B: Harvard and Doran interviews

Before the AsiaPop Comic Con, we were granted an email interview with The CAGE judges. We’ve already posted Jay Tablante and Vampy’s interviews. We move on to the awesome Bill Doran and the wonderful Allison Harvard.

Bill Doran is a prop and costume maker from Seattle, WA. He’s been building replicas since way back in 2009 and turned that passion into a full time business, quitting his day job and founding Punished Props in 2012! Since then, Bill has built replicas and costumes for clients all around the world.

That passion inspired him to start writing tutorial content to share with his global audience. Bill runs a popular youtube channel that showcases how-to video content on prop and costume making. He has also written several books on the subject, including “Foamsmith: How to Create Foam Armor Costumes“.

Bill Doran:

What do you look most forward to when you come to the Philippines?

I’m especially excited to meet cosplayers in the Philippines and see what the scene is like. It’s always so much fun to see cosplayers get excited about building new costumes.

What do you expect from the very first CAGE contestants of the PH?

Costume contests have a way of bringing a lot of passion and talent to the forefront and I expect the CAGE will bring that at the highest level.

Would we be able to see the judges cosplay as well?

Most definitely! I have a new costume that I’m building right now that you’ll see there!

What could you say about the cosplay community in the PH?

If they are anything like the passionate creators that we have here in the United States, then I’m in for a treat! I’m really excited to meet the community.

Any opinion of the latest issue about cosplay being “elitist” when only the beautiful get to be invited and recognized?

The best part about cosplaying is that anyone can do it. Nobody else can tell you if you get to play or not! So long as you cosplay for yourself and aim to have a super fun time, you won’t be disappointed.

In the PH, quality materials are nearly unavailable or expensive to attain, what is your advice to props makers who have to work on a budget?

Some of the very best costumes I’ve ever seen have been made from scrap materials like cardboard. The time and effort put into a costume has much more of an impact on the outcome than the materials. If you hone your craft with the materials you have available and you can make anything amazing!

Allison Elizabeth Harvard is an American model, artist, actress, and Internet personality, best known as the runner-up of both cycle 12 of America’s Next Top Model and America’s Next Top Model: All-Stars. Allison has appeared on the cover of magazines such as WeTheUrban, and one of the Philippine’s leading fashion magazines, Mega. In October 2013, Allison appeared as one of the hosts of the Philippine television show Mega Fashion Crew: Reloaded on ETC.

In 2014, she became one of the judges on the televised Philippine dance competition Celebrity Dance Battle, which premiered on TV5 on March 22. In August 2014, Harvard booked another show for Bench called The Naked Truth and established CatxBench, a clothing collaboration featuring her illustrations which became a part of the Bench Collection. She can be seen online showcasing her new artworks and current projects.

Allison has always had a love for creating her own costumes, cosplaying, and working in creative fields. She has been a fan of cosplay since a tender age of 14. Her experience in modelling work also allow her to bring that interest to another level altogether.

Allison Harvard:

What do you look most forward to when you come to the Philippines?

EATING EVERYTHING.

What do you expect from the very first CAGE contestants of the PH?

I don’t know what to expect and that’s why I am so excited. Tons of creativity!

Would we be able to see the judges cosplay as well?

Oh, I am 100% cosplaying during this event.  I’ve already started planning it.

What could you say about the cosplay community in the PH?

There is so much creativity in the Philippines and I can’t wait to see it up close and personal.

Any opinion of the latest issue about cosplay being “elitist” when only the beautiful get to be invited and recognized?

Cosplaying is such a warm, pure and open minded community.  No one should ever feel restricted or unwelcome.

Is this your first time to judge a cosplay completion of this scale and how does it make you feel?

This is going to be my very FIRST! I can already tell this is going to be one of my favorite things ever.