Hi Cosplay Fans! Today we talk to Toowoomba local – Libjumper Cosplay!
What’s your name & how old are you? Hi, I’m Daniel Libjumper and I’m 26 years old.
How long have you been cosplaying?Just over 3 years now. My first proper meet was the 4th of May 2014.
What inspired you to start cosplaying? Friends from school I hadn’t seen since graduation kept inviting me to conventions to catch up, so after that happened a couple of times I read in the paper about a local cosplay meet happening nearby, so I decided to go along to see if I looked like anyone from a game or show to cosplay as the next time I got invited. The meet was sensational and I was on a high for the next two days without really understanding why. I think it was the ability to socialise with people who didn’t care who I was or what I did for work, they were just happy I was there and keen to talk about their passions with me, and that was really special for me at the time. After that I was hooked!
What was your First Cosplay? Not counting the closet-cosplay ninja I threw together to wear to that meet 15 minutes before it started, my first cosplay was a Genderbend of Lara Croft from the 2013 Tomb Raider game. I really connected with her struggle for survival on the island and having to push herself to extraordinary levels to rescue the people she cared about and escape the island. There’s been a number of times in my life I’ve experienced what she was going through at points.
What is your most recent cosplay? My most recent cosplay was my Spike Armour Raider from Fallout 4. I played a TONNE of that game while I was waiting for the internet to be connected at the new place I’d moved into, and thought it would be a good project to learn the basics of making foam armour with.
What cosplays are you currently working on? I’ve actually been working on a lot of commissions recently (turns out leatherwork is a rare skill in cosplay), but I plan to branch into a new franchise with a certain ‘Hyper-lethal’ character from another game I played a lot of in the past and can also relate to. But I’m keeping their identity a secret for now. 😉
Who are your favourite cosplayers in the community? Ooh it’s hard to pick favourites. When it comes to celebs I’m a big fan of Punished Props and RBF-Productions, but locally there’s a lot of cosplayers I admire for their skill and their friendly personalities.
Who else do you want to cosplay? I’m working on getting good enough at foamwork to eventually make Project Zed from League of Legends. That’ll be a challenge. But I also would really like to do a Skyrim Werewolf with full prosthetic makeup, being a Werewolf for a day would be a dream.
Tell us an odd fact about yourself!
Hmm, something I guess that’s odd is I’m really a fake nerd. When I got into cosplay I hadn’t read a single comic book, watched an anime or geeked out over a TV series (I don’t even own a TV, or Netflix). At my first meet I didn’t even know what a Power Ranger was! When I asked what he was dressed as, he asked me if I’d ever had a childhood. 😛
Instead I had a lot of…different…skills like parkour, martial arts, weapons training, survival skills. Guess you could have summed me up as a real-life Ninja or Bear Grylls then. But since getting into cosplay I’ve opened up to explore this new world and gained an appreciation for that kind of stuff I’d never experienced before. A big part of the appeal of Cosplay for me is being around people who are so passionate about things. It’s great to see their excitement and enthusiasm.
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