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Cosplayer Spotlight – Griffin Maria (NSFW)

 

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About Griffin Maria

Griffin Maria is a self-proclaimed part-time model and full-time fangirl. Based out of Arizona, she can be found attending comic cons and gaming conventions in the Phoenix area as well as Las Vegas and Los Angeles. When she’s in front of the camera or in costume, she can usually be found binge-watching series like Buffy, Battlestar Galactica, Next Generation, Breaking Bad, or rolling dice around the gaming table.

 

Griffin Maria - Sexy Batgirl
Sexy Batgirl – Photographer: AZMuses

How did you first get into cosplay?

I had dressed up a couple of comic cons in the past, and I do modeling part time, but after meeting some friends that created original character cosplays for comic cons and gaming conventions, I got really interested. I had so much fun being a part of the creation of an original character that I started to get more involved in the scene.

Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?

Everything I do is for fun. I hesitate to even call myself a cosplayer. Early on I decided that aside from original characters I help create, any other type of cosplay would be a “sexy fangirl” rendition rather than full on character recreation. I’ve had a lot of fun with that take on the characters, and try not to take it too seriously.

Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?

I have no delusions of my cosplay or costuming talents! I’m lucky enough to know some people who have helped create outfits for my original characters. Otherwise, I just piece what I can together to get the look I’m going for.

How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?

Like I said, my version of cosplay is probably a lot different than the other big names out there. I’m not a seamstress and I don’t fabricate props. I figure it’s best to know one’s strengths and stick to those!

What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?

My Junkyard Rey has been so much fun because of all the feedback I’ve received. No, it’s not an authentic take on the character, and that was never the intent behind it. I had a very cool photoshoot opportunity at a junkyard, and I thought that creating a sexy version of Rey set against all the ruined cars and forgotten stuff would make for a cool visual. I love how these pics turned out, and I had the best time at this shoot with some of my favorite people!

What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?

First, I’d have to say that my favorite people are involved in all of this with me, so my favorite part is just being around the friends that I love when we put a photoshoot together. Secondly, I love going to gaming conventions and being able to dress up as my character. That’s been a lot of fun, and I’ve met some great people at those events, too!

How do you feel about group cosplays?

Group cosplays are amazing! I love seeing collections of characters together, and I’m a huge fan! I’ve never done a group personally, but I think its incredibly cool to see all these talented people come together with a single vision and then bring it to life.

What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?

I’m putting together two original characters for a brand new indie RPG setting called Wheelhouse right now. It’s a post-apocalyptic fantasy setting, so there are some cool opportunities to put some really cool looks together. One is my warrior character named Vash, and the other is a fanatical religious inquisitor called a Blackbird of On-High. Both look really cool, so I’m excited to bring them out!

What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?

I know there are all kinds of issues that come and go with the cosplay community, and my closest friends have been involved in that scene much longer than I have, so they have a good feel for all of it. I decided, in the beginning, to just do my own thing and enjoy it. So to be honest, I’m completely unplugged from the issues and hope to keep it that way. This is a fun hobby that brings people together, and if you look around there is something for everyone. I’d just like to keep that “something” positive and fun.

What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?

My fandom is all over the place! Ultimately, I guess I have the most fun either with Star Wars or creating original fantasy characters.Its fun seeing something come to life that has never been done before.

What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?

Brainstorming new characters is always a fun and creative process, and of course attending cons is high on my list of favorites! There’s nothing like the energy of the convention floor.

What are your best resources for cosplay materials?

People who know what they’re doing. Unlike me. Some of my friends know how to create cool things, and if they’re not able to, then I hit my trusty online resources.

What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer? 

I just do my own thing and try not to think about obstacles much. The sexy take on a lot of these characters might not be for everyone, and I totally get that and respect it, but I have fun and like what I do.

Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?  

If I’ve learned anything its just the idea that if you dig deep enough, you’ll find that we all have something in common. Sure there is a lot of drama and opinion and whatever within this community, but that goes for just about anything. We’re all fans of something, and when you dig down that kind of brings all of us together. I like that idea.

What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?

Just enjoy yourself. It’s a fun environment and a good community with extraordinarily talented people involved. Soak up the good times, and don’t worry about anything else. George Carlin says don’t sweat the petty things, and don’t pet the sweaty things. Damn good advice.

How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?

Just to focus on the creative side, I think that the sheer amount of talent has grown over the years. Its mostly a shared community, and ideas and tricks of the trade that get passed along seem to lead to bigger and better ideas coming to life. That’s a pretty cool trend if you ask me!

If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over ambitious cosplay you want to do?

I’m not one to do these–instead, I’ll leave the amazingly ambitious cosplays to the true masters and I’ll be fangirling happily from the sidelines!

Do you set a budget for each cosplay?

My general rule is “make sure you can still eat tomorrow.”

What does cosplay mean to you?

It’s a fun way to be expressive and creative. And I’m lucky enough to do this hobby with some of the people I love most in the world. Ultimately, it’s about making good memories.

Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?

Nah. I’m having too much fun with all of it!



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Photographer Credits

  • KAL Images
  • AZMuses
  • Aesthete Photos


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