One of the most admirable traits in the nerd community is creativity. Over the last few years fans everywhere have taken it upon themselves to make conventions and pop culture events more enjoyable by bringing life to the characters we’ve grown to love (and hate) through the wonder that is Cosplay. Cosplay is a compound of the words “Costume” and “Play” and is the practice of dressing up as characters, be it movies, video games, television shows, the possibilities are endless!
The world of Cosplay is pushed to its limit everyday as fans attempt to create elaborate and complex costumes that feature armor and incredibly detailed weapons, some of these cosplayers have even made it a career to travel the world and attend conventions in full costume! Today we shine the light on one, Lindsay Elyse.
Lindsay is probably one of the biggest video-game nerds I’ve ever had the chance to meet, she started cosplaying when she was 13 years old when Mama “Elyse” encouraged her to go to AniZona, a convention so she could meet new people who were interested in the same things she was, she attended the event as pipsqueak Edward Elric from the acclaimed Fullmetal Alchemist.
Having just gone over the 300k mark on her Facebook page, Elyse’s involvement in the world of cosplay grows more every day as she’s invited to attend conventions everywhere to speak to fans and draw crowds in, her friendly demeanor and relatable personality encourage others to take on the art of cosplay as well. Lindsay has several Cons coming up, one of them being Convencion Senka in Merida, Yucatan down in Mexico; the dates for the event are July 19-20, followed by one of the largest conventions in the world San Diego Comic-Con on July 23-27, how she manages to keep such high levels of energy and enthusiasm while she comes up with new outfits, sneaks in some Disneyland time AND plans her wedding, I’ll never know.
I caught up with Lyndsay earlier this week as she was rolling up posters from her latest store sale, one she opens up for business at least one weekend out of the month. I decided to throw a curve ball her way by asking her stuff outside the realm of “What was your first cosplay?” and tickled her nerd-nerve instead. It was then that Lindsay offered me this old gem of content – an old lost photo of her Edward Elric cosplay!
It’s a small picture and all but I bet you hadn’t seen this one before!
Q: First off – You have the chance to have your own video game character based on you or a Disney Princess. Which one would you pick and who would you like to voice you?
A: MULAAAAAANNNN!. She’s not a princess? Well f*ck you. Then I pick Rapunzel. She would use her hair as a weapon, not a frying pan. Maybe she could like draw weapons using her hair, like in Scribblenauts? And whatever shape she shaped her hair into could be the weapon. Or she could just strangle them, I don’t know. Also my game is a violent fighting game. Not like a Street Fighter fighting game, but like a super badass real time like Kingdom Hearts fighting game. But with no cutscenes because ain’t nobody got time for that. As for voice? Olivia Wilde. Always pick Olivia Wilde.
Q: You have been thrown into Summoners’ Rift. Which lane would a “Lindsay Elyse” champ play?
A: MID. Because I like mid. My champ would be a cosplay master. I would have a giant sewing needle as a weapon (THEY REALLY HURT TO BE STABBED WITH OKAY) and then my abilities would be like some sort of rapid stabbing move that we could call “Pincusion,” then like sew your legs together so you couldn’t walk? That would be a snare. We could call it “Snag,” because getting snags in fabric is the worst. Then my ult would be like, craft a super epic weapon out of worbla and then when I used it, it would cause a bleed effect dot thing because you bleed forever. WOW THIS IS WEIRD, I SOUND INSANE. Oh also I like ranged, not melee, so do all of those things but from far away. Maybe my needle could hover next to me and go off on its own? Or I could throw it. I don’t know.
Q: Here’s one you might like. You’re suddenly the new keyblade master, you carry potions everywhere — and Donald is still force feeding them to you despite your consistent pleas for him to stop. Assuming potions taste like beer, what beers would potions, hi-potions and Elixirs taste like?
A: YESSSSSSSS. Oh, not really, this is hypothetical? T___T Okay. Can I just say really quick that Donald is the worst. Like, he’s impossible. If you change your settings so that he only OCCASIONALLY uses potions to save your life, he won’t do it at all. If you set it to “frequently” or whatever, he’s like, “HERE DO YOU NEED THIS YOU LOST 1 HP. ARE YOU OKAY, HAVE ANOTHER.” So seriously, he’s the worst.
OKAY to answer your question now — Potion — well since they suck, it would have to be a beer that sucks. PBR. Hi-Potion — high potions are nice, because they do a hell of a lot more than a potion does. They can turn a bad situation into a great one and give you the “do-over” you need to finish off that boss. So for this I pick Blue Moon because it’s one of my favorites; but I only drink it if I feel like I’m going to die. Elixir — THE HOLY GRAIL. ELIXIRS DO EVERYTHING. They replenish your health AND your mana, and are totally not useless at all. The bad situation from earlier? You use an elixir and it’s DONE. Like, “OHHH BIG SCARY BOSS, YOU THOUGHT I WAS GONNA DIE?” BAAAAMMM. Elixer. OH WHERE’D ALL THAT HEALTH AND MANA COME FROM? Guinness. It came from Guinness because Guinness is god and life and everything that is good in this world. MEGALIXIR — now I know you didn’t ask for Megalixir. BUT F*CKING MEGALIXIR TOTALLY, COMPLETELY HEALS YOU AND FILLS UP ALL YOUR MANA. IT’S LIKE AN EXTRA LIFE MAN! So I put the best of Hi-Potions and Elixirs together, and I get a Black and Tan. Guinness AND Blue Moon. The actual best thing ever.
Q: Time for a little something I call, The Nightmare Round! All your previous cosplays come to life. Every Lindsay you’ve personified with the abilities of the corresponding character is trying to kill you except for one. Which “Lindsay” would you choose as your guardian?
A: OH MY GOD THIS IS HORRIFYING NO. GOD. PLEASE NO. I would probably pick… Kratos though. Like, I feel like the other characters I’ve done – Master Chief, Lara Croft, Volibear – they can all be pretty scary in the right situation. But Kratos? He’s scary in all situations. He’s like immortal and bald and buff and has so many weapons and he yells a lot and tries to die but can’t and is a d*ck to gods. So I pick Kratos.
Q: After a lovely time at Disneyland, the park is now closed, you’re stuck inside and every creature in the park takes life of its own. You must hold off til morning inside one of the rides – which would you choose? However choose wisely as the location you choose to defend yourself in will be destroyed by morning due to the intense fights that have just taken place.
A: Well, if it’s going to be destroyed I’ve got to pick a ride I hate. I want to stay as far away as I can from New Orleans Square because hello, I’m not dealing with pirates or ghosts. Don’t want to go near Adventureland because of the Jungle Cruise, and they have hippos and elephants. I love Indiana Jones too much to have it be destroyed, although that would be a wonderful place to hide. I feel like Space Mountain would be the best place because it’s so dark and would be really quiet if no ride cars were going through it, but I really like that ride. Ideally, I would pick the Skyway because it was so high up from everything but that doesn’t exist anymore. WAIT. I pick the Matterhorn. As much as I love that ride, I could hide in the basketball court inside because nothing would ever find me there, ever. So I would sacrifice the Matterhorn because I know I’d for sure be safe in there, and I feel like the Yeti wouldn’t stay on the mountain; he’d go somewhere else. So I wouldn’t have to worry about him. Even if he was smart enough to figure out where the basketball court was.
Q: And this last question comes from one of your fans,. If you had to combine something with your Ice cream, what would you make?
A: I combine my ice cream with SODA! I will kill for root beer floats. I also occasionally like it with other glorious things like brownies and peanuts and chocolate.
That does it for the question piece, if you’d like to find out more about Lindsay go show her some love over on her socials at any of the places down below.