It’s hardly a secret that comic book films are now stacked with Hollywood’s hottest hunks and babes (Chris Hemsworth, Zoe Saldana, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson). But in the last couple of years, geekdomania has veritably become a celebrity badge of honor, with a-listers of every stripe seemingly quite eager to flaunt their inner nerd.
This has played out most evidently in the mainstreaming of cosplay culture, with Lena Dunham, Neil Patrick Harris, Jaden Smith, Daniel Radcliffe, Shannon Woodward, Bryan Cranston, and most enthusiastically Katy Perry (we loved her as Freddie Mercury) all joining in the kooky fun. Even the New York Times has been all over it.
So, as this year’s Long Beach Comic Con (sort of a hipper, more indie counterpart to the big San Diego show) kicks off today, we caught up with one of the stars of the genre, the lovely and talented (and body confidence crusader) Ivy Doomkitty, to attempt to explicate this curious trend.
Oh, and just in case you were wondering, Doomkitty is not her real name.
How did you become such a superstar of the genre?
I wouldn’t say that I am a superstar. I began cosplaying as a fan of my favorite characters and things just kind of snowballed out of control. I’ve been blessed with many opportunities doing something that I absolutely love.
What do your fans love most about you?
Hmmm, I’d have to go with being real. I’m a very “what you see is what you get” person. I have panels at conventions discussing body confidence and being positive with one’s self. It’s my way of sharing my experience and also giving back to the community and fans that have given me so much.
What have been some of your best costumes?
I’d have to go with Altair from Assassins Creed, Dr. Doom, Power Girl, Ms. Marvel and Emperor Kuzco. I try to use a new technique with each new costume that I make and via trial and error, I learn and gain experience in that medium. I have several that I am currently working on for this year that will definitely push me above my limitations.
Who are some of the other most fabulous cosplay babes that you admire?
At the top of my list, I’d have to go with Vampy Bit Me. She is the sweetest girl you will ever meet, is incredibly talented, and all around a fun loving person.
Have you noticed a lot of celebrities getting into cosplay? Any you can name?
There is definitely [America’s Next Top Model] Adrianne Curry. Also, various celebrities cosplay as their own characters from films at conventions just to be able to walk the floor undetected.
Why do you think it’s such a hot thing right now, and do you think it will outlive its trendiness?
I think the success of comic book movies, along with shows like the Big Bang Theory and Heroes of Cosplay all helped introduce many people to “geekdom” and cosplay. The things that we were once shunned for liking as kids and teens have now become mainstream with the help of the media; and I honestly feel that is a beautiful thing. Cosplay was here before it became trendy and it will always be here.
What are you planning for the Long Beach Comic Con?
I’m excited to have several panels, and will also be judging the costume contest. All of my panels are in room S6: Men of Cosplay (Sat, 12pm), Body Confidence and Positivity in Cosplay (Sat, 1pm), Cosplay Q and A (Sun 11am). I’ll be at my booth (CC2) taking photos with fans and signing autographs both days.
Do you find the LA fans particularly enthusiastic?
Absolutely! LA is my home and the fans here are particularly awesome.
What are you like in real life?
I love playing video games and watching movies with my cats on my down time. I also frequent teahouses and tend to get lost in whatever book that I’m reading at the time.