“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.
This week we welcome from the land of hockey, maple leafs, and
Justin Bieber Crown Royal…….DreamKitty Cosplay
MoGT: As always lets start with a little about who is DreamKitty Cosplay, tell us what you like to Cosplay?
DreamKitty: I’m Angelique, but friends call me Angel! I’m a 28 year old university student from Canada. DreamKitty was my nickname from like, waaaay back when I first started going on the internet so I just kept it for my cosplaying. I’m kind of all over the place when it comes to my cosplaying. I’ve cosplayed as girls, and as a boy, I cosplay tomboys and princesses. I’d love to do something with full armor but I still need to learn a bit more before I try it! I try to cosplay characters that I have felt a bond with. 🙂
MoGT: What does cosplay represent for you?
DreamKitty: A chance to learn. Cosplay is all about learning and refining new skills to me. When I started, I had literally no clue how to sew. Like, not at all. I wasn’t a particularly crafty child and my Mom really only busted out her sewing machine when we needed pants hemmed. I used cosplay as a reason to learn to sew. I view cosplay as one giant learning experience. If I don’t learn something new with a new cosplay, I feel like its a missed opportunity.
MoGT: What are your favorite events to attend?
DreamKitty: I actually like attending smaller events. I’m a bit skittish in large crowds so events like Fan Expo in Toronto are a bit overwhelming for me. One of my favourite events though was the World Cosplay Summit in 2011. I was living in Japan at the time and I went with a friend from work. It was absolutely incredible. I wasn’t really doing anything with cosplay at that time and it was one of the “sparks” that reignited my love for cosplay. I do have a great cosplay story from when I was dressed as Toph! So if you don’t know, Toph is a character from Avatar: The Last Airbender and she’s blind. She can sense the world around her by feeling movements/earthbending with her feet. Anyway, this guy walked up to me at a local gathering and asked if I’d seen his friend Steve. I didn’t know anyone named Steve so I said no. He then said “well, can’t you use your Earthbending, Toph, and feel where he is?” I couldn’t say no, so I slammed my foot into the ground, waited a second and pointed at a random door saying he was in that room. Just as the guy was walking to the door, STEVE WALKED OUT. Everyone kinda looked at me in shock for a few minutes and we all joked that I used earthbending to find Steve!
MoGT: How did you get your start and who’s your biggest supporter?
DreamKitty: I first got into cosplay when some friends and I were planning to go to a convention together 10 years ago. It was our first convention and we all decided to cosplay from the same game together. It was one of the best conventions I can remember! My biggest supporter is definitely my friend Ashlie, aka Bossbot’s Boudoir. Whenever I feel insecure about my cosplaying she’s there to cheer me up and offer advice.
MoGT: What are your biggest pet peeves while Cosplaying?
DreamKitty: Cost. Such a generic answer I know, but as a student, fitting cosplay into my (small) budget is getting difficult. I’ve been creative with some of it so far but its definitely a challenge. Similarly, people who insist that you need a wig even if your hair is workable for the cosplay. I’m cosplaying Rogue in a week or two and my hair has been similar to her since I was 15. My hair is naturally brown with grey/white. Its pretty awesome. Some people are a bit snarky about me using my regular hair rather than purchasing a wig. It bugs me, lol.
MoGT: What’s the cosplay culture like in Canada, do you have friends that cosplay as well?
DreamKitty: Where I’m from, it seems like its just developing. There’s some real talented people just starting to really get involved with cosplay at home. We’re a relatively small city, and there weren’t any events going on unless you wanted to drive a few hours. Recently though, there’s been a couple small annual cons that have helped to educate and inspire people to give cosplay a shot! I have a small circle of cosplay buddies, I’m thankful to be friends with such talented people.
MoGT: What are you hobbies outside of dressing up?
DreamKitty: I play video games! I love World of Warcraft, Diablo II and III, Dragon Age and Animal Crossing. I’m also an avid reader. 9 times out of 10, if I’m not in school, sewing or working on homework I’m either a) playing video games, b) reading or c) watching Netflix.
MoGT: How did your costumes come about, did you make them or do you have good shopping tips? If you design and create your own Cosplay tells us about the process.
DreamKitty: I vary between buying and sewing my cosplays. Recently because of the work load for my degree, I’ve taken to purchasing more than making. Right now, I’d say its about a 50/50 split between bought and made. The ones I made are either quick ones that I cranked out in a day or two (my monk and Toph for example) or ones that I spent months on (Princess Garnet and Princess Serenity for example). I always seem to have to bring a sewing machine to a convention! I usually can make the base pieces lickety-split, but as soon as I have to get into detail work I procrastinate. The ones I’ve bought I just try to make sure I look up reviews online and I tend to be brand loyal. If I’ve dealt with a company before and had a good transaction, chances are I’ll stick with them.
DreamKitty: I love shooting with Bossbot, she’s the first photographer that I ever did a shoot with and we usually spend more time goofing off and laughing than shooting. Lol. Also, my friend Harriett is really awesome with photos as well. She’s really talented and she’s passionate about cosplay so we work well together. 🙂 I actually have some beautiful areas right behind my dorm on campus so I’m really keen on shooting on the campus grounds!
MoGT: Where do you plan on Cosplaying this year?
DreamKitty: I’m heading to Tsukino-con and probably Fan Expo Vancouver this year! I’m pretty excited to attend some conventions on the west coast! There’s a huge array of conventions it seems out here so I’m hoping to take advantage of that and go to as many as I can. Other than that, just lots of photoshoots coming up. One of my buddies from class is an amateur photographer and she loves going for shoots with me.
MoGT: Are there any cosplayers that have inspired you or that you look up to?
DreamKitty: I really look up to Bossbot. She’s an insanely talented seamstress, and when we were living together it floored me how much she could get through in one sitting. I’d sit at my machine and she’d sit at hers and it was just amazing watching her work. I also really look up to Kamui. Armored cosplays are my favourite and I’m really hoping I can break into that scene sometime this year. Lastly, I look up to Jessica Nigiri. She has tons of haters and she still manages to keep an upbeat attitude, and her skills have been growing steadily with each cosplay she makes. She’s not afraid to make mistakes, laugh at herself, and grow with her experiences. She’s true to herself and I respect that.
MoGT: Where can fans follow your work?
DreamKitty: I’ve got a facebook page, www.facebook.com/dreamkittycosplay …and that’s about it. Lol. I don’t have a print store, I didn’t think anyone would actually buy prints from me! I’d love to open a print shop though, I could definitely use the income to help support future projects (and buy worbla!). Message me on my page if you think I should open one! Lol.
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