What first got you interested in cosplay?
It’s difficult to remember since it was so long and there was no definitive spark that set me on this path. But I do recall seeing images of cosplayers showing up on my tumblr and deviantart when I was very young and I always thought it was so interesting, but out of my reach. So in high school, when one of my friends started cosplaying I was really surprised that there were even nice quality costumes that could be purchased. As someone with no sewing skills that was very intriguing. I want to join her and try out cosplay for myself, but I just didn’t have the confidence. It wasn’t until five years later that I finally got my first Spider-Gwen suit.
How many comic/anime conventions do you attend a year?
I’ve actually only ever attended two (It’ll be three this weekend). I became a cosplayer shortly before the pandemic began so I didn’t get the chance to go to one until 2021. But I’m hoping to make it a fairly frequent part of my schedule! I’d love to attend four or five, ranging in size, per year.
Favorite celebrity you’ve rubbed arms with at a convention?
Justin McElroy. No contest. Justin is a podcaster who I listen to on a weekly, if not daily, basis. I cannot emphasize enough how much The Adventure Zone means to me and the degree that the story changed my outlook as a writer and a person. And while I was at ECCC 2021 I saw him on an escalator. I waved and said hello and he greeted me so kindly. We even chatted a little as we rode the escalator. I’m surprised I managed to keep my cool and have a normal conversation with him. I definitely fangirled once I got back to my friends. I literally called my mom and all my best friends immediately afterward to tell them what happened. I’m still in disbelief. I wish I could have expressed to him just how much I appreciate his work but I didn’t want to freak him out.
Why do you do what you do?
First and foremost, as a writer, everything creative that I do is to express my love for the characters being presented as the subject. Whether it’s writing, art or cosplay, at the core I want to do the characters justice and give them the representation and spotlight they deserve. This means portraying them well and with lots of love. I hope that shines through in my work. If it causes more people to research the characters I cosplay and consume the media that the character is from I feel like I’ve done my job. So I cosplay a lot of characters from lesser known projects or well-known characters with backstories that I feel get swept under the rug. I hope that through my work people can start to learn more about the characters that shaped me.