One of the features we do here at Comic Impact is the monthly Cosplay Spotlight. The idea is to showcase people from every facet of this wonderful world of fandom we call, “Cosplay.” We believe in the fun of dressing up and want everyone who plays a part to be recognized.
What is your name?
Mia but I go by Ani-Mia
How many years of experience do you have and what got you into cosplay?
I’ve been cosplaying for 8 years now and got into it after I went to my first anime convention in 2007 and saw people cosplaying. It looked like so much fun and I love being crafty and creative so I instantly wanted to start cosplaying my favorite characters.
What character/design are you most well known for?
My Zatanna is the one that most people know but my Rogue was the first one of my costumes to end up on a number of geek sites when it first came out.
Which is your favorite character/design?
My favorite has always been Supergirl because the more I wore that costume the less shy I became and it made me more self-confident.
Did you know how to sew/fabricate before you started cosplaying?
Not at all. I learned everything I know about cosplay construction from watching tutorials, Googling information and lots of trial and error.
How have your techniques improved over the years?
I went from only being able to sew straight lines to being able to make full costumes though I still get intimidated with new projects since sewing is my weakness. Started making armor from foam to Wonderflex to Worbla and improved my skills each time.
How long does it usually take and what’s your typical process to complete a costume?
It can take anywhere from a few days to several months to make a costume depending on how complex it is. I always start with gathering all my reference materials and then break the costume down into smaller manageable parts like just the top, then the bottom, then the accessories. Then it doesn’t seem so overwhelming.
Is there a particular fabric/pattern/accessory that you consider your Achilles’ heel?
My Achilles’ heel would have to be sheer fabrics. They hate me and I hate them. Lol. I’m planning on some costumes where I’ll have to work with thin fabrics so I will have to get over that.
Have you met any of the artists or writers where your costume is based on their work?
I lot of them. Because I cosplay characters that I love, I think there is nothing better than showing my cosplay off to the creators and seeing their reactions. Meeting Wendy and Richard Pini in my Leetah cosplay was one of the most unforgettable experiences of my life.
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you at a convention?
Also a good tip, I learned the hard way to always make sure you have an easy way to get out of your costume to use the restroom or you will end up in a public restroom having to get completely nude.
What is one of your best memories in cosplaying?
I have so many. Cosplaying is something that has helped me make so many friends and memories that it’s hard to pick just one.
Do you read comics and if so, what are your favorite titles?
I read a lot of comics and have been since I was little. Right now I’ve been reading Saga, Rat Queens, Buffy and going back through the Marvel Zombies series.
What is your favorite comic book character?
Rogue has always been my all-time favorite character. She has such a complex and emotional storyline.
Who are your inspirations?
I have a lot. I follow a lot of people on Instagram who inspire my workouts, my personal style and my cosplay inspirations. Kamui’s armorwork has always been an inspiration to me and recently I’ve fallen in love with J.Hart Design’s amazing sewing skills.
What do you like to do when you’re not costuming, such as other hobbies?
I like to read a lot, I’m also a gamer and a huge movie and tv buff which pretty much takes up all my time.
Do you have any advice for others wanting to get into cosplay?
Just do it. Don’t listen to what others say. Anyone can cosplay and they should if that’s what makes them happy.
Do you know what your convention schedule is going to look like for the year yet?
Shock Pop Comic Con February 13-15 and then in March I’ll be at Lexington Comic Con, Galactic Con and ECCC
Where can people find and interact with you?
Every 10th of every month, we will be feature a new Cosplay Spotlight. If you’re interested in having your hard work featured, contact me.