Meet Caroline Cosplay, a new cosplayer who started this year!
What is it that drew you to Cosplay in the first place, and why is it you still do it?
I was a big fan of cosplayers like Vampy Bit Me and YaYa Han and always thought it would be so much fun to be able to dress up like my favorite character and pretend to be them for a day. I went to my first comic book convention, Las Vegas Comic Expo 2012, and attended a panel run by Riddle’s Messy Wardrobe where she discussed the ins and outs of cosplaying and answered various questions from aspiring cosplayers. I got to speak with her one on one after the panel and told her that I have always wanted to try cosplaying, but I have never sewn a day in my life (at least not successfully, lol) and I was nervous about putting myself out there for people to judge. She recommended that I check out the many tutorials on youtube on how to sew and just go for it. She said the most important thing to remember is to just have fun and not care what anyone thinks. That encouraged me to give it a shot at the next convention, which was the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con 2013.
Instead of sewing my first costume, I ended up buying my first costume from Costantine in Tokyo (another very talented and well known cosplayer). I figured that if I already had one costume ready for the next convention, then I could take my time with my second one instead of rushing, messing it up, and feeling disappointed that I can’t join in the fun at the next convention. It was a good thing I did that because I ended up being three days away from finishing my costume before messing up my pattern and not having it done on time to have a second costume to wear on the second day of the convention, but at least I still had the Psylocke costume I bought.
What is your favorite cosplay that you have done?
Psylocke from X-Men and Uncanny X-Force is the only one I have done so far. She is by far my favorite character, so I have a feeling she will always be my favorite cosplay. I do plan on cosplaying as different characters that I love from various comics and games, but I know that I will always end up doing Psylocke at least once at every convention I go to. She has several different uniforms that I plan on attempting to make.
What cosplays do you have in the works or are starting next?
I decided to start over on my second costume that I messed up on back in June and will hopefully have that read by September for the next Las Vegas Comic Expo. That costume is Psylocke’s newest costume that just made its debut this year in Marvel Now’s Uncanny X-Force.
What draws you to create a specific cosplay, the character the design, something else?
It’s like when I was a kid and I would read a book or watch a movie and think about how cool it would be to be that character or have their powers, their job, etc. and right after watching that movie or reading that book, I’d run around my neighborhood pretending to be that character. I am not a kid anymore, although I do still feel like one, but I still love reading comic books and I tend to follow favorite characters. I am mostly drawn to strong female characters and, just like when I was a kid, I have the urge to want to dress as that character and pretend to be them. My neighbors would probably call the cops on me if they saw me doing that at my age, but at least the conventions give me a weekend or so to live out my fantasy and be around other fans and make me seem normal for once.
What is the biggest challenge of any cosplay project?
Since I am new to cosplaying, pretty much everything is a challenge to me right now. My biggest challenge is sewing. I have never used a sewing machine a day in my life prior to this year. I had to hand sew some buttons onto my blouse in boot camp 11 years ago, but that ended up looking awful. My husband has never using a sewing machine a day in his life either, but he is helping me and we are learning together.
To check out more:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/CarolineCosplay
Twitter – @CarolineRBird