Ivy is an International Costumer/Cosplayer, Host, Artist, and Figure Model for comic book artist/writer, Frank Cho, based in Los Angeles. She creates her own costumes and uses them to bring to life her favourite characters from gaming and comics, while showing others that you can do something you love, regardless of gender, skin color, sexual orientation, body shape/size.
Todd caught up with her at C2E2 2014…
FTN: I am very honored right now because THIS…is Ivy Doomkitty, famous cosplayer! Say hi to everyone at Following the Nerd!
ID: Hi everyone!
FTN: so today we have you as Marvel Girl…
ID: Marvel Girl, yes!
FTN: I liked that you let your fans choose your outfit for today, it was this or Black Cat. Do you have a preference of the two?
ID: Well with Black Cat, especially Burlesque Black Cat, I can be a little more playful, because that’s how Felicia is. Marvel Girl is a bit more serious, so for me it’s either or, whatever the fans wanted was fine with me.
FTN: Cool. Now, you’ve been doing a lot of cons, is it just fun jumping from one epic city to another meeting all these fans?
ID: Yeah, I love meeting and having fan interaction. I love going to the show, being able to talk to them and getting to know them a little better. For me that’s the most important thing. The only downside to working so many shows is that I can’t make as many costumes as I like because I’m at home maybe 2-3 days out of the week. So coming out with costumes is a little slower at the moment, but I think it works with letting fans pick which costume I wear at the shows. And in between I’ll put in a new costume.
FTN: It just makes us eager to see the next new one.
ID: Yes, absolutely.
FTN: One last thing, you got some epic fans. You at home can’t tell, but there is a LONG line of fans waiting to meet Ms Ivy Doomkitty. And I just want to say, you are so respectful of your fans. For me, that’s a big thing, cause I know a lot of stars will say “oh great, thanks for being a fan, here’s your autograph, go away”, but you, between your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (links are all live guys, so go say hi)you treat all your fans nice, and I really appreciate that. Do you accept that without the fans you’re kind of just another cosplayer? Great as cosplayers are?
ID: Without the fans, you wouldn’t be where you are. And you need to remember your roots and be thankful for those opportunities that you get. The second you forget your fans, and forget the things that they’ve done to get you where you are, and it gets to your head, it’s over. Then what’s the point? You know I’ve been around people that have those real inflated egos, and I’ve worked in various fields, and one thing that stuck with me was that I didn’t want to be around or be like those people that had those kind of egos. It was very unattractive to me. For me, I just like to show my appreciation. Cause without you guys? I wouldn’t be here.
FTN: That’s awesome! thanks so much for taking time to talk to us.
ID: Thank you so much.