Another great feature comes at us with a Canadian, male cosplayer. Kilo One Four is known for his epic and highly detailed builds. Read his interview below!
Hi everyone, I'm Kilo One Four Cosplay. I'm a 36 year old Father of two, turbo nerd (arent we all??) and enjoyer of Sci Fi and Fantasy. I'm from Edmonton, Alberta and a bit of everything under my belt... except sewing. Lol. I'm a fabricator for Oddlot Puppetry Co., A Registered Massage Therapist, and an Instructor for EMLOC Ltd, an oilfield line locating business, and generally most Okay-est guy ever.
How and when did you get into cosplay?
I first got into cosplay essentially when I was young! Halloween! It was always my favorte holiday/time of year, and it was always more about the costume and dressing up than it ever was the candy. Even after I'd 'grown up' i still enjoyed making costumes for halloween parties and only in around 2011 did I really understand that COSPLAY was a real thing that everyone could do. So in 2012 I believe, I enjoyed my first convention at the ECEE and had a huge blast.
How did you come up with your cosplay name?
I used to belong to a military simulation airsoft group, and we really enjoyed the immersion of it all, and at one point for one of the 'operations' we participated in, I was given the designation K-14 which is "Kilo One Four" and it kinda stuck with me. After meeting some other amazing cosplayers at ECEE I was asked if I had a card, and a cosplay page; to which I responded, "A what?!". Shortly thereafter I became K-14 Cosplay!
What do you do when you're not in cosplay or geeking out?
Well, I build props, puppets, set pieces and an assortment of other things for my day job, when I'm not beating peoples muscles into behaving. When I'm not doing something cosplay related, I'm usually working on my comissions! If I'm having a moment of horrible motivation I might even be found gaming, or playing minecraft with my son. On the weeks I have my children, I tend to try to motivate them into crafting some stuff with me, or at least helping to paint. My daughter loves it.
What is your proudest cosplay accomplishment?
I actually quite enjoyed my Sith Juggernaut. It was one of my first solid rebuilds including some prosthetic work and almost entirely out of EVA. I even managed to wire it up with LED. It took a bit of work to get it to where i wanted it, but I think what I appreciate the most about it is the skills i learned from building it. It was really a keystone to where i am now.
What cosplay(s) are you working on right now?
Hooo... Well first of all I'm working on rebuilding/retrofitting my Sci Fi soldier creation. An original design with some elements from various franchises! Trying to get the servos to work with the design is taking some engineering brain power. Secondly, one of my largest builds thus far is my Red Templar Behemoth, which is a character from Bioware's Dragon Age: Inquisition. It's a larger baddie that has an array of red crystal structures popping out from all over the place. It's a challenge as well, but nothing easy is ever worth doing. THIRDLY, Mike from Foam Forge Cosplay (A GREAT Halo cosplayer) has convinced me to start building a Halo Reach build... I'm trying..
Who is your cosplay idol/inspiration?
Oh man, there are really so many. Honestly? Anyone that is pushing themselves beyond, avoiding the haters, and creating work they love. Those people inspire me. I want to see people build and create. A lot of my local friends really inspire me just as much as any international ones.
What is your dream cosplay?
TITANFALL. Oh if I had the mechanical knowledge to sucessfully build a workable Titan. 10 feet tall maybe. I LOVE Mechs... And I've got some tricks up my sleeve, I just have to put pen to paper to figure it out.
What is your favorite convention to attend?
Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo thus far has been the most fun for me. I love the mixture of inside and outside they have going on as well as the variety of room setups. Its not JUST Halls/rooms, but also the atmosphere.
What is your dream convention to attend?
I really really want to go to PAX... Or Blizzcon... Or DragonCon. Or.... You know what, anything outside of Canada! I havent done any of them yet, I just keep getting too busy with work!! HELP! lol
Do you have any cosplay or convention pet peeves?
Two things. Drama and Elitism. I strongly dislike them both. As with any community youre going to have them, but I just wish we could all get along. I understand and accept them as part of the beast though, and just do my best to avoid it!
Do you have any horror stories or mistakes you've made that others can learn from?
Superglue is no joke. It's super glue. It will glue your fingers. To your other fingers. To your cheek. To your build. Also, when you're using worbla or any thermoplastic over insulation foam? heat it BEFORE it goes on the prop you just spent 9 hours shaping...
Do you have any tips or words of encouragement for other cosplayers?
Start and never stop. Never give up. Always try something new that pushes your boundary wether it be a specific medium, art style, paint style, or otherwise. Learn to love the creators curse instead of dispising it. Your last build isnt crap, your NEXT build will just be that much better. Love your own work, and love others work too. There are so many of us out there that know something that we don't. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Cosplay for YOU. Build for YOU.
Do you have anything else you want to say, or add to this interview?
I really appreciate having been given the opportunity to have this interview, and hope that you all enjoyed it! Thank you to everyone that has enjoyed my work, or to anyone that will in the future.
Where can we find you on all things social?
Facebook, or feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I ALSO Instagram @kilo_14
What a great interview! He's a pretty talented fabricator and his work really shows. Go give this lovely human a follow on all things social! Have a great weekend, friends!