An Interview with the Koala Cosplay

What made you get into Cosplay modeling?

I started cosplaying about 10 years ago because a friend of mine told me about a teeny tiny con that was happening in my hometown and that dressing up was encouraged. After that first con I was hooked. 


What made you think of your cosplay name?

When I was a teen I used to hang off of and hug my dad all the time. He used to call me koala and it just stuck.


Where do you live? How is the cosplay scene there?

I love in Milwaukee, WI and the cosplay scene is pretty diverse! There’s very little drama here so that’s nice. 


How long have you modeled?
I’ve been cosplaying for 10 years. I do try and do a lot more of the “play” aspect of “cosplay” so it’s not just wearing the cosplay but embodying the character.

Who’s your favorite character to model?
My favorite character to cosplay so far has probably been Miss Martian.

2nd favorite?
2nd favorite is probably Korra or Sokka from the Avatar the Last Airbender series.

Do you buy outfits or do you make them yourself?
I’ve made everything myself (besides one or two) because I know it will fit me and be up to my quality standards.

When was the first time you saw Star Wars?
When I was super little. I can’t even remember haha

Who’s your favorite character?
I adore Ahsoka Tano from the animated series!

What do you feel about the presence of (or lack thereof) POC in the Cosplay scene?
I feel like there is a very large presence of PIC in the community, but there is very little to no recognition or hype for the work POC cosplayers do outside of the PIC community.

What are your favorite Cosplay events to attend?
I love attending comic cons! They have an amazing vibe around them that is just so fun to be apart of.

Are you watching any dope animes or any shows with Cosplay worthy characters?
Not right now 😭 I’m in school so I don’t have a whole lot of extra time to watch shows.

What are your top 3 favorite animes?
1. Sailor Moon

2. Tiger & Bunny 
3. Vandread
Who was the photographer of your submitted photos?Darryl Morgan PhotographyCan you tell us anything about them? Maybe why you dig them as a photographer or a cool story about you two?He was the bees knees to work with at Katsucon this past year and I hope to work with him again! He came with poses and shot ideas in mind and everything he sent back to us was awesome!

Is there anything you want your fans and the fans of PUNK BLACK to know?

I know I’m super lucky to be able to cosplay with my dad. He and I always push each other and promote the idea that anyone can cosplay! The only one standing in your way is you!
Koala Cosplay:
https://www.instagram.com/koalacosplay/
https://www.facebook.com/koalacosplay/
The Cosplay Dad:
https://www.instagram.com/TheCosplayDad/
https://www.facebook.com/TheCosplayDad/