It's no secret that I am a GEEK, Cosplay Junkie and Fanboy. I'm a #ProfessionalGeek! So when at Steel City Con this December when I met two very awesome ladies cosplaying as Cobra Vipers , I was truly intrigued! I mean come on, they're cosplaying COBRA VIPERS for pete's sake! 80 LEVELS OF EPIC!!!! Yes, I'm a G.I. Joe fan. Could you tell?
I knew I had to get an interview with them! Friendly and filled with my type of dry humor the story goes like this. I have a booth as always, and am enjoying the weekend of Geek Church that is Steel City Con. I have to leave my booth for a moment to stretch my legs, and return to find my good friend and fellow author J. P. Bidula giggling and chuckling. "What?" I ask.
"Dude, while you were gone, there were two Cosplayers dressed as Cobra Vipers from G.I. Joe that stopped by. I had them take this pic..."
Needless to say I was ticked. Full knowing how big a #JoeJunkie I am, he had them take the pic to poke fun at me. I mean come on, they're Cosplaying Cobra VIPERS!!!!!!!! I have been trying forever to find the ability to do a Joe/Cobra cosplay!!!
An hour or so later, I need to get up again. The ladies come back, and of course...I'M NOT THERE! DAMMIT!!!!!! They left me a little message though.
Eventually, I manage to catch up with them and am able to score an interview with each. Please enjoy!
IMP- What/how did you get into cosplay?
MM- A friend took me to a Renaissance Festival and I had such a great time I asked her if we could dress up and go again. She agreed but told me I had to help make the costumes. Then we started doing small cons in the area and seeing the costumes that people wore only made me want to have awesome costumes just like them.
IMP- How long have you been doing cosplay?
MM- About 9 years now.
IMP- What are some of the biggest challenges when it comes to cosplay?
MM- There are so many. Sometimes it's just deciding what costume to make, other times it trying to figure out how to make a specific piece that is in a new medium you have never done before. I know personally the biggest challenge for me is getting out of my own head. I feel like a lot of the time I am not pretty or skinny enough for certain characters and it takes me a while to talk myself out of that mindset. It's about having fun and accomplishing things you thought you couldn't.
IMP- What is your favorite cosplay?
MM- I have a couple and for very different reasons. I love my Goblin Knight (Labyrinth) it is just so much fun to run around in. It brings a smile to those who recognize it, and bringing joy to people is one of the best feelings. My Bene Gesserit (Dune) is another favorite, mostly because it is pretty unique, not many people recognize me and I have only ever seen it done one other time.
I also love my Silent Hill nurse, and my Blink Angel, scaring people is a blast.
Getting big reactions out of people is probably why I love these costumes so much.
IMP- Tell me about the charity work.
MM- I have only been involved in a few things over the years. One was an event with Operation Homefront for kids. Dressed up and hung out with the kids for the day. And the Girls of the Finest has been doing a charity Calendar for the last two years. Last year we raised money for Wounded Warrior, and this year we raised money for the USO.
Don't have a website for the calendar but our Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/girlsofthefinest/
And. The Finest is
IMP- How many cons do you do a year?
MM- It varies from year to year. I'm at 7 this year but will probably have 8 next year.
IMP- What is your favorite con so far?
MM- Definitely Dragon Con. It's huge and overwhelming, and exhausting. But it is also the one place I feel most at home, where I get to see my Con family from all over the world every year, and where I get even more inspiration to make bigger more awesome costumes.
IMP- Do you do other events beside cons? If so, what are they?
MM- I work at a movie theater and try to set up costume events at work whenever I can. We did a cosplay event for Avengers Age of Ultron, and have another big event set for Star Wars. I have also attended Comic shop events in costume, and of course I attend all Renaissance Festivals in costume.
IMP- What advice would you give to someone just starting to cosplay?
MM- Do it with a friend, it is always more fun when you have someone to enjoy the time with. It can also be helpful when trying to figure out new costumes. Having a second set of eyes can make the difference of making it easy and giving up. Also don't let anyone tell you what you can and can't cosplay as, especially yourself.
IMP- what other aspects of geekdom do you enjoy?
MM- I read a lot of Sci-Fi and fantasy books. I also play a few PC and console games. And I am a complete movie and tv fanatic. Where else am I gonna find all the costume ideas?
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