I’m fully aware that this is the first article that I’ve written in awhile (the first this month at least) and for good reason. Wimbledon, a trip home, the football European championships and my increasing obsession with photography have all taken up my time, which I’d usually have spent featuring the worlds best cosplayers. No more excuses, I’m back….for now.
With a certain movie release coming up next week I’ll likely be featuring a number of Dark Knight related cosplay pictures in a showcase piece over the next few days. If anyone wants to be featured please send me a link to your images and I’ll include them with full credit going to yourself. One such cosplayer who just happens to have cosplayed as catwoman is the focus of today’s article.
The picture that first drew me to the profile of Russian up and comer Mika is the one found above. The detailing in her Esther costume and the contasting colours make it very eye catching. Looking at the other cosplay costumes that she’s created leads me to think that this young lady could well become a star of the future. You heard it here first….maybe.
Mika Kallahan Cosplay Costumes
Check out just a few of the brilliant costumes by Mika below and visit the links at the bottom of this article to see even more of her work.
Evangelion: Mari Makinami
Paradise Kiss: Caroline
Scissors Crown: Alice
Tohainu no Chi: Rin
Trinity Blood: Esther
A Q&A With Mika Kallahan
A huge thank you goes to Mika for answering my questions. I know she’s a busy lady, so please enjoy the Q&A below.
1. What made you get into cosplay?
My friend told me about cosplay. I thought it was interesting. After a while my friend offered me to make a costume. At first I thought it was strange because I haven’t been making costumes. But then I started to do it.
2. How old were you when you started cosplaying?
I was 13 years old then.
3. What was your first costume?
My first costume was a Madame Red from Black Butler, but I prefer to keep quiet about it.
4. Do you make your own costumes?
Yes, I make my own costumes.
5. Where do your source your materials or the pieces for your costumes?
The source materials are fabric and construction shops. Wigs from ebay.com.
6. How long does the average costume take to make or put together?
On average, I make a costume in about a week, but the costumes are different. A simple costume I can do in a day and a complicated costume I can do in a few weeks.
7. Do you design and make original costumes or do you create replicas of costumes worn by characters?
I try to create replicas of costumes worn by characters. It’s so great to put into practice your favourite characters!
8. What would be your super power if you could only have one?
I often think that if I snapped my fingers the suit would be ready for me. Just imagine how many costumes I would be able to make in this way! Although I think the interest in this would rapidly disappear, so it would be nice to be able to fly.
9. Do you attend cosplay conventions or events? If yes how many do you attend in an average year?
Yes, I go to cosplay conventions. This is a very fun and there are many people with similar interests. I have visited two or three and am going to attend the festival this year.
10. Who’s your favourite cosplayer? (Could be a friend or a famous personality in the cosplay scene)
I never thought about it. Too many good cosplayers, I can not decide.
11. Who’s your favourite character to cosplay?
Almost all the characters that I cosplay, I love very much. But I want to highlight Yukari Hayasaka from Paradise Kiss.
12. Favourite TV show, movie and band?
A lot of good TV shows, movies and groups. I love the series Glee and Supernatural. Films on comics by Marvel and many others. I’m a music lover so I have too many favourite artists.
13. Do you cosplay for a living? If not, would you do it if the opportunity was offered to you?
No, I get to cosplay just for fun. Cosplay is a hobby for me. But why not, if it were possible!
14. What’s going to be your next cosplay costume?
It’s a secret ^-^