“Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery” – Charles Caleb Colton We love Cosplay, unabashedly so, and one of the cool things about hanging out at Cons is hearing why someone enjoys a character or genre. Cosplay is the biggest form of that flattery, and we aim to bring you the stories behind all those people in funky, fun dress up.
We took a one week hiatus to cross an ocean to bring you this weeks feature, welcoming Magnetrix to the Ministers of Good Taste realm
MoGT: Welcome and thanks for joining us, tell us the who/what/why you like to Cosplay?
Magnetrix: Well, Magnetrix cosplay is me, though I don’t mind whether people call me that or Charlie. I’m a student in the south west of England and I’ve been making costumes for roughly a year. I like to cosplay comic books and games mostly, I’ve done loads of marvel and x-men characters and I’m currently making a few league of legends costumes, and 1 secret anime costume, as well.
Conventions in general are my favorite sorts of events to attend, and I’m always looking out for some different cons to go to. As for stories, nothing can really beat just meeting Jonathon Ross in a lift at LSCC only to have him tell me that he loved my Polaris costume, like I said, the people who you meet and talk to make the convention for me so it’s hard to say what my favorite cons are!
MoGT: What does cosplay represent for you?
Magnetrix: Cosplay for me is a form of art and expression, it’s not only a way to show your appreciation to a show or a character but it also can help express who you are as a person. By dressing up as someone other than yourself you can effectively escape reality, which is great when your life is flooded with exams and deadlines.
MoGT: How did you get your start and who’s your biggest supporter?
Magnetrix: I started cosplay in 2014 when one of my online friends told me about their experiences cosplaying and how I should have a go, I did it to make some friends mostly as I live in the middle of no where and had to miss 2 years of school due to an illness before 2014. I started by just cosplaying my favorite character in the world (Polaris from the X-men) and after getting to know people in the UK community I did it more on a regular basis. My biggest supporter would quite easily be my Mum, she helped make my very first costume and is always trying to help me in the theory part of making things, though I can’t neglect my friends such as Myst cosplay who is always messaging me about costumes and progress,
MoGT: What are your biggest pet peeves while Cosplaying?
Magnetrix: I have a few pet peeves, mostly when it comes to fragile costumes. If someone is wearing big armor, be courteous to them and help them move through small areas. Nothing ruins a convention more like having a destroyed costume due to people not respecting you. And always ask before you touch anything, just as a standard rule. The same things apply to photographing, ask before you take a picture because otherwise you’ll get a bad photo and no one wants that!
MoGT: What’s the cosplay culture like where you’re from, do you have friends that cosplay as well?
Magnetrix: I live in cornwall (no community and no cons here!) but I go to school in Exeter, the cosplay culture of Devon is miniscule, though since it’s so small you pretty much know everyone that goes. There are also a handful of small cons, which are so much fun to go to, just to test costumes at and chill with friends. Only some of my friends cosplay, though those are usually the ones that live further away from me due to the small amount of geek culture nearby.
MoGT: Lets get to know you outside of Cosplay?
Magnetrix: I love playing League of Legends and I’m a huge fan of the LCS ( I’m a major supporter of fnatic) I also swim a lot and take frequent visits to the gym, I guess shopping doesn’t really count as a hobby but I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t one of my favorite past times.
MoGT: How did your costumes come about, did you make them or do you have good shopping tips? If you design and create your own Cosplay tells us about the process.
Magnetrix: Each of my costumes come about in different ways, I always have a long list of costumes I want to make and I usually look through it when deciding what to cosplay next. What my friends are making also affects what costumes I make, as cosplaying in groups is so much more fun than alone! I make the majority of my costumes myself; once or twice I’ve bought part of a costume off of a friend or bought it. E-bay is my go to place if I’m looking to buy something weird (ie. Handcuffs for Officer Caitlyn) ,or something that might not be easy to find. When making a cosplay I usually start from the bottom up as I often find that people forget about shoes when making a costume, most of the time I tend to wing my costumes as having something that’s 100% screen accurate always seem too much pressure for what it is. I’d rather make something better that doesn’t look exactly the same than make something I’m not proud of.
MoGT: Do you have any favorite photographers you’ve worked with? Throw in your favorite places to shoot!
Magnetrix: I’ve barely been able to do any shoots outside of cons ( sad face ) but from the few I’ve done, shooting on abandoned train tracks is a great love of mine! There are usually tones of graffiti or plants that can make it work for so many different types of costumes. I love a lot of different photographers work, as I think that each photographer can bring something new to an outfit. I’ve loved working with people like Lucas Ambrosio or Carlos Adama as well as so many more!
MoGT: What would be your all time epic cosplay?
Magnetrix: I have a bunch of costumes I have always wanted to make, but the all time epic one would have to be bloodstone lissandra. I’m a major Lissandra player and I would love to try and recreate her icicles she walks around on, either that or Arcade sona (even though I’m the worst sona EUW). After making Zyra though, I think I’m going to leave it a while before making any other large armour costumes.
MoGT: If you could have your dream roll in a Movie/TV show what would it be and who would be in the picture?
Magnetrix: I would personally love to be in a live version of the x-men, the only role I’d want would be Lorna Dane seeing as she’s my favorite character of all time! Honestly, I’d have no idea who I’d want to star beside me, seeing as I have so many crushes in the media but I’d definitely want Anna Kendrick and Emma stone in there somewhere!
MoGT: Cosplay is not consent is a huge movement Cosplayers are getting behind, what are your thoughts/experiences?
Magnetrix: I pretty much said how I felt with my pet peeves; so many times I’ve had fragile parts of my costume broken by people with grabby hands. I actually lost my wristband at October MCM 2014 due to someone forcibly grabbing my wrist in my Black Canary costume because ‘he wanted a look at that ass,’ I was in a state of rage and sadness, luckily the staff the next day managed to get me a new one after about an hour of puppy dog eyes and crying.
MoGT: Do you have any upcoming events/projects you can tell us about?
Magnetrix: I’m currently working towards LSCC and will be making my biggest costume yet, Zyra, the costume was finished before breaking again, I hope to have the remade version done in time. I’ve got Meggan and White Phoenix planned as well. Apart from the few league costumes I have planned, I’m currently teaching myself poi and fan dancing for my anime costume next year. ( It’s sailor Neptune, shh.)
MoGT: Any advice for fellow Cosplayers?
Magnetrix: Stick to your guts. If you’re making a costume and you’re not comfortable with a certain aspect such as a low cut neckline, then change it. It doesn’t matter how screen accurate it is if you don’t feel comfortable. Your well being should be the top priority in many costumes, as so many of them are ridiculous, and you shouldn’t ignore things such as mobility, vision, and comfort when making a costume.
MoGT: Are there any cosplayers that have inspired you or that you look up to?
Magnetrix: Oh, too many to list! I completely admire people like Kinpatsu, Vensy, and Courtoon as well as the extremely well known Kamui and Yaya han. Really, since I’m so new I look up to everyone as they’re so much more experienced than I am!
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