One of the features we do here at Comic Impact is the monthly Cosplay Spotlight. The idea is to showcase people from every facet of this wonderful world of fandom we call, “Cosplay.” We believe in the fun of dressing up and want everyone who plays a part to be recognized.
What is your name?
Miss Gidget — however, you can just call me Gidget!
How many years of experience do you have and what got you into cosplay?
I’ve been cosplaying since October 2010
What character/design are you most well known for?
I am most known for my several Chun Li variants. Other cosplays that I’m known for are Morrigan Aensland and Tifa Lockhart.
Which is your favorite character/design?
I love all the characters I cosplay, however my top choices would have to be Chun Li and Morrigan since I have made several versions and will continue to do so.
Did you know how to sew/fabricate before you started cosplaying?
Barely. I only knew how to handsew since I was 5 years old due to the fact that I’d watch the women in my family do it as a child. Honestly, I almost failed the sewing portion of home economics because I had great difficulty learning how to use a sewing machine.
How have your techniques improved over the years?
Definitely. I am very lucky to have my mother show me a few tricks along the way. She was hard on me at first due to the fact that she use to be a professional seamstress, but with persistence and also watching YouTube tutorials I’ve come a long way. Like the saying goes, “practice makes perfect” and now when I show my mother my different projects the best reward is when she tells me how proud she is of me.
How long does it usually take and what’s your typical process to complete a costume?
It can range from a couple days to several months.
Is there a particular fabric/pattern/accessory that you consider your Achilles’ heel?
I really hate making boot covers, so often times I avoid it when working on personal projects for myself. Ironically, I end up either helping or making them more for friends if anything.
Have you met any of the artists or writers where your costume is based on their work?
Sadly not yet, however I will be meeting TixieLix this year at New York Comic Con hopefully! I also hope to meet Tess Fowler one day as well.
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you at a convention?
This is kind of funny, but also very embarrassing. One time during NYCC, I came out of the car and unfortunately my skirt for Mulan kept undone and I accidentally mooned a bunch of people. Thankfully my friend Avyxen was there to help me and I was nude stockings.
What is one of your best memories in cosplaying?
One of the best memories in cosplaying was actually going to Katsucon 2013 with my brother. He had never been to a convention before so it was really awesome to have him with us. We had a lot of fun together and I was very thankful to have my brother be so supportive when it came to helping me with my Morrigan cosplay. Another time was when my brother, sister, boyfriend and I attended Video Games Live. That night I cosplayed as Chun Li and won the costume contest, which was pretty awesome. However, my favorite part of that night was being able to appreciate and enjoy the concert with my family. Cosplay in general is really fun, but it definitely is better with the people you love.
Do you read comics and if so, what are your favorite titles?
Though my time is limited now due to school/work, I do enjoy reading comics here and there. My favorite comic book series are Wonder Woman and Lady Death.
What is your favorite comic book character?
Who are your inspirations?
Vampy Bit Me, Yaya Han, Tixie Lix, Tess Fowler, my friends and family.
Have you ever participated in any cosplay events or costumed fund raisers?
I have participated in hosting “Mashfest NYC’s 2013 Year End Party”, as well as a couple of “Drink, Draw, Cosplay” events. I’d love to actually do costumed fundraisers in the future if the opportunities are available.
What do you like to do when you’re not costuming, such as other hobbies?
I enjoy working out, video games, watching anime, reading comics/manga, and karaoke.
Do you have any advice for others wanting to get into cosplay?
Just do it! Life is too short to not engage in the things that interest you.
Every 10th of every month, we will be feature a new Cosplay Spotlight. If you’re interested in having your hard work featured, contact me.