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The 10th Annual Black Comic Book Festival is Looking for Cosplayers

10th Annual Black Comic Book Festival

The 10th Annual Black Comic Book Festival is less than a week away and they’re looking for cosplayers to be a part of the show by participating in its Virtual Cosplay Showcase. You can find more details here!

You can participate by submitting a video which must be:

  • Make a video of yourself in costume.
  • Your video must be 15 seconds or less. Longer videos will not be accepted.
  • During the 15 seconds, answer two questions, in character: Who are you? What is your superpower?

By submitting the video, you grant the New York Public Library use of using


  1. Name your file with YOUR FULL NAME (Ex: “ArturoSchomburg.mov”).
  2. Send your file using this link: https://parkblvd.wetransfer.com.
  3. In the notes section, type the name of your character/avatar and your email address.

The deadline for submissions is 11:59 pm EST on Tuesday, January 11th. 

Baltimore Comic-Con Announces 2021 Costume Contest Winners

The Baltimore Comic-Con and Hard Rock Cafe Baltimore have announced the winners of our 12th Annual Costume Contest. The contest took place on Saturday, October 23, 2021 for both amateur and professional adults, and Sunday, September 22, 2021 for kids. Visually stunning costumes ranged from classic superheroes to video game and movie characters and beyond, and our contest has proven to be one of the most anticipated events at the show, for cosplayers and fans alike.

This year’s costume contest separated amateur adults from professional adults, and held a separate contest for amateur kids as well.

The grand prize winner for Best in Show Costume, and the recipient of the $1,000 cash prize, was Aziz Raad for his “Din Djarin” costume.

Winners for this year’s contest include:

Overall Best Costume (Best in Show): Aziz Raad, Din Djarin from The Mandolorian

Aziz Raad, Din Djarin from The Mandolorian


1st Place: Bryan Fadrosh, Lord of Blades from Dungeons and Dragons Eberron Rising From the Last War

2nd Place: Kitten Pickles, Mermaid Apple Jack from My Little Pony Movie

3rd Place: Rose Ryon, Sylvie Laufeydottir from The Marvel Cinematic Universe media franchise, partially based on the characters Lady Loki and Sylvie Lushton from the Marvel Comics


1st Place: Andrea Zura, Thor

2nd Place: Topher Gaut, Bender Bending Rodriguez from Futurama

3rd Place: Tobias Pilachowski, Wally West

Best Group:

1st Place: Carroll Ghostbusters

2nd Place: Bartholomew and Jennifer Macasieb, The Neverending Story

Amateur Kids:

Grand Prize: Violet Brown, Ghost Rider

1st Place: Layla Adkins, original character Lucas

2nd Place: Norah Pollack, Diona from Genshin Impact

2021 Baltimore Comic-Con Costume Contest

Baltimore Comic Con

The Baltimore Comic-Con and Hard Rock Cafe Baltimore have joined forces to proudly present the 2021 Annual Costume Contest. The Hard Rock Cafe Baltimore has joined as the 2021 Costume Contest sponsor, bringing an internationally recognized pop culture brand and destination in as a partner to one of the show’s premiere events.

This year, the adult costume contest is being held on Saturday, October 23rd at 3:30pm. All participants must be in the pre-judge room by 1:30pm or their deposit will be forfeit. Prejudging will start at 2:00pm and be split into amateur and professional contests.

The children’s costume contest will be held on Sunday, October 24 at 2:30pm. All participants must be in the prejudge room by 1:00pm.

To ensure your spot for the contest, we encourage you to register as soon as you are able. While you will be able to complete your registration on-site, early Online Registration is now available to secure your spot.

This year’s contest is being headed up by Carrie Wood, who will be joined at the judging table by ChibiTifa and Amanda Cadavid.

Carrie Wood brings with her nearly two decades’ worth of cosplay experience to the judges’ table, having started in the hobby in 2002. A veteran of the mid-Atlantic convention scene, she has cosplayed dozens of characters from comics, anime, video games and more, and has previously helped run contests at other local events. In 2015, she was able to merge cosplay with her day job when she penned The Overstreet Guide to Cosplay for Gemstone Publishing, a book that provided an insider’s look at the hobby. As a Baltimore native, she looks forward to bringing her unique perspective on cosplay to this year’s costume contest.

ChibiTifa is a cosplayer and seamstress from Maryland who has been in the hobby for over 15 years. She has made a vast array of costumes and has been a cosplay craftsmanship judge at several conventions on the East Coast. As part of Team Stellar Rose, she was chosen to represent the United States as Team USA 2021 at the World Cosplay Summit. She makes it her mission to make the cosplay world more welcoming and diverse to any and all newcomers.

Amanda Cadavid, also known as Bluucircles, hails from New York City and has nearly two decades of cosplaying under her belt. Starting by hand-sewing her first costume in 2003, she’s taught herself as many techniques as she’s had time to learn and has made everything from ballgowns to bodysuits. In addition to her personal cosplay work, she has taken on a number of outside commissions as well, and always enjoys the satisfaction of seeing someone feel their best in their new costume. She’s more than happy to share crafting tips, tricks, and advice – but she’ll be just as glad to talk your ear off about her favorite video games!

This year’s contest will once again be split into several categories:

Adult – “Professional” ($10 Entry Fee)

  • Those working a job involving building or fabricating costumes.
  • Those who make costumes or pieces for casual sale (eBay, Etsy, etc.).
  • Those who have won a major award at a costume contest at any convention.
  • Those that have been invited to the show in any official capacity based on their cosplay.

Adult – “Amateur” ($5 Entry Fee)

  • Any adult 18 years or older that does not meet the above requirements.

Kids (Free)

  • Ages 17 and under.

Group – “More Than One Person” ($10 Entry Fee)

  • Any group with more than one person choosing to enter and be judged as a single entity.

Overall Best Costume (Best in Show) 

  • $1,000 Grand Prize in Cash for Professional

Prizes in each of the Professional Adult categories:

  • $250 Cash for 1st Place
  • $150 Cash for 2nd Place
  • $100 Cash for 3rd Place

Amateur Adult categories:

  • $150 Cash for 1st Place
  • $75 Cash for 2nd Place
  • $50 Cash for 3rd Place

Group category (winning groups divide prize amount between members):

  • $200 Cash for 1st Place
  • $150 Cash for 2nd Place

Kids Prizes in each of the Newborn to Age 11 and Age 12 to Age 17 categories:

  • $100 Grand Prize in Cash for Kids
  • $75 Cash for 1st Place
  • $50 Cash for 2nd Place

Each winner will also receive free admittance to the Baltimore Comic-Con in 2022!


  1. All participants must have Baltimore Comic-Con admission wristband or badge (this includes Associate, Dealer, Press, and other specialty badges) as well as COVID protocol wristband. Members of Baltimore Comic-Con staff are ineligible to compete.
  2. Participants can register at any time up to 1:00pm on Saturday or Sunday for the respective Costume Contests by visiting the Costume Contest Booth located in booth 1200.
  3. All participants will be required to sign a permission/release/waiver form to participate in the contest. Minors under 18 years of age may participate only if a permission/release form signed by the minor’s legal guardian is provided. Forms are available at the Costume Contest Booth (see #2 above).
  4. Participant category (Amateur or Professional) shall be determined by a set of 3 judges during the pre-judging portion of the contest.
  5. Pictures will be taken during judging of all participants and throughout the costume contest and will be the property of Baltimore Comic-Con.
  6. All costumes must abide by the rules of Baltimore Comic-Con, including but not limited to the Baltimore Comic-Con Weapons and Harassment policies as well as COVID protocols. If a policy violation is discovered, that entry will be disqualified.
  7. Professionally made, purchased, or rented costumes are prohibited.
  8. Costumes that have won any major awards at any convention may not be entered in the Baltimore Comic-Con Costume Contest unless major (50% or more) work has been improved or worked over with photographic proof of the changes.
  9. No glitter, confetti, pyrotechnics, live flame, or smoke generators of any kind are allowed in the Baltimore Convention Center.
  10. No electrical power connections will be provided. If your costume requires power, it must be part of your costume design.
  11. Groups from the same series are welcome to enter, but random characters from different series are discouraged. Groups will be considered as one entry and the winners will receive one prize to share.
  12. Each contestant may present (wear) only one costume, or a group of people may wear one costume at the same time (i.e., a large costume that requires several people inside to move it).
  13. All entrants are encouraged to bring reference material for their costume. Not all judges know all characters, so it is in everyone’s best interest to bring a color picture (or several) if possible. The reference should depict the details of the costume you are presenting. Please do not ask to e-mail or print out references at the convention.
  14. Costumes will be judged on a variety of criteria, including craftsmanship and overall effect.
  15. All judges’ decisions of the costume contest are final.

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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Bursting Forth from Sunny Florida with Broadsword in Hand is Amazon Steph!

Forged from the scorching-hot temperatures of the sunny state of Florida, Amazon Steph keeps her cool as well as her sharpened broadsword on hand. As my Holiday-themed interviews continue all throughout this festive season, my gift came in early this year. At a gracious height of 6 feet tall, this wonder of a woman has made men grab Dynamite comics as she’s on the front cover as Red Sonja #21. She can be as many characters as she desires, but most of all, she’s a woman who cares for the little ones of all colors, races, and ethnic backgrounds. So throw down your ribbons and wrapping paper and show your love to this Orange blossom princess and welcome Amazon Steph cosplay.  

Raven: Hello Amazon Steph. Thank you so much for taking a chance on this Rainbow catcher son of a gun, Please feel comfortable and unstrap your Amazonian broadsword from your hip. 

Amazon: Hello everyone. Seasons Greetings and hello to you too, Raven Steel. Thank you for having me do this Holiday interview with you. 

Raven: As you may 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 that little push to get you back on track. So here goes, “Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday!”

So True! Nevertheless, Amazon Steph, take a deep breath, unsheath your sword, and tell us all about you. 

Amazon: I was born and raised in South Florida and while I have lived in a couple of other states, I settled back in Florida with my family and to be close to the ocean.  I have brown hair and green/blue eyes.  

Raven: How many languages do you speak/write consciously? 

Amazon: Unfortunately, I am monolingual and only converse in English.

Raven: So you order Chinese food the same way I do, in English. Sweet!

Relatively speaking how tall are you?

Amazon: I am six-foot-tall barefoot but I honestly always forget how tall I am until I am trying on clothing (it is rather hard to find off the rack clothes that fit aside from gowns or wedding dresses)  or someone else points it out.  

Raven: What cosplay outfit would Amazon Steph use to fight against Santa’s Elves?

Amazon: Holiday Red Sonja of course!

Raven: Does Amazon Steph work out or does it come naturally? 

Amazon: Regarding working out, I tend to go through hot and cold phases but was fortunate enough to grow up playing quite a few different sports and dancing so I attribute my physique more to my upbringing than a consistent workout regiment. 

Raven: What does Amazon Steph love during this Holiday Season? 

Amazon: I love family and friend get-togethers but this year that won’t happen for safety reasons.  Womp womp

Raven: How do you feel when you become the character you are cosplaying?

Amazon: I prefer cosplaying characters that I feel I can relate to on some level.  If I can’t relate to them at all, I can feel a little awkward and I think it shows. Therefore, I tend to choose characters that I enjoy cosplaying.  I must admit, cosplaying villains can be quite fun!  

Raven: What sort of pet is Zeek(I’ve never seen a cat like that)?

Amazon: Zeek is an exotic called a Genet.  He has gotten quite the Tic-Tok following.

Raven: Yes he has, but I’m still waiting to be accepted.

Raven: If the Chucky Doll was real, who would you give this gift as a Christmas present?

Amazon: No one deserves that level of torment in 2020!

Raven: Is there a deep dark secret and now are ready to confess?

Amazon: Not sure I have a deep dark secret, but it does surprise people to find out that I ran for public office once.

Raven: Is there a fantasy character you find that best describes your personality?

Amazon: I think that I most affiliate with Wonder Woman and not just due to my height/build.  I think it is her ethics, her compassion, and her strength combined with a touch of dry wit.  

Raven: What are some favorite things you love to do/go with any COVID? 

Amazon: My other favorite thing to do, other than craft or go to cons, would be to go and enjoy live music.  Nothing really can compare to the energy that pulses during a live show, preferably rock n’ roll.  

Raven: Using Wonder Woman’s lasso of truth on reporter Raven Steel, what would ask of him this Holiday Season?

Amazon: What got you interested in interviewing cosplayers?

Raven: That, my sister, is a story for another time and another Alias. 

Raven: Which Holiday season does Amazon Steph enjoy more to cosplay?

Amazon: I haven’t been cosplaying too long and aside from the obvious, Halloween, it would be the holiday season.  I have enjoyed making my builds for Holiday Matsuri.  It is a fun way to express my favorite characters during the holiday season in a new and original way.p]

Raven: The honor is mine knowing your Red Sonja cosplay was on November 2020 of the #21 issue in Dynamite comics

Raven: How did you get that gig? 

Amazon: A rep from Dynamite reached out to me and I was shocked.  I feel honored that they wanted to use me for a cover. I hope I get the opportunity to grace a second Red Sonja cover and a Vampirella cover.

Raven: Let’s dispel the myth/legend story once and for all about women who are 6ft tall?

Amazon: We do not all play basketball!  Some of us (me) don’t even like it.

Raven: Being you are taller than most cosplayers, is it a curse or a blessing when cosplaying?

Amazon: I would say being so tall as a cosplayer has its pros and cons.  The pros would be that I can cosplay the character and when people see me in person it creates a great impression.  I love hearing the stories from parents who tell me, after their kids met me, that I became known in their house as the real Wonder Woman.  

Raven: You may not believe this, but I would look up to you.

Amazon: However, it is a curse because everything I wear must be custom made.  I can’t buy anything off the rack to use in my cosplay aside from shoes.  

Raven: What is Amazon Steph’s weakness and cannot say NO when it comes to food/Candy/ or something else?

Amazon: I am happy to say that I have learned the art of saying no. Occasionally I will even utter an, oh Hell No!

Raven: Does your modeling experience help when you’re cosplaying?

Amazon: I don’t have much modeling experience so I mainly think about the character and how they would be when I don the outfit. 

Raven: What can Amazon Steph do to make this Holiday Season memorable this year?

Amazon: This interview :)

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

Amazon: I honestly hate the Justice League Wonder Woman outfit even though that is the first cosplay I ever wore and the one that started me on this journey. The top is foam and foam is just so hot.  I honestly don’t know how some people wear head-to-toe foam cosplays.  I would melt!  However, I am not sure what people’s favorite is anymore.

Raven: How about characters that are Dark, Bloody, or Gothic? Interested in doing them?

Amazon: I love the dark broody gothic characters!  I am going to be making a new Morticia Addams soon.  I also prefer sexy characters over cute.  Cute has never been my style and at 6’ I never felt like cute described me very well.  

Raven: What do Amazon women want as a gift this season?

Amazon: Food! I can always eat, Haha!

Raven: Is chainmail something all women should start learning to make and wear?

Amazon: YES. Chainmail or scale mail should be incorporated into clothing!  I think it makes a wonderful accent.

Raven: I’ve noticed most of your characters are Powerful and Righteous characters. 

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

Amazon: I choose characters that fit my personality and I think that I choose those types of characters because I have always had a strong sense of ethics.  Some characters are a better fit than others, but I no longer will cosplay a character with whom I can’t associate.  

Raven: How so?

Amazon: This will be controversial, but, for example, I could never cosplay Harley Quinn.  I just can’t identify with her. On the other hand, Poison Ivy has facets of her personality that I can understand so I just amplify those personality traits when I cosplay her. 

Raven: Can Red Sonja be the next Holiday gift sensation?

Amazon: I would love that!  I would love to see Red Sonja hit the mainstream again.

Raven: In a recent Youtube video, you’re being painted. First off, WOW! You are good. I would have been squeamish. 

How was that and were you auctioned off as artwork? 

Amazon: FD Sedano Art videoed and took a couple of pictures of me when my friend Travo had painted me.  I have known Travo for something like 20 years so it was pretty relaxed and respectful.  The worst aspect was just standing for hours, Haha! 

Raven: Have you done any Latex cosplay characters?

Amazon: I have worn a latex catsuit for Selene from Underworld and a gender-bent Nightwing. The Nightwing was for Holiday Matsuri last year. All the blue was scalemail I made to go with it. 

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

Amazon: I am dying to do several darker characters. I.e. Witching hour Wonder Woman.

Raven: I loved the Witching Hour series.

Do you love doing photoshoots indoors or outdoors? 

Amazon: I haven’t done too many cosplay photoshoots actually but I have so many I want to do and it is a combination of indoor and outdoor settings.  I would love to get a Red Sonja shoot with a waterfall.

Raven: What do nerdy men want in their Christmas Stocking? 

Amazon: Red Sonja #21 Amazon Steph comic book, Haha!

Raven: What got you started into cosplaying? 

Amazon: Wow, so that is a very long story.  To keep it short and sweet, I had ordered a wonder woman outfit for an event that I was putting on for women empowerment but it didn’t come on time.  When it finally arrived, Supercon was around the corner and I already had tickets so I decided, why not go as Wonder Woman?  I still have this amazing outfit.  The rest is history. 

Raven: Is Amazon Steph comfortable doing Spicy/Lewd photos?

Amazon: I am comfortable with wearing cosplays that show skin; however, I don’t do anything Lewd; but I may.  Who knows?  I have one photoshoot that I did in a tub and I think it may be borderline Lewd, but the pictures came out so beautifully that, to me, it looks more like art because of the mood portrayed through the picture. 

Raven: Should the fans or the cosplayer dictate what sort of photos are available for purchase?

Amazon: The cosplayer should always do what makes them comfortable. I do not think the fans should decide what the cosplayer may or may not be comfortable with.  

Raven:  Was there ever an unusual request asked by a fan? I bet you it was feet, right? 

Amazon: I would not repeat some of the requests asked of me; but nothing came to fruition for the person who asked, because of again discretion of what the cosplayer is comfortable with and not the requestor.  

Raven: How did you get the cosplayer name, AmazonSteph Cosplayer? 

Amazon: Coming up with AmazonSteph cosplayer just made sense because I am an Amazon and Cosplayer.  It just sort of worked and more importantly, it was available across all platforms haha.

Raven: How many cosplay outfits do you own?

Amazon: I have about 20 cosplays.  I need to have a lot more shoots to show all the new ones off!!!

Raven: You must have a walk-in closet or at least a storage rental place.

Raven: Should the Nightmare before Christmas be aired during this Holiday season?

Amazon: YES, and every holiday season!

Raven: Being this was a bad year for cosplayers, for 2021. 

What would you love to see come back? 

Amazon: I just can’t wait for the cons again. I love getting to interact with people in character and see my friends, some of whom I can only see at cons.  

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

Amazon: I have so many new outfits but I don’t know if any will break the internet.  Not even sure what cosplay I would do that could break the internet haha.  

Raven: If you became a Holiday toy doll, what cosplay outfit would she be dressed in?

Amazon: If I became a Holiday toy, I would love for it to be my Winter Wonder-land cosplay with the armor and bracelets having an ability to light up.  I was very proud of the concept of that cosplay and how the final look came together.  

Raven: What a gift from your fans would be surprised to the point of tearing for JOY?

Amazon: I think donations in my name to Toys for Tots or something like that would be the most touching gift.  

Raven: That would truly be a wonderful gift to do (AM I RIGHT, READERS?!!!).

Raven: Is there a particular celebrity you be interested in kissing under the mistletoe

Amazon: Yes, and I will leave it there…but it would have to be mutual. Consent and all 😁.

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

Amazon: Words of wisdom:  Be patient with yourself.  Skills come with time.  When I started all of this, all I could do was paint a little.  Now I can sew, craft with foam, weave chainmail, weave scale mail, create patterns, work a little with epoxy, and sew and tool leather.  

I am NOT an expert in any of them and everything I have done has been done multiple times until I am happy with the result.  Therefore being patient with yourself may be the most important thing.  Do it for you and not others… And of course, HAVE FUN!  

Raven: Being this 2020 is the year of Social Distancing. Can I get a Holiday Hug? 


Raven: It looks like the fire from the fireplace is all but gone. That’s all the time we have with AmazonSteph. Thank you so much AmazonSteph cosplay for allowing me to do this Holiday-themed interview with you. Now, can you unlock the door, please?

Amazon: Thank you Raven Steel. I had a blast answering your questions as well as I appreciate you undoing your restraints. 

Raven: What are friends for?

If I could ask you one more question, where can my readers get more of AmazonSteph cosplay?

Amazon: Well, for you Raven, not a problem. Here are some of my site anyone can access:

@amazoncosplayer literally, email, ko-fi, patreon, etc are set up under that name.  Please just be aware that not all are active. I am the most active just on Instagram.

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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. 


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Adamson Cheyenne Brings Her Love of Comics to Cosplay

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. However, if you like, these are truly the time to read this Halloween Special Edition interview from Raven Steel. Hello everyone. Please, Children of the Night, come and gather around as I spin a yarn of my next Cosplay guest. She’s young and very beautiful with just a hint of innocence, but when she in cosplay mode, she’s all business and she can stop traffic no matter what country you live in. From all the way from Western civilization, please give a Zombie Infested welcome to Adamson Cheyenne.

Raven: Welcome to my Dungeon, my Sweet. This interview has been a long time coming. I absolutely knew we would be here together during Halloween week and finally have this interview once and for all. I am so appreciative and yet fearful for my life. 

Chey: Hello Raven Steel and hello to your readers. Thank you so much for having me here to do this Spooky interview with you. Trick O Treat everyone! And as for you, Raven Steel, Death is just the beginning!

Raven: Oh, my! 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, “If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the Wrong Room!

Please tell our readers all about yourself.

Chey: Hello, my name is Adamson Chey. I’m half British and Filipino, a cosplayer from the Philippines. I have been a Cosplayer for 8 years, been a certified SFX makeup artist for short film productions, a freelance model, an actress, a 2D Animator, and an artsy cook.

Raven: What does Cheyenne Adamson love to do when she visits her favorite city? 

Chey: I love to visit different kinds of places, I love adventures and experience the different kinds of cosplay events, and most of all to meet and greet other cosplayers. 

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

Chey: I’m a big fan of DC, Marvel, Anime, and other cartoons. I could not decide I just love them all. 

Raven: What Horror movie still, keeps you up after watching it? 

Chey: Actually, I love to watch all the horror movies. I’m the type of girl who loves to watch different kinds of horror movies. 

Raven: If your life could be any Anime/Manga, Disney, or Animation character you love, who would it be? 

Chey: First of all, I love Gotham Sirens. But of course, I love to be Catwoman. 

Raven: How did you start out becoming a cosplayer?

Chey: My friend introduced to me the world of cosplay. I never knew cosplay before till my friend showed me a website of different kinds of international cosplayers. 

I fell in love with the makeup and the props, It was awesome to be like them. So I’m in my 8th year!

Raven: What would Cheyenne’s choice of weapon would she select to fight off a classroom full of Flesh-Eating Teacher Zombies?  

Chey: Vulcan Mini Gun, Machine Gun, Samurai Swords, and Chainsaw.

Raven: What was your first cosplay outfit? 

Chey: My first cosplay as Harley Quinn. I really love her craziness on the side hahaha!

Raven: How was your experience being a cosplayer? 

Chey: It’s was really great, I’m enjoying myself to meet and greet different kinds of cosplayers and defend those who are bullied because of their looks. 🦸‍♀️

Raven: You are also a model, is that correct. What sort of modeling have you done?

Chey: I did runway fashion shows, Pin-up photoshoots,  makeup, and of course cosplay.  📸

Raven: What’s your favorite thing about Halloween? 

Chey: Joining some Halloween competitions and doing some part-time jobs to scare the living hell from other people hahaha!!!

Raven: What sort of characters attracts you the most? Is it Dark, Bloody, or Gothic like? Do you Love Cute and/or Sexy characters too? 

Chey: Depends on my mood which characters I like to portray.

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

Chey: Never let the haters put you down. It’s your life no one else. It’s a free country, everyone can cosplay. 

Raven: If you could be a monstrous character for one night, what would it be?

Chey: Honestly, I to be a vampire or a succubus.

Raven: This is the most important question of the entire interview, Can I get a hug? 

Chey: Sure!

Raven: As the Children of the Night return to their eternal rest, so shall this interview. That’s it, everyone. Thank you, Adamson Cheyenne, for your Howling interview. If I could ask one more question, where can my readers find more of Adamson Cheyenne? 

Chey: Thank you Raven Steel for being so patient with me and making this Halloween a memorable one. Please got to Cheyenne’s Play Arts where anyone can be a fan and get more of me and my artistry.

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Mia Shinda Talks Cosplay, Zombie Schoolgirls, and Halloween in Germany

Just as the knife drips leaving a pool of blood to grow ever larger, so are these Halloween Special Edition cosplay interviews. Today readers, we have a special treat in store for you. The Spirit of Halloween has never been so real and intense as this young and petite lovely lady. The type of cosplay is some of the most horrific and gruesome characters to come out from the depth of our imagination. She has captured the terror and molded into something that is both sexy and haunting to see. So without further adieu, please show your love and admiration as our next exclusive interview this Halloween week with Mia Shinda.

Raven: Herzlich Willkommen, Mia. Thank you Mia for allowing me and my readers to know you, your artistry, and everything else in between. Just to give you a fair warning, I will be asking some haunting questions so please don’t run away. 

Mia: Hallo Raven. Thank you for this Halloween Edition Cosplay interview. I am so happy to do this!

Raven: As you might not 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 some inspirational words to make it through all this. So here goes, “We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.”

Tell us all about yourself.

Mia: I’m German with Czech roots and currently living in North rhine-Westphalia. I have Green-Brownish eyes with red hair. I don’t have any tattoos or piercings. My Zodiac sign is Scorpio which makes me passionate, persistent, strategic, and loyal. I’m 143 cm/4,69 ft TALL! :D I am right-handed. And of course, I am an animal lover. I especially love cats, pigs, and spiders!

Raven: Out of all the interviews I’ve had the pleasure of hosting, Mia you are the first to reveal you love that 8 legged spider creature. What is Mia Shinda’s biggest Pet Peeve?

Mia: It grinds my gears when ball pens are empty and people put them back instead of getting rid of them or putting them into my recycling box!

Raven: LOL. I have a ton of them on my desk. I’ll mail them to you. 

Raven: Do you speak or write any other languages?

Mia: Apart from German, of course, I unfortunately only speak a little bit of English. But I can understand a few pieces of Czech. Sadly it doesn’t help a lot when communicating with Czech people.

Raven: During a Zombie infestation in Germany, what sort of cosplay props will Mia Shinda use to defend herself? 

Mia: She would use her rusty crowbar.

Raven: What does Mia Shinda love to do when she has time to herself?

Mia: I love to go skating and to visit lost places.

Raven: Yes. There’s something about an abandoned place that just simply draws one in. Was there a horror movie or horror event that completely influenced you as a child?

Mia: The Nightmare before Christmas and Tales from the Crypt has influenced me greatly as a child!

Raven: What places do you go to find pieces for your cosplay wear?

Mia: I regularly visit flea markets and scrap yards. And of course, the hardware store is one of my places I go regularly. But every other place can be suitable, even if it is an item that I find on the streets.

Raven: What sort of Anime/Manga or graphic novel do you love to read?

Mia: I love Black Butler, Pokémon, Digimon, One Piece, Van Helsing, and many others. I read a lot of different mangas! ☺ 

Raven: If the Chucky Doll was real, who would Mia Shinda send it to?

Mia: I would send it to myself,. I always wanted to have the Chucky Doll! :D 

Raven: When you dream, do you dream of cute and happy things?

Mia: Of course (e.g. about doll heads without eyes, zombie apocalypse, and so on… ;) )

Raven: Oh, my! I could only imagine all those Barbie Dolls shivers with fright! Do your outfits even scare a Krampus? 

Mia: Oh yes in fact they do. Last year a Krampus got so scared he won’t even come to visit me again ☹

Raven: LOL! I’m sure! Have you made a Horror film to watch?

Mia: I’m currently working on a short horror movie called “Maries Mansion”, but it is not finished yet. But I produced a postapocalyptic serial with some horror elements with 10 episodes “Green Sanctuary” – you can find it on Youtube.

Raven: For this Halloween, what sort of cosplay costume will you wear?

Mia: I will wear my classic zombie girl outfit with my bloody teddy bear.

Raven: Sweet! That’s Daddy’s little girl! How did you get started doing cosplaying?

Mia: I made my first cosplay at the age of 17 and I got the initial idea from an anime magazine and I was very curious so I started making my first cosplay. It was Cooro from the manga +Anime :) 

Raven: What sort of cosplay outfit would wear for a photo shoot at The Waldniel Hostert School?

Mia: I would wear my Zombie Schoolgirl cosplay with a candy cone! ;)

Raven: Was your cosplay wearing simple at first?

Mia: Yes absolutely, at first I did not have that high level of craftsmanship, I had to teach this all by myself. So I did something rather simple at the beginning and over time I started to do more complex cosplays.

Raven: Now that Mia Shinda is on a Killing Spree, what music would she listen to as she Shinda? 

Mia: Something classical like Beethoven or Mozart! ;) 

Raven: How did you change to apocalypse/dark outfits?

Mia: At some point, cosplay wasn’t giving me everything I wanted, because my creativity was narrowed down.

Through my friends,  I was introduced to LARP (Live Action Role Playing) and there I discovered that I could make my costumes from my ideas and I was fascinated by the apocalypse/dark stuff since my early childhood years. So I decided to build my costumes in this new direction and found pretty quickly other people who liked the same topics as I did. 

Raven: Michael Myers, Friday the 13th Jason, Freddy Krueger, or R. Kelly. Who would scare you if you were trapped in an elevator?

Mia: R. Kelly of course, that would be the true horror… ;) nearly as bad as being trapped with Justin Bieber! 

Raven: Did you do it for the artistry, the lucrative commissions, or something else?

Mia: At first, I did it only for the artistry. But then after some time several people approached me and complimented me on my costumes and asked if I could build some costume parts for them as well. So I started making commissions parallel to my costume builds.

Raven: Now that is wonderful to hear you can make a living on what you love to do. Do people, who meet you for the first time, surprised to know what you do?

Mia: Yes, often people are surprised when they find out what I do. 

Raven: What torture object would Mia Shinda be most afraid of if someone was trying to kill her?

Mia: That would be a clarinet *shudder*

Raven: How long does it take to create a complete outfit from start to finish?

Mia: Well, it depends on the outfit, especially how detailed and playful it shall be. On one particular outfit, I am building for 8 years now. There are always things to add, to improve, to change. For another costume, it took me over a year, from the first sketches to the finished result. But for some more basic outfits, I only need a few days or weeks.  

Raven: What is currently the number of cosplay outfits you own?

Mia: I currently have over 40 outfits and the number is still growing… ;)

Raven: I say, it is never enough! Do you have a walk-in closet?

Mia: Yes, I have, otherwise, it would not work with so many costumes.

Raven: What is your favorite cosplay outfit?

Mia: My Zombie Girl “Marie” and my KhajiitKimana” are my two all-time favorites.

Raven: Are you willing to stay overnight in  Kirchlengern Forest?

Mia: Of course, I would! :D So exciting!

Raven: During my search to interview female cosplayers, I came across one of your photos of you as a Zombie cleaning maid. It’s both sexy and haunting. Are most of your cosplay characters a combination of both sexy and/or gruesome?

Mia: Yes many of them are. I like the combined style and it is somewhat unique because most female cosplays only focus on being cute and sexy. 

Raven: It is Hauntingly Lovely! What sort of characters are you drawn to?

Mia: All creepy characters, not just by their looks but also how they move differently or behave differently from people. Like the nurses from Silent Hill for example. 

Raven: What photoshoots do you prefer, on location or in a studio?

Mia: Definitely on location. It brings a unique flair to the pictures. 

Raven: Who is your photographer(s)?

Mia: First and foremost Thomas Kilian Soulcatcher Photography, is my favorite photographer. Furthermore, I shoot with Rico Aloha, eosAndy, and Jamari Lior Photography, they do a magnificent job!

Raven: If Mia Shinda, due to a lab explosion, caused her to become invisible, what sort of evil thing would she do?

Mia: She would wait in an elevator and poke everyone on their sides and blame it on other people.

Raven: Seeing most of your photoshoots deal with abandoned building locations. Have you ever been injured during a photoshoot?

Mia: I’ve been very lucky that I did not injure myself! I hope it will stay that way! ;) 

Raven: Also on location, has there ever been a ghost or spirit presence while working there?

Mia: Actually yes, in one location we heard voices that were talking to each other and steps coming up the stairs and as we used our flashlights to look who’s coming there was nobody on the stairs. That was creepy!!! I love these things! :D  

Raven: BOO! Just Kidding. Have you or will you ever cosplay something outside your comfort zone?

Mia: No, I have not and I will not leave from what I love my style of cosplay. 

Raven: For Mia Shinda, what animal would best describe your personality?

Mia: I would say a squirrel. ☺ It’s always busy, collecting much stuff and is small and bubbly!

Raven: That’s one squirrel I would always visit and admire!

Raven: Do you think Werewolves are sexy?

Mia: No, they have too much fur… but zombies are sexy *hrhrhr* ;) 

Raven: What is your opinion on Lewd/Spicy photoshoots? 

Mia: As long as it has aesthetics as the main focus and is not cheap, I like it a lot. 

Raven: Should cosplayers do it?

Mia: If they feel comfortable with themselves while doing it, I don’t see a problem.

Raven: Have you ever done Lewd/Spicy photos?

Mia: Yes, I have done lewd/spicy photos regularly.

Raven: Wow. So you were the one who broke the internet! Is it for profit or artistry?

Mia: Profit is certainly an aspect, but the main focus is on artistry.

Raven: Do German people celebrate Halloween?

Mia: Yes, but unfortunately very limited and not so much as in the USA. There are some parties, but no big trick or treat events in the neighborhood.

Raven: What are some of the German traditions on Halloween?

Mia: There are no explicit German Halloween traditions that I am aware of, but many Germans inhabited Halloween traditions from the USA.

Raven: What have been the reactions from people who see you wearing one of your outfits?

Mia: Overall they react astounded and many want to take a picture, some are scared or a bit frightened, but in general the reactions are positive. 

Raven: What places would you show me that best represents your hometown?

Mia: I don’t know any special places that would represent my hometown, I live in a normal small village.

Raven: Are there any new projects you are planning to have for this Halloween?

Mia: I’m planning to rebuild a speaking doll :D 

Raven: Now that’s a scary vision!

Raven: If Mia Shinda became a blood-thirsty vampire, would she drink the blood of  David Hasselhoff? 

Mia: She would rather starve to death than suck the blood from David Hasselhoff. Sorry, David! ;)

Raven: What advice can you offer to those wanting to do this kind of cosplay?

Mia: My biggest advice would be that one must be very patient when crafting a new cosplay. Plan ahead so one has enough time… And a high frustration resistance would be good… ;) 

Raven: Can I have a hug?

Mia: Normally yes, but due to the Covid-Crisis this would not be such a good idea at the moment, but a virtual hug is perfectly fine! ;) *virtual hug*

Raven: That’s it. It is in the Books! Thank you so much Mia Shinda for taking the time to do this interview. 

Mia: Thank you. It has been a pleasure doing this. Happy Halloween everyone!

Raven: If I could as one more question, where can readers find more of Mia Shinda?

Mia: Not a problem. For more of my dark and twisted cosplay, here is my website you can subscribe to: 

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