Interview with Cosplayer New Comer Ashe Cosplay
The Atlanta, GA native has only been cosplaying less than a year, but you wouldn’t notice. Its obvious ahe takes pride her in cosplay. There is no time limit on what it takes to progress in this hobby. Kaneki Ken from Tokyo Ghoul and Michiko Malandro being among her favorite cosplays, she is definitely making her own way in the cosplay scene. We got a chance to interview her about her journey through cosplay.
Who or what inspired you to cosplay?
Everyone at Momocon inspired me. I’ll explain. A friend of mine invited me to Momocon in 2014. She explain to me what a con was and what you do at it. I’ve always been into gaming and anime so I figured why not! (This was my very first con by the way). We walked around for a bit and I felt so out of place. I was like, “I’m practically the only one not in costume!” I saw so many extravagant costumes, costumes I recognized from my favorite anime shows and I was so amazed. I’m talking like giant costumes, costumes with huge wings, and LED lights, etc. I loved it all. I never knew it was a “thing”. I’ve always been into creating things since I was a child, so I naturally gravitated towards it. I’ll never forget that moment when I turned to my friend and said, “I’m going to cosplay next year.”
What do you do when you aren’t cosplaying?
I’m either working on a cosplay (lol), gaming, studying my head off, watching anime, or drawing.
Which character is your favorite to cosplay?
I love all of the characters I’ve cosplayed but I’d have to say Michiko. She reminds me of myself. XD She’s sassy, independent, and “tough as nails” lol, so it was pretty easy to get into character. I love badass female characters. The fact that’s she’s a POC is even better.
What costumes have provided the biggest challenge and rewards so far? Why?
Lately, I’ve been working on Officer Vi from League of Legends. After the third try making the base of her gauntlets I think I finally got the concept. This is how I learned about the importance of templates! Hahaha!
What do you think of the state of anime fandom right now? How do you think it can be better?
I definitely think anime itself has gained a lot of popularity over the years. Out of the three cons I’ve been to, I’ve noticed some positive and negative things. I think, if everyone respects each other and appreciate each other’s work, things will get better.
What is the best advice you would give someone new to cosplaying?
Don’t pay any attention to the negative comments or things you may hear. As long as you feel comfortable, and you’re having FUN, that’s all that matters.
Do you get to travel the country to different conventions? What show can fans expect to see you at next?
I go to conventions locally. I do plan on traveling one day though but I will be at Momocon 2016 for sure!