Cosplayer Spotlight: Tonya De Marco
Updated: May 29, 2019
Droids: This week we have a treat for our fellow geeks! We get to sit down with the beautiful, Tonya De Marco ! Thank you for sitting down with us for an installment of Cosplayer Highlight!
Droids: Easy/typical questions first. What was the first convention you attended? What was the most memorable part of that convention? Tonya: And thank you so much for having me! I'm honored.
Droids: Is there a cosplay you will not do? If so, and Why?
Tonya: I don't specifically have a cosplay that I won't do. I'm fairly modest, though, so cosplays that I wear to cons or events are usually more conservative than cosplays that I will shoot in.
If I find a character that I really want to cosplay, but it is a bit more revealing than I would normally wear, I can modify it when I make the costume.
Droids: What was your favorite cosplay costume that you've done so far?
Tonya: My favorite cosplay so far is an original character that I created. She is a proper Victorian school teacher with a sassy side. I call it, "The Two Faces of Eve." I think she is my favorite because of the detail I put into the costume and I get to play two characters in one. I'm also very in touch with my dark side (I'm also a published author and write dark fiction), so Ienjoy that in m cosplay as well. I'm looking forward to doing more characters in that realm.
Droids: Do you have a favorite convention? If so, which one is it, and why?
Tonya: That is really difficult to choose just one! I've been to several cons across the country, many repeatedly from year to year, and each and every one has been fantastic. If i have to pick just one, I'd say Salt Lake ComiCon for a purely selfish reason. The chef in the green room was vegan and I never had to worry about what I could and couldn't eat. He always had something amazing waiting for me.
Droids: What was the hardest costume for you to make to date? What made it so difficult?
Tonya: That would have to be my "Alice: Return to Madness" cosplay. Not that the costume is a high degree of difficulty at all, but because I was staying somewhere temporarily and lacked tools to make it with. I had dull scissors and pins from a travel sewing kit, it was missing the tape measure, and then the borrowed sewing machine I was using broke on the first seam I sewed. I had to finish the costume by hand and I only had a couple of days to do it. I really enjoyed playing this character because she is a darker character and I was able to bring a wide spectrum of emotion to the photo shoot.
Droids: Is there a cosplayer that you look up to for inspiration?
Tonya: Again, so hard to choose just one! Kamui Cosplay for her amazing armor making skills and her genuine desire to help out other cosplayers and fans. Yaya Han for her intricate sewing skills. Ivy Doomkitty because she is always so gracious to fans. Tanglewyst de Holloway for encouraging me personally and for showing me that you can be both an author and a cosplayer. And Erin Card and Filthy Warumono right here in Colorado because they are both just so awesome!
Droids: Is there a Con that you have not gone to yet but aspire to do so?
Tonya: There are soooo.... many! But, I'm going to say I'd like to go to Costume Con again. I went once just as an attendee and an observer. I'd like to go back and compete in the masquerade.
Droids: Do you have a funny experience from a comic con that you want to share?
Tonya: YES!! Denver ComiCon 2015. I signed up to be a panelist on a World Building panel as an author. I thought we were going to have a discussion about creating characters and settings in a story or a novel. The panel discussion was actually about Lego building blocks. I managed to answer the Moderator's questions and learned about the world of Lego animation.
Droids: Is there anything else you want to add about cosplay or yourself in general or perhaps promote something that may not have already been covered? Tonya: I just want to remind everyone that cosplay is ultimately for fun. Remember to have fun. If you want to cosplay do it! You don't have to be a certain age, gender or anything. Anyone can do it. And everyone is at different levels. Don't get discouraged if your costume isn't perfect. Wear it, be proud and have fun!
Droids: It was an absolute pleasure sitting down with you! Congratulations on your continued success as an amazing cosplayer!
We hope to see you at a Convention some time!