April 22-25, 2021

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COSPLAYER OF THE MONTH: AUGUST

This time around with the wondrous cosplayer WC Cosplay, we learn about the intense time commitment for costumes and what keeps them inspired.

What city are you based in?
Calgary, AB.

How did you get into cosplay initially?
I have always been a nerd and been interested in pop culture so attending conventions was a natural
progression for me. I have been attending Calgary Expo since the VERY beginning and loved seeing the
amazing costumes so I developed an interest in costuming.
I believe it was 2013 when Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey and Peter Dinklage were guests at the show
and my friend and I thought it was the perfect time to make our own costumes. So I went as Daenerys
Targaryen and I have been hooked on cosplay ever since.

Do you have a cosplay piece that you are most proud of?
I am proud of all my cosplays and love them each for a different reason. For example, I enjoy Marvel’s
Captain Marvel because of how much I resemble the character, La Muerte because of the time and
effort I put into the costume, and Dragon Ball Z’s Vegeta because I adore the character.

What do you hope to achieve through cosplay?
Cosplay for me is a creative outlet so I am not looking for fame. It is a safe space where I can celebrate
my love of nerdy things with the amazing friends I’ve made through it.

Is there a cosplayer that you look up to or inspires you?
This may sound cheesy but the people I have met in the Calgary Cosplay Community inspire me. I see all
these astounding costumes being created and want to try and do something as epic.
If you could give any piece of advice to new cosplayers, what would it be?
Do not be intimidated. We all start somewhere and people will see how much effort you put into your
costume no matter what it looks like. I promise. Oh, and buy a glue gun!

What would you say is the hardest part of cosplaying?
The time commitment. In the past few years, Cosplay has led me to own a small business (Princess
Parties by Mimi) which is amazing! However, it becomes difficult to balance work, life, and hobbies --
especially a hobby like cosplay which takes a lot of time. I try not to pressure myself and instead of
creating four new cosplays for a convention, I now work on old cosplays and make them better or just
make one new cosplay.