Costumer, Cosplayer, Host, Artist, Gamer and figure model for the talented comic book artist and writer Frank Cho.
Who could this be?
Ivy Doomkitty of course!
I had the amazing opportunity to talk on the phone with Ivy, who is not only known internationally for her fabulous outfits and costumes, but also her “real” down-to-earth personality and voice for body confidence in cosplay. Despite attending an astounding 30 conferences last year and still maintaining an insanely busy schedule, Ivy took an hour of her time to chat about her wonderful world of cosplay, love of food, upcoming appearance at Comicpalooza in Houston, what she has in store in the future, and other fun “geeky” girl topics.
After a warm hello and nice to meet you’s, we started chatting about her daily life and plans for Comicpalooza. She doesn’t have much time to relax in between the busy weekends of cons and conferences, but in her Los Angeles home she does enjoy playing video games, is turning her living room into a scene straight out of Harry Potter – a cross between Professor Snape’s office and his potion class (how awesome is that?!?!), and is quite the foodie! After revealing her love for food and talent for baking, I had to ask:
Jenny: “Do you have a favorite recipe?”
Ivy: “There’s one strawberry cake I do. Everything I do is completely from scratch. I don’t use any kind of preservatives, no artificial colors, sweeteners – anything like that. So this particular one has a TON of strawberries – freshly cut strawberries – and you know as strawberries go, they are going to taste better while it’s in season. So that’s personally one of my favorites. When you bite into the cake it’s like you’re biting into a strawberry in terms of the flavor. I would make strawberry buttercream frosting with it.”
Although sad she doesn’t have more time to bake, we are glad she is putting aside her spatula and instead packing up to visit Houston and Comicpalooza from May 22nd to the 25th. She will choose what to wear from her current collection of about 35 costumes and has been working on adding 3 to 4 more costumes in the past year to add to her wardrobe. But how does she choose which character to create next? Does it have anything to do with the trends, movies or game releases?
Ivy: “I have to be a fan of the character and like them in general. For me at least, I feel that if I’m going to spend that much time making a costume then I need to be dedicated to that character in some degree and feeling some type of passion for that character.”
Jenny: Do you have a new costume for the Star Wars movie? (yep I had to go there!)
Ivy: “I have a few different ones that I want to do that have been on my list. One – I can’t say which one it is – it’s in one of the Star Wars video games and the other one is a burlesque Darth Vader version. And then the third one is…
A friend of mine Lauren from Castle Corsetry did a Star Wars Bunnies Group – like Playboy Bunnies – but it was all themed towards Star Wars. She did a group like that for Star Wars Celebration a couple weeks back and I’ll be joining their group as a different character for them. It’s a lot of fun.”
Conferences are not all about costumes and cosplay for Ivy, but it’s the experiences and memories that she wants to take home with her. As for Comicpalooza, she is looking forward to taking the time to meet and – most importantly – get to know fans, reconnecting with her “Wonder Twin” Ani-Mia, and maybe even stealing a few moments with celebrities George Takei and Jason Isaacs (Remember her living room project? Yep, she’s a BIG Harry Fan!). Since she will be at the con all 4 days, she should have some time – at least one night – to explore Houston.
Jenny: “Are you and Ani-Mia going to go out [one night] after the con? What places do you like to look for?”
Ivy: “I always try to find one upscale dining type of place either that specializes in very very good steak and wine or that has oysters. I do try to have one night – that’s my way of relaxing – of having really good food. Being Texas, I am hoping to find one place that has insanely good food. Texas is like cattle country and known for lots of really good fresh beef so I do hope to find one place. I am open to recommendations as well.”
A fan of cosplay, Star Wars, and food – this is my type of gal! But, one big thing I fall very very short of is my experience in attending comic cons. If you follow me online or read my exciting announcement of being an official Compicpalooza Blogger on my blog, you will know that this will be my very FIRST con. With Ivy’s 10 year history of attending conferences around the world, I needed her advice!
Jenny: “What is your recommendation for someone who is trying to get into cosplay and is really scared? What would you say to give them a boost of confidence?”
Ivy: “First and foremost, have fun. Do it for you. When you start doing it for other people or the wrong reasons it’s no longer fun at that point. One thing that I always tell everybody that is if you cosplay, at the end of the day if you enjoyed yourself, had a good time, had fun and feel good about yourself then that’s the most important thing. A few other things I tell people are: don’t be afraid to try new things, new techniques or work with materials you are uncomfortable with. Always be open to asking other people questions and no question is a dumb question. The community in general is always open to helping others that are wanting to be in cosplay.”
“The bottom line is cosplay is costume play. It’s meant to be fun and enjoyable. Just have fun with it!”
Ivy’s schedule now is quite hectic with a heavy load of traveling, but in the future that might be subject to change. There’s no question that in 10 years she still sees herself doing cosplay, but she may focus instead on branching into other areas such as producing her own product line, getting into voice acting or acting, or something that still keeps her involved in the comic con scene and with the cosplay community.
Ivy: “I’ll definitely do cosplay for sure. The question is what direction I’m going to take it within that comic book/comic con scene.”
Jenny: “Well, the world is your oyster and you can enjoy them in Houston too.”
Ivy: “If [the world] is my oyster, than I will eat it!”
I was truly honored to have this hour with Ivy Doomkitty. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity (but I’m hoping there will be more!) with a remarkable woman that inspires women, cosplayers, and fans around the world. She is truly an inspiration and I can’t wait to meet her in person. Thankfully, we all will have a chance to get some quality time with Ivy at Comicpalooza because when she meets a fan at a show…
“I want to get to know them as a person. I want to be able to talk with them. I like to talk to each person as they come up to the front of the table and give them time.”
As for details about her schedule, be sure to watch for updates online and on her Facebook page. You not only will get the opportunity to meet Ivy at her booth among other guest Cosplayers, but possibly in group panels at the convention or even after hours at a non-chain restaurant in or around Houston.
Want to know more about Ivy? Stay tuned! I will be sharing the transcript of our conversation with more questions and answers right here on ILoveFlavor.com. Until then, be sure to enter my contest by May 16th for a chance to win 4 free tickets to Comicpalooza!
Like Ivy, I am super pumped to see YOU at Comicpalooza this year! I can’t believe it is less than 2 weeks away. Follow Ivy and me online to share your excitement and get more updates as we approach the Texas comic con.
Have a flavorful day!
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