Interviews with Adorable Cosplaying Couples


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Interviews with Adorable Cosplaying Couples

You know it's real when the two of you are willing to spend hours on a pair of elaborate costumes and parade around in them at the local convention center.

Finding true love is no easy task. I've lost count of how many times I've been on Tinder dates so bad that afterwards I go home and have a little cry over some Katie Melua. Then, even if I meet a person I like, it's easy to hang around with them for a month before they're just like, "Wait, this guy is actually really irritating to hang around with," and I'm forced to head home. To listen to yet more Katie Mulea—possibly "Nine Million Bicycles," that's a good one.


So maybe I just didn't have anything in common with these women. But what if you did share the same passions as the person you're with? What if you found love and built a relationship in the very conference center in which you were at your happiest? I went down to London Super Comic Convention on Saturday to find out, and I talked to couples dressed up together in their cosplay finest about why they'd bothered. I asked what it's like to find love when where you can't be totally sure what anyone really looks like.

Heather and Taz as Victorian Rogue and Gambit

VICE: Did you meet at Comic Con?
Taz: No, we actually met at the theater. I saw a picture of her doing Rogue, and she saw me doing Gambit, and it went from there.

Who is the biggest con fan out of you two?
Heather: The costume side is all from me because when I was working in the theater I loved doing costume design. My boss told me that there were these places that people went and dressed up. I was like, "You're fucking shitting me, I need to go to these right now." So for the last two years, I've been doing these.

Is that why you've come together, to bring him along?
Yeah. I make all of his costumes. If you're by yourself, and one of you has a costume, the other person just has to stand by the side, awkwardly, while the other always gets his or her photo taken. So it's about finding costumes he really likes to wear as well.
Taz: For me, I just get to feel hugely proud of what she does.


So it's like a bonding exercise?

Brice and Vicky as Ivy and the Joker

So you met at Comic Con?
Brice: Yes, we did!
Vicky: It's kind of complicated … We both met doing this, and even though we are together, we're both still technically married and are helping each other through our divorces.

Oh wow, OK. How did you meet, then?
I put up a picture of my Catwoman cosplay, and he put up his Batwoman costume. Then we started talking on Facebook and met up in real life and got on.

Why do you like dressing up as a pair?
It's nice to do something as a couple because we don't get to spend much time together because of work.

Why do you put so much effort in to it?
Brice: I get a lot out of it. Earlier today, I was being broadcast to two children in Hong Kong, waving and saying hello and threatening them. Last year, I was dressing up as Spiderman and a little child ran up and threw his arms around me. I was crying inside. It was a perfect moment.

Alice and Andy as Tank Girl and Steampunk Joker

You guys met at a con—how did you approach each other?
Alice: Well, he was dressed as Joker, and I was Harley Quinn. He was standing behind me, and I just sort of groped him.
Andy: It's the genuine story. She turned around and said, "Oh, a Joker who's taller than me."

Who's the biggest cosplay fan?
Alice: He's been doing longer, but I do it better.
Andy: I've been doing it about four years, and she's been doing it for two.


What makes you guys do all this each year?
Alice: It beats sitting at home watching a film.
Andy: I like getting into the character. I like it when little kids run up to you and think you're this character. It's really rewarding.
Alice: Yeah. Also, I hate dressing up normally, like for work. I hate that and find it so boring.

Andy and Liora As Princess Mononoke and Wolf Guy

Whose the biggest cosplay fan?
Andy: She got me into it. I'd never done it before I met her.
Liora: I've been doing it for about two years. I just really like anime and always dressed crazy, so I thought, Why not? It's just an excuse to do something different.

Do you drag him out to these things, though?
No he loves it—he comes along of his own accord.

What makes you want to dress up?
Andy: I just think it's kind of cute, really.
Liora: It's quite romantic in a weird fantasy sort of way. It's nice to be someone different, to escape reality with each other.

How long have you been together?
Andy: About four months.

Steve and Clare As Batman and Catwoman

Who's the biggest cosplay fan between you two?
Steve: Probably me.

Do you like doing it together?
Yeah, we're a part of the UK Garrison, a cosplay group that mainly does Star Wars stuff as part of the 501st Legion. And I really liked Batman, and one day, I just said to Clare, "Well, maybe you should do Catwoman," and she went for it.
Clare: After a lot of dieting.


Why do you like dressing up as a pair?
For charity events, they are quite strict on the characters you can play, so we always dress in things that go together. And also at large events, like this, it's always better to have someone with you because you can get lost and separated.

So who makes the costumes?
Steve: I make the most of them. I'm a sculptor and designer, whereas Clare is in a more normal office job.

How long have you been together?
We met when we were working at the BBC, not at a con. But we've known each other for about 20 years.

We took in the other sights after making people tell us about their coupled-up costuming. Enjoy below.

The writer, in costume as himself