Creative, model, gamer, creative makeup artist, entertainer, streamer, video maker, painter, writer, and graphic designer. It’s an impressive list and some would say “jack of all trades and ace of none”, but the truth is that Danielle DeNicola is pretty much an ace in all of them!
Could you tell us a little about yourself?
Hello! I’m a Cosplayer, Model, Gamer, and Streamer! I love video games and fellow nerds, coffee, and Japanese food. I still proudly watch cartoons. I’m a Horde player and a Blizzard fangirl. I spend too much time on Hearthstone and drink too many Chai Teas to stay awake to do so. I generally stream my cosplay construction process while my Twitch family watches me burn myself with my heat gun or stab myself with sewing needles.
What or who inspired you to Cosplay?
My college friend Momo spent years convincing me. I was too shy in the beginning but it actually ended up helping me come out of my shell.
Are there specific types of character that you particularly gravitate towards and why?
I actually usually genderbend, so I create female versions of male characters. There’s no particular reason besides just liking the creative freedom that comes with it.
What for you have been the most challenging characters that you’ve cosplayed as, and which have been the most enjoyable?
The most challenging was Tracer from Overwatch, but the most enjoyable was Jaina Proudmoore. I am very proud of Jaina, and I really liked wearing her.
With your experience are there certain elements of characters that you know are problematic to craft for cosplay?
I always have the most trouble with the sewing aspects of cosplay, I enjoy the armor more than being a seamstress.
If money was no object and anything possible, what would you want to cosplay as?
Brood Mother Kerrigan from Starcraft! I also have no idea what to do to make that happen.
Have there been any memorable reactions to your costumes at a con, and if so, what were they?
The most memorable are always the children. You can tell what a giant impact you make on kids when they see their favourite superhero in person for the first time. I had a girl come up to me in a comic store when I was Ms. Marvel and cry because she thought I was the real thing!
What sort of reactions do you get from friends and family when you tell them that you cosplay? Have they been supportive?
Only recently, I think because it’s been so publically widespread, has my family understood and been supportive. My friends are all nerd like me so they all love it.
It seems every year that comic cons become more popular and larger, has this surprised you and why do you think this is?
I think it grows in popularity because the nerds have turned the table on the societal norms! We’re the cool kids now! Not only did we all come out of hiding, but we’re recruiting others who had no idea about our world.
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?
Sometime after you’ve been in costume for hours and you’re hungry and coming to your wit’s end it can be exhausting to continue to pose. However, it’s all part of the magic and I love getting to be in character for as long as possible. If it ever became overwhelming I would politely decline the photos. Being approached by someone who asks nicely for a photo is always a good way to do it!
You’ve worked with David Love, how did that come about and what was it like to work with him?
I contacted him in the very beginning of my cosplay journey, and we’ve been partners ever since! It’s a blast to work with him because he’s very knowledgeable and knows how to create a fun and laid back environment during the shoot.