Today, I talk with CosPlayer, Helene Waldemarson. Helene goes in depth on why she started CosPlaying, what goes in to making her costumes, and just how inspirational her work was at this year's New York Comic Con.
What exactly is CosPlay?
It's Costume Play. It's used mostly in the comic book/anime world. But any costume in my book could be considered CosPlay.
When did you first start CosPlaying?
I first started CosPlaying in 2011.
What made you want to start?
Well, I've always loved costuming and making my own halloween costumes. But about three years ago, a friend of mine found out that I wanted to make a Wonder Woman costume for halloween that year and asked if I would like to cohost with him at NYCC for a radio station he works for in upstate New York. So I said sure, and have been hooked ever since.
( Helene during costume-building)
Do you have costuming experience?
I have very minimal costuming experience. I was required to take a course in college for my theatre degree, but I used to do a lot of little sewing projects with my mom growing up. But most of what I know, I've just learned as I went. Like working with metal and foam was a total trial and error attempt that ended up turning out the exact way I wanted it!
Why did you choose Wonder Woman as your character? Was she your first choice?
Well, I have always LOVED Wonder Woman. I'm a huge WW comic fan. I have well over 400 of her comics and a ton of collectables. It just kind of happened, and stuck. But I'm super proud to represent for my girl!
(Helene in center amongst other CosPlayers)
Will you branch out to other characters? If so, which would you choose?
At the moment I'm sticking with WW. There are so many more of her costumes that I would like to attempt. If I did venture out, I'd consider Zena or Zantana, but we will see!
What was your best experience at this year's Comic Con?
My stand out experience was getting to meet one of my favorite classic WW comic book artists, George Perez. He was mid-sketch when my costume caught his eye. When he saw me, he instantly got up, ran around the table he was at, and gave me the biggest hug. He thanked me for doing such a beautiful job portraying her.
(Helene with Wonder Woman comic book artist, George Perez)
What goes in to a day as a CosPlayer at these types of events? It is intense. For someone on my level trying to get my name out there and become pro, it's a lot of wandering the show floor and getting stopped every two seconds to take pictures. But I love it, thats why I'm there after all. My favorite days are when the kids are there. Seeing them light up and making their day when I take pictures with them makes it all worth while!
What is the craziest, most exciting, or most rewarding experience you have had as a CosPlayer and/or at a Comic Convention?
The most rewarding moment actually came from an adorable little girl when she passed by me in a stroller and said: "Mom… it's the real Wonder Woman!". That made my day.
(Young fan with Helene)
What do you hope to achieve as a CosPlayer?
I would ultimately love to do this as a profession. To have my work recognized and travel to different conventions promoting the comic world and all that I love.
What is you favorite Comic Book movie?
My favorite now would have to be The Avengers. It was a genius combination of comedy and action with a great portrayal of the comic characters. My old school favorite would have to be Michael Keaton's Batman. I grew up watching that movie and falling in love with the franchise.
What is next for Helene in the world of comics and CosPlaying?
I plan to attend KatsuCon in DC in February. I would love to go to more between then but we will have to see. I also plan to attend San Diego Comic Con this coming year with an epic WW costume! But you'll just have to follow my Facebook page to find out just what it is!
Visit Helene's CosPlay Facebook page by CLICKING HERE
(Helene featured on Maxim.com)