“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.
Lets band together for the next generation of Cosplayers! We are raising money for donations to some great charities, if you’re a cosplayer donate autographed prints to our giveaway or if you’re a fan or behind the anti bullying campaign please consider donating to our gofundme, for every $1 gives you a chance at an autographed print!
Say Hello to our featured guest this week: Kiri Chan
MoGT: Who is Kiri Chan Cosplay, tell us what you like to Cosplay & what it represents for you?
Kiri: I cosplay characters I either connect to (they are like me in some way) or they have qualities I want. I am typically drawn to badass redheads. I cosplay from all different things. Comics, anime, video games, movies. Anything that I am interested in. Cosplay is a way to express my creativity and love for characters. I am not very artistic in traditional ways like painting or drawing, so cosplay is a nice way for me to be creative. It has also helped substantially with my self esteem and body image. Partly from giving me something else to focus on and partly because I have always dreamed of embodying the characters I now can.
MoGT: What are your favorite events to attend? Tell us any good stories…
Kiri: I love going to conventions because of being around a ton of people who are as passionate about the same things I am. New York Comic Con has one of my favorite memories because my sister cosplayed with me and I got to cosplay a character I never thought I would, Dee Dee from Batman Beyond. We caused a bit of a commotion when we found Batman and had a showdown.
Kiri: My biggest supporter is my sister and mom. Even if they do not know the character I am, they still encourage me. My husband is also a big supporter. He loves seeing me be creative and how much happier I am. My mom got me interested in costumes and sewing when I was little because she sewed, crocheted, knitted, and did a ton of crafty things. She made dresses and clothes for me. She always made our costumes for Halloween and just for fun. I never had a store bought costume until I was older. My first costume was Poison Ivy which I debuted at Super Megafest in 2013.
MoGT: What are your biggest pet peeves while Cosplaying?
Kiri: The creeps. There is no excuse for being rude or nasty to someone based on a costume they are wearing. People seem to forget that just because a person is wearing a costume they have feelings and boundaries. Also, the drama that seems to sweep through the community. It seems like as soon as one has died down a new one emerges.
MoGT: What’s the cosplay culture like where you’re from, do you have friends that cosplay as well?
Kiri: In my immediate area there is really not much (although I found out the JoAnn’s near me has a cosplay social every once in a while), but in the surrounding areas (Jersey, NYC, and DC), there seem to a lot of cosplayers. I keep in touch with a few cosplayers I have met at cons, but none of my friends I had before going to conventions cosplay (although a few have gotten more into it since I started).
MoGT: What are you hobbies outside of dressing up?
Kiri: I play video games. Action Adventure, FPS RPGs, 3rd person shooter RPGs are some favorite genres. I also have a soft spot for favorites from childhood. I love baking a lot, as well as cooking. I occasionally volunteer at my local animal shelter, too. I am also an avid reader.
MoGT: How did your costumes come about, did you make them or do you have good shopping tips?
Kiri: I generally pick a character I want to cosplay and start looking for fabrics/materials to make it. I try to find a wig early on because they are a weakness for me. I check the discount fabric stores in my area. Then I figure out if I have a pattern to use/alter or if I need to get one or make one. After that it is a lot of caffeine, tears, blood, more tears, and hot glue burns. I make most of my cosplay. I will sometimes buy a piece for a costume if I find something that works. Coupons are your best friend. Jo Ann’s Fabric and Michaels always have coupons. Thrift stores sometimes have items to use or clothing with fabric you can alter or take apart for a costume. Also, shop sales. I am almost always on the lookout for materials I can use for costumes I plan to do.
MoGT: Do you have any favorite photographers you’ve worked with? Favorite places to shoot?
Kiri: Scott from Midnight Sky Photography is one of my favorites because he is one of the most genuinely kind people I have met. He goes out of his way to make sure his model is comfortable and is always considerate of those around him.
MoGT: What would be your all time epic cosplay?
Kiri: I have so many… Tali from Mass Effect. Erza Scarlet in one of her crazy armors. Hawkgirl. Ezio from Assassin’s Creed. Kratos. This list could go on for ages.
MoGT: What movies/comics/shows inspire your Cosplay? If you could have you dream role, what would it be?
Kiri: I cosplay from all sorts of things. I have a weakness for the Gotham City Sirens. Batman the Animated Series has a special place in my heart. I loved X-Men the Animated series growing up. I want to cosplay Blink from the Exiles comics (that series is a favorite). Age of Apocolypse storyarc is AMAZING. I LOVE Fairy Tail. I have so many video games that inspire me, but I love them so much I am terrified of not doing them justice. I am often drawn to lesser known character. I would want to be a companion for the Doctor!
MoGT: Cosplay is not consent is a huge movement Cosplayers are getting behind, what are your thoughts/experiences?
Kiri: I have been sexually harassed while fully covered as Dark Phoenix, I have been sexually harassed while in more “sexy” cosplay as Poison Ivy, and everything in between. I think there is no excuse for it. I think conventions taking a stand is a wonderful thing. I wear costumes to relax and have fun, so if I am going into a convention worrying about whether someone is going to grab my butt, make a nasty comment, or try to get an upskirt shot it defeats the purpose.
MoGT: Do you have any upcoming events/projects you can tell us about?
MoGT: Are there any cosplayers that have inspired you or that you look up to?
Kiri: I follow a huge range of cosplayers with a vast amount of talents and strengths. I find a lot of inspiration in the people who use cosplay for positivity and good. Knightmage is one that comes to mind. Besides his charity work I love that he is the same in person as he is online. Basically, if you are positive and kind I will be inspired.
Follow Kiri Chan’s adventures http://www.facebook.com/kirichancosplayer IG- @_kirichan Twitter- @kirichancosplay Tumblr- kirichancosplay.tumblr.com
As always, Cosplay on friends