Monday, 10 July 2017

Interview with King of the North Cosplay



I came across Chris (King of the North Cosplay) on social media. Chris is a UK based cosplayer, gamer, fitness enthusiast, traveller and film fan. Chris has cosplayed a large number of characters and even trains to get in shape to look the part he’s cosplaying. He has chosen his characters based on suggestions, characters he loves, characters he would love to be and has put great effort to make them come to life. Chris enjoys showcasing his characters with photoshoots and attending conventions around the country.

I have personally found Chris to be a genuinely lovely person, super friendly and helpful. His costumes are incredible so make sure you go check out his Facebook Page and Instagram to see more of his great work.

I have never interviewed a male cosplayer before so this a first for the website! Check out my interview with Chris, King of the North Cosplay below!



When did you start cosplaying?
Casey Jones (Comic)
Sonesh Joshi Photography

I started Cosplaying around three and a half years ago now.

How did you get into cosplay?

Two of my friends went to London Film & Comic Con yearly and took their son/nephew with them. One year they asked me if I wanted to come so I went along. I loved the Convention and all of the amazing Cosplays I saw and they suggested I give it a try and encouraged me to Cosplay Bane from The Dark Knight Rises, played by Tom Hardy.

Which characters have you cosplayed? 

Bane from Dark Knight Rises and the Comic, Two Versions of Chris Redfield from the Resident Evil series, Two versions of Ken and Charlie Nash from Street Fighter, Deathstroke from Arrow, Casey Jones from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Axel from Streets of Rage, Alex Shepard from Silent Hill, Vegeta from Dragon Ball, Abraham Ford from Walking Dead, Frank Castle from Marvel’s Daredevil Season 2, General Zod form Man of Steel and Spartacus from Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

Do you have a favourite costume? 

I think probably my Chris Redfield (Resident Evil 5 version) People seem to really like it and it was a really good cosplay for me in regards to learning allot of crafting and allot about sourcing Military gear.


The Next Spartacus
A.J Charlton Photography
Do you act in costume or purely look like the character? 

I try to. With Bane I tried to copy his mannerisms and movements from the movie

Do you make/buy/commission your costumes? 

All three. It totally depends on the time frame I have and if I have the skill to do something or the time to learn the skill.

What skills have you learnt cosplaying?

My favourite skill is weathering costumes, it’s a process I really enjoy.

Where do you tend to shop for cosplay costumes and accessories? 

Ebay and a few Chinese and Korean Airsoft websites.

Do you have any costume tips/tricks to share? 

When you look at a costume, try and breakdown the costume into its individual parts. When I first started I looked at costumes far too much as a whole, over time I was taught to break things down to its basics and I found it helped allot, especially on bigger projects.

Who is your favourite comic book character? 
 
General Zod
Matt Eleven Photography
Batman, Wolverine or Gambit.

What are your personal fandoms?

Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Supernatural, Vikings.

Those who follow your Instagram will know you’re very much into your fitness and even train specifically for a certain character. Can you tell us about your cosplay fitness journey?

I Had been training a few years before my first convention, which is a big reason why my friends suggested I cosplay Bane from Dark Knight Rises, which had come out earlier in the year. But I decided that I really wanted to look as close physically to the character as I could. So I looked at the characters physique and decided how best to train so I would look closer to the character and which body parts in particular to really focus on.

What particular characters have you trained to resemble?

In particular Bane, Chris Redfield, Charlie Nash and Spartacus, they were the hardest changes.

Tell us about your current nutrition and exercise regime and are you doing this for a particular character?


Charlie Nash
MDR FOTO Art
I’ve recently been to a nutritionist for the first time to change up my diet and to a P.T that specialises in training athletes for martial arts. So my training is very different at the moment, twice a day cardio, one session fasted and for weights a combination of compound, functional, explosive exercises as well as very high rep sets for muscular endurance.

Do you have any advice for anyone starting their own fitness journey?

Never be afraid to ask for advice and help. There is always someone out there with more knowledge and experience and you find most are more than willing to help you.

Have you done any charity work as a cosplayer? 

No yet, but I’d like to.

As a dab hand at attending conventions and events do you have any advice/do and don’ts to share? 

Just to be respectful. Don’t touch someone’s costume without asking if its ok, same with photos. It’s just polite and most of the time unless a cosplayer is eating or having an issue with their costume they will happily let you take a photo.

How do you feel about character adaptations of a costume rather than making a carbon copy of what’s in print/film etc?
I admire the creativity. In the end of the day Cosplay how you want to, in a way that makes you happy.

What is the best and worst piece of cosplay advice you’ve received?
Deathstroke
Valentin Offner - Photographe

Best: Probably about breaking down costume plans into the bare basics, it’s made life so easier and now I just see costumes as parts.
Worst: Honestly I haven’t really had any bad advice.

What has been one of the coolest things to come from cosplaying?

The opportunity to work at Conventions in Paris and with Capcom who’s games I have loved since childhood right up to present day.

What other cosplayers do you admire? 

Maul Cosplay, Kingtide Cosplay, Leobane Cosplay, Leon Chiro Cosplay Art, Weathered King Cosplay, Giulietta Zawadski, Santatory, Danica Rockwood, Lisa Lou Who, Aurora Cosplay, Hannah Lydia Cosplay, Masubi, Alias Cosplay Far too many to mention.

Do you have any advice for people looking to do cosplay photoshoots? 

Find a Photographer and people to work with that make you comfortable and have fun with it.

For people wanting to get into cosplay, what advice would you give them?

Choose a character you have a passion for an just enjoy yourself.


Abraham Ford
Alucard Photography
What are your future cosplay plans?

Erm Nathan Drake, Joel from the Last of Us, Letho of Gulet and Damien De La Tour from The Witcher, Night wing and Achilles

Which conventions/events do you have planned to attend this year? 

Manchester MCM, Fanatic Expo, Birmingham MCM, EGX and Wales Comic Con so far.

What are you most looking forward to for the rest of the year?

Movies, Spiderman: Homecoming, Thor Ragnarock, Justice League. Games: The Last of Us Part 2, Assassins Creed: Origins and God of War. I have some travels planned to visit friends too, so I can’t wait for that.


Gaston from Beauty and the Beast with Nuna Cosplay, Lily on the Moon and Pandora Clemy Creations as The Bimbettes
Valentin Offner - Photographe

I would like to thank Chris for his time doing this interview.  To keep up to date with the King of the North check out his Facebook and Instagram pages.

Stay tuned as more interviews, event reviews and some exciting announcements are coming soon!

xoxo

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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Interview with UK Cosplayer Aimee Swift

Photo by James Bissett Photography 
For my next cosplayer interview I would like to introduce you to cosplayer Aimee Swift. I found Aimee online and absolutely love her work. Aimee has made a name for herself with her stunning cosplays including the new Wonder Woman cosplay. Aimee focuses on cosplay and fitness which she shares on her social media accounts. Aimee is also a member of Geek-Ta-Scale cosplay group.

I have found Aimee to be extremely friendly, open and helpful. She has given me personally help and advice and is very genuine. She is very passionate about cosplay and the fandoms that interest her and very creative with how she portrays her favourite characters.  She has brilliant costumes, trains her body for cosplay, sings… this girl can!!
Check out my interview with Aimee below!

Photography by Phoenix Libra Cosplay Photography

When did you start cosplaying?
I started cosplaying just over a year ago; last month was actually a mini anniversary. So not long in the grand scheme of things! Manchester Film and Comic Con was my first.
Photography by Cosplay Photography Pad
How did you get into cosplay?
I'd always been interested in it; I think I had a cosplay wish list before I even did. I had no friends that would really want to go to a comic con so I never had an excuse until my friend who is a writer got a press pass to one and suggested I go with her as she knew I'd always wanted to go to one. So I went, made my first cosplay and loved it.
How long have you been cosplaying for?
Just over a year :)
Which characters have you cosplayed? 
My first cosplay was Ciri from the Witcher, from that came also Yennefer from the same game, Posion Ivy, Black Canary, Wonder Woman, Lara Croft, Ms. Marvel, Ariel, Elsa, Gamora (body paint is so much fun!), Susan Storm, Emma Frost, Elena from unchartered and Willow Scott from Indianna Jones. *phew* and still more planned!
Do you have a favourite costume? 
It would be between Ciri and Wonder Woman for me. Both are incredible, strong characters and visually stunning. Ciri has been the one I've dedicated the most time too and I will probably always wear and improve her but the reaction I'm getting from children lately with the film out is melting my heart, so Wonder Woman just has the edge now. 
Do you act in costume or purely look like the character? 

Photography by Cosplay Photography Pad
I think certain characters require more of an act than others. Certainly the child friendly superheroes and princesses, I will try and walk and talk like them and act as they would with children as I love making them believe. I do love seeing people act in character, seeing Harley Quinns act crazy is awesome to watch and my favourite has had to of been a Silent Bob cosplayer who never spoke. Subtle yet so cool!
Do you make/buy/commission your costumes? 
I mostly make my costumes or buy an item of clothing and alter it. I've learnt more over time, so I'm making more and more. But the commissions I see people make are so incredible and seeing someone live that character bought, made or not really makes it for me. I do have to thank my incredible friends of Geek-Ta-Scale for all the help, as without them and all of us helping one another, our costumes wouldn't be the standard they are now.

What skills have you learnt cosplaying?
Sewing (Barely), I've learnt a lot about foam and woodworking for swords and props. Tape mannequins and of course praying while gluing. I want to improve my painting skills still which I hope to do with my new version of Wonder Woman I'm currently making.

Where do you tend to shop for cosplay costumes and accessories? 
Online, my amazon prime has paid for itself at this point. Craft foam is fairly cheap and so is glue. For fabrics, Abakhan is fortunately close to my house.

Photography by Cosplay Photography Pad 
Do you have any costume tips/tricks to share? 
Foam work or sewing, find a cheap mannequin or make one of yourself with tape and newspaper. I've stabbed myself so many times with needles attaching things while on me! That and get a good TV show or music soundtrack for the background.
Who is your favourite comic book character? 
Oddly, not someone I cosplay! It's Spiderman all the way for me. I've got high hopes for the new film (fingers crossed anyway) and all around just a great character with great villains. Of course Wonder Woman is a close second.
What are your personal fandoms? 

Photo provided by Aimee Swift
I say I'm a fan of comic book characters definitely but fandoms for me are more in the internet. I love animations and things like anime abridged versions of things. I love so many things that it would be hard to categorize myself into just a few. 

Body positivity is a very hot topic in cosplay at the moment. There seems to be pressure to be a certain shape/weight/look to pull off certain characters. There can be a lot of negativity in terms of trolling within groups based on people’s appearance. How have you found the cosplay community personally?
Personally, I have received negative comments from the public, mainly on internet forums but then again who hasn't? Trolls on the internet are awful people but they exist in every hobby and sadly cosplay is something that is very image focused because you're trying to look a certain way. I've been told all sorts, it's what happens when you go on a public forum, it doesn't make it right but it should be expected sadly. However I see more people defending the cosplayers usually which is always incredible to see. At the end of the day, no one is going to have the body of a comic book character and if we start claiming hierarchy on that, we turn our silly and fun, challenging at times hobby into elitism. It's how you take the criticism, we can acknowledge feedback but bullying is obvious. Ignore and accept you love that character and that's all that should matter.
Those who follow your Instagram will know you’re very much into your fitness. Do you work on your fitness for cosplay at all?
I say both are a happy coincidence. I work out and I cosplay and I tend to keep a constant level, but most of my characters and strong warrior types so I do eat extra clean and workout more in a week leading up to a convention while praying it makes up for the junk I eat at the weekend of a con!
Photography by I Shoot Shows UK
Tell us about your current nutrition and exercise regime and are you doing this for a particular character?
I used to be overweight so I've always struggled with diets until I found something that worked for me. I lift weights (which a while ago I never thought I would do but I love it!) some explosive and weighted cardio but you couldn’t tempt me onto a running machine! Also martial arts and dancing is great fun. My nutrition is that I'm a version of paleo, that is eating natural non processed foods and no grain (bread, rice and pasta is a no go for me.) This works great for me and I invite people to give it a go if they're up for it. It gives me great energy, I get wonderful portions of food and it's taught me a lot about cooking.

Do you have any advice for anyone starting their own fitness journey?

Photography by Tom Farral Photography
I say keep an open mind about weight lifting for the women out there, don't be scared! For diet, balance is key. Respect it should be a lifestyle choice and simply crash diets will not work in the long run. Make swaps, drink more water, try a side of cooked oven roasted vegetables instead of chips and don't completely restrict yourself. Don't think you need to have salads for every meal. My standard day is scrambled eggs for breakfast with bacon, sausages or chicken for lunch and any meat and vegetables for dinner. Have an ice cream at the beach every now and then, have a portion of chips at a con. You need willpower and let's face it, if you're doing cosplay and making costumes, you have incredible will power not to rage quit! For the exercise also I'm actually thinking of making a Wonder Woman workout video soon, have a bit of fun but at the same time give advice for anyone looking to start. I'll be doing that from my family run self-help and health focused business, the "Tao of Us." Website will be up shortly and links from my Instagram.


Have you done any charity work as a cosplayer?
Photography by Kosupics 
I have, my group Geek-Ta-Scale have done a few charity events promoting but our favourite so far has to of been going to Alder Hay Children's hospital at Christmas a few times to sing and just talk to these incredible children. We have a school summer fete coming up as well as Manchester hospital visit and a few conventions to sing and perform. 
Our incredible friends often join us for these, all incredible cosplayers and wonderful people:
Hope Mennim: Chemical Reaction Cosplay
Berry Layne Thomas: So she became a hero
James Knowles
Nikki March

How do you feel about character adaptations of a costume rather than making a carbon copy of what’s in print/film etc?

I love the creativity that goes into them, steampunk versions of things, crossplays, armoured Disney; different takes on things are amazing. I have a few ideas but none I have a clue of how I would bring it to reality!

What is the best and worst piece of cosplay advice you’ve received?

Best: Stay out of drama. There is a lot in cosplay and you can often find it comes to you and you have to make the decision to avoid it. It may feel like it will help you be included but it's never worth it.
Worst: Show more skin. Many of my cosplays already do as they are the character designs. I 100% respect the women who have the confidence to wear less for a cosplay or do a different version of a character but I don't think we should be under the assumption that we have to. We should all cosplay what we feel comfortable with and not do things we're uncomfortable with for ourselves. At the same time, no hating other cosplayers who do. 

Photography by Cosplay Photography Pad  
As a dab hand at attending conventions and events do you have any advice/do and don’ts to share?

Go with friends to a con, it makes a convention for me. The people you go with, cosplaying in a group always tends to go down amazingly too. I love shoots at conventions! The photographers are amazing but remember, don't do anything you don't feel comfortable with. Most photographers are really polite and if you don't feel comfortable going to a quiet area of the con alone with them, you are within your right to say no politely. Bring your own camera of phone; you'll kick yourself for not getting a group selfie. A spare change of shoes! If you can find a way to carry belongings on your own, that is great but I respect a lot of costumes don't allow for pockets so a lot of people sew them inside the costume or just get a small clutch style bag they can easily hide. 

What has been one of the coolest things to come from cosplaying?
My friends, without a shadow of a doubt and the confidence I have received from it. I struggled for photos at my first convention but I've really come into my own since and I've learnt so many new skills from it. 
What other cosplayers do you admire?

Photo provided by Aimee Swift at Cineworld

My wonderful friends I cosplay with for charity. They act in character and they make people believe. Some people on Instagram also, though so many to mention. It's just wonderful seeing a cosplayers with thousands of followers still reply to comments, still react and still be a part of the community. Cosplay groups like Justice League of England, Squad UK. Again, so many people! And of course the other members of Geek-Ta-Scale. I couldn't do any of what I do without you!
Do you have any advice for people looking to do cosplay photoshoots? 
Have an idea of what you want, have a location in mind, have makeup and hair trials for yourself and practice poses. Pack makeup, wipes, I have a box filled with everything you could need! Always know a photographer and look at their work, discuss ideas with them and never be pressured into poses or things you don't want. That is your absolute prerogative. The wait for the picture sis so excited and remember when you get them, credit the photographers and keep a great relationship.
What do you like to do when you’re not cosplaying?
I'm very into my music, I sing and play a few instruments which is self-learnt on YouTube so I say teaching yourself a new skill is incredible so give it a try! Leather working, non-cosplay related craft. Working out, martial arts, writing, cooking, baking, video games and movies and I love hanging out with my dog even when he is a wrecking handful!

Photo provided by Aimee Swift
For people wanting to get into cosplay, what advice would you give them?
Prepare to part with a lot of money! But also pick any costume you love, dress up and go for it! Everyone evolves differently in cosplay and it's always exciting to see how. Be your own cosplayer and enjoy, anything goes!
What are your future cosplay plans?
I'm remaking Wonder Woman from scratch and hoping to have that done for the next convention, I would love a Spidey suit though not sure which. Maybe another Disney one, I'm tempted to do a full armour build next too but would want to do an original design. I'm also thinking Cersei Lannister from game of thrones, Antiope from Wonder Woman and Supergirl. Though as we all know with cosplay, this list could change at any moment!

Which conventions/events do you have planned to attend this year?

The biggest one is LFCC next month! Very excited for that one, a few charity events also coming up and Chester Comic Con in September where I'll put my singing to the test as Ariel as I did at Trafford Park Comic Con. I may be at MCM London in October or if not, Birmingham in November. 
What are you most looking forward to for the rest of the year?

The cons of course, the charity events coming up and seeing what else happens. I have no shoots lined up right now, but I hopefully will soon with some amazing photographers in mind. Hope to see you guys at a con coming soon.
Photography by I Shoot Shows UK 
I would like to thank Aimee with her time for this interview. Stay tuned for many more interviews coming soon!

xoxo


Friday, 9 June 2017

Interview with Top UK Cosplayer Clouded Kitty


Photo provided by Sarah Page
For my next cosplayer interview I would like to introduce you to cosplayer Sarah Page otherwise known as Clouded Kitty. I found Sarah online and absolutely love her work. She has been cosplaying since 2015 and made a name for herself with her stunning Harley Quinn and pirate cosplays. She has been a cosplay guest at several conventions, runs a entertainments agency called ‘Tru Entertainments’ and a store ‘Captain’s Cabin’ with her partner.  
I have found Sarah to be extremely friendly, down to earth and accepting of all cosplayers. She has given help and advice and is very genuine. She is very passionate about cosplay and the fandoms that interest her and very creative with how she portrays her favourite characters. 
Check out my interview with Clouded Kitty below!

Photo by Lee Henshaw provided by Sarah Page
How did you get into cosplay?

I’ve always liked dressing up and being creative. I wanted to go to Comic Con for ages and finally persuaded a friend to go with me! i attended my first Comic Con which was London film and Comic Con back in August 2015 and from then on I was hooked!
Which characters have you done? 
Photo provided by Sarah Page

Harley Quinn (Arkham city, bombshell, classic and suicide squad), Catwoman, fem Joker, fem Thor, Jessica Rabbit, Elsa from Frozen, Angelica Teach (Pirates of the Caribbean), Jack Sparrow and generic pirate cosplays.
Do you have a favourite costume?

My favourite has got to be classic Harley Quinn, Harley will always be my first love! 
Do you act in costume or purely look like the character?

I do try to act as my characters as much as possible. 
Do you make/buy/commission your costumes?

A mixture really, I prop build so as much as possible I like to make my own costumes or custom up stuff but I have bought some pieces just for ease! 
Where do you tend to shop for cosplay costumes and accessories?

Depending what I require I shop all over for the right item! 
Do you have any costume tips/tricks to share? 

Always have fun and never take yourself seriously! If you lose the love for what you enjoy doing then it’s not worth doing anymore! If your building stuff practise makes perfect don't stress just keep trying and never be afraid to ask others for help! 

Photo provided by Sarah Page
It’s no secret you are a DC lover. Who is your favourite comic book character?

It has to be Harley Quinn! She’s beautiful, quirky and just the right amount of crazy! I absolutely adore her! 
How do you feel about people cosplaying as characters of the opposite gender?

As long as you’re having fun who cares! I love to see peoples creations and how they transform themselves into different characters! I myself have done male characters before. 
I myself have felt self-conscious about dressing as certain characters due to the fact I’m short and more than curvy. A lot of characters seem to be tall and slender (especially superheroes). Do you feel cosplayers should pick characters they look like/have the same body shape as? 

Not at all!!! If you love that character no one can tell you what you should or shouldn't be! I have had negativity in the past over some of my characters but I hold my head high and never listen to people that want to knock down you confidence. I like it so I do it, simple :) they can always not look if they are that offended lol!

Body positivity is a very hot topic in cosplay at the moment. There seems to be pressure to be a certain shape/weight/look to pull off certain characters. There can be a lot of negativity in terms of trolling within groups based on people’s appearance. How have you found the cosplay community personally? 

Photo provided
by Sarah Page

I have found in the cosplay community there is a small amount of judgemental people that want to knock others down instead of build them up.  They cannot see that their comments can actually be very hurtful and really effect people mentally. As a community of people who all enjoy the same thing I believe we should promote positivity amongst one and other. Recently I have had someone tell me I am to skinny and have no curves so I shouldn't be cosplaying Jessica Rabbit. Personally I have suffered with body image for years and I believe this kind of behaviour is disgusting and uncalled for. Nobody has the right to judge anyone else no matter if your short, tall, skinny, curvy or plus sized. To those people who have been affected by nasty comments all I can say is this: you are beautiful as you are and any negativity is a reflection of how vile that person is and not a reflection of you. Hold your head up high and continue doing what you enjoy and rocking the characters you love! There are so many lovely people in the community that far out way the nasty ones! 
Talking of hot topics in cosplay have you found the community change for you and your partner with you success in cosplay increasing?

Yes definitely, cosplay is getting more and more popular and mainstream now! 

Photo provided by Sarah Page
There seems to be the notion that when you have costumes at a certain standard, perfect your acting and character you become a top level of cosplayer above others and get invited to conventions, invited to judge competitions, asked to have stands at events, have people pay for photographs etc. What’s your view on the various standards of cosplayer?

I don't believe anyone if better than anyone else, whether you have a costume off the shelf or have made if your self it makes you no better than anyone else. Yes it’s nice if you get invited to a Comic Con as a guest now and again but personally I don't agree with the whole having a stand and paying for photos. I have been asked in the past and always turned it down I have no interest in being big-headed. As I always say I'm just a person in a costume why would I ask people to pay for a photo! I enjoy being at Comic Cons, interacting with people and having a laugh with friends. I do it because I enjoy it not for a popularity contest or a money making scheme. 

Then there is the next stage on from this where you are a professional entertainer…tell us about your entertainment business?

Again there is no such thing as a "professional cosplayer". We tend to use the term "movie accurate" in regards to our business. My partner and I run an entertainment agency called Tru Entertainments.  We hire out movie accurate characters for corporate events, parties, birthdays etc and pride ourselves on our characters looking and acting the part but by no means does this make you a "professional". We are just lucky enough to be able to do what we enjoy as a job!

Have you done any charity work as a cosplayer? 


Photo provided by Sarah Page

Oh yes this is something I really enjoy. Both me and my partner have done plenty of charity work and done various hospital visits and regularly help raise money alongside The Derbyshire Air Ambulance. It’s nice to bring a smile to someone’s face, cheer up their day and help raise money for good causes too!

As a dab hand at attending conventions and events do you have any advice/do and don’ts to share?


Throw yourself into cosplay and always treat others how you would like to be treated yourself :)  always be nice to everyone. Remember some people have only just gotten into cosplay and a kind word can go along way and help them build confidence! Many of us, just like I have anxiety issues etc so ALWAYS be kind :) 
How do you feel about character adaptations of a costume rather than making a carbon copy of what’s in print/film etc?

I like everything I'm a big geek!  I do love to see peoples takes on characters and their creativity with characters, it’s quite amazing what people come up with. 
What is the best and worst piece of cosplay advice you’ve received?

Best: just be yourself
Worst: people telling you not to talk to certain people or groups as they have issue with them, cosplay politics! Never get involved!

Photo provided by Sarah Page
What has been one of the coolest things to come from cosplaying?

For me the coolest thing I have got from cosplaying is finally feeling like I fit in somewhere, it has helped me personally in so many ways confidence wise and I have made so many awesome friends! Plus I met my fiancĂ©e doing cosplay so for me it’s been a life changer! 
What other cosplayers do you admire?

I admire many! The sheer amount of effort and hard work people put into their costumes and portrayal of characters amazes me! 
What’s the geekiest thing you own?

Probably my sideshow collectables Harley Quinn doll and my hot toys jack Nicholson joker.... they are my pride and joy and my favourite thing out of my entire geeky collection! 
What about the geekiest thing you would like to own?

I would love more joker/Harley hot toys, the detail in them is outstanding!

Talking of geeky memorabilia and fan products…tell us about Captains Cabin…

The Captains Cabin is my partner and mines shop, we run this alongside our entertainment and lookalike agency Tru Entertainments. We sell movie/comic collectables and also make build props and cosplay costumes! Great excuse to be surrounded by so many different geeky things!

Do you have any advice for people looking to do cosplay photoshoots?


Always be safe when arranging photoshoots, make sure you go for a good photographer and take someone with you to shoots, safety is key! You can do shoots on a time for print basis, so you give the photographer your time for a copy of pictures which is a great way of getting some awesome images you can use on your cosplay page! 
Photo provided by Sarah Page
For people wanting to get into cosplay, what advice would you give them?

Never be afraid to ask for help and advice from others. If you’re afraid to go to Comic Cons alone then join some of the Facebook groups to get to know people :) there’s plenty of cosplayers out there happy to help you out :)

Which conventions/events do you have planned to attend this year?


Definitely MCM Manchester and Birmingham and our own pirate event Matlock bath pirate mutiny which we host yearly in Matlock bath, Derbyshire. 
What are you most looking forward to for the rest of the year?

Just another year filled with things I love costuming and cosplay and seeing all my fabulous friends!

I would like to thank Sarah with her time for this interview. You can follow Sarah on Facebook here

Stay tuned for many more interviews coming soon!

xoxo