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Cosplayer Spotlight: Yellowbrick Road Cosplay

Updated: May 27, 2019

Droids: This week we have a treat for our fellow geeks! We get to sit down with Ashlee of Yellowbrick Road Cosplay! Thank you for sitting down with us for an installment of Cosplayer Highlight!

Thanks for having me! I’m super excited to share my work.

Droids: Easy/typical questions first. What was the first convention you attended? What was the most memorable part of that convention?

The first convention I ever attended was Naka-Kon in Overland Park, Kansas. The most memorable part of that convention for me was the fact that I was hoping to cosplay as Hunny Senpai from Ouran High School Host Club, but I forgot my prop. Everyone started mistaking me Tamaki and the rest, as they say, is history. I just went along with it and now Tamaki is one of my favorite cosplays.

Droids: Is there a cosplay you will not do? If so, and Why?

I’ve never really thought about it honestly. I mostly cosplay characters that stick out to me, and do more research on those. I just kind of ignore the ones that don’t really stick out.

Droids: What was your favorite cosplay costume that you've done so far?

It’s hard to decide! I have two that I love to do just because of how popular they are when I bring them to conventions and that would be Frank N. Furter from Rocky Horror and Jareth the Goblin King from Labyrinth.

Droids: Do you have a favorite convention? If so, which one is it, and why?

My favorite convention is one I just started going to a couple years ago and that is Planet Comic Con in Kansas City, Missouri. It’s one of the bigger cons I go to but it has that smaller con feel.

Droids: What was the hardest costume for you to make to date? What made it so difficult?

The hardest costume to make to date? Hrrrm…probably my Mad Hatter cosplay. All the detail work on the jacket and pants was nerve wracking and I felt like it was never going to end.

Droids: Is there a cosplayer that you look up to for inspiration?

JCaito because his work on his doctor who cosplays are absolutely amazing, and I wish I could do half the things he does.

Droids: Is there a Con that you have not gone to yet but aspire to do so?

San Diego Comic Con is on my con bucket list. It’s probably not anywhere in my future, but I know it’s one I want to get to at least once.

Droids: Do you have a funny experience from a comic con that you want to share?

I’m partially deaf on my right side so if it’s loud and people are trying to get my attention my handler has to make sure he’s able to stop me. My favorite story involving this incident is when I was Planet Comic Con for the first time and I was dressed as Jareth. I was all sorts of distracted and walking from booth to booth and someone was trying to stop me for a picture. I had heard no one shouting my name until I heard “Jareth!” shouted really loud. I turn and my handler and the person trying to get my attention both start laughing. I walk over with a grin and apologize. After she gets her picture and leaves my handler turns to me and goes “I shouted your name two or three times…but you responded to Jareth.”

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?

Aside from cosplay I also do drag. I am a drag King by the name of Oliver Clozoff. I’ve been doing drag for about a year, and it’s the best experience ever. I love it, and people seem to love Oliver.

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!

#yellowbrickroadcosplay #cosplayerspotlight

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