Welcome to part two of our interview and feature on one of our favorite cosplayers, BelleChere. We’ve enjoyed our time with her so far so let’s get back to the interview right away.
Photo right: BelleChere as Ms. Marvel. Comments from BelleChere: “
For all the fun I had wearing this costume, the character still sparks a nerve in me. I want to be able to put a finger on what exactly I have against her, but I’m not sure what it is. Maybe it’s due to her powerful, near feminist ideals. Maybe it’s cause I’d rather root for Rogue or Mystique whenever they’ve bested the Avenger. Maybe it’s cause she took Tony Stark’s side in the Civil War. Maybe it’s because she just doesn’t smile enough. Every move she makes just seems opposed to what I would choose to do instead.
Despite my reservations about the character, I read and enjoyed the Ms. Marvel solo series. Not to mention I’m an ardent supporter of Frank Cho and loved how he drew her. That, on top of this being one of the most often requested costumes for me to make, drove me to create this costume. The mask was made by the talented Mike Shiffbauer.
Comics Ninja: What are your best and worst fanboy experiences at the conventions or events?
BelleChere: Most of my experiences have been very positive. A lot of people assume that I always have people bothering me when I’m in costume, but most people that interact with me are really polite. I’ve really only had a couple lewd interactions, and the guys were pretty intoxicated. The experience that sincerely bothered me was when this guy, total stranger, came up and proposed to me. At first I thought he was joking, that it was a dare that his friends nudged him into doing…but then I saw he had the Crazy Eyes. I told him no, explained I was married, but he wound up not taking the hint and approached me twice more during the day. It was creepy.
Comics Ninja: We hear you. What comic books are you personally reading right now? Favorite games or Anime?