One of the features we do here at Comic Impact is the monthly Cosplay Spotlight. The idea is to showcase people from every facet of this wonderful world of fandom we call, “Cosplay.” We believe in the fun of dressing up and want everyone who plays a part to be recognized.
What is your name?
Christina Gonzalez, but I like to go as Christina Dark.
How many years of experience do you have and what got you into cosplay?
It’s been about 5 years. It actually started with elaborate Halloween costumes, since Halloween is my favorite Holiday. I always wanted to stand out and be different from the crowd, which a lot of people started noticing and liking my costumes. Then a friend of mine told me to consider cosplaying because of my costumes being different and that I would enjoy it since I always love dressing up. So definitely I have to say that cosplaying was spiraled off from Halloween.
What character/design are you most well known for?
Which is your favorite character/design?
I definitely have to say my Dovahkiin (Skyrim) cosplay.
Did you know how to sew/fabricate before you started cosplaying?
No I didn’t. I started out cosplaying at a young age, so didn’t know so much when it came to sewing machines. So my mom helped me out a lot when it came to sewing.
How have your techniques improved over the years?
I would have to say doing a lot of research on the costume I want to make helped me a lot. Seeing different peoples methods when it came to making a particular costume or prop did help improve my techniques, such as my sewing and making accessories.
How long does it usually take and what’s your typical process to complete a costume?
It usually depends. As a full time college student I’m usually extremely busy to sit down and work on a costume for a full day. Sometimes I can work on a costume for a few hours then get straight to do homework, then later I’ll pick up working on my costume the next week. So maybe 2 weeks to a month.
Is there a particular fabric/pattern/accessory that you consider your Achilles’ heel?
I have to say Lycra fabric. It is so hard to sew for me since it sometimes bunches up when sewing. It is a love/hate thing for me.
Have you met any of the artists or writers where your costume is based on their work?
No I haven’t, but I have met some really cool artists who do draw the characters that I am dressed up as.
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you at a convention?
No joke, at one of the cons I went to, I dressed up as Lady Deadpool and I walked pass by a booth where they were selling Boba Fett helmets. And there was this young man in uniform who was sitting at the booth and the moment I passed by I looked at him, he said, “God bless America.” It was hilarious, especially because his face was in this hypnotized gaze.
What is one of your best memories in cosplaying?
It has to be the hard work that is payed off in the end after finishing a costume. You know, finally getting to wear it and getting noticed for all the hard work I put into it. I love seeing the reactions of peoples faces in awe when they see my costume and it is a very good feeling, a nice feeling.
Do you read comics and if so, what are your favorite titles?
Here and there whenever I have time. My favorite has to be Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller.
What is your favorite comic book character?
Batman! I grew up with him as a kid so he’s always been a big part of my life.
Who are your inspirations?
In the cosplay world, I have to say Yaya Han, Jessica Nigri, and Mariedoll. They inspire me to be better and to work harder on making my costumes. I’ve met Marie and she was the sweetest person I have met. At the con I met her at, her and her husband gave me tips and tricks to making costumes and accessories for them. Outside the cosplay world, defiantly my mom. She has always taught me to always go after your dreams and to be myself.
Have you ever participated in any cosplay events or costumed fund raisers?
No I haven’t but my goal is too. But I did help make a commercial for a Sci Fi con in El Paso which was pretty sweet.
What do you like to do when you’re not costuming, such as other hobbies?
Well I love to act. I’ve been acting since I was 7 and right now I’m going to school to get my degree in performance. Besides acting, I love to draw. Also, video gaming and going shooting with my friends.
Do you have any advice for others wanting to get into cosplay?
To never give up. It is such a fun hobby to get into. In the beginning it might seem tough because you don’t know where to start off but, if you ever get stuck on making a costume or prop, never be afraid to ask for help. We all start off somewhere. The costume you make is a part of you, your style, your reflection. It is your work of art. So be shameless when it comes to cosplaying, because to me, that is what cosplay is all about.
Every 10th of every month, we will be feature a new Cosplay Spotlight. If you’re interested in having your hard work featured, contact me.