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Cosplay Interview With America’s Greatest Otaku, Chris Wanamaker

Cosplay Interview With America’s Greatest Otaku, Chris Wanamaker

No, seriously, Chris Wanamaker really is America’s greatest Otaku. As per the Tokyo Pop show broadcast back in 2013. Here is a clip from the show:

Chris is passionate about anime and the entire fandom. We had the opportunity to  to chat with the DC native took at the phbout his adventures in Commerse play and upcoming events.

Who or what inspired you to cosplay?

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Honestly, I was just setting an example for my fellow members of DC Anime Club, when we did a presentation of what is cosplay at the annual Smithsonian Anime Marathon sponsored by Otakorp (Otakon), and the Smithsonian Freer and Sackler Gallery. We did the same presentation at the Japanese Information and Culture Center at the Embassy of Japan.

What do you do when you aren’t cosplaying?

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Reading Comics, planning events (like renting out a movie theater to do a FREE screening of Justice League vs Titans), or playing old school video games, or playing with my Disney Playmation.

Which character is your favorite to cosplay?

Mario from Super Mario Bros.

What costumes have provided the biggest challenge and rewards so far and why?

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For now Sonic the Hedgehog. I have to commission two wigs for the blue speedster. Tried to style a wig all by myself and that turned into a disaster. That poor wig.

What do you think of the state of anime fandom right now? How do you think it can be better?

It has changed so much since my days of watching anime on VHS and renting from Erols Video store when I was a kid. Anime is so easily accessible now. When I go to places like Daisuke, Crunchy roll, Hulu and Netflix, I feel like a kid in a candy store. Whenever I can’t decided on what anime to watch I just follow the hype on social media. That is how I came to One-punch Man.

We, the anime fans need to NOT just buy the anime, but the merchandise of the anime and J-pop culture that we enjoy in order to keep these shows going. THAT is why we get more perverted, fan-service anime because we are not supporting the quality anime. To support One-punch man, I am buying the manga and with Sailor Moon I am buying the proplicas.

What is the best advice you would give someone new to cosplaying?

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Just do it! Try something simple and move forward. Remember this is Cos-Play, so have fun with the hobby.

Do you get to travel the country to different conventions? Where can fans expect to see you next? 

I don’t travel too much for conventions but I have traveled to Tokyo, Japan. Check out my trip HERE. The next event I will be attend is Katsucon, where I will be debut my Megaman outfit. I also plan to attend the following Cons: Awesomecon, Magfest, Otakon, Rivercon, Anime USA just to name a few. Check out my page for updates on my upcoming cosplays, toy reviews and more.

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About Valerie Complex

Valerie Complex is a freelance writer, and professional nerd. As a lover of Japanese animation, and all things film, she is passionate about diversity across all entertainment mediums.

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