Cosplay Confessions is yet another monthly feature I’ve added to my blog, though I’ve recently gotten a bunch of submissions so I may do it twice monthly if this persists. Every month (and maybe twice a month), I plan on featuring a different cosplayer and my interview with them, along with photos featuring their cosplays. This will not only be beneficial to the cosplayers themselves – because any publicity is good publicity when it comes to updating your fans on which conventions you’ll be at, and what you’re working on – but it will also be beneficial to those who are interested in cosplay as a hobby.
Since this is a new feature, I have asked some cosplayers I know to fill out my questions and it’s my great pleasure to introduce a local Maine cosplayer who I met while we were both cosplaying as Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars. Stephen R. Salstead – aka – Lodaim Cosplay… is from Westbrook, Maine and does more than just Obi-Wan – as you’ll soon find out.
On to the interview!
QUESTION:Hello! Many people reading this may not know much about you. Please tell us a little bit about yourself. How long have you been cosplaying?
I am a field service engineer in the radiation oncology field and prior to that I was in the navy for eight years. I play a lot of video games, I watch a lot of anime, 90’s Saturday morning cartoons, and television in general. I have been cosplaying steadily for about four and a half years, but I went to my first convention in 2006 and did cosplay then as well.
QUESTION:Do you attend many conventions? Which ones are your favorite to attend?
I do. Just to list them: (My regulars first) Katsucon, Anime Boston, Boston Comic Con, Hartford Comic Con, SuperMegafest (spring and fall) ConnectiCon, Rhode Island Comic Con, Granite State Comic Con. These next few are ones I’ve been to and probably won’t attend again for various reasons: DragonCon, Portcon, AnotherAnimeConvention(AAC). My favorite two by far are Anime Boston and Katsucon.
QUESTION:Do you have any pet peeves when it comes to cosplaying?
If you made your own costume, be proud of it! If you didn’t make it, be honest about it.
QUESTION:What’s one cosplay project you’d like to do in the future?
I really want to do a big build, like a Gundam or MegaZord.
QUESTION:Are there any cosplayers (professional or otherwise) who inspire you? If so, why?
Recently, Cosplay of Ryan Wells. He does a lot of awesome builds and very nostalgic cosplays.
QUESTION:What do you think sets you apart from other cosplayers?
I wouldn’t say there is a lot that sets me apart from anyone in particular. But I do know that I am honest about everything I’ve done. Whether I’ve made something myself, modified it, or bought it. I also abhor cosplay competitions; I just want to have fun. That being said, I still enter contests, but just for hahas.
QUESTION:Any advice for someone wishing to begin cosplaying?
Don’t give up. Research. Ask questions.
QUESTION:Last but not least – do you have a website or Facebook page where people can check out your cosplay endeavors?
Graduated from Saint Joseph's College Of Maine with a Bachelor's in Fine Arts - Creative Writing as well as Stonecoast, a low-residency MFA program through University of Southern Maine. Has several screenplays, a novel, graphic novel and a memoir all in development.