Name and Social Info?
Komiko, @komiko_cosplay on Instagram and Tiktok.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
When I was little, I always wanted to be a fashion designer. Although now, I think costume designer/commissioner suits my interests better!
What made you start creating/cosplaying?
My first cosplay was for Dragoncon 2017 as vinyl scratch/dj pon 3 from my little pony. I made it myself because there wasn’t really costumes out there for that specific character. Cosplay was something I always had wanted to try so discovering that there was a community in my area encouraged me to finally give it a try.
What is your favorite tool you use daily?
I’d say my sewing needle and embroidery thread. I’ve learned the hard way that sewing things down instead of gluing them is way more secure.
What is your favorite Arda Wig? Why?
I really like Jaguar. I’ve used this one for a couple different characters now. I like this wig because although I’m not super experienced with spiking wigs, this base makes it so much easier to learn. I definitely recommend this one for any character with spiky hair.
What advice do you have for creators just starting out?
Be authentic to yourself. Social media places a lot of pressure on people to be perfect the first time around and don’t make mistakes. So I’d say just focus on your passion and your support and community will come to you.
What do you love most about cosplay/creating? What issues in the community do you wish you could change or bring awareness?
I love cosplay because it’s fun embodying my favorite characters and the community has allowed me to be my authentic self and connect with like-minded people. However, I wish I could change the negative perceptions some in the community have towards other cosplayers. Sometimes people forgot there’s a person underneath the cosplay, and that every kind of person is allowed to cosplay whatever character they choose. Our appearance shouldn’t make our cosplay seem any less valid or accurate to the original character.
What does Juneteenth mean to you?
Juneteenth is an important event that reminds me that my community has made a place for me here. It is impactful knowing how powerful the community in support of African Americans is; it makes me feel heard and seen.
If you had to be shipwrecked on a deserted island, but all your human needs—such as food and water—were taken care of, what two items would you want to have with you?
My sketchbook and an AC unit.
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