Hearing about cosplay from Costume SuperCenter is one thing, but the folks here wanted to give the visitors to our blog a better look into the costuming community.
That’s why we’ve decided to start Cosplay Convo – Exclusive interviews with models from our team of cosplayers, talking about their experiences in cosplay, their future plans and why they continue to work with CSC. This week, we sat down with Artemis Moon, who recently took a few different products from our inventory, and pieced them together to make a breath-taking Black Canary Cosplay.
Costume SuperCenter: What was the first convention or cosplay event you ever attended? Did anything specific happen at that convention that made you say “Wow. I want to keep doing this.”?
Artemis Moon: My first convention was ColossalCon 2009 in Sandusky, Ohio at the Kalahari Resort and Waterpark. I honestly think I picked a fantastic con as my first – not too big or small, and in a fantastic location, which helped in my decision to continue attending conventions. I was older when I first decided to jump out of my shell and attend so having a lot of con activities and outside con activities made it easy for me to choose to attend another con; I also made a lot of fantastic friends. It was the first time I was exposed to people in person who shared the same interests as me, so, naturally, I was willing to attend more cons to meet more people with similar interests!
CSC: What was your first cosplay? Was it something particular that inspired you to make your first costume?
AM: My first cosplay was Aerith from Final Fantasy VII. I really enjoyed video games as a kid. My brother and I didn’t have a lot of free time growing up so what free time we did have, our mom and dad let us play video games! FFVII was one that really stuck with me, and especially Aerith’s character. I remember when I was younger, I found people dressed as video game characters online and then I was told about cosplay and how it can be used to show your appreciation for something you love so naturally my first thought was, “I have to cosplay Aerith!”
CSC: Obviously, a lot of American cosplayers are hesitant to work with costume retailers as opposed to creating their own outfits by hand. What were your thoughts when you were first contacted by CSC?
AM: I was a little nervous at first. I was worried I wasn’t going to find materials to work with. Honestly, I started out buying and commissioning my costumes. I struggled for a long time with learning how to sew, so I’ve never had a negative outlook on buying a costume.
CSC: For CSC, you decided to take a few of our products, piece them together, and you turned a few ordinary parts and twisted them into Black Canary. What made you pick that particular costume, and what was the feedback from your fans like? Did they enjoy it?
AM: I had been tossing around the idea of doing a Comic cosplay for a long time, and Black Canary was one of the ideas I had been tossing around. I recently watched Young Justice and Canary makes several appearances as the team’s mentor in it, so when I saw CSC had leotards I was like, “Yep, it is time.” I was so nervous people were going to have so-so or negative feedback since this is very different from what I’ve done in the past but I’ve gotten nothing but positive feedback and love! I had a couple of people message me saying that they are Canary fans and are super pleased with my portrayal.
CSC: How do you keep yourself engaged with your fans and followers? What’s it like meeting them at conventions?
AM: Oh wow. I know, for me, I never think of the people that follow my work as fans or followers. I always try my best to talk to everyone as if they are my friends. Because, to me, everyone is a person and definitely worth taking the time to talk to. I like to ask questions that involve talking about current projects everyone is working on, what types of comics, shows, anime, etc. are people reading and talking about my favorite things as well. Meeting someone in person is always fun! I’m honestly a very shy individual so when someone recognizes me, I get all bashful and awkward. But I love when people come up and talk to me because that’s what a lot of convention going is for me – meeting new people!
CSC: What are your future cosplay plans? Is there anything specific that your fans can look forward to?
AM: In the immediate future, I have 2 new cosplays I am currently working on for a con in October (Youmacon); M’Gann (Miss Martian) and Artemis from Young Justice and a long term project I am working on is Michelle K. Davis from Terra Formars.
CSC: Overall, how would you grade your collaboration with Costume SuperCenter? Hopefully, you enjoyed working with us as much as we enjoyed working with you!
AM: I would give my collaboration a 5-out-of-5! CSC has been nothing but nice and professional with the whole process, and Matt was very engaged with me through everything. I could not have asked for better customer service. The products are A+ and exactly as I was planning they would be. I would definitely work with CSC in the future.