Let me start of by saying, holy mother of super rad type people! I had a chance to chat with Cosplayer, Pet enthusiast, creative awesome and all around badass Lyz Brickley for the last couple of days and let me say she’s one of the sweetest most bubbly people I’ve ever had the pleasure of interacting with.
Lyz got involved in the world of cosplay by accident at her first ever Blizzcon in 2009, when she decided to dress up as a Night Elf, the cosplay community took her in and she has been at it since then.
As a cosplayer she takes pride in spending extra time on the little details most people would take for granted or overlook, making all her costumes unique in some way while staying true to the character she’s portraying. Check out some of her awesome work below!
Some of you might recognize her as the face model for Gretchen in knights contract– Pshh! I wish MY FACE was in a videogame – I mean can you imagine these eyebrows rendered in some sweet CGI?!
Anywho back to Lyz– if you guys have kept up with our spotlights on Cosplayers, you’re used to my random hyperthetical questions I like throwing their way, and let me tell you, I may have met my match with Brickley, not only was she ready to answer every single question, but she was excited to do so in a thoroughly descriptive way that makes what I do enjoyable!
On to the questions then!
Q: I know attention to detail and add-ons to your cosplays are what you take pride in the most — which one of them do you wish you could own if they were fully functional?
A: Probably my Crusader! I think it would be awesome to have a real full set of armor with a shield and flail!
Q: You have that creative soul, a knack for creating and fixing things – how do those skills apply to Lyz outside the world of cosplay? Is it related to your dream job or current profession?
A: I guess you could say so, I’d really love to pursue a career in digital art. I’m planning on going back to school later this year. I also like improving things around my house. Cosplay has made me a lot more handy in that area, because I’ve learned to use to many different tools over the years.
Q: You’re an animal person, well — a person that loves animals, what’s your current pet/sidekick count and what are their names?
A: I’m a proud turtle mom with one turtle baby named Turtlelini, and I also have 3 dog children named Jelly Bean, Buttercup, and Coco. Scrappy lives here too, he belongs to Darshelle and is my dog nephew so I’ll count him as part of the sidekick crew. Scrappy is an avid cosplayer and he also has a beard with magical properties.
Q: There’s a little something we like to do here called “The nightmare round”, you wake up one day shrunken to the size of your turtle and it turns out your turtle is normal Lyz Brickley size! Given that you two have swapped roles completely — how would that go for you if your turtle acted with you the same way you do?
A: My giant turtle mom would roll out of bed to let the dogs out and come over and turn on my warm heat lamps. I’d probably go for a little swim before basking on one of my turtle islands working on my tan. A little while later, turtle mom would come toss some of my favorite cereal into my tank for breakfast and afterwards I’d probably lay on my rock some more. If it’s the weekend, turtle mom might wrap me up in a little towel and cuddle me on the couch while we watch a movie. All in all, pretty solid day.
Q: Okay, you’re back to a normal size BUT SUDDENLY there’s a blackout while you’re streaming Day Z and in an unfortunate yet very twilight zone tower of terror-esque you’re transported into the game! How do you survive?
A: The first thing I would do is remove my pants for better aerodynamics, and also because you never wear pants in Elektro. Then I would scrounge around for a can of mom’s spaghetti or a bag of uncooked rice and eat the whole thing in one sitting. Now that my hunger has been satiated, I would head towards Balota Airstrip to search for some gear. On the way I’ll stop at a well and drink an unreasonable amount of water. Once I get to Balota I’ll try my best to find a green mountain backpack, an AK and some ammo, a pair of pristine handcuffs, and either rotten fruit or disinfectant. If I run into anyone else I will convince them I’m friendly until the moment for betrayal is right. In the event that I get sniped or poisoned myself, I’ll just respawn in a location across the map from any of my friends and repeat. Pretty standard.
Q: And last but most definitely not least, I like to sign off by asking our guests what they pour first, their cereal or their milk?
A: Anyone who pours milk first just wants to watch the world burn. But seriously… does anyone do milk first??
Sadly they do Lyz…
If you’d like to find out more about Lyz, be sure to visit her on her many sites and social media and send her some internet hugs from her friends at The Nerdwork.
Please go give her Facebook page a like and check out her store if you’d like to get your hands on some of her super rad prints, tell your friends about her and if you send her some hugs let her know we sent you!