Cosplay Spotlight: Nekkon

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Nekkon, this is your week in our COSPLAY SPOTLIGHT!!

Why do you cosplay?

Firstly, I cosplay to pay homage to my favourite anime and video game characters. After doing it for a couple years, I’m now also interested in learning as much as I can about the crat, and showing off the skills I’ve developed over the years. Many of my friends also cosplay, and so working on costumes and attending cons together is honestly one of the things that makes me the happiest.

What was your first cosplay?

Uzumaki Naruto! I was 11, and ordered a costume that was a size too small from a Chinese cosplay site, looked dumb as heck, had braces at the time, ripped my pants, and was too shy to really interact with any of the other cosplayers. It was one of the most fundamental parts of my life though, as I now attend Boston University for Costume Production.

Do you make your own cosplay costumes, if so, which ones, and how long does an average costume take to make?

I make all of my own cosplays (with the exception of my recent Mio cosplay)! Before college, costumes would take me a couple days to about a month or two to make, however now that I’ve been in school, I’ve gotten much faster. I continue to push myself in learning new techniques and work with harder and harder materials and in new ways, and have much more complex characters planned for the future. Soon I hope to start becoming familiar with worbla and wonderflex so I can incorporate more armour and prop pieces into my cosplays.

Who is your favorite character to play?

I love most of the characters that I cosplay, because I normally pick ones that I already like or connect with! At its core, cosplaying for me is celebrating animation and video games, and so dressing up as my favourite characters and interacting with other fans is really rewarding. Last summer Inuyasha was especially fun though because he’s more rambunctious, and very recognizable.

Amongst animation, comics, movies, or video games, what is your biggest inspiration for cosplay?

Basically any characters that I like! I think I’ve done an even mix of anime/manga, video game, and webcomic cosplays.

Have you ever made any mistakes that you’d warn a first timer about?

There are so many mistakes I’ve made… I’m still making them;;; But I would highly recommend two things, no matter what gender you are: a good wig with a wig cap, and some super basic makeup!! These two things can go a long, long way to make your cosplays look better. Even if it’s just some BB/CC cream (tinted face cream), that’s a good start!

Are there certain characters that are easier to cosplay as than others?

I would say characters that wear simple clothing are easier, but even then getting all the little details just right can make or break the cosplay.
Follow Nekkon:

facebook page: http://facebook.com/NekkonCosplay/

personal tumblr: http://evilkitten101.tumblr.com/

instagram: nekkon_he

Photo Credits:

Zelda 9+12, DSC01736, DSC01894: Francesca Leon

IMG_0132, IMG_0164: Geek Photography (Anthony Varner)

1947353… : Cas.Smith Photography

10155…: selfie B)

IMG_1448, IMG_1470: Alex Kalb

1120078…: Jay Fondin

12335…: Stella Bernstein Photography

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