#HeroTuesday - who are your cosplay heroes?
Our heroes can be personal. Sometimes they don’t have to be famous or have the most likes or followers. IMO, the best heroes are the ones that inspire us to be better people. In this case, I would like to spotlight someone I regard as not only a cosplay coach, but rather someone who has been there for me through it all. - Claudine Roselle Puente (aka crpsaiyan).
Before there were cosplay like pages, there were personalized websites. Before there was tumblr, there was livejournal. We had much more interpersonal ways of connecting back then through the web. I know I’ve seen Claudine post around the ezboard circuit and livejournal prior to moving from LA to the Bay Area.
Claudine has made many contributions to the San Francisco Bay Area community from working on World of Anime’s radio show to always providing honest feedback about anime cons. She’s always friendly to newbies; we first personally met at some con…I think it was Fanime. Either way, she’s very much known for her charisma, talent, and tellings of her con horror stories - trust me, she has a ton. If you ever see her at a con, ask her about the Phoenix Saga. She’ll be more than happy to tell it!
Why I feel I should mention Claudine is that she was one of the people who really taught me how to make my own cosplay. One day, we went to the Mission District and we looked for everything I needed to make a Rei Hino outfit. She taught me how to pick fabrics, patterns, and how to shop smart. Most of all, she taught me how expensive cosplay can be! (that is, until I found the LA fashion district! lol)
Not only Claudine is very experienced at the craft, but she’s also has had her share of masquerades. I don’t remember if she placed, but I always loved watching her Fanime skits. One day, she had a VHS collection of Fanime masquerades (before YouTube) and we just watched through them. I always admired her as a performer. When I did the “American Idolm@ster” bit, I joked that I needed washing machine lessons. “You could have asked!” she said.
If it’s one piece of advice Claudine will give you, it’s to explore cons outside your comfort zone. She’s traveled plenty of places and has a story to tell about each of them. It’s how I first learned about the awesomeness that is Sakura Con and Anime Boston.
While Claudine says she has no cosplay heroes, she is one to many in the Bay Area. If you’re ever at a con in the San Francisco Bay Area, be sure to introduce yourself to her and ask about the Phoenix Saga.