#TeamSMC member Ryan Santos with an in-depth interview of one of our favorite cosplayers from the land down under, ZombieQueenAlly! Ryan recently had the chance to shoot with Ally (which you’ll see in an upcoming feature), so we figured we should do a interview as well. Let us know what you think in the comments below.
SMC: Why did you start cosplaying?
ZombieQueenAlly: I first started cosplaying because it seemed like fun and something that I I would be interested in. I always loved the idea of dressing up for Halloween and for friends birthdays so I thought why not give it a shot and see if I liked it or not. Also being into anime and gaming dressing up as your favourite character sounded like so much fun.
SMC: What was the first convention you attended in cosplay?
ZombieQueenAlly: The first convention I went to was a con here in Sydney called Animania in 2012 . It was an anime con so it fit perfect with my very first cosplay Sakura Haruno from Naruto Shippuden. The convention was a lot of fun and a great first experience.
SMC: What has been your most memorable convention moment?
ZombieQueenAlly: That would have to be last year at Smash when I cosplayed as Jesus and blessed my two friends Josh and Raelene .I really wish I got it on tape it was so funny and its one my favourite memories from cosplaying Jesus.
SMC: What is your favorite thing about cosplaying at a convention?
ZombieQueenAlly: Making friends is my favourite thing about cosplaying at conventions. Its really great meeting people who you can totally geek out with and talk to about your favourite Games,Animes,Tv shows. It’s always great meeting new people at conventions because they become some of your closest friends.
SMC: Where can fans expect to see you next? (2016/17 Schedule?)
ZombieQueenAlly: My 2017 Schedule
Gold Coast Supanova
Smash Anime Festival
Oz Comic con Sydney
SMC: What cosplayers inspire you?
ZombieQueenAlly: Way too many to list on here. It can be anyone who has cosplayed a favourite character of mine to my cosplay friends who have inspired me.
SMC: Which is your favorite cosplay you’ve created?
ZombieQueenAlly: I don’t make cosplay costumes but I do make props accessories etc. my favourite that I’ve worked on would have to be Annie from Attack on Titan the vertical maneuvering equipment That’s when I first started making props and noticed just how much I love it.
SMC: What cosplay are you best known for?
ZombieQueenAlly: I’m not too sure what character I’m best known for because I ask people this and I get different answers. Some say Quiet from Metal Gear others say Ada Wong form Resident Evil, I really can’t say …
SMC: If money was no object what would be your dream cosplay creation?
ZombieQueenAlly: That would have to go to Mistral from Metal Gear Revengeance or Yelena from Deus Ex. If you look them up you will notice they look kind of similar but I just love their design and characters so much that if I had to choose it would have to be the both of them.
SMC: Do you have any new cosplays currently in the works?
ZombieQueenAlly: Lunafreya from kingsglaive and Serah Farron from Final Fantasy Final Fantasy xiii-2 swim suit version.
SMC: What are your cosplay strengths? (Tailoring, fabric painting, worbla armor, in-character performance etc.)
ZombieQueenAlly: Making cosplay props is where I feel most comfortable. I’ve only started using worbla at the beginning of last year and I have to say I love it so I feel comfortable using that for props accessories etc. painting is also something I enjoy and find relaxing.
SMC: What’s one thing you wish you knew about cosplaying before you got started?
ZombieQueenAlly: I can’t think of anything? Its all been a great experience.
SMC: Any advice for people interested in cosplaying for the first time?
ZombieQueenAlly: Just to give it a try and see if you like it because most likely you will find it a lot of fun and enjoy your self.
SMC: What do you do in the real world for a job?
ZombieQueenAlly: I work in Retail in KIDSLAND…yes lots of fun lol
SMC: What is something your fans may not know about you? Other hobbies?
ZombieQueenAlly: Besides cosplay I’m into Gaming but I think most people know that as I post it on my social media quite a lot.
SMC: What part of “geekdom” is you favorite avenue of entertainment (i.e. comics, movies, video games, anime, etc?).
ZombieQueenAlly: That would have to go to video games, as that’s what I’m mostly into out of the bunch.
SMC: Any favorite TV shows, movies or cartoons?
ZombieQueenAlly: As most people know I’m a massive fan of the walking dead. If that’s not already totally obvious by cosplaying Jesus lol. I’m sure my Facebook friends can tell you how much walking dead…. AKA JESUS X DARYL junk I post on my Facebook … DESUS WILL RISE.
SMC: What is your gaming system of choice?
ZombieQueenAlly: I am on ps4, which I do love, but this year I’m finally getting a PC, which I’ve been meaning to buy for the longest time. Every year when I go to pax and play pc I can see how much better it would be for me so I cant wait to finally buy one.
SMC: What are you currently playing / upcoming video game releases?ZombieQueenAlly: At the moment I’m currently playing NOTHING.. Which is not like me at all.. But that’s because I’m just waiting on a new Tv so once I do get it I will be playing Final Fantasy XV and Watch dogs 2 and I’m sure by that time I will be the last person on earth to play them both lol .
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