Imagine this: you sink into your oversized couch in the most comfortable position. While grabbing the television remote, you look to the kitchen counter top where the popcorn bowl is staring at you in mockery. You forgot it there. Now you have to get up, after just getting comfortable, and get it… but wait! You cast a spell *Accio popcorn*. The bowl flies straight into your hands, and Game of Thrones immediately begins to play, because who wants to be a muggle, right? I, for one, am the unfortunate muggle who had to stand up from the couch to fetch the popcorn bowl, playing that scenario in my head wishing I belonged in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This scenario, right here, is why the cosplay community is larger than most think.
Many believe that cosplay is just about applying some colorful makeup and putting a costume on. For those of you who believe this, you are sorely mistaken. Cosplay is so much more than that. It is about having the opportunity to step into another’s shoes and being able to bring your favorite characters to life. Whether they originate from games, movies, anime, comics or books, we have all wanted to escape to another world where magic and superpowers exist. That is why for this month’s Cosplay Spotlight, we had the pleasure of interviewing a talented local cosplayer by the name of JinxKittie.
[Editor’s note: the following interview has been edited for spelling and grammar only]
Cosplay Name: JinxKittie Cosplay
Location: Durban, South Africa
What inspired you to start doing cosplay?
I’ve always had a massive creative streak, from painting and sketching to sewing. I am also a huge geek! So with my knack for sewing and creating, I started making outfits based on the shows I watched and games I played. A year or two later, I learned about the cosplay community and decided to make it a fully fledged hobby of mine!
What characters have you dressed as and which have been your favorite?
I have made a good couple of costumes over the past two years, however my favourites are Harley Quinn, Raven from Teen Titans, and Katarina and Jinx from League of Legends!
Do you make your own costumes from scratch? What has been the longest and shortest amount of time needed to make a cosplay outfit?
Yes I do! My quickest cosplay was probably Wednesday Addams, I made it within an evening. And the longest project of mine was Alexstraza from World of Warcraft – that one I worked on for 3-4 months!
Which cosplay events do you participate in?
I go to most of the larger events that happen in South Africa, from Icon and Geekfest, to rAge Expo.
How did you enjoy rAge 2016? The good, the bad and the ugly?
Rage 2016 was awesome! I had a great time despite the sweltering heat and huge crowds. I would say that was definitely a downer for me. But this year the organisers took very good care of the cosplayers and it made the whole experience very worthwhile!
So obviously, you weren’t born JinxKittie, however fantastically cool that would have been. As such, do you mind telling us your real name?
I wish I was born JinxKittie! Ha ha! My real name is Kelsey Atkins.
Besides being an extremely cool cosplayer, what are your other aspirations and interests in life? Body building and taking over the world?
Taking over the world is definitely on my list 🙂 I am a graphic and web designer by trade and it’s a serious passion of mine. I am also an avid gamer!
If you were attacked by a mad, poop throwing troop of monkeys in the wild, which cosplay/gaming character would you choose to be?
Probably a character with a huge shield or jetpack – I don’t got time to be having monkey’s throw poop at me.
What games are you currently playing? Your favorite?
What have you got planned for your next cosplay?
I have LOTS planned for 2017 – on top of that list is Ahri from League of Legends, Kim Possible and some original armoured Pokémon designs 🙂
Where can we follow Jinxkittie?
You can find me on:
Facebook: JinxKittie Cosplay
YouTube: JinxKittie Cosplay
Patreon: JinxKittie Cosplay
From the magic of the Harry Potter saga through to the trials and tribulations of The Hunger Games, Diona adores losing herself in fictional worlds of magic, love and hope. She is currently a Bachelor of Social Science student with a specialisation in Communications and Media, and hopes to one day be the star of her very own 'talk show'.