Cosplay Artist StardustMegu Anime Complexium Interview
Cosplay Artist StardustMegu has been in the cosplay game for five years. At first she started with buying costumes, and accessories. She then graduated and started to make her own cosplay costumes and accessories. Since 2010, the boogie down Bronx (NYC) native has cosplayed over 15 characters including those from anime (Saya Kisaragi From Blood-C), video games (Milenna Mortal Kombat) and comic books (Poison Ivy). The Anime Complexium took the time to chat with StardustMegu about her favorite cosplay costumes and her upcoming con appearances.
Who or what inspired you to cosplay?
What inspired me to cosplay were my friends and the pictures of cosplayers online. I learned about this hobby through anime and the internet while I was in high school. I saw pictures of cosplayers on deviant art and google. They looked gorgeous and it seemed like they were having so much fun. I thought “Wow! These people look amazing! I should totally do this!”
Even though I really wanted to do this, I was actually very hesitant at first. I had low-self esteem because of severe bullying years prior, so I thought I may not look good dressing up as these characters. My friends instilled me with confidence and convinced me to still cosplay. We bought our tickets to NYCC 2010 and I premiered my first cosplay, which was Haruhi Suzumiya from the Meloncholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. My cosplay wasn’t perfect, but people gave me great compliments. I met so many nerds like me. It was the first time in years that I ever felt this happy. That’s when I decided to commit to this. Years later, I’m still doing this hobby!
Which character is your favorite to cosplay?
It’s very hard to choose one because I have multiple favorites. Some of my favorites are Junko Enoshima from Danganronpa, Sailor Pluto from Sailor Moon, Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Satsuki Kiryuin from Kill la Kill
What costumes have provided the biggest challenge and rewards so far and why?
To me, my Sailor Pluto cosplay provided the biggest challenge and rewards. Not only was it the first cosplay that I made everything by myself, but I had to do it all by hand (I didn’t have a sewing machine back then). When I was done and tried it on, I felt so happy and proud of myself because someone like me made this whole cosplay alone and also because a lot of people love it!
What is the best advice you would give someone new to cosplaying?
My advice is to just do it! (Yes I quoted Shia Labeouf!) It’s ok if you don’t look exactly like the character or if your cosplay is not perfect. Cosplaying is all about having fun! You can cosplay as any character you want. Don’t let anything stop you from dressing up as your favorite character!
Do you get to travel around to different conventions? Also, what cons can fans expect to see you at next
I only go to the local ones in my area. It would be awesome if I could go to conventions at different countries! The next convention that I’m attending is the NY Winter Con in Queens, which is next month! I’ll be Chun-Li on Saturday and Poison on Sunday (both from Street Fighter). I’m currently working on both cosplays!