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About Spider Gwen Cosplay
My name is Grey and I’m a 23 year old cosplayer from Colorado! Currently I’m an Administrative Assistant at the local mortuary (how’s that for being different!) as well as a professional Cross Stitcher/Blogger over at GwenStitches!
How did you first get into cosplay?
Middle school actually, a few friends and I decided it would be a good idea to cosplay team 8 from Naruto for fun! This was actually before we even knew what cosplay was so to us it was simply dressing up as our favorite characters!
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
I cosplay more for fun than for a career. I have no plans to ‘make it big’ as it were but I wouldn’t object to the idea of it if it did happen. Right now I consider it more as a fun hobby that I can share and enjoy with others!
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
I actually have no preference! When it plain comes down to it it really just is time and skill and if I don’t have what it requires to make something or the time involved I look to the internet for cosplay options. I’ve made, bought online, and commissioned costumes before and all of them have been worn with love!
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
That can range depending on my skill level. The last costume I made took over three to four weeks to make! And that was just the sewing part!
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
Spider-Gwen all the way as my number one favorite! It’s comfortable, easy to pack and loads of fun to be in among large masses of people because nothing sticks out or has the risk of being damaged. Not to mention she’s my favorite marvel character of all time <3
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
It might not be the MOST memorable experience but it’s the first thing that popped into my mind. At PAX I saw two people dressed as Boba Fett walk up to each other. One took off their helmet and was a rather attractive girl. The other took off their rather bulky helmet and had a horse head on under it. The girl grabbed the horse head and pulled that off and there was a Deadpool mask underneath. To this day it is one of the most hilarious things I have ever witnessed as a cosplayer. I mean how the heck did that guy even see anything with that much stuff on his face?
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I love it! I especially like seeing large groups like folks from sailor moon or something similar. It takes a lot of skill to get several people on the same page for a cosplay!
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
For right now I’m planning on getting Rem and Ram done from Re: Zero this year! All the others are a surprise ;D
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
My biggest issue is the competitive side of cosplaying. I don’t mean contests but the way people treat others that cosplay the same character as them. It’s a big competition of who wore it better or who made their costume vs who bought it and how that makes them better? Really you both like the same character and the same series? Great, you have something in common and this gives you a good reason to chat with them!
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
Characters like Batman and Spider-Gwen, crazy awesome action scenarios and adventures, wondrous stories of fantasies and dragons! SO many things inspire me for cosplay!
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
Photoshoots! I used to be the person who took pictures for others, it was very important for me to get the most important shot. Now that I’m in front of the camera with the right people it makes me feel confident in showcasing my cosplay in the best way we can as a team!
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
Joann’s! and if I can’t find what I’m looking for there then fabric.com!
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
Probably my lack of skill! It takes time and patience to be good at something and it can be frustrating when you just want something to work but it just isn’t coming together. My advice for this though and how to overcome it is to just be patient and never feel bad about asking others with more experience for help so you can learn from them! It’ll save you hours of frustration!
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
Not yet but hopefully down the road, I will!
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Be kind to each other. I really don’t think this needs much explanation but in a world full of negatives dare to be a positive!
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
I feel like the change I see in the community is people being more open to the cosplay community. Before it seemed like a really closed off, geeky/weird thing to dress up as your favorite video game, superhero, or anime character but I feel like it has become a lot more open and it has been accepted more into the general public. I’ve seen a lot of new people come into and join the community this way and I think it’s fantastic!
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over ambitious cosplay you want to do?
Hand’s down Gwendolyn from Odin Sphere. She might not be the most ambitious character to create but she would definitely be the most expensive! In terms of most ambitious would probably be Terra from Final Fantasy 6, the crazy wonderfully detailed one from sakizou~
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
Yes! You really have to unless you are making it up as you go!
What does cosplay mean to you?
Cosplay is a way to express your love of a character or series! To find others that enjoy the same interests as you do, it means an opportunity to make new friends and feel confident in all the hard work you put into putting together a costume!
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
I think the only thing that would really stop me from cosplaying is not being able to afford it anymore. A lot of people don’t tend to understand that being an adult and getting your life together and paying your bills comes way before investing into your hobby.
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