It’s a new month, not just any month — it’s October, one of the best months and that puts me in such a good mood that instead of just bringing you one incredibly talented cosplayer, we bring you two of the most dedicated people I’ve ever met! That’s right Nerds, TWO COSPLAYERS! *Cue gasps from the crowd* *He can do that!?* Yes. I can, I will, and you will love Sylar and Sheila. With their powers combined they are Aicosu!
I had the pleasure of meeting Sylar last year during Phoenix Comic-Con as he approached the booth working in full Loki attire, what stood out to me from him aside from the poise and confidence he carried himself in, was the fact that not once did he break character while he was in costume! I vividly remember the words “Puny Mortal” used to address me and I must say I was thrilled to have the God of Mischief be so dismissive, yet polite enough to carry a conversation about his prop staff!
Sylar is from Arizona and has been a part of the cosplay world since 2009 alongside Sheila. He’s an enthusiastic performer and will take any chance he can to play a character from his repertoire of impersonations. He aspires to become a voice-over actor for films, games, TV shows and anime. Sylar currently attends the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA to study Film and Motion Picture.
Despite having so many mutual friends and having attended the same conventions more than a few times, I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Sheila in person, however during our online exchanges I must say that the energy this woman has is outstanding! She oozes joy and good vibes as well as an empowering sense of pride in her craft. I mentioned to Sheila how it was so hard to pick just a few outfits of them to showcase for this month’s post given that all of their work is beyond amazing and very detail oriented. Instead of giving me an easy way out her response was, “choose what you like most.”
If you’ve ever visited their Costumes section on their site, you’ll know it wasn’t an easy task to accomplish. In the end it would be her Jack outfit that caught my attention the most given my fascination with the Mass Effect universe and this character being one of my favorites. I mean, LOOK AT ALL THOSE HAND DRAWN TATTOOS!?
Sheila was born and raised in Arizona and began cosplaying in 2007. She’s the person in charge of making her’s and Sylar’s costumes and props. She graduated from Rhode Island School of Design, majoring in Illustration with a focus on Costume Design. She currently works in Los Angeles as a Graphic Design Assistant, and worked previously as a Wardrobe assistant for Cirque du Soleil: Totem.
My favorite part about these two is how accessible they are and how easy to talk to they can be despite their busy schedules and non-stop working and pop culture binging. Whenever they’re not busy catching up on their video game time or tv shows/anime, they love to help others with their questions on cosplay. You’re able to reach them through their Tumblr.
Check out some of their stuff below and be sure to visit them on their sites to show them all your nerd love!
Time for my favorite part — Question time!
Q: Both of you wake up one day as Element Benders — what kind of benders would you be and why?
A: Sylar: I’m not going to lie, I am a little power crazy when it comes to the fantasy stuff. It’s no secret that I love the bad guys and the villains, so without a doubt I’m a water bender: because I of the Blood Bending.
Sheila: Fire bending all the way. I feel like I could let go of a lot of raw tension but burning up a few buildings.
Q: With Sylar’s background in Film and Motion Picture and Sheila’s experience with Graphic and Costume Design, has it ever occurred to you to create your own animated project, and or video game original idea? I’ve seen some of your rants in regards to what would make certain properties better and I must say you are definitely onto something!
A: Surely we’ve considered created a series of our own. We even did a demo of a voice drama series… but we felt it didn’t have much room for growth / much of an audience. We’re constantly bouncing ideas off of each other in regards to the things we can do with each other’s talent. We have some projects in the works for a book and maybe a video series pertaining to cosplay. But right now, we are busy with our separate careers.
Q: There’s a little something we do here we like to call the nightmare round, and what better month to go all out on it than October! You are faced with your own version of Groundhog Day, except instead of living the same day over and over you are forced to live as each and every one of your cosplays’ lives one day at a time – you’ll face what they have faced and deal with the same dangers they dealt with. Which character’s life scares you the most? *Spoiler alert*
A: Sylar: If I had to really think about it, I’d be forced to say that the scariest life would be Corvo’s life. Corvo from Dishonored suffered so much and saw some really messed up stuff. I’m not sure I would have the stomach or constitution he had… though If I had those powers, I could perhaps grind through it just for the sake of getting to play around with those abilities.
Sheila: Likewise, being Jessamine from Dishonored would be really horrible. I would have to die over and over again – sword straight through the stomach. Even as a Queen, that would be a terrible day.
Q: Given your uncanny ability to impersonate different characters, have you guys put in place a plan in case either of you is replaced with an evil copy of yourselves?
A: We’ve not thought about this before. We are, however, likely very safe from this, given our ability to tell when something is “off” or “wrong” with one another. Things rarely get by the other person when something is amiss. And generally, we are more likely to team up with the evil twins to the darkside than try to fight them.
Q: And last but definitely not least, what do you pour first, your cereal or your milk?
A: Cereal first. If you put the milk in first, there is less room for the cereal. Besides, all those cereal bits falling into the milk would create a splashy mess. Ew.
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