Cosplayer Interview

Cosplayer Of The Week: Meg Devereux AKA Marie Bernadette

Leo Nocedo: How did you discover cosplaying?
Meg Devereux : I learned how to sew when I was a little girl and my mom and I would always make really cool Halloween costumes. It just sort of spiraled from there.
Leo Nocedo: What was your first cosplay?
Meg Devereux : The first cosplay that I put together specifically for a convention was Amy Farrah Fowler from The Big Bang Theory, and my boyfriend dressed as Sheldon.
Leo Nocedo: What are your next 3 cosplay plans?
Meg Devereux : Supergirl, Batwoman, and Merida
Leo Nocedo: Have you ever been in a cosplay contest?
Meg Devereux : Just for fun, I’ve never won or anything.
Leo Nocedo: Do you prefer sewing, armor making, or wig working?
Meg Devereux :  Sewing
Leo Nocedo: Do you prefer to do photoshoots at cons or at specific locations?
Meg Devereux :  Both are fun. I think it depends on the character.
Leo Nocedo: Is there a type of character you cosplay frequently?
Meg Devereux : Marvel superheroes are my go-to at the moment
Leo Nocedo: Do you have any favorite cosplayers?
Meg Devereux : There are so many I look up to! I think the most fun part of cosplaying for me has been making friends around the world who inspire me.
Leo Nocedo:What’s the most detailed cosplay you’ve ever done?
Meg Devereux : Probably Gwenom, although my Spider-Gwen has the most pieces overall.

Leo Nocedo: What is your favorite cosplay you’ve done?
Meg Devereux : Hawkeye (Kate Bishop)
Leo Nocedo:What is your worst cosplay “horror” story?
Meg Devereux : The first mask I made for Spider-Gwen had sheer white fabric over the lenses, and I thought it was transparent enough because I could see everything in my living room. Come to find out, I could really only see about 5 feet in front of me, which was fine in an apartment but was terrifying on a con floor. I could only see general shapes and colors of stuff that was close to my face. I walked around essentially blind for about an hour before deciding that I really couldn’t do it.
Leo Nocedo: What’s your funniest cosplay story?
Meg Devereux : I went to Momocon one year specifically so that I could meet one of the co-creators of Spider-Gwen, and when I arrived I realized that I had actually forgotten my Spider-Gwen suit at home. I had remembered to bring all of my accessories, but not the suit. 😂 So I managed to throw together a casual Gwen look instead, and it all worked out.
Leo Nocedo: What’s the best in-character interaction you’ve ever had?
Meg Devereux :I was volunteering at a superhero story time for kids, dressed as Captain Marvel, and a little girl locked eyes with me from across the room and just ran straight towards me. She gave me a big hug and told me I was her favorite, and that was just the best.
Leo Nocedo: Have you ever cosplayed with a family member?
Meg Devereux :No. My boyfriend enjoys cosplaying with me though.
Leo Nocedo: What is your favorite cosplay photo of yourself?
Meg Devereux : See attached picture of Gwen and Peter dancing.
Leo Nocedo: What are your go-to stores for cosplay materials/full cosplays?
Meg Devereux : Probably Amazon? I also love getting wigs from K’ryssma.
Leo Nocedo: Do you prefer to buy pre-styled wigs or style your own?
Meg Devereux : A mix of both. I’ll get wigs that are close enough so that I can touch them up. I try to find wigs that are already the length, color, and texture that I need.
Leo Nocedo: Have you ever had someone mistake you for a different character?
Meg Devereux :For some reason people look at Captain Marvel and call her Wonder Woman, so yes. Also Kate Bishop is less recognizable so I’ll often get asked if I’m Huntress or someone else.
Leo Nocedo: List all the cosplays you’ve done.
Meg Devereux : Spider-Gwen (6 versions), Kate Bishop (3 versions), Captain Marvel (2 versions), Black Widow (comics), Ms Frizzle, Megara
Leo Nocedo: What’s the biggest con you’ve cosplayed at?
Meg Devereux : Momocon
Leo Nocedo:Do you prefer cosplaying characters with props, or characters that you don’t need to carry a prop around all day?
Meg Devereux :I like having props.
Leo Nocedo: Have you ever lost a cosplay piece at a con?
Meg Devereux : Other than bobby pins, I don’t think so.
Leo Nocedo: Have you ever bought a cosplay piece at a con?
Meg Devereux : I’ve gotten accessories for a couple of characters
Leo Nocedo: Do you prefer to cosplay solo or in a group?
Meg Devereux : I love couple cosplays and group cosplays
Leo Nocedo:If you had a chance to meet your all-time favorite cosplayer, what would you say to them?
Meg Devereux :  Probably something really typical like, “I really love your work!”
Leo Nocedo: Have you ever done a cosplay panel?
Meg Devereux :Nope
Leo Nocedo: Do you prefer to buy or make cosplays?
Meg Devereux : I prefer making them, but I end up buying a lot of stuff and then “Frankensteining” them together rather than making from scratch
Leo Nocedo: If you could tell your past self anything about cosplay, what would you say?
Meg Devereux : Just do it. Don’t feel like you aren’t good enough because you’ll never get better until you try.
Leo Nocedo: What is your ultimate dream cosplay?
Meg Devereux : Cinderella’s wedding dress from the live action Cinderella. Also any Disney princess dress with a hoop skirt.
Leo Nocedo: What’s the most difficult cosplay you’ve ever done? (Craftsmanship, wearing of, ect)
Meg Devereux : Gwenom. I’m still working on it, but I’ve made a lot of it from scratch.
Leo Nocedo: What’s the most difficult character makeup you’ve done?
Meg Devereux : None of my characters call for crazy makeup, but I love doing the purple eyeshadow for Megara.
Leo Nocedo: What, in your opinion, makes a cosplayer a “pro” cosplayer?
Meg Devereux : The ability to make money doing it.
Leo Nocedo: What is your favorite part of cosplaying?
Meg Devereux : I love bringing my favorite characters to life, especially for charity events with kids.
Leo Nocedo: Do you have any cosplay pet peeves?
Meg Devereux : As a dancer I love cosplaying Spider-Gwen in pointe shoes, but it’s always so hard to see cosplayers in pointe shoes that have never been trained in pointe work. It’s very obvious and extremely dangerous. I’ve been dancing for 20+ years and I’ve gotten injured several times even with all that training. It’s not worth it, especially when regular ballet flats are easily available.

 

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Leo Nocedo is a cosplay photographer who has been using a camera for the last forty years in many forms , in the military and professional studios in Miami and New York city . He got his start in cosplay photography attending conventions with his brother Juan Nocedo . He keeps on doing what he does to honor his late brother .

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