Location: Mesquite, NV, USA
SMC: Why did you start cosplaying?
Caroline Cosplay: I was inspired to start cosplaying when I would see amazing pictures of other cosplayers and it just looked like so much fun and a great way for me to share my love for comics, games, etc. with other fans and show my appreciation to the creators.
SMC: What was the first convention where you cosplayed?
Caroline Cosplay: The first convention I cosplayed at was at Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con in 2013.
SMC: What has been your most memorable convention moment so far?
Caroline Cosplay: Oh wow, there have been too many fangirl moments for me to choose only one. My list of most memorable so far are: meeting Stan Lee, meeting Jim Lee, having a little girl tell me I was her favorite action figure to play with (I was dressed as Psylocke), having dinner with Keu Cha and getting to pick his brain for a couple of hours, and most recently meeting Vampy Bit Me and her telling me that we should do a cosplay together. Vampy is a big inspiration for me, so of course I couldn’t stop talking about our encounter for weeks (or peel the smile off of my face).
SMC: What is your favorite thing about cosplaying at a convention?
Caroline Cosplay: My favorite thing about cosplaying at conventions is getting to be around other fans. I’m normally a shy person, but somehow being in costume makes it easier for me to strike up a conversation with other fans and make new friends.
SMC: Related to conventions, where can fans expect to see you next? (Schedule?)
Caroline Cosplay: My next convention is going to be Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con in June. If they plan on having the Las Vegas Comic Expo again this year, I will be attending that too, which is usually in September. If they don’t have the expo this year, I am going to try to make it to either the Long Beach Comic Con or Stan Lee’s Camikaze.
SMC: What cosplayers inspire you?
Caroline Cosplay: I am inspired by every cosplayer that I meet, but the ones that I feel motivated by the most are Vampy Bit Me, Ivy Doomkitty, Yaya Han, Riddle, and LeeAnna Vamp.
SMC: Which is your favorite Cosplay you’ve created?
Caroline Cosplay: My favorite cosplay I have created is my Psylocke costume designed by Kris Anka. It is the first one I ever created along with my husband.
SMC: What cosplay are you best known for?
Caroline Cosplay: Every costume I have worn so far is of Psylocke, so I guess I’m known best for Psylocke, LOL. I have two different costumes of hers and am close to completing a third costume of hers. She is definitely an obsession of mine.
SMC: If money was no object what would be your dream cosplay creation?
Caroline Cosplay: My dream cosplay right now would be to make the Lady Mandarin costume that Psylocke wore for a short bit after her body transformation. I could probably make a decent version of it with some really cheap material, but if money was no object, I would want to go all out and get the best material I could find to make it look as accurate as possible.
SMC: Do you have any new cosplays currently in the works?
Caroline Cosplay: I am halfway done with Psylocke’s classic blue Jim Lee designed costume. I have also been working on Lady Sif‘s battle costume from the Thor movies, but that is taking a while since I am making the chain mail top from scratch and I have also never made armor before, so that will be an interesting experience.
SMC: What is something your fans may not know about you? Other hobbies?
Caroline Cosplay: I’m pretty much an open book, so I can’t really think of anything my fans might not know about me already. I am a Marine Corps Veteran, a wife and a mother of two young daughters who have also expressed interest in cosplaying at conventions. My husband is an artist, so we get to collaborate a lot on my cosplays. He helps me with my costumes as well as does the graphics for my pictures.
SMC: What part of “geekdom” is you favorite avenue of entertainment (i.e. comics,movies, video games, anime, etc?).
Caroline Cosplay: Comic books and movies are equally my favorite avenues of entertainment. I’m a casual gamer and I have been testing the waters of anime lately as well.
SMC: What Comic Books are you currently addicted to?
Caroline Cosplay: X-Men is my favorite right now. I also like reading X-Force, Uncanny X-Men, and Deadpool (and the list goes on and on). Most of my collection are Marvel comics, but I do throw in the occasional Aspen, DC, Top Cow, etc.
SMC: Any favorite TV shows, movies or cartoons?
Caroline Cosplay: I watch way too much TV. My current favorites are the Big Bang Theory, Arrow, Marvel’s Agents of Shield, Heroes of Cosplay, Face/Off, Ink Master, Tattoo Nightmares, America’s Worst Tattoos, The Vampire Diaries, and The Originals. I also love watching reruns of Ugly Betty, Burn Notice, and Psych on Netflix. I love all genres of movies, but of course the ones that get me most excited are the comic book adaptations. Hayao Miyazaki films are becoming a favorite in our household too. His movies are so beautiful.
SMC: What is your gaming system of choice?
Caroline Cosplay: When I want to be in the zone, I prefer the PS3. For my lazy days where I want to play something fun, but doesn’t involve too much concentration, I like playing the Wii.
SMC: What are you currently playing / upcoming video game releases?
Caroline Cosplay: Since I’m just a casual gamer, I’m still working my way through the latest Tomb Raider game as well as Deadpool. I get frustrated easily, so if I get upset with a game, I have to walk away for a while (sometimes months) or I might go all Hulk on my TV.
SMC: Any comments or words for the fans?
Caroline Cosplay: I love making new friends, so don’t be afraid to come up to me and chat for a while.
Photographer Credits: Philip Kokoczka. Graphic Artist: Ron Bird Art
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