Cosplayer Interview

Cosplayer Of The Week: Brandon Fragale

Leo Nocedo : How did you discover cosplaying?
Brandon Fragale : The wifey got me to take the plunge. The Couple’s that Cosplay together stay together. Don’t take that it’s trademark pending lol jk 😉
Leo Nocedo : What was your first cosplay?
Brandon Fragale : Dean Winchester from Supernatural
Leo Nocedo : What are your next 3 cosplay plans?
Brandon Fragale : Batman Arkham Knight, Indiana Jones, Wolverine
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever been in a cosplay contest?
Brandon Fragale :Nope
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer sewing, armor making, or wig working?
Brandon Fragale : Armor Making
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to do photoshoots at cons or at specific locations?
Brandon Fragale : Either, would just love to have some actually wanna take pics lol. Right now I take my own
Leo Nocedo : Is there a type of character you cosplay frequently?
Brandon Fragale : Right now with social media it’s even, I have Cap, Deadpool, Dean, Castiel, Constantine, and Green Arrow
Leo Nocedo : Do you have any favorite cosplayers?
Brandon Fragale :I am new to the scene but to locals Asgardarmory and Coruptedvee as well as malady Dizzy.Quinn
Leo Nocedo : What’s the most detailed cosplay you’ve ever done?
Brandon Fragale : Right now the Bat Suit
Leo Nocedo : What are your top 3 craftsmanship tips?
Brandon Fragale :Never give up, Never surrender, wait I need a 3rd lol
Leo Nocedo : What is your favorite cosplay you’ve done?
Brandon Fragale : So far love the Castiel, it’s simple but well recieved on the Tok and love the acting
Leo Nocedo : What is your worst cosplay “horror” story?
Brandon Fragale : Feeling violated and my first con I actually went full out as cap. Had a row of ladies takin pics putting hands everywhere. I couldn’t find the way to be like backoff without coming off like a douche
Leo Nocedo : What’s your funniest cosplay story?
Brandon Fragale : Kind a new don’t have funny one outside of a buddy of mine made a mech Batman suit spent 8 months on it up until night before a con. Shows up forgot everything but the helmet. However he had a tux and walked around with the helmet on an tux, legghoo Batman style.
Leo Nocedo : What’s the best in-character interaction you’ve ever had?
Brandon Fragale :The kiddos with Captain America have been my favorite. Love all those little guys and gals. It’s like magic to them and it’s awesome
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever cosplayed with a family member?
Brandon Fragale : Wifey every con
Leo Nocedo : What is your favorite cosplay photo of yourself?
Brandon Fragale : I like my Constantine and one of the wifey and I
Leo Nocedo : What are your go-to stores for cosplay materials/full cosplays?
Brandon Fragale : Wish, OfferUp, Mercari, AliExpress and if you are desperate Amazon
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to buy pre-styled wigs or style your own?
Brandon Fragale : Don’t do wigs yet
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever had someone mistake you for a different character?
Brandon Fragale : Not yet

Leo Nocedo : What’s the biggest con you’ve cosplayed at?
Brandon Fragale : Tampa Bay Comic Con
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer cosplaying characters with props, or characters that you don’t need to carry a prop around all day?
Brandon Fragale : No preference but love making props 23: Have you ever lost a cosplay piece at a con? Nope, knock on wood
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever bought a cosplay piece at a con?Brandon Fragale : Not yet but will
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to cosplay solo or in a group?
Brandon Fragale : Both, group can be a lot of fun especially interracting

Leo Nocedo : Have you ever done a cosplay panel?
Brandon Fragale : Yes I have and will be doin another at TBCC
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to buy or make cosplays?
Brandon Fragale : I think for someone like myself new you do a little of both, having a 3D printer helps me get the qaulity I want, but the post production it a lot
Leo Nocedo : If you could tell your past self anything about cosplay, what would you say?
Brandon Fragale : Dive in early and often, don’t worry about anyone else
Leo Nocedo : What is your ultimate dream cosplay?
Brandon Fragale : All the Batman variants. But the closest to my heart is a movie accurate Michael Keaton 89 batman
Leo Nocedo : What’s the most difficult cosplay you’ve ever done? (Craftsmanship, wearing of, ect)
Brandon Fragale :this Arkham Batman is a pain in the arse. The chest armored is 18 pieces by itself

Leo Nocedo : What, in your opinion, makes a cosplayer a “pro” cosplayer?
Brandon Fragale : Tbh while yes you can be sponsored I think when you get the opportunity to make someone’s day with a picture you are pro in my book
Leo Nocedo : What is your favorite part of cosplaying?
Brandon Fragale : Acting and being my favorite characters I read growing up.



Leo Nocedo is a cosplay photographer who has been using a camera for the last forty years in many forms , in the military and professional studios in Miami and New York city . He got his start in cosplay photography attending conventions with his brother Juan Nocedo . He keeps on doing what he does to honor his late brother .

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