Cosplay Artist Gabby Nu Anime Complexium Interview
Cosplay Artist Gabby Nu has been involved in cosplay for 4 years. However, she wasn’t serious about it until 2 years ago. Since then, the New Jersey native has honed her skills on sewing and prop making. She’s cosplayed Yang from RWBY, Arkham Knights Harly Quinn, among many others in her 4 year time span as a cosplayer The Anime Complexium took the time to chat with Gabby Nu about her favorite cosplay costumes and her upcoming con appearances.
Who or what inspired you to cosplay?
AnimeNext 2010 in New Jersey. I didn’t really know what cosplay was at the time, but immediately fell in love with the community. Seeing all of the amazing costumes and attendees having fun portraying their favorite characters, really sparked this creativity in me. I knew I had to try it out for myself.
Which character is your favorite to cosplay?
As of right now, I really love being Yang from RWBY. It’s a popular costume at any kind of convention because of the huge following the show has, so I get to meet lots of fans and just geek out with them! I’m also really proud of the gauntlet props I made for the costume, and I feel really badass wearing them.
What do you do when you aren’t cosplaying?
I’m pretty boring outside of cosplay, haha. I love gaming and I’ve dabbled a bit into video game journalism. I’m also a college student majoring in Media and Screen Studies, so I hope to get a job in the media industry when I graduate.
What costumes have provided the biggest challenge and rewards so far and why?
The costume that was BY FAR the most difficult I’ve ever made was my Battle Armor Sailor Mars costume. The entire thing was an original design and a complete labor of love. Sailor Moon was a big part of my childhood, and kickstarted my interest in anime. It was my first time making props and armor from scratch, and I learned how to work with thermoplastic materials (Worbla and Wonderflex). It was a really good learning experience and I’m proud of how the costume turned out! Since then, I’ve been a lot more comfortable tackling props. it certainly helped to advance my skills enough to tackle more challenging costumes.
What is the best advice you would give someone new to cosplaying?
Don’t dwell on negativity! At one time or another while cosplaying, somebody is going to be mean to you — either online or in person. You’re too fat. You’re too skinny. You can’t be a black Sailor Moon. There’s no such thing as a white Storm. Your costume isn’t 100% accurate. You’re a terrible cosplayer. These are examples of things I have seen happen to other cosplayers. Don’t worry about what everyone else thinks of you. My motto is and always will be: Cosplay for YOURSELF. Your own content and approval of yourself comes before anybody else’s.
Do you get to travel the do you travel to different conventions? And where can fans expect to see you at next?
I travel mostly to conventions all along the East Coast, but next summer I’ll be attending my first West Coast con: Anime Expo! I also went to MCM Expo London for a day while I was studying abroad last summer. I have a pretty packed 2016 con year so far! I’ll be at Katsucon, Anime Boston, PAX East, Anime Expo, Otakon, and New York Comic Con, as well as attending PortConMaine in June as an official cosplay guest.