SMC Interview: Peekaboo Cosplay

If you following us on Social Media you’ve seen more than one entry from Peekaboo Cosplay. This up and coming cosplayer was another one of our selected winners from our Social Media contest we recently held. You’ll be seeing more of her as part of our social media banners in the days to come. For now read about Peekaboos cosplaying adventures below

Location: Ottawa Ontario
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SMC: Why did you start cosplaying?
Peekaboo: I developed some chronic health issues in 2013 and needed a hobby to keep my hands busy in between a leave of absence from school. I had attended conventions in costume before, but I decided to take the opportunity to try my hand at a masquerade. Maleficent was very well received and I fell in love with the workmanship. Now I’m hooked.

SMC: What was the first convention you attended in cosplay?
Peekaboo: The first ever Ottawa Comic Con in 2012 I wore a store-bought Supergirl costume safety pinned to fit. I think the crowd was so excited just to have our own convention that I received the same attention that weekend as I do now in massive costumes.

SMC: What has been your most memorable convention moment?
Peekaboo: Winning a Best in Show award was pretty spectacular. I had only been competing in masquerades for a year, and didn’t expect it to happen so quickly. I worked on Glinda over several months, totaling 194 working hours. I hand stitched 70 meters of fabric, and eventually just kept a box of bandaids next to the dress to avoid bleeding on it. I keep the certificate framed in my crafting room.

SMC: What is your favorite thing about cosplaying at a convention?
Peekaboo: The crowd’s reaction is priceless. I like big costumes, and I’m always trying to make something different and a little surprising. No one truly gets to see the months of preparation that goes into my costumes, but the appreciation and support from other attendees is really heartwarming.

I also really love masquerades. It’s an opportunity to present my work in detail to a panel of much more talented and experienced judges, and play around on stage. The hours spent in the greenroom are a little anxiety-inducing, but lots of fun to hang out with the other entrants.

SMC: Where can fans expect to see you next? (2017/18 Schedule?)
Peekaboo: I will definitely be at Ottawa Comic Con, Montreal Comic Con, Fan Expo Canada, and Ottawa Geek Market this year. I’m hoping to fit Summer G-Anime and/or Otakuthon into my schedule in August.

I’m aiming to compete in or judge the costume contest or masquerade at every convention I attend this year. Two out of two so far!

SMC: What cosplayers inspire you?
Peekaboo: Yaya Han has always been a major inspiration for me. She’s able to put together costumes over a weekend that would take me months. I hope to one day reach that level of expertise.

I also love following the work of couture fashion and wedding designers. Rosie Red Corsetry, Fairytas, Posh Fairytale Couture, and Carla Wyzgala have been feeding all my costume dreams lately.

SMC: Which is your favorite cosplay you’ve created?
Peekaboo: The Fawn has a special place in my heart because it was my first original character. It gave me the freedom to tell a story with all the little details, and just play with whatever materials and styles I liked. I changed my mind on the design three times before settling on the corset/skirt combo.

SMC: What cosplay are you best known for?
Peekaboo: Interestingly, I’m recognized most often for an Ariel costume that I only ever wore for one day to Ottawa Pop Expo in 2014. It was a gown covered in hand-made glued-on scales that turned into a super uncomfortable shell-like tube. She was pretty, but a nightmare to wear.

SMC: If money was no object what would be your dream cosplay creation?
Peekaboo: A functional mech suit. In the mean time, I’ll be tackling another dream cosplay in the form of Pegasus next year. I’ve always wanted to make articulated white feather wings, and I’ll be able to combine them with the hoof and antler skills I developed with the Fawn.

SMC: Do you have any new cosplays currently in the works?
Peekaboo: I’m currently finishing a female version of Xerxes from 300, paired with Jessica Harkonnen as Queen Leonidas. Next will be an original mermaid, finishing up Glitterbomb Ivy, and an equally glittery Jessica Rabbit. I’m still collecting materials for an original design of Haku from Spirited Away, and will be working on an original witch doctor and Pegasus through the next year.

SMC: What are your cosplay strengths? (Tailoring, fabric painting, worbla armor, in-character performance etc.)
Peekaboo: Xerxes has made it painfully clear that my strengths are not in armor. I really enjoy gowns, corsets, beading, glitter, foam and worbla accessories, and staffs or wands. My priority in whatever I do is clean finishing.

SMC: What’s one thing you wish you knew about cosplaying before you got started?
Peekaboo: I wish I started earlier! So much of this hobby is based on experience and the development of a broad skillset. Most competitors in my division are veterans in the cosplay world. It’s very intimidating, but pushes me to work harder and produce better competition pieces.

SMC: Any advice for people interested in cosplaying for the first time?
Peekaboo: If you’re interested in making your own costumes: Take your time! Learning new things is best done slowly and calmly – give yourself plenty of time before a deadline. It allows you to mull over different ideas, research different techniques, and correct things that don’t turn out as expected.

Handmade, commissioned, or purchased: It’s your costume and you should enjoy wearing whatever you want.

SMC: What do you do in the real world for a job? (Be specific as you like)
Peekaboo: I’m finishing a degree in health care.

SMC: What is something your fans may not know about you? Other hobbies?
Peekaboo: I’m otherwise pretty boring. My life is a revolving door of school, cosplay, and Netflix. I was previously “Peekaboo Muscle”, and I’m hoping to get back to my fitness goals as my health continues to improve.

SMC: What part of “geekdom” is you favorite avenue of entertainment (i.e. comics, movies, video games, anime, etc?)
Peekaboo: Movies! They’re easy entertainment for me. I love gaming and graphic novels, but I find it had to fit in while I’m in school.

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