Lady Bowen epitomises the Cosplay community in just the sheer amount of bonkers fun she has. “What did you do at the weekend?” and “Well, I dressed as Thor, rocked out with two storm troopers, and had a grin on my face all day”. Pretty cool answer. More importantly, she cosplayed as The Spirit of Jazz, and if she does it again and her hat is actually on fire, it’s not her look, please tell her (if you haven’t seen The Mighty Boosh, you need to see that sketch!).
Could you tell us a little about yourself?
Hi my name is Sammi. I’m from Leicestershire. I’m 28 and have been cosplaying for a year.
What or who inspired you to Cosplay?
My now cosplay wife had a spare ticket to a local con and snapped her hand for it. I always wanted to go but had no one to go with! I went and enjoyed every minute of it and went dressed as Gamora from GOTG
Are there specific types of character that you particularly gravitate towards and why?
I particularly love to do female versions of male characters. You can have full range on how you want to revamp them in your own unique style.
What for you have been the most challenging characters that you’ve cosplayed as, and which have been the most enjoyable?
Most challenging was when I did fem Thor. We made all our own armour from eva foam. It was a labour of love but kept having to mend it sadly 😞
My favourite was dressing up as the Spirit of Jazz from The Mighty Boosh. Had a fantastic day and everyone was shouting Boosh quotes at us all day. So much love for the Boosh 🙂
Could you take us through a little on how you made your outfits?
Everything I buy is from ebay (looove ebay) so the eva foam and Dremel tool was purchased. We made templates and looked at the characters themselves and designed how we wanted them to look. We watched videos on how to work with eva foam. We borrowed a heat gun to help it mould into shape. Googly eyes for rivets in the armour (yes, they still jiggle) and used plasti dip to seal it. I’ve recently found using mod podge glass finish worked really well for a sealant.
Which Conventions have been the most enjoyable for you to attend and why?
Edgbaston was a smallish con but the after party was incredible. A live band and lots of lovely people who were all smiling and having a whale of a time.
My all time favourite is Birmingham due to its size and its only 40mins away from me.
Have there been any memorable reactions to your costumes, and if so, what were they?
Very much so. We decided to do a Mighty Boosh cosplay for a laugh and didn’t expect it to go down too well, but boy were we wrong!! The reception we received was incredible and by far my favourite cosplay to date! Everyone we met were so kind and funny! One girl had been waiting all day to see us and she started to cry! Needless to say the spirit of jazz didn’t steal her soul, she gave her a cuddle instead! But the hitcher did give her a Polo though!
A question about photographers. Obviously cosplayers are a dream come true for photographers, great outfits and poses, does it ever get a bit tiring having to pose endlessly for them, and how do you prefer to be approached by a photographer?
No it never gets tiring but I do find it rude when you are having an organised shoot and other photographers start taking photos at the same time. Please ask and I would be more than happy after the shoot to let you take pictures.
What impact has cosplaying had on your life?
Maaaajor impact!! In an amazing way! I have anxiety and when i cosplay, i’m not Sammi with anxiety, i am a god of thunder, or a stealer of souls or burlesque joker. I am completely free!
Do you have any advice for anybody thinking of cosplaying?
Do it, do it now!!!! You’ll love it. Best thing I did for confidence and I will never stop. You meet life-long friends. ❤
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Unmadesugar Cosplay Edits – Joker Arkham Edit
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