I’m wandering in a crowd of a thousand faces at Long Beach Comic-Con 2015.
Nerdbot was there to cover the event and have a great time.
If you haven’t been to a Con I’ll help you draw a mental picture:
COSPLAY, PEOPLE, BOOTHS, UNICORNS, STORMTROOPERS, MERCHANDISE, BATMANS, AWESOMENESS!
As I’m taking all this in I see these beautiful eyes coming my way. I see a perfect face. I see a gentle smile. I see someone that loves to be here.
I had the pleasure of meeting Cosplayer Joanne Rose a.k.a Bloodthirsty Beauty.
I’ve interviewed and photographed Cosplayers for some time now. Some have looked nervous, uncomfortable and unsure. I always tell them to enjoy themselves and be free. Have fun.
Looking at Joanne you can see a happiness and sense of fun. It’s something natural you can’t find at your local liquor store.
Sometimes you find it was something you were meant to do.
Here is my Nerdbot's interview with the Bloodthirsty Beauty:
Nerdbot: I loved looking at your portfolio. How long have you been Cosplaying?
Joanne: Well thank you so much! I have been cosplaying for about 4 and a half years now. My first convention was the El Paso Comic Con, which was honestly so rad the first few years it was put on. I have always liked to dress up and make myself into all sorts of things which is fitting because I am also a makeup artist. Once I was thrown into the world of cosplay, I knew that my life and my wallet were never going to be the same.
Nerdbot: What was the first character you ever Cosplayed as?
Joanne: The first character I ever cosplayed as was Jessica Rabbit, but it was back in the days when I really didn't understand that cosplay was supposed to be accurate. So I would consider my first cosplay to be the little mermaid. That was the first costume I took a lot of time with. Hand bedazzling a bra with five different sizes of rhinestones can take up a lot more time than you'd think. Some of them were so small I had to apply them with tweezers, but it was so worth it. I was so so proud of it once it was finished. PLUS I didn't have to where a wig with that costume which is always nice.
Nerdbot: I've met a lot of Wonder Woman Cosplayers in my time. It looks great on you. What motivated you to be Wonder Woman in the first place?
Joanne: Well I was in Barnes & Noble one night with my Iced Chai Latte (which is my
starbucks staple) searching for my next graphic novel to read. I stumbled upon the first volume of Ame-Comi girls, and I was immediately in love with it. I literally read through half of it that night. But Wonder Woman was just the kind of the character I needed to channel at the time. She is such a confident, beautiful, and powerful woman, and I needed to gain a little bit of her Amazonian strength. It worked by the way.
Nerdbot: I saw your Kingdom Of Hearts cosplay. It looked awesome. How did that photoshoot come together?
Joanne: This is my absolute FAVORITE cosplay I have ever done. Kingdom Hearts is something that is very dear to me. It was perhaps the first thing I ever went super obsessive geek on. Its a game I could play over and over again and never get sick of it. The story line is just so complex and interesting, and how can you go wrong with a game that includes Disney? Sora being my favorite character was an obvious must for
me even after a lot of people tried to discourage me and put me more in a sexy costume direction. Obviously I cosplay whatever I want however I want, so I went along with Sora anyways. It has been absolutely the most fun I've ever had with a costume. As far as the photoshoot, one of my good friends Gabriella Olivas was the photographer! She really helped me capture the essence of Sora in a raw form, and then I took it to my photo editor and put Goofy and Donald at my side. I honestly love how it came out so much.
Nerdbot: Here at Nerdbot we love going to Conventions and meeting new people. Where was your favorite Con experience?
Joanne: I have been blessed to never have a bad convention experience which is super awesome. I have had so much fun at the conventions every year I have gone. But one time in particular I had a dream of doing a cosplay related to Metalocalypse which is one of my favorite shows of all time. I just wanted someone to be Dr. Rockso with me, and luckily one of my best friends at the time was crazy enough to run around as my favorite clown.
Nerdbot: Nerd question time! Which movie are you more excited to see...Star Wars: The Force Awakens or Superman vs. Batman: Dawn Of Justice?
Joanne: I am definitely more excited for Star Wars. I have to try and forget about it sometimes because its so close yet still so far away. CAN IT JUST COME OUT ALREADY?!
Nerdbot: What is your next Cosplay project?
Joanne: Well Nerdbot, you will be hearing it first! For my next convention (Comikaze), I am going to be Marvel Girl and a playboy bunny style Jessica Rabbit with a cute little Roger at my side. I also have a few surprises up my sleeve; you'll have to just wait and see. (;
Nerdbot: Do you have any advice for our Nerdbot Cosplayers or aspiring Models?
Joanne: Always have fun no matter what. Don't ever let anything or anyone discourage you from following your dreams and kicking ass. Wear whatever makes you feel like you can take on the world, but never get too full of yourself and always be kind. Take time and put detail into any costume, it does make a difference. And last but not least, practice really does make perfect; always work through the harder costumes until you get them how you want them, where there is a will there is a way.
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