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I am Erica May or Geekebaby to my social media peeps whom I don’t know personally. I am a bartender, model,cosplayer and twitch gamer in Columbus Ohio. I have been modeling and cosplaying for about 2 or 3 years. I am obsessed with all things comic related but anyone who knows me knows I am more of a DC girl because Batman is my favorite hero.
How did you first get into cosplay?
I first got into cosplay when I went to SDCC for the first and only time 4 years ago. At my hometown conventions, I had never seen people in such costumes and I thought oh this is what I want to do.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
I see cosplay as a stepping stone to a future career but I also wouldn’t do it if it wasn’t fun.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
I would say a hybrid, I make the majority of mine but there are 2 I am having commissioned out because the skills required to make them are not where I am yet and or the time is not had to make them.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
Completely depends on the cosplay but anywhere from 2 or 3 weeks to a month.
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
Harley Quinn from the Suicide Squad movie. She is my favorite character so far to cosplay.
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
My most memorable experience would be being recognized as my cosplay alias Geekebaby at a con this year. Someone who follows me ran up to me and said: “oh my god you’re Geekebaby!” It was such a cool feeling and I made a new friend from it.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I think group cosplays are so fun! Gives a whole new dynamic when you have a group.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
I am currently working on Batgirl, Mad Moxxi, and Rogue right now as well as making some pieces to cosplays for others.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
Comics and movies inspire me most.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
Doing the photo shoots and attending the cons are my favorite part. A much fun as doing the research and sewing is the best feeling is seeing all your hard work in an awesome photo or at the con when others can appreciate your work.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
The internet and fellow cosplayers.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
The biggest obstacle would have to be getting to more conventions and finding good photographers and editors to work with on cosplay shoots. Columbus, Ohio doesn’t have as many as other states.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
I have learned that people no matter what age, standing, location or occupation at these conventions can all be themselves and let you be yourself it’s a wonderful feeling of belonging and community and it has helped me own who I am as a person.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Don’t be afraid! It is not easy and there will be bumps with any new project but don’t think you can’t do something or shouldn’t because how others might feel or treat you.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
It has grown and flourished! And we have comics, of course, to thank for that but a lot of it now is the cinema and the people involved. It is becoming more normal and cool to be a nerd or cosplayer again as opposed to weird and something you would get teased for in the world.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over ambitious cosplay you want to do?
I have a list of about 28 and it’s ever growing.
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
Nope, it costs what it costs to make it accurate.
What does cosplay mean to you?
Cosplay means everything to me. It gives me my creative outlet and allows me to meet and connect with amazing people! I would be lost and very bored without it.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
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