Don’t miss this talented cosplayer on this, the first morning of the week.
Hi, what are you known as?
My name is Jaxon Fender (like the guitar!), and my handle is Ironheart Cosplay. I chose “Ironheart” because of my love for medieval fantasy and historical fiction and nonfiction. To me, Ironheart sounded like the name of a knight.. something like “Ser Jaxon the Ironheart”.
What is your favorite beverage?
It would have to be a Moscow Mule. That, or some IBC root beer. Sweet drinks are a weakness of mine, so I have quite a few favorites!
Tell me a little about yourself.
I’m born and raised in Austin, Texas. Cant think of anywhere else I’d want to live, though it sure has changed over the years. I frequent all the Texas cons each year, mainly San Japan and AKON, both of which I’ve met so many of my wonderful friends at!
When did you start cosplaying?
In 2011, if my memory serves me right. My first con was Ikkicon VII, and it all just went downhill from there!
Why do you cosplay?
I do it because most of the time, I’m kinda shy. I like to cosplay characters that I share personality traits with, so it’s easier to be “in character”, or characters that have the polar opposite personality, and that helps me get out and be social. That, and I just enjoy acting like a looney now and again!
Who are your cosplay idols?
Miss Sinister is a huge influence on my cosplay. She actually inspired me to cosplay The Major from Ghost in the Shell. Aside from that, I adore my friends who are so skilled, and aspire to be just as skilled as they are.
What types of cosplay do you do?
Video games, mostly. I have several game characters, but I want to branch out into video game and comic characters. The only problem is that I have a cosplay list that’s a mile and a half long, and growing. Such is the life of a cosplayer! Hahahahaha
What are your favorite cosplays?
I adore my Raven costume. It teaches me to properly do makeup and face paint! I had help making the costume, so I can’t take all the credit for it.
What is something you want to cosplay but probably never will?
Probably Liara T’Soni from Mass Effect. I would love to cosplay her, but the costume would involve a whole lot of money and time, and if I did it, it might be a few years before I could actually wear it. We’ll see, though!
Do you make, buy or special order your cosplays?
A little of all three. What I can’t make, I have commissioned, and what I can’t have commissioned, I buy. I know a lot of costumes are looked at by craftsmanship, though sadly I lack the skills to make props.
What do you love about cosplay?
It gives myself and thousands of other people the chance to be who they love, and to make friends while doing it. It allows creativity and inspiration to just explode from everywhere, and rain down onto those who doubt themselves.
What is the most difficult thing for you about cosplay?
Saving up for cons, booking rooms, and planning with up to ten other people about who’s going to be where, wearing what, and how long they have till they get to the hotel/con. Oh, and food. That’s usually something to worry about, because some people (like myself) are picky eaters.
Who is your favorite character to cosplay?
That’s a tough one! I’m stuck between Raven and Junkrat. Raven, because I don’t have to smile and ruin the makeup.. though Junkrat is so.. eccentric that I can act crazy and people will just think I’m in character!
If you could live in or visit any fantasy world, where would you go?
I’d want to visit the world that Ghost in the Shell is in, or perhaps the world of mad max! Mad max might win.. I have an obsession with ramshackle hot rods and flame throwing guitars.
Where do you get your inspiration for your cosplays?
Mostly from games I play, or shows I watch. I see a character I want to do, and it just speaks to me. I feel compelled to cosplay that character, come hell or high water.
What are your “fandoms”?
Overwatch, Metal Gear, Ghost in the Shell, And Mad Max.. I’d have to think about what fandoms I’m in, but those are the ones I can name by heart.
What is something you wish beginning cosplayers knew?
Don’t worry about being perfect. No one is! Even the most famous cosplayers started out at the bottom, so you just gotta work at it. Sure, your costume may not be to your standards, but with practice, it will be!
What tips do you have for other cosplayers?
I’m mostly the one getting tips and tricks! I can’t give too much advice on this one.. I will say that one should always remember wig caps, contacts, and any smaller props that you might forget!
What is something you wish non-cosplayers knew?
Don’t make fun of someone for doing what makes them happy. You have your thing, whatever it may be, and cosplay just happens to be someone else’s. They’re not harming anyone. If you just asked politely what cosplay is, I’m sure they’d happily explain!
What cosplays are you working on?
At the moment, Big Boss from MGSV: TPP (Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain)
What cosplays do you want to do if money and time were no object?
Hooooooo boy. All of them. A space marine, probably, or even something from Deus Ex: Human Revolution.. something complex and original that no one has ever seen!
Where can people find your cosplays?
I’m most active on Instagram. I have a Facebook page, but I haven’t been on it in quite some time.. instagram seems to be the better way to get the word out about cosplay.
When is your next con?
Katsucon! I hope to see people there!!
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