We have quite a treat for you today! Our resident cosplay writer Andrew recently caught up with Lisa Lou and got an in depth look at this multi-talented cosplay power house.
AC: When was your first convention? Why did you decide to go and how was it?
LL: My first BIG convention was DragonCon 2012 and I went because I wanted to meet Yaya Han and all of the other cosplayers I had been idolizing for years. It was my first time cosplaying — I spent weeks making my Ty Lee cosplay, and I ended up winning my first Cosplay Contest that weekend! Crazy, huh? I had an absolute blast!
AC: You have some nerd-tastic hoodies in your store, Rarity’s Botique (http://www.etsy.com/shop/
LL: If I’m most nerdy about anything, it’s actually Disney and cartoons. I worked for both Walt Disney World and Nickelodeon Universe and have watched practically every modern-day cartoon under the sun. That’s where I get the inspiration for almost all of my hoodies, really!
I’ve been a “nerd” since before I could walk. My brother shoved a controller into my hands at a young age, and being the best older brother ever, we played video games and board games together, we made up our own tabletop games (similar to DnD), and watched anime all throughout my childhood, and I’ve been a nerd ever since!
AC: Your latest cosplay was Harley Quinn. What was your inspiration for your version of Harley Quinn and why did you cosplay as her?
LL: Harley Quinn is quickly becoming my absolute favorite character to cosplay. I made her classic costume, modeled after my Kotobukiya figure, and it was so. much. FUN! Although I love being sultry and sexy as Catwoman, Harley Quinn fits my everyday personality better, since I smile a lot and am just generally goofy. I also love to put on a performance, just like Harley <3 Gotta love a homicidal maniac that’s cute as a button!
AC: Another cosplay you’ve done is a Princess Jasmine. Why did you choose to make/wear a Princess Jasmine cosplay. What is it about Princess Jasmine that you identify with as a character? How many riff raff/ street rats have you dated? What kind of things do you do when wearing the Princess Jasmine cosplay that give you that “Princess air”?
LL: My history with Jasmine goes pretty far back. When I was a youngin’ in high school, I played Jasmine in the play Aladdin at a local prestigious theatre. Afterwards, we went out to meet the audience and my life changed forever because of the interactions I had with all of the children. It was so much fun bringing to life all these little boys’ and girls’ favorite princess, and Jasmine has always had a place in my heart because of that. However, I feel that Jasmine didn’t get a proper ending in Aladdin — she never enjoyed being a princess and just wanted to her freedom. So my cosplay is of her being a thief instead of living a royal life, which I personally think is a lot more fun :P
How many street rats have I dated? Ha. Very very few. I’m an absolute dork and usually get “friend-zoned”, and I’ve always been okay with that. I like being one of the guys!
AC: Another fantastic accomplishment of yours is your Etsy Store: Rarity’s Boutique. Where did the idea for your themed hoodies come from? Where do you get the ideas for your designs? How do you pick the theme you go with for each hoodie?
LL: My Little Pony! I was OBSESSED with MLP last year, and decided to create a Rainbow Dash hoodie for myself. I showed it to my friends on Reddit, and it exploded from there! I’ve been making hoodies like crazy ever since! I get inspiration for my hoodies from my own favorite geeky things, from MLP to Avatar: the Last Airbender, to even Assassin’s Creed– it mostly is just stuff I love, and then I just hope other people love it, too!
AC: What has the hoodie business done for love of each fandom? How does your business affect your cosplay?
LL: Sewing all day has only made my love of the fandoms grow more. It’s my own version of fan art, really! Cosplay is my own creative outlet — when you take something you love, like sewing, and make it into a career, it sometimes makes it not as enjoyable. Cosplay keeps me energized and creative about sewing and designing, and although it outwardly doesn’t seem to affect my business, it’s what keeps me excited and going FOR my business.
AC: How has Facebook influenced your cosplay choices?
LL: It really doesn’t! I cosplay what I love and I try not to let other people get me down about it!
AC: What Cons will you be at in 2013?
LL: Quite a few, fortunately! I’ll be at San Diego Comic Con, BronyCon, DragonCon, New York Comic Con, and BlizzCon for sure, although I hope to be at more if I can!
Check out Lisa’s cosplay page! (https://www.facebook.com/