Truthful Comics- How long have you been Cosplaying?
Kit Jensen- I've always been interested in dressing up and portraying characters since I was young. I attended my first convention in cosplay about 15 years ago (ouch, I’m old), but have been “seriously” cosplaying for about 6 years now.
TC- Do you prefer Cosplay or Crossplay? Or do you enjoy both the same?
KJ- I’ve only done one crossplay – Maverick from Top Gun – and I had so much fun with it! I enjoy both the same, I’d say.
TC- Why do you Cosplay?
KJ- I cosplay primarily to support my charity organization, Comic Book Characters for Causes. We are a non-profit that raises funds for and volunteers time with children in need. Aside from that, I absolutely love connecting with people who love a show/game just as much as I do.
KJ- When I’m old and wrinkly, I'll be cosplaying old and wrinkly characters, haha!
TC- Do you prefer "homemade Cosplay" or bought/comissioned Cosplay?
KJ- I honestly don’t have a preference. I’m super lazy – if something I need already exists and I love every aspect of how it looks, I will buy it. The same goes for commissions – I have commissioned Abi Sue Cosplay on a couple costumes that I knew she would knock out of the park. Otherwise, I will make my own costumes and props.
TC- Do you have a current Cosplay fav?
KJ- Gosh, that’s a really hard question! I love, love, being Captain Marvel, but I also have a lot of fun in my Valkyrie cosplay. I can’t say that I have a favorite, to be honest!
KJ- I ended up spending just under $1k on Liara from Mass Effect, but sadly, the costume did not turn out as well as I expected, and was promptly retired after wearing it once.
TC- What Cosplay has gotten more attention from your fans?
KJ- I think my Captain Marvel is most recognizable, but that’s probably only because I love Carol and pretty much live in that flight suit. Haha!
TC- What is a Cosplay pet peeve of yours?
KJ- When I (continuously and mistakenly) assume that “this time” the hot glue will hold.
TC- What was your first convention? What was the reaction?
KJ- My very first convention was the predecessor to Sakura Con in Seattle, called Baka! Con. I dressed as a casual Usagi Tsukino from Sailor Moon. Cosplay wasn’t too popular around here during that time, but I was able to scope out a couple awesome costumes, that put me down this path!
KJ- Oh Lord, I'm so happy when people take the time to ‘shop out my blemishes or even out my skin tone! But, I also appreciate that some photographers prefer not to Photoshop their images at all. Either is fine with me!
TC- How do you pay for your Cosplays?
KJ- I work full-time and save up my money.
TC- When do you Cosplay? At conventions only or do you also Cosplay for charity events and such?
KJ- I primarily Cosplay with Comic Book Characters for Causes. We attend the big conventions in the Seattle area, set up a photo booth and raise funds for local children’s charities. We also volunteer at children’s hospitals and programs around the area.
TC- We'll, on behalf of the Truthful Comics family I have to congratulate you and your friends at Comic Book Characters for Causes for doing such an amazing job for the kids; that's one of the amazing things that can be accomplished through Cosplay. Maybe we could partner in an event through Comic Book Characters for Causes and our very own non-profit organization Comics For Christmas and bring joy to even more kids. With that said I have one last question: What got you into Cosplaying?
KJ- I have always loved playing dress up, and Halloween has traditionally been my favorite holiday because of it. When I discovered that people of fandoms gather together at events, and many dress-up as favorite characters, I was in!
TC- Well Kit, I'd like to thank you again for such a fun interview and for your great charity work; you're truly an example of what a Cosplayer should strive for. Hopefully we'll do this again sometime, maybe spotlighting your newest Cosplays or charity events. If you want to see all of Kit's Cosplay pics visit her Official Facebook page at: Kit Cosplays and her charity page is Comic Book Heroes for Causes. Go Like her pages, share the love and tell her the good people from Truthful Comics sent you.