SMC Interview: Babs Butcher

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It’s time for another feature cosplayer interview, can you handle it? Cosplayer Babs Butcher is next up, and a big thanks to her for doing this for us. We’ve recently featured Babs in one of our SMCDaily’s, and hope to continue to see more great cosplays from her in the coming months. We have a ton more cosplay interviews lined up and really hope you’re enjoying reading up on some of your favorite cosplayers.

Cosplayer: Babs Butcher
Location: Philadelphia
Links: Instagram | Patreon| Facebook |

SMC: Why did you start cosplaying?
I was invited to attend NYCC 2016 with friends and got bit by the cosplay bug!

SMC: What was the first convention you attended in cosplay?
NYCC 2016

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Wasp: Photo by: @candidjohnkim

SMC: What has been your most memorable convention moment?
Meeting Frank Miller and Chris Claremont as Lady Colossus – these moments happened back to back and left me speechless that these two artists and moguls wanted to talk to me about my cosplay interpretation.

SMC: What is your favorite thing about cosplaying at a convention?
The energy of a convention is electric. The possibilities of connecting with the most unexpected people are endless. There is a synergy between all these people who come together to enjoy what makes them happy.

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Ash Ketchum: Photo by: @futurephotographybym3

SMC: Where can fans expect to see you next? (2019/20 Schedule?) Katsucon, C2E2, Greater Philadelphia Comic Con, Wizard World Philly, TBD…

SMC: What cosplayers inspire you?
Toxiekatt, Hendoart, Tstunningspidey, Alyson Tabbitha, CosplayNay, EyeOpenerd

SMC: Which is your favorite cosplay you’ve created?
So proud of my Wasp and Colossus. But I think most cosplayers will tell you their favorite is their next project.

SMC: What cosplay are you best known for?

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Wasp: Photo by: @graceandshinephoto

SMC: If money was no object what would be your dream cosplay creation? A fully mechanical Wasp with remote controlled wings, retractable helmet. Perhaps some other extra bells and whistles added on.

SMC: Do you have any new cosplays currently in the works?
Currently working on Cloud Strife, Sound-o’-Speed Sonic, and a few Spiderverse commissions.

SMC: What are your cosplay strengths? (Tailoring, fabric painting, worbla armor, in-character performance etc.)
I enjoy exploring makeup techniques to slightly alter my face for characters, I feel my sewing and foam crafting have improved over time, as well. In the end, though, I think my strength is actually just saying yes and trying something new. I may not be at the top of the game in any aspect, but I go for things that may intimidate or discourage others, and I try my best each time.

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Anna Valerious: Photo by @itiscosplay

SMC: What’s one thing you wish you knew about cosplaying before you got started?
That there is a lot in this field that no one is going to teach you, you’re going to have to learn everything on your own. The cosplay and convention scene is still in this Wild West era and it’s difficult to navigate without a good mentor.

SMC: Any advice for people interested in cosplaying for the first time?
Make sure to wear a cosplay that makes you so extremely happy that even if something doesn’t go your way, you are still so elated. A con can be hard on your nerves, your stamina, your health – so feeling good will have to come from a place deep within you.

SMC: What do you do in the real world for a job? (Be specific as you like)
I am a broker for a corporate consulting firm. Don’t worry, I fell asleep during that sentence, too.

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Colossus: Photo by: @s1pricelightworks

SMC: What is something your fans may not know about you? Other hobbies?
I have been an athlete for a lot of my life, I absolutely love dancing, my heritage is Irish Japanese, I have a knack for languages, and I am surprisingly skilled with frisbees, darts, and beanbags.

SMC: What part of “geekdom” is you favorite avenue of entertainment (i.e. comics, movies, video games, anime, etc?).
I grew up with comic books, movies, and sci-fi/fantasy literature. They were my escape and my best friends when I inevitably didn’t fit in. To come full circle, I think that’s why the cosplay and convention scene is such a safe haven for someone like me; I always felt I was on the outside pretending I didn’t even want to look in. In this community there isn’t anything keeping you out. It’s a free, open space with kindred spirits who would love nothing more than the company of another weirdo like me.

SMC: What Comic Books are you currently addicted to?
Delving back into the Amazing Spider-Man series as well as the Noir solo series, inspired by the fantastic “Into the Spider-verse” movie

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Spinneret: Photo by: @itiscosplay

SMC: Any favorite TV shows, movies or cartoons?
I always go back to Avatar the Last Airbender, but lately I’ve enjoyed The Dragon Prince, Big Mouth, and One Punch Man.

SMC: What is your gaming system of choice?
I prefer PC gaming

SMC: What are you currently playing / upcoming video game releases? Starting “Life Is Strange” this month

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Selene: Photo by: @graceandshinephoto

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