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 Princess Nightmare, who used her imagination to say “What if Spider-Man married Black Cat instead of MJ?”

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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.”?

Princess Nightmare: The first convention I went to was Wizard World Philly in 2007. I went because I absolutely love Joe Linsner’s art work and I had been collecting his original art for a couple of years. I wanted to meet him so badly that I went alone.

Nightmare1I did continue to go to conventions but it was always for art and to talk to the artists I loved but never for costumes.  In 2011 I did a photo shoot in costume and went from there directly to the Philly convention, so I suppose that was the first convention I officially did in costume.

CSC: What was your first cosplay? Was it something particular that inspired you to make your first costume?

PN: Technically it was American McGee’s Alice. I really, really love Alice, and have since the first game came out.  Creepy as it is, she is an Alice I can relate to and is also a brunette, but I have been a wonderland fanatic my whole life.  So when I saw someone near me had a wonderland set set up, I had to go and do Alice.

The resulting photo attracted the attention of Tree House Store Brands as the second Alice game was being released. They used me as an ad, and then later on American McGee named me one of the top ten Alices in the world.  I think I am probably best known for that photo still. There have been a few times I have been at a convention in costumes like a random steampunk purple dress that I made and people still come up and say ‘YOU’RE ALICE!’

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?

PN: Although I don’t usually buy from retailers, when I looked through your selection of stuff I saw something that would fit really well with some… I’m not sure what to call it… It’s sort of a series of work that I’m doing. It sparked some cool ideas that I got really excited about. The fact that you guys have so much is really interesting. Different costumes can be used for different things, or partnered with some of the screen-worn costumes I have or other things that I’ve made to make for some interesting takes on characters or new creations.

CSC: For CSC, you decided to take our Glam Spidergirl Costume, and turn it into a unique play on Black Cat. What made you pick that particular costume, and what was the feedback from your fans like? Did they enjoy it?Nightmare 2

PN: I picked that costume because I’m in the middle of planning out a Black Cat series.  I find most girls who dress as Black Cat at conventions do it because she is sexy, and I haven’t yet found one that I can have an actual conversation with about the character, but I, on the other hand, am deeply devoted to the characters I do.  For the series I had a lot of things planned, and right before I saw that dress, I was given a comic by my best friend called What if Spiderman Married The Black Cat?.  I saw this, plus a set by my favorite photographer as a great opportunity to add something really different to my Black Cat portfolio.

Often MJ is pictured at home doing laundry wearing Spider-Man t-shirts or something or other, and to me that always looked ridiculous. So knowing the set my photographer had set up was a home-like set with pretty curtains, I started to get some ideas on how Black Cat might wait at home, and her personality on what would be going on here if Spider-Man did indeed marry Black Cat. The dress fit really well for this and I’m so excited because the photos are spectacular.

There is definitely no better choice for what I was going for. This costume was absolutely perfect for it!  The response has been great! A lot of people love the costume and the photos and how it all came together, and another cosplayer from the UK wants the dress. I just sent her the link for it and maybe we’ll get to see what she does with it. So far it’s a big hit!

CSC: How do you keep yourself engaged with your fans and followers? What’s it like meeting them at conventions?

PN: I keep my Facebook page going and that’s about it. I don’t do conventions for costumes. I am an artist and small business owner. I make custom Swarovski shoes and bags, and do one-of-a-kind dolls so when I go to a convention I try to go in costume as long as I can move in it, not trip anyone helping me at my booth, etc. In the past, I’ve only had a couple of people who know me as a cosplayer come up to me at a convention.

Most recognize me as Alice, as I mentioned earlier, but mostly I keep engaged with people through my Facebook page. GeekxGirls.com posts a lot of stuff for me which helps a lot too. I guess we will see what happens at New York Comic Con this year, as I have nearly three times as many people following me on Facebook!

I am curious to see if people on that page are also at the convention and will come by.  Going from 3,000 to 10,000 in a year is a pretty big jump, and I honestly have no idea how that effects anything!

CSC: What are your future cosplay plans? Is there anything specific that your fans can look forward to?

PN: Too many! I love costumes. I don’t cosplay to cosplay, I do it to relax, turn my brain off and take a break from life.  I think I am most excited about a Daenerys shoot I have coming up because I had a bit of a different take on one of her dresses that we managed to bring to life.  So I am really excited about that.  Aside from that, I have some interesting steampunk concepts that I have been working on that I am really excited about.

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!

PN: It was fantastic! So helpful and so nice! Costume SuperCenter is a great resource to have so I don’t have to make myself crazy if I can’t get to making a piece of something in time. It’s great to know you guys have a huge selection and are so easy to contact and talk to!

nightmare5If you’re stopping by to say hello to Costume SuperCenter at New York Comic Con,
be sure to visit Princess Nightmare, too –
She’s right around the corner at Booth #1589.
She’ll be selling her custom line of bags and shoes.