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Cosplay Spotlight: The Jokumi

Name/alias                                    

The Jokumi

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Location                                          

Singapore

When was your first cosplay?    

2001/2

What was it?                                    

Noriyasu Seta from Love Hina with a shovel

Cosplay achievements               

WCS Team Singapore – 2013

WCS Team Singapore – 2014

Cosplay pet peeve 

 That girl cosplayers will always have the prettier selection of costumes that I won’t have the opportunity to do.

 What inspired you to get into cosplay?

I was so infatuated with Belldandy since she’s so pretty and gentle and stuff, and so I thought, what if I could be someone in there, like Keiichi, but I didn’t have a motorcycle when I was 18, to which I chose the next best character I felt I could pull off.

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Macross Frontier (Kindan no Elixir): Sheryl Nome Photographer: Fumina Kamiya

What is the piece you are most proud of?

Sheryl Nome – Kindan no Elixir / Prince. I’ve always wanted to cosplay my waifu.

Who is your dream team to work on a cosplay with?

Skilled people to make an unforgettable performance, who can follow schedules and be on time.

What is a typical day in the life of you when working on a cosplay?

Measuring shit, drawing shit down, cutting shit up, cutting myself, making a mess, joining shit together, poking/burning myself, ow, add finishing to shit… done…

How long does it take to do an average cosplay?

Typically 2 weeks, if I’m not lazy.

What is the process how do you start from picking out the cosplay to finally wearing it?

  1. Do I like it?
    1. Yes, proceed to 2.
    2. No, don’t do it.
  2. Do I think I can make it?
    1. Yes, proceed to 3.
    2. No, don’t do it.
  3. Do I have money to eat?
    1. Yes, proceed to 4.
    2. No, don’t do it.
  4. Plan all steps required to make the costume.
    1. Sketch and itemize sections.
    2. Digitally superimpose general image onto self in actual scale.
    3. Get general actual dimensions for all items required.
  5. Do the steps required to make the costume.
    1. From 4c, draw templates on paper by hand or ideally CAD it out.
    2. Transfer templates to materials (foam, cloth, etc.)
    3. Cut materials and join them together (glue, sew, etc.)
      1. Do intermediate test fittings to make sure you don’t need to redo everything if something messed up.
    4. Apply finishers (vinyl, paint, glittery shit, bling, etc.)
  6. Check if what you did was right.
    1. Put on everything and do final test fit.
    2. Alter any parts that don’t fit properly.
  7. Costume is complete and ready to be shown to the world.

Who are your inspirations?

Tom Hanks and Sean Connery, just to name a few. Cosplay wise, really good costume makers who have really detailed fabric knowledge and skills.

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Sakura Taisen: Oogami Ichirou Photographer: Maria Tachi Cosplay

WCS

WCS stands for World Cosplay Summit.  It’s where more than 2 dozen countries send a team of two to compete in Japan for the title of Best Cosplayers in the world.

What dates were you representing your nation at WCS?

August 2013 and August 2014.

What costumes did you take?

August 2013: Final Fantasy XI – Corsair.

August 2014: Sakura Taisen – Oogami Ichirou / Aoi Satan / Chibi Koubu.

What was the experience like? Tell us about the process from heats in your nation to finals in Japan.

Singapore is a small country so there’s only registration around March and selection that is done in July.

The finals are held in August, where there’ll usually be PR and media stuff for days before the detailed costume judging, which is conducted by an international panel and held before final performances. We’ll then have the red carpet parade in the morning of the finals and then perform and wait for results in the evening.

What was the highlight for you?

Standing on the stage where the (cosplay) world looks at you for 2 and half minutes.

What was your proudest moment?

Being nominated for the Nico Nico awards in 2014 after a disastrous 2013; but it was also the saddest because we lost to cat girls.

Any funny stories or bloopers?

Sebestian and I were trying out a last minute stage effect in our hotel room. The air popper was stuck on the back of his helmet and it didn’t activate when he pressed it twice. He took it off to check what’s wrong with it and it blew up confetti almost in his face.

 What advice do you have for others attempting to enter WCS?

Stamina is very important. 2 weeks of cosplaying will take a toll on your body.

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Rurouni Kenshin – Kyoto Inferno: Shishio Makoto Photographer: Shaun S. Photography

What is the current project you are working on?

Captain Jack Sparrow, Suicide Squad’s Joker.

What is your dream project?

To write and direct a full length theatrical stage piece.

If you could pick anyone to act as your mentor, who would it be?

Steven Spielberg; on how to create captivating performances.

How has the industry changed since you first started?

It’s got a little idol-ly and cosplaying because the series is popular across the world now as compared to when most people were cosplaying because they really like the character and want to bring him/her to life.

How do you feel about the change to mainstream thanks to shows like The Big Bang Theory and the movies now in the cinema like Spiderman and Batman vs Superman?

I don’t really watch TV so I can’t really comment on those. Movies wise, I guess it’s interesting to see what the director’s feels and edits. Some were pretty interesting and some were a huge miss.

Anything extra you would like to share:

Remember cosplay is ultimately to bring your character to life, not just who has the prettier face or who has more bling in your costumes.

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Zone-00: Kurobara Renji Photographer: Orie Yokoyama

Fun time:

Who is your favourite comic book character?

Ah! My Goddess – Hild.

Who is your favourite author (books)?

Tom Clancy.

What is your favourite movie?

Saving Private Ryan.

What is your favourite band/music artist?

Savage Garden.

What is a quirk you have (like dipping fries into chocolate Sunday)?

Giving the “rape face” to people and enjoying their “wtf” reactions.

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Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure: Steel Ball Run Character: Mountain Tim Photographer: Orie Yokoyama

Pick-

Day or night                                               

Night

Star Trek or Star Wars                 

Star Wars

Coffee or Tea  

Coffee

Summer or Winter

Neither… but winter will be the better choice

Cats or Dogs

CATS!

Batman or Superman                  

Batman

Movies or a book

Movies

Pizza or Burgers                           

Burgers

Coke or Pepsi      

Coke                          

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Final Fantasy XI: Corsair Photographer: DaizMiah Official

You can see more of Jokumi’ work on FacebookTwitter or his WorldCosplay Profile

Next project release date of current project: January 2016