Cosplay Spotlight: Kristen Hughey Cosplay
Welcome back to Cosplay Spotlight! For the eighteenth edition we present to you Kristen Hughey Cosplay! As usual, our promise is to bring you some of the amazing work these cosplayers do, but also we will be focusing on the why’s and the how’s!
Superhero-in-training. Gamer. Cosplayer. Keeper of the Cheese. Eternal student. Gooberdork.
Comic Book Therapy – A definite privilege to be speaking with you. How have you been doing lately?
Kristen Hughey Cosplay – Ditto! I have been peachy. My semester is coming to an end, so I have more time for killing (or re-killing maybe?) zombies and making costumes.
CBT – What got you into doing cosplay?
KHC – I have been crafting pretty much my entire life and my mom taught me to sew when I was young. When I saw pictures of cosplayers from a convention that my brothers attended, I knew it was right up my alley. You know how most girls see Victoria’s Secret models and think, “Oh lawdy, I wish I could be her?” Well, it’s kind of like that. Only with video game, movie, and comic book characters. And super powers.
CBT – What is your process in choosing the characters you want to portray?
KHC – It depends. Usually it’s one of three reasons: I see something that inspires me, I want to portray a favorite character, or sometimes it’s a suggestion from a follower/friend.
CBT – What was the first character you cosplayed as? Your favorite?
KHC – Black Cat was the very first character I stepped onto a convention floor dressed as. I didn’t think many people would even recognize the character. Little did I know, pretty much everyone and their sister cosplay as Miss Hardy! It made me incredibly happy knowing how loved she is.
My favorite character to cosplay as so far is Poison Ivy because I relate to her so well. She is a nerdy botanist, turned toxic seductress. I already have the nerdy, science loving personality going for me and when I wear my Poison Ivy costume, I feel like her sexier alter-ego.
CBT – How long have you been making your costumes by hand?
KHC – Like I said, I have been sewing and crafting for quite some time. I actually made my first costume when I was 12 years old. I wanted to be the Chiquita Banana Lady for Halloween, so I made myself the costume! As far as cosplay costumes: less than a year. This is completely new to me.
CBT – Creating costumes is very time consuming, especially when you want to make sure it’s authentic as possible. What keeps you motivated to continue and how do you handle the stress?
KHC – My supporters. 110%. I stay on task and give my best efforts to make them (and myself) proud. The best rewards with this hobby are intrinsic and all of the positive feedback from my followers does that and so much more for me. I don’t think they realize how appreciative I am to have them around to interact with. If you guys are reading this: I <3 you!
CBT – Have you participated in any contests?
KHC – No contests yet! I am hoping to enter one at Dragon*Con 2013 with a pretty intense cosplay that I have in the works. It’s a secret though!
CBT – What is your best Con memory?
KHC – I can’t pick just one because all of the incredible people that I meet at cons are included in my best memories. I have met people who I consider to be life-long friend material at cons.
CBT – Cosplaying various characters must’ve given you a lot of geek credibility. How would you describe yourself as a geek?
KHC – I’m not sure cosplaying has given me geek credibility. I don’t think that is what defines me as a geek. Cosplaying, playing video and tabletop games, loving sci-fi and fantasy, and enjoying anything comic related is just a part of my life. Call it geeky if you want, but that’s just how I grew up and it’s just what I know. I also love school and love to learn, so label me as a nerd if you wish. I believe true defining geek/nerd/dork characteristics include being a genuine, respectful and, most importantly, accepting person. Those are common traits in the “geek” groups that I have tended surrounded myself with. When I think of a “geek,” that is what comes to mind and that is how I would describe myself as one.
CBT – There were a lot of great comics and events that’s been coming out. Have you read any this past year?
KHC – I actually decided to wait on DC’s new 52 editions and give myself time to read and catch up on back issues of some other great comics that I am missing out on. No spoilers!!
CBT – Cosplayers are vital and very popular at conventions. Is there a network that cosplayers established to assist eachother?
KHC – I know that there are groups that different cosplayers can be and are involved with, but for the most part it’s an unestablished bond. We aren’t necessarily a formal team like the Avengers, but we do assemble for a common cause and help one another if we can. So.. it’s more like Secret Wars. =)
CBT – Any advice you would like to offer up and coming cosplayers?
KHC – DO IT!! Cosplaying is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I love doing it and I love the people I have met along the way.
CBT – Thank you so much for your time. Anything else you’d like for us to be on the look out for?
KHC – Thank you for entertaining my rants! Oh, I just have so much planned for 2013! I am working on a few cosplays right now that will be released over the course of the next three months, so keep an eye out for those! I will also be attending Momocon and PAX East in March, so anyone else attending, please come say hi! Dragon*Con and Heroes Con are also definites, but the rest of my con schedule is tentative. The best place for updates and to reach me personally is my facebook (www.facebook.com/KristenHugheyCosplay), so come join the crazy adventures there! Also, I am in the process of setting up my own site at www.kristenhughey.com. I will be posting tutorials, works-in-progress, photos from shoots, and random videos there, so be ready for that all that magic as well!
Photography done by GRPhotography, Tobias Royal Photography, and Jay Hooker.
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