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Two choir friends discuss their cosplaying hobby

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Seniors Ally Taylor and Anya Vail share a unique hobby: cosplaying. They dress up as Homestuck characters and travel to conventions to spread their love for their favorite characters.

 

Q: To you, what is cosplaying?

ALLY: To me, cosplay is dressing up as a character from a show, a video game, a movie.

ANYA: Yeah, cosplay comes from ‘costume play.’ I researched for it. Costumes can be any sort of thing and then cosplay is a specific character. And then sometimes, after you dress up you can act as that character, but some people choose not to.

Anya Vail poses as Jane Crocker from Homestuck. She dressed up to go to the SanDiegostuck's Heroes and Villains meetup to interact with other fans. Photo Credit: Eric Faralan

Anya Vail poses as Jane Crocker from Homestuck. She dressed up to go to the SanDiegostuck’s Heroes and Villains meetup to interact with other fans. Photo Credit: Eric Faralan

 

Q: When did you two start cosplaying?

ANYA: Well I’ve been dressing up as characters since I was young, but I didn’t make my own costumes until about middle school. I went on and off.

ALLY: I started cosplaying maybe around sixth grade. It wasn’t very good. It was all costume stuff that I threw up and said, “Hey look, I’m a character!” But I stopped doing cosplaying for a few years and just started up again this year.

 

Q: What are the challenges?

The two looked at each other and smiled.

ALLY: Money!

ANYA: Money, money, money!

 

Q: What’s the best part of cosplaying?

ALLY: Crafting and meeting people!

ANYA: I love making the costume, and meeting people is a great opportunity.

ALLY: You find people that are either in the same cosplay as you or…

ANYA: They start fangirling over your costume or fanboying!

ALLY: Like, “Oh my gosh! Your cape is beautiful,” or, “Oh my gosh! You actually sewed that yourself?” It’s the thrill of seeing the craftsmanship in everyone’s and your own [costumes].

 

Q: What’s the best cosplay you’ve ever made or done?

Ally Taylor stops to take a selfie to check her Pikachu makeup. Her theatre exploits has helper her know how to use makeup efficiently in her cosplays. Photo Credit: Ally Taylor

Ally Taylor stops to take a selfie to check her Pikachu makeup. Her theatre exploits has helper her know how to use makeup efficiently in her cosplays. Photo Credit: Ally Taylor

ALLY: I have two that I’ve done pretty well, but I think my favorite one would probably be my fox cosplay. There [are] plenty of anime fox girls around, so I did my own take on that. I sewed my own fox ears.

ANYA: So, it’s more of a costume cosplay?

ALLY: Yeah. If it was a cosplay cosplay, then it would have to be my Terezi Pyrope cosplay. That is from Homestuck. Homestuck is a webcomic that’s very… interesting for sure.

ANYA: It involves lots of time shenanigans. We probably shouldn’t explain that right now…

ANYA: I’m really proud of my Jane from Homestuck. [Also my]  Tavros and Dirk costumes because I relate to the characters a lot. But those costumes aren’t really finished yet.

ALLY: Again, from Homestuck.

 

Q: Could you explain how you got into Homestuck?

The two girls both giggled.

ALLY: I knew about it from earlier (motions to Anya), but then my friends started sending me really cute fanart, and I really fell in love with them. I’ve tried reading it before but I never really got into it. I pushed my way through until I got later into the actual comic and I fell in love with some of the characters.

ANYA: That’s how I got into it; I fell in love with the characters.

ALLY: Yeah, and how relatable they can be … even if people don’t really see that at first … when you really think about it, you do connect with a lot more characters than they actually act. We pick our characters based on who we could connect the best with.

 

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