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Comic Book Divas Publishing not only loves bringing fans their occassional dose of kick butt comics, but we also like sitting down with women from around the industry and genres to talk comics, gaming, cosplay or whatever topics that are important to them. This time wee were fortunate enough to sit down with dancer, gamer,comic fan and just all around geek girl extraordinaire Alouette Cosplay.
Q: Before we get started, for that may not know Kendall Kane; tell us a little bit about your awesome self.
A: Hello! First off, you’re way too kind! My name is Kendall and I go by Alouette Cosplay online! In my “normal life” I am a dance teacher and performer who has worked at the big theme parks here in Orlando, but in my free time I love to read comics, watch horror movies, play video games, and dress up as my favorite characters!
Q: Growing up did you enjoy comics, gaming..etc? Or did that come later on in life?
A: I did! I always say I grew up in a very nerdy family, for example my dad’s grooms cake at my parents wedding was the Watchmen smiley! Some of my fondest memories growing up are playing video games, watching old sci-fi movies, and all kinds of stuff like that. The love only intensified with age!
Q: Did you ever feel like an outsider embracing your geekiness growing up?
A: Totally! I mean who didn’t? While other girls at dance or school talked about bands or clothes or whatever I just wanted to talk games and comics! Thankfully my friends growing up were extremely tolerant of my geeky ramblings, and I even got some to check out shows or games I liked! But beyond that not many people “got” me, but that’s okay because I never really “got” their interests either, haha!
Q: What was the very first comic you picked up, and what did you remember thinking after you read it?
A: I honestly couldn’t tell you what the very first comic I read was! It feels like ages ago. I know when I was younger, I was introduced to a lot of comics that maybe were a bit mature, but I’d like to think I was a very mature kid with pretty awesome parents. One memory does stick out though, and that is reading Watchmen when I was probably a bit too young for that one haha! I remember after reading thinking I had A LOT of questions, but also being totally drawn into the comic world. Thankfully I was then handed more “age appropriate” comics but Watchmen will stand as one of my firsts and one of the best.
Q: What was your first favorite video game, and why was it your favorite?
A: That would have to be a tie between Tomb Raider and Pokemon! While there were many games before those that I loved, I mean I was (and still am) killer at Tetris, those two stand out as my first loves. I remember playing Tomb Raider with my mom and dad, and having panic attacks anytime Lara had to hold her breath or deal with piranhas, and also hating that butler. Pokemon was the first game I was addicted to I think. I would play it for hours determined to level up my party pokemon and catch them all! Nothing has changed there though, haha!
Q: How have comics and video games changed in your opinion over the years when you began reading and playing?
A: The first and obvious answer for video games is graphics! Sometimes I look at all my older games and think wow, I thought this was incredible now look where we are! I love how games are becoming more and more interactive in the story line as well. As for comics, there have been some recent story lines that to me just stand out story wise!
Q: After you beat your opponent in a video game, do you do a victory dance?
A: Of course!! But even though I am a dancer, my victory dance is more like spastic kicking and fist pumping with some cheering!
Q: When and why did you first get the idea of wanting to cosplay?
A: It was about five and a half years ago! I was talking to one of my friends at dance who was really into anime, and she mentioned Anime Festival Orlando! We spent a lot of time looking into what exactly conventions were (vs. trade shows or the dance conventions we were used to) and found out that dressing up had a name and was encouraged at these events! It immediately caught my interest and after that con, I was hooked!
Q: What was your very first cosplay costume you created?
A: My very first costume was Mello from Death Note! Back at that first t talk much about that costume though! It was pretty tragic and I was in a walking cast that whole weekend.
Q: When you are looking at doing a cosplay are you more influenced by the design of the character or just because you like the character?
A: I have to say a mixture of both! First things first, I have to love the character! I just don’t find it fun to “be” a character that you don’t like, and it is also hard to motivate myself to work on a costume if I’m not in love with the character! I definitely do look at design as well. If it is something I feel I can’t “pull off” or look good in, I look at slightly modifying the design to something I am comfortable with.
Q: What is the most difficult costume you have created and what made it such a challenge?
A: Easily Princess Tutu! While I don’t do much anime cosplay any more, tutu is pretty special to me! I had to do her because of my ballet background and love for the series, and I chose to do her Odette tutu. The process that goes into a “real” ballet costume (the structure of the bodice, the tutu, etc etc) is insane! Plus all the rhinestones! Im very happy with it though, and its very special to me! A close runner up would be Liara T’Soni from Mass Effect, which I am working on now. I have never done a full armor costume before (just small pieces) so this sure is an experience!
Q: We know you are one busy woman; how do you make time to work on your projects?
A: Sometimes I’m not even sure myself how I make time! Some days I am blessed with a whole day or two off, and that is sweatshop time for me! Beyond that I always try to spread out a costume so that I can work on it piece by piece, and get it done in time!
Q: How has cosplaying changed since you began, and where would you like to see the genres go over time?
A: Honestly, I haven’t been cosplaying as long as others so I haven’t had the chance to see a huge change! For me, cosplay has changed on a more personal level. While I used to be “serious” about it, I know just focus on friends, loving the character, and having fun! I think the biggest change I have seen is that there is WAY more cosplayers than there was before! Which I think is awesome! I also think with the introduction of facebook pages, there are a lot more cosplayers “out” there getting popular and what not. I love pages though because it is such an easy and convient way for cosplayers to meet, interact, and share photos/progress/technique. I love it!
Q: I attended a few conventions this year and saw many really impressive cosplayers and costumes; however there was a guy with a wig and wearing a Wonder Woman outfit walking around getting pictures taken; does this bother you as a cosplayer and someone that takes her craft seriously?
A: Not at all! I think it is tons of fun to see fans show their love for something no matter how they do it.
Q: What advice do you give those individuals that want to start in cosplay but just don’t know how to get started?
A: My best advice is just jump right in! Find a character you love, and take small steps. If you need a wig, start the experience of trying to find the right wig and maybe even learning some basic styling. Then take the costume step by step (main parts, shoes, accessories, etc) and tackle each one! Just remember its okay to make mistakes, its okay to feel like you’re going crazy, and it okay to ask for help/advice! As long as you love what you’re doing, you’ll have a blast! Plus the friends you make researching, working on costumes, and at cons in costumes is worth every bit of it!
Q: What is the geekiest thing you have ever done?
A: That is such a hard question! It is more like what haven’t I done that’s super geeky, haha! I think the tops would be choreographing a production for my dance studio that was all based on DC heroes! It was a huge hit though, and so much fun!
Q: Where can fan follow you and do you know what conventions you will be attending in2014?
CATWOMAN PHOTO by Morayta Photography
BLACK CANARY PHOTO from Dragon Con
MATSURI PHOTO by Tiger Shot Productions
DRAGON CON PHOTO by BentPic5
SAILOR MOON PHOTO by ThirdStop