This month, we’ve found a cosplay enthusiast you have to check out.
23 year old Angela Domanico from Las Vegas, Nevada has been turning heads recently with her Power Rangers cosplay and her timing couldn’t be better especially since the movie was just released.
She’s currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology and loves video games, listening to music, watching movies, trying new restaurants, specifically Asian cuisine.
Since our Editor is a Power Rangers fan and can pretty much do what he wants, Elliott Danker chats with Angela from the other side of the globe and finds out where “ladydoombots’ comes from, her favourite costumes and her new Youtube channel.
Elliott: We’ve all seen your recent posts in your pink power ranger costume, especially since the movie was recently released. What made you decide to make it (and you got your friends involved as well) and how long did it take?
Angela Domanico: The Pink and Yellow Ranger costumes were the result of a collaboration of multiple talented individuals, so I can’t take any of the credit myself.
They were originally made by the Youtube channel Ismahawk for their short film “Power Rangers Vs. Voltron”, they made suits for all the other Rangers as well! The suits, helmets, and accessories (belts, gauntlets, boots) took a few months to finish as each piece came from different creators.
The design of the spandex suit is by Super Geek Designs, then printed and sewn by Zentai Zone. The helmets were 3D printed with designs available for free download from MyMiniFactory.
Check out the amazing short film here!
Elliott: You’re facebook and instagram handle is ladydoombots. What does it mean and how did you come up with it?
Angela Domanico: “Doombots” was always my gamertag on Xbox Live. I got the name back when I was probably 15 or 16, while reading a Fantastic Four comic where Doctor Doom had an army of these things called “Doombots”.
I was a big Doctor Doom fan at the time and loved the name so I used it for all my social media. Once I started cosplaying, it took forever to figure out a cosplay name (every good cosplayer has to have one!). It felt like a natural transition from being known online as “Doombots”, then evolving into “Lady Doombots”. It felt mature and regal, yet badass and fun at the same time!
Elliott: Do you have a current favourite costume?
Angela Domanico: My favorite cosplay as of right now would have to be Sailor Mars! The Sailor Moon anime back in the 90s was a huge part of my childhood and in many ways inspired me to be the woman I am today. Rei was always my favorite sailor scout so getting to portray her made me feel like a kid again. My childhood dream of being Sailor Mars has come true!
Elliott: What’s the most memorable convention you’ve attended and why?
Angela Domanico: The most memorable convention so far has been the second one I ever attended – Fanime. It’s like the Wondercon of the anime world. Fanime is known for it’s impressive cosplay turnout and you won’t be disappointed if you attend. Some of the best cosplays I’ve ever seen in person were at Fanime. The artist alley there never fails to impress as well!
Elliott: You’ve launched a youtube channel. What can we expect from it?
Angela Domanico: I’ve got a lot of big plans for my channel! So far, I plan to start shooting vlogs, makeup tutorials, cosplay tutorials, action figure reviews, and maybe even some “Let’s Play” style videos of me playing my favorite games. I’m still open to ideas though if a lot of my followers want to request something different.
Elliott: For you, which are your top 5 or top 3 most challenging costumes you’ve made so far?
Angela Domanico: The top three most challenging cosplays so far have definitely been my Big Boss from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Wonder Woman from Batman V. Superman, and Mallow from Pokemon Sun/Moon. Big Boss required me to learn how to work with foam for the first time in order to build his bionic arm.
My Wonder Woman costume was commissioned and custom-made for me, though I made some alterations to it that were very time consuming (i.e. re-dying the corset, repainted my sword and shield). Mallow has been such a struggle that I am STILL working on her, haha.
Elliott: Is there a dream character you’ve yet to try to cosplay? And why so?
Angela Domanico: There are SO many characters I would love to cosplay. I literally have an ever-growing list in the Notes app on my phone, haha.
The one I think I’d most like to do is Commander Shepard from Mass Effect. Mass Effect is one of my favorite series of all time, and has a special place in my heart. It would truly be a dream come true to wear an N7 armor suit of my very own.
Elliott: What do you do to unwind?
Angela Domanico: Between being a full-time student, working part-time, and doing cosplay – it can be difficult to find the time to truly unwind. However when I do get the rare opportunity, I love playing video games, catching up on my favorite tv or anime series, collecting action figures, and eating good food! I’m a pretty big foodie, haha!
Thank you Angela, we’re definitely going to be following you closely on Instagram in anticipation of your next amazing costume!
Images courtesy of Jeremy Le
Wonder Woman image courtesy of FF Studios
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