Oour Cosplayer of the Month for April 2016 is Samantha Fouché from Raiju Cosplay. Sam hails from Bloemfontein in the Free State so it takes a lot of planning and dedication to get to all the major events. Sam has been competing regularly at the local cosplay comps and her Boba Fett is one of the best we’ve seen so far. Let’s find out a bit more about her and crazy cosplay adventures………
Hello there Samantha! Tell us a bit more about the person behind the cosplay persona?
Everyone calls me Sam outside of cosplay, I work in retail by day and work on cosplays at night or whenever I’m off of work. I’m also a single parent and sadly my son only likes to watch me dress up and no matter how hard I try to get him to join in the fun he prefers to be one of my biggest fans and I’m ok with that.
How and when did you get started in Cosplay and why do you enjoy it?
I’ve always enjoyed seeing how costumes and props get made, and then I realized that I could also recreate the characters that I love, so in 2014 I made my first official cosplay outfit and went to rAge 2014. The sheer enjoyment of being able to become the character for a few hours is one of the things I love about cosplaying.
Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of cosplaying? If yes, please tell us more about it
No… Cosplay is life. Hahaha, I joke. I enjoy playing console games, spending time with my son and just relaxing with a good book or comic. I’ve also recently taken up scuba diving with my family.
What was the first Costume you wore for Cosplay and did you make it yourself?
My first cosplay was my own version of Rukia from the anime series Bleach. With the guidance of my grandmother I was able to hand make the kimono.
Tell us about your most epic fail ever whilst creating a costume
I tried to make a Deadpool suit for my son, I cut the fabric for the mask in the wrong direction of the stretch and didn’t then have enough fabric to start over, and we had to leave for Geekfest 2014 the next morning. And so he ended up with an incomplete suit, that mistake has thankfully not happened again. Lesson learned
What type of genre is your favourite to Cosplay, and why?
I’ve noticed that I tend to lean more towards movie and game characters, though as long I like the character and can relate somewhat to that character then genre really doesn’t matter much.
Every Cosplayer has a favourite part of creating a costume or something they are really good at, what is yours?
I enjoy the whole creation part, I tend to once I’ve completed a piece go show my dad, cause he is always honest on whether or not something looks right on the item. I’ve steadily gotten better with my sewing skills, and hope to continue to challenge those skills.
What is your most difficult challenge in creating a costume?
Finding accurate reference images and I tend to over complicate the creating/crafting process of items.
Which character do you consider to be your Holy Grail of cosplays?
Clare from Claymore is one cosplay that I would love to be able to make. That is a dream cosplay, it combines armour making and clothed pieces so well that I can’t wait till I get time to create her. Even though her design is simplistic in a way, I find it’s harder to get a cosplay with less details to that perfect look.
South Africa’s convention scene has been growing leaps and bounds over the last couple of years. What improvements do you think can be made to these events, as far as cosplay is concerned?
Perhaps repair stations at the venue, sometimes parts of cosplays do get damaged and you can’t always go all the way back to your car to fix an item.
Costume crafting can be really hard sometimes, right? Do you have any scars from cosplay related injuries and how did you get them?
I think the most common injuries that I’ve gotten and I’m sure fellow cosplayers can relate is the dreaded hot glue gun burns, I was also cutting out eyeholes for a mask I’m making and my craft knife slid off the plastic and decided that it needed to slice the tip of my finger, the cosplay deities also need a blood sacrifice with every cosplay I make it seems.
How do you feel in general about Cosplay in South Africa?
Being that I live in Bloemfontein there isn’t many events that I can afford to go to every year. The events that I am able to go to I find very enjoyable, everyone’s crafting skills keeps improving with each year, I’m just looking forward to seeing what insane cosplays will be coming out in the future.
Real Name Samantha Fouché
Cosplay Name Raiju Cosplay
Marvel or DC?
DC and Marvel – Both!!!!
Who’s your favourite character and why?
Rogue, since childhood I’ve always loved this character and can’t wait to cosplay her someday (old school X-men animated series style)
If you could be any of the superheroes, which one would you be and why?
It’s gotta be Rogue again, what can I say I’m a bit obsessed with how her character was in the animated series.
Your weapon of choice in a zombie apocalypse between a sonic screwdriver and a light sabre?
Why did you choose the light sabre?
I like to know that if I trip and accidentally cut my own leg off that it was done with a light sabre.