Truthful Comics- How long have you been Cosplaying?
Gigi- I have been cosplaying since 2014, and started with "club style" Harley Quinn actually.
TC- Cosplay or Crossplay? Or both?
Gigi- I have crossplayed Daryl Dixon, so i am all for it. I love seeing the gender bent characters!
TC- Why do you Cosplay?
Gigi- I cosplay because I enjoy personifying fiction and embodying artwork. So many characters are based on real people, like Arleen Sorken, and others are parodies and satire. The symbolism behind She-Hulk is so near and dear to me, like strength, independence, and intellect, so representing symbolic characters makes me feel like I am closer to what they represent.
Gigi- Cosplay is life goals!! I wish i could be like the big names: Ya ya Han has amazing fabric at Joann's and Jessica Nigri is a fanboys dream! If i can cosplay from the rest of my life, even if only on the side, i will be at all the Cons Lol
TC- Homemade Cosplay or bought/commissioned cosplay?
Gigi- I haven't bought anything that wasnt pre-made. I buy all my materials, like Bondo and Pepakura paperwork for power armor, fabric, and any resin is all made by me.
TC- Do you have a current Cosplay fav?
Gigi- Current fave is definitely She-Hulk, but Starfire seemed to come up! I didn't wear it long, so I was happy that the few hours I did wear it got the attention I got! :)
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Gigi- Most expensive was clearly Starfire! Haha 100 on the contacts alone! Normally I make everything, because i prefer creating, and if I could have made those, trust that i would. Plus the wig, fabric, house shoes(for comfort walking to sew boots), it cost almost 200. Oh well i guess lol
TC- What Cosplay has gotten more attention from your fans?
Gigi- Starfire is actually more well known, so it really worked out. So many people told me the contacts really brought it together also. It was all worth it!!!
Gigi- I really don't enjoy when people just buy everything and then end up winning a contest. I get so excited seeing marks of creation, like flaws or gaps in seams. I also don't like unfriendly Cosplayers. I went to hug a fellow Starfire and she was so taken aback by my excitement at a similar Cosplay that she seemed disinterested. The other Starfire I saw was great, she just made that moment less fun by dismissing me the way she did. :_(
TC- What was your first convention? What was the reaction?
Gigi- First Con was Tidewater Comicon and it was very strange. I went by myself but I was hooked! I havent slowed down since :) Everyone was so friendly and open, it was how i felt more moments should be!
TC- Photoshopped or un-photoshopped images?
Gigi- I prefer making everything, so naturally i respect natural looks. Cosplay is meant to be normal and attainable, so photoshopping seems cheap and too unrealistic.
TC- How do you pay for your Cosplays?
Gigi- I pay with card if I need to? Lol I have a job after all. Lol
Gigi- I haven't Cosplayed outside of Cons yet, but some have given me ideas for volunteer work. I would love that!
TC- What got you into Cosplaying?
Gigi- Cosplay was actually on Halloween for me for a few years, but I just decided to go once in 2015. I'll never look back.