102 Questions About Your Cosplay Lifestyle!

(This was a questionnaire taken from LAYERS magazine – a cosplay magazine from Japan.) 

There are no right answers to any of these questions. Quite a few can be answered with a simple “yes” or “no”, but there are at least three more ways to answer any one of them. Of course, every answer has its reason and every reason has a story. Our goal isn’t to pass judgement, but to get you thinking about these questions. If this questionairre starts a dialogue on manners, then we’ve done our job. 

General Cosplay Questions
1) What’s the best part of cosplay for you? 
Being able to wear a really fun costume, cosplaying in a group with MOETRONcos, and being able to make lots of new friends who share the same interests as me!
2) Do you use the term “kameko” (“camera-kid”)? 
I have no idea, LOL.
3) Do you read event catalogs?
If you mean the event programs for cons and stuff, then yes!
4) Do you rsvp to events?
5) Do you want to attend more events? Or are you content to remain in your local area?
I do! I want to expand on cons instead of the ones in just Toronto! (The Toronto ones are fun, I’d just like to go to US cons like Otakon and Anime Expo!)
6) Do you use color contacts?
Yes, of course! I love circle lenses!
7) Do you make your own costumes or do you buy them?
I but parts of costumes which I wouldn’t be able to make myself due to lack of skill, or buy clothing and modify them. I’m working more on my sewing skills, and am trying to improve so I can make all of my projects!
8) Do you stick to one genre?
Not really… I like outfits from all genres really! :”)
9) Do you think that when cosplaying, one should stick to the genre of a given event?
I don’t think so! I think it’s fine to cosplay anime characters at comic/gaming cons like Fan Expo, and game characters at cons like Anime North.
10) Does it bother you when people break genre?
Haha, no. It hardly bothers me.

11) Does it bother you when people know nothing about the series they’re cosplaying? 
Kind of… but I only really care when it has to do with a series that I’m really passionate about. They usually miss out on jokes or little phrases you say to them regarding the character.
12) Does it bother you if people only know a little about the series they’re cosplaying?
I think it’s alright if they love the costume and just know a little bit; just do some research before you cosplay them to a con! ;A;
13) Does it bother you if people are familiar with the series, but have no affection for the character they’re cosplaying?
Aww, kind of! You’ve got to have at least some love/hate for the character you’re cosplaying! You HAVE to have some emotion towards them! D”:
14) Does it bother you if someone else is cosplaying the same character you are?
Some times haha. I think I’m more attracted to characters that aren’t cosplayed very often! The only character that I’ve cosplayed which I think is overdone is Akiyama Mio, every other character has been fairly unknown…
15) Do you like posed shots?
Yup! :”) As long as I look good though LOL.
16) Do you like candid shots?
… As long as I look good? πŸ˜€
17) Do you think cosplaying characters from adult games or pornographic material is in bad taste?
I personally wouldn’t, although many of the character designs are very cute! So it’s really the cosplayers choice. As long as they don’t make a fool about themselves in public, then I don’t really care.
18) If there’s a problem at an event, do you jump to conclusions about the parties involved?
19) How many times do you cosplay in one month?
Hm, it depends, as some months have more events than others. I’d say during the spring/summer months, probably 1-2 times? And more when there are upcoming cons…
20) Do you go to photo shoots?
Yes! I organize them, haha! I like organizing shoots because they can correspond to my own time schedule.
21) Have you ever been included in a cosplay CD-ROM?

…Not that I know of? o.o;;But I think that would be really cool.

22) Is casual cosplay okay?
I think it’s fun! I really love Mio’s Listen!! outfit because it’s so casual and comfortable… I’ve gained a whole new love for casual/ comfier outfits after cosplaying Black Gold Saw HAHA!
23) Are you okay with your face appearing on the internet?
I’m pretty used to it by now, so it doesn’t really bother me.
24) Do you find yourself thinking people are “too old” for cosplay? How old is too old?
Um, I think it’s alright however old you are! I mean, characters are all ages! Even if you’re an old man, you could still cosplay that old guy from Dragon Ball Z. LOL.
25) Do people who walk around in gothic lolita fashion bug you?
I get kinda bothered if they can’t pull it off. D:
But other than that, I think it’s cool!
26) Do you think Chinese dresses count as “cosplay”?
27) What bothers you the most about cosplay?
When they’re half-assed.
28) Do you think it’s important to be “in character”?
It’s very important! It makes the experience more fun and makes your cosplay more convincing.
29) Does it make you nervous to be eyed by regular visitors at a public event?
Sometimes, it feels weird because you know they’re judging you. But I’m used to it because I kinda bring it on myself for cosplaying! XD
30) Do pre-scheduled cosplay appearances by popular cosplayers annoy you?
Um… no? xD I often really love seeing popular cosplayers because I want to learn from them! πŸ˜€
31) Do you tell other people your best locations for shoots?
No…. keep all the good spots secret πŸ˜‰
32) Do you put on your makeup before your wig or after?
33) Do you know a lot about the series’ you cosplay?
Yup! I usually obsess about it. ;D
34) Do you wear costumes only once or many times?
I like to wear them more than once!
35) When you’ve decided what costume to do next, do you share that information with other people?
YES LOL. I usually end up trying to get people to cosplay with me!! I have an album on facebook called “Planned Cosplays”, where I post my future projects.
36) Do you want to be in cosplay magazines?
Yes, that would be very exciting!
37) What’s the most important part of cosplay for you?
Make sure your cosplay looks really good, and being able to spend time with friends!
Also photoshoots, haha!

Event Participation Questions
38) How active are you cosplaying in your own community?
I’m pretty active! I have good friends who cosplay with me! And I always go to little cosplay events like picnics or photoshoots.
39) What do you wear on the day of an event?
Cosplay! Usually something casual. β™₯
40) Do you eat lunch on event days?
Sometimes…. I really just fuel myself on carbonated drinks…. orz
41) Do you eat breakfast before attending events?
Not really. Maybe like, a poptart or something.
42) How long does it take you to change?
It depends on how hard it is to put the costume on, how big it is, and makeup. But most likely 30mins – 1hour.
43) Do you think it looks geeky to attend an event with a big SLR camera?
I wish I had one…”orz
But no! You’re there to take amazing pictures of people!
I think it looks so cool!

44) What camera do you use? A compact? An SLR?
A really crap one, just a point and shoot. I want a new one. D: I don’t normally take pictures though, I just find pictures of myself from the con Facebook groups or coscom.
I also have an Xacti which is really nice for taking HD video! πŸ˜€ Lots of nice con footage!
45) Are you afraid of cameramen? Are you cool with them?
I’m not afraid, they’re usually really nice. Although there is a strong tendency for creepy camera men who hassle cosplayers to go to cons, it’s really annoying.
46) Are you one of the first to line up to get inside?
Haha, no. I usually go to events early though, so I’m at cons at about 10am. πŸ˜€
47) Do you not mind showing up late?
NO. I love getting my worth of time at events. If it’s something casual like a picnic then I’ll be a little later, but if it’s a con, I’m up there pretty early.
48) Do you have a small after party or a huge get-together?
49) Do you like karaoke?
Yeah, but I suck at singing. “orz
50) Are you tolerant of bad singers?
Yes… ><;

51) Do topics unrelated to animation and manga bug you? Or do you think it’s okay to talk about anything at all?
… I’m fine talking about anything really.
52) Do you eat lunch while inside event areas?
If it’s warm then no. But if it’s really hot or really cold outside then I’ll eat inside!
53) Can you handle the cold?
It depends what I have on.
54) Do you buy doujinshi at events?
Not really, don’t spend money in the artist alley any more.
55) Do you make doujinshi to sell at events?
OH GOD I WISH. I’d love to make a doujin! I wish I had enough skills/patience.
But I don’t have the time to sell it because I like cosplaying more than sitting at a table and selling things.
56) Do you have a group that participates in group events?
Yup! MOETRON β™₯
57) Are you a member of a cosplay circle/club?
58) When the event is over, how late do you stay out?
Hm hm hm it depends on if there’s anything to do afterwards.
59) If a new face approaches you at an event and takes up a few minutes of your time, are you annoyed?
Most of the time no. Like if they’re somebody I talk to on FB or coscom or just a fan of the character in general. Unless they’re purposely being annoying.
60) Do you go to cosplay dance parties?
I attend the JPOP dances! They’re fun!
61) Do you think your Layer status is higher than others is a lot of people want to take your picture? Does it bother you?
(Layer = cosplayer)
I don’t think I’m particularly popular or well known as some of my other friends, but I still think I get a fair amount of people ask for my picture when I cosplay! It doesn’t bother me.
62) Do you get jealous of other cosplayers having a lot of pictures taken of them?
If they’re getting the attention, then they’ve probably done something to deserve it! So not really, usually those who are mobbed have amazing costumes.
63) You’re asked for a picture but have something else to do, do you refuse?
Yes, but I usually tell them that I’ll catch them around!
64) When you take pictures of people at events, do you give them all copies of the prints?
No, I’m not that professional. I upload my photos onto my blog or facebook groups.
Photo Shoot Questions
65) (at a studio) Do you give a copy of each photo to all of the participants?
I’m not a photographer. xD
66) How do you approach photo shoots? As a chance to gather with friends and goof off or as a meeting to take nice pictures?
Both ways, really. :”3
67) Are you particular about how you look in the test shots before the shoot? Do you mind how you look in general?
Kind of… I’m really sensitive about my looks. Skin is a big issue for me, because I think my skin really sucks and I need to make it…flawless? D’:
And I tend to be really unphotogenic… “orz 

But yeah, I tend to goof around in the test shots.
68) When you take photos, do you prefer shots from the front or other angles?
Other angles… Frontal makes my face look huge. I think my most flattering facial angle is 3/4 view!
69) Are you bothered by recieving lots of photos? Are you happy?
70) When you take photos, do you photograph only people you know personally and like? Or do you look for other people with great costumes to photograph too?
I take pictures of friends and people who have really pretty costumes!
71) Do you wander around to meet people at events or do you keep to your own group?
I mostly stay with my own group (MOETRON) β™₯
72) How many photos do you usually take with your own camera?
Probably around 100 during the weekend…
73) How many photos do you usually take for others?
A lot.
74) Do you mind if people resize or crop the pictures you’ve taken to make them look better?
No, I don’t really mind. It’s nice when they try to make the picture look better though!
75) Do you crop and resize pictures others have taken for you?
76) Have you ever set up a photo shoot by yourself?
No. D:
77) Do you check shoot information beforehand?
78) Do you like it when there are a lot of people in the shoot area? Or do you prefer small events?I prefer less people in the shoot area… it’s uncomfortable when you don’t have space to move or if people are pressing up against you.
79) What size (how many people) is the best for a shoot?
In terms of cosplayers, I’d say 6 is the max ideal size.
80) What time of day do you like to take photos?
Whatever time the lighting is best.
81) Do you prefer indoor or outdoor shots?
I love both!
82) Which do you dislike more – hot weather or cold weather?
Hot – you sweat so much. “orz
83) Do you know any cameramen?
After my adventures at cons, yes! I know quite a few now!
84) Do you eat in the photo area?
ORZ I try not to.
85) Do you like taking parts-shots? Or do you dislike them?
Parts shots? D:
What are those?
86) Do you retouch your photos?
Yes, but I think everybody does.
87) Are you annoyed by people who don’t retouch their photos?
88) Do you use reflectors?
I don’t use them,. but some photographers I know do!

89) Which is worse ~ breaking the rules and getting great pictures, or following them and getting poor ones?
Great pictures > sucky pictures
Friend Questions
90) Why are your friends your friends?
Because they are my minions.
91) If you hang out for one day, do you consider yourselves friends?
If there’s chemistry, then yes! I’ve made so many good friends after just meeting them briefly, which usually ends up with us talking a lot online!
92) Do you give copies of your photos to others?
Pfft no, I’m not thaaaaat great.
93) Do you want to make more friends?
Of course!
94) Do you at least remember the names of people you meet at events?
Most off the time…
LOL sometimes they don’t even tell me. D:
95) Do you find yourself adjusting your behavior to that of the character you’re cosplaying when dealing with people dressed as characters your character knows?
Now that you say that… YES.
Home Page/Websites
96) Do you recieve permission every time you post a photo of someone else online?
No… ;;;;>>
97) Do you get angry is a foreign site links to your page? Or are you flattered?
98) Are you happy to get mail from Layers overseas or does it scare you?
(layers = cosplayers)
And no, haven’t received any mail. P:
99) Do you try to increase your web site? Or doesn’t it matter to you?
If you mean pageviews, then that would be my youtube or blog, then yes! XD
100) Do you not particularly care who links to you? Or do you ask people not to link without permission?
I don’t really care.
101) Do you credit the location or studio when posting photo shoot images?
Of course!
Final Question
What do you think people who have “good cosplay manners” are like?
People who are respectful, are prepared (with all of their cosplay supplies), and are nice to everybody else! :3

*cos-a volume 1 in conjuction with cosplayKOBO*

TAGGING Jean , Sami, and Caramel !
And anybody else who’d like to do this! πŸ˜€

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