Apr 16, 2015
April’s Cosplayer Of The Month
April’s Cosplayer of the Month is…..
Here is our interview
What is your name and do you have an Alias?
My full name is Meaghan Lee Mueller but when it comes to cosplay I go by the name Mae-Gwyn.
How long have you been cosplaying?
I have been cosplaying since the summer of 2012.
What was is or who inspired you to start?
Ever since I saw the Lord of the Rings I always wanted to make myself an elf dress. I spent most of my high school days doodling the different characters and searching the internet for reference images. My interest in costume grew over the years, blossoming in college when I was rooming with a bunch of theater students. I would sometimes do their homework for them because I enjoyed the topics so much. For some reason I never got around to actually doing anything with costumes until the making of the Hobbit was announced. I had come up with a design and I was all set to buy the fabric when I hesitated. I don’t think I would have continued if it hadn’t been for my boyfriend encouraging me to make the costume. He was the one who introduced me to cosplay so I guess I owe it all to him!
Tell us about your first Cosplay experience?
Although I wanted to make an elf gown as my first costume, I was worried that I would mess it up. I had a year to get ready for it so I figured that I would try to make something basic first. I decided to cosplay Nausicaa from Studio Ghibli’s Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind since the costume was relatively simple to make. I wore it to my first con and I was so terrified at the beginning! I felt so out-of-place even though there were cosplayers all around me. I thoroughly enjoyed it though, despite the fear (and being sick). I am glad that I stuck with it!
What do you find a challenge with Cosplay?
I always find it most challenging to start working on something. Getting all the material is easy, starting the patterning, that takes some serious concentration and lots of newspaper in order to get the proper shape. Mock ups also take quite a bit of time to go through but once things get moving it becomes more interesting (and stressful).
What is the most enjoyable part of Cosplay for you?
I love getting dressed up as the character! It’s something I always enjoyed as a kid so it’s kind of nostalgic. Mostly it feels magical, to wear something that doesn’t fit in everyday life. Having created the costume just adds to the whole experience because I can look back and say “wow, I made something incredible!”
Have you met any lasting friends because of Cosplay?
Yes, I have indeed! One of my good cosplay friends (Bandit Spurs) was actually a year older than me in high school. We never really hung out together or talked to each other until we happened to find each other on cosplay.com. Now we attend cons together and we even have some group cosplays planned for some cons this summer! I made a lot of my friends through masquerade green rooms (best place to meet people seriously!) My costuming friend list is expanding and I’m excited to make more friends this con season!
Do you plan on continuing cosplaying for years to come?
Yes for sure! I one day hope to have a cosplaying family!
What is one or two characters that you want to do but haven’t yet?
I really, really, really want to cosplay Laday Galadriel from the London Lord of the Rings Musical (no longer showing)! Her costume is stunning and her hair is so intricate! I fell in love with her design when I watched one of the songs from the musical on Youtube. She is my dream costume and I hope to make her soon! Another one on my to-do list is Kougyoku from Magi in her djinn equip. This one is planned for sometime in the next two years, I can’t wait to get working on her!
If you had to choose only one costume to wear for the rest of your life what would it be?
Mmmmm, tough question. Out of the costumes that I have made so far I don’t think I would be able to wear any of them for a long period of time… ok I might be lying, I TOTALLY would wear my elf costume forever! If only ears were naturally pointy…
What is your favorite Convention? (FanExpo, Comicon, Anime Con….) and why?
My favourite con would have to be Otakuthon. It was the first con I ever attended, the first con I ever entered a masquerade and the first con where I actually made a lot of friends at once. So many good memories! I can not wait to go back again his year!
What would you say to someone who knows nothing about Cosplay but is asking why you do it?
I like making things, I like being creative and I like showing the world what I was able to accomplish. It it my way of expressing myself, I have turned two-dimensional art into something that you can see, hear, touch and feel.
Would you like if more friends or family would join you in your love of cosplay?
It would be cool if my family was more interested in my hobby but at the same time I may cosplay things that I wouldn’t necessarily want them to see. I guess it’s a good thing they don’t get too involved 😛
Do you have plans for your next convention yet?
I will be taking a quick trip down to Quebec city in April with some of my friends. We will only be going for one day but I am anxious to get away from schoolwork so it will be a wonderful break! I will most likely bring my Howl cosplay as he is comfy and easy to move around it (critical since I will be driving and I won’t want to change there).
Do you have any tips or trick you would like to share with fellow Cosplayers?
Don’t let the crazy detailed costumes intimidate you. They intimidated me and I thought that my skills were so limited that I could never achieve such amazing work. Everyone starts somewhere and everyone is different. Just take your time and learn by doing. Level up slowly because in the end you can look back and see how much you improved. That feeling is the best feeling ever, take my word for it!
Do you have anywhere online I can send people to check out your Cosplay adventures?
I am active on both my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MaeGwynCosplay) and my Deviant Art profile (http://mae-gwyn.deviantart.com/)
Please list the genres your into.(Anime, Gaming, TV, Movie, Horror, Comic, Books, Manga ect.)
I’m mostly into anime, film and books, although I have experimented with some lolita and steampunk styles.
Tell us one or two interesting stories of you in cosplay.
I entered the masquerade at Ottawa Pop Expo 2013 and they were filming an episode of the show there. Once of the scenes that they wanted to film was a long line of cosplayers, acting naturally. I was chilling in line with Bandit Spurs while the camera crew moved back and forth multiple times. In between takes we actually got to talk with some of the cosplayers on the show who were participating in the masquerade. They were all super nice people and it was so great that we got to see them without all the drama and scripted scenes. Eventually we were led back inside the green room. When the new season came out, I noticed in the opening that one of the clips was taken from that particular time. Turns out that my shoulder is in the opening of Heroes of Cosplay, season 1.5!
Thank you Meaghan for taking the time to let us into your world for a moment. We wish you all the best as you continue on your fun cosplay journey!
Remember to check in again next month to see our next special cosplayer! Thank you all! Cosplay on!!!
Krystal Clear Photography
Credits for the Photos:
1. Howl (Howl’s Moving Castle): Sophie – Locobu (https://www.facebook.com/locobu.ap?fref=ts), Photographer – Corey Clayton (https://www.youtube.com/user/coreboy)
2. Mew Zakuro (Tokyo Mew Mew): Photographer – Corey Clayton (https://www.youtube.com/user/coreboy)
3. Sailor Jupiter (Sailor Moon): Photographer – Bandit Spurs (https://www.facebook.com/banditspurs)
4. Sakura Kinomoto (Cardcaptor Sakura): Photographer – Corey Clayton (https://www.youtube.com/user/coreboy)
5. Sakura Hime (Tsubasa Shunraiki): Photographer – Cyberfox 007 (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cyberfox007-Photography/282766998598766?fref=ts)
6. Shunki (Saiunkoku Monogatari): Photographer – Corey Clayton (https://www.youtube.com/user/coreboy)
7. Vana (The Silmarillion): Photographer – Bandit Spurs (https://www.facebook.com/banditspurs)
8. Sheik (The Legend of Zelda): Princess Zelda (https://www.facebook.com/banditspurs), Photographer – Arthur Bond (https://www.facebook.com/bakuretsucon?fref=ts)
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