Posted: Sun 12th Jun 2016

Winning Cosplay Designer Prepares For Wales Comic Con’s Next Event At Glyndwr

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Sunday, Jun 12th, 2016

Wales Comic Con’s winning cosplay designer already has her eyes on the prize as new Wrexham dates are announced. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Sophie Johnson, 18, won first prize for Best Craftsmanship for her cosplay outfit in last month’s Wales Comic Con, held in Wrexham. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

She designed her whole outfit based on a character called Vi from the computer game League of Legends. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Sophie has just finished her first year at Wrexham Glyndwr University studying Applied Art, and is already making a new costume for Wales Comic Con’s next event at the university in November. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Sophie said: “Last year was the first time I entered the competition and I came runner-up, so this year I thought I’ll pull out all the stops and aimed to win. Most of the costume I handmade and customized. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“There were people from all over the world at the event, so I was against about 24 adults in my category. It was so much fun being part of the event and meet other eager people who love cosplay. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“It’s great seeing all the children excited and coming up to me and people asking for my advice for their own cosplay.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Wales Comic Con have announced they are returning to Wrexham Glyndwr University for another fun-packed weekend on November 5-6. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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Acts already lined up include Dean-Charles Chapman, from Game of Thrones, Allison Mack from Smallville and James Marsters and Nicholas Brendon from Buffy. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Sophie won various prizes at last month’s event including a trophy, VIP passes to November’s Wales Comic-Con weekend and subscription to SFX, a science fiction and fantasy magazine. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Her next costume is based on the character Princess Mononoke from the Japanese anime film. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Sophie, from Kinmel Bay, Conwy, said: “My costume is steam punk again but it is more complicated than Vi was. There’s electrics and moving parts on this new costume and I’m making a full mask, so I’m designing everything myself. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“I’m eager to enter again, I don’t care if I win or not as it’s just for fun but I’m working hard on my costume.
“My university work has helped me develop an understanding of what I can do with my costumes and what materials to use. I like to visit the wood department and use wood for my outfits so it’s helped me understand what and how to use it and build more complex costumes.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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