We’re really excited about this one.  We had a great interview with DANQUISH about his amazing cosplay builds – his gaming preferences, Ninjas, and Shiba Inus.  Excuse us while we pick our jaws up off the floor at these cosplay builds 🙂

Tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Dan, and I am a Ninja, Shiba Inu, Cyborg and Giant Robot enthusiast currently residing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
I am also CANADIAN, eh.

Are you a gamer?  What are your top picks right now?

Very much so!!!  I have spent countless hours grinding for gear and gold in WoW, sneaking across terrain in Metal Gear, battling Dracula in his various forms across various consoles in Castlevania and battling combat robots in Vanquish.
However, for the past year my game time has been completely consumed by some game called “OVERWATCH“….it’s okay I guess…..it’s not like I’m *obsessed* or anything*

*This statement may in fact, be a lie..#playoverwatch #teamgenji

Favourite character(s) and why? 

I am predominantly consumed with all things Ninja, so the majority of my cosplays are based on iconic Ninja from various titles.  From the basic black to the high tech cyborg variety, I appreciate them all.

Additionally, I do love a good armoured suit, and for that reason Sam Gideon from Vanquish remains at the very top of my list.

How long have you been cosplaying?

One could argue that I have been cosplaying ever since I made my first Spider Man costume as a young boy, and Halloween was always my favorite time of year.
However, I didn’t start attending cons until 2010

How did you get started / what made you want to do it? 

Cosplay is pure escapism; it’s an opportunity to take on the identity/characteristics of a hero/villain you admire.
With that in mind, cosplay and/or pretending to be a certain character has always been part of my life. When I discovered that I could extend this passion and creativity beyond just Halloween, a cosplayer was born.

What has been the most challenging part about creating either the props or the costume?

The execution. Every build is a labour of love and it always starts with manic brainstorming in the form of “Just HOW am I going to do this?”
A lot of trial and error is involved, but thankfully there are many MANY resources out there that can give helpful hints and how-to’s that alleviate the panic that can come from trying to make something from scratch.

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what about the most rewarding?

The most rewarding part about a cosplay is when it’s finally done and you put it on for the first time. When you look in the mirror and realize that you have succeeded in becoming the character you sought to recreate, it’s a feeling like no other.

 What do you normally do with the props when you “retire” a character? 

All of my cosplays are of particular significance to me so I’ll mount props to the wall of my Nerdlair, or in the case of Sam Gideon, I have the ARS suit (Vanquish) on display on a mannequin in my home.

What has been the most fun, or interesting experience you’ve had while cosplaying

Interacting with like minded fans at cons who are just as passionate as you are about a variety of things. When someone comes up to you at a con and exclaims “I LOVE that game!” with a big smile on their face, it’s incredibly rewarding because for that moment you get to geek out and share a mutual admiration for that thing you both love. Likewise, when I see a cosplay from something *I* love, I go out of my way to acknowledge and thank the artist for bringing that character to life.

If time and money were no object – who would be your ultimate cosplay?

I am VERY thankful to say that on my cosplay bucket list, I did have the opportunity to build my *dream* cosplay in the form of the ARS suit from Vanquish.
I adore that game like no other and so I maniacally worked on that cosplay for 6 months before finally debuting it.
I often jest that I don’t think I have it in me to put forth that level time and effort into another build. HOWEVER, if I could, I would absolutely LOVE to build an AV-98 Patlabor.

 How can people follow your next project? 

You can follow me on my adventures on Instagram (danqu15h) and Facebook (/officialdanquish)

What has been the most impressive cosplay you’ve seen to date?  Who was the cosplayer?

Wow, it really is hard to pick just one because people are constantly stepping up their game as the scene evolves. Last year I had the joy of attending Blizzcon where the level of creativity and execution is simply unreal. If I were to pick two off the top of my head, I’d point out Ashley Oshley (https://www.facebook.com/OshleyCosplayDiary/) and Jechts (https://www.facebook.com/Jechts/) as two of my personal favorites. Their builds are top notch and simply beautiful.

 What can we expect to see from you next?

Lots of pictures of Shiba Inu, because you can never have too much Doge on your page…….I have two, and I am very zealous about them <3



Here is video from the 2013 Anime Expo masquerade where I won the award for Best Novice Craftsmanship for the ARS suit:

Attached Photo Credits:

ReaperZero: https://www.facebook.com/sddivideo/
ReaperZero/LindsayElyse: Astro Gaming, Lindsay Elyse   https://www.facebook.com/astrogaming/  https://www.facebook.com/gglindsayelyse/
Formal Genji:  https://www.facebook.com/YorkInABox/
Sam Gideon: Will Box
Shockblade Zed: Will Box
Sub Zero: Will Box
MK2 Scorpion: https://www.facebook.com/VictorVoyeur/
Snake Eyes: Jayson Tran
Sam Gideon: https://www.facebook.com/Fran%C3%A7ous-181964501863617/
Scorpion: https://www.facebook.com/weneals/

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