There's an artist named Heather Kreiter that did a series of 'Demons of the Apocalypse' that were horse versions of the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse, also there was a Robot Chicken episode of My Little Ponies of the Apocalypse and my sister and I thought it would be an awesome idea to make our own versions of these characters! I'm cosplaying an original costume of a My Little Pony of the Apocalypse, War. My sister was also cosplaying a My Little Pony of the Apocalypse that day as well, she was Death. This was my first, big original costume and I've realized I enjoy doing those the most because it's something that no one has ever seen before.

It was amazing! A lot of people seemed a bit intimidated and were quick to get out of our way, but I suppose seeing a 7+ foot person (this includes mohawk and heels) wielding a massive sword and wearing chain mail and spikes, people will tend to clear a path for you! Everyone seemed to really enjoy it though, even if they weren't entirely sure what I was cosplaying at the time, but it was certainly well received! I had a couple people say something along the lines of "I don't know if I should be frightened or in love!"

My first cosplay was Lucy/Nyu from the anime Elfen Lied. It was a simple costume and I thought a lot of people may not recognize the character, but the response was a lot better than I had expected it to be! It was fun to have people calling my character name and asking for pictures or just generally talking to me about the anime. Cosplay has always been a wonderful way to meet new people that are interested in the same things as you.

 ( photo :  SGH Photo Art  )

( photo : SGH Photo Art )

One of my favorite costumes I wore was an original Steampunk Maleficent and my favorite part about that costume was her raven, Diablo, which I had perched on the end of my staff. His eyes lit up and his head swiveled back and forth which was on a remote control that my husband worked in the background. No one could guess how it worked and were always surprised when his head swiveled to stare at them! I think my husband had a lot of fun with that one and I enjoyed watching confused people attempt to figure it out!

A lot of my friends and co-workers are cosplayers themselves! Everyone is very supportive and are always excited to see what my sister and I come up with next. My husband helps a lot with my costuming, mostly the props, and on occasion he's cosplayed as well and my parents will come to a convention for a day just to see their daughters all dressed up. It definitely helps having such a great support system.

I continue to cosplay because it's fun and challenging. I enjoy pushing my creative limits every year and although there's almost always blood, sweat and tears, in the end when everything is done and the costume and makeup are all on, it's always worth it. I feel so proud of myself at that moment and that's an amazing feeling. What I've learned is that I can do anything I put my mind to as long as I have a bit of patience and good problem solving skills! It's special to me because it's something I share with my sister. We try to do at least 1-2 costumes together every year, it's nice to have someone there to encourage and help you along when things start to go south. We almost never see each other's finished products until the day we wear it at the con, it's really amazing to see just how similar our minds work

- Robyn Rees (Orlando, FL)