Welcome to DC Comic News Dynamic Cosplay Presents:
Captain Cold and many other amazing DC characters
Cosplayer: Jennifer Rose
DCN: What made you create this cosplay, why Captain Cold and how long did it take you to get this costume together?
Jennifer: I’ve always loved to do characters which may not be “marquee” or “household” names, but people still tend to recognize. As a regular invited guest at many conventions, I try to push myself with ideas and try to think a bit “outside of the box”. I’ve always been a DC Comics fan, so I thought it would be fun to be a member of Flash’s rogues gallery. I didn’t let gender bother me, why should guys have all the fun?! Once I got all the materials together, it took me about a week and a half to sew and construct.
DCN: Outside of cosplay do you have any other interest/hobbies?
Jennifer: I love all things of a nostalgic/retro nature. Aside from cosplay modeling, I also enjoy pin-up modeling. I love the rockabilly scene. Although it’s a joy to always make my own costumes, being a seamstress/designer, I also love making my own retro style dresses and apparel. Friends who have visited me at my booth also know that I design “geek” related paraphernalia, such as ties, head wraps, purses, earrings, etc. These are all my own creations, and I’m so blessed to have attendees visit me and pick up my items for themselves. Aside from 8×10 photos of me, you can also see my other merchandise at my Etsy store at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ControversialPeach
DCN: How do your friends and family feel about you cosplaying? Are they supportive?
Jennifer: I’m thankful to be surrounded by friends and family that support my participation in the convention scene. I have always loved superheroes, science fiction, etc. growing up, and along with Halloween being my favorite holiday, conventions are the perfect outlet for me to express this kind of creativity within myself.
DCN: How long have you been cosplaying?
Jennifer: I’ve been an attendee, cosplaying at various shows for a while, but I’ve since been asked to be an official guest for about 4 years now.
DCN: Why do you cosplay?
Jennifer: As I mentioned, growing up, Halloween was always my favorite holiday, but I was saddened that it was only once a year. Throughout the year, I never had an outlet to live out any fantasies of being a superhero or a sci-fi character. When I was introduced to the world of comic conventions, I realized I didn’t have to wait once a year for this anymore. Now Halloween comes multiple times a month for me! I love it!
DCN: What was your favorite cosplay project?
Jennifer: My favorite has always been the 1966 classic TV version of Batgirl. As a child, I’ve always loved actress Yvonne Craig’s portrayal of her and always wanted her outfit. It was a thrill hunting down the materials and constructing my dream costume. Throughout the convention circuit, it’s the costume I’m mostly known for and one of my most often requested and the one I receive the most questions about.
DCN: Do you have a pet peeve when it comes to cosplay?
Jennifer: Many women cosplayers can probably understand this, but the physical restraints that certain costumes have can often be quite uncomfortable, especially during trips to the ladies room.
DCN: Do you have any cosplays you will never do and why?
Jennifer: I guess I’m just self-conscious, but I don’t think I’d ever don a Wonder Woman costume. I just don’t feel I’m that statuesque to pull it off, although I have done a 60’s era Wonder Girl/Donna Troy costume, the one with the ponytail.
DCN: Why do you think cosplay has become so popular in the last few years?
Jennifer: I believe that the culture of cosplay attracts people from all walks of life and covers so many areas of fandom: comics, anime, sci-fi-, video games, pop culture, etc. There’s something for everyone. People have a chance to become any character they wish for the day and have fun with it, no judgments. And cosplayers have become an added element of fun for attendees at conventions as well. I think all of us add life and color to these shows, bringing smiles to all in attendance. It’s also added an additional level of participation in the fan community that enables us to further celebrate and pay tribute to what we love. It’s quite remarkable
DCN: Do you have a favorite memory or story while cosplaying?
Jennifer: This is a story that I like to tell, because it’s just a bit difficult to beat, personally speaking….. My favorite cosplay memory took place at Dragon Con in Atlanta, during the annual Giant DC Comics costume photo-shoot, with hundreds in attendance. My then-fiancé (now husband) and I were dressed as the classic 1966 TV Batman & Batgirl. Little did I know that my “Batman” had secretly arranged for Superman actor DEAN CAIN to attend the photo-shoot to facilitate his proposal to me. Dean Cain arrived to the photo shoot, with the engagement ring in hand. It was an immense thrill to see “Superman” hand it off to “Batman” in front of hundreds of on lookers. The whole moment is on YouTube, and last I checked, was over 80K views which blows my mind. USA Today and CNN have written articles on it online as well. I’m so grateful and humbled by it.
DCN: Which DC character may we see next from you?
Jennifer: I’m having so much fun with this whole “Rogues Gallery” thing, so who knows,… maybe I’ll do a Captain Boomerang costume next!
For anyone who’d like to stay in touch with Jennifer, they can visit her on the following areas of social media:
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JenniferRoseNY
- Instagram: jenniferose7
- Twitter: @JennfierRoseNY
- Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ControversialPeach
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