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COSPLAY HOTTIE OF THE MONTH – NOVEMBER 2011


Welcome to LaserCola’s Cosplay Hottie of the Month! Each month, we sit down and interview a gorgeous geek girl who enjoys hand-crafting sexy and awesome costumes from the world of comics, sci-fi, fantasy, video games, anime, and more! Our November Cosplay hottie is Joey, a gorgeous, blue-eyed,  flame-haired doll from the Garden State who loves to cosplay as her favorite female superheroes. We caught up with the bubbly red-head after her appearance as Domino, and as a booth babe for geek apparel shop Logan’s Closet (we’ll let you guess what character they specialize in), at the New York Comic-Con.

 

Name/Alias: Joey; “Jersey Ruskicho”

Age: 23

Location: New Jersey

Eyes: Blue

Hair: Red

 

LC: Thanks for talking to us, Joey! What attracted you to Cosplaying, and what was the first costume you created?

J: I always loved Halloween because it gave me the chance to be someone else for a night. As a kid I drooled over the Catwoman costume from Batman Returns but was not allowed to glue latex together at the wee age of six. Parents, right? They never understand creative passion! I worked at a haunted event through my teenage years and put a lot of work into putting together cool costumes in which I froze half to death outdoors. It was seeing Neon Genesis Evangelion that really made me want to attend a con, though. I became just a bit obsessed with Asuka and her plugsuit and thought, “what the heck, how hard could it be?” Well, the answer turned out to be: extremely hard. Too hard for a beginner, and it showed in the costume. I think it all worked out in the end, though, because it got me hooked on cosplay!

LC: So, that New York Comic-Con was insanely crowded, wasn’t it? It was extremely difficult to get around. You were rocking a pretty sweet Domino cosplay there, how was your experience at NYCC and how many times did you get stopped for photo requests? 

New York Comic Con was insane. It was packed, which was simultaneously fun and frustrating. This was definitely the biggest convention I’d ever been to, and so the experience was a little different from what I’m used to. There were so many cosplayers that I couldn’t talk to or take pictures of everyone I wanted to meet. And when people asked me for a picture, stopping immediately resulted in a traffic jam. It was great when I met Domino fans because they had such a big reaction to the costume! I guess Domino is not cosplayed as much as other characters , so they were excited to see one. However, I also had a lot of people calling me, “Catwoman,” or “Black Widow,” or simply asking who I was supposed to be.  It’s hard to estimate how many times I was stopped for pictures– I would say every few minutes, and then generally had to stay put for a bit for photos. This convention marked the first time I got to work at a booth (Logan’s Closet), and so my dream of being a “booth babe,” came true at last!

LC: It seems like when it comes to female superhero cosplay, you tend to see the same things over and over again – Poison Ivy, Rogue, Harley Quinn, Zatanna, etc. Is it hard to find unique female characters to portray, and do you try to stay away from those common costumes?

J: In the end it’s all about cosplaying who you really want to be for a day. I agree, you do tend to see some of the same characters again and again. Usually those characters are popular for a reason– they have awesome costume designs or well-developed personalities, so I understand the desire to play them. Still, I try to avoid being one of many in a crowd. I love Jean Grey so I chose to do a lesser known version of the costume with the “First Class” suit.  Domino has been cosplayed comparatively less than other characters, and at the time I did Silk Spectre there weren’t many people who had done her movie costume yet.  It’s nice to be the only one wearing a certain cosplay at a convention. However, if you really love a character, and dream of being them before you die, then DO IT! Rock that costume your own way, make it special and unique to your tastes. After all, this is a hobby, and hobbies should make us happy. I knew I wouldn’t be content if I didn’t walk around as Asuka before I died, so it didn’t matter that the cosplay is so popular. Still, it’s difficult to find characters that appeal to me on multiple levels and aren’t cosplayed often, so I try to embrace those characters if I find them. And if I see another version of my character at the con, I tend to run over and demand pictures and hugs.

LC: Who is your personal favorite superheroine and why? Any plans to cosplay as that character?

J: This is a tough one! I like elements of different characters, but I can’t pick a favorite superhero overall. I tend to gravitate towards characters that have something “wrong,” with them. I love when Jean struggles with the overwhelming Phoenix Force, I never tire of watching Asuka battle her inner demons and mass-produced Evas, Rogue is at her best when sorting through the powers and thoughts of those she absorbed. I guess it’s the psych major in me!

LC: Do you consider yourself a true “Geek”? What are some of your favorite Geek movies, comics, TV shows, etc.?

J: I very much do think of myself as a huge, giggling dork. I grew up loving Batman and Anime, and spent many of my formative years role-playing in AOL chatrooms. Oh yeah, I was a cool kid! My favorite television shows include The X-Files, Doctor Who,  X Men: Evolution, Xena, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Rurouni Kenshin and FLCL. I love sci-fi and horror movies like Code 46, Shaun of the Dead,  Repo!, and almost any Asian horror movie. My favorite comics include the Astonishing X-Men, Thunderbolts and Watchmen. My book genre of choice is science fiction; I love Neuromancer and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? A lot of my dorkiness is also in how I act, I have a silly sense of humor and make weird-looking faces all the time. I just hope that cameras aren’t around to catch those faces! I always felt just a bit different around a large group of “non-nerds,” but I’ve found that everyone has a little bit of dorkiness in them somewhere. I try to fish around until I find what it is that sends them into a nerdgasm.

LC: How long does it usually take to create one of your costumes, from the planning stages to completion? Do you do all your own sewing and crafting?

J: From planning to final version, my costumes take me months. Much of this time is spent procrastinating! I make most of my own costumes except for certain pieces like shoes and other items I can find easily and don’t have to sew myself (ex: Domino’s holsters, Jill Valentine’s shirt, pants, and hat). I call it “semi-homemade cosplay,” in these cases. I’m not the best sewer around so tend to make a lot of mistakes and just have to start over or keep trying.  I’ve been working on my second plugsuit on and off for a year now, and it’s nowhere near done. I tend to get overwhelmed the week before the con and sit up late every night, near tears,

LC: Name something that you’d like to see more of in the cosplay community, and one thing you’d like to see less of.

J: For the most part, the cosplay community is wonderful. I’ve met some extraordinarily nice and cool people at conventions. I’ve found so many helpful, kind, complimentary, talented friends through this hobby. There are cosplayers who would bend over backwards to help me with a costume and applaud my photos when in fact THEY are awesome, themselves.  However, there is a darker side to the hobby, and that’s the negativity I’ve seen online. Remember that putting someone down is easy but making a costume is hard. Nobody is perfect, few people have limitless money, skill, or experience, and we’re not professional models. We’re all geeks who have come together to celebrate our formerly underground interests. We don’t always fit in at work, at school, or at parties, so let’s try to be accepting of each other.  I understand that it’s part of human nature to talk about one another– be it friends, celebrities or cosplayers, and that no amount of standing on a soap box will change that. However, I would ask people to stop and think before they say something about someone online. Would you like the same judgments being passed about you? It’s more important to be a good person than a good cosplayer!

LC: Have you ever come across another cosplayer at an event wearing the same costume and thought to yourself, “Pfft! Mine is so much better!”

J: You know, I would probably think the opposite. I’m really hard on myself and my own worst critic. If I see a good Domino or Asuka I’ll think about how awesome they are and how I should have given up in the first place! But then they’re usually very sweet and I realize that there’s room for all of us to look great together. I find big egos to be repellent and don’t think I could ever have one. I won’t lie; I might look at a cosplayer and think, “you know, I prefer the way I made my belt to hers,” but on the other hand I’ll love some element of their costume better than mine. Generally I care more about how nice they are and how well they treat other cosplayers and con-goers than the specific details of their costume construction.

LC: Do you think some female cosplayers go out of their way to find the skimpiest, sexiest female characters for their cosplays in an effort to get more attention? Do you personally take into account how revealing a costume is before you decide to take on that cosplay?

J: There are a lot of reasons why someone chooses a costume. Maybe they’ve been asked to, maybe they’ve always loved the design, maybe they have the same personality as the character, or maybe they think it will bring them attention. I know I don’t go to conventions hoping that nobody notices me, so I can’t judge someone who wears a revealing costume for wanting that same attention. If you’ve got it, if you’ve worked hard for it, then by all means make the world a little more sexy by flaunting it! You’ll have a fan in me.  The “skimpiness” of a costume is something I consider while making cosplay decisions because I want to feel comfortable at the convention. I don’t mind showing some skin and I love catsuits, but I wouldn’t be comfortable in a bikini or showing underboob, etc. Maybe in the future I’ll do a lot of sit-ups and play my dream character with a revealing costume: Callisto from Xena! But until then, I admire girls (and guys!) who are proud of their bodies and fully support their right to show them off! I want people to enjoy their hobby their way.

LC: Do you have any funny or interesting stories about run-ins with photographers, un-wanted attention from con-goers, or disastrous wardrobe malfunctions?

J: Pretty much my entire first convention was a disastrous wardrobe malfunction! I was working to the last minute trying to complete the catsuit, and made the very newbie mistake of not trying the costume on for fit at every step of the way — or at least, measuring. So I got to the convention and put the torso part of the catsuit over the legs, only to find that the legs weren’t long enough to reach the torso! D’oh! I was devastated and didn’t want to go at all, but I ultimately decided that it wasn’t worth all the work and money to hide in a hotel room, upset. I showed off my costume in its terrible state and got a surprisingly kind and positive response! It’s reassuring to know that people are willing to overlook flaws when they see that you’ve tried your best. One of my favorite experiences at a con was when I was walking around with my friend Dan, who was dressed as Wolverine. We spotted an adorable baby Wolverine on the escalator and asked for a picture with him. Our picture resulted in a line of families and children who wanted their picture taken with Wolverine and Jean Grey. We spent half an hour at our impromptu “photo booth,” and I hugged more kids than a Disney Princess. It was touching, sweet, and so fun!

LC: Lastly, What do you have in mind for future con visits and cosplays?

J: My next costume will be Rogue, the classic yellow and green version. I’m wearing it to promote and model Logan’s Closet’s new Rogue jacket, so I’m very excited about that! My other plans include possibly a Batgirl costume (Steph Brown?) for a big Batman group and– of course– working on that tricky plugsuit. I have an ambitious convention schedule this year, including Megacon, WW Philly and Baltimore Comic Con. But that may be a bit too ambitious, so we’ll see how it shakes out.

Thanks Joey! If you want to see more of this fiery cutie, check  out her Facebook Page, and her DeviantArt page.

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COSPLAY HOTTIE OF THE MONTH – OCTOBER 2011

Welcome to Cosplay Hottie of the Month – LaserCola’s monthly showcase of beautiful and sexy female cosplayers! This month we talked to the lovely and talented Cassandra, who goes by the alias “Breathlessaire Cosplay.” Cassandra is an award-winning cosplayer from our nation’s capital with hypnotic eyes and gorgeous hand-crafted costumes.

 

October 2011 

Name: Cassandra

Age: 21

Location: Washington, DC Area

Hair: Naturally blonde

Eyes: Brown

 

LC: So, thanks for sitting down with us. Tell us how long you’ve been cosplaying and what got you into it?

BA: I’ve been cosplaying since mid-2006 and I really got into this hobby thanks to my friends at the time. Before I started cosplaying I had always been interested in anime and manga, so when I was in high school a few of my friends took to me to Otakon. I didn’t cosplay at the time, so I just enjoyed it as a con rather than anything else, and it was amazing! I saw so many people running around Baltimore Inner Harbour dressed up as my favorite anime characters and many other crazy colored characters I had never seen before, so of course I wanted to do it too. So the following year I dressed up at Haruno Sakura from Naruto Shippuden and Sloth from Full Metal Alchemist, my very first cosplays.

LC: Are you a cosplayer who crafts and sews all of your costumes, or do you piece together your outfits with store or Internet-purchased items?

BA: Almost all of my costumes and props are hand-made, but there are times that buying accessories online is necessary. An example is buying a plush, or toy to act as an additional prop.

LC: Following up on that question, is there a divide in the cosplay community when it comes to that? Do cosplayers who hand-make all of their costumes “look down” upon cosplayers that don’t, or is it a tight-knit fan community regardless?

BA: There is definitely a divide in the cosplay world between those who make their own costumes and those who wear pre-made costumes. I don’t believe it can be really called ‘looking down’ or not, but I know when I make my own costume and wear it to a convention I feel a lot of pride in wearing it and being recognized for my skills or whatnot. So for someone who is new to cosplay and it’s their first time making and wearing their own costume they feel a lot of pride and excitement in wearing the costume to a convention and being recognized for the costume itself, or the character they are portraying. But then you have someone roll up in a pre-made costume getting the same amount of attention and it can sometimes hurt that someone else is getting attention for something they didn’t put any effort into. But once again every person is different so this is only my point of view.

LC: How competitive has the cosplay world become? Have you ever won any awards for your costumes?

BA: I’ve been competing in the cosplay masquerades and craftsmanship competitions since 2007 and I will definitely say the cosplay community is very competitive and sometimes very cutthroat. It all depends on the competition and what the prize is – the bigger the prize, the bigger guns people will bring out. I’ve been in competitions ranging from hallway craftsmanship awards where you win a plastic trophy, to competitions where you compete for a prize to Japan, and I have won a lot as well as lost a lot of these competitions.

LC: What are some of your favorite films, comic books, TV shows, video games, etc.? Where do you draw your inspiration for cosplay ideas?

BA: My favorite movie is Interview with the Vampire, but overall I watch a bunch of horror and fantasy movies since they tend to pull at my imagination more. I of course watch a lot of anime and read a lot of manga, ranging from frilly frilly frou frou magic girl to bloody vampires and zombies… such fun! As for TV I’ve recently been re-watching Dead Like Me and The Tudors, nothing new though. I can admit that the only video games that I’ve played and beaten are Pokemon, Katamari Damacy, and all of the Fatal Frame games.

I draw all my cosplay ideas from just the idea of wanting to dress up as my favorite characters and usually I lean towards the more majestic looking outfits, but that is obviously the case sometimes.

LC: What’s the most challenging cosplay you have attempted?

BA: The most challenging outfit I have ever attempted was Hikaru from Magic Knights Rayearth because it was the first time I had ever made armor. That was a major learning experience, but thankfully my brother is also a very crafty person so he was able to help me figure the construction out.

LC: Naturally, being a cosplayer and attending cons, you attract lots of attention from fans and photographers. Do you have any stories or instances where a photographer caught you at a bad time or some out–of-the-ordinary interactions with con-goers?

BA: I’ve never really had any trouble with photographers at conventions since they are almost always nice enough to ask before snapping a photo out of common courtesy. As for any particular stories I can’t think of any defined ones, usually just people coming up to me for hugs or asking me advice on something or just plain curiosity. As well as the insane ‘OMG You’re Blah Blah Blah!!! That’s AWESOME!!!’ Can my daughter have a picture with you?”

LC: Have you ever experienced pieces of your costume falling apart, tights running, weapons or accessories breaking, etc.? Have you ever worn a costume that was physically painful to wear or walk around in?

BA: I’ve definitely had pieces of my costumes rip or loosen as I’ve worn them around, but I’m lucky that I never had a complete costume malfunction. Though I will admit it’s very frustrating and there have been times I get so frustrated with a tiny little thing going wrong that I go and change even if I’ve only been in an outfit for 20 minutes. As for painful costumes, my shoes for Magic Knight Rayearth left blisters all over my feet for a while after I wore them the first time and I’ve lost a lot of breath wearing some of my corsets, but nothing major.

LC: We like to ask this every week: What are your thoughts on “poseur” geek women – women that perhaps cosplay only because they want to attract attention to themselves, or because a romantic partner asked them to? How do you feel about actresses or musicians who claim an interest in comics or things like Star Wars just to appeal to a demographic?

BA: I don’t agree with it and I think it’s wrong to cosplay as someone else’s favorite character or wearing less than one normally should just to attract another’s attention, but to each their own and they’ll find out in time that it was pointless and childish to do so. As for actors and musicians that say they like Star Wars or Star Trek or whatever, they most likely do, but only the movies and I highly doubt any of them have read the books, watched the original episodes, or know anything outside the movie, but who am I to judge? I don’t know them personally and will never get the chance to ask them.

LC: Lastly, what future cosplay plans to you have, and what cons can we expect to see you at?

BA: My next and last convention this year is AnimeUSA where I think I’m wearing another version of Suu from CLOVER, Cure Marine from Heartcatch, Angel Panty from Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, and maybe one or two small fun surprise outfits! ^^

For more information and photos, be sure to visit Breathlessaire’s Facebook Page.

COSPLAY HOTTIE OF THE MONTH – SEPTEMBER 2011

She's not bad, she's just drawn that way...

Welcome to LaserCola’s Cosplay Hottie of the Month! Each month, we sit down and interview a gorgeous geek girl who enjoys hand-crafting sexy and awesome costumes from the world of comics, sci-fi, fantasy, video games, anime, and more! Our September Cosplay hottie is the smokin’  AkaneSaotome, one of the most talented and prolific cosplayers on the Eastern Seaboard. She’s also one of the most recognizable, as her elaborate homemade costumes and colorful wigs have wowed photographers at conventions nationwide. AkaneSaotome even helps other cosplayers look their best with her own online cosplay wig and accessory business, BlackMoon Cosplay.

 

September 2011

Name: AkaneSaotome (aka Emily)

Age: Unknown

Eyes: Brown

Hair: Black

Location: Western Massachusetts

 

LC: Thanks for the interview! So, you’ve cosplayed dozens of characters, do you have a favorite or a character that you consider to be your “signature?”

AS: My favorite characters to cosplay is anything Sailor Moon related since it’s what started me on anime and cosplay. But a lot of people remember me from wearing my plugsuit version of Asuka Langley. People approach me and ask if I’m AkaneSaotome from cosplay.com. It’s a bit weird to be recognized in such a large community.


LC: A large percentage of your costumes seem to come from the world of Anime, is that your preferred genre? Why do obscure Japanese manga/anime characters seem to dominate the cosplaying landscape?

AS: I wouldn’t say it’s my preferred but rather it just ended up that way. I watch more anime than I do Sci-Fi and Fantasy. I think it’s the fact that I like to create costumes from sketches too see what it’d be like in real life, rather than copying something that was already made with the fabrics and pre-made patterns. When most people hear the term cosplay they automatically think of costumes from Japanese animation,  but really it depends on the environment. I mean if you go to an anime convention, there will be more anime cosplays. Same goes for Sci-fi or comic book conventions. The number of anime conventions just seem to outweigh other genres.

LC: We’re huge Venture Brothers fans here at LaserCola. Tell us a bit about your Dr. Mrs. The Monarch costume, and what went into the design. 

AS: I love the Venture Brothers. I was drawn to the design of Dr. Mrs. the Monarch when it was first revealed. The V in the front was the most interesting. I wanted to be accurate with the plunge, so there’s actually a piece of fishing line across my chest holding my “dirty pillows” in. All in all I’m pretty happy with how it came out, especially seeing as how I had to make the gloves and boots myself too. I plan to still remake it someday, though. Recently I made a Queen Etheria cosplay too, but that won’t debut until later in the year.

LC: What are some of your favorite geek movies, comic books, TV shows, video games, etc.?

AS: Well I love all the Harry Potter books and movies, and the Pirates of the Caribbean Movies. But I’m in love with the movie Galaxy Quest, I must have watched it over 50 times. Strange I haven’t cosplayed from it yet. For TV, I watch cartoons, like Chowder, and Spongebob because they make me smile, but I also watch things like NCIS and Warehouse 13. When it comes to games, I’m definitely more of a hand-held gamer. I love Kingdom Hearts, and really any RPG along with puzzle games and fighting games.

LC: Obviously, part of the cosplay hobby is having your photo taken constantly. Have you ever run into a rude photographer or just had someone try to photograph you at an inconvenient moment? 

AS: I’ve never had a rude photographer, but I have had some creepy ones. There’s actually a lot more out there than you think (laughs). But as for inconvenient, it never fails. Every time I sit down, try to eat, or take off a piece of my costume, someone just has to ask for a picture. And what makes it worse is they normally don’t wait for you to pose or get ready before snapping it. There’s probably a lot of candid pictures out there of me.

LC: What is the most challenging cosplay you have ever attempted?

AS: I really pushed my skills with my Margaret Moonlight cosplay from No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle. I drafted over 90% of the patterns which made for a lot of trial and error. Also, Cage Skirt was my own design using boning and copper wire with a bias tape cover that was handmade out of suede. On top of that, everything is lined and serged, and the make-up was all done in airbrush and regular make-up. The boots were the most killer part; they make me weak in the ankles so I have to wear braces. I can’t wear it for more than a couple hours, max. The props were made by my friend Lionel. It actually received the “Best of Weekend” award recently at AnimeNext 2011 for craftsmanship.

LC: You’ve got a small Internet business selling custom-made wigs for cosplayers, tell us about that, and how it’s going for you.

AS: My business is named BlackMoon Cosplay, (yes it’s one word). I do wig commissions as you mentioned before, but I also can do -depending on the difficulty – small accessories. I also sell some pre-made merchandise on my site, too. Business has been booming, its tripled in the last year. Which is strange in this day because new cosplayers just want cheap cosplays from eBay, cosplaymagic, etc. But as the saying goes, you get what you pay for, especially in wig commissions. I’ve had customers coming to me in a frenzy in need of a quick commission just because they went with another cheaper commissioner, but hated the end result.

LC: Have you ever experienced any catastrophes or “wardrobe malfunctions” while cosplaying? Broken props, ripped tights, busted zippers, etc.? Any funny stories? 

AS: The most recent issue I had was with my Juri cosplay. The spike bracelets that I painted became all sticky and the paint decided to rub off on everything. It was all over my gloves, pants, and even my stomach. I wanted to cry at the time. I had to remake the pieces before wearing it again. I also solved the problem with the spikes, thankfully. I’ve never had a “wardrobe malfunction,” though many of my other friends have. I have spilled food on myself plenty of times, so I make sure I change before going to eat now. As for funny stories, I can’t think of one. I’ve been going to cons for almost 10 years, and every one of them have their own stories.

LC: We like to ask this every month…what’s your opinion of “Poseur” Geek girls? Individuals who cosplay perhaps only because their boyfriends are into it, or actresses that go on talk shows and try to attract the nerd market by falsifying some interest in Star Wars or comic books, etc.? 

AS: Honestly, I don’t really have an opinion on it. It doesn’t bother me personally so I just ignore it. For the most part geek girls can tell their own kind just by talking to them, or by actions. I’ll admit, I’ve done cosplays just because my boyfriend liked them,  but I refuse to do it if I don’t like the character or outfit myself.

LC: Lastly, What do you have in mind for future con visits and cosplays?

Well, you can expect to see me at AnimeUSA later this year and then at Katsucon starting of my con season for next year. Plus many others throughout the year. Cosplays include many Sailor Moon related ones, of course. Also favorites from Super Street Fighter, Fushigi Yuugi, Neon Genisis Evangelion, Venture Bros, and more. You can follow me on my cosplay facebook if you wanted to keep up with my shenanigans.

Thanks AkaneSaotome!

For more of AkaneSaotome’s absolutely stunning cosplay photography, be sure to check out her out at the following links:

AkaneSaotome’s Facebook Page

AkaneSaotome at Cosplay.com

AkaneSaotome at DeviantArt

BlackMoon Cosplay

COSPLAY HOTTIE OF THE MONTH – AUGUST 2011

Welcome to LaserCola’s newest feature, Cosplay Hottie of the Month! Each month, we’ll sit down and interview a gorgeous geek girl who enjoys hand-crafting sexy and awesome costumes from the world of comics, sci-fi, fantasy, video games, anime, and more! Our first Cosplay hottie is the absolutely stunning Nicole Jean, who we discovered cosplaying Baby Doll from Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch at the recent ConnectiCon in Hartford, CT. Nicole is a beautiful young lady with enormous brown eyes that will melt your icy Hoth-like nerd heart, and is a true geek girl through and through!

August 2011

Name: Nicole Jean

Age: 25

Eyes: Brown

Hair: Blonde

Location: Derry, New Hampshire

LC:  Thanks for sitting down with us, Nicole. How long have you been cosplaying and what (or who) drew you into it?
NJ: My first cosplaying experience was at Granite State Comic Con in Manchester, New Hampshire in May of this year. I had gone the previous year and had met several cosplayers and became completely enthralled by them. I was taken back by their talent and craftsmanship and I felt like my favorite characters had come to life and were standing there in front of me. The cosplayers I had met inspired me to create my own costume this year.

LC: What was the first costume you created?

NJ: I created my first cosplay, Baby Doll from Sucker Punch, a week or so before attending Granite Con and debuted it there.

LC:  How did you decide on Baby Doll for a cosplay? How did you make the costume? How much of the costume was hand-crafted, and how much was purchased?

NJ: I saw the movie Sucker Punch in March of this year and became intrigued by the character Baby Doll. She’s a strong, young woman who finds herself battling one hardship and tragedy after another but never gives up on her hopes. Since I had given myself such little time to create the cosplay, I found myself raiding store after store looking for items to complete the costume. The most interesting piece was the top that happened to be a tiny Baby Gap denim jacket purchased at Good Will. I modified it to take on the look of Baby Doll’s top in the movie and also did the same for the other pieces of the costume. Since that convention the outfit has been redone two other times. The cosplay is now in its final stages and thanks to a good friend, Pat, and friends of his, my cosplay costume and props have been created to look as exact replica as they can be.

LC:  Do you consider yourself a true “Geek Girl”? If so, what are your favorite Movies, Comics, Video Games, TV shows, etc.?

NJ:I have been a geek since the day I was born. I never really fit in with other girls as I wasn’t the typical Barbie doll loving kind of girl. Sure, I liked some things considered “girly”, like My Little Ponies, but only when they were carrying my action figures into battle. When it comes to movies I can easily and proudly say that I am obsessed with the original Star Wars trilogy. I had more Star Wars toys than I knew what to do with and I currently own several Star Wars shirts and carry my lunch in a metal Star Wars lunchbox. I can also do a mean TIE fighter imitation. I have always been a gamer girl, starting with Atari and Nintendo. If I had to choose some of my favorite games I would have to say World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy VII and X, A Link to the Past, Duke Nukem 64, Super Smash Brothers and Halo 2. There isn’t a video game I won’t play.

LC: What’s your opinion on “Poseur” Geek Girls – women that cosplay just because their boyfriends asked them to, or actresses that try to gain “Geek Cred” by going on talk shows and saying they are into Star Wars or comics, etc.? 

NJ: It’s easy to point out the girls that aren’t really what one would consider a geek. It has nothing to do with appearance, but the lack of knowledge of the geek world. You can tell within five minutes of a conversation. It’s too bad that there are female cosplayers that are only doing it to please their boyfriends. I started cosplaying and continue to cosplay without a boyfriend to influence any of it. I started this as my own passion and my own interest.

LC: How do you deal with “unwanted” attention at Cons when you’re cosplaying as Baby Doll or another “sexy” character from sketchy dudes? Is it a problem for you? 

NJ: I have come across unwanted attention, but I actually find it to be more mild than, say, heading out to a club on Saturday night. I have found people to be rather respectful at conventions. A lot of guys do ask for pictures, but it’s never anything perverse.

LC: When you cosplay, do you ever feel like you are that particular character? Do you act like them or pose dramatically as they would? 

NJ: I have an outgoing, bubbly personality which is almost impossible for me to hide so, in that sense, I am never fully in character. However, when I pose for pictures I take on the role of Baby Doll. People have made comments as to why I don’t necessarily smile and I have to explain to them that someone who had a terrible childhood, experienced the deaths of loved ones, has been thrown into a mental hospital, and is only days away from getting a lobotomy doesn’t have much to smile about.

LC: Do your friends and family ever give you crap about the hobby?

NJ: Surprisingly, people are very intrigued and curious about this hobby. I thought that perhaps my co-workers or family would pass some sort of judgment, but everyone I know instead asks for stories and pictures after each convention.


LC: Lastly, what cosplay plans do you have in the future?

NJ: I plan on going to as many conventions as I can afford or get time off for. Each convention is an amazing experience and cosplaying has become some what of an addiction or thrill. My next cosplay I am working on is an Emma Frost cosplay. I have seen this cosplay done many times before and they often look simply like a blond in lingerie. I’ve decided to do a creative twist on it and incorporate Emma Frost’s diamond form, so stay tuned for that next cosplay!

Nicole loves to hear from people who admire her cosplay skills and welcomes new friends to her Facebook Page.

Check out more killer pics of Nicole HERE.

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