. but I love that idea. 

Raven: Is there something on the body of Anri Okia that she is very proud of?  

Anri: I’m just trying to figure out which of my best body shapes are. 

Raven: What are Japanese women obsessed with? 

Anri: As I said, If you visiting Japan, you will become obsessed with being as thin as possible rather than be a curvy girl! 

Raven: What would you love to do when we are safe to travel and not wearing any masks?

Anri: Soon, I wish to attend the convention overseas, releasing music in the US, and lastly, I have another huge announcement, but tell you when it happens!!

Raven: Is it tough being a celebrity when you are out in public? How do you handle that? How do your fans treat you?

Anri: As you well know, my body is very noticeable in Japan, so I wear large clothes to hide my body. As for fans noticing me in public, fans know I have a two-year-old daughter and I sometimes get super busy with her. Whenever I am with my family, my fans are very respectful of me and do not approach. But if make the first move like saying, “Hello”, they will approach me with handshakes and offer compliments. 

Raven: Is there anything about your lifestyle you could change, what would Anir change? 

Anri: I’m pretty busy shooting, studying, and meetings but I love my lifestyle! Although, I would curious to know what it would life be like if I wasn’t Anri Okita. 

Raven: Because of Pandemic, what have you been doing to keep yourself busy?

Anri: Though this Pandemic has made things difficult, my followers have increased as well as my earnings. Thank you so much! Internet business is my new stage. 

Raven: Is there anything you would like to say to your beloved fans?

Anri: I will always love my fans. My fans made me never regret the life that I have. I’ll stay true to being Anri Okita. I love them and they love me. Thank you for your huge support. I want to make you guys a lot more fun, a lot more to get excited, and of course, always be satisfied!!!!

Raven: That’s it. That’s her story and she’s sticking to it. Thank you so much, Arni, for taking your busy schedule aside to have this interview with me. May your subscriber’s count be in the millions. If I could ask you one more question, where can our reader find more information about the beautiful, Arni Okita?

Anri: Thank you, Raven. I appreciate you reaching out to me for this interview. Of course, I would love to have your readers get more and more of me.

Here you go:
My Instagram
My Twitter
My Only Fan site
My Twitch site

Please Like. Please Share. And above all, please LOVE.

Cosplay Comedy Assembles to Raise Money for BINC

Cosplay Comedy Assembles

Comedians from across the country are donning their capes and performing live, April 25, 2020 at 7pm PST, via livestream to make the nation laugh as well as to raise money for small business.

Cosplay Comedy Assembles: is a unique show where professional stand-up comedians perform in costume and In-Character as your favorite heroes and villains. The show will be streamed online through Zoom, Facebook Live, YouTube and Twitch.

Viewing is donation based. Money will go to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC), who is helping Comic Retailers and their employees with medical expenses, eviction prevention, funeral expenses, disaster assistance, domestic violence survival, utility shut-off prevention, unexpected loss of household income, and more. A portion of donations will also go directly to the small businesses that host their comedy shows: Black Cat Comics in Burbank, CA and The Museum of Art & Digital Entertainment in Oakland, CA.

Donations can be made now. The lineup of more than 30 comedians include artists who have appeared on Comedy Central, Netflix, America’s Got Talent, and Last Comic Standing, as well as clubs all across the United States.

Cosplay Comedy launched in 2015 at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles. The show has been featured at the Long Beach Comic Con, Phoenix Fan Fusion, LA Comic Con, The Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival, and the Great American Comic Con: Las Vegas.

Around the Tubes

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It’s a new week and even though the future of comics, and many things, is unknown, it doesn’t mean we’re slowing down or stopping. Kick off your day with some comic news and reviews from around the web.

CBLDF – Register Now: Government Relief Loans for Comics Businesses Webinar – For those in the industry that need help.

How to Love Comics – The Legend of Korra Graphic Novel Reading Order Guide – For those that are interested.

How to Love Comics – 80+ Comic Book Reading Recommendations For While You’re Stuck At Home – What would you recommend?

Kotaku – Cosplayers Can’t Go To Cons, So They Had One On The Internet – This is very cool to see. Could we finally see “virtual conventions” coming into their own?

Flickering Myth – Chicago’s Mainframe Comic Con going forward virtually with celebrity interviews and more all for charity – This sounds like an interesting, and great, idea.

Reviews

Comic Attack – Batman: Curse of the White Knight #8
Atomic Junk Shop – Over My Dead Body
Talking Comics – Sentient
Comic Attack – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #104

Cosplay Women of Dynamite Deluxe Trading Cards are Out Now

Cosplay Women of Dynamite Deluxe Trading Cards (Individual Foil Pack)

2.5” x 3.5” | Individual 7-card foil pack: $99.99 | Teen+

The greatest women in the Dynamite pantheon are brought to life by an assemblage of the most talented and beautiful cosplayers in the universe! Red Sonja – She-Devil with a Sword, Vampirella – Scion of Drakulon, Dejah Thoris – Princess of Mars, Sheena – Queen of the Jungle and many, many more femme fatales all featured for the first time ever in one colorful, deluxe ultra-premium format trading card set.

This special collector’s set features 18 Cosplay Photo Cards, 6 cosplayer and 6 artist signed cards, 9 card puzzle sets double sided with photos and sketch art on each side, 6 Line Art Cards with B&W Photo Head-Shots with character art, thousands of sketch card art of all the characters either together in groupings or solo, including sketch art puzzle cards.

Guaranteed in every foil pack: 2 Base Cards, 1 Line-Art Card, 1 Puzzle Card, 1 Autographed Card and 2 Original-Hand-Drawn Art Sketch Cards!

Cosplay Women of Dynamite Deluxe Trading Cards (Individual Foil Pack)

Cosplay Women of Dynamite Deluxe Trading Cards (Box of 12 Foil Packs)

4.75” x 5.75” | Box of 12 foil packs: $1,199.88 | Teen+

The greatest women in the Dynamite pantheon are brought to life by an assemblage of the most talented and beautiful cosplayers in the universe! Red Sonja – She-Devil with a Sword, Vampirella – Scion of Drakulon, Dejah Thoris – Princess of Mars, Sheena – Queen of the Jungle and many, many more femme fatales all featured for the first time ever in one colorful, deluxe ultra-premium format trading card set.

Guaranteed in every foil pack: 2 Base Cards, 1 Line-Art Card, 1 Puzzle Card, 1 Autographed Card and 2

Original-Hand-Drawn Art Sketch Cards!

Each Box contains 12 Foil-Packs and 2 Exclusive Box Topper Cards!

Cosplay Women of Dynamite Deluxe Trading Cards (Box of 12 Foil Packs)

Be an Insti-Hero with Stick FX

Now having traveled a bunch, and visted many a Con, seen so much I have. Sorry it is the end of 2019 and Baby Yoda speak is sweeping everyone. However, what I saw this day was much much different. In fact, I have never seen anything like this at a Comic-Con. Or any convention for that matter. That is what makes it so special.

This past November at Rhode Island Comic Con, I had the unexpected privilege of meeting part Reed Richards, part Batgirl aka Leigh from the company Stick FX which has just got some astounding stuff to share so without further ado.


Leigh: Hi I’m Leigh from Stick FX, and what we’ve developed is the first self adhering, reusable, silicone mask for your face.

GP: So I’ve been observing and I noticed that you just peels these off and slap them on again with what looks like no fuss whatsoever. How long do these each last Leigh?

Leigh: So the masks that we have here that we are using to demo, are over seven years old and have more than a thousand uses on them. Best part is there is no glues, no removers and they are hypoallergenic because they are 100 percent silicone.

GP: Wow! That’s genius. So I’m a huge Nightwing fan myself and I said, “I just gotta get a Nightwing, but they’re really is no good Nightwing masks out there.” At least not ones without a string or you need to use adhesives. Until.. now. How did you come up with this idea?

Leigh: Okay. So I’m a silicone technologist and I’ve worked in the silicone industry for over twenty years and I’ve developed and own the patent on this. So I understand silicone and it’s properties for reuse as well as being skin friendly, and I’m also a huge superhero fan. To that point I’ve never watched a superhero movie where you ever see the superhero wear a mask that has a string or worries about it falling off. Right?

GP: Right.

Leigh: So how do we develop a mask where they can put it on and take it off really quickly? That is where silicone technology comes in.

GP: Looking around I noticed that a lot of these designs are very Arrow centric, Bat Centric, are you a DC (Comics) girl?

Leigh: Oh I’m a DC girl. Yeah.

GP: So who’s your choice?

Leigh: Ahhh don’t make me choose, don’t make me choose right here. I tell you what since you brought up a good point about the Nightwing, as pertains to the Nightwing mask we sold out of our whole stock of 120 just on Friday which is what we brought, that is how popular he is.

GP: Oh no kidding, I mean it is fantastic. I bet you’d sell out of Arrow if you made a straight Arrow one. 

Leigh: Yeah we actually have had a lot of requests for Arrow. So yeah.

GP: I actually think you should definitely go ahead with Arrow or Canary. I mean there’s not much really of a difference in design so it could be cost-effective.

Leigh: The good thing about most of those masks you are talking about, is they are kind of a universal shape. So we had a woman use one for Black Cat yesterday over hers that she had so that was pretty cool.

GP: It’s unbelievable the versatility of these because they can be used with so many similar cosplays. Batgirl, Black Cat, Nightwing. I mean I saw the Nightwing one and stopped dead in my tracks and was like boom, I need to have this. They are so striking.

Leigh: What is so cool is that speaking to the versatility, they can be used for guys, girls, kids, really just about anybody.

GP: Before you said that you’ve worked in silicone for a long time, besides the hero thing what made you design this type of process?

Leigh: So I’m a prosthetics specialist and I design prosthetics for the face for amputees. So if you are missing a nose, an eye or an ear, I’m the person you are going to come see.

GP: Wow.

Leigh: I invented the silicone adhesive that you see here and filed the patent about seven years ago. I thought “You know this would be a badass costume thing! ” I worked in the film industry for a long time too and I know how time-consuming and uncomfortable it is using glue and spirit gum and all those really harsh and harmful products on your face and skin so I thought this is absolutely perfect. I have my three-year-old walking around with one of these on right now.

GP: Oh it’s absolute genius! Also the world’s cutest marketing tool. (Laughs) People are dressed up here but you are making real-world superhero applications here. It doesn’t get any better.

Leigh: Right? I mean anyone can slap one of these on and instant hero. We actually had a Nightwing who looked awesome but his spirit gum was coming off and he stopped by the booth and said “Hey put one aside for me, I’m coming back, I can’t wear this shit anymore.” So seeing the demand for these, it is a really good feeling.

GP: Absolutely. You can’t oversell this. So please tell us where we can find you and how quick is this all available?

Leigh: Awesome. We are online at www.stickfx.com and we are going to have to refill all our orders but we usually ship out same day.

GP: Terrific. Well, I think you found your spot and are going to be a mainstay at Comic Cons and I hope to see you around at the next ones I travel too.

Leigh: We hope to see you around too. This has been awesome. Thank you.


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Yes. I totally tried one on and rocked the hell out of it.

So there you have it. If you a are an uber hero comic nerd like me, you want to check these folks out. It is seriously remarkable. The pictures don’t do it justice. This is very cool stuff being born out of a good place. So go grab these up, but just save me a Nightwing! Check out all the links below.

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Peel. Stick. Party.

Web:www.stickfx.com

Kickstarter:https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/stickfxmasks/stickfx-worlds-1st-self-adhering-reusable-costume-mask

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Rhode Island Comic Con 2019: Revenge of the Con

Rhode Island Comic Con 2019

Don’t call it a comeback, because they never left. It was that time of year again, the blasters were loading and the capes were flowing. Yes it was the annual trip to Nerdvana for Rhode Island Comic Con and it was hosted right here … in Providence, Rhode Island! (cheap Mick Foley plug)

It certainly was an interesting sight as the streets were filled and the building to capacity as everyone was gearing up to meet the who’s who of geek culture who had decided to descend on this state. I for one thoroughly enjoy this show as I marvel at the assemblage of guests and creators that arrive each year.

Now like most spectaculars, your day soon becomes a task list of what to accomplish first and just how much you can fit in each day.  The show tends to make that easier to do as you set off on your quest, you can choose to use the website, app or even the program to navigate your way. For me though, I prefer the old fashioned way of just hoofing it across the terrain and venturing into the hallowed halls.

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First stop, as always since I am a proud and avid collector, I hit up the vendors. There always seems to be something for everyone and this year was certainly no exception. There’s comics, action figures, movie props and numerous paraphernalia from just about every genre you can think of, horror, hero, video games, tv, movies, sci fi, you name it, they got it.

So of course since they had it, I got it. Not a bad couple of finds as well.

Tip: Don’t be afraid to haggle, trust me the vendors want this stuff to go home with you as much as you do. 

So after spending a good time feeling like a dog at fire hydrant convention, I made my way away from the vendors and to the main show floor. What I was not prepared for was all the coolness that awaited my pupils when I turned the corner. Almost every inch of the show had some kind of wow factor that was present for your optics, wherever you moved.

At times it was easy to feel like you were on a Hollywood sound stage with all the creativity abound. So I did what any lighthearted news hound would do …

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I joined the Dark Side. I mean seriously the benefits are way better. Also they have cookies. Lots of cookies.

All joking aside though, as you make your way through your fellow aficionados, you arrive at the main ballroom where there is more celebs and guests than you can shake an NDA at. If you take a look around there is someone representing from each corner of the Pop Culture Galaxy. From TV, to movies, to voice acting and even wrestling.

I mean if you’re not careful you might just turn around and bump into, Mark Paul Gosellaar, Jaleel White or even this happy guy .. from AEW: Jon Freaking Moxley.

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Like I said there is someone for everyone in this place and I observed quite a bit. Even though at times the lines were quite arduous, I saw that everyone got a fair shake. Each attendant got a little time to shine with their icons and heroes and that is really what it is all about.

Now like everything, it wasn’t perfect, but it was as near to that as organized chaos can get. These shows are truly wonderful as we in fandom spend so much time and energy into giving ourselves of this hobby and lifestyle. It is refreshing to get a return on our time. This is no easy feat to put together and this year more than before, it has me appreciating all the efforts that go into this just a bit more.

So if you ever find yourself on this side of the world and you want to see all the hub bub for yourself, take a slide on down and check out, what I think is the Best Show in any State each year and you tell me yourself.

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Whether it is coming across a comic book or grail piece you have longed to have in your collection or meeting your childhood hero or even just taking in the wackiness. The memories you will have will be treasured in all your travels.

So what are you waiting for? Keep an eye out for updates and see you here next year!

*** Thank you for the staff at Rhode Island Comic Con for welcoming me back and allowing me to cover the show once again. Great job all around and see you for the big one in 2020!! ***

Cosplayer/Costume Designer Jez Roth Added to Otakon Guest Roster

Jez Roth

Award-winning cosplayer Jez Roth will be a guest at Otakon 2019.

After many years of competing at anime convention masquerades, winning Best in Show 16 times with tailored costumes and heavily choreographed skits, he moved to Las Vegas to work for The Venetian, designing the opera gowns. Eventually, he landed at Cirque du Soleil’s water spectacular “O,” building costumes. Since leaving Cirque, he has worked freelance out of his own studio – creating everything from mermaids that shoot water, to mirrorball men, to golden fairies that contort through the air.

Roth has designed for events with A-list celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Eva Longoria, Snoop Dogg, and DJs such as Benny Benassi, and Dash Berlin. His jewelry has even been worn on the red carpet at the Billboard Awards.

He has represented the United States at the IOEA Otaku Expo in Japan as a cosplay guest, was the head judge in the Official Sailor Moon Masquerade 2018, and also helped choose the Canadian World Cosplay Summit representative for 2016. He believes that the world of costuming is an endlessly fascinating pursuit: from armor to gowns, giant puppetry to monsters. He shares unique events that educate and involve the community (such as Lip Sync For Your Cosplay and PROJECT: Cosplay!)  and has restructured and organized cosplay events for conventions in his goal to make the competition scene more streamlined.

His artistic journey came full circle in 2015 when he was hired as an artistic consultant for the “One Piece: Gold” film, working with Toei Animation to give their film a fully realized Las Vegas feel. In 2018, he was hired by Right Stuf Anime to create the official brand costumes for animes “Aria” and “Emma.”Otakon 2019 will be held July 26-28, 2019 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Cosplay Invades Auburn, NY this June!

The Schweinfurth Art Center is hosting its third annual Cosplay Invades Auburn! event 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2019, at the Carriage House Theater, located behind the Schweinfurth in Auburn, NY.

The event will feature a talk with costume tips and tricks, vendors, a costume contest, and a food truck. Cosplayers can use the event to fine-tune their costumes for Syracuse’s Salt City Comic-Con, to be held July 6 and 7 at the New York State Fairgrounds’ Expo Center.

The day starts at 1 p.m. with a talk by cosplayer and costume contest judge Kate McKay offering tips and tricks for improving your presentation. Registration for the contest runs from 2 to 5 p.m., with the contest starting at 5:30 p.m. In between, check out our amazing vendors, including Kim’s Collectible Records and Comics, Morbid Morgue Creations, and Galloway BBQ, our on-site food truck.

Attending the event, including the costume talk, is free, but cosplay contest participants pay a $5 fee to enter. Prizes, including two tickets to Salt City Comic-Con in Syracuse, will be awarded to the top winners in each of seven categories:

  • Ages 12 and under
  • Ages 13-18, Anime
  • Ages 13-18, Comic
  • Ages 13-18, Pop Culture (TV/movie/video game)
  • Adult, Anime
  • Adult, Comic
  • Adult, Pop Culture

Judges for the contest are McKay; Darlynne Overbaugh, organizer of Wizarding Weekend Ithaca; and Syracuse University professor Chris Wildrick, who cosplays as Savage Opress, Two-Face, and Molecule Man.

When cosplayers register for the contest, they will also sign up for private pre-judging, during which they will meet with the judges and answer questions about their character and costume. Contest participants are asked to bring a reference photo for their character.

Sponsors include Salt City Comic-Con, which donated tickets for prizes, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

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