Our Cosplayer Of The Month for August 2016 hails from the Mother City and she’s well known through out the cosplay community. We’re very chuffed to feature Havok Cosplay this month; her cosplays from games like League of Legends and various comics titles is nothing short of breathtaking, and we were excited to get to know her a bit better…..
Hi there lady! Tell us a bit more about the person behind the cosplay persona?
For those of you who don’t know, my name is Cat and I have a lot of hobbies! Some of my favourite things to do include playing board games with friends, PC gaming (mostly World of Warcraft), reading (both books and comics), watching movies and series, eating pizza and sweet things, hanging out with my newly adopted kittens (all named after World of Warcraft characters) and more recently running around at odd hours trying to catch Pokemon. Haha. I am a very quiet person around people I don’t know but those who are close to me know that I am capable of unleashing a bit of weird
How and when did you get started in Cosplay and why do you enjoy it?
I wore my first cosplay back in 2011 when I was in my first year of university already (late cosplay bloomer over here). I had always loved dressing up as a child, with one of my earliest memories of this being when I was around 3 years old. I had convinced my mom make me some version of a cat costume for a birthday party, only for her to find out when we arrived that there was in fact no dress up theme at all and that I was just wearing a costume because I wanted to. Later I would go on to coax her into making me a Poison Ivy costume for a 7th birthday party that left me miserable on account of the other kids not wanting to play with someone dressed as a villain! :O Going back to 2011 though, I had basically heard of/seen photos of the Cape Town cosplay gatherings at Kirstenbosch Gardens and bullied one of my uni friends into dressing up and going with me to one of them. I decided I liked it and continued to do it casually for fun.
Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of cosplaying?
Like I mentioned earlier, I love board gaming/war gaming, reading, movies and series and PC gaming among other things.
What was the first Costume you wore for Cosplay and did you make it yourself?
My first ever cosplay was Enma Ai from the anime Hell Girl. I picked something simple, and although I still love the costume itself, the wig I wore was one of those hideous plastic-looking wigs that you buy at party shops. Somehow I did have the sense to wear contact lenses for this cosplay though (clearly no logic there). I had a considerable amount of help from my mom on most of my first cosplays (this one included of course) as I had very limited sewing skills and lacked my own sewing machine back then.
What type of genre is your favorite to Cosplay, and why?
As of late I have been obsessed with gaming characters, especially those from League of Legends. I also have 2 World of Warcraft cosplays planned for when I fly out to the US to attend Blizzcon in California later on this year. I just find that gaming characters have amazing designs and crazy builds that are fun to create and learn from. When it comes to World of Warcraft in particular though, I just cosplay the characters because I love them and because I love the game.
Every Cosplayer has a favourite part of creating a costume or something they are really good at, what is yours?
Wow…well I still don’t consider myself as particularly good at any one given thing, but I will say that I have had an amazing time airbrush painting my armour as of late and my armour detailing work and even sewing skills have improved tenfold over the last year or so.
What is your most difficult challenge in creating a costume?
My biggest issue has always been time management. Even if I start a costume months in advance, I will usually find myself procrastinating only to end up doubting myself, crying and sleeping max 3 hours a night leading up to the event. It’s horrible and I need to learn to stop doing that >_<
We all know that cosplay has been become a very expensive hobby these days, do you have hints or tips for other cosplayers as far as cutting down expenses etc. are concerned?
The fact of the matter is that these days just buying a costume will most likely save you a lot of money, tears and effort. If you’re cosplaying for fun with no intent of competing, there is no shame in buying a costume for an event or commissioning one from someone It’s also best not to take on too many cosplay projects in a year or try to produce a brand new costume for every event, as for most of us that is just not financially viable. When applying new cosplay techniques that you have never attempted before, it is also a good idea to buy small quantities of the materials needed to experiment a bit to avoid making expensive mistakes on a larger scale later on.
Tell us about your most epic fail ever whilst creating a costume
When making my most recent big costume (Redeemed Riven from League of Legends), I was working with this horrible stretchy, slippery fabric called venetia because it was the best I could find in an accurate color. I was working in the evening and not in the best light, merrily sewing up my top. When I tried on my previously completed leggings with my top in better light however, I found that I had sewn the entire top with the fabric facing the wrong side out as it had looked correct in the light that I had been working in (but would DEFINITELY not hold up in daylight). It took me ages to unpick as the material was prone to snagging. When continuing to work with the fabric after that, I was always exceptionally paranoid as to whether I would be sewing with the correct side facing out to the point that I had to get third opinions from people to make triply sure that I wouldn’t make the same mistake again -_-
Which character do you consider to be your Holy Grail of cosplays (the one cosplay that you’ve been wanting to do since forever)?
That is an exceptionally difficult question as I have SO many! One of them I am planning to do next year but it is a surprise (I will say that it is another LoL champion though). I am also planning to do an Alexstrasza cosplay from World of Warcraft based on some beautiful fan art I found online (it’s a very complicated design) sometime in the future as I am doing her normal in-game version for Blizzcon this year. I have also always wanted to make Mandalorian armor and many of No Flutter’s character designs. Too many cosplays, too little time (and money).
What is the one thing that you try and avoid when making a new costume?
I always try to avoid working until the last second or spending more than I initially accounted for, but that rarely seems to work out :/
South Africa’s convention scene has been growing leaps and bounds over the last couple of years. Where do you see opportunities for cosplay to grow at local events?
The way I see it, with so many new local conventions emerging year after year, the opportunities are endless. I always love seeing the costumes from events like rAge JHB and Free Comic Book Day Cape Town (FanCon this year) as people who do not even consider themselves cosplayers put aside the time and effort to put together costumes just for that one event in the year. It’s pretty amazing seeing more and more people cosplaying at these events and having so much fun. It’s also a great opportunity for the seasoned cosplayers to be inspired by some new faces.
Costume crafting can be really hard sometimes, right? Do you have any scars from cosplay related injuries and how did you get them?
I can’t say that I have any lasting scars, but I have a terrible habit of stabbing myself rather ferociously in the fingers when hand sewing things and have burned myself with heat guns, resin in the process of curing, warm worbla and the like. I have also accidentally sliced myself open with craft blades on more than one occasion and bruised my hands with the extensive use of an eyelet punch.
Which international con would you really love to go to and why?
I always considered Blizzcon to be the Holy Grail and cannot be more excited to be attending this year (as well as Stan Lee’s Comikaze), especially since getting a ticket was such a nightmare as they sell out in 5-15 minutes. I would still love to go to San Diego Comic Con, DragonCon, Gen Con and Anime Expo one day though.
Real name Cat Jacobs
Cosplay name Havok Cosplay
Current home town Cape Town
Out of these five gaming platforms, which are your favorites
PC / PS4 / XBOX / Board games / Mobile
PC & Board games
What was the game that got you hooked to gaming and why?
It’s really difficult to say as it was sort of a combination of many. It started with playing the Power Rangers game on SEGA, which evolved into games like Monkey Island, Earthworm Jim and Jazz Jackrabbit on PC and then later Medievil, Spyro, Croc, Gran Turismo and the like on PS1. These days I’m more about Hearthstone and the MMORPGs though, but I do play a bit of League and Don’t Starve every now and then
DC or Marvel
If you could be any of the superheroes, which one would you be and why?
Does it have to be a superhero? I find villains more fun. I’ve been obsessed with Poison Ivy since I was tiny. If we’re being strict about superheroes though, probably Zatanna. I like the idea of being a superheroine masquerading as a stage magician. Batwoman is also pretty badass though.
Your weapon of choice in a zombie apocalypse – Sonic Screwdriver or Light sabre
Why is this your weapon of choice?
I am a bit of a Star Wars nerd (original trilogy only please, not even Force Awakens qualifies) and Boba Fett fangirl and have never seen Dr Who. Plus, who wouldn’t want to slice up zombies with the coolest fictional weapon ever imagined?