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About IronKitty Cosplay
Real Name is Samantha, I go by Sam. I work for a large 3rd party Medical Assessment company in Canada. I currently reside in Toronto, but am from a small town in Eastern Ontario. I’m older than I look. 😉 I stand a whopping 5’4″ I have two much older brothers that are probably the reason I got into nerdy things like Star Wars and video games at a young age. I’m an XBox and PC gamer. I have a Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology (I played many sports growing up) I have a Cat named Lando Catrissian.
How did you first get into cosplay?
Halloween has always been my favourite holiday. I love dressing up. So when I started going to cons and learned about cosplay, it was something I obviously got interested in doing!
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
I just do it for fun! And I’m able to meet some really cool and nice people!
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
When I first started I bought pieces and altered what I needed. I started making all my cosplays from scratch last year. I have made 4 so far.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
Depending on how complex they are or how close my deadline is! The ones I have made range from about 25-60 hours. Spread over as little as 3 weeks to more than 6 months.
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
I don’t know if I have a favourite. People love my Supergirl. Poison Ivy was my first every made from scratch cosplay, so I’ll say her (for now)
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
Good? Getting Jessica Nigri to dance with me? lol Bad? My Wonder Woman zipper breaking 2 days before the con and having to figure out how to fix it which was to redo lots of hand stitching. First time I ever cried over cosplay.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I did my first group cosplay this year at Toronto Comic Con (Disney Boudoir) I had fun! It pushed me to do a cosplay I probably would have never done, and it’s a great way to meet other talented cosplayers and photographers.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
My next cosplay is Huntress from DC animated series, and I also have a secret one to finish by the end of the year!
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
Cosplayers making sexy or boudoir versions of characters. I think you should do whatever makes you happy. If you’re comfortable or feel creative making something that people think is ‘too sexy’ than who cares. If you want to be covered head to toe in fabric and/or armor, go for it! Feeling comfortable in your cosplay is the most important thing. You Do You!
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
I like anything that is aesthetically pleasing to me visually. I’m mainly into DC and Marvel. Bruce Timm is my favourite in terms of character looks. I also really want to do a Star Wars cosplay in the future.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
I don’t like how long it takes to sew, but love seeing a cosplay come together that I’ve put hours of work into. But obviously attending cons is my favourite part!
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
eBay for any little accessories, and I usually get all my fabric from Fabrlicland.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
I’m a pretty shy person, so just having the courage to dress up and go outside!
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
I’m not a philosophical person… so no. lol
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
I don’t think I’ve been that deep in it for long enough for good insight.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over ambitious cosplay you want to do?
Mercy from Overwatch!
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
Not really! I probably should, but I stay pretty reasonable in costs.
What does cosplay mean to you?
It’s really just a fun hobby to me. And if it makes other people happy. That’s cool too.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
Budget and age – I’m getting old (for the average cospayers age?), I feel like I only have a few years left in me!
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