Cosplayer Interview

Cosplayer of the Week: Miguel Nieves

Leo Nocedo : Β What was your first cosplay?
Miguel Nieves : I truly enjoyed my first #cosplay as the #punisher . But most importantly I wanted to have a #photoshot With Stan the man .I didn’t want to just take a photo with Stan Lee simply as a fan . I wanted to take a photo with him as a #marvel character . To honor the man who gave the world so many #amazing #superhero s the world could identify with all their lives and pass on to their children .
Leo Nocedo : What are your next 3 cosplay plans?
Miguel Nieves : To cosplay Batman , Briareos & Quasimodo
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever been in a cosplay contest?
Miguel Nieves : Yes several But just for fun .
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer sewing, armor making, or wig working?
Miguel Nieves : I prefer armor but I’m still a rookie.
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to do photoshoots at cons or at specific locations?
Miguel Nieves : I like to do both . But I have to admit I love group meetups they are the best.
Leo Nocedo : Is there a type of character you cosplay frequently?
Miguel Nieves :The PunisherπŸ’€
Leo Nocedo : Do you have any favorite cosplayers?
Miguel Nieves : To be honest the list is extra large because it also contains groups like Florida Cosplayorge &We Are S.H.I.E.L.D.
Leo Nocedo : What’s the most detailed cosplay you’ve ever done?
Miguel Nieves : My Classic Nick Fury Cosplay.
Leo Nocedo : What are your top 3 craftsmanship tips?
Miguel Nieves : Listen very closely to the pro Builders and follow instructions and most importantly pay attention to detail.
Leo Nocedo : What is your favorite cosplay you’ve done?
Miguel Nieves : The Punisher πŸ’€
Leo Nocedo : What is your worst cosplay “horror” story?
Miguel Nieves : Frank Castle prison cosplay I over did it with the blood and had to do eye wash several times .
Leo Nocedo : What’s your funniest cosplay story?
Miguel Nieves : I was asked to do a photo ops with a female congoer. Who’s Boy friend didn’t know who I was Cosplaying and I and the girl caught our selves laughing at the same time . It was the first time I smiled taking a photo as the punisher no matter how hard I tried to grimes
Leo Nocedo : What’s the best in-character interaction you’ve ever had?
Miguel Nieves :Cosplaying the Punisher fighting old man Logan at ULTRACON 2018
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever cosplayed with a family member?
Miguel Nieves : Sadly no
Leo Nocedo : What is your favorite cosplay photo of yourself?
Miguel Nieves : Firing dual Colt 45s dressed as the punisher with the red deaths head skull and the meanest look I ever did to bring out the punisher the best way I could .
Leo Nocedo : What are your go-to stores for cosplay materials/full cosplays?
Miguel Nieves : Rex fabrics and Michaels .
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to buy pre-styled wigs or style your own?
Miguel Nieves : I haven’t done any wigs yet . Lol
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever had someone mistake you for a different character?
Miguel Nieves : Honesty no .

Leo Nocedo : What’s the biggest con you’ve cosplayed at?
Miguel Nieves : NYCC 2017 and C2E2 2018
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer cosplaying characters with props, or characters that you don’t need to carry a prop around all day?
Miguel Nieves : I prefer to carry props it definitely keeps me in character.
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever lost a cosplay piece at a con?
Miguel Nieves : Yes a really cool pair of gloves from my punisher cosplay . It’s funny because they discontinued that style of glove . Damn lol
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever bought a cosplay piece at a con?
Miguel Nieves : Yes T-shirts for my Punishercosplay at Florida Supercon in 2017
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to cosplay solo or in a group?
Miguel Nieves : I perfer both because it really gives the character I’m Cosplaying dimension .
Leo Nocedo : If you had a chance to meet your all-time favorite cosplayer, what would you say to them?
Miguel Nieves : Β I have met and complimented Travisjason13 I’m a big Jason fan and to me Travis is the best Jason cosplayer I ever met and appreciate.
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever done a cosplay panel?
Miguel Nieves : Yes I’ve done several ULTRACON , Gamer Comic Expo 2017
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to buy or make cosplays?
Miguel Nieves : I perfer both . It’s always good to keep your option open .
Leo Nocedo : If you could tell your past self anything about cosplay, what would you say?
Miguel Nieves : Learn how to build . Lo
Leo Nocedo : What is your ultimate dream cosplay?
Miguel Nieves :Batman and have the costume built by @reevzfx I truly love his work .
Leo Nocedo : What’s the most difficult cosplay you’ve ever done? (Craftsmanship, wearing of, ect)
Miguel Nieves :The punisher painting my props . You definitely have to have a ton of patience.
Leo Nocedo : What’s the most difficult character makeup you’ve done?
Miguel Nieves :The blood makeup for Frank Castle prison cosplay .
Leo Nocedo : What, in your opinion, makes a cosplayer a “pro” cosplayer?
Miguel Nieves : Bringing your best to a comic con each and every time no matter how your body feels . Also keeping a positive mental attitude no matter what the situation is .
Leo Nocedo : What is your favorite part of cosplaying?
Miguel Nieves : Bringing the character to life so the public enjoys your cosplay talents.
Leo Nocedo : Make up your own question! Why is Cosplay important to you?
Miguel Nieves : To be honest it’s like taking a vacation away from life and enjoying the 🌎 world of make believe even if it’s just for a little while .

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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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