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How long have you been cosplaying?
What was your first convention?
Dragon Con 2009
What was your first cosplay?
Do you feel you have a cosplay expertise? If so what would it be? (i.e. props, sewing etc.)
I would definitely say prop making. I’ve made items such as Storm’s tiara (Clay), Wonder Woman’s Spear (PVC Pipe) and a War Hammer (EVA Foam & PVC Pipe).
What have been your least and most expensive cosplays?
My most expensive cosplay was my Greek Warrior Wonder Woman and my least expensive Supergirl.
What is your favorite convention to attend?
Without a doubt it’s DragonCon. That con is like my vacation home. I call it that because it’s the place I go every year since I started going in 2009 (except last year which I missed) to relax and unwind, which in cosplay terms means I’m surrounded by over 50K people and on the go for 4 straight days with minimal sleep and loving every second of it.
What is your dream convention to attend?
It would be Star Wars Celebration and I am beyond thrilled to say that I am finally going this year!!! Once that dream has been fulfilled the new dream would be San Diego Comic Con.
What is your dream cosplay?
My dream cosplay is to do a version of Storm where I can simulate flight just enough to hover a few feet off the ground on command with minimal bulk.
What do you hate about cosplay?
The over focus on accuracy, especially when it comes to looking exactly like the character and shaming those that don’t. It creates unrealistic expectations and ends up excluding people who don’t “look” like a character do to color, size or gender.
What do you love about cosplay?
I love being able to make my own artistic interpretation of a character while still being recognizable as that character.
Tell us something cool!
I own my own small independent film and visual effects company called (Black Rose Dagger Films) where I’m a screenwriter, director, producer, VFX artist, editor, actor and of course costume and prop maker.
Rule 69 Bishop from X-Men (photographer: Kevin W. Jones)
Sith Nightsister from Star Wars (photographer: Nadia Adona/Enelay Creative)
Twi’lek Sith from Star Wars (photographer: Grace Adams Moss)
Evie Frye from Assassins Creed (photographer: Raymond Walker Jr.)
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Jamie Broadnax is the creator of the online community for Black women called Black Girl Nerds. Jamie has appeared on MSNBC's The Melissa Harris-Perry Show and The Grio's Top 100. Her Twitter personality has been recognized by Shonda Rhimes as one of her favorites to follow. She's the primary film critic for BGN and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critic Association