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

Check out her links

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

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Nerd of the Month Sachie

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Hey! Thanks for the feature.
Q:  Tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Sachie! I’m a cosplayer, vlogger, and future cat lady from Toronto, Canada. I’m really into anime, manga, and gaming. I love drawing and working on creative projects!555317_322369177818860_1817492732_n
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What kind of nerd are you?

The otaku kind? Hahah!ilovegamers4

Tell us about your youtube page?I have a youtube channel called youtube.com/sachie  I basically just vlog about exciting things that are happening in my life, videos about my cosplay progress, recommendations for anime/manga, and occasionally reviews!

206155_368809473174830_499524207_nWhat are your inspirations when you post videos? 
Other youtubers really inspire me to make more content – when I see other people making cool videos, I feel the urge to make my own!

392492_322245947831183_1632867733_nAt what point did you feel you could be a professional youtuber? 
I’d love to be able to make views as a full time job! I feel like in order to become a full-time content creator, you need to be able to produce high quality content/videos, as well as growing a fan base who is interested in what you do!

1200_500662356656207_421683308_nHow much time do you spend on an average cosplay outfit?
It depends on what parts of the costume I am making, how many props/complexity of the overall outfit. But overall, many, man hours haha.

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Marvel vs DC?
I feel ashamed for saying this but I don’t really know! I haven’t really delved into the world of comics very much… ;_; I’m more of an anime/manga person!
What was your childhood like growing up?  
Really good! But really deprived of geeky stuff. My parents aren’t really fans of geek culture, so I never had much of that stuff growing up, I had to discover it all on my own. Luckily my best friend in elementary school was also into anime/manga, so we spent a lot of time researching and finding new geeky things to explore!
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
 Graduating university, hopefully working at a job I really enjoy! Fingers crossed it has something to do with media/content creation, since that’s what I’m majoring in.
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What do you do to inspire yourself?
 Listen to music, watch other youtubers, or draw!
What do you like to do for fun? 
Hang out with friends, go to concerts/art events, draw/paint, and of course make videos!
What kind of music do you like?
I love lots of different genres! Very much into electronic, indie, kpop/jpop, and pop.
Is there anything you are promoting right now?
I’ve currently got a show on Geek and Sundry where I talk about all things related to cosplay!

315039_237883776267401_540471066_nWhat is the nerdiest thing you have done?

I’m pretty sure cosplaying is one of the nerdiest things I do… I mean, what could be nerdier than dressing up as a fictional comic/anime/gaming character at comiccon? Haha!

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Do people ever recognize you when you go out? 
I’ve been recognized at university a couple of times, as well as at comic cons. I’ve also been recognized twice while shopping in downtown Toronto! It’s insane because I don’t even consider myself to be that popular. It’s a lovely feeling when somebody approaches you on the street saying they like your cosplays / videos though!
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What is the craziest gift a fan has ever given you?
Hm… There’s one person who keeps writing and sending marriage proposals to my PO box haha….. Other than that, one girl painted a picture of me on canvas! It’s lovely!1381472_562824357106673_296688466_n
What is the hottest costume you have ever worn? 
I don’t really do too many ‘sexy’ costumes, but I did cosplay as Black Gold Saw at Anime North / Fan Expo a while back! Black leather jackets, bikinis, horns, giant weapons… Y’know, the works.16584_524997837555992_622180612_n

Favorite food?

Korean bbq!! *drools*

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Favorite Movies?
Recently watched Monster’s University, definitely one of the cutest videos I’ve seen. Other than that, almost all movies by Studio Ghibli are my favourites! Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro…etc!
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Favorite Video Games?
Team Fortress 2, Professor Layton series and Fire Emblem!
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