Monday. The evil supervillain of the week. But no one likes Monday so let’s get to know a cosplayer who has some awesome supervillains!
WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
Hi, my name’s Lord Nyxus or Lord Nyxus Cosplay.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BEVERAGE?
Starting with the toughest question, hm? In the non-alcoholic section, I’d say I’m really fond of cocoa and ananas juice and in the alcoholic section I’m loving a good, well-made Cuban mojito.
TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.
A guy with just too many interests and a wonderful girlfriend. When I started into the cosplay world, I only had one cosplay for a long time. A Sith Lord OC from the Expanded Star Wars Universe called Lord Nyxus with a whole backstory and all. (Nyx means night in Greek) So everyone in the community got to know me as Lord Nyxus and when I finally got ahold of other cosplays, I decided to keep the name, as it had become my nickname. Well and after a short break, in which I focused on my studies (I have a Bachelor Degree in Technical Physics now), I’m back in the game and work on new cosplays and stuff.
WHEN DID YOU START COSPLAYING?
WHY DO YOU COSPLAY?
Many reasons. It feels awesome to play a certain character, to dress in cool costumes and be part of a community.
WHO ARE YOUR COSPLAY IDOLS?
Those are some generic choices, but still, I’d say Kamui Cosplay (including her second half Benni), because of their armor and prop building skills, Sosenka, because of her make-up skills and probably Maul Cosplay, because I already met him and he’s awesome.
WHAT TYPES OF COSPLAY DO YOU DO?
I don’t necessarily limit myself to one type, but at the moment, I have two cosplays from the Star Wars universe, one Digimon cosplay, one Pokemon Cosplay and a Harry Potter cosplay.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE COSPLAYS?
I really like my Kylo Cosplay, because it’s so multi-functional. I can remove my cloak and am still wearing normal sweat pants and a black shirt with long sleaves and a high collar. Perfect for going in and out of cosplay within seconds.
My Myotismon cosplay is awesome too, but putting the whole bodypoint on takes so much time that I won’t wear it anytime soon. Also my wig is pretty destroyed and I finally need to find someone to help me fix it.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WANT TO COSPLAY BUT PROBABLY NEVER WILL?
Do you know these gigantic, big-ass transformers cosplays? With all the hydraulics, electronics and mechanisms. Those are fucking awesome, but just impossible to do.
DO YOU MAKE, BUY, OR SPECIAL ORDER YOUR COSPLAYS?
Something of all three. Myotismon, the Pokemon Trainer and Lord Nyxus are made by me and in cooperation with some awesome people. Meanwhile Kylo Ren was bought from another cosplayer and the most parts of my Harry Potter school uniform are from Ali Express. Of course many parts from all cosplays are bought somewhere, like the lightsabers, shoes or accessoires.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT COSPLAY?
The same reasons, why I cosplay. It just feels different going to a convention with or without cosplay and I really like to personify a certain character.
WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT THING FOR YOU ABOUT COSPLAY?
Finding time to start working on a new project. Besides spending time with my girlfriend, university and work it’s incredibly hard to find at least a little bit time to also work on a new cosplay.
Oh and of course money….materials can be extremely expensive and even low cost cosplays require at least a little bit of investments.
Who is your favorite character to cosplay?
Definitely Lord Nyxus. As I invented everything about this character, it makes a lot of fun to portray him the way I intended him to be. A thousand year old force ghost, sneaking around and scaring people.
IF YOU COULD LIVE IN OR VISIT ANY FANTASY WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
The Albenmark mentioned in “The Elven” series from the author Bernhard Hennen.
Where do you get your inspiration for your cosplays?
I have a list of potential cosplays and if I accidently stumble upon a character, which would be a nice cosplay, he is put on the list. So I’d say I don’t have a single source of inspiration. It’s just a coincidence, when the light of inspiration begins to shine.
WHAT ARE YOUR “FANDOMS”?
Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Digimon, Pokemon, Fate, Doctor Who, (can Heavy Metal be considered a fandom?)….I stopped counting them as they are even more.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH BEGINNING COSPLAYERS KNEW?
Nobody starts as an expert and trial and error is an essential part of growth. And the most important thing of all, which I didn’t know myself and in retrospective made things a lot harder than they should have been: Don’t be afraid of talking to other cosplayers or photographers no matter how many likes they have. Most of them are really wonderful people and becoming friends can only benefit you. So be confident and just ask, if you want tips or pictures at a con.
WHAT TIPS OR TRICKS DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER COSPLAYERS?
Use as many tutorials as possible. There are dozens of online tutorials on YouTube, Forums and there are even books about sewing, armor making, cosplay photography and so on. Google and the right keywords are your friend.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH NON-COSPLAYERS KNEW?
That just because we dress up as characters, doesn’t mean we’re freaks or it’s already helloween again.
WHAT COSPLAYS ARE YOU WORKING ON?
The Witchking of Angmar from the Lord of the Rings (the movie version) and a Pokemon Trainer Cosplay for my girlfriend.
WHAT COSPLAYS DO YOU WANT TO DO IF MONEY AND TIME WERE NO OBJECT?
Too many….definitely too many….some awesome armor cosplays would be awesome. Something from the Warcraft universe for example, or some book-characters with my own designs.
WHERE CAN PEOPLE FIND YOUR COSPLAYS?
Facebook: my page is called LordNyxus Cosplay and I also have an own Facebook Account just for being connected to the cosplay community called LordNyxus Reborn. Everyone can send a friend request. if it isn’t a scam.^^ (However I’ll mostly post in german there)
Please remember I do not own any of these pictures and the opinions in this survey belong to the interviewee.