Cosplayer Spotlight: Shadow Storm Cosplay
Updated: May 28, 2019
Hey everyone, Todd is here reporting for DroidsCanada.com. This week, we have been lucky enough to score an interview with ShadowStorm Cosplay. We have been looking forward to posting this interview and we hope everyone will enjoy it!
Droids: This week we have a treat for our fellow geeks! We get to sit down with the ShadowStorm Cosplay, ! 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?
My first convention was CNAnime 2001 which is a part of the colossal event that is FanExpo. It was the first time I cosplayed and was Yuna from Final Fantasy X. I worked for at least 3 weeks on that costume doing hand painted details on the skirt and gradients for the arm pieces. I was still a newbie at sewing so my skills weren't that great and my choice of fabrics was pretty bad. It was also my first time entering the costume contest. I was nervous as heck to be in front of that many people. Didn't win anything but it was a learning experience.
Droids: Is there a cosplay you will not do? If so, and Why?
Anything overly skimpy or any bikini versions of costumes. I'm a plus sized, fluffy girl so I'm not overly confident enough to pull it off. As much as cosplay for all is promoted and encouraged, there will always be trolls that will get a kick out of body shaming someone. Maybe someday though I'll get up the nerves to do it, but for now, I like to stay fairly covered.
Droids: What was your favorite cosplay costume that you've done so far?
That's a tough one. I actually have 2. First is my Sesshoumaru costume from Inuyasha that I made back in 2003. I spent about 3 months working with metal, airbrushing and sewing to make it and all of my hard work paid off. I won my first two cosplay awards with that costume. The second is my Rocket Raccoon costume from Guardians of the Galaxy. I made it back in 2014 and it is, to this day, my most popular and fun (yet sweaty) costume to wear. I always have a blast running around and acting like a big goofball in the fuzzbutt costume.
Droids: Do you have a favorite convention? If so, which one is it, and why?
FanExpo for sure. I've been going to that convention since 2001 and have seen it grow from a one floor, semi popular convention that would draw in a couple of major celebrities to the insane event that takes over the entire city for the weekend. It gets bigger and better each year and I love it.
Droids: What was the hardest costume for you to make to date? What made it so difficult?
Rocket was by far the biggest test to my sewing and crafting skills. I had never done a mascot style costume before nor had worked with foam to create armor. Aside from the mask which was a kids toy that I covered in fur and modified it to become a full head piece, the rest of the costume was made without any conventional sewing patterns. I made a pattern for the orange jumpsuit using existing clothing as a template and the armor was made using images from the internet and trial and error.
Droids: Is there a cosplayer that you look up to for inspiration?
Not really. I've been cosplaying for over 15 years now so I've met a LOT of cosplayers of all different skill levels. It astounds me the skill level newer cosplayers have nowadays in comparison to 10 years ago. There are so many resources out there now that help everyone in improving their skills and help them grow.
Droids: Is there a Con that you have not gone to yet but aspire to do so?
Either San Diego Comic Con or New York Comic Con. Besides FanExpo, these are the largest conventions in all of North America and a lot of cosplayers debut and show off grandiose costumes at these events. I would be in complete awe the entire weekend of every costume that I would see.
Droids: Do you have a funny experience from a comic con that you want to share?
FanExpo 2011, I was helping out for the weekend at a friends table. I had wanted to compete in the costume contest but didn't have a costume ready to go. This was the time of the Nyan Cat craze so in 3 days I managed to whip up a Nyan Cat costume for the contest. I had to walk on all fours across the stage (going the opposite way from the rest of the competitors because of the nature of my costume.) I had a huge reaction to my costume and there were even chants for an encore (they wouldn't let me go back out though.) The next day the results were announced and I won Best Meme. Funnily enough, this was the final award I needed to reach Master status. So I'm a Master, thanks to a meme.
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?
As I had mentioned above I've been around cosplaying for a long time now and have seen the culture and skill levels grow exponentially from when I first started. The costumes are bigger and more extravagant. My only concern with cosplay right now is that there is so much focus on building massive armor pieces that traditional sewing skills are taking a backseat and are being overlooked in competitions and in general.
Also I'm working on trying to get myself out there more in hopes of being invited to guest at conventions. It's a goal that I am trying my best to achieve. My Facebook page is www.facebook.com/shadowstormcosplay
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!