Hi, gay geeks and gaymers! I’m here with John aka Moderately Okay Cosplay from Florida. He’s a smartie with two Bachelors of Science Degrees in Forensic and Psychology, and a huge Guy Fieri fan. He’s cosplayed dozens of different cosplays from anime, video games, comic books, and films. Let’s get to know a bit more about him and his cosplay.
How old were you when you started doing cosplay?
Oh jeez, I was…20? Yeah, 20. Since 2013! My first cosplay was Draven from League of Legends. It was all thrifted and hot glued together cause I had no clue what I was doing. I would say I’ve improved but I still hot glue stuff together. I’m just better at hiding it. I make I would say 90% of the costumes I’ve made in the past. Recently I’ve started to commission parts of them out, just because I like to support my friends. But for me, nothing beats the thrill of making a full costume and seeing it come together. I also have some costumes sponsored to me. It’s a toss up.
What got you into cosplay in the first place?
There was a League of Legends character I wanted to dress up as, I don’t even remember why this character called to me so much, but it was June and nowhere close to Halloween, and I didn’t know anything about cons. A friend told me about a local con, said I could dress up for that, so she helped me put a costume together, and I went to the con and had a great time. Made friends who cosplay there, and it’s been history ever since!
What is it about cosplay that you like the most? (Creating Costume/Wearing The Costume/Competing?)
I like embodying characters I always looked up to as a kid. Like, having heroes is one thing, being them is a completely different feeling.
What does cosplay mean to you?
Everything? Is that an acceptable answer? Putting on a costume and having fun. Whether or not you made it, whether or not it’s 100% accurate, all of that doesn’t matter. As long as you’re having fun. It’s definitely changed my life. I mean, it’s my job now! It’s impacted my life so greatly, I get to do what I love every day, and I’ve met so many great people and had so many great opportunities I wouldn’t have had if it weren’t for cosplay
What are your views of being body positive when doing cosplay?
If anyone shames you about your body or how you look in a cosplay, fuck them…not literally. But really. I’m all for body positivity. I personally have a condition called pectus excavatum, where my sternum turns inward, so I strayed away from being shirtless in cosplay for the longest time. But now I know it doesn’t matter, as long as you’re doing what you love.
Do you feel like the cosplay world has changed over the past few years? More free and accepting?
Oh, absolutely. Even if it doesn’t seem like it, it’s so much more accepting now. There will always be “haters” and naysayers, but more often than not people are very positive.
What was your most expensive/hardest cosplay you did and why?
Probably Jhin from League of Legends. He has this crazy, asymmetrical design and a ton of fabric and armor work. It’s a crazy costume.
Do you have any cosplay pet peeves?
When elitist people try to gatekeep and say what people can or can’t do. They say things like “Cosplay is a hobby, don’t try to make a career out of it” and it’s like, oh okay I didn’t know you were the cosplay rule maker. Cosplay has evolved so much, so you can either evolve with it or stay salty.
Who is your favorite cosplayer?
Danielle Beaulieu. I’ve know Danielle for over three years now, but she’s so inspiring. She makes crazy armor and is a super down to earth person. She’s always there when I have questions or need help, too. Alright, I’m done sucking up now.
Favorite memory from a con?
At Megacon 2016, me and a ton of friends organized a Final Fantasy VII group, and we ended up having the entire main cast of the game. It was amazing. FFVII is my favorite childhood game and means a lot to me, so it was cool to see it all come together.
What would you say to a first time cosplayer?
Read everything you can online before you cosplay. If you want to do it, there’s a tutorial for it, guaranteed. There’s always room for improvement. Never stop learning. Above all, have fun!
What upcoming events will we see you cosplay at again?
Anime Central in Chicago, Momocon in Georgia, Anime Expo in Los Angeles, Supercon in Miami, FL, Epicon in Georgia, and Anime Weekend Atlanta. And some others I can’t reveal yet.
Anything you would like to say to your fans?
I love you guys so much, you mean the world to me. I couldn’t do it without you. Thank you.