“I’m a 20 year old college student living in Oregon! I love video games and Cosplay and they eat up my personal time. I’ve been attending cons for roughly 7-8 years and Cosplaying for most of that. In the past couple years I’ve started making my own costumes and I finally have the time and funds to make Cosplays I enjoy! I’ll have lots to show in the way of Cosplay progress and hopefully a lot of finished products, hah.”
Jack Nickelz: So tell us what first got you started in Cosplay?
Poliwaggle Cosplay: I started doing Cosplay because some of my friends were getting really into it and encouraged me to start as well. Pretty sure we used to go to the local Borders for a couple “anime club”-like meet ups.
Jack Nickelz: What was your first Cosplay outfit?
Poliwaggle Cosplay: My first Cosplay was Mello from Death Note. All thrifted, hah. Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of it.
Jack Nickelz: How was it going to a convention in full gear?
Poliwaggle Cosplay: Going to a convention in Cosplay is always really exciting! No lie, I appreciate the attention and it’s always cool to hear what people have to say. Kids’ getting excited about the Cosplays is awesome too.
Jack Nickelz: What has been some of your fav. Cosplays to do?
Poliwaggle Cosplay: My Eeveelutions, Sylveon and Vaporeon, have been really fun, they’re just super frilly and girly, and I had a lot of freedom in making them. They just generally make me feel cute.
Jack Nickelz: Do you have a Cosplay that you are becoming known for?
Poliwaggle Cosplay: Ehhhh not really. I’ve worn Poison Ivy out to cons more than any other. Does that count?
Jack Nickelz: How do you pick which Cosplay to do?
Poliwaggle Cosplay: Oh man, I am not a choosy person with Cosplays at all. I tend to fall in love with a lot of designs for tons of reasons. I usually end up picking Cosplays that are on my backlog based on time and money.
Jack Nickelz: How long does it normally take you to do a Cosplay?
Poliwaggle Cosplay: It totally depends. I’ve been bad about working consistently on a Cosplay and then stopping entirely, so what would’ve been a 2-week project is spread over months. Poison Ivy was maybe 6 hours worth of work, Cidney was 15-20 hours, and I’d say Vaporeon was roughly 35?
Jack Nickelz: What’s the hardest Cosplay that you have had to do?
Poliwaggle Cosplay: My hardest Cosplay so far is a tie between two I’m working on currently. One is Jibril from No Game No Life, which is testing my patience with feather-laying on wings, the other is Justicar Syndra. I hope to wrap them up in the coming week or so but in the mean time they’ve been a hassle.
Jack Nickelz: Who are some of the Cosplayers that you admire?
Poliwaggle Cosplay: I really admire Cosplayers like Joanna Mari, Stella Chuu, Jynx Cosplay, Pizoobie… The list goes on and on. I’m also constantly inspired by tons of my friends in the community!
Jack Nickelz: Are there any Cosplays that you had to adjust because they were too revealing?
Poliwaggle Cosplay: Not yet, but I’m sure some like that will crop up with time!
Jack Nickelz: Why do you think that Cosplay is becoming more main stream?
Poliwaggle Cosplay: I think nerd staples have been generally getting more acceptance and recognition and people are just finally understanding how fun Cosplay is. I mean, come on, it’s like Halloween multiple times a year. Who doesn’t love Halloween?
Jack Nickelz: What do family and friends think about your Cosplaying?
Poliwaggle Cosplay: Everyone’s been really supportive of it, including the more risqué parts and skimpy Cosplays. Friends are always super encouraging and my mom likes to show family and friends pictures of me in costume.
Jack Nickelz: What are your thoughts on people saying Cosplay is becoming too corporate?
Poliwaggle Cosplay: I can’t really help but agree, however I don’t think it’s all that negative of a thing. On one hand, it’s really helped bring Cosplay into the spotlight. I mostly just think it was bound to happen at some point. Cosplay is likely to fall back out of the mainstream with time and I think it’ll take the corporate approach with it.
Jack Nickelz: What future Cosplays can we expect to see from you this year?
Poliwaggle Cosplay: I have tons planned for the coming year!! Expect Zero Suit Samus, some Metal Gear Solid Cosplays, and a few League of Legends Cosplays in the coming months leading up to my next con.
Jack Nickelz: Thank you for taking time out to do this. Is there anything else you would like to say to the fans?
Poliwaggle Cosplay: Mostly just “thank you”!! To friends, fans, everyone. I’ve been really pushing to improve my Cosplays in the past few months and everyone around me has been crazy supportive and downright inspiring. It’s really helped me find the motivation to improve!