Elena Blueskies Cosplay

Elena Blueskies Cosplay as Psylocke (Photo by Jaycee Estrella Photography)

There are many talented models and performers who bring their love & enthusiasm to dressing up as their favorite characters. Comic Book Critic will occasionally showcase a performer who embodies this spirit of cosplaying.

Whether it’s creating the costume from scratch, altering the appearance of an existing one, or just getting into character, these performers spend a lot of time and effort on their craft. As much as we all enjoy seeing our favorite fictional characters represented in real life, let’s not forget the behind-the-scenes work that goes into that portrayal.

One thing is for certain though, their love of cosplaying shines through in their work.

The Comic Book Critic Featured Cosplayer Interview is:

Elena Blueskies Cosplay
from New York City

 

Elena Blueskies Cosplay as Mera (Photo by Eddie B Photos)

Since starting her first costume almost 3 years ago, Elena Blueskies Cosplay is a relative newcomer in the cosplay community, but you’d have a hard time believing that. In such a short span of time, she has created a very impressive body of work and all at a high level of quality. She embodies the characters that she creates with poises and natural talent.

Luckily for us, Elena took time out of her schedule to answer a few questions about her interests and cosplaying. Below is just a sample of her amazing and prolific work. Definitely check out her Facebook page for more great works!

 

Elena Blueskies Cosplay as Power Girl (Photo by Flux_form)Elena Blueskies Cosplay as Cammy (Photo by HSL Photography)

 

What was the reason you decided to start cosplaying & when did you start?

I have always had a love of creating costumes, but growing up in rural Wisconsin, I didn’t know about cosplay. When I moved to NYC in 2010, I discovered the growing comic con and cosplay community. I finally got around to getting tickets to NYCC in 2013 and made Mortal Kombat costumes for my friend and I – we attended for just one day and had a great time!

 

Elena Blueskies Cosplay as Jade (Photo by HSL Photography)

 

What made you think – “I want to do more of this!”?

Part of the fun of cosplay for me was being able to show my fandoms and skills in a really understandable way. As a community, there’s a lot of encouragement to learn new techniques and keep pushing yourself. It’s usually a very positive influence on me.

 

Elena Blueskies Cosplay as Battle Princess Peach (Photo by Neeko Cosplay Photography)Elena Blueskies Cosplay as Pirate Poison (Photo by Jason Chau Photography)

 

Do you make all of your own costumes?

Yes!

 

Elena Blueskies Cosplay as Hawkgirl Elena Blueskies Cosplay as Hawkgirl (Photo by Cantera Image)

 

Which was the most challenging of your costumes to make?

My most challenging so far has been Hawkgirl. I am definitely a seamstress more than an armor or propmaker, so a lot of Hawkgirl was outside my comfort zone. Plus…wings!

 

Elena Blueskies Cosplay as Black Widow (Photo by Jaycee Estrella Photography)Elena Blueskies Cosplay as Jade (Photo by HSL Photography)

 

Do you enjoy video games, comics, and/or anime & which do you like the most?

I am definitely a fan of comics and video games, but I also enjoy some older anime. My favorites to cosplay are Street Fighter and X-Men!

 

Elena Blueskies Cosplay as Vintage Black Cat (Photo by Ron Gejon Photography)Elena Blueskies Cosplay as Emma Frost (Photo by Cantera Image)

 

Did you consider yourself a nerd or geek when you were younger, and do you do so now?

Having Star Wars and Sailor Moon school supplies probably afforded me the title of “geek” when I was younger, but I don’t think these labels really exist anymore. I like what I like!

 

Elena Blueskies Cosplay as MystiqueElena Blueskies Cosplay as Mystique

 

So what do your non-cosplay friends think of your cosplaying?

It can be hard for people to wrap their heads around sometimes, but everyone generally thinks it’s pretty cool once they see what it’s all about.

 

Elena Blueskies Cosplay as Black Canary (Photo by Cantera Image)Elena Blueskies Cosplay as Holiday Catwoman (Photo by Ron Gejon Photography)

 

Do you attend many conventions in costume?

I attend all conventions in costume!

 

Elena Blueskies Cosplay as Ms Marvel (Photo by Jaycee Estrella Photography)Elena Blueskies Cosplay as Ms Marvel (Photo by Jaycee Estrella Photography)

 

What’s one of your most memorable moments while in costume?

I can’t pick out one specific moment, but meeting new people and seeing friends is the highlight of any convention.

 

Elena Blueskies Cosplay as Black Cat (Photo by Jason Laboy Photography)Elena Blueskies Cosplay as Mera (Photo by Eddie B Photos)

 

Have you ever had any bad experiences with people while cosplaying?

Absolutely. It’s particularly important for female cosplayers to stay alert and aware at conventions!

 

Elena Blueskies Cosplay as Star Sapphire (Photo by Eddie B Photos)Elena Blueskies Cosplay as Star Sapphire (Photo by Eddie B Photos)

 

Do you have other cosplayers that you admire?

There’s pretty much no cosplayer that I don’t admire! There are so many kind, talented cosplayers out there.

 

Elena Blueskies Cosplay as Roller Derby Jean Grey (Photo by Eric McCoy)Elena Blueskies Cosplay as Phoenix Force Emma Frost (Photo by M9 Cosplay Photography)

 

What advice do you have for someone just starting out?

Start small! Make sure you’re comfortable with what you’re wearing. Test it all out ahead of time.

 

Elena Blueskies Cosplay as Poison IvyElena Blueskies Cosplay as Psylocke (Photo by Neeko Cosplay Photography)

 

Do you currently have any projects you’re working on?

I’m currently working on a few new things for NYCC in October. Finishing up Valkyrie from Marvel right now!

 

Elena Blueskies Cosplay as Holiday Catwoman (Photo by Ron Gejon Photography)Elena Blueskies Cosplay as Cammy - SF5 Alt (Photo by TEoSB - Cosplay and Photography)

 

What does the future hold for you?

Hopefully some larger projects! My next large convention after NYCC will be Katsucon in February.

 

Elena Blueskies Cosplay as Bulma (Photo by DL Photography)Elena Blueskies Cosplay as Black Widow (Photo by Jason Laboy Photography)

 

Thanks for the interview Elena Blueskies Cosplay! Promoters: For booking or signing info, contact her here.

 

Elena Blueskies Cosplay Links

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Photographer Credits

Neeko Cosplay Photography

Jason Laboy Photography

Jaycee Estrella Photography

TEoSB – Cosplay and Photography

Jason Chau Photography

Eddie B Photos

HSL Photography

Ron Gejon Photography

Cantera Image

Flux_Form

Eric McCoy

DL Photography

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