Hero Behind the Mask: Abi Sue Cosplay

I would like to introduce you to Abi Sue Cosplay.  She is a veteran of the costume community who loves to share her knowledge!  It can be anything from worbla panels to cosplay modeling or photo editing!  She also uses her knowledge and love to bring smiles to children through various groups that she participates with!  Abi Sue was also kind enough to appear at the CAUSEplay panel as GeekGirlCon 2014 too!  –Mala

Name: Abi Sue Cosplay

Location: Seattle, WA

What got you into CAUSEplaying?
I met a great group of cosplayers at ECCC 3 years ago, they were posing in front of a cheezy poofs bucket and asking for funds for Children’s Hospital. They are Comics Book Characters for Causes and I’ve become one of the staff members.

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CBCC at ECCC 2012

What keeps you CAUSEplaying?
The children! At CBCC the charities we support are children’s charities. I love how they think we actually are the characters, it’s so fun to see how excited they are. The occasional time when I get a picture with a mini me is just so fun too!

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Rogues at Rose City Comic Con 2013, little Rogue is AJ Cosplay photo by Snap It! Photography

What was your first CAUSEplay event?
Outside of being pulled in to the ECCC group I think my first event with them was the Marvel vs. DC event at Bobakhan Toys in Everett.

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Bobakhan Toys event, I am Domino in this.

What is your favorite costume to wear while CAUSEplaying, and Why?
Definitely a toss-up between my own favorite costume 90’s Rogue and Wonder Woman. 90’s Rogue is just me, I dye my hair like hers, she is recognizable by a lot of people and family friendly. Wonder Woman is more iconic and also easily recognizable. That’s really the best thing at a charity event, the more recognizable characters are more popular with the kids.

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Wonder Woman by Kairu Photography

Most memorable CAUSEplay moment :
The little girls that just wouldn’t let my hands go at Camp Goodtimes this summer. They made sure Rogue sat at their table for lunch, they were just the cutest!

What is your favorite cause to support?
Camp Goodtimes (http://www.thegoodtimesproject.org/) is an amazing camp which “exists to offer Western Washington and Alaska families affected by childhood cancer a cost-free week of summer camp” (quote from website). They recently lost funding from the American Cancer Society so we really like to help them as much as we can!

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At Camp Goodtimes, summer 2014.

The silliest/strangest thing you have done for a cause?
This summer at Camp Goodtimes we did a flash mob style dance to the song Classic, it was so fun! I lost the heel pads of my Rogue shoes, had to get new ones for my boots covers. Worth it though!

Who inspires you?
Other cosplayers that also give of their time and energy for causes. Ani-Mia and BelleChere both come to mind. There are tons of amazing cosplayers that love to help at charity events, cons, and online, it’s just amazing!

Advice for CAUSEplaying:
Find a group to work with! It’s really nice if there are already established groups that you fit with, if not you can always start your own! They are a lot of work but definitely worth it. Keep the drama out of the group as much as possible. We’re all there to help the charities we are working/raising funds for, it’s good to be professional, and looks good for future CAUSEplay events. You really want to be able to work with your fellow volunteers, you’re going to be around them a lot!

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CBCC photoshoot, summer 2014, Studio5Graphics we can also be quite silly at times

What CAUSEplay events do you have coming up?
The next event Comic Book Characters for Causes has is Emerald City Comic Con. We’ll have a photo booth set up and will be raising money for local children’s charities.

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CBCC booth ECCC 2014, Snap It! Photography, I’m the one with the wings.

CBCC also has a calendar we are selling to support us right now! Find it here: http://cbc4c.storenvy.com/products/11320137-cbcc-2015-calendar

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Back cover of calendar, designed and edited by Abi Sue Cosplay, photos by Snap It! Photography, Studio5Graphics , and iCandy Photography

Do you prefer to be called a cosplayer or costumer?
I don’t really have a preference, in some ways I’m more of a costumer though. I don’t tend to ‘play’ the characters that much, unless it’s around a kid who thinks I’m the character, then how could you not?

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Wonder Women at Rose City Comic Con 2014, little Wondie is AJ Cosplay Photo by Thunderflash

What was your first costume/cosplay?
Twliight Princess Zelda about 5 years ago now.

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Princess Zelda, Noetic Creations

What is your day job (a.k.a. how I pay for my expensive hobby)?
I’m a Graphic Designer, regular 9-5 hours.

If you could have any job what would it be and why?
I would probably try and be a costume designer in Hollywood or something like that, it just sounds like a lot of fun! I really do like what I do now too, being in the art field as a career is rewarding.

Tell us something random about yourself: I have 5 brothers and was home-schooled.

Star Wars or Star Trek: Star Trek, we watched all of them growing up. As much as I’ve watched a liked Star Wars, I’ll always love Star Trek more.

Marvel or DC: Marvel all the way, much more diverse characters. I do like the occasional DC movie and do have a couple DC costumes.

Favorite Comic Series: X-Men.

Favorite Comic Character: Rogue.

Favorite Book: That’s hard, I have so many! How about favorite book series? The Bellgariad by David Eddings.

Favorite Video Game: I don’t really play games much anymore. I kind of stopped playing after I quit WoW and costumes became my hobby. But I would say from my younger days my favorite was Myst.

Favorite Convention: Emerald City Comic Con

Affiliations (clubs or groups):

Comic Book Characters for Causes (www.cbc4c.org) and Northwest Mutant Academy

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AbiSueCosplay


Instagram: >http://instagram.com/abisuecosplay/

Tumblr: http:// abisue.tumblr.com/

Hero Behind the Mask: FirewingCreations

HAPPY NEW YEARS!!!!!  I hope everyone had a safe and fun holiday season!

For the first blog of 2015 I want to introduce you to FirewingCreations.  This lady is a sweet heart!  I had the please of meeting her at several conventions this year.  At Rose City Comic Con we had fun at a photo shoot and made a fun video!  Its never a dull moment around FirewingCreations! People from Comic Book Character for Causes and the Northwest Mutant Academy can confirm this.  She is a wealth of costume knowledge and shares her skills as a panelist at cons in the Seattle area. I hope you enjoy the interview with her as much as I enjoyed putting this together.  I am looking forward to seeing her at cons and charity events in the future!   –Mala

Name: FirewingCreations

Location: Everett, WA

What got you into CAUSEplaying?
At my second ever convention I happened to see a large group of cosplayers collecting money in a rather unassuming bucket to be donated to Children’s Hospital. One of the members handed me a card with contact info and I joined what would more officially become Comic Book Characters for Causes. I remember thinking that it was a really nice idea to take something that was just a personal hobby and turn it also into an opportunity to help people in real life. Why just dress as a superhero when you have the ability to make an impact in someone’s life at the same time.

What keeps you CAUSEplaying?
I continue with CausePlay because I know it makes an impact. It is very encouraging to hear the positive feedback from many of the adult volunteers and coordinators that are involved with events. Of course, I often get a lot of good interactions from kids when they are around at events, but often kids can be kind of shy around new people; so many times I’ve had adults follow up after and tell me how the kids kept talking about our participation and inquire if we will be back again.

What was your first CAUSEplay event?
My first event was at a local toy store called Bobakhan Toys and Collectables. They hosted a Marvel vs. DC day where they were raising funds for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. I wish I could recall the wish they were fundraising for, but I know they had a really good turnout.

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Bobakhan Marvel vs. DC Fanshots

What is your favorite costume to wear while CAUSEplaying, and Why?
Currently, Batgirl is my favorite to wear CausePlaying. Batgirl is my most recognizable character costume, it’s quite comfortable (though I’m still looking to make the cowl better), and has a utility belt and cape. I would say character recognition is fairly important in costume choice for charity events, I think it’s often easier for the public to identify who you are and then what you’re doing if they can place your character.

Most memorable CAUSEplay moment:  This past summer at a foster family picnic, there were two young girls that apparently picked me as their buddy from our small group of superheroes and princesses. They kept coming back to talk to me and hug me and one even insisted on giving me some candy she had won at one of the games they had there. They were the sweetest.

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July 26, 2014 Foster Family Picnic

What is your favorite cause to support?
I like supporting causes for children in need. Camp Goodtimes (http://www.thegoodtimesproject.org/) is a great group that provides a summer camp for children affected by cancer. They recently lost their funding by the American Cancer Society and so can really use the publicity and donations. I also have enjoyed supporting Hand in Hand (http://www.handinhandkids.org/) a group that supports foster kids by providing safe and comfortable transitional housing when they are removed from their homes and are waiting for their new families.

The silliest/strangest thing you have done for a cause?
This last summer I had the opportunity to visit Camp Goodtimes West with some other members of the group Comic Book Characters for Causes. We split up and participated with the kids at some of their recreational choices. The activity I joined was a flash mob, dancing as Batgirl to the song “Classic.” It was really fun, and there is video proof.  Which can be found here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzkWwzAyWiY

Who inspires you?
I am inspired by all the people that daily work in jobs dedicated to directly helping others and providing for their needs, particularly when it’s usually a thankless job. I couldn’t adequately list every job position that does this, but some that I’ve personally encountered or worked with the last few years include: veterinary staff (who try their best to take care of the animals they see, even if their owners don’t understand why Fluffy shouldn’t be eating fast food every day…), medical staff (who really wants to clean up and tend to the things that they do daily?), special ed staff (there are some really awesome kids that can be trying at times). Most of these jobs aren’t really high-paying or glamorous and they certainly aren’t easy, but these people do what needs to be done. It’s amazing really.

Advice for CAUSEplaying:
Don’t be afraid to talk and connect with people, that’s how you will find a good group to join for CausePlay. Once you connect, be reliable and professional. Do what you say you’re going to do. Last, but not least, leave your drama at home when you attend an event. I think it’s important to remember that we who CausePlay come together to promote a cause that’s bigger than our ourselves and more can be accomplished if you’re able to work together smoothly with your peers.

What CAUSEplay events do you have coming up?
The next big event for Comic Book Characters for Causes is Emerald City Comicon in Seattle at the end of March. We’ll have a photobooth as usual and will be raising funds for local children’s charities.

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2014 ECCC

Do you prefer to be called a cosplayer or costumer?
I tend to use the term costumer because my personal focus is more on the crafting of an outfit instead of becoming a character. However, I’m not the type of person to quibble over vocabulary.

What was your first costume/cosplay?
Well, I’ve had Halloween costumes over the years of course but my first costume at my first convention was Kaylee from Firefly. That basically only involved removing sleeves from a flight suit and sewing on patches. The next year I decided I could figure out how to sew gloves and boot covers and dressed in spandex as Dark Phoenix.

What is your day job (a.k.a. how I pay for my expensive hobby)?
Trophy wife. Ha! No, its kind of true. Previously I’ve worked in a veterinary clinic as a receptionist and lab assistant and also in the local school system as a substitute paraeducator. My husband works and supports my role as a home maker so I can take care of our household and also help my parents who have had some health issues recently.

If you could have any job what would it be and why?
I love being a home maker, that is my dream job. If I wanted to do something where I actually get paid though, I think it would be fun to be a lab assistant and do nerdy and scientific things like running bloodwork, looking under microscopes and most importantly not doing retail or customer service. I’m pretty introverted and I love science.

Tell us something random about yourself: I have a bachelor’s degree in business and I’m very good at jigsaw puzzles.

Star Wars or Star Trek: I grew up with both. My dad was really into Trek, but I guess I like the overall aesthetic of Star Wars a little better. As I watch some more Trek…..

Marvel or DC: DC. I started reading American comics because I thought, justifiably, that Batman was just the coolest. I’ve stayed with DC because of the strong females like Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Black Canary… etc.

Favorite Comic Series: Fables. Birds of Prey. But really, if we go international… Sailor Moon.

Favorite Comic Character: After much mental deliberation: Storm from X-Men.

Favorite Book: *sigh* Ella Enchanted. But I love so many others too…

Favorite Video Game: I love me some Pokemon. I still remember saving up my own money to buy myself a Gameboy Color and Pokemon Red game package back in the day. And yes I still play.

Favorite Convention: Sakura Con in Seattle. 2014 was my first time attending and it was super fun. This may be in part because I got to join a Sailor Moon group and costume as a Sailor scout, something I’d wanted to be since about 1st grade.

Affiliations (clubs or groups): Comic Book Characters for Causes (cbc4c.org) and Northwest Mutant Academy

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FirewingCreations


Let me know how you are getting involved! I want to hear your stories!! And adventures!! Or tell me about a CAUSEplayer or a group you think are making a difference! Email AdventuresWithMala@gmail.com with your stories! If sending info on an individual person please let them know you have done so, to reduce the creep factor of a stranger contacting them for a potential interview.