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Cosplayer Spotlight – Paul Tokarski

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This cosplayer was a true pleasure to interview. Not only do they have a lot of the same fandoms as I do, but they are a stellar example of not letting anything stand in the way of their desire to cosplay. 

WHAT IS YOUR NAME?

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Paul Tokarski

TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.

I got cerebral palsy which is why I have tremors in hands. Rhuematoid arthritis. I use a rollator to help me to balance whilst walking. I’m deaf. I have a carer.

WHEN DID YOU START COSPLAYING?

2013 I went to Knightcon cos I like KITT. At this event was my first encounter of cosplay. I ask on facebook for suggestions. Dalek was my first cosplay, YCC6 2014

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WHY DO YOU COSPLAY?

Just for fun. I was challenge by my daughter to do wonder woman. I thought give it a try. Noticed my crossplays get more attention, lol.

WHAT TYPES OF COSPLAY DO YOU DO?

Dr who, dalek & Clara Oswalds. Human torch from fantastic 4. Star wars R2D2. Wonder womam. Sailormoon , Xena & Gabrielle from Xena Warrior Princess. Snow White from Disney.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE COSPLAYS?

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Xena & Gabrielle. curently making a different version of Gabrielle

WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WANT TO COSPLAY BUT PROBABLY NEVER WILL?

Lady Death as she is virtually naked lol.

DO YOU MAKE, BUY, OR SPECIAL ORDER YOUR COSPLAYS?

I had one cosplay specail order, Harley Quinn, Clara Oswalds & Dalek. I bought wonder woman, Snow white, maid, sailormoon, star trek & Clara Oswald (different version). I made Xena & Gabrielle. I hand sew as I don’t like sewing machine.

Photo by Elizabeth Carter

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT COSPLAY?

I like the cosplay family. A chance to forget the real world, get into my cosplay character.

WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT THING FOR YOU ABOUT COSPLAY?

My over the knee boots, ok for photo shoots but not for walking.
Posing for photo shoot. Each cosplays is different but I tends to do the same poses. I been looking for a horse for photo shoot not easy to find at my location.

Photo by Elizabeth Carter

Who is your favourite character cosplay?

Xena & her side kick partner Gabrielle, from Xena Warrior Princess.

IF YOU COULD LIVE IN OR VISIT ANY FANTASY WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?

Xena Warrior Princess season 3 episode 2 “been there, done that”. Kinda like groundhog day.

WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION FOR YOUR COSPLAYS?

TV, books I’ve read. At comic cons, talking to cosplayers in a particular cosplays designs, asking questions how did they hold it in place

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WHAT ARE YOUR “FANDOMS”?

Xena Warrior Princess, Dr Who, Supernatural, Ghostbusters

WHAT COSPLAYS ARE YOU WORKING ON?

Gabrielle from Xena Warrior Princess. Outfit from “Heart of Darkness”.

WHAT COSPLAYS DO YOU WANT TO DO IF MONEY AND TIME WERE NO OBJECT?

Xena with wings

WHERE CAN PEOPLE FIND YOUR COSPLAYS?

Instagram paulsayhi7

Photo by Elizabeth Carter

Whose your favourite photographer?

Elizabeth Carter, she really brings out the best of me, good at suggestions.  https:// instagram.com/ elizabethcartermedia?utm_ source=ig_profile_share& igshid=19mlwk5r53gv7

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

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