“Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery” – Charles Caleb Colton
We love Cosplay, unabashedly so, and one of the cool things about hanging out at Cons is hearing why someone enjoys a character or genre. Cosplay is the biggest form of that flattery, and we aim to bring you the stories behind all those people in funky, fun dress up.
Please welcome Kat Chagnon to CosTalk
MoGT: What does Cosplay represent to you and in your life?
Kat: Cosplaying to me is a great experience to express my creative side of being a geek. With cosplaying I can be whoever I want to be. There are no limitations to what a person can become if they put their heart into it. I love the dressing up and seeing people’s reactions to my outfit through smiles and laughter. It brings joy to me and drives me to push forward for more.
MoGT: What events do you like to attend, do you have a group you go with?
Kat: My favorite events to attend are comic conventions (ComicCons) because I am able to see other fellow cosplayers and talk to them about their work they’ve been doing. My ultimate favorite event was actually attending my states very first ComicCon and on the second day I was recruited by a semi Pro group called The Hero Army. When they asked me to join them in their ranks I was overly thrilled. It was everything I could have wished for. Now we travel to different events and conventions bringing people of all age’s joy.
Kat: How I got started was actually my Boyfriend. He’s a huge geek and loves to dress up as Batman and mostly DeadPool. He convinced me to try dressing up with him one day and walk around with him. I had always loved dressing up in my room and on Halloween but never thought about dressing up and walking around a public area. Once I had done it that first time I knew this was something I wanted to continue to do.
MoGT: Are there any downsides for you to Cosplaying?
Kat: My Biggest pet peeves while cosplaying is having so many ideas on what I want to be but never being able to pick one to start with. I want to be able to do them all at the same time and wear them all at the same time too. You can see where I would get frustrated haha. Another pet peeve would be people that come up to me and point out all my flaws if I have any on my costume. They have to remember that I’m making most of my costumes by hand and not store buying so I might put my own twist on things or not get every detail right.
MoGT: Where are you from and what’s the Cosplay culture like?
Kat: I come from a small state up north called Vermont. Not a lot of people do cosplaying but there is a handful ,of us. I’ve actually met a friend through cosplaying and I found out she lives only an hour from me. My friends that I see on a daily bases love watching me make, get ready and then cosplay it but aren’t exactly ready to admit they want to try it yet haha
MoGT: You can’t Cosplay 24/7, any hobbies outside of dressing up?
Kat: My hobbies outside of dressing up are scattered. I play a game called HvZ (Humans vs Zombies) at my College. HvZ if you didn’t know is a giant game of tag with Nerf blasters between humans and certain people dubbed Zombies. I also like to play Board games and Kinect games with my friends. Skiing in the winter is a big one for me and my school is only 15minaway from the mountain. During the summer I love to Fish, Kayak, camp, boat, swim, waterski, wakeboard, Jet Ski, and have bonfire parties with my friends.
MoGT: Tell us about the first time you put on a Cosplay costume?
Kat: My first costume was Cheshire from Young Justice. I made her mostly by myself but ordered some parts such as my robe and wig from Amazon.com. The mask I hand molded and painted. All the fabric I had to use I got from my Grandmother after having several visits with her to play Skipbo. My second Costume was Harley Quinn. Her I had a lot of the parts lying around already from my normal day to day life but for certain parts again I went on Amazon.com to find what I needed. My current Costume I’m making is Dex-Starr from the Red Lantern Corps. I’m getting a costumed tailored suit from online at Zentaizone.com. For the rest of my outfit I’ve found pieces on Amazon.com or I’m going to my local craft and fabric store to get what I need to complete the look.
Kat: I currently have three Photographers that I work with. My first one is a man I met through HeroArmy, Even Steven whose photography title is VANSNUG Photo. He does amazing work with capturing my glow and ambiance of my character. The second I also met through HeroArmy and that’s Mark. He’s a huge heartwarming guy that also does amazing work and will always put a smile on your face to capture the right moment. My final one is my buddy from school, Martin. I just recently recruited him to help me with photos but so far I’m loving how they come out.
Something that I would like to add in is that for anyone who reads this, don’t be afraid to express who you are. Cosplaying is an amazing experience that everyone should try once and the community is so welcoming for everybody. I tried it and fell in love. Now I’m recruited and making my way to the top thanks to the help of HeroArmy and all my fans/supporters.
Cosplay on friends!