Tell us all about your first cosplay experience.
Well my first true cosplay experience was Katsucon 4 back in 1998, I
was dressed as Alberto
of Impact from Giant Robo. A simple costume: three button suit coat,
fancy eye piece, felt beard and mustache, finished with a cigar. My friends
and I performed the 2nd
annual Big Fire Bar BQ skit. Not only was the skit well received
we received plenty of praise for our costumes.
How would you react to the statement - "There are no good male
characters left to cosplay as"?
People just are not looking hard enough. There is no limit to the amount
of interesting costumes for people of all shapes and sizes. I think a
lot of people worry more about trying to dress in a costume that is popular
and easily recognized than a good costume.
What's your perspective on the pros and cons of cosplaying today compared
to 5 years ago?
Well I think that things have improved over the last five years. Costumes
are superior as well as many of the performances. Some of the costumes
taking home awards five years ago would not win today. This is a good
thing, more complex costumes, and more entertaining skits. However the
downside is novice cosplayers can be intimidated, afraid to try, because
they do not think they will be able to make the same quality of costumes.
As a cosplay judge, what would you look for in picking winners?
I look at the quality of the costume, how well it was constructed, and
the methods used. Recreation is also highly important, how close it looks
to the original and what changes were made to help make it. Lastly if
I am judging a skit I look for originality, how well I can hear, see the
costumes, and general how much fun the cosplayers are having on stage.
Any plans to cross-play as a female character?
No not really, unless I make a mecha with a female pilot or a kaiju that
happens to be female.
Where does your inspiration in life originate?
A good attitude, when Im in a good mood I can get a lot accomplished,
inspiration comes and I have a drive to get things done.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Rich, yup havent made it yet, so I guess I will keep having to
work at it.
How important is cosplay to you today? How about 10 years from now?
Its a nice hobby. I enjoy making costumes, trying out new and different
ways to make them, learning new skills. I hope in 10 years I still feel
the same way, trying to make interesting and different costumes.
What's the best way to deal with criticism?
Listen to see if it is constructive. Very few cosplayers have perfected
their craft. However if it is an attack, feel free to defend yourself,
but dont take it too far. Try not to sink to name calling and silly
insults, state your argument and be done with it. Last bit of advice -
dont try to get the last word in, it can really hurt your point
of view to take an argument too far.
If you had the resources to make the ultimate costume, what would it
It would probably be a movie quality suit of armor, Dust Gead from Borgman,
maybe Knight Survive from Kamen Rider Ryuki, or a Mecha like the Jagd
Mirage, or GaoGaiGar.
more of Dave Z's costumes
Dave, you have an impressive collection of costuming
accolades. Not only is it great to see another guy cosplayer take this
art seriously, but also challenging yourself to do even more elaborate
characters. Everyone has to start somewhere, and the progress you achieved
can serve as inspiration for many other burgeoning cosplay artists looking
to spread their wings of armor. Thanks for sharing and best of luck to
you on your future projects.
Garry aka Prof.Tomoe