Neferet – Featured Cosplayer Interview

Neferet

Neferet as Raven (Photo by Adrian Ummo)

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:

Neferet from Argentina

Neferet as Snow White (Photo by Sebastian Gambolati)

Neferet is an amazing costume maker and cosplayer. She’s created many different types of costumes as well as exploring many different genres which she enjoys. From video games to Disney and comic books, she puts a great deal of effort into her work and it shows.

We’ve interviewed many different and unique cosplayers from around the world in the last year; but, Neferet is the first one from South America. We’re happy that she had the time to give us this latest interview.

Neferet as Pandora - Saint Seiya The Lost Canvas (Photo by Alejandro Jandry)

How did you decide cosplaying was something you wanted to do?

I’ve been a geek girl ever since I can remember. When I was 5 years old I played videogames with an old Coleco console and watched anime like Lady Oscar and Transformers. So, I grew up with an immense fanaticism. Also, I love theater stuff and artistic things, so cosplay is the best way I can combine my fanaticism and my love for the comics, anime and videogames.

Neferet as Black Mary Marvel (Photo by Sebastian Gambolati)Neferet as Kitty Pryde & Lockheed (Photo by Yemz Fotografia)

How long have you been cosplaying and what was your first costume?

I started in October 2007 with a neko girl (original design). That cosplay was a present from my grandmother and mom. But, my real start was in January 2008 with my first cosplay completely made by me.

Neferet as Wonder Woman (Photo by Adrian Ummo)Neferet as Wonder Woman (Photo by Adrian Ummo)

Do you make and/or design all of your costumes?

Yes, I’m cosmaker.

Neferet as Mary Marvel (Photo by Sebastian Gambolati)Neferet as Mary Marvel (Photo by Sebastian Gambolati)

Which was the most satisfying to make?

All cosplays are satisfying to make, because I’m fan of these characters.

Neferet as X-23 (Photo by Lucas Iacono (Team Las Noches))Neferet as X-23 (Photo by Sebastian Gambolati)

Do you do modeling work outside of cosplay?

Noooooooo I think I’m the worst model in the world hahaha

Neferet as Nightmare Nurse from Phantom Stranger (Photo by Sebastian Gambolati)Neferet as Nightmare Nurse from Phantom Stranger (Photo by Sebastian Gambolati)

Who are some your favorite characters to portray?

Well… it’s not an easy choice because all characters have something special. But if I need to select characters, I like Hatsune Miku (she is cuteeeeeeeeeeeeeeee), and I always enjoy wearing my cosplays from DC comics.

Neferet as The Huntress (Photo by Sebastian Gambolati)Neferet as Black Widow (Photo by Sebastian Gambolati)

Did you grow up reading comics or playing video games?

Yes. I grew up playing with an old Coleco Vision (with games like Spy Hunter and Galaxian). I was very little, 5 years old more or less, but I remember perfectly. I still have my old Coleco Vision, it is older than me hahahaha but I have good memories.

I started reading comics from Dark Horse Comics in my preteen days because I am a Terminator movie fanatic (Alien and Predator too, but primarily Terminator). Dark Horse published a lot of amazing comic books continuing the story after T2 and the future. And then I started reading comics from DC (thanks to some cool and lovely friends).

Neferet as Black Widow (Photo by Sebastian Gambolati)Neferet as Raven (Photo by Sebastian Gambolati)

Have you gone to any conventions outside of the Argentina?

Yes, I went to a convention called Anime Dreams in Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Ficosplay in Chile, really great experiences, and I met lovely cosplayers and friends.

Neferet as She-Ra, Princess of Power (Photo by Sebastian Gambolati)Neferet as She-Ra, Princess of Power (Photo by Alex Cabrera Photography)

What do you find the most rewarding about cosplaying?

I think the best part is playing and acting like a character who you love. I really enjoy doing performance on stage and taking photos. The best part is spending time with fans like me. Hahaha I always enjoy talking with a geek.

Neferet as Black CatNeferet as Raven (Photo by Adrian Ummo)

What’s one of your most memorable moments while cosplaying?

The Cosplay World Masters in Brazil (November 2012). I won the first place… and I started to cry in the stage. A lot of people from the public were clapping and praising me. I can´t express how I felt at that moment. It was an amazing experience.

Neferet as Chun Li - Street Fighter (Photo by Sebastian Gambolati)Neferet as Chun Li - Street Fighter (Photo by Sebastian Gambolati)

Do you have any favorite cosplayers?

Yes. JoEllen (Firefly Path), a friend from Singapore called Sara, and a cool cosplay team from Taiwan called “COS CAT-Cosplay Item Hand Made”

Neferet as Red Queen of Hearts (Photo by Sebastian Gambolati)Neferet as Sheryl Nome (Photo by Photographes Sans Frontieres)

Have you noticed any changes in the cosplay community since you began?

Yes, cosplayers have improved their skills. Now it is normal see impressive armors or big dresses, and some time ago, you didn’t see something like that. Another change also is that now cosplayers are more competitive.

Neferet as Princess Aurora (Photo by Sebastian Gambolati)Neferet as Sakura Hime - Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles (Photo by Sebastian Gambolati)

How would you describe the cosplay community in Argentina?

It is complicated to describe. You can meet nice people, have fun with friends, and have nice moments with fans just like you. At conventions, people are friendly and they take a lot of photos because cosplayers are another attraction there. Sure, you will have some nice geek moments.

Neferet as Pandora - Saint Seiya The Lost Canvas (Photo by Luis Lopez)Neferet as Hatsune Miku (Photo by Adrian Ummo)

Have you attended both Anime and Comic Cons? If so, what do you find to be the difference between them?

I have never visited a convention in USA, sorry.

Neferet as Sakura Hime - Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles (Photo by Sebastian Gambolati)Neferet as Snow White (Photo by Sebastian Gambolati)

What advice do you have for someone just starting out?

Cosplay is a nice hobby to have fun with friends, spending time with fans like yourself, and enjoying a convention. It can be something artistic, with photos or acting in the stage. Never lost this idea, cosplay is for fun and if you lose this vision, you will not enjoy this beautiful hobby.

Neferet as Kasumi (Photo by Sebastian Gambolati)Neferet as Kasumi (Photo by Sebastian Gambolati)

If you could change anything since you started, what would it be?

I would like to improve my skills as a model, I’m not good with photos hahaha I’m shy, but people don’t notice that.

Neferet as Raven (Photo by Adrian Ummo)Neferet as Mario (Photo by Sebastian Gambolati)

Do you have any new costumes that you’re working on, that you can tell us?

Yes, I’m working on Merida (Brave – Disney)

Neferet as X-23 (Photo by Estampida Fotografía)Neferet as Kitty Pryde & Lockheed (Photo by Sebastian Gambolati)

Thank you, Neferet, for taking time out of your busy schedule to give us some insight into your cosplaying and costume making. You can see more of her excellent work at the links below.

 

Neferet Links

Facebook

 

Photographer Credits

Sebastian Gambolati
Yemz Fotografia
Lucas Iacono – Team Las Noches
Alex Cabrera Photography
Photographes Sans Frontieres
Luis Lopez
Adrian Ummo
Estampida Fotografía
Alejandro Jandry

 

 

Share your thoughts about Neferet and her work in our comments section below!

 

– The Comic Book Critic

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