Another cosplayer I bonded with over our Hufflepuff Pride. This was a very enjoyable interview, I hope you like it as much as I did!
Please introduce yourself.
My name is Katie Bishop, (yes, like Hawkeye), and I can be found on instagram as @katie_cant_cosplay.
What is your favorite beverage?
As I’m kinda craving one right now, strawberry milkshakes. They’re great!
When did you start cosplaying?
I did my first cosplay for 2016 geekgirlcon, which was actually my first convention ever! I loved it, and the con, and continued for ECCC that year. After that first year, I really fell deeper into fandom, geek life, conventions in general, especially cosplay. I would say I really started to get into it around October of this year, before joining the instagram cosplay community in November. Before cosplay, I would make costumes for Halloween for both me and my younger brother, pretty much starting in 3rd grade, so costumes and craft were already a fun thing I did!
Why did you start cosplaying?
It was actually thanks to my Girl Scout leader. She was the one who took me (and the troop) to geekgirlcon that first time, and introduced me to cosplay and con life. I often tagged along with her and her family for cons, coming from a pretty non-geeky family myself. She’s awesome, and set my geek-filled group of Girl Scout friends up to do a cosplay workshop, which was pretty much where it became my hobby! After that first con and cosplay experience, I just fell in love with cosplay. I did a more work on it, and just kept falling deeper into cosplay until it became something I do!
Who are your cosplay idols?
Well, I have to mention @theomnus, who gave me a card with his Instagram after I asked for a picture at my last con, and in that introduced me to the cosplay community. I also really admire @burdenedwithgloriouscosplay, @overcastcosplay, and @captainmontgomerycosplay. They’re all awesome cosplayers and super nice people!
What types of cosplay do you do?
I have mostly Harry Potter cosplays done right now, but I have plans for a whole bunch of marvel characters!
What are your favorite cosplays?
I really like my Newt Scamander! I’ve got him mostly down, and feel pretty comfortable as him in photoshoots.
What is something you want to cosplay but probably never will?
I really really want to do a Spider Man cosplay and Kate Bishop, especially in her Hawkingbird costume from young avengers (I think that’s where it’s from…) but due to some personal issues I don’t think I’d be fully comfortable cosplaying either of them! But, a more casual version of either is fully possible (and, spoiler, is planned!)
Do you make, buy, or special order, your cosplay?
I make as much as I can, but then buy and almost always alter what I can make. I make props and wands and such, but for things such as jackets or shirts, I’ll normally buy and do alterations. I really want to start making more though!
What do you love about cosplay?
The community, the support, and the ability to just kind of become a different person and take a break from being yourself.
What is the most difficult thing for you about cosplay?
Well, the fact that I’m still a kid who can’t get a job yet and has a non-geeky family has been hard. Making my family understand why I’m always saving for and buying what they would call strange things (such as foam, insane amounts of hot glue, or unusual jackets), is always quite, erm, interesting… Being young also makes it a challenge to go to cons, and book, afford, and do professional photoshoots (which I’m yet to do, but would really love to!)
If you could live in any fantasy world, where would you go?
My potterhead pride makes me have to say Hogwarts! Honestly though, I wouldn’t protest being dropped off in most fantasy lands.
Where do you get inspiration?
I watch/read, and end up finding characters and basically just getting so excited over them that I have to cosplay them! Believe me, I’ve got a mental list about a mile long of characters I would love to cosplay someday!
What are your fandoms?
So, so many fandoms. I’ll try to name as many as I can without being annoying…
Harry Potter (entire universe of it!), Marvel and the MCU, Sherlock, Supernatural, some DC, especially the Arrowverse shows, recently joined the Star Wars fandom, Hamilton (the musical. I’m a bit of a musical nerd), Hunger Games and most books, and Stranger Things. There are more if I dig a bit deeper…
What is something you wish beginning cosplayers knew?
It’s hard but rewarding. It’s ok if you start slowly, it’s ok if you can’t go to conventions. It’s ok if you can’t do photoshoots, it’s all ok. You’ll get there!
What tips or tricks do you have?
For me at least, hot glue is to cosplay as duct tape is to repairs. If you don’t know what to do, hot glue may work. Also, sheets, table cloths, and drapes from thrift stores can be easily altered for fabric, especially if you need a base for a cape or something large and can’t afford new fabric. In general, thrift stores are quite helpful. Cheaper items that you can destroy and deconstruct without feeling guilty or destroying your budget.
What is something you wish non-cosplayers knew?
We work hard! This is not easy, and those people who are amazing at it have spent hours, often days or weeks perfecting things. It isn’t just wearing a costume. It’s the making of the costume that really makes it fun.
What cosplays are you working on?
I’m in the middle of building Starlord from Guardians Of The Galaxy, with plans for a casual Kate Bishop (probably with my dad as casual Clint, so I’d be working on both of those), helping a some friends with their projects, and a punk Rey or Leia in the cards for 2018!
What cosplay would you do if time and money weren’t a variable?
Winter soldier. I really wish I could do a Winter Soldier cosplay, but I don’t have the time or money for a big project like that. Honorable mentions include Groot, Wonder Woman, a really good and accurate Rey, and Loki.
Where can people find your cosplay?
@katie_cant_cosplay on instagram!
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