AI-RiKA NERD of the MONTH

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  ILSN:  Tell us a little bit about yourself? 

Rika Ai: I’m from the Pacific Northwest! I’ve been cosplaying for a handful of years and super love anime, video games, hitting the gym, coffee, and traveling.10869413_337436133111289_5115423194849045317_o
 
ILSN: Do you have any new projects coming up?
Rika Ai: Always (I can never get away). 
 
I currently am working on:
Homura (Homucifer) – (Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica Movie 3), Anthy Himemiya (Rose Bride Dress) – Revolutionary Girl Utena
Ginko from Yuri Kuma Arashi.
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ILSN: Who would win in a fight a Titan from Attack on Titans or Darth Vader?
Rika Ai:   Darth Vader. If Darth Vader doesn’t kill the Titan, the fans will.10464017_263168723871364_7489890770212412728_n
 
ILSN: What inspires you when you choose characters? 
Rika Ai:   Their personality! Especially if I can relate to them in some way. I like to joke that they’re usually super driven shonen boys or they’re badass females. If it’s not the personality that I dig, it’ll be the awesome design (or both).1533879_220726791448891_606358337_n
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ILSN: Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Rika Ai:   Happy 🙂 Most likely still cosplaying haha.
Maybe I’ll have a waifu and a dog but who knows~
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ILSN: Tell us about your website:
Rika Ai:   Unfortunately, I don’t have a ‘main’ website but I use nearly every social media app there is usually under the name of “Ai-rika”.
 
ILSN: What do you do to inspire yourself?
Rika Ai: I enjoy reading inspirational quotes and save them as a reminder. Especially if the quote can be applied to almost anything. One of my favorite quotes is, “If you risk nothing, then you risk everything.” — Geena Davis”
 
(Cheesy, I know.)
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ILSN: What kind of music do you like?
Rika Ai:   Aggressive dubstep, anime weaboo trash music, rock, pop, almost anything but country music.
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ILSN: What is the nerdiest thing you have done?
Rika Ai:   My entire life. LOL
 
ILSN: Do people ever recognize you when you go out?
Rika Ai:   Sometimes and it happens at the oddest places and usually when I don’t expect it. Most times I’m like “why did I not dress cooler today”.

ILSN: Favorite food? 
Rika Ai:   Sushi, Gyros, Chocolate.11242341_398552720332963_299996478838249653_n

ILSN: Favorite Video Games?
Rika Ai:   Earthbound/Mother 2, Pokemon, Smash Bros. 11427670_395942263927342_6409930325991750713_n
 
ILSN: Give me the links to the following.
Rika Ai:   Websites. ai-rika.com
facebook page https://www.facebook.com/airikacosplay
twitter page https://twitter.com/Ai__rika
youtube link. https://www.youtube.com/user/Airiika
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ILSN: Any final thoughts or words?
Rika Ai:  “Don’t lose your way!” 😀10384583_310970025757900_6639202219519255231_n
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Mizzi Mie NERD of the MONTH

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This months NERD of the MONTH is MIZZI MIE!  She is a gamer, cosplayer and has her own youtube show!  She is from the PI and lives in So cal.

Ilovesexynerds:   Do you have a mini bio about yourself?
MIZZI MIE:  Filipino, Leo. 3d Artist. Cosplayer. gamer. foodie.10897083_403456609827666_4973220810769003973_n
Ilovesexynerds: What is the origin of your cosplay name Mizzi Mie?
MIZZI MIE:  It’s a funny story really! Back in the day I used to play a lot of Tekken. I even got those Tekken data cards.
Last time I got one I had to think of a tag name for my card. Invader Zim is one of my all time favorite cartoons so I got creative with it.
Miss.Zim sounded weird and so did mizzim. I wanted it to sound cute so… Mizzimie. thats about it
Ilovesexynerds:   What is the craziest story you could tell us?10818360_421625581344102_1572995827380021656_o
MIZZI MIE:
HOLY MOLY recently there was a huge fire here at Downtown Los Angeles and I got to witness 10mins after it started. Ive never seen a fire that huge ever in my life. I was standing about a block and a half away from it.

Ilovesexynerds:   Do you have any projects coming up?

MIZZI MIE:
Yup~! its a secret. ;P

Ilovesexynerds:   Do people recognize you when you go to cons?
MIZZI MIE:
Sometimes! It’s still all new to me and I’m really humbled and at the same time awkward about it too. ❤10427350_407232546116739_1941191967573341370_n

Ilovesexynerds:   How did you get into doing cosplay costumes?
MIZZI MIE:
I’ve always loved cartoons/anime/games/movies and discovered cosplaying around 2007.. I didnt really think about doing it myself until i decided to cosplay during anime expo 2012! I’m still pretty new to it all tbh. I love it though. no regrets!10696402_385199521653375_3110806251197722766_n

Ilovesexynerds:  What inspires you when you choose characters?
MIZZI MIE:
I mostly do characters I have an attachment/admiration/love for. I wouldnt really want to spend time and money on a cosplay I have no idea who it is unless I’m paid to do it to promote something then sure. However the cosplays that I make myself are ones that I love.Ilovesexynerds:   Marvel vs DC vs Anime?
MIZZI MIE:
Anime>Marvel>DC
Ilovesexynerds:  What was your childhood like growing up?
MIZZI MIE:
I grew up spoiled tbh. but after moving here to murica I grew to be “independent”.   Anyway, grandparents bought me and my siblings our very first gaming console; the PlayStation. Yup! Sony girl right here haha I remember playing space invaders with my mom way back when. that’s when my love for games came from. my childhood wasnt too hard. I enjoyed it although I dont remember most of it.Ilovesexynerds:   Where do you see yourself five years from now?
MIZZI MIE:
Godlike. lol idk man.. its hard to say… I wanna say I would like to have a family by then but who knows?936691_411834758989851_4482484446497889651_n
Ilovesexynerds:   Which cosplay gets the most attention?
MIZZI MIE:
Popular and well made ones. details details details!
Ilovesexynerds:   What do you do to inspire yourself?
MIZZI MIE:
I surround myself with people I want to be like.. people who are better than me in life.. you know what they say, “if you’re the smartest person in the room, then you’re in the wrong room”.
Ilovesexynerds:   What is the one cosplay you are most proud of?
MIZZI MIE:
As of now I want to say Sivir armor from league of legends. I didnt expect that cosplay to turn out better than what I imagined. It was my first time making armor and using worbla. thank goodness for all the tutorials.10422174_423331447840182_4221551255057692607_n
Ilovesexynerds:   What do you like to do for fun?
MIZZI MIE:
Play video games, go to the arcade, getting boba… I’ve been taking archery classes atm and i love it!
Ilovesexynerds:  What kind of music do you like?
MIZZI MIE:
RnB, HipHop and OPM
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Ilovesexynerds:   What kind of nerd are you?
Hmmmm.. the one thats into anime and video games xD
Ilovesexynerds:   Is there anything you are promoting right now?
MIZZI MIE:
Not much. I do like promoting for my friends though. I dont mind helping out 🙂
Ilovesexynerds:   What is the nerdiest thing you have done?
MIZZI MIE:
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Ilovesexynerds:   Do people ever recognize you when you go out?
MIZZI MIE:
Hmmmmm.,, it’s happened a few times. kinda funny actually lol
Ilovesexynerds:   What is the craziest gift a fan has ever given you?
MIZZI MIE:
OHH! my Gnar plushie from Steph&Steph 😀

Ilovesexynerds:   Favorite food?

Asian food!
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Ilovesexynerds:   If you were an animal what kind of animal would you be?
MIZZI MIE:  A lion. I love lions. or some kind of big cat!
Ilovesexynerds:   Nintendo vs Xbox vs Sega ?
MIZZI MIE:
Nintendo > Sega > Xbox
Ilovesexynerds:   Favorite Movies?
MIZZI MIE:
How to train your dragon 1 & 2 😀10525799_312290128944315_977287937773905008_n
Ilovesexynerds:   Favorite Video Games?
MIZZI MIE:
all time?
MegaMan Legends
Bust a grove/move
Tekken
Bayonetta
God of War
Ilovesexynerds:   Give me the links to the following.
youtube link. Mizzi Mie’s official Youtube page
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Ilovesexynerds:   Any final thoughts or words?
I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has supported me especially the ones who have been there from the start. I LOVE YOU, GUYS ❤ ❤

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!

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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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IloveSEXYnerds NERD of the MONTH Ani-Mia

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PTBACWLlgBio: I started modeling in 2001 and began getting involved with cosplay in 2008. Since then, I have been working to put together a varied cosplay portfolio. I consider myself a well rounded individual who takes pride in my intelligence, creativity and cosplay.
I have now had the opportunity to travel to conventions across the country, judge numerous costume contest, appear in both online and print magazines and meet tons of amazing people both industry and fans! The one thing I really want to help do is bring the cosplay community together as a whole and have run a panel on this exact topic.

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ILSN:  Tell us a little bit about yourself?270611_625303544157310_395200922_n

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Photo by AshB Images

Ani-Mia:  I’ve been a cosplayer for over 5 years now, though I started modeling back in 2001. I’m a huge geek who loves movies (especially sci-fi and horror movies), anime, comic books, fantasy novels and video games (mainly RPGs). I’m a big goof ball and love to quote movies all the time.

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ILSN:  Tell us about your website?

Ani-Mia:   I’m currently working on a website that will highlight my cosplaying and modeling but currently use my Facebook page to display my pictures, post funny pictures and memes I find throughout the day and communicate with my fans.179291_559044414116557_956706743_n

ILSN:  why are your outfits so awesome and who inspired you for your style?

Ani-Mia:   Ha ha, thanks for the compliment. My outfits weren’t always ‘awesome’ and my first cosplay was actually a hot mess. It’s always a learning experience when I create my costumes because I try to push myself to try new techniques will all of my costumes and when something comes together, I am so happy. I try to always stick to the original costumes as much as possible but I also try to make them something that you could actually see in real life.

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Photo by Lars Peterson

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

Ani-Mia:   Five years from now, I hope to be able to take this from a full-time hobby to something that I can do all the time. Though I have a full-time desk job that I go to every day, cosplaying is what truly makes me happy. So hopefully, I will be able to travel to more conventions and really contribute to the cosplay and convention communities.

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ILSN:  What do you like to do for fun?

Ani-Mia:   For fun I work on my cosplays, but I like to relax by watching movies and my favorite tv shows. I also play video games whenever I get the chance though I don’t do it as much since I tend to get really absorbed into RPGs and can lose a lot of time to them.

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ILSN:  What kind of music do you like?

Ani-Mia:   I like anything but country but I tend to like Trip-Hop like Portishead or classical instruments with bass like Lindsey Stirling.

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ILSN:  What kind of nerd are you?

Ani-Mia:   I’m a little bit of everything. I like comics, horror movies, sci-fi shoes, anime, video games and love to collect toys (especially Funko Pops)

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ILSN:  Is there anything you are promoting right now?

Ani-Mia:   Right now I’m an active Crunchyroll Ambassador which I love to promote because that’s where I go to watch all of my anime since they offer simulcasts from Japan.

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ILSN:  What is the nerdiest thing you have done?62769_570003096354022_2123882902_n

IAni-Mia:   Pretty much hyperventilated when I met Richard and Wendy Pini who are the creators of the first comic book series I’ve ever read, Elfquest. Someone in line saw me and handed me a bunch of old prints from them and said, “I want you to have these because I think you would appreciate them even more than I would.” I was in shock as they just walked away. And then I cried. haha

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ILSN:  Do people ever recognize you when you go out?

Ani-Mia:   Sometimes. When I am around cons I get recognized and I was recognized once at my favorite geek bar but for the most part, I feel like I’m like Clark Kent in my regular life…no one knows my secret identity.

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ILSN:  What is the craziest gift anybody has ever given you?969965_607976669223331_64591224_n

Ani-Mia:   I’ve never really gotten a crazy gift. I’ve gotten some amazing gifts but nothing really crazy. I’m still amazed when I get gifts and am usually in shock at the absolute kindness of people. It makes me feel good and I always try to pay it forward.

ILSN:  What is the hottest costume you have ever worn?999696_626345490719782_1559669993_n

Ani-Mia:    So far, I’d have to say my Zatanna. I try not to always do sexy costumes because I don’t want to be known for just doing sexy cosplay. That was the first time where I really pushed ‘the girls’ out there and apparently it turned out really well. I even got John Barrowman’s attention. ha ha ha

ILSN:  What is the sexiest thing you have ever done?

Ani-Mia:   I plead the fifth.557281_624885107532487_668902728_n

ILSN:  Favorite Movies?

Ani-Mia:   All time favorite movie is Boondock Saints. Second favorite is The Fifth Element.

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ILSN:  Favorite Video Games?

Ani-Mia:   Anything by Square, especially the Final Fantasy series and Metal Gear Solid but I also love games by Bethesda like Oblivion and Skyrim.

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Check out her LINKS
Store: http://animia.storenvy.com
Facebook page: http://facebook.com/Ani.Mia.Cosplay
Twitter page: https://twitter.com/AniMiaOfficial
Instagram: http://instagram.com/animiaofficial