Join Maki tomorrow for a live video chat with other cosplayers and cosplay photographers where we’ll be discussing everything from costuming, posing, booking shoots, etc! BE THERE!!

Hey guys!!!! Next Tuesday, the 15th, at 8pm Eastern Standard Time, I am going to be hosting another video chat! This time it’ll be through Google+ using the Hangout feature.

This is going to be a photography video chat where I will be answering any questions you may have. I also just want to meet and talk with some of you other photographers out there who shoot cosplay and other genres as well! n___n

So spread the word to all those who love photos! Let’s hangout!

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after Xmas giveaway

ENTRIES FOR THE CONTEST ARE NOW CLOSED!! We will be announcing winners later on today on https://www.facebook.com/makiandloco! Thank you to everyone who participated 🙂

Cosplay Mondays 12: Lily Stitches

Happy New Years Eve friends, Maki here!   We’re hoping that everyone is having a great evening so far and are gearing up to have some fun.  When we started this project earlier in the year, we didn’t know it would be at the place it is now, and for that we have you guys to thank.  THANK YOUUU!!!  To help get your New Years started off right, we have yet another fabulous cosplayer to introduce!

I first met Lily Stitches about two years ago while she was performing with Cosplay Burlesque.  Much to my surprise and delight, she was one of the sweetest, bubbliest and most down to earth girls I’d ever met.  As she continued evolving, I became a fan of not only her sultry, whimsicle burlesque routines, but her costumes and spirit as well.  She is one of the reasons I became interested in and eventually started doing burlesque.  She is co-founder of Ink & Paint Burlesque Club, one hell of an artist with an infectiously charming smile, it is my absolute pleasure to feature Ms. Lily Stitches!

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1) Describe yourself in 3 words

Creepy, Silly, Fun

2) Who/what inspires your hobby/craft?

This question took me seriously about 20 minutes to type. A lot of time, whenever I’m trying to come up with an act or cosplay, it’s usually me and my friend Mr. Khon or Luna Chase bsing and joking around, then me going “YOU KNOW WHAT WOULD BE AWESOME/FUNNY?” Also Bette Midler. Look her up, I would kill to see her live. Especially her performance of Bugle Boy with all of the mermaids. She is sassy and amazing!

3) Where does your cosplay name/alias originate from?

When I started performing burlesque, I needed a stage name. I had two days until my first show with the White Elephant Burlesque Society and I still had no name. I was sitting in my bedroom, in a somewhat state of panic. I didn’t know how to pick a name. So I sat there for awhile, and thought “well, I do like lilies. They’re my favorite flower!” so I had a first name. Then I glanced around my bedroom and saw my ridiculous collection of Nightmare Before Christmas figures and landed on Sally. Also zombies have always been an obsession of mine. So Lily Stitches was born.

 

4) How long have you cosplayed/gone to conventions?

I have been cosplaying since I was 17, but went to my first convention in 2007 when I was 19. It was a pretty awesome experience.

5) What was your most memorable cosplay experience? 

There are two really awesome moments of my life as a burlesque performer and cosplayer. When I debuted my act as Codex to Felicia Day’s “Date My Avatar” I tweeted a picture of myself in the costume to her and she thought it was really awesome. Then when Luna Chase and I did our act as Roxy Richter and Ramona Flowers, Edgar Wright saw it and retweeted it. Our act showed up EVERYWHERE.

 

6) For those new to burlesque, tell us a bit about the art?

Burlesque is the art of the tease. It’s about the costume, and the dance. Its about the journey to the big reveal through the song.

7) How do you prepare for character performances?

I listen to my music a whole lot before I have a show, usually on the car ride there. And I watch videos of the character a whole lot when applicable.

8) Do you have any advice to up and coming cosplayers/performers?

Have fun! If you’re not having fun, then why do it?

You can catch up with Lily and all of her performances and appearances at her fanpage!

Cosplay Mondays 11: Studio Eingana

Merry Christmas Eve everyone!  Maki here with a nother Cosplay Mondays!  I hope everyone is enjoying their time off whether it be celebrating the eve of Christmas with family, family or just kicking it by yourself.  Today we bring you Studio Eingana.  Talented, beautiful and very outspoken, her charm is her calm, collected wit, and of course, her amazing cosplays. She is a fellow member of  The Ghibli Girls and also the official Head of Cosplay for upcoming film Journey of the Seeds.  Peak into the work of Studio Eingana!

 

1) Describe yourself in 3 words

Artistic – Goofball – Adventurous

 

2) Who/what inspires your hobby/craft?

I have always loved to dress up since I was a little girl.  When I got introduced to Anime Conventions in 2007, I really was blown away with the quality of the costumes.  It definitely was no Halloween Party.  I decided in 2009 that I would try my hand on sewing my own Cosplay, with the help of my Mother’s advice, I was able to make my very first Cosplay, Chii from Chobits.  Now, Cosplaying has become an addiction.

 

 

 

3) How long have you cosplayed/gone to conventions?

I have been going to conventions since 2007 but started to cosplay in 2009.

 

 

4) What was your most memorable cosplay experience? 

Anime USA 2010 is where I experienced my first real con where people asked for photos and I made such amazing people!  I will never forget standing in line for an autograph from Chris Sabat and meeting some of the greatest people that I am still friends with today.  Also, having Chris Sabat hugging me and saying I was the “cutest Cosplayer he’d ever seen,” was a HUGE plus!

 

 

 

5) Where does your cosplay name/alias originate from?

When I was in High School, I rented a book about Dragons and read about Eingana.

 

In Australian Aboriginal mythology, Eingana is a creator goddess and the mother of all water, animals, and humans. She is a snake goddess of death who lives in the Dreamtime.  Dreamtime is a sacred era in which ancestral totemic spirit beings created the world.

 

Since being an artist is all about creating, I thought Eingana was a great name for my Art Website!  After I started to Cosplay, I decided to keep Eingana in the name.

 

 

 

 

6) Do you have any advice to up and coming cosplayers?  

Have Fun!  When Cosplay first started, it was all about dressing up as your favorite characters and meeting new people at conventions.  Nowadays, Cosplay has become a whole new monster.  Don’t fall into the stereotype that you have to be a size 4 to be a good Cosplayer or that you have to “Make” your own Cosplay to be considered a serious Cosplayer.  Just enjoy yourself and ignore the haters. 

 

 

7) Tell us one extremely interesting thing about you!

I am now the “Head of Cosplay” for the movie production “Journey of the Seeds”

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/JourneyOfTheSeeds

 

 

8) Do you have anything special that you do to get ready for cosplaying?

I inspire myself by taping photos around my workroom of amazing Cosplayers!  I believe that when you absorb yourself with the people that you admire, it helps to inspire you to be the best that you can!

 

 

 

Follow up on Studio Eingana on her fanpage.

Check out her photography at Elizabeth Gmaz Photography!

 

Photo Credits (top to bottom): Soulfire Photography, Coolsteel27, and Bentpic5.

Cosplay Mondays 10: OtaConner

Hey Maki here!  We’re winding this year down in terms of convention and cosplay!  We only have TWO more Cosplay Mondays posts left of the year!  When I met our following featured cosplayer, he was wearing one of the most fierce costumes that I’d ever seen.  I had no clue what it was (and still don’t…not really!) but I wanted a photo.  The pose he gave was just as fierce.  Some months later, we started hanging out and he has been one of my favorite people to be around!  His costumes are flashy, colorful and eye grabbing, which can only be matched by his outgoing, outlandish personality!  A man of few (typed) words; take a peek into the mind of OtaConner!

1) Describe yourself in 3 words

– Creative, Insane, Passionate

2) Who/what inspires your hobby/craft?

– Beauty and emotion drawn out by the adventure created by fiction.

3) How long have you cosplayed/been going to conventions?

– BUHHH. About 5 years!

4) What was your most memorable cosplay experience? 

– Katsucon 2011, being at the night shoot at the fountains, and meeting some of the best people of whom are now a great part of my life.

5) Do you have any advice to up and coming cosplayers?

– Have fun. Screw what other people think. Do what you do for the joy that comes out of it, and not the sorrow.

6) Do you have anything special that you do to get ready for cosplaying?

–  I listen to the character’s music and get into character. Or make poop jokes with friends in the hotel room. Either or.

7) What is the origin of your cosplay nickname?

– I love Otacon from the Metal Gear Solid series, and my real name is Connor, so BAM. OtaConnor!

You can keep up with OtaConner on his facebook page!

Photo Credits (In Order of Top to Bottom) Yenra Photography, P. Karpey Photography, Chou-wa Photography and Cosplay and ValNika Cosplay