From 2D to 3D Panel at MCM London Comic Con’s Japan EX Stage

IMG_3704Appearing on the Japan EX stage at this October’s MCM London Comic Con, renown cosplayer Lex presented an informal panel based on her experiences as a professional with examples from her ten year career at conventions and competitions.

Discussing her initial start with the Cosplay Masquerade at a previous MCM Comic Con, through to entry in the UK European Cosplay Championships in France, Lex spoke about her work with fabrics and offered advice to newcomers to the art and those interested in cosplaying in future with both a playful sense of humour and a smile.

Presenting a talk that was both down to Earth and grounded, Lex advised her audience to be aware of their limitations, both in the creation of their pieces and their ability, and to engage with cosplay not so much as a way of replicating every single detail of a fictional character’s costume, but of offering an individual expression of the character’s costume and design.

Using a slideshow based on her previous efforts dressed as Kasumi from Tecmo Koei Games’ Dead or Alive franchise, and dressed in an older costume worn by Yuna of Final Fantasy X fame, Lex guided the audience through the process of constructing a outfit.

IMG_3692Covering every aspect of the process – from the initial selection of source material and sketches through to the necessity to ensure you choose comfortable footwear – the key to Lex’s approach was the simple advice that future cosplayers not be afraid of cheating a little when designing costumes to ensure comfort.

Establishing the difference between cosplaying for competitions and cosplaying for fun, and whilst obviously confident enough with her designs to participate at a professional level, it was more than clear that Lex’s true feelings were reserved for efforts she considered to be ‘for fun’. Advising the audience to not be afraid to purchase goods from eBay and Primark to complete their look, and to certainly invest in basic patterns when it comes to designing clothes, the manner of her speaking seemed to gain more confidence when it turned to the prospect of helping others for the sake of the hobby rather than the competitions.

Answering questions from the audience in conclusion and revealing a handful of secrets about securing her Yuna costume and the general comfort needed to ensure more elaborate costumes would be bearable, Lex provided a welcome introduction for younger and new fans alike expressing an interest in the hobby.viously confident enough with her designs to participate at a professional level, it was more than clear that Lex’s true feelings were reserved for efforts she considered to be ‘for fun’. Advising the audience to not be afraid to purchase goods from eBay and Primark to complete their look, and to certainly invest in basic patterns when it comes to designing clothes, the manner of her speaking seemed to gain more confidence when it turned to the prospect of helping others for the sake of the hobby rather than the competitions.

 

Photos by Sarah Tsang.

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