Mary Grey Superwoman Did you know there are two direct correlations between cosplaying and accountancy? Yeah. I'm not messing about. The first one would be that they both need a lot a balancing. Where as the second one would be my great mate, Marie Grey, who I spoke to only the other day, whilst balancing the books with a pickax. CHOP!

1) What are your own origins, Marie? Plus what path did you take in life before you got to where you are today?   I wasn't born from clay and my parents didn't ship me off to a foreign planet when I was a baby. I was just raised by a mom's who loved 'Legend of Zelda' and 'Archie Comics'. I didn't take any one particular path either. My life is like a gigantic maze and I sometimes feel like I just stumbled around a lot until I somehow got here.

2) What are the most persistent comments you've received from your fans?   A lot of people request me to cosplay characters that I don't like. Then when I tell them that, they try to convince me to like them. Stop trying to make Harley Quinn happen. It's never going to happen.

Mary Grey Poison Ivy3) What is your ‘regular’ job? And does it in any way shape or form aide you as a Cosplayer?   I work at an accounting firm in Manhattan. Other than my paycheck, it doesn't aid me in cosplaying. Tax season eats up so much of my time that it's really hard to create anything between January and April.

4) How did your friends, family, and work-colleges first react to the news that you were a model?   I'm not really a model. I just make costumes of characters I love and wear them. My extended family and job know nothing about it. My friends are also cosplayers, and that's how I've met most of them!

5) How do you decide what Cosplay costume to wear for a convention? And who makes them?   I have a mental checklist before I actually take the plunge in creating a costume. First, I have to love the character. Then I have to love what they're wearing and know I can pull it off. The second requirement is where a lot of ideas go to die. But once something gets past that step, I start breaking down all the pieces and plan away.

I make everything myself, unless there are props. I'll usually commission those because I'm not very skilled yet.

6) What have you learnt about yourself whilst being a Cosplay model? And were their any unforeseen obstacles you had to contend with?   Just like every other community, there's a lot of drama. I've learned how to differentiate those who start rumors and talk trash from those who speak out about a serious issue in an intelligent matter. A lot of people seem to mix up those two concepts and I think that's what hurts the community as a whole. My general rule is to warn someone that what they've said or done to me is harmful. If they continue beyond that, I'll just block them on whatever platform they were talking to me through.

I don't need that negative attitude when all I'm trying to do is share my hobby with people.

Scary Mary
7) What was the best / worst convention you ever attended?   I always have a great time at 'Katsucon'. This upcoming February will be my 4th time going. It's just one of those conventions that everyone I know flocks to, so it's a great opportunity to see all of my friends and hang out. The costumes that people bring their are always top-tier, so I spend the weekend in awe.

This will probably drop jaws, but 'PAX East' was the worst convention I've ever attended. A chance to actually hear developers discuss the games they're making and what they have planned for the future is amazing! 'PAX East' was nothing like that. Developers used the convention as a chance to read off their resumes. I don't want to hear about all the things they've already done because I've seen it. I already know. Show me something new!

This past year, I spent the weekend playing 'Tomb Raider', a game I already played through, because everything else was so lack lustre.

8) What would be your dream Cosplay gig and outfit?   I don't get paid to cosplay and I'm not sponsored so I don't have any gigs, per say. But I do have a handful of dream cosplays to complete. I'm keeping them hush hush for now, though. I don't like revealing those kind of things until I know I'm going to be making them.

9) Has their ever been an outfit you just did not like wearing? And if so, why?   Yes! Feca's Shield from 'Wakfu'. I had gotten injured at the end of 2012 and wasn't able to go to the gym for 4 months. I gained so much weight in that time and was really unhappy with how it looked on me. I've since dropped the weight, but I still hate everything about that costume.

10) Do you have a credo you live by?   Whatever you do in life, do it for you. You're never going to please everyone, so it's best to live your life in a way that makes you happy.

Mary Grey On Fire

And so say all of us, Marie. And so say all of us. So there you have it, folks. My mate Marie and her cosplaying. When you have the time please check out her wares on facebook, twitter, instagram, and on her website. Go on. Click-Click. Trust me. You won't be disappointed if you did. 

A special thanks goes out to SF Design, Jay Romanus, The Big Tog, and FirstPerson Shooter, for allowing me to showcase their wonderful snaps.