An Interview With Texas Cosplay Artist Afroqween
Where are you from?
I am originally from San Antonio but as of about 3 years ago I moved to Houston.
How long have you been a cosplayer (cosplay artist), as I like to call it?
I have been a cosplayer since 2007 or 8 years ….well almost 9 now (time flies when you’re having fun)
Please list ALL of the characters cosplay often.
I dont know if I have character I cosplay often..but I do enjoy being a Twi’lek. I do a rebel version of Oola and I also love wearing my cubone gijinka cosplay.
Who or what inspired you to cosplay?
Going the the Scarborough Ren fair outside of Dallas, TX is what really inspired me. I was already into anime and comic books, but having the opportunity to rent a costume at the event really got the gears moving. When I left I thought “I can totally do this!” Two years later, a close friend of mine bought me my first sewing machine and I havent looked back since.
What do you do when you aren’t cosplaying?
When I am not cosplaying I am a full time English Student with a concentration in creative writing. I really enjoy reading and writing, especially poetry.
Which character is your favorite to cosplay?
Thats a tough one. Its probably Static Shock (cubone is a close favorite). Static Shock always reminds me of being a kid in the 90s and being totally in love with Virgil.
What costumes have provided the biggest challenge and rewards so far and why?
My cubone was stressful. I’d never worked with chicken wire or expanding foam–it was a mess! Then figuring out how to make a smooth surface was another challenge. But the end result has been soo amazing. My Luminara Unduli cosplay has been the most challenging cosplay I’ve ever completed. Creating a custom stamp and stamping over 8yrds of fabric, hand draping and sewing over 100 pleats is something I wont ever miss. But the Star Wars community and fans have all loved it. That cosplay required soo much detail and when folks notice it, its a great feeling.
What do you think of the state of cosplay community right now? How do you think it can be better?
I think it needs something new and refreshing. As for the POC community, its been soo nice seeing more characters and themes we can relate to. As long as that keeps improving, I feel as though its headed in a great direction.
What is the best advice you would give someone new to cosplaying?
Ask questions! Ask soo many questions, even if you feel like you’re annoying people. If you don’t ask questions its hard to improve. Also, by asking questions about your cosplay (purchased or made) you learn soo much. And its okay to buy if you cant make them!
Do you get to travel the country to different conventions? What con will you be at next?
As of now, I’m stuck here in the states (which is fine for me) so I typically stick to the Texas Conventions. I will be at PAX South this January, Anime Matsuri, Comicpalooza, San Japan, Space City Con, and A-kon!