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Cosplayer Spotlight – Comiclz Cosplay

Queen Mera, DC BOMBSHELLS design. Photo by ERIC VALVERDE FOTOGRAPHY, edited by Stephanie Maynard A

 

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About Comiclz Cosplay

Hello! I’m Liz and I go by the cosplay name “Comiclz” or “Comiclzz” depending on which social media you go to. I’m 20 years old But I’m about to turn 21 this October. I’m a NorCal based cosplayer but I do go to many SoCal conventions. I’m currently in college to become an advertising major and I have been cosplaying for about 8 years now! I am mostly active on my Instagram Comiclzz, and I’ve been reading comic books since high school, playing video games since middle school and have been watching anime since elementary school.

 

Comiclz Cosplay - Autumn Poison Ivy from DC COMICS. Photo by LEANNA JANEL PHOTOGRAPHY.
Autumn Poison Ivy from DC COMICS. Photo by LEANNA JANEL PHOTOGRAPHY.

How did you first get into cosplay?

I went with a friend to a convention in the 6th grade! I saw other cosplayers and they looked like they were having so much fun I wanted to join in!

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

I personally do it for fun, it’s a hobby that I enjoy sharing with people and making friends though, I do hope I can use it to tie into my future career though.

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

I personally do Hybrid cosplays, honestly I get pretty busy and my skill set is limited, a lot of the costumes I want to cosplay can be out of my skill range so either I makeshift the cosplays through buying and altering items, use my skills to craft it, or I commission the cosplay from someone with the skill suit and thus can support the artist community.

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

Some cosplays take me months others take me a few days, it really depends on the costume!

What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?

That’s really hard, personally the cosplay I’ve put the most work and effort into is my DC BOMBSHELL Queen Mera, not only did I have to paint each scale used but I had to weave them together it took me several months to complete and the level of detail I was able to get down to make me so proud of the costume.

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

I’ve been cosplaying for so many years that at this point there has been so many memories and experiences, I find my most memorable experience was a few years down the line I decided to do a panel at a convention about comic books and how to get into reading and collecting them, for the panel I wore my Queen Mera cosplay and during setup and girl came into the room and asked for my photo, she then asked for my name and was like ‘I knew it!” she proceeded to tell me that four years back she attended her first convention where I was cosplaying her favorite character from a webcomic, she said after getting a photo of me I had a great conversation with her and it made her day as well as got her into cosplay; she told me I was her idol for cosplay and that honestly almost brought me to tears. As dramatic as that sounds there was nothing warmer then knowing that I was able to share a hobby I love to the point where some else also learned to love it as well.

How do you feel about group cosplays?

I think they’re great!! I love cosplay groups, I think they are a great way to have fun with friends collectively at a convention.

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

I want to get Stephanie Brown’s Batgirl (DC COMICS) done, my own original design for a demon Keith (Voltron), as well as DND original design for Mercy (OVERWATCH); as well as complete my collection of seasonal Poison Ivy’s with a Spring Poison Ivy (DC COMICS).

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

I see a lot of controversy over ‘sexy cosplay’ and I feel like as long as someone is having fun and not hurting anyone then people can wear what they want how they want so long as they are of appropriate legal age. I think if you don’t like how someone cosplays a character you can simply unfollow them. The only issue I ever have is when people take child characters and make them ‘sexy’ or ‘lewd’ because if they are not properly tagged and filtered then there is a risk that young children will see those cosplays. That is my only issue with it, other than that I think we shouldn’t police what people wear.

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

I pull inspiration from comics, video games, and anime. I like to cosplay characters from things I enjoy and I like to cosplay characters that either have really dramatic character traits or have a way of life/personality that I would idolize.

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

I think attending cons and photo shoots are my favorite part, I get to see the finished look of the cosplay, spend time with friends a goof off with photographers and that is honestly so much fun!

What are your best resources for cosplay materials?

Amazon prime, eBay, and thrift stores are honestly going to be your best friend, just always pay attention to shipping dates!

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

Realizing that this is for fun, and it should never stress you out too much. I had a boost in popularity over Instagram over several months, I shot up several thousand followers and I was getting several hundred likes a day which might not be anything to some people but considering I had ZERO attention prior to it- it amazed me. After a while, things cooled down and the attention went away leaving me at a decrease in honestly anything, my five seconds of fame were up and I suddenly got so self-conscious about myself. After a bit, I realized I needed to remind myself that cosplay is about having fun and as long as I am having fun, then that’s all that matters.

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

I’ve learned that some of the best friends you make are going to be the ones that you can geek out with.

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

The point is to have fun, if you are happy with it, then be happy, it’s not a competition no matter what anyone says.

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

I definitely think it has, the community had become marketable, industrialized, you can now make a living from cosplay, it has been made very mainstream, and I think that had done some really wonderful things but I also think there are some drawbacks, I feel like it’s made cosplay feel like a competition, and made some people in the community have these superiority complexes when in reality we are all just a bunch of dorks dressed up, but as I said earlier there are also a lot of good things, now more people have been able to find out about cosplay and try it out.

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

I would love to do a heavy armor build for a character from World of Warcraft, I played WoW for most of middle school and high school and being able to do someone from the game like Alexstrasza or Sylvanas has always been a dream of mine.

Do you set a budget for each cosplay?

Usually, I try to keep track of exactly how much I’m spending and then based on how much I have spent decided how much more I’m willing to spend on the costume.

What does cosplay mean to you?

Cosplay to me means to be so touched by a character or so in love with a show, book, etc, that you feel the desire to dress up as this character and share your love with that character to like-minded people.

Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?

Honestly, if cosplay stops being fun for me, then I would stop, if all my friends moved on and I no longer found joy in it I wouldn’t see a reason to continue.



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