August 3, 2012
It’s not always that we have a chance to talk with a western anime and cosplay fan, and hence we contacted Maridah, a cosplayer from the United States which became well known due to her high quality Saber (Fate series) cosplay which was featured in Otacool 2. Much to our delight she agreed to this interview. And thus we are quite honoured to have her featured on our site.
More after the break
AS: Can you tell us how you first got started into cosplaying and what was your first ever costume?
M: I got the cosplay bug when planning for my first anime convention. I wanted to dress up for the event, so I made some costumes from myself and my friends to wear. My first cosplay was of Relena from Gundam Wing.
AS: How many characters have you cosplayed throughout your venture into this hobby?
M: I ‘ve lost count. It’s been so many. Easily over 30 characters~
AS: In your other interviews that you do your own costume. Where do you usually buy the materials for the costumes and how many have you made, for yourself and others included?
M: I like to buy my fabric from warehouse stores. They have better prices and selections. I’ve made too many costumes to keep count, and I’ve probably made twice as many costumes for friends over the years than for myself, so it has to be a big number by now.
AS: All in all, how long would it take you to make a costume, and how much would it usually cost? In lieu of that, how much collectively do all your costumes cost?
M: It depends on the costume. Some take a day or two, others have taken a month or more. Same with cost. It’s variable. I’ve spent $6 on one costume’s fabric, and $200 on another. It depends on how complicated the cosplay is.
AS: What are your hobbies when you are not cosplaying?
M: I collect dolls- BJDs and Dollfie Dreams and enjoy sewing things for them. I also collect anime merchandise like figures and play video games occasionally. My less nerdy hobbies involve drawing, watercolor, and reading. I’m trying a little bit of gardening as well, now.
AS: For someone that is already 27, you don’t look it. Tell us do you have any secrets on, well still looking like a teenager?
M: No, there isn’t much to it. It’s not something I try for, so there really isn’t any secret I can share. For many years I hated looking young because it’s caused problems for me in my daily life, but it works for cosplay.
AS: How many anime events usually you attends in the US?
M: 2 to 3 a year.
AS: Lastly any messages for your fans in Malaysia?
M: Thanks so much for the support and interest in my cosplay! It’s very encouraging and I hope I can continue to create cosplay that people will enjoy. Cheers to Malaysia! I hope to visit one day!
All of the pictures were taken from her website, altho we wish that she could come here so we could take some of her pictures ourselves. Thanks Maridah!
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