Sarah and I are cosplay moms.
When I first started on the odyssey of helping my cosplay daughter (Kiogenic) craft and construct (without going broke), I started a thread on cosplay.com called “cosplay parenting.”
While it seemed to me that there were a good deal of parents who supported their children in costuming (and who cosplayed themselves), I hadn’t found anywhere we could share ideas.
Sarah was an early contributor to that thread. She was helping teenage sons in England as I was helping a daughter in the U.S, and we shared ideas and celebrations. I watched the elaborate process of the construction of her cosplays from across the pond.
We became Facebook friends, and talked politics and life events, family and comics.
We started as fellow cosplay moms, but now she’s more than that: my super-cool English friend- cosplayer, artist, and best-ever tour guide……
Because when Kiogenic and I were in London this summer, I finally got to MEET Sarah in person!
She was lovely and warm and friendly, and had organized the most fascinating street art and counter-culture tour of Camden- ever. We wound around the market and through alleys, looking high and low at the work of many of Sarah’s friends.
She showed us the places the cool kids hang out and showered cosplay daughter with comic book gifts.
As she and Kiogenic browsed comics and graphic novels at a small, locally-owned shop, I chatted with the guy behind the desk, who was interested to learn how I knew Sarah.
“It would have been awkward if you hadn’t gotten on” he observed.
He was right. I suppose it would have been. But I hadn’t really worried about it. Sarah was already a friend before I “met” her in person. Fascinating, brilliant, talented and delightful.
So today I’d like to offer a profile of my cosplaymom, artist, costumer and maths-whiz buddy Sarah:
Day job: statistician for a marketing agency
Age-ish: 50 (ouch!) (Still not quite come to terms with that!)
Why do you cosplay?
How long have you been cosplaying?
How do you choose your character(s)?
Do you have a signature, or favorite cosplay?
Do you make, or buy your cosplays?
What advice do you have to other cosplayers?
What’s the best thing that someone has said to you about your cosplay?
Best reactions are always from the little ones. “Rocket I love you” is probably the best
What’s the worst thing that someone has said to you about your cosplay?
This is going to sound horribly smug but I don’t think I’ve heard any negative comments! Closest I guess is “oh it’s a CHICK in there!” when someone heard Rocket talk in an unexpected lady voice
Do you attend conventions?