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What can we call you?
My name is Cody.
For cosplay I usually go by writteninthecode (Code-D) but I also dabble in photography where I go by Notoshootphotography
What is your favorite beverage?
I am partial to an orange lucozade
When did you start cosplaying?
I started cosplaying when I was about 16 so that’s around 7 years ago now.
Why did you start cosplaying?
It was completely random how I started, I pretty much stumbled upon photos of other cosplayers purely by chance, then watched a few skits on youtube; I was completely hooked and seeing as it looked like fun to do, so I roped a few friends to do it with me and voilá here I am still doing it 7 years later!
Who are your cosplay idols?
One of the few people I can remember ‘getting me into cosplay; would have to be Twinfools, I don’t really consider him a cosplay “idol”, I like to take inspiration from as many people such as my close friends and others online; we all like to help one another which is pretty sweet.
What type of cosplays do you do?
When I first started cosplay, I did a lot of anime style cosplay but recently I find myself doing a lot of video games such as Final Fantasy and Dragon Age.
What are your favorite cosplays?
Oh gosh this is basically picking your favourite children, how do I choose! But I do have a couple for different reasons!
1. Yukio Okumura – Ao no exorcist.
This is one of my favourites for nostalgia reasons! I’ve cosplayed this character constantly for the past 7 years and I will continue to do so. I relate to Yukio a lot in many aspects as we are very similar types of people. I’ve had so many good memories in cosplaying him, even making some silly videos with my friends on youtube with us cosplaying from the series (which you can view here if you want :- ) . I love the plot of ao no exorcist; the comedy is golden with some dark humour. I would recommend Ao no Exorcist to anybody!!
2. Fenris – Dragon Age 2
Unfortunately I’ve only got selfies of this cosplay so far since I just completed it the other week!! I have yet to debut him to a con, which I will be doing at Sakura con in March!!
I love this cosplay not only because it’s one of my favourite games of all time but Fenris is my first armour build I’ve ever done and I can really see how much I’ve improved over the years! I spent a long time on the finer details and I’m really proud of what I accomplished!!
What is something you want to cosplay but probably never will?
I don’t think there is, I usually only cosplay the people or characters I want to anyways. I believe that there is no limit on what you can achieve so no cosplay is impossible!
Do you make, buy, or special order your cosplays?
I mostly make mine, it makes it feel more special to me. But I have bought some when I first started!
What do you love about cosplay?
Can I say everything or is that too cliche? I love the skills it’s given me; it’s allowed me to explore myself and do things I never thought I would, I love meeting people who share similar interests to me and just everyone enjoying themselves, the cosplay community can be so welcoming so it’s a pleasure to see!
I also am starting to enter more competitions so that’s something I really enjoy!
What is the most difficult thing for you about cosplay?
Up until recently it’s been armour but I’ve kind of conquered that. I think it’s mainly the patterns and actually figuring out how to start the cosplay, especially if they’re intricate!
Who is your favorite character to cosplay?
I kinda answered this already with Yukio and Fenris but I also adore cosplaying Prompto from Final Fantasy XV. He’s adorable and really fun to interact with other cosplayers with.
If you could live in or visit any fantasy world, where would you go?
I think anywhere with magic would suit me just fine. I also love high fantasy worlds with elves and dragons so sign me up for that!
Where do you get your inspiration for your cosplays?
I think the character itself has to be likeable and someone whom I can relate to, therefore if I like a character the more likely I am to cosplay it. I also draw inspiration from my friends who also cosplay, I love learning skills from them and asking them for advice when I am stuck, they tend to give me the drive to move forwards and get my butt into gear.
What are your “fandoms”?
I don’t really engage in fandom things online, but I suppose if I like the anime or game etc I’m pretty much in the fandom of it. If it’s at a convention or a meet up of some kind, something that’s in person I’m more likely to talk your ear off about things I enjoy from said ‘fandom’!
What is something you wish beginning cosplayers knew?
It’s okay to not get it perfect first try! Keep trying and don’t be afraid to ask for help and think outside the box!!
What tips/tricks do you have for other cosplayers?
– Black worbla is a god send!
– Make sure you do your research! Find multiple ways of doing things just in case plan A fails!
– On that note, keep trying even if things dont go to plan first time.
-Just have fun with it! I see so many people take all the fun out of cosplay because they take it so seriously! Join in the fun and experience it!!
What is something you wish non-cosplayers knew?
Ask for photos! Get consent! The amount of times I’ve had people take photos of me eating is ridiculous. If it looks like the cosplayer isn’t ready or wanting a photo to be taken…. don’t take the photo. It’s common sense.
What cosplays are you working on?
As I said previously I just finished my Fenris cosplay, but my next project is going to be Cloud from Final Fantasy VII! Which I’m super excited for!
What cosplays do you want to do if money and time were no object?
Oh gosh. I’d end up doing a lot of armour cosplays cause it’s expensive!! I don’t have any in mind but knowing me that’s what I’d do.
Where can people find your cosplays?
Facebook – www.facebook.com/writteninthecode
Instagram – @writteninthecode
People can also find my photography of cosplayers on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/notoshootphotography
Please remember I do not own any of these pictures and the opinions in this survey belong to the interviewee.