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About Babs Butcher
My name is Babs Butcher, I’m a costume creator and performer in the Philadelphia area. My love for cosplay comes from growing up as a lonely nerd seeking solace in a world of books, X-Men comics, Lord of the Rings, and Sci-Fi movies. I am working every day to blaze trails in the creative world, speak publicly to inspire and help others, and perform as a profession. I love what I do and can’t wait to see what the future holds.
How did you first get into cosplay?
My first con was NYCC 2016, never looked back.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
Both! When I’m not cosplaying for fun, I’m making props and costumes for commissions, performing in fan films, writing video content, and picking up paid gigs.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
I am most proud of my cosplays made from scratch, but I love taking thrifted items and turning them into a more time/energy/cost efficient cosplay.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
It ranges from 2 weeks to a few months.
What is your favorite cosplay you have done so far?
This is a question cosplayers get often that needs to be more specific! Favorite to wear? The Crow stands out for comfort and coolness. Favorite for bringing out smiles? Wasp, Batgirl, and Colossus. Can’t choose.
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
That sounds funny – why would someone choose a bad memory? It’s a toss-up between bringing smiles to Frank Miller and Chris Claremont’s faces with Colossus, and making friends as Wasp with my little buddy Olivia at NYCC 2019.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
Just like any group project, the best ones are executed with people you know, trust, and respect.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
I love a good mystery, so how about I give clues? Kelli Jones 2017 work, Kelly T./Lee G. 2019 work.
What issues do you see as being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
I’m not really interested in divisive cosplay issues. If you have spare energy to devote, I recommend volunteering in your community and helping the world become a better place.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
I tend to gravitate toward underappreciated or other versions of characters. I’m not a fan of the spotlight.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photoshoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
Shoots and crafting have improved my skills the most and create wonderful bonding opportunities.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
Local thrift stores! You have to have a good imagination and a shrewd eye.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
Self-doubt. Don’t let your potential be defeated without giving it a chance to grow.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
Keep only kind, genuine company as often as you can, and focus solely on doing good work.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Yes, there are people who COULD do it better than you. But they’re not. So just do it – that’s what makes you the right person for the job.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
Ask me that when I’ve had more time in the cosplay community. Need more data.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
Money and time aren’t a factor, just obstacles you have to find creative solutions for. Also Ripley in the Powerloader.
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
What does cosplay mean to you?
Mental, physical, emotional well-being.
How do you see the cosplay community 10 years from now?
I think NSFW will be less stigmatized, cosplayers will have better designs than a lot of movies and TV shows, and the cosplayers of today will be lamenting with stories of “back in my day…”
What is your favorite con to attend?
Is there another cosplayer who inspires you or is your role model?
Alyson Tabbitha, Cutipiesensei, Hendoart, Flawlessbytenisha, and each cosplayer I work with.
Do you consider yourself an inspiration to other cosplayers?
I don’t think too much about that, but if I am that’s really cool.
What advice would you give someone about meeting cosplayers and taking their pictures? How do you like to be approached?
Imagine their mother is standing next to them.
What is one thing you wish your fans knew about you?
My favorite compliment is when people note how hard you work.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
Death comes to mind.
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