Cosplayer Interview: Cynthia Chovska

Cosplaying is a wonderful form of expression, and The Comic Vault specialises in conducting interviews with cosplayers from around the world. The latest interview involves model and cosplayer Cynthia Chovska, who goes by Robin in the cosplay world. I caught up with her on her current cosplay plans and enjoyed talking to her about how she feels costumes benefits mental health.

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Cosplayer Interview: Freyeplays

The Comic Vault is pleased to present another cosplayer interview, featuring Beatrice Yuen, also known as Freyeplays. She’s combined her passion for fitness with her love of modelling and cosplaying. I asked her about how she works her cosplaying into her modelling endeavours and it was great to hear her thoughts on how cosplaying can benefit mental health.

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Would The World Be A Better Place If We Lived Like Starfire?

It could be argued that in modern society we’ve grown used to hiding our emotions. Whether it’s in the work place or in a social situation, we may not necessarily say what we feel. This could be because we want to appear strong in the eyes of another, or we don’t want to hurt someone else’s feelings. A comic character who’s never had trouble expressing herself is Starfire, and I believe there’s something to be learned from her approach to life. What would society be like if we could fully express ourselves?

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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Offers A Respectful Take On Mental Health Issues

In recent years, mental health issues have become a big talking point in the media and society. Despite the increased exposure, there’s still a stigma attached to it. Many people feel uncomfortable to discuss their illnesses, whether it’s anxiety or depression for fear of being ostracised. Psychosis is another issue that’s rarely talked about because of the negative associations. So, when a video game comes along that tackles psychosis and mental health in a mature, thoughtful way, the creators should be applauded. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is a game that isn’t afraid to bring these real problems to the surface.

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The Positive Effects Cosplay Has On Mental Health

One of the biggest issues in the world today is mental health. Many people are still afraid to discuss their battles with depression, anxiety and other disorders. Among men in particular, there’s a stigma attached to it, as we don’t want to be perceived as being ‘weak.’ As someone who’s suffered from depression and anxiety, I can admit I used to find it very difficult to talk about what I’ve experienced. But that’s changed.

An outlet that’s helped me is comics and cosplay. Dressing up has allowed me to be part of a supportive community who are up for a laugh and it’s made me think of the positive mental health benefits of cosplaying. Continue reading “The Positive Effects Cosplay Has On Mental Health”

Using The Sentry As A Metaphor For Mental Illness

Some superheroes have a reputation for being flawless, such as Superman. While his popularity speaks for itself, I feel he lacks depth compared to other characters. When a character has flaws, when they mess up and struggle like everyone else, it makes them relatable. It could be argued that Marvel’s equivalent of Superman is The Sentry. There’s a lot of similarities between them. But in my opinion, Sentry is far more compelling. Here is my analysis on what makes Sentry interesting. Continue reading “Using The Sentry As A Metaphor For Mental Illness”

300 Followers And An Update

I’ve recently hit 300 followers and as grateful as I am, I wanted to do more than just say thank you. I want to share as much as I’m able with my readers because they inspire me to keep doing what I’m doing. Two months ago I admitted that I’ve suffered from anxiety for years and it’s affected a lot of my relationships. I wanted to give you an update on how I’m feeling.

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