Our featured member this week, Crown Prince Lioncion, uses the wonderful worlds of Anime and literature as her costume inspiration. She’s not only a talented cosplayer, but also one who is heavily involved in her community.
How did you get into cosplay?
I’ve always been a fan of running around and making a scene and cosplay was just another opportunity to do so. I think my parents were just glad I had something to keep me busy and out of their hair.
When I was 12, I tried to hand sew two pieces of fabric. I think it was fabric, or mom’s curtains; who knows? She didn’t. I tried to make a Rinoa Heartilly duster. I thought she was pretty, though that’s more than what I could say for the duster.
I eventually wised up and took sewing classes in high school. I was running around the halls of my school as the vengeful Organic Angel Alexiel, asking people to join my army in the revolt against God. Yeah…my religious, conservative parents loved that year.
In the end I blame my predecessors, my geeky Asian aunts and uncles who wouldn’t let me play Contra and hid their Robotech anime books because it had nekkid people in it.
How many characters are you currently cosplaying and what are they?
Do I really have to say? It feels like nowadays you aren’t an “official cosplayer” unless you’re creating five costumes a week.
At this moment, I gave in because all the Kool-Aid kids were doing it, but I’m making two Song of Fire and Ice characters. I guess I’m like the hipster version since I’m doing characters from the books. I’m working on a Shiera Seastar, because as much as I want to like Daenerys she won’t go to Westeros like the rest of us want her to do. I also really like Arya, but in the series she looks like she’s taken a dirt bath 99.9% of the time so I went with her cleaner, cool auntie (Lyanna Stark).
What’s your favorite cosplay you’ve done so far and why?
You can ask any of my friends, that would be the lovely Lenneth Valkyrie. I dressed up in similar armor (since my old armor is broken) at work last year and started yelling the Immigrant Song and considering where I work I’m surprised no one found it inappropriate.
First time I saw her was on the cover of a free magazine at GameXChange. I was a kid, it was free and she was pretty, so I made it mine. I bought the game later after it had been out a couple of years and was $20.
What’s your favorite way to craft?
Three words: Messy, Money and Mask….?
I like to do my own thing, my own designs. I think it’s more fun to just throw things together that look good. The accuracy thing…it’s really stressful and where am I supposed to get Mithril in this economy? I try to make sure my account is kosher to go nuts at JoAnn’s. I want to get in and get what I need otherwise I’d never get any of my outfits done and that sometimes does happen
I hope Waterlily (my sister whom also cosplays) doesn’t kill me. Sometimes…okay most of the time when we work on cosplay together…we wear masks.
I’ll just leave it at that.
What’s your favorite crafting item to work with and why?
I tell the people at JoAnn all the time that I wish they offered frequent flyer mile discounts since my sister and I make them millions.
My favorite crafting item is one that works the first time and usually for me that’s Wonderflex and craft foam or “moskume” or whatever that cute word for foam in German is. (Thanks Kamui Cosplay!)
What are your cosplay goals?
Okay, deep-serious answer time. When I was younger and first starting out I originally wanted to be awesomely talented and famous like JoEllen Elam. Now that I’m such an older and much more distinguished adult, I’ve actually found a lot of joy at dressing up at charity events. The most impacting one so far was the Camp Quality for Kids with Cancer that I attended this summer. I was dressed as a Valkyrie and sword fought with remission patients from 6 to 18. Tugs on the heartstrings and is good for the soul. I’m looking forward to volunteering for more events like it in the future.
What’s your dream cosplay and why?
My dream cosplay? That would be Lenneth Valkyrie because she rox my sox. If I could make a perfect replica of her armor in some sort of lightweight metal I’d be in love as big as dinosaurs.
What advice would you give someone who wants to get into cosplay?
If you are interested in cosplay, first off good for you! Become one of us…one of us… If you’d like to get into cosplay, start small.
I know the fancy LED lights, plaster wielding, applique masters are all fun to aspire to, but it’s easiest to start small and work your way up. This way you don’t become discourage and you can still have fun. I can’t stress that enough, HAVE FUN.
YouTube tutorials are your friend and once you gain your own insights and knowledge to this craft I invite you to make your own videos, who knows? I may use one of your tutorials in the near future.
What other interests do you have outside of cosplay?
I like jumping out of planes. No joke.
I have a bucketlist full of things I like and would like to do, mostly dangerous things. Dangerous, expensive things. Groupon is your friend.
If you could have dinner with one fictional character, who would it be and why?
I like odd people so I choose V from V for Vendetta. When he’s not being a terrorist, serial killer with a slight sadistic streak, he’s a dapper, skillful gentleman with a fancy for romanticism. Total Capricorn. All his quirks and secrets would make him lively dinner conversation and he cooks. Comon’ you know you wanted to eat those sammiches he made in the movie.
I know Waterlily and I did, we cooked them the next day.