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 Toxic Girl Marie Kovacs, who modeled CSC’s Silk Spectre costume.

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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.”?

Toxic Girl: My first time actually cosplaying at a convention was in 2009 at Zenkaikon in Pennsylvania. I was Misa Amane from Death Note, but I didn’t have the wig, so it wasn’t that recognizable. I ended up having a lot of fun, regardless.

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

received_687466878017097TG: My first entirely handmade costume was a ‘Klassic’ version of Skarlet from Mortal Kombat. When I finished it, I had such an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment and I wanted to start another costume immediately!

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?

TG: Right off the bat, I was excited, I thought it would be fun and interesting to collaborate. I can see why some cosplayers are hesitant, and I remember being burned by many retailers all too well, but you can never really know for certain unless you are willing to take the plunge. I’m glad that I did!

CSC: For CSC, you decided to wear and review our Silk Spectre costume, which is obviously based on the popular female character from Watchmen. What made you pick that particular costume, and what was the feedback from your fans like? Did they enjoy it?

TG: Well, I’m a fan of Watchmen as you might have guessed. (Silk Spectre) is a strong, smart, female character who didn’t let her upbringing hold her back. Her past haunts her, but she doesn’t let it control her.

My fans were very quick to respond with approval, which is great because I cut my hair specifically to channel my inner Spectre, haha.

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

received_687466814683770TG: I constantly update my fan page, and respond to every comment and post. Even if I had one person commenting, it’s nice to know that my hard work is appreciated by someone other than myself.

I’ve met people who know me at conventions, and I have to say, it’s kind of a trip. I’m flattered that people remember me at all, to be honest.

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

TG: I don’t want to give too much away, but I just finished making my Jill Valentine from Resident Evil 3, and I’m currently making Sadira from Killer Instinct.

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!

TG: Outstanding! A++! 10-out-of-10! The works! Costume SuperCenter is amazing, the customer service and staff are amazing, and the costumes are awesome. I’m so thrilled that I was able to be a part of this and hope to be included in future collaborations.

If you have any doubts about CSC, I’ll tell you time and time again… They rock!