With COVID-19 still in full effect, I’ve had a dry spell of cosplay goodness for my Up and Coming Cosplayer series, and so I had to find another way to share great lesser known cosplayer with you all. Fortunately for me, this fighting queen answered my call without fear, and we’ve gotten some great articles and content from working with her.
She’s #CosFit as a fitness enthusiast and a martial artist of several disciplines. She’s a gamer that loves her fighting games, and lives her life like her cosplay characters: in charge and independently.
All Cool Things™ is proud to present 2021’s first Up and Coming Cosplayer: Queen B Cosplay!
I think I always ask this question, but it’s too big to put as a form question in my “Cosplayer Score Card.” How did you get into cosplay? Is there a person that helped indoctrinate you?
It took me like a month and a half to pull together store bought clothes that looked similar, and a whole bunch of YouTube videos on how to do the wig.
What were some of the things that you really fell in love with, about cosplay? What made you realise that you had found a community for you?
I loved that not only do I share some martial arts skills as some of my favorite characters, but now I can look like them!
I am always in love with the transformation and give me an excuse to dress up. My makeup game has improved because of cosplaying.
POC Cosplayers on Facebook has been overwhelmingly supportive and inspired me to take cosplaying more seriously.
Like many cosplayers, you have passions beyond that you draw inspiration from. One of them is martial arts. How did you get into martial arts? What disciplines do you know?
My very first introduction to martial arts was Karate at the age of 16. I was consistent for about a year and a half, then took to studying and preparing for college. During college I’ve dabbled in Krav Maga, Gumdo, and Kung Fu San Soo.
I really got serious with my training when I took up Juj Jitsu for the purpose of MMA. Through that, I’ve also taken boxing and Muay Thai classes. During COVID, I plan to take Gumdo back up because I can still practice social distance, but I plan to get back into Muay Thai and Jui Jitsu after COVID is under control.
I can tell by your cosplays that you are also a fan of fighting games. Which did you like first: martial arts or fighting games? Did one get you into the other?
I was exposed to fighting games first, but shortly after I took up Karate which boosted my confidence a little. It wasn’t until I saw Tekken 5 for the first time, and I was so pumped up, I signed up for Kung Fu the next week.
‘Been my obsession ever since.
I grew up a SEGA man, for various reasons. To me, SEGA systems always made the best SNK ports, and tried their best to be arcade accurate with every port they ever got, rather than other systems that took liberties depending on their strengths and weaknesses. What was/is your console manufacturer of choice?
I’ve always been a SONY girl. My family got the “family PlayStation” so we were all gamers when I was a kid. I do sometimes wish that I had a Nintendo for the sake of nostalgia attached to Mario, Zelda, etc, but I love that I grew up with Spyro (I LOVE Dragons!) Crash Bandicoot, Final Fantasy (which inspired me to get into game art and design), Resident Evil, Tekken, and sooo many more!
What are some of your favourite fighting games? Do you tend to like 2D or 3D better? Do you tend to like the older or newer fighting games, better?
What is it about fighting game characters that inspires you to cosplay? Do any of those qualities translate to the other characters you have cosplayed, like Sephiroth?
Being a martial artist, it’s such a nice feeling when I pull off a move during a round and I’m like “I can totally do that in real life!” Walking around as my favorite fighting character at cons knowing that I can mimic their fighting moves is icing on the cake for me.
Also, a lot of game characters have such unique fashion sense. King of Fighters has great fashion in my opinion.
I LOVE weapons, so much so that I collect antique blades. So a character donned in black leather, long gorgeous hair, and a katana… Why didn’t I cosplay him sooner!?
Between the cosplay, working out, and martial arts, would you say that romantic interests find you intimidating? Do you find time for it? Would you say that you have to find time for love outside of these interests, or does it help to find someone within them?
I spent much of my adult life on my own, getting my work and home in balance. I have been told once that I was intimidating: A woman who can defend herself, makes her own money, and has a place of her own? I suppose it’s kind of a rarity. I think those who have the right mindset, or one similar to me, wouldn’t be intimidating. I do love that the intimidating factor does weed out the not-so-eligible suitors, LOL.
The only problem I find when looking for love is that I am extremely picky: I look for a man who shares the same core values, is just as loyal as I am, and physical activity is a must, (martial arts is a huge bonus for me) and is a nerd like me.
I’m sure you can imagine the search for a partner takes quite a while, but I have taught myself to love my own company so I never settle or rush into anything, and I am content when I am single. I rarely consider anyone outside of shared interests. What would there be to talk about? I prefer quality connections, not to collect bodies.
You are a relatively new cosplayer, so there is still so much to learn. What aspects of cosplay and crafting would you like to explore next? Is there an aspect that you are working on, now?
I would LOOOOOOOVE to learn EVA foam armor. I am planning on getting a 3D printer soon. Being a 3D Artist, it only makes sense to incorporate it into my cosplay. I figured I could learn 3D armor printing first
Have any cosplayers taken you under their wing to help give tips on the craft? Are there any cosplayers that you like to collaborate with?
I am the type of person to figure things out for myself, LOL. Sometime I do post a question or 2 on Facebook cosplay groups, but I tend to be pretty independent.
Some would say that now is one of the worst times to get into cosplay because of COVID-19, and how it has caused so many conventions to be put on hold. How do you keep your fledgling flame alive without so much interaction with the community?
I feel I do get the interaction of the community…but without being crammed in a hall next to potentially hygiene-compromised fans… and all of the other downsides to con-going. I’ve taken part in
a few online contests, live chats, and I’ve even won some prizes here and there. I use this at-home time to be my own subject for learning photography, and improving my photo compositing and 3D photo integration. I am excited for when cons come back. I have so many new costumes to show!
Were there any conventions in particular that you missed because of COVID-19 that you definitely would have attended?
I’ve never been to Fanime, but the idea of a 24/7-ish con is amazing. I was about to go earlier last year, but COVID happened. I definitely want to go one day.
Is there anything that you particularly enjoy about conventions? Before cosplay, had you ever experienced “con life?”
When COVID-19 becomes moot, do you think you would like to start travelling to conventions out of state or region?
100%, I plan to first go to GACUCon, which is a gaming/anime convention via Royal Caribbean, then I want to go to Thailand for some Muay Thai camps, and beach fun/cosplay shoots, and
of course, Japan, LOL. I actually have a whole list of travel ideas…
As a newcomer to cosplay, do you have a message to would-be cosplayers sitting on the fence?
Cosplay really is for everyone! It adds an extra dimension to your favorite show or video game when you can cosplay as your favorite character. You don’t have to start big, in fact you could even just do closet cosplay, or even casual versions of your favorite character. It is a very good outlet to expressing oneself.