Cosplayer Interview

Cosplayer of the Week: Alex Cage

Leo Nocedo : How did you discover cosplaying?
Alex Cage : Through the pin up and Dapper community and friends.
Leo Nocedo : What was your first cosplay?
Alex Cage : I want to say my first ACTUAL character cosplay was Raven from Teen Titains that I made for Holmats
Leo Nocedo : What are your next 3 cosplay plans?
Alex Cage : Currently I’m working on Enchanted Christmas Belle, Huntress from Dead by Daylight, and a super secret Marvel update that should be here in a few months.
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever been in a cosplay contest?
Alex Cage : I’ve been in a few, but have never placed.
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer sewing, armor making, or wig working?
Alex Cage : Sewing, they all drive me up a wall and I dread the day I start my armor build, but I know I’m capable of making pretty decent garments.
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to do photoshoots at cons or at specific locations?
Alex Cage : Definitely location shoots, they are less rushed and you don’t have to worry too much about other people walking into your shots.
Leo Nocedo : Is there a type of character you cosplay frequently?
Alex Cage : My current go to is Captain Carter from Marvel’s What If…?
Leo Nocedo : Do you have any favorite cosplayers?
Alex Cage : There are quite a few I follow and admire, Jedimanda definitely tops my list though.
Leo Nocedo : What’s the most detailed cosplay you’ve ever done?
Alex Cage : I would have to say is easily Captain Carter
Leo Nocedo : What are your top 3 craftsmanship tips?
Alex Cage : Your first version is never going to be your final, give yourself more time than you think you’d need, and always work in a well ventilated area when you’re finishing 3D prints! (seriously you’d be disturbed to see the amount of dust you’re actaully dealing with)
Leo Nocedo : What are your go-to stores for cosplay materials/full cosplays?
Alex Cage : Joanns and Amazon. Also Angelus paints are a gift from the devine.
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever had someone mistake you for a different character?
Alex Cage : All. The. Time.
Leo Nocedo : List all the cosplays you’ve done.
Alex Cage : Wednesday Adams (Ash Wednesday) Beetlejuice Raven (Teen Titans) Raven (Comics) Velma Dinkley  Madam Leota Chance the Clown (Halloween Horror Nights) Claire (Jurassic World 2) Jill Valentine (RE2) Lady Kylo Thumbilina Black Widow (2021) Captain Carter Peggy Carter Silk Specter Shego Daniella Dimetriescu Scarlet Witch Sam (Trick r’ Treat) Mia (Evil Dead) Sabrina (CHAOS) Jayne Cobb (Firefly) Kim Possible  Anastasia (Once Upon a December)
Leo Nocedo : What’s the biggest con you’ve cosplayed at?
Alex Cage : Dragon Con
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer cosplaying characters with props, or characters that you don’t need to carry a prop around all day?
Alex Cage : I hate carrying things so any excuse to not need things or at least have pockets I’m about.
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to cosplay solo or in a group?
Alex Cage : While groups are fun, they’re chaotic (shameless plug for Chaotix Cosplays) so I do tend to lean towards solo. 28: Do you prefer to buy or make cosplays?
Alex Cage : I prefer to make them, but I also have ADHD and a full time job so I have bought quite a few of them.
Leo Nocedo : If you could tell your past self anything about cosplay, what would you say?
Alex Cage : “STOP PROCRASTINATING AND DO THE THING ALREADY!”
Leo Nocedo : What is your ultimate dream cosplay?
Alex Cage : Dowager Empress Anastasia
Leo Nocedo : What’s the most difficult cosplay you’ve ever done? (Craftsmanship, wearing of, ect)
Probably my first Raven because it was my first bodysuit, the pattern instructions made no sense, and I had less than 48 hours to make it.
Leo Nocedo : What is your favorite part of cosplaying?
Alex Cage : The friends I’ve made, having kids and adults get exited seeing your cosplays after all the time and effort we put into them, and getting drunk while looking cute.

 

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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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