Name: Tetchy Tact (Marisa Franz)
Location: Santa Clara, California
Photographer(s): Whomever I can finagle at a convention.
John People of Cosplay
What was your first Cosplay experience?
After attending SacAnime for the first time, I was amazed at all the costumes. When it rolled around the next year, I proceeded to fret I didn’t have anything to wear. After brainstorming with my friends, I decided to make (…er, help my mom make) a vulpix costume! It was a really intense experience, because it showed me how much work goes in to finding just the right fabric, and my mom showed me how sewing was so time intensive. At the convention, all the other Pokémon cosplayers were super friendly and it was a blast.
How long have you been Cosplaying?
On and off for 6 years.
Who or what inspired you to take up Cosplaying?
I just have always loved dressing up and pretending to be other people. Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. I think I enjoyed being someone or something else for a little while- experimenting with my identity.
If you had to pick a favorite Cosplay you have worn, or have seen someone else wear, what would it be?
My favorite cosplay I’ve worn is my Metal Gear Solid Snake costume! It’s the most mobile, has a whole bunch of pockets, and you have a canteen for when you’re thirsty. But my most impressive is likely my Mistletoe LeBlanc costume. On others, I really love seeing armor. How people do that hopefully won’t be beyond me for long–I’m hoping to expand my costumes to those realms soon.
If you had unlimited funds and resources, what Cosplay would you create?
Ooohh, maaaan. Something crazy intense that requires awesome materials. Maybe a full metal armor of Alphonse Elric from Full Metal Alchemist. Or, a fully functioning Vel’Koz from League of Legends. I don’t even know where to start with that!
What advice would you offer to those who are aspiring Cosplayers?
Start simple. Don’t immediately jump to your dream cosplay. Plan ahead! Know if you’re going to need to hand sew, use a sewing machine, heat glue… and don’t underestimate the cost.
And, while it’s cliché, remember to have fun. Sometimes you get so caught up in it being perfect, you forget why you’re doing it.
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