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Cosplayer Spotlight – LooneyLune

We have a fantastic treat to brighten your hump day! This cosplayer has so much positive energy and flair. Enjoy!

AutomaThomas (photo by Brielle Dorais-Fleming)

What can we call you?

I’ve been known as LooneyLune my whole career, although mutual friends just generally call me Looney. The name comes from a childhood friend who nicknamed me Looney, the Lune part comes from my French heritage (it’s the French word for moon).

What is your favorite beverage?

I mostly drink water (with lemon when I’m feeling sassy), and I drink iced tea or ginger ale on special occasions I’ll also never say no to a good Piña Colada.

Chandelure (photo by Suzanne Dorais)

When did you start cosplaying?

In 2010 around December, making it around 7 years ago that I started. I was 12 at the time.

Why did you start cosplaying?

I was really into anime (Tokyo Mew Mew in particular) and I was active on DeviantArt. I discovered people cosplaying characters from the show and I was immediately intrigued. I started researching was this strange new artform was and I was hooked on it immediately. Of course, times we’re a bit different back then. We didn’t have any htime same resources or materials. Especially since I was a young broke kid from a tiny Canadian town that had absolutely no resources to support a beginner cosplayer.

Mew Berry (photo by Megziebee)

Who are your cosplay idols?

I have a lot of cosplay idols. One of my friends, Meaghan (@megziebee) is an inspiration to me. We met at university and she’s taught me a lot about cosplay and convention life (since she’s a con pro and I’ve only been to 4 in my life)

Another group of American cosplayers I follow are A Smile And A Song, Maphix, Kelly Kirstein, And For The Love Of Clod. They live across America but so amazing Steven Universe cosplays together. The work they all make is amazing.

A new friend and a cosplayer I recently met is named FeelsBender/Strasza cosplay. One of the best The Adventure Zone cosplayers I e ever seen. Such passion is conveyed through her work!

LooneyLune (left) as Ryuji Suguro and Megziebee (right) as Rin Okumura. Photo by Claire Hartke

Hopie and Hee-Hee are two America twins who make amazing cosplays that I love. Hee-Her is a wig WIZARD and their work is just awe inspiring.

And of course, I’ve alwyas loved Fighting Dreamer cosplay. They’re from my Province (British columbia) so it was so inspiring to know such talented people were from my part of the country.

What type of cosplay do you do?

It varies a lot. I do lots of video games, cartoons, and comics, but honestly I just tend to cosplay whatever I feel like. If I get into something new, I’ll very likely do a cosplay from it. For example, a friend got me hooked on a new anime recently (K Project! It’s amazing) and I was planning my cosplay while watching it.

These are the categories that my cosplays tend to fall under:

1) 10 year old fancy magical boys

2) Angsty teenage bishonounen Anime boys

3) Larger than life creations

4) furries

5) things that people didn’t ask for, didn’t want, or don’t understand. Also things that just aren’t very popular.

Angus McDonald (photo by Megziebee)

What are your favorite cosplays?

I have a lot that I love.

Nightcrawler is very special to me, as he’s my favourite character of all time, and Mettaton is special for similar reasons. I love my giant zoroark suit that I made back in 2015 since it was such a giant project. My Chandelure ballgown is also very special to me since it was the first ballgown I ever made. My 2016 Mew Berry cosplay is special to me because it is a recreation of the first costume I ever made back in 2010. Snarf was a lot of fun because it reminded a lot of people of their childhoods in the 80s watching Thundercats. And of course, I love my Angus McDonald (The Adventure Zone) costume. He’s such a lovable character and fans of the podcast always give the costume such good reactions.

Mettaton EX (photos by Mark Fleming)

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

I’ve always wanted to do a Madokami costume from Puella Magi Madoka Magica. I hopefully will one day, but not anytime soon. Same with Human form Midna from Legend of Zelda.

Do you make or buy your cosplays?

I make almost all my cosplays from scratch. Some of them, like Angus, I buy parts of. This is usually things like dress shirts, jackets, shoes, hats. I usually don’t buy entire costumes since they very rarely will fit me.

Nightcrawler (photo by Topher and Rae photography)

What do you love about cosplay?

The transformation. At a con I’ll meet someone Friday, and the next day I’ll have to completely reintroduce myself since they don’t recognize me at all. I pride myself in being so unrecognizable out of cosplay. It’s so fun to transform from one character to another.

What is the most difficult thing for you about cosplay?

I’ve been working on developing my fine detail skills. You know, painting small details, precise cutting, straight lines. I’m working hard to try and master those skills, which are often something I struggle with in cosplay.

Snarf: taken by Topher and Rae photography

Who is your favorite character to cosplay?

I love cosplaying Nigtcralwer a lot because he’s one of my favourite characters, but the makeup takes about 2.5 hours so I can’t wear it often. Angus is my favourite comfortable costume to wear, especially since I can change up the outfits as I see fit. Mettaton is fun for the fan reactions and for the posing, but wearing 5” stiletto heels isn’t the most fun.

If you could live in/visit any fantasy tell, where would you go?

I’d love to explore the world of Legend of Zelda, but I constantly think about how I’d love to live in the world of Animal Crossing or Stardew Valley. I’d just love to live a care free life surrounded by they beauty of nature.

Looney and Megziebee after doing each other’s makeup

Where do you get your inspiration for your cosplays?

A lot from the internet, especially Instagram and occasionally tumblr and p. I can get inspired to do a cosplay from the smallest most insignificant image. Like, I’ll see a cool mountain and think “oooh I should design something based on that” (true story).

Most of my original design cosplays I design myself, but I occasionally take inspiration from other cosplayers or artwork I see.

What are your “fandoms”?

Thundercats, Legend of Zelda, X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy, Undertale, K Project, Blue Exorcist, Steven Universe, Over the Garden Wall, Madoka Magica, Tokyo Mew Mew, Pokémon, Dungeons and Dragons, Broadway Musicals, The Adventure Zone, and a handful of other things.

Nightcrawler (photo by Topher and Rae photography)

What is something you wish beginning cosplayers knew?

Take your time. You’re not going to be amazing right off the bat. The biggest mistake you can make is comparing yourself to more experienced cosplayers. You can only do your best, so don’t bring yourself down by comparing yourself to other cosplays.

As well, cosplay isn’t a completion. Don’t try and make it competitive. We’re all here to have fun. It’s not about who has the most fans or likes or who is better, it’s about having fun and expressing yourself.

Zoroark (photo by Suzanne Dorais)

What tips/tricks do you have for other cosplayers?

TAKE YOUR TIME! Plan out your time to try and avoid con crunch. Work a little bit each day instead of crying and dying for 3 days before the con.

Learn to sew. Learn to sew using a machine. And using basting! Basting stitches are the most crucial sewing technique you could ever learn.

Invest in good materials, especially fabric, body paint, and wigs. There are places where you can cut corners, but using the wrong fabrics or cheap wigs and makeup from the dollar store will just bring you down.

Work inside your own ability range. You’ve been cosplaying for a month? Not the time to try and do a ballgown or a full suit of armour. It’s good to push your limits at times, but always be reasonable.

Mettaton EX (photos by Mark Fleming)

What is something you wish non-cosplayers knew?

Common courtesy. It’s not cool to laugh, point, and take photos without permission of the cosplayer you see downtown on their way to a con. We’re normal people minding our own business, not freaks for you to gawk at.

What cosplays are you working on?

There’s a few in process for the upcoming year:

-Havve Hogan (the drummer of Tupperware Remix Party)

– Yata Misaki (K Project)

– Rocket Raccoon (Guardians of the Galaxy)

Nightcrawler (photo by Topher and Rae photography)

– Markl (Howl’s Moving Castle)

I’ve also got plans with no current due dates:

– Greg (Over the Garden Wall)

-Skamos Dagranac/Skamos of the Nine Knives (Original d&d character)

-Slim (Original d&d character)

– And loads of other ideas!

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

Literally everything. Ballgowns, alternate outfits of characters. I would do full suits of armour, do every version of Link, make countless Fursuits, and I would drench my Mettaton outfit in Swarovski crystals.

Mettaton EX (photos by Mark Fleming)

Where can people find your cosplays?

Best place to find my Instagram (@looneylune_cosplay).

I’ve also got a Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/LooneyLuneCosplay/

And a YouTube channel where I post tutorials, review, and vlogs: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgXvwAbaZ3kvcX3EheF_dhA

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

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