During our visit to the Gibraltar International Comic Con we had the opportunity to be with cosplayers and other well-known guests from around the world .
Today we’re bringing you a Cosplayer couple who gave us a breath of fresh air with their Aquaman and Mera cosplays
Where are you from and how long have you been cosplaying?
We are from Belgium and Germany, (Pale) cosplaying for 3 years and (Nerdy)1 year.
Are you a real couple or just for this hobby?
Yes we are a real couple. We usually cosplay couples for this reason cause we think this is one of the most important parts of cosplay to us, having fun the two of us.
how does it feel to cosplay as a couple?
It is a lot of fun, it’s cool to explore different dynamics. For instance as Suicide squad Harley and J, Nerdy is dominant and Pale very ditsy, while if we cosplay Telltale John Doe and Harley, the roles are reversed. We both love to act and it is always fun to see a performance come to life in the suits we worked so hard on.
Where does your name cosplayer Palepainter_Nerdymcnofriends come from?
Palepainter used to be a name I used on a now no longer existing social fashion platform called ASOSFashionfinder. Pale as a striking trait in my appearance, painter from the fact I am an allround creative, including painting, and studied Fine arts.
I came up with NerdyMcNofriends because I wanted a silly name that sounds as uncool as possible, because in my book, the less cool you try to be the cooler you actually are. Plus I have always been a nerd who preferred reading comics, watching movies, playing videogames and debating silly stuff like who would win in a fight between Superman and everyone (answer, always Superman), over having a lot of superficial friendships.
What do you like most about cosplay and what has been the most difficult thing for you?
For me (Pale) it is the transforming. There is something magical about being able to be anything. It’s liberating, explorational and a yourney of growth. The best and also hardest part is trying to up my game every time.
I wanna go harder and get better every time, blur lines between real and fake. Also trying to be the first with exceptional ideas and looks, before movies come out etc. with limited amounts of visual resources.
I also love sharing it with the person I love the most in the world, it has something very intimate to make Nerdy a costume, lay hair, spend hours on makeup. It’s a very bare warm sense of togetherness with some tension, which is unique.
The most enjoyable part for me (Nerdy) is the acting the character out and interacting with people on cons that way. I heard from people who cosplay longer than I have that it is “frowned upon” to act like the character when in cosplay too much, but I really don’t care about cosplay etiquette. To me that’s the most fun.
When I dress up as Joker, I wanna feel like I am Joker, so I will do the voice and I will creep people out, be scary and a little bit mean. Most people actually love that and feel like they can interact with one of their favorite characters. And no, I am not one of those cosplayers who say they are like the character they portray outside of cosplay, or wear items of the cosplay when they are not cosplaying.
I am nothing like any of the characters we portray, which makes it so much fun to do. Why would I cosplay anything that is like myself? That defeats the point to me.
The hardest part is having to shave, because I LOVE having a beard in real life, but for Joker that is obviously not possible, if you wanna deliver a good cosplay.
How many events have you been to and how many contests have you won?
Good question, many events all over Europe BCC, Facts, Comic con Gibraltar, Starcom, Antwerp comic con, Comic con Dortmund, Utrecht, Amsterdam and many more to come in very varied countries. We don’t really count them, we more or less plan them in if we feel like it or accept guesting if so.
We won Amsterdam comic con cosplay contest first place, best costumes at FACTS 2017, European Cosplay Champion 1st place Dortmund 2017.
How many characters have you two played ?
We do many varieties of Joker and Harley, we did Daredevil and Elektra, Aquaman and mera in different cosplays, some suits we only did photoshoots in, some we made but never used, some still in the making, does a makeup transformation count as a cosplay? So it is hard to say exactly how much since it depends how you look at it.
What has been your best and worst experience?
Pale: Everytime i see Nerdy light up when he gets into a brand new getup my heart hurts a little. I can tell he enjoys it. When he gratefully mentions this kinda stuff at cons i constantly break character lol. Worst experience is when people don’t respect or harass us at cons. One incident in particular where i got groped.
Cosplay is not consent people! We are humans and deserve basic decency!
Nerdy: Best experience is always interacting with people and especially kids. We were featured guests at Gibraltar Comic Con and I played the Tell Tale version of Joker, which is a lot more friendly than other Jokers, so I could be silly and interact with kids, who loved that.
That was a lot of fun. But it is equally fun as Suicide Squad Joker to see people being freaked out and a little bit scared when I approach the and grab them for a picture.
Worst experience was when Pale got grabbed between the legs by a Deadpool cosplayer at Gent Comic Con 2017 and I wasn’t able to react fast enough because I wore a batman cowl and did not see it happen.
In general the way some people try to objectify her and see her as a sex object, or have threatened me online because I am her boyfriend are very unpleasant. Btw. a big fuck you to all those guys
What future plans do you have for 2018?
Pale: We are working on 4 new looks at the moment, plan con’s outside Europe, plan on many more photoshoots. We would like to start producing video material or a podcast too together. Nerdy has a nose for stuff like that, very good at visuals and writing so i think that could be very cool.
As for our personal life- i will work on my German lol and we would like to travel a bit.
What advice would you give to all those people who are starting out in cosplay for the first time?
Nerdy: Just have fun and don’t let people bring you down. Some people are jealous and mean and wanna drain your fun a lot of the time. Don’t forget you aren’t doing it for anybody but yourself. For the girls/women… don’t let yourself be turned into a sex object (unless you want to of course).
You are more worth than the attention of creepy dudes who spend too much time on their computers, looking at girls they could never get close to in real life.
Also, it helps if your girlfriend is a crazy talented fine arts master who can magically just make everything you want to screen accuracy, from make up to tailoring to making armors, weapons and such (did i mention that everything we wear and use is self made?). Makes you look extremely good without having a lot to do. Stay awesome people!
xoxo Pale & Nerdy
Photo’s by Nancy Napalm, Ralph Kopitz and Tyrone D.