Yuks Cosplay at Wondercon 2014

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Ilovesexynerds NERD of the MONTH Miyuki Cosplay

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THis months NERD of the MONTH is Miyuki Cosplay from Cananda!   She is a Chinese Canadian from Vancouver Canada.  RO stalker by Miyuki Cosplay 2, photography by Wilson Lau

Ilovesexynerds:  Do you have a mini bio about yourself?

Miyuki Cosplay:  I’m a Chinese-Canadian cosplayer based in Vancouver, Canada. I’ve always wanted to be a video game character. The dream is to be a glass cannon sorceress who teams up with awesome party members to save the world (Final Fantasy style!). To learn more about me check out my introduction video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzisyDzl0JYLeague of Legends Ahri by Miyuki Cosplay, photography by JasperCoule


Ilovesexynerds:  What is the craziest story you could tell us?

Miyuki Cosplay:  Decided to go skydiving but got really scared last-minute, so the instructor pushed me out of the plane. 🙂League of Legends Ahri by Miyuki Cosplay, photography by Dale L

I’m terrified of heights by the way.

Ilovesexynerds: Do you have any projects coming up?

Miyuki Cosplay:  Touhou racing girl, popstar Katarina, and battleborn Kayle. Planning for Sakura-Con, Anime Expo, and Anime Revolution 2015!FFX-2 Yuna Gunner Miyuki Cosplay, photography by Wilson Lau

Ilovesexynerds:  Do people recognize you when you go to cons?

Miyuki Cosplay: vSometimes! Super flattered when it does happen!FFX-2 Yuna gunner by Miyuki Cosplay, Photography by Wilson Lau

Ilovesexynerds:  Tell us about your website? ?

Miyuki Cosplay:  No website so far! I have a presence on several social media platforms, but the best ways to connect with me are through my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/miyuki123) and Twitter (@MiyukiCosplay).Death Note Amane Misa by Miyuki Cosplay, photography by Open your eyes visuals

Ilovesexynerds:  How did you get into doing cosplay costumes?

Miyuki Cosplay:  My friend really wanted me to cosplay with her at Anime North 2012, so we both ordered costumes from China. Mine was really crappy, so I decided to make it from scratch the night before. I pulled an all-nighter handsewing the FFX-2 lenne costume and was fairly content with the results, and has been cosplaying ever since ☺battle bunny riven by Miyuki Cosplay, photography by Wilson Lau

In a nutshell: started cosplay because of peer pressure, fell in love with it because it really is amazing to see your hard work materialize!

Ilovesexynerds:  What inspires you when you choose characters?

Miyuki Cosplay:  I like to choose challenging costumes with nice detailing (ex. Aion sorc). I try to replicate the detailing as accurately as I can.Aion Online Elyos Sorceror Miyuki Cosplay, photography by Vivid Vision

Ilovesexynerds:  Marvel vs DC vs Anime?

Miyuki Cosplay:  Anime/Manga for sure! I absolute LOVE seinen manga (manga targeted towards males 17-40 years of age) and always read it when I’m on public transit, which is awkward sometimes because you never know when the next page is going to be full of nudity XD15321850438_2a3a1cb1f2_o

Ilovesexynerds:  What was your childhood like growing up?

Miyuki Cosplay:  I was awkward and introverted, and immigrating to Canada at the age of 9 only made it harder for me to make friends. In fact, I didn’t have many friends until I started University. My parents were the typical strict and overprotective Asian parents, and wouldn’t let me go out or do anything after school. As a result, I spent most of my free time holed up in my room playing MMORPG’s under the pretence of doing homework. X_X Sounds familiar? Haha~Aion Elyos Sorceror Miyuki Cosplay, photography by Addy Davies

Ilovesexynerds:  Where do you see yourself five years from now?

Miyuki Cosplay:  I will have finished my Ph.D by that time, and probably will either be working or pursuing further education. Maybe I will have started a family too, who knows! Hopefully I will still have time for my hobbies! In any case I hope I will still be as happy and fun as I am today, and not let the stress of “adult life” get to me.Aion Online Elyos Sorceror Miyuki Cosplay, photography by Vivid Vision

Ilovesexynerds:   What do you like to do for fun?

Miyuki Cosplay: I have a lot of hobbies, but sadly not enough time for all of them! Other than cosplay, I also love salsa dancing, cooking, playing instruments (flute, synthesizer, guzheng), writing music (have a few instrumental tracks on my Youtube), and of course watching anime and playing video games!15517106461_6ba54dd28a_o

Ilovesexynerds:   What kind of music do you like?

Miyuki Cosplay:  Is it lame if I said I like video game music? Final Fantasy music is my life, and I absolutely worship Nobuo Uematsu. His ability to instill tremendous emotion in the audience is unrivalled.

I also like Yiruma (Kiss the Rain please, so delicate and sentimental), Davichi (It’s okay that’s love <3), and bachata music (that’s the salsa influence coming in, so sensual and romantic).15485416666_2281ab6e37_o

Ilovesexynerds:   What kind of nerd are you?

Miyuki Cosplay:  Tri-nerd! By that I mean a combination of music nerd, video game nerd, and science nerd. Forgive me if I make science jokes, it happens 😛

Ilovesexynerds:   What is the hottest costume you have ever worn? 

Miyuki Cosplay:  So far it would probably be Battle Bunny Riven from LoL or RO Stalker. The upcoming Touhou racing girl is pretty hot, and I also have a Sailor Mars boudoir cosplay possibly in the making!Death Note Amane Misa by Miyuki Cosplay, photography by Vancouver Cosplay

Ilovesexynerds:   Favorite food?

Miyuki Cosplay:  Food is the love of my life. If I had to name one I would say ice cream, but meat and kimchi chiggae also rank pretty high up there.

Death Note Amane Misa by Miyuki Cosplay, photography by David Circle
Ilovesexynerds:  Favorite Video Games?

Final Fantasy 6, Chrono Trigger, Golden Sun, Ragnarok Online, DDR/ITG/Stepmania

Give me the links to the following.

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/miyuki123

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MiyukiCosplay

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/YukiLinCompositions

Deviantart: http://miyukiama.deviantart.com/

Tumblr: http://miyuki-cosplay.tumblr.com/

Email: miyukicosplay@gmail.comRO stalker by Miyuki Cosplay, photography by Wilson Lau

NERD of the MONTH Candace Kita!

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THis months NERD of the MONTH is Candace Kita!  She was one of the stars of the Masked Rider show!   She was nice enough to do an interview with #ilovesexynerds.  Check out her facebook page and say hi!

ILSN:    Tell us a little bit about yourself?  Do you have a mini bio about yourself?Barbara_Stewart

Candace Kita:  Born in Los Angeles but raised in England, Belgium and Texas, Candace Kita graduated from college with degrees in philosophy and contemporary religion. After postgraduate work in sociology, she chose to pursue her dream of acting.Shortly after arriving in Los Angeles, Candace became a series regular lead in all 40 episodes of FOX-TV’s “The Masked Rider”. She went on to take series regular roles in “Son of the Beach” on the FX Network, “Running with Scissors” on the Oxygen Network and “Dance Fever” on ABC-Family.Her most notable series recurring role was on ABC’s “Complete Savages”, portraying Mel Gibson’s ill-fated girlfriend, Misty, doomed to die a new and horrible death at the end of each episode.Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 10.24.26 AMAs a guest star, Candace’s credits include “Revenge”, “House, MD”, “Better with You”, “Raising Hope”, “Nip/Tuck”, “Two and a Half Men”, “The Wayan’s Brothers”, “VIP”, “Method & Red”, “Smith”, “Pepper Dennis”, “Quintuplets”, “Girlfriends”, “Felicity”, “Even Stevens”, “Pl of the Future”, “Wall to Wall Records”, “Beck and Call” , “The Probe”, “Big Happy”, “Movies at Our House”, “Miriam Teitelbaum: Homicide”, and “The Sweet Spot”.On the big screen, Candace can be seen in the Adam Sandler and Kevin James comedy “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry”. She also appeared in “The Bad News Bears” with Billy Bob Thornton and Greg Kinnear, “Stealing Time” with Jennifer Garner, and “Barb Wire” with Pamela Anderson.

Candace has appeared in more than a dozen national commercials for brands such as Sprite, Coke, IBM, AIG and MSN. She also starred in a spot for Harvard Medical HMO that was featured on ABC-TV’s “America’s Funniest Commercials” and has served as an official spokesperson in several spots for the Food network, HGTV and DIY. As a model with prestigious print agency Wilhelmina, Candace walked the catwalk for Diesel, XOXO and Brighton among others.

Candace is the founder of Hotties With a Heart, an organization that brings together young women who donate their time to various charities throughout the United States. Recent events have included Read Across America, The Boys and Girls Club, The Salvation Army, and The Bob Hope USO.

Kita is also the author of “The Hottie Handbook: A Girl’s Guide to Safety,” a safety primer for young women.

 
Currently, Candace is the Managing Editor of Viva Glam Magazine, http://www.vivaglammagazine.com.
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ILSN:    What is the craziest story you could tell us?
Candace Kita:   One of the craziest stories that recently happened to me occurred last week.  I had to go to Punta de Mita, Mexico for a job and spent the entire week working with a person who ended up being on the FBI’s Most Wanted List.  He was #3.  Our flight back to LAX was stopped by the FBI and he was apprehended on the plane.  Ironically, I still think he is a nice, charming and extremely efficient person.  After spending a week with him, we were all sad to see him go.  
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ILSN:   Do you have any projects coming up?
Candace Kita:  Yes, I just shot a rom-com for Australia called “The Love Addict”. It is a romantic, light-hearted comedy about a man who can’t stop falling in love.  
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ILSN:  One of my favorite shows growing up was kamen rider (masked rider) .  Tell us your experience being on that show.
Candace Kita:   I had the pleasure of being on Masked Rider for over 2 years. We shot 3 seasons and 40 episodes and some of my best friends have come from this show. In fact, AJ, who played Albee, is now a rap musician and I’ll be seeing him next Tuesday at a television interview. And I saw David, who played Hal, last week for Chinese food.  
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ILSN:  Tell us about your website?
 
Candace Kita:    Haha, thank you for asking about my website. My website, http://www.candacekita.com is in the process of being overhauled, so I’m very excited about the way it will look soon.  My other website, http://www.hottiehandbook.com gives quick and easy safety tips to women on subjects such as travel safety, campus life, internet safety, dating, getting your first apartment, among others.  
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ILSN:  Marvel vs DC vs Anime?
 
Candace Kita:   Marvel! I was in a Marvel comic book for Masked Rider and was happy they even drew in my mole that I have on my face!
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ILSN:  What was your childhood like growing up? 
Candace Kita:   I had a great childhood in that I was exposed to many different cultures in a short amount of time. I grew up in London, Antwerp, and Texas.  So I experienced city life and also country.  I remember eating peanut butter, bacon and watercress sandwiches at Harrod’s each week for tea and also threw cow patties in the fields behind my house in Texas.  It was the best of both worlds.
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ILSN:  Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Candace Kita:    Still pursuing my dreams and still hard at work.
ILSN:  What do you do to inspire yourself?
Candace Kita:    Good question. A friend of mine said no matter how hard you work, you have to put a prize somewhere in the package for yourself.  Meaning, put something in the future that you are always looking forward to.  Whether it be going to a museum exhibit you have read about, going on a small trip out of town or ordering a great book on Amazon, these small things inspire and excite you about life.  You always have to have something to get excited over.  It is important and even the small things count.
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ILSN:  What do you like to do for fun?
Candace Kita:    Reading, catching up with friends and an occasional nap isn’t bad either.
 
ILSN:  What kind of music do you like?
Candace Kita:  Amy Winehouse, 1940’s torch singing, The Punch Brothers
ILSN:  what kind of nerd are you?
Candace Kita:  . I’m the quintessential Asian nerd. I have learned a long time ago to embrace it.  
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ILSN:  is there anything you are promoting right now?
 
Candace Kita:   Yes, of course, I am the Managing Editor of Viva Glam Magazine, a women’s lifestyle magazine. http://www.vivaglammagazine.com  Live the life you want and you can have it all, but live compassionately and with love.
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ILSN:  What is the nerdiest thing you have done?
 
Candace Kita:    Well, I can think of one of the nerdiest things I would have done, had I have known in time.  Last month, Grumpy Cat was in Santa Monica at a book signing. Apparently, people were waiting in line for over 5 hours to see her. Yep, I’m that girl.  I probably would have stood in line for 5 hours myself because who would have gone with me?!?!?!
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ILSN:  Do people ever recognize you when you go out?
 
Candace Kita:   I’m always shocked and surprised if anyone recognizes me.  Once I was parking my car at a grocery store. A man came up to me and said he had just seen me on TV that very morning.  I said thank you for noticing. He then said, “Girl, they need to give you more lines!!!”  Haha, too funny!
ILSN:  What is the craziest gift a fan has ever given you?
Candace Kita:   Boy, what a question. I’ve gotten insane gifts, some of which I won’t mention, from probably mentally unstable people.  But I have gotten some very nice hand drawings and also crochet (believe it or not) that I greatly appreciate.
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ILSN:  What is the hottest costume you have ever worn?
Candace Kita:   Zombie Schoolgirl
ILSN:  Favorite food?
Candace Kita:   I love all foods so this is a difficult question.  Love European chocolate for sure!
ILSN:  Favorite Movie?
Candace Kita:   Withnail and I and Grey Gardens rate high, but I’m a movie buff so it is difficult to choose!
ILSN:  Favorite videogame?
Candace Kita:   Dead or Alive from Techmo as I was Lei Fang for them for many years.10727774_353899971439998_881695582_n
ILSN:  Also give me the links to all your social media pages 🙂
Candace Kita:   links:
Candace Kita’s Official Website www.candacekita.com

Gandakris NERD of the MONTH

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          October NERD of the MONTH is Gandakris!  She is an artist, youtuber and cosplayer from Vegas!  Here is her interview. 10660363_767044860020635_2748432146571811728_n
ILSN:  Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Gandakris:  I do have a documentary that dabbles into my past and how I came from being very shy to out going! You can check it out on my Youtube!10580163_753973531327768_4382335692233646827_n
ILSN:  Do you have any projects coming up?
Gandakris:
I have a ton! Sometimes my mind races and jumps from one project to the next. Ill be finishing 3 new cosplays while setting up photoshoots, starting and helping 2 businesses as well as drawing more to keep up with my instagram. I eventually want to tap into my youtube again to teach my audience, I miss teaching others to become inspired.
ILSN:  Tell us about your website? ?
Gandakris:   Currently I do not have a website but I am on instagram tumblr facebook twitter and deviantart! I try my best to update all my social web stuff. Its a challenge considering I try to respond and comment to all the feedback!10527523_753973407994447_6076803691845388824_n
ILSN:  How did you get into doing cosplay costumes?
Gandakris:   My cosplay frenzie all started with my sister Vanessa aka  known as fruitcake! She asked me to help with her Aqua cosplay from Kingdom Hearts and I fell in love. I fell in love with the thought of mobile walking art. hehe
ILSN:  What inspires you when you choose characters?
Gandakris:   The love of the game and or character is what gets me motivated! Even more so the design is what catches my eye and I try my best to capture as much if not more detail. I’d imagine the character as a living person and try my best to give it a realistic look.
ILSN:  Marvel vs DC vs Anime?
Gandakris:   Oh I have to go with Marvel = DC I’ve recently tapped into that world due to my best friend and partner Jason. After I fell in love with Fables my boyfriend introduced me to the world of comics!10371754_707285372663251_7268494501514206368_n
ILSN:  What was your childhood like growing up?
Gandakris:   My childhood was AMAZING! I have my sisters to thank for that! Without my sisters being so different from each other and having a loving relationship with each. I wouldn’t have the friends nor the strength to keep moving forward without them.
ILSN:  Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Gandakris:   Wow I honestly dont know and its scary but exciting. What I do know is that I’ll be happy because I’m happy where I am right now. It doesn’t mean I wont keep moving forward, rather I enjoy a simple life while continuing to enhance myself as a being.
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ILSN:  What do you do to inspire yourself?
Gandakris:   I use the people around me in order to get inspired. Weird sounding yes but let me explain. haha I love the reactions people make when they see my art. Its my addiction. When I was shy I used my art as a shield so rather than people getting to know me past my bubble I simply let my art do all the talking! I learned over the years that the true reward is conversing with the lives I touched through my art. They tell me how much my art has impacted them and I tell them how appreciative I am. Everyone single person is important to me.
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ILSN:  What do you like to do for fun?
Gandakris:   I love to relieve my mind of projects by playing sports! I’ve recently got into Ultimate Frisbee Dodgeball and Paintball. I try my best keep to keep myself active considering Im always in a chair painting and drawing. hehe10690354_779613312097123_1009854174068135032_n
ILSN:  What kind of music do you like?
Gandakris:   I listen to everything! I knows its almost everyones response but I really do! RnB Hiphop acoustic rock edm etc When I work I play music and if I like the track or artist I dive in! Im open to all genres but I am on the fence with country. xD
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ILSN:  What kind of nerd are you?
Gandakris:   I’m a people nerd! I fangirl hard when introduced to people who inspire me. Its pretty bad .. .. .. I get a feeling in my throat and suddenly I cant talk. You’d think it would end there but I become really goofey. haha
ILSN:  Is there anything you are promoting right now?
Gandakris:   I’m always promoting myself as an artist. I know for my audience its hard to keep up with me considering all I do in the art field but I never want to limit myself!
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ILSN:  What is the nerdiest thing you have done?
Gandakris:   Where do I begin!?! I have so many moments and its hard to pin point just one but I did have Daigo from madcatz sign my Ibuki Cosplay. Swoozie was at EVO and I went fangirl crazy then I hugged Markman too xD560022_562363013822155_1477951271_n
ILSN:  Do people ever recognize you when you go out?
Gandakris:   No. XD
Although EVO 2014 was when I realized the whole FGC ( fighting game community ) considered me family. Literally I had over 60+ tags relating to my cosplay and balltops at EVO this year. I had people calling me Kris/ GandaKris left and right. I fangirl’d because they Fangirl’d. I love them because they love me. I don’t want fans I want friendships.
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ILSN:  What is the craziest gift a fan has ever given you?
Gandakris:   I haven’t gotten any crazy gifts but I do receive a few #wcw ( women crush Wednesdays ), trinkets, drawings, and among other things! I seez and lovez them allz!
ILSN:  What is the hottest costume you have ever worn?
Gandakris:  The Hottest Costume thus far would have to be Ibuki its not too revealing although you can see my butt butt what what! lol
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Gandakris:   I LOVE FRUITS TEA and CANDY. Seriously thats usually my meal heheMy current favorite movie is Guardians of the Galaxy. Im watching it twice and buying it on Blue Ray. Im loving he indie game scene but looking out for all the amazing titles being released this year! Im really addicted to the Hyrule Warriors character designs!❥ I N S T A G R A M
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❥ F A C E B O O K
www.facebook.com/GandaKrisPage
❥ Y O U T U B E
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As my last thought I just want to thank you for thinking of me as a person of interest  JW! Definitely thank my audience for the support they have given me during my continued growth. My amazing Boyfriend who loves me regardless of my imperfections, thank you love. I want everyone to always become inspired by life and impact those who need inspiration. Life is fun but if you can bring friends along then bring them. ❤

Ilovesexynerds NERD of the MONTH Freddie Nova!

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ILSN:  Tell us a little bit about yourself?  Do you have a mini bio about yourself?

Freddie Nova:  I’m just a really hyper chick who has never had the patience to even try to fit in with the “norm”. I’m an independent business woman with a pet care business by day/Action hero by night. I’m all about chasing dreams & running around in capes, spandex & armor happens to be one of em! 
ILSN:
What is the craziest story you could tell us?
620498_4412375476260_1628253743_oFreddie Nova: Freddie Nova:  That’s a WAY hard question when crazy is my everyday. I mean one day I made a passing comment on a photog’s FB page, the next day I bought a plain ticket, 4 days later I was a viral sensation as Venom. Surreal is just a thing with me.
ILSN:
Do you have any projects coming up?

Freddie Nova:  Always 🙂
Working on some pirate Disney characters, a new silicone Witchblade & planning one last symbiote shoot. Hope to rock Lagatha from Vikings one day as well.941634_557771394273697_923850795_n
ILSN:    Can you tell us your experience when you were on Comicbook men?
Freddie Nova:   Well i made it into a 3 day journey to visit Convention friends along the way since I had low expectations of filming so that way the trip would be fun no matter what. But overall I had fun when I got there, everyone BUT Walt was really nice. While I was hoping for a more stimulating conversion about comics or Cosplay, Walt steered it in a lame direction but I was happy the show was so well received.
ILSN:   Tell us about your website? ?
Freddie Nova:  Anyone is welcome to hit the “Follow” button on my personal page but to follow my costume progress, con experiences & general shenanigans, I JUST started a public page finally “Super Nova’s Costuming Guide to the Galaxy”.FreddieTLHow did you get into doing cosplay costumes?
Been reading comics for over 18 years, saw people dressed up at Cons & wanted to give it a try. After that I was hooked!
ISLN:   What inspires you when you choose characters?
Freddie Nova: First it was favorites, then I look for build challenges or characters I think I can pass for. I really love to transform into looking just like them & not recognizable as myself. That’s a far greater accomplishment.
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ILSN:   Marvel vs DC vs Anime?
Freddie Nova:  I equally enjoy Marvel & older DC. But if you see what I Cosplay, you can tell I prefer independents.
Not an anime fan at all (sorry, just not my bag)superman_2 copy
ILSN:    What was your childhood like growing up?
Freddie Nova:  I was lonely, black-sheep type, so my imagination & creative side excelled as a result
ILSN:    Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Freddie Nova:  OLD! I’m already 32, I honestly don’t know that i’ll be cosplaying past 35 but still plan to hit occasional conventions & really want to get back to writing my own Graphic Novel
ILSN:   What do you do to inspire yourself?
Freddie Nova:  I don’t stress the little things in life, I am hyper & hate sitting still, so I do things to stay active & productive. Cosplay is a great outlet if you just do it for fun.10505438_10202452303411282_2471192532297603114_n
ILSN:  What do you like to do for fun?
Freddie Nova:  COSPLAY!  Workout, play with zoo of creatures, make Rockwear, accessories, collect useless crap, listen to music & I love cooking.934743_10202440216989129_5902391029990349857_n
ILSN:   What kind of music do you like?
Freddie Nova:   HAIR METAL for life!
And lots of other stuff really except rap, hip hop & opera…oh & no whiny chick music & stoner rock
ILSN:   What kind of nerd are you?
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ILSN:  is there anything you are promoting right now?
Freddie Nova:  Just to keep an eye out for the new Lady Death when it comes out. Hoping to have accessories available for sale in future but not there yet
10356307_10202212726302004_5103801576093151026_nILSN:    What is the nerdiest thing you have done?
Freddie Nova:  Not sure I could ever pinpoint one thing! What just popped in my head though was one time at a Steel City Con, a guy was selling an 8ft Millennium Falcon from when the original films were released & it was a ceiling display at Toys R Us. I geeked! I made him a cash offer, he accepted but was a really nice dude & asked how I was getting it home, I said my SUV & he was like “it won’t fit, it only fits into a 2 door commercial van & bigger. I was like “NOOOOOO!”. Went & measured my car, then spent next 24 hours trying to find a way to get it back  to my old house 2 1/2hrs away but there wasn’t a non-rapey priced way to do it. I was so sad panda 😦
ILSN:    Do people ever recognize you when you go out?
Freddie Nova:   Sometimes, but not too often. At conventions for sure but everyday life, it’s rare. Especially since i’m a master of disguise in costume.10290669_10201962380363512_3424997797803140985_n
INSL:   What is the craziest gift a fan has ever given you?
Freddie Nova:  Probably the squishy brain toy that felt like a sweaty ball sac.
ILSN:  What is the hottest costume you have ever worn?
Freddie Nova:  Probably Witchblade or Vampirella, I def felt naughty in them
ILSN:  Favorite food?
Freddie Nova: Chipotle & cupcakes!
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ILSN:  Favorite Movies?
Freddie Nova:  Mallrats, ghostbusters, LOTR
ILSN: Favorite Video Games?
Freddie Nova: Sonic Super Spinball
ILSN: Give me the links to the following.
Websites.
facebook page: http://www.Facebook.com/cosplayerfreddienova
ILSN:  Any final thoughts or words?
Freddie Nova: Always be Unicorn
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Yes

Mandee Cosplay Nerd of the MONTH

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ILSN: Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Mandee:  My name is Mandee, and I was born and raised in Canada! I’ve been watching anime and gaming since I was a small child. I thank my older brother for introducing me into the great nerd world.10309198_588861387900952_7842756509511247709_n

ILSN: What is the craziest story you could tell us?
Mandee:  When I was 15 years old taking the train in Japan, I was in a hurry and rushed onto the train. My arm got caught in the door and I couldn’t get it out. The train started to move and I thought my arm was going to get blown off. I kept pulling and was calling for help, but everyone just stared at me. The door opened slightly somehow and I fell backwards. Good thing I still have my arm haha.

ILSN: Do you have any projects coming up?
Mandee: Yes! I will have 3 new cosplays for the upcoming PAX Prime!10537886_584528461667578_3764989155030172883_n

ILSN: How did you get into doing cosplay costumes?

Mandee:  I’ve always wanted to cosplay because I’m such a big fan of anime, so eventually I ended up doing it, even if I did it alone haha.

ILSN: What inspires you when you choose characters?
Mandee:  I’m not sure, I kind of just fall in love with the character and decide I want to cosplay them.

10543609_585407368246354_7135519620300903245_nILSN: Marvel vs DC vs Anime?
Mandee:  ANIME hands down. Unfortunately, I never got into the comic book scene.

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ILSN: What was your childhood like growing up?
Mandee:  Quite normal; I went to school, played games, watched anime, ate food, and slept. I actually didn’t have very many friends, and found it difficult to relate to others in my class.10521370_577894208997670_5892469730617387348_n

ILSN:  Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Mandee:  Haha I don’t know! Anything could happen really. I hope to still be doing cosplay.

ILSN: What is the most interesting experience you have ever had at a CON?
Mandee:  The first time I went to a US con was Anime Expo (in 2013). I didn’t really know anyone there, and I had just gotten into cosplaying. When I entered the convention center I was rushed by so many people asking to take a photo of me/with me, and I was just standing there really surprised and posing badly haha. I even heard some hate comments about me, which made me feel disheartened. It all happened really fast, which was a cool experience.998226_406619826125110_2146299149_n

ILSN:  What do you do to inspire yourself?
Mandee:  Watch anime? Haha. There’s so many things to cosplay! 10500416_578526552267769_4387222508893527057_n

> ILSN:  What do you like to do for fun?
Mandee:  Watch anime, play random games, eat waffles, surf the web, look at weird things on Ebay… the list goes on.

ILSN:  What kind of music do you like?
Mandee:  I mostly listen to EDM, but I listen to all kinds of music.

10557427_591900150930409_8022373386440158397_nILSN: Is there anything you are promoting right now?
Mandee:  Business wise, no. But I am always promoting people to cosplay!

ILSN:  What is the nerdiest thing you have done?>
Mandee:  When I was into World of Warcraft, I really wanted the Netherwing drake mount, and the only way to get it is to be exalted reputation with Netherwing. So I did the daily quests everyday, and I memorized all the spawn points of the eggs and searched for them every hour/few hours so I can collect them and hand them in for rep. I did this for 20 days straight and got my Netherdrake. May not be my nerdiest thing, but I was pretty damn happy after I got it.10409496_570277756425982_4258791779108676675_n10461634_569019949885096_4404091594440311271_n

ILSN: Do people ever recognize you when you go out?
Mandee:  Yes actually. One time someone recognized me at the mall and made an instagram post about it!10259933_571354466318311_8340755081402252532_n

ILSN: What is the craziest gift a fan has ever given you?
Mandee:  I haven’t received many gifts. I recently got a Kill la Kill charm from a cool person!

ILSN: What is the hottest costume you have ever worn?
Mandee:  All my costumes are hot.10251947_547496212037470_2868161617416800161_n

ILSN: Favorite food?
Mandee:  Ramen or Curry! 10169450_560655430721548_2612663306817349023_n

ILSN: Favorite Movies?
Mandee:  Studio Ghibli ones ~

ILSN: Favorite Video Games?

Mandee:  Wow this is hard haha. I really love Chrono Trigger for the Super Nintendo, as well as Super Mario RPG. I also really love the Final Fantasy series.10450643_567784916675266_7773222390183771121_n

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Facebook page: www.facebook.com/MandeeCosplay
Instagram: Tokimandee

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NERD of the MONTH Xxfruitcakexx

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ILSN:  Tell us a little bit about yourself?

Xxfruitcakexx: My name is Vanessa de Galicia but I go by fruitcake online. I started cosplaying around 2005 but stopped for a couple years after I got back surgery for scoliosis. I started cosplaying again in 2009.Since then I’ve been cosplaying a wide range of characters and I continue to challenge myself with new projects. I usually cosplay video game characters because I love video games and its easy for me to enjoy the stories and characters when I play.
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ILSN: What is the craziest story you could tell us?
Xxfruitcakexx: I don’t really have a crazy story but I do have some awesome experiences from cosplay. Last year at anime expo when I cosplayed Frost Queen Janna from League of Legends, my friends and I were stopped by a group of Riot employees and players. It was a super fan-girling moment especially when they said the loved our costumes. Its really a dream come true for cosplayers to be admired for their work by the people who made the game/anime.

ILSN: Do you have any projects coming up?

Xxfruitcakexx: I do! 😀 I’m actually working on several cosplays for my husband and myself. They are going to be secret projects for now but lets just say I am going to cosplay some of my dream cosplays so I am very excited to start on these soon. They wont be done till next year however. XD
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ILSN: Tell us about your website? ?
Xxfruitcakexx: I have many websites where you can find my work. I usually update my facebook page the most and I have all my pictures there as well as links to all my social media. I have a website (link provided on fb page) but I don’t update at the moment and I am working on improving it as well. I have an instagram, twitter, tumblr, storeevnvy, and cure. (all provided on the fb page.)


ILSN: How did you get into doing cosplay costumes?
Xxfruitcakexx:  I attended my first con in 2005. It was a small con in Las Vegas so it was nothing like how big cons are today. Even though, I saw many people in costume and many were my favorite characters. They were having so much fun and were getting lots of people to smile and laugh so I decided I wanted to do that as well. I always tell people my being a con goer and being a cosplayer are two different experiences at cons and I fully enjoy being a cosplayer.

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ILSN: What inspires you when you choose characters?
Xxfruitcakexx:  I am a huge gamer! I found it very easy for me to connect with video games characters because you have to play them. I find characters that I absolutely love. They can range from similar looks and personality as me or be totally opposite. I enjoy characters who are nothing like how I am because then I get to transform myself and be someone else for a while. Whether the character has a simple costume or an elaborate one, I enjoy bringing the potential out for each of my costumes. 

ILSN: Marvel vs DC vs Anime?
Xxfruitcakexx:  DC! 😀 I’m a huge batman fan! My favorite character is Cat Woman hands down! Her personality and outlook on life is one we wish we all had. lol No cares and just doing stuff for ourselves, but occasionally she helps batman out. 
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ILSN: What was your childhood like growing up?
Xxfruitcakexx:  Awesome! haha I am the eldest of three sisters. My sisters and I are easily compared too the power puff girls. I’m definitely like blossom, my middle sister, absolutely like bubbles, and my youngest sister is a buttercup. haha My sisters and I have always been close. We were very outgoing and hyper. We got into so much trouble when we were young I wonder why my mom never threw us out. lol Just kidding.  My parenst used to be against cosplay but I took them to Anime Expo one year and they loved it. I have a strong supportive family and I know without them I wouldn’t have accomplished as much as I have. 

ILSN: Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Xxfruitcakexx:  Almost thirty and still dressing up. haha maybe. I see myself with my own family and I hope my children enjoy cosplay, anime, and videogames as much as I do. If not, i will support them in all they do and want to become.
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ILSN: What is the most interesting experience you have ever had at a CON?
Xxfruitcakexx:  Every time I’m at a con there is always an interesting experience haha Especially when I am wearing one of my bigger less mobile cosplays it’s always an interesting experience. If I have a huge prop or wings, its interesting site watching me shimmy through crowds trying not to hit, but end up hitting, innocent bystanders. lol The experiences that I will never forget are when people come up to me and tell me that i have brought their favorite character o life. That always puts a smile on my face because I’ve put a smile on theirs.

ILSN: What do you do to inspire yourself?
Xxfruitcakexx:  There are many things that inspire me. The drive from myself to want to cosplay my favorite characters as well as the motivation from my friends and family. Also people who comment, good or bad, really motivate me to want to keep going. There are many things/people out there, not just in cosplay but everyday life, that want to prevent you or put you down. It’s finding the people who support you and love you that really drive you to do your best, of course in the end, your cosplaying for yourself and not for anyone else.
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ILSN: What do you like to do for fun?
Xxfruitcakexx:  VIDEOGAMES! I grew up with videogames and will probably die with either a laptop on my lap or a controller in my hand haha I also enjoy singing and karaoke with friends. I was in choir since elementary and singing has always been a passion of mine.I also like to be outdoors and do stuff like hiking, fishing, and sports. 
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ILSN: What kind of music do you like?
Xxfruitcakexx:  All Kinds! Growing up I listened to country, rock, rap, pop, everything!! Iv learned to appreciate music not by the genre but by the beat, lyrics, and singing. I do dislike nicky minaj though… her rapping sounds like me at 8 yo when I tried to act cool to my cousins and pretended I could rap. lol

ILSN: What kind of nerd are you?
Xxfruitcakexx:  I guess i’m an all around nerd. lol I watch some anime, I play video games, I collect comics, I like movies and t.v. shows. I love what I love. 

ILSN: Is there anything you are promoting right now?
Xxfruitcakexx:  I do have a storeenvy that is closed at the moment since I moved and will be moving again soon. I hope to open it again next year when I settle down.
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ILSN: What is the nerdiest thing you have done?
Xxfruitcakexx:  I literally almost forgot my name when I met some of my Cosplay Idols at cons. I become forgetful and cant remember how to hold a conversation when I meet people I admire. Oddly enough, a lot of the people I admire, and still admire, I’ve become really good friends with. Does that count as nerdy or just fan girling lol
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ILSN: Do people ever recognize you when you go out?
Xxfruitcakexx:  I’ve had it happen to me a few times when I lived in Las Vegas. Vegas anime community is not as big so many people know each other. I used to work at a mall on the strip and all my encounters happen there haha.

ILSN: What is the craziest gift a fan has ever given you?
Xxfruitcakexx:  A figurine. A little girl gave it to me for being one of her favorite characters and I still have it. I really cherish it.

ILSN: What is the hottest costume you have ever worn?
Xxfruitcakexx:  Hottest as in temperature or sexy? lol Temperature hot would have to be M.E.F.E. from black rock shooter. I have so much stuff on me and it wasn’t the most comfortable haha. The sexiest cosplay would have to be my Ame Comi cat woman costume. Its very revealing a leather haha
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ILSN: Favorite food?
 
Xxfruitcakexx:  Spicy food! Seafood is also my all time favorite! I could eat seafood all day though I know it wouldn’t be healthy.

ILSN: Favorite Movies?
Xxfruitcakexx:  Beauty and the Beast, Ghost, Star Wars, and I like watching horror movies!

ILSN: Favorite Video Games?
Xxfruitcakexx:  OMG SO MANY!! Super Smash bro games, The Tales series, League of Legends, Final Fantasy Games, Resident Evil games… etc.

ILSN: Give me the links to the following.
Websites. http://vanessadegalicia.wix.com/xxfruitcakexxcosplay
facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Xxfruitcakexxcosplay
twitter page https://twitter.com/xxfruitcakexx
youtube link. N/A

ILSN:  Also give me a bio, any videos, links you want me to promote such as up coming events.
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Xxfruitcakexx:  I will be attending San Japan Con in San Antonio! That is my next convention where you can catch me at 😀

ILSN: Any final thoughts or words?

Xxfruitcakexx:  I encourage people to get into cosplay. Its a great experience and you learn so much about yourself and those around you. If not cosplay, loving to do something so much and having the passion is a great way to express yourself and no matter what anyone says, you love what you love and you do it for you.