Work Hard, Cosplay Harder
By Sam Garcia - Photography by Toni Veziris
We caught up with Onyx Voodoo, cosplay enthusiast, ahead of Neko Nation next week, and got the down low on this colourful movement. Onyx has been Cosplaying since she was a teenager and has watched it grow from a few dressed up geeks to the expressive art form that it is today. Neko Nation has been described as an “anime and geek orientated clubbing event” and for good reason. Onyx let’s us in on what it’s all about.
How do you describe Cosplay to people not familiar with this subculture?
Cosplay is dressing up as anime, comic, movie or manga characters. It’s short for ‘costume play’ and can be done by anyone! Race and sex don’t factor in at all.
What got you personally into cosplay? And what has got you hooked on it?
I haven’t cosplayed a massive amount but I enjoy it. What got me interested in cosplay was definitely my love of anime. My first cosplay was at the age of 15 and I cosplayed at Animania. My cosplay was Maka from Soul Eater.
Where do you get your costumes from? Any cool cosplay hot spots in Sydney that you could suggest?
Personally I make all of my cosplays but I know friends who get theirs online. My mumma does a lot of costume/fashion sewing so she’s always there to help and give advice. Unfortunately there aren’t many places I’m aware of that sell many cosplays around Sydney; it’s not quite as big as it should be.
How do you describe Neko Nation to those who have never been?
Well Neko Nation is definitely full of extravagant cosplays but there are also a lot of crazy hard worked-on outfits that are purely from your own creative mind. Many of the Neko goers regularly create their own outfits. I have never cosplayed at Neko but it is a great place for me to express myself in whatever way I see fit without the judgmental eye of society. It is one night every three months that you can truly be yourself.
Why is cosplay an awesome art form worth getting into?
Cosplay is something worth experiencing. It creates a portal to other fanciful worlds in which you can be yourself and dress up as your favourite characters while adding your own spin to it. It’s also a good escape from the harshness of everyday reality.
Get down to the Imperial Hotel Erskineville on the 11th of October to experience Neko Nation for yourself but be warned, it’s unlike anything you’ve seen before.
Get your tickets here.