GameNTrain Cosplay Special – Maridah

After a weekend break from our E3 coverage and plenty of time playing State of Decay, we’re back with Week Three of the GameNTrain Cosplay Special, as we’ve got some more great examples of cosplay to show off here on GameNTrain!

Today, we’re taking a look at the work of Maridah!

Maridah began cosplaying 12 years ago in 2001 while in high school. On top of being a cosplayer, Maridah is a huge fan of Anime, a Blogger, and a Crunchyroll Ambassador.

Maridah has been an anime fan of 13 years and has a large collection of anime figures and Dollfie Dreams. She occasionally plays video games, both console and PC and is also a lifelong Star Wars fan.

Without further adieu, let’s learn more about today’s featured cosplayer, Maridah!

Lina Inverse - Slayers 11. What is it about cosplay that caught your interest?

When I was started highschool, Cartoon Network had just started airing anime and I was sucked in quickly by it. I already attended sci-fi and Star Wars conventions with my father, so finding out that anime also had cons meant I just had to go.

I was a terribly big Gundam Wing fan girl, so I decided I’d make a bunch of costumes of my favorite character and roped my friends into going to a local convention with me. It was the highlight of my teenage life and I’ve been addicted to cosplay ever since.

2. There is some debate over the differences between the terms “cosplay” and “costuming.” What’s your thoughts on the two? Are they the same sort of thing or mutually exclusive?

Cosplay can be a type of costuming, but doesn’t have to be. Costuming is a broad term that can encompass a number of different activities, so if you like to make cosplay costumes and want to consider yourself a costumer, you can. It’s not set in stone though. You don’t have to be a costumer to cosplay. If you simply want to buy a costume, have a friend make it, or put it together from your closet and attend an event, that’s still cosplay.

I don’t see ‘cosplay’ and ‘costuming’ as the same in my own head because cosplay has unique aspects to it, but I think it’s a matter of personal preference how you view it. For what it’s worth, I consider myself a cosplayer, not a costumer. Some of my friends view themselves the other way around.

Labels aren’t really that important. Just go do what makes you happy and call it whatever you want! LOL

Emma from Mobile Suit Gundam3. So for you, what do you prefer to model for cosplay? Characters from the eastern style of animation or western cartoons?

I prefer to cosplay characters from anime and some Japanese video games. That is what I am the biggest fan of, so most of the characters I really love come from those sources.

4. What about cosplaying as video game characters, is that something that interests you?

I have a number of times in the past. I don’t play as many games as I did in the past, so I don’t cosplay from games as often as anime, but occasionally I will.

5. Now aside from the characters you play, there’s also the thought of costume design vs. actually wearing the costume at different events. Both have their own unique challenges, but which of these two aspects of cosplay do you prefer?

I don’t know if I prefer one over the other. It depends on the costume itself. Some cosplay I’ve most enjoyed being out at an event in it. Others, I really didn’t like wearing it as much as I did making it.

Crafting a costume is very enjoyable at times, and tedious at other points. Cosplay is a package deal for me so there are many things that make me love it. No one thing takes priority over another and each cosplay is a different experience.

Saber with Armor 26. Which of the costumes that you’ve designed would you say mean the most to you?

My Lina Inverse and Saber. These have meant the most to me because of the strong reactions they’ve received from other convention attendees. There is something beautiful about cosplaying a character other people love as much as you.

Having someone literally run across a convention hall just to get a photo screaming ‘LINA!’ is a great feeling. You know that you’ve made someone’s day, and that in turn makes yours that much better.

7. What do you enjoy most about the convention circuit and showing off your designs?

I have a very wonderful group of friends and I’ve met them all through conventions. Many of them came up to talk to me because I was cosplaying a character they liked, or I approached them for the same reason.

The part that keeps me passionate about attending conventions is meeting people of all walks of life and getting to spend time enjoying the things you love with them.

Saber Dress 18. What sort of tips would you give someone looking to get into costume design? Obviously, this isn’t easy work to accomplish!

I can’t really speak to getting into costume design, but I can say if you want to start cosplaying, there are amazing resources online now for every level of experience with sewing and costume making. Youtube is the best place. I’ve learned everything from how to put on makeup to how to make armor out of Sintra on Youtube. I would also say to keep in mind that everything takes time and effort. I’ve been sewing for 14 years or so now and cosplaying for 12. I learn new things constantly and improve every time I cosplay.

To level up, you have to grind… however the grind can be fun if you want it to be. Just don’t rush yourself and be realistic about your skills and goals. Be eager to learn and if you love something enough, you will accomplish what you’ve set out to do eventually.

9. Thank you so much for joining us today. If people wanted to find out more about you, where should they go?

Thank you! You can find me on my personal site http://www.maridah.com/ , on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/maridahcosplay , and on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/maridahcosplay

All costumes shown in today’s feature were designed by Maridah herself. For more specific details on the process behind  Saber, Armor Saber, Emma Sheen from Mobile Suit Gundam and Lina Inverse from Slayers, be sure to check out Maridah’s Official website.

Who will be our next featured cosplayer in the GameNTrain Cosplay Special? Follow us throughout the month as the GameNTrain Cosplay Special continues.

Do you have a favorite cosplayer you’d like to see profiled? let us know! Or maybe you are a cosplayer that would like to be profiled? Send us an e-mail to gameongamentrain@gmail.com. We’d love to hear from you! The more cosplayers who want to take part, the longer the feature will run for!

 

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    Another nice interview with miss Maridah thats cool, her views and different take on cosplay is extremly influential. I honestly can’t believe someone could love cosplaying and making costumes this much.