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Cosplayer Spotlight – Lil Panda

Lil Panda is a wonderful Cosplayer with a ton of experience. I learned so much from this cute Cosplayer. Enjoy!

How do people know you?

Real name: Misty
Instagram : @mystix_panda
nickname: Mystix or Lil Panda .

When did you start cosplaying?

I’ve been doing this for 10+ years .

Why did you start cosplaying?

Honestly I starting cosplaying because I love dressing up . Always loved getting into costumes in my theatrical days. So my love for anime and costumes combined = absolute fun lol.

Who are your cosplay idols?

I don’t really have any idols in particular . Mainly because my idols are everyone who cosplays. They inspire me so much. Makes me work harder to do better.

What types of cosplay do you prefer?

I do it all . I love being diverse . Considering I’m a huge gamer , love comic have been reading them for 20+ years , and anime is a deep passion and love.

What are your favorite cosplays?

Any Borderlands cosplays and I love seeing armor work. Steampunk is amazing too.

What is something you want to cosplay but probably never will?

Guyver or Gantz. However, if I somehow can I totally will.

What do you love about cosplay?

I love dressing up and love the appreciation I get on my work amd craftsmanship. The feeling you get when you dress up like a character you love and become them.

What is the most difficult thing for you about cosplay?

Sewing! lol I’m good but not the best. Oh, and finding the time to finish everything. Mostly I have big plans not as much time as I would like.

Who is your favorite character to cosplay?

My favorite I’ve done are probably … Anko from Naruto , Kitana from mortal Kombat , Android 18 from DBZ , Harley Quinn from DC .

Where do you get your inspiration for your cosplays?

I get them from watching, playing, or reading. Also talks with my friends and family give me ideas.

What are your “fandoms”?

Too long to list. I’ll just say all genres. Yaoi is definitely one.

What is something you wish beginning cosplayers knew?

That they can cosplay what they want. Size, looks, race, gender, and genre doesn’t matter. Do what you love and love what you do.

What tips/tricks do you have for other cosplayers?

Take your time… Hot glue guns are amazing! Find patterns or videos, they help.

What is something you wish non-cosplayers knew?

What we do may be weird to them, but it’s passion for us, so be respectful. Love and support us as we would on anything you do.

What cosplays are you working on?

Currently, I am working on Black Canary and Tiny Tina from Borderlands .

What cosplays do you want to do if money/time were no object?

If money were no object: Guyver and Bioshock big sister.

Where can people find your cosplays?

My Instagram : @mystix_panda

Please remember I do not own any of these pictures and the opinions in this survey belong to the interviewee.

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