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Amanda Webster Born To Cosplay

HOMETOWN: Lebanon, MO
RESIDENCE: Phoenix, AZ
SCHOOL: Hogwarts
HOBBIES: Yoga, writing, activism, traveling
ZODIAC SIGN: Aries
CF. How did you get into cosplay, who did you portray first, and why?

I’ve been modeling since I was sixteen professionally and was practically born with a Nintendo controller in my hand, so my passions just naturally merged. My first portrayal was Nami from One Piece because her character had escaped slavery to pursue her dream, which seemed perfectly symbolic with the state of my life at the time.
CF. What’s the best part of cosplay? 

All of our lives we are told to be who we are, and that seems perfectly rational and inspirational. And while I love who I am, sometimes it is nice to be able to get in someone else’s mind and clothes for a day. It is a great outlet for my imagination and truthfully, often for my emotions. Like representing Nami was reflective of my life at the time, I was dealing with a lot of frustration and resentment when I chose to do Dexter Morgan. I know this is probably not a commonly recognized aspect, but cosplay is exceptionally therapeutic! You have a place to express yourself in a healthy manner, a community to connect to and always something new to focus on or challenge yourself with.
CF. If you could be any super hero or villain who would you be and why?

Rogue from X-Men because essentially, I could obtain every superpower.
CF. If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and what would you say to them?

The thirteen-year-old in me is going to be mad at me for not saying Justin Timberlake (he is high on my bucket list), but I would have to say Chester Bennington. I have never been affected so harshly by a celebrity’s death, but to know that someone who saved me from the darkest places of my life succumbed to that same darkness was devastating. If my conversation with him could change the outcome of his passing, I would tell him to reach out to his fans and let us carry him like he did for us most of our lives. I would tell him that his light shone over millions of people and kept theirs burning when they felt just like he did. I would apologize on behalf of humanity for the bastards who did what they did to him that left such deep wounds. And I would answer the question he posed in One More Light: Who cares if one more light goes out?
In a sky of a million stars?”
I do. Because some stars burn far brighter than others and those stars should be the last to flicker out.
CF. What’s your favorite sci-fi movie and what captivates about the plot?

Even though it is a TV show and not a movie, The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. It was a cowboy sci-fi series from the very early nineties with cult-classic Bruce Campbell. Sadly, it only had one season, but I am confident I have re-watched it at least a dozen times. While the premise was a bit grim, the show starts with Brisco’s father being murdered, I connected with his desire to avenge his father, as I was always very close to my parents. But I liked that it had the perfect balance of seriousness with wit and characters that were impossible to not like. Except the villain. He was the only true fear I had as a child. Even now I don’t have a single complaint about it, other than how short it was. I think thought that the show was really just before its time.
CF. What’s the craziest thing a fan sent you or requested?

That is a toss-up between my used bath water and my toenail clippings.
CF. What sidekick would you hire to be your personal assistant and why?

I know this is kind of cheating, but in Assassin’s Creed, Ezio teamed up with Leonardo DaVinci. I mean, seriously, who better to handle all of my affairs? He was a mathematician, so my finances would be in good hands, an engineer, so everything would run like a well-oiled machine and an artist, so it would all look fabulous to boot!
CF. What character intimidates the heck out of you, why, and when will you attempt take the challenge to portray them? 

Strangely, Princess Zelda. I have been wanting to cosplay her before I even got into the scene. I often see her portrayed as the damsel in distress, and (having been a Zelda fan since I could walk), I don’t see that as the defining trait of her character. She is the Wisdom part of the Triforce (which, by the way, I have tattooed on my hand) and I want to take my time to make sure that is what I am expressing. But, I have confidence that 2018 might finally be the year that bestows me the Power and Courage to make it happen.
CF. Do you know a lot about the series you cosplay?

If I come across a character that I take interest in cosplaying, I make it a point to do my homework. But for the most part, I stick with characters that I know well and feel a connection to.
CF. What’s your favorite comic con to attend and what makes it so special?

Although it was a short-lived event that experienced a lot of unfortunate complications, Rewind Con was my absolute favorite. Anyone who knows me knows that I am stuck in the nineties and it made my teenybopper heart pitter patter. Other than that, Stan Lee’s Comikaze because it is larger than life and the attendees reflect that. You see people who have made functioning Transformers and Iron Man costumes and just stare in awe at the capabilities and dedication of these cosplayers.
CF. What comic cons are you definitely attending the last part of 2017?

I am too busy still wiping my tears that I missed the big NYC con earlier this month! Any requests from the fans?  
CF. What’s one thing you wish fans wouldn’t do?

I get anxiety when fans cry. Not because I am judging them or upset by it, it is moving to see that myself or another cosplayer or celebrity has touched them that deeply, but I am never sure exactly how to respond.
CF. Who was your favorite character to portray and what rocked about it?

Dexter Morgan. Aside from the obvious of being offered free ice cream at Rita’s because I happened to be walking by in my cosplay and they “were sorry for my loss,” there is something to be said for vigilante justice. The development for his character was flawless and the execution (no pun intended) was amazing. Though I, with many other fans, was unhappy with the direction they eventually went with the TV series, it is to this day one of the few shows that I can say truly captivated me to the end (besides Brisco and House.) Because, as much as we hate to admit it, we connect with Dexter, as there is a part of him in all of us. It was great giving my Dark Passenger some time to come out and play.
CF. How do you keep cosplay fun?

First of all, I like to switch up genres. It is easy to fall into a rut and start wanting to do only comic book heroes or only characters from a certain series. Second, I like to get into the minds of my characters, so I might wander around in costume for a day (yes, in public) and reflect on how he/she would react to or handle different situations.
CF. Where can new fans go to follow you?
Instagram: mandawebster
CF. Other than this interview, what’s the craziest thing you agreed to do?

When I modeled for FHM magazine, I was invited to Bam Margera’s New York bachelor party. One of his friends thought I was hot and wanted me to go with them and keep partying. So, I wound up on a tour bus to West Chester, Pennsylvania, leaving my car and my boyfriend in NYC. I had about $50 to my name, a dead cell phone and no idea where specifically I was or how I was going to get home to Ohio.
CF. In your opinion what’s the meaning of life?

To live it.
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Going All Holly Gloha Cosplay

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HOMETOWN: Bastrop, Texas

RESIDENCE: Houston, Texas

HOBBIES: Cosplay, travel, shopping and going to conventions

ZODIAC SIGN: Taurus

CF. How did you get into cosplay, who did you portray first, and why?

            I was invited to participate with an adorable Sailor Moon group in Austin!  Sadly, we just kept missing each other at the conventions, but it was a complete blast!  My first “at a convention” cosplay was the human version of Luna from the Sailor Moon series.  (The group found me online when I posted my Halloween costume of Musical Sailor Saturn.  Really hope that picture isn’t still out there….it’s kind of tragic looking) :p

CF. What’s the best part of cosplay?

            I have to pick just one?!  I love the creativity of all!  From the construction of the costume, the application of the make up and even those talented enough to transition into character…it all shows talent on so many levels and cosplay allows us all an outlet to be our glamorous selves!  (You can also tell I’m infatuated with the community…it was only through their support that I got the chance to grow and develop as a cosplayer)

CF. If you could be any super hero or villain who would you be and why?

            Again, just one?!  That’s so hard….I’m multifaceted and my tastes vary.  Weiss Schnee is a favorite of mine, so I’ll stick with her for now…but I am woman and I am fickle.  Mind change in 5, 4, 3….

CF. If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and what would you say to them?

            I’ve always been a HUGE fan of Audrey Hepburn…she was truly beautiful inside and outside-a rare thing sometimes! I’d like to say that I’d say/ask something deep and profound, but most likely I’d stare at my feet and make vowel noises until she felt sorry for me and gave me an autograph.  When I fangirl

CF. What’s your favorite sci-fi movie and what captivates about the plot?

            When you asked that, Firefly was the first one that popped into my mind.  I loved the different personalities, the action, the originality…Joss Whedon created an entire world that was amazing and I wish I could be part of it!  I’d totally cast myself as a Companion who abandoned her guild to become a Browncoat.  I’d be glamorous and deadly!

CF. What’s the craziest thing a fan sent you or requested?

            Maybe it’s me…but other than the usual request for nudes, I don’t get crazy things.  One time someone asked to take pictures of my feet.  That….that’s not a safe request.  I’ve done years of ballet and martial arts.  I’ve got the kind of feet that make foot fetishists appreciate faces.

CF. What sidekick would you hire to be your personal assistant and why?

            As someone who reads a lot of comics and watches a lot of anime…this one is HARD!  I’d say Bayonetta…but in all honesty, I’d just want to learn her natural sass and confidence.  She’d end up the one in charge and I’m not sure I’d complain.

CF. What character intimidates the heck out of you, why, and when will you attempt take the challenge to portray them?

            There is a GORGEOUS design that Sakizou did that I have yet to seen cosplayed.  The details, the laces, even the drape of the pearls.  It terrifies me because it looks like something that would take months of construction and would immediately go in the “Masterpiece” category.  I’ll be tacking it next year.  I’ll baste every stitch with my tears of fear and anticipation.

CF. Do you know a lot about the series you cosplay?

            Definitely!  I love being able to portray my favorite character and interacting with other fans of the series…but I don’t hold it against anyone who doesn’t know the series and just cosplays a character because they loved the design. Inspiration is everywhere and I refuse to be the Cosplay Police and ruin someone else’s amazing time.

CF. What’s your favorite comic con to attend and what makes it so special?

            I’ve been to Wizard World a few times and it’s always fun…but the convention that always gets me giddy, giddy, giddy is San Japan.  It’s always so well run, so fun and it absolutely destroyed me when I missed it this year.

CF. What comic con’s are definitely attending the last part of 2016?

            I think at this time, it’s only going to be anime cons until 2017.  Next anime con is OniCon at Galveston where I’ve just been approved to host two panels!  I’m excited and nervous

CF. What’s one thing you wish fans wouldn’t do?

            Don’t be mean, don’t be petty and don’t hurt anyone’s feelings.  That’s about it for me, if you’re kind to me, I’m kind to you.  If you’re not…I’ll awkwardly sidle myself away and find someone who’s more fun to be around.

CF. Who was your favorite character to portray and what rocked about it?

            Dr. Mrs. The Monarch is my favorite. There’s something about putting myself in her stilettos that just brings out the villainess in me.  I love her confidence, her Alpha personality and I love how much attention and respect the costume demands.

CF. How do you keep cosplay fun?

            Surround yourself with friends that are positive, encourage your growth and development and a community that enjoys the fandoms as much as you do.

CF. Where can new fans go to follow you?

            I do love my social media!

Facebook: facebook.com/Gloha.h

Twitter handle: Holly Gloha

Instagram handle: Holly Gloha

Patreon (can I plug it here): patreon.com/HollyGloha

CF. Other than this interview, what’s the craziest thing you agreed to do?

            I go out in public dressed as anime/comic characters…not too much after that can be classified as crazy.  😉  Maybe one day I’ll do a Dance Off in one of my Weiss Schnee cosplays.  That could be fun and adorable.

CF. In your opinion what’s the meaning of life?

            How many people answered “42”?  😉  In all honesty…I have no idea.  Go read a book?  I’d recommend anything by Terry Pratchett.  He was and remains absolutely awesome and if you ever cosplay Sam Vimes I will fangirl myself to tears at your amazingness.

Costumes:

Weiss Schnee from RWBY

Homura Akemi from Puella Magica Madoka.