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Cosplay Spotlight: Alley S. !!

Where are you from originally or reside currently: Originally from Baltimore and currently reside in Baltimore.

How long you have been cosplaying:  Cosplaying for a little over 5 years now

Other Characters cosplayed: Rogue, Lady Deathstrike, Princes Lilandra, Black Widow, and Crossfire Fem

Website or facebook fan page: AS Rogue ECA

1) Who or what inspired you to cosplay?

I had been going to BCC for a couple years and had always wanted to cosplay Rogue, my favorite character of the X-Men. Finally, I decided to buckle down and start crafting and sewing. Over the years she has had upgrades to become what it is today. I love the craft that each costume takes, the people I have met along the way, and how we all share a love for comics and art.
2) When you aren’t cosplaying what else are you involved in?

When I am not Cosplaying, I am working full time as an Office manager and Estimator/Project Manager for a commercial door company. I am a full time single mother of two wonderful fur babies lol, a French mastiff, Bacca, and a kitten, Calisto. I enjoy in my free time going camping, fishing, snowboarding, baking/cooking, painting, home design, decoupage, and spending time with family and friends.

3) What do you think is the one most important aspect of cosplaying that people don’t know?

One of the most the most important aspects of cosplaying that I think most people outside the cosplay world is how much time, effort and money goes into each costume. I usually can only make one a year and amazes me how people can do more; mad respect to who do. Some advice to a new cosplayer is HAVE FUN, this is a hobby. It should be enjoyed.
4) What is one thing the cosplaying community can do better when it comes to dealing with each other?

I have come across some amazing people throughout the years at Con’s and am fortunate to call them my friends. I have never personally run into many issues at Cons but have heard plenty with harassment and bullying. The cosplay community looks out for each other; we have each other’s backs and over the years have come together more and more. The only thing I see that needs to be worked on is the ego behind some Cosplayers not respecting “newbies”, I say “some” because it is rare. But I have seen some and heard from some that “more popular” cosplayers (not saying names), completely ignore another cosplayers when they were just simply trying to say hello and “I love your costume”. No matter what “fame” you may get from this, how many followers you may have, you should always be polite to one another. It is all about respect. I love meeting new cosplayers and hearing their stories of why they picked the character and how they crafted it. We can learn from one another through our experiences with silicone, spandex, and what to pack for emergency costume repair. In conclusion, have fun, respect one another, and look out for each other.

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Armand is a husband, father, and life long comics fan. A devoted fan of Batman and the Valiant Universe he loves writing for PCU, when he's not running his mouth on the PCU podcast. You can follow him on Twitter @armandmhill
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