Our Valentines Cosplayer Of The Month is Zulfa Edwards from RockReaperz Cosplay and she hails from Cape Town. One of the things that we like about this cosplayer is that she cosplays from a huge variety of genres including comics, gaming and anime; this means that her cosplays appeal to such a wider audience hence why we couldn’t resist tracking her down and finding out a bit more about Rockreaperz Cosplay and the lady behind the cosplay persona….
Hey there Zulfa!! Tell us a bit more about the person behind the cosplay persona?
Where do I start? I’m an all-round girly-girl who loves action movies and rock music. I’m always honest (even though it may get me into trouble sometimes) and loyal to a fault. I enjoy going out and meeting people, but also just love chilling at home watching a series or reading a good book.
How and when did you get started in Cosplay and why do you enjoy it?
One my work colleagues, who writes the anime blog Animated Meanderings, knew I loved anime and told me about the first Cape Town cosplay meet-up. I went out of sheer curiosity and while I was there I ran into an old school friend, Crimson Fury! By the time I left I was hooked and with Crimson Fury’s encouragement, I started cosplaying. Because who doesn’t want to spend their day dressed as their favourite hero or villain
Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of cosplaying? If yes, please tell us more about it
I love baking, but can’t cook to save my life! If I’m not at home crafting, I’m out and about with my friends trying new restaurants or going to see live bands.
What was the first Costume you wore for Cosplay and did you make it yourself?
The first costume I wore was Lara Craft, it was completely store bought. I didn’t make my first costume until my third cosplay.
Tell us about your most epic fail ever whilst creating a costume
I think the most epic fail I’ve had was making my Hellboy hand! I had applied clay to make it look more rock-like and the next morning I woke up to large cracks across the entire hand. I then spent the rest of the morning filling in cracks!
What type of genre is your favourite to Cosplay, and why?
Most of my cosplays are Anime based, but I don’t have a specific genre of choice. I cosplay across all genres, it just depends which character appeals to me at the time.
Every Cosplayer has a favourite part of creating a costume or something they are really good at, what is yours?
Sewing! I love sewing! It’s very therapeutic for me.
What is your most difficult challenge in creating a costume?
Making props or armour! I always leave it for last! And I tend to rush them a bit >.< I generally start off with a solid plan when making props or armour and then it’s all trial and error from there, but it all works out in the end.
Which character do you consider to be your Holy Grail of cosplays?
Probably Diablo’s Demon Hunter…. I never do armour based cosplays, so it would be a massive undertaking on my part.
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?
Such a loaded question: I think making the conventions a bit more cosplay friendly in general would be great. But honestly all I want sometimes, at conventions, is a place to sit down and eat something without someone asking for a photo or taking photos. So for me a place where cosplayers can go and chill, eat something or fix something on their costume (away from cameras) would be amazing.
Costume crafting can be really hard sometimes, right? Do you have any scars from cosplay related injuries and how did you get them?
Crafting is super hard, but I’m lucky enough not to have any permanent scars. I’ve had a few light burns and ripped the hair off my arm (while gluing armour) but nothing major. Safety is very important to me
How do you feel in general about Cosplay in South Africa?
I think cosplay in the last 2 years has really exploded in SA. Last year at JHB rAge I saw some amazing cosplays from first time cosplayers. The skill level out there is insane! In a few years, I think, we’ll be able to compete internationally. Our conventions are growing and every year as they grow, they improve. I’m very excited to see what 2016 conventions have in store!
Current home town
Marvel or DC?
Who’s your favourite character and why?
Gambit from X- Men! He was one of my first crushes. I love his style and charm, not mention that Cajun accent.
If you could be any of the superheroes, which one would you be and why?
Marvel Rogue from X-Men (no surprise there). She’s strong, can fly and I just love her sassy attitude.
Your weapon of choice in a zombie apocalypse – light saber or sonic screwdriver?
Light saber, because why wouldn’t I want a light saber?! (Ed. Good question!!)