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About Momobear Cosplay
My name is Kristin, my cosplay name is Momobear Cosplay and Modeling. I’m a seamstress at a drapery at the moment. I’m 22 years old and celebrate my birthday at San Diego Comic-Con every year. I’m a Southern California cosplayer.
How did you first get into cosplay?
I’ve always loved comics and anime, when I had a sewing class back in high school I decided to try bringing some characters to life and get a grade doing it.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
Cosplay is a hobby and a way to express my love for nerd culture, but I do look at it as a way for people to recognize my sewing skills. My real dream is to design goth, metal, and punk fashion.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
I prefer making my own from scratch, I even make my own patterns. I went to FIDM to refine my skills. Some things I might commission or work on with the help of my friends.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
It depends on what cosplay I’m trying to make. Some can take me a few short days, while others can take a month. Things that deal with spandex tend to take me the least amount of time because I work with it the most.
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
My favorite cosplay has to be my classic Harley. She’s always been one of my favorite characters. I’m not fond of the new versions of her, and I do draw my line at the live action version, it breaks my heart seeing what they did. One of my most fun was Drowned Ophelia from Brütal Legend, sadly I’ve only done that one once because of the body paint. And I’ve also really enjoyed my casual Raven from Teen Titans, it gives me a chance to be me while in cosplay. But classic Harley will stand as my favorite cosplay of all time.
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
My worst experience is when I was trying to find my friend and get them into hair and make-up. I was getting annoyed not knowing where they were so I wasn’t in the best of moods. Someone asked me for a picture while I was on the phone and I told him “no”. He then proceeded to try and take a picture (which seriously threw me off the deep end) and get in my face, so I was forced to place my hand between his camera and myself.
One of my best moments is when I met my best friend, Remy. I was in a dark place and she seemed to make things better. We fought knights, did stupid stunts, took lots of photos together, and we’ve been inseparable since. She’s my best friend and always by my side. I’m glad she’s in my life helping me make costumes and organize shoots. Also, I love having her around to go about normal life too. We enjoy going shopping and attending concerts together.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I enjoy group cosplays when everyone is on the same page. They’re not easy to do so everyone has to work together. I am part of a Teen Titans group and a Sirens group and we tend to be on the same page for the most part. I also really appreciate when all the costumes are around the same skill level, it really makes everyone shine.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
Since the year is almost up, I plan on starting things early next year. I’m going to be doing a full Teen Titans Raven cosplay. And I’m attempting to redo a couple of my favorite costumes for reasons I’d like to keep secret for the time being. Aside from that, I don’t have too many plans. I mainly look to see what my friends want to do so we can work on things together.
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
The issue I see as most important but no one seems to talk about is giving credit to people who make your costumes or wigs, and not giving your cosplayers the raws. It hurts me when I don’t get my raws. What if I want to add my logo or sell pictures of myself without yours? What if I wanted to edit it or didn’t like the way the photographer edited it? I don’t see the Cosplay is Not Consent thing as a real problem because I feel it only became a real problem after it was announced. I never had a problem before it was brought up. I feel like the creeps just came out of the woodwork after that. And after it was announced, a lot of female cosplayers started dressing in skimpier outfits that barely resembled the character they were trying to convey. I’m fine with those for boudoir shoots, but not at a con.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
I mainly cosplay as comic book characters. Villains and the crazies always seem to grab my eye too. And for some reason, I usually end up as a blonde, an idiot, or both. But I try to stick to darker characters that don’t exactly walk a straight line of good.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
My cosplay process tends to be a lengthy one. I always have to find the fabric and make-up that are just right. I always want my wig to look perfect. Then I will sew until I can’t. That whole part tends to take a toll. When all is done, and I’m happy with the finished product, that’s when I’m happy. I love going to the cons with my friends and organizing private shoots together. I love seeing how my cosplays look on me (or my friends) through the eyes/lens of a professional photographer. They always get the best angle and light to make us shine our brightest.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
I tend to go to the fabric district in Los Angeles. My favorite shop there is Michel Levine. I also love International Silks and Woolens in West Hollywood. Their fabrics are like none other. I do however go to Joann’s for some fabrics I can only find there. My favorite place for the majority of my makeup is Gypsy treasures in La Mesa, they’re so kind the and let you try the products. They also have a large array of make-up that I can wear comfortably. But my body paint has to be Ink Pro Air. It won’t come off no matter what, so it leaves me with less worry.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
My biggest physical obstacle as a cosplayer is finding make-up I’m allergic to or is harsh on my skin. It’s not easy when I’m allergic to everything and break out easily. My biggest mental obstacle is the harmful people I’ve met over time that try and drag me and others down. I’d be happy to give their names and what they’ve done, but only if someone came to me asking. I don’t start things with them and will avoid them if possible. If they try anything though to hurt me or my friends, I won’t stand for it. I’ve been walked on too many times to let it happen again.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
I’ve learned to be careful in who I trust and realize my worth. When I do commissions I have to make it clear that this is my time frame and this is the price. And when it comes to the people, not everyone should be trusted, especially not immediately. A lot of people have tried to bring me down and almost have. And a lot have also taken advantage of my work.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Always strive to get better. I’m all about the quality of work. I love it when people go the extra mile and it really brings their costumes to life. Though fashion school has taught me to dress in ways that flatter you because when you do, you shine. And then there’s giving everyone credit for what they’ve done, never forget to mention them if they’ve made something for you. And finally, always offer your raws to the model, they deserve them too.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
It actually scares me a lot. The special snowflake thing has gone a little too far in my eyes. It’s gotten to the point where people can’t even take a little constructive criticism. Everyone has glass skin now and now no one works to get better. When no one wants to hear how to get better, they don’t get better, and then you’re at a plateau with your skills. And then there are all of the overly sexualized costumes. Whatever happened to being accurate to the character? I feel like people are just getting lazy with their costumes and are selling out. There is a time and place for everything.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
If money and time weren’t a factor I’d have a D.Va Mech themed car and full-sized Meka that lights up. I’d probably have to get people to make it for me because that’s not my strong point. But I’d put my heart and soul into making her suit. I’d also want a working headset that lights up and I’d love a light up gun for her too.
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
I try to have an idea of what I’m going to spend but I’m willing to move my money around to make a cosplay shine.
What does cosplay mean to you?
Cosplay is a way for me to show off my skills and express my love for nerd culture with my favorite characters. It’s not my life though but it is a big part of it and who I am. I also see it as a fun thing to do with friends.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
I don’t think anything can make me stop cosplaying. Though the community at some points does make me want to take a break for a little. But as stated before, cosplay isn’t my life, just part of it.
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