Madman MadFest Anime Festival continues this weekend returning to Brisbane for the second time! And with everything Anime, Manga and in between going on this weekend say Hi to Brisbane based Cosplayer (and Cosplay Judge at Madfest this weekend) – Alycesca!

Photo by Creed Photography

What’s your name & how old are you? My name is Aly or Alycesca! I am 467 in cat years.

How long have you been cosplaying? I’ve been cosplaying since around 2005/06! So around 12 years now! It’s been a wild ride 😀

What inspired you to start cosplaying? I really loved Final Fantasy so much so I decided to hold a FF dress up laser tag costume party when I was a kid. One of my friends told me there was a convention you can wear these costumes to….I didn’t know that was allowed in public!!? I went along in my bedsheet newbie outfit I made and was terrified, but I was hooked from how much fun I had and how warm and welcoming everyone was to me!

What was your First Cosplay? Lulu from Final Fantasy X! I had no idea what I was doing…I used bedsheets, lace from some curtains and asked all my family and friends if they could donate a singular belt to me to use on her skirt haha! I was a very poor school kid at the time

What is your most recent cosplay? I made Kida from Disney’s Atlantis for a warm Supanova on the Gold Coast!

Photo by MFM Photography

What cosplays are you currently working on? I have a few things going at the moment! I’m making Faye from Cowboy Bebop, Scarlet Witch and a Loki!

Who are your favourite cosplayers in the community? I love cosplayers who strengthen the community by lifting each other up with a good attitude to others, no matter the size of a following they have.

Some of my favourite people in the Aus community include some talented people: KatyuskaMoonfox, Giorgia Costumes, Tessu, AmenoKitarouK CosplayCoraleaJade, Clamwings, Blackcrane Cosplay and I have to shout out to the awesome Astrokerrie who put me forward for this interview! 😉

There are so many more to name and I would be here all day.

Who else do you want to cosplay? My list is long and dark and full of terrors haha. Honestly I have so many things on there, I’m into Marvel comics and oldschool anime at the moment! I also want to make more costumes from Zelda, Drakengard/Nier series and all of the FF forever!

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Tell us an odd fact about yourself!  I am writing this in the bathtub. If I could run my whole life and work from the bathtub I would 100%.

I also sometimes wake up in the middle of the night craving McDonald’s hash browns and must immediately drive to get some.

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And don’t forget that submissions are now open for our 2019 Charity Cosplay Calendar to raise money for BeyondBlue! If you are a Cosplayer, Cosplay Group or a Photographer with a dream, we would love to hear from you.