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Dinny Grayson : Challenges

arkadymac.com highlights not only the best events in the Philippines but also its cosplayers. We are fortunate enough to get a small interview with her. Here is our feature on a great artist and our dear friend, Dinny Grayson.

Dinny Grayson comes from her nickname and the last name of her favourite comic book character, Richard “Dick” Grayson. It was meant to be because she wanted to be Mrs. Grayson – as in marry Dick Grayson but then her brother, Gelo Grayson, cosplayed him and that ruined her image of Dick Grayson. Now it is definitely just a family name and she no longer have a crush on Dick Grayson.

Dana: Doubtless

 

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“I’m boyish, and I unconsciously frown most of the time,” Dana tells us as she prepared for our photoshoot, fixing her blue wig with bright red streaks that has become the trademark of her chosen character.  “I guess that’s what Ryuko and I have in common, and probably the reason I love her so much, ” she laughs heartily.  “But in real life I’m actually a happy person, and  I’m always confident in everything that I’m doing.”

Kill la Kill Cosplay Group Shoot

 

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We chanced upon a group of cosplayers having fun one warm Sunday at Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City.  Every so often, small cosplay groups take it upon themselves to organize simple photoshoots at familiar places.  As cosplay events and conventions may be far in between sometimes, these photoshoots present rare opportunities for some bonding time among friends and present chances to meet new ones.

Lin Ling as Kiryuin Satsuki, by Kuroyuki Kanade

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Cosplay Community is our latest segment where we present the creative and intrepid people who have sought to bring cosplay in the Philippines to a wider audience through their artistry and hard work.  We at arkadymac.com wish to feature the cosplayers, photographers, craftsmen, organizers, and groups who have, in their own way, kept cosplay alive and well throughout the years.  The community itself still has any challenges to overcome, but we want to show how it continues to evolve with the energy and dynamism of the people who live and breathe within it.  It is our hope that by doing so, someday, more people will be more understanding and more appreciative of this hobby, this art, this passion for cosplay.

 

Continuing our series on great cosplayer-photographer collaborations, we present how there has long been a unique, symbiotic relationship between the people in front and behind the camera.  Both are essential to bringing a character being portrayed to life, and the results of their efforts are nothing short of works of art.   For our third feature we present Lin Ling as Kiryuin Satsuki of the outrageous anime series, Kill La Kill, photography and art direction by Kuroyuki Kanade of  A|E_imAginE |alec.egido|.  Their team also includes graphic artist Ej Daryll Fiestan, 3D artist Mrvn Frago, and costume craftsman Gibs Sagun, with Artist’s Haven Studio.

 

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Since its inception, Kiryuin Satsuki ‘s Junketsu Battle Form was meant to be as imposing as it was audacious, presenting unique difficulties cosplaying it.  “I cosplayed her to challenge myself how far I can go portraying a character.  She’s a whole lot different from the normal cute characters I do,” Lin Ling confesses.   “Since no one has tried the full armor version yet locally, I took the liberty in trying it out first.”

 

“There are traits I share with Satsuki, like her recklessness, her determination, her willingness to cast aside pride and appearances for her beliefs,”  Lin Ling explains.  But even with that, she admits Satsuki was difficult to portray.  “Since she’s known to have a cold exterior, I can say appearing ‘strong’ would be one of the challenges portraying her, since I never really do those characters,” Lin Ling admits.  “It’s out of my comfort zone, but I like trying out something new.”

 

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Because of the revealing nature of this particular cosplay, we asked her about how people reacted to it.  “I’m not really conscious if people will criticize me about my cosplay.  I mean, even my friends were stunned when they saw the teaser shots,” she says.  “But I guess its normal.  I’m aware our culture is reserved.  People will criticize me for it, but I’m all prepared.”

 

“I’m sure I’m not the only one who wants to cosplay this version.  There are lots out there,” she adds.  “I wanted other people to realize that these kinds of cosplays should not hinder anyone from cosplaying them.  If a foreigner can do it, why cant we?  Why should we be any different from them when we’re all in the same field and passion.”

 

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Starting out as a congoer,  she still remembers how eyes twinkled the first time she saw all those colorful cosplayers.  “I liked watching them, but I was shy.  I promised myself that I would be friends with those people and be one of them,” she remembers.  “I was attracted to their passion.  I wanted to cosplay but I didn’t have anyone to accompany me while in costume.”  She eventually got the chance to cosplay for the first time around 2012 when she attended an event as Tomoyo Daidouji.  “That was my first time to cosplay,” she remembers.  “I knew my character very well, but I wasn’t used to people taking pictures of me.  I was so stiff back then.”

 

Lin Ling has come a long ways since then, and we wonder why she has kept on cosplaying.  “I have loved anime ever since I was a kid, which is why I like to dress up like them and see how it feels being the character I admire.”   With a couple of years of experience, she says cosplay is still challenging.  “From getting materials , to studying the character, it really takes a lot of effort and it can take its toll on you.  Cosplay is not a cheap hobby, but it doesn’t mean that it has to be expensive.  It requires you to be resourceful as well.  It takes a lot of skill to finish and a lot of passion to produce amazing output.”

 

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Outside of cosplay, Lin Ling tells us of her other pursuits.  She’s quite an avid gamer, playing games on different platforms and consoles, particularly RPGs.  “I like doing crafts, hair ornaments, though not very good at it.  I like dancing as well.  I covered two video dances already from Vocaloid, Hello , How Are You? : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-eQL3MJHoIand, and  Renai Circulation : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYQCLWCvBNI from the Bakenomonogatari anime series.  I also like singing.  That’s it.  Can’t say much more about it.  Notice that I never include going outside like travelling?  I’m actually more of a homebody.  I can stay and live in my room all day.”

When asked how long she intends to cosplay, she says she can’t say yet.  ” I’ll keep cosplaying as long as I’m still enjoying it.”  She says cosplay has given her many fond memories and experiences.  “I go to events in costume and get to see my friends in costume as well.  I get to chat with people I know, have pictures taken by photographers, fans and congoers, then at the end of the day we get to eat together, have fun , laugh and be merry.  Once we get home, we wait for the photos to be surprised.  Nothing can beat the feeling seeing a picture of yourself in character and looking good.  It feels like I’ve done a good job.”

 

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What does she think of Kuro as a photographer?  “I think he’s great.  I never doubt him with his talent. He’s very passionate and very creative in his own way.  He tends to explore different fields and he is not afraid to try something new, even if its weird.”  We asked her what it was like working with him.  “He’s very professional,” she replies.  “I don’t just model or do character poses. He knows the characters and reviews them,  so most of the time he leads everything.  He knows the best locations to shoot and sometimes directs me how I should pose.   Sometimes he also provides the props, foods,and many other things on shoots which really generous of him as it all comes out on his own pocket.”

“Kuro is my best friend and partner.  I actually owe him a lot, as this might be a bit dramatic, but yes, he makes my dreams come true.  I never say much about him since I know he’ll just laugh at me, but yes my message goes:  I know very much your achievements, what you can do, what you still need to improve, your frustrations, your strong side, and of course your dream. I admire you for everything, including your talent, your sense of leadership, your charisma, critical thinking and your passion. Well, sometimes you get too overly dramatic with the things going on around you, but I will always support you with your ideas, with your dreams and hobby. Continue to do the things that you love and don’t be discouraged with other peoples bad criticisms.  I like what you’re doing and I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that way. Thank you for everything and stay the same till you get old.  Stay humble, and please  stop calling me Shawarma.”

 

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And to the folks who have believed in her, she has this to say:  “To my friends who keep on supporting me, CLF members, I love you guys.  TRP the team I’m in and I’ll always be proud to be part of, those photographers who take pictures of me and those whom I haven’t met yet but tell me how much they like my cosplays, my heart couldn’t contain it all, so thank you so much.  I wish I can do more than saying thank you.

Many thanks to Lin Ling and Kuroyuki Kanade for allowing us to share their work.  See more of them at A|E_imAginE |alec.egido|   Rest assured we’ll be featuring more of them soon here on our website.  Thank you for dropping by, and do visit us again for more cosplay features here at arkadymac.com.

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Julia: Cutting Edge

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She’s not shy to admit that she’s new to cosplaying, but what Julia lacks in experience she makes up for with enthusiasm and determination.  It’s her feisty spirit that made us choose her as our newest cosplay model.  Presenting Julia in her first-ever online feature for arkadymac.com.  Lending his skills for this feature is photographer Christopher Prince Mortell of  CLICK Concept Photography.  Additional images by arkadymac.

 

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As a big fan of the hit anime series Kill la Kill, Julia insisted on cosplaying the heroine, RyukoMatoi, for this feature.  “Ryuko inspires me with her iron-hard will to avenge her father,” she tells us.  “She has proven that with love, one can grow in strength to save, protect, or avenge their love ones.Others may view her as a rough and chaotic woman, but for me she is the symbol of how love makes impossible things possible.”

 

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Although she had all the enthusiasm to cosplay her, Julia admits it was quite a challenge.  “Even though we share some traits, I am not as rough-looking as she is. Also, it was quite a feat to look for, assemble, fashion and customize everything needed in bringing her to life.”

 

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It was only last year when Julia discovered cosplaying.  “I got into it when a friend of mine introduced the cosplay world to me and invited me to attend a convention last May 2013,” she says.  “As far as I can remember, since I was a newbie cosplayer that time, I’ve costripped as a maid girl. I cosplayed Luka Megurine Sandplay Version, my first cosplay character, at a major event last year.”

 

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And why does Julia continue to cosplay?  “I cosplay to express the things I really love,” she shares, ” to make my favorite fictional characters came into life, and to inspire little kids.”    She has one particular fond memory of cosplaying.  “I met this kid who was excited to meet me, took a picture with me and kept calling me not by my real name, but of the character’s name that I had been cosplaying.”

 

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For the most part, Julia describes herself to be a simple person who wants to share happiness with other people.  Outside of cosplay, she tells us she has many varied pursuits.  “I am a frustrated singer,” she says with a laugh.  “I love reading books and stories from wattpad, preferably those from sci-fi, teen fiction and fantasy genres.”  She loves rewatching her favorite anime series like Kill la Kill, Soul Eater, and Sword Art Online.  She says she also plays Crossfire, Counter Strike, and DOTA 2 whenever she has the time.

 

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Cosplaying has become a part of Julia’s life, and she says it’s always challenging for her.  “I always need to consider the source material and the need to resemble the character I am cosplaying.” “However,” she points out, “I find the process fun as well. I feel the need to portray not only the appearance, but the personality which the character possesses as well. Behind my cosplaying are values gained each and every time such as patience in making the cosplay as faithful possible.  I feel like I can only stop from cosplaying when I feel satisfied with my work and what have I done for the cosplay community.

 

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Of her photographer for this feature, Julia has this to say:  “Sir Chris Mortell of CLICK Concept Photography is one of the most talented and most awesome photographers I’ve ever met. To Sir Chris, DOMO ARIGATOU.  Thank you so much for giving me an opportunity to have a photoshoot session with you. Thank you for sharing your talents with cosplayers like me. Your photography skills are so amazing, making me almost look like Matoi Ryuko. Thank you so much.

 

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And to our readers, Julia has something to say.  “I want to thank my family for giving me full support, time and effort in cosplaying . I want to thank my friends, photographers, and my fellow cosplayers who didn’t make me feel like a loner at events.  To the readers, I would like to say that it takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. Explore, experience, make friends, be content and have fun with your life!

 

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We look forward to great things from Julia, and we hope you can support her in her future endeavors.  Expect us to have her here again soon.

 

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Thank you for dropping by, and do visit us again for more cosplay features here at arkadymac.com

 

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Ozine Fest 2014: Day 3 Cosplay Competition

 

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arkadymac.com is glad to be a media partner for Ozine Fest 2014, the biggest cosplay event this summer.  Running three days all throughout the weekend, it has been a long-anticipated affair with its extensive lineup of attractions, and we’re glad to be able to bring you the highlights from Sunday, the third and last day of festivities.  We’re also lucky to have our coverage partner Jillian accompany us on our tour of duty as she took photos as well.

 

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The highlight of the event was the individual cosplay competition where cosplayers showed their awesome talents and costumes as they performed to a hyped and appreciative crowd.  Around 80 cosplayers competed it the contest, with the eventual winners being Mark Anthony Vibas taking first place with his outstanding and very amusing performance as Deadpool, Elsa of Frozen version.   “Let it Go” will never mean the same again with his antics, to the delight of the crowd.  He also had his sister with him,  Callista Kailey, as Anna, with a joint performance of “For the First Time in Forever” from Frozen.  She won as Best Female for her performance.  Other winners included 2nd Placer RB Cheng as King Gojulas, 3rd Placer July Mary Rea as Hakuyuu Ren and Ian Quinto as Headmistress Fiora for Best Male.

 

Here is the video   from our partner, AnimePh:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1VTQZtjoac&feature=youtu.be

 

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With the awarding ceremonies, Ozine Fest 2014 drew to a close, with thousands upon thousand attending the three-day affair.

 

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Thanks for dropping by, and please visit us again for more cosplay features here at arkadymac.com.

 

 

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Ozine Fest 2014: Day 3

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arkadymac.com is glad to be a media partner for Ozine Fest 2014, the biggest cosplay event this summer.  Running three days all throughout the weekend, it has been a long-anticipated affair with its extensive lineup of attractions, and we’re glad to be able to bring you the highlights from Sunday, the third and last day of festivities.  We’re also lucky to have our coverage partner Jillian accompany us on our tour of duty as she took photos as well.

 

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Of course we were there for the cosplayers who had a great time showing off their talents and colorful costumes to the crowd.  We always enjoy seeing them having fun and mingling with the crowd and mixing it up with fellow cosplayers.

 

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The highlight of the event was the individual cosplay competition where cosplayers showed their awesome talents and costumes as they performed to a hyped and appreciative crowd.  Around 80 cosplayers competed it the contest, with the eventual winners being Mark Anthony Vibas taking first place with his outstanding and very amusing performance as Deadpool, Elsa of Frozen version.   “Let it Go” will never mean the same again with his antics, to the delight of the crowd.  He also had his sister with him,  Callista Kailey, as Anna, with a joint performance of “For the First Time in Forever” from Frozen.  She won as Best Female for her performance.  Other winners included 2nd Placer RB Cheng as King Gojulas, 3rd Placer July Mary Rea as Hakuyuu Ren and Ian Quinto as Headmistress Fiora for Best Male.

 

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With the awarding ceremonies, Ozine Fest 2014 drew to a close, with thousands upon thousand attending the three-day affair.

 

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Thanks for dropping by, and please visit us again for more cosplay features here at arkadymac.com.

 

 

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8th TAGCOM (Toys and Games Convention) 2014 Day 2

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The summer cosplay season starts of in earnest with the 8th  Toys and Games Convention, TAGCOM , 2014.  Held at the Megatrade Center of SM Megamall,  it was a showcase of all the newest and best in toys, collectibles, models, figures, hobbies, and games for the season.  The event featured contests, exhibits, booths and a program with a variety of attractions that kept things interesting all throughout the day.

 

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We were there for the cosplays, of course.  Those on summer vacation were just itching for the chance to meet their friends and cosplay for an eager audience, and TAGCOM has given them this opportunity.

 

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The 5th level of SM Megamall was filled with cosplayers making an impression to the crowd. It was also a chance fro friends to meet up, catch up on each other’s lives and have fun cosplaying.

 

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We of course got to see our wonderful friends and cosplay models Queenie, Deric, Yanna, and Ashley as they were having fun having their pictures taken with the crowd and with photographers present at the event.

 

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 I apologize for the delay.  I will be updating this post soon with more details and more photos so please stay tuned.

 

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Thank you for dropping by,and do visit us again for more cosplay features here at arkadymac.com.

 

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8th TAGCOM (Toys and Games Convention) 2014 Day 1

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The summer cosplay season starts of in earnest with the 8th  Toys and Games Convention, TAGCOM , 2014.  Held at the Megatrade Center of SM Megamall,  it was a showcase of all the newest and best in toys, collectibles, models, figures, hobbies, and games for the season.  The event featured contests, exhibits, booths and a program with a variety of attractions that kept things interesting all throughout the day.

 

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We were there for the cosplays, of course.  Those on summer vacation were just itching for the chance to meet their friends and cosplay for an eager audience, and TAGCOM has given them this opportunity.

 

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The 5th level of SM Megamall was filled with cosplayers making an impression to the crowd. It was also a chance fro friends to meet up, catch up on each other’s lives and have fun cosplaying.

 

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We of course got to see our wonderful friends and cosplay models, Mina Kim, Queenie, Deric, Mikki, and Carina as they were having fun having their pictures taken with the crowd and with photographers present at the event.

 

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The places to shoot were once again limited so it was a bi difficult at times.  The guards can be bothersome at times but I noticed that they were showing maximum restraint that day.  Still wondering if it will continue on Day 2.

 

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The photos here are unedited because I may not have time as I will be covering Day 2 and we will just upload better ones soon.  If you have your picture here, feel free to grab them.  Catch you all there again as we cover Day 2, which promises to be a more hectic time for us.

 

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Thank you for dropping by,and do visit us again for more cosplay features here at arkadymac.com.

 

 

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