I have been going to Con's for an Age. However when I first started having a booth and promoting my wares, it was a whole different animal. My first con as a vendor was #SteelCityCon in December of 2014. That's where I met Maikeru .
Aside from being, hands down one of the most amazing human beings I have ever met; Maikeru was the first Cosplayer I ever had my picture taken with. His smile was warm and genuine, and was only matched by his passion for the craft of Cosplay. He always strives to make most every single stitch of his costumes whenever possible, helps others that need advice and encourages newbies to follow their passion. He's not afraid to learn on how to perfect his craft and I am proud to call him friend.
IMP- How did you get into cosplay?
MAIKERU- I actually started cosplaying many years ago. I remember being highly obsessed with anime, cartoons and video games and I literally begged my parents to buy me my first cosplay, which was Edward Elric from Full Metal Alchemist. I was so excited to go to my first convention and get to literally feel like I was my character, and back then, that was the best feeling in the world (And still kind of is haha). I had heard from many of my friends how fun cosplay was so I just figured, why not give it a shot? Thank God I did, because cosplay is honestly something I really love to do now and I have made so many new friends thanks to it.
IMP- How long have you been cosplaying?
MAIKERU- I have been cosplaying since 2008 (But did take a break between 2010 and 2013).
IMP- What are some of the biggest challenges when it comes to cosplay?
MAIKERU- There are so many challenges you will face while cosplaying, and you can only overcome them if you put forth as much effort as possible. I believe that making the cosplay is one of the biggest challenges, followed up with posing and staying in character. I pretty much am 50/50 on buying and making my cosplays. I make almost all of my props but when it comes to sewing the costumes, I need a lot of improvement. The best advice I can give you is to take your time and try not to rush your cosplay, or you WILL end up with a big jumbled mess (Trust me, I know… haha). Posing is also a huge challenge for me because every time my friends and I do a photoshoot, they literally have to pose me themselves because I cannot do it myself, haha. Staying in character also goes hand in hand with posing, you need to know the character well and be able to be just like them, which seems to be a big problem for me, but I try my best.
IMP- What is your favorite cosplay?
MAIKERU- Surely my Axel cosplay (Kingdom Hearts), followed up by my Link Inkling cosplay (The Legend of Zelda/Splatoon Crossover).
IMP- Tell me about the charity work
MAIKERU- Unfortunately I have not participated in any charity work but I am looking to participate in some in the near future!
IMP- How many cons do attend per year?
MAIKERU- Anywhere between 7-9 conventions a year. I always attend Tekko, Colossalcon, Matsuricon and Steel City Con (Which is every four months). I attended Wizard World for the first time this year and am looking to attend Ohayocon for the first time next year!
IMP- What is your favorite con?
MAIKERU- Definitely Tekko because it is my hometown convention and is one of the biggest and best! Every year it seems to get better and better and it honestly never disappoints me! I am also involved in two great panels at Tekko too, one for Black Butler and the other for Kingdom Hearts. Colossalcon is probably my second favorite because it is at an amazing water park/resort, Kalahari, and we always seem to make it into a fun little mini vacation with a trip to Cedar Point before or afterward.
IMP- Do you participate in events beside cons? If so, what are they?
MAIKERU- I do attend Tekko’s Kennywood day every year and go to cosplay meetups (Although there have not been any for a while). I also attend the local renaissance festival every year and have actually started cosplaying to that as well. I also do many photo shoots for my cosplays whenever my friends and I are able to meet up.
IMP- What advice would you give to someone who is new to cosplay?
MAIKERU- Cosplay is for fun and making friends, nothing else. If you are not having fun with it, then you are doing something wrong. I take pride and have so much fun creating cosplays and wearing them out to conventions. Costume contests do frustrate me, but I try my best to overlook that. Do not get to the point where you let cosplay turn into a competition, cause it will surely ruin it for you. Just have fun and take pride in your work, whether you bought it or made it, cause you will surely rock it and look awesome!
IMP- What other aspects of geekdom do you enjoy?
MAIKERU- I freaking LOVE playing video games and watching anime! I am a hardcore Legend of Zelda and Kingdom Hearts fan (Which explains why most of my cosplays are from those games) and my favorite anime series are probably Soul Eater and Death Note. I also enjoy listening to video game soundtracks at times, which include everything from Sonic the Hedgehog to Metal Gear Solid. Oh and of course, I enjoy running my personal cosplay page, Maikeru Cosplay and Gaming, where I share cosplay photos, write video game reviews and share a bunch of other random fun stuff!
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