Hey there, Nerds! Over the past few weeks, I have been inviting you guys to ask me questions in order to do something kinda fun: a Q&A post where you get to know me a bit better! I feel like I hide in the shadows quite often, so I thought this would help break up all of the longer, more formal posts I’ve been putting up, and get some community involvement going.
Many of these questions were gathered from comments all over Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and some that I get quite often when I go live on one of these platforms. A lot of them pertain to cosplay/costume making, so I’m going to try to balance those out and point you all in the right direction if I can’t answer it properly.
But, enough of me blabbering: let’s get started!
Q: Who are you? (In case you don’t know)
I am Mickey! On WordPress, I go by mckelodeon, which is a nickname from when I first started blogging, but you can call me Mickey. That’s easier.
Q: Where do you live?
I live in what’s known as the Chicagoland area.
Q: What do you do for a living?
I work for a marketing company during daylight hours.
Q: How long have you been blogging?
I have been blogging for 3 years, which is how old this particular site is! I used to call this blog “Nerdy by Nature” back in the day, but then I decided to re-brand it as Nerd∙ily (or Nerdily) about a year after I started it.
Q: Favorite geeky TV series?
Star Trek: The Next Generation. I’ve been meaning to re-watch it again, actually.
Q: Was there a specific comic/movie/character/show/event in your life that stands out as your “gateway” moment into nerd life/culture?
This kinda ties in to the first question, but TNG was a big turning point as far as my more recent “gateway” moment into nerd life. The first true moment came when the Harry Potter books first came out. I was a HUGE Potterhead as a kid. That was my first fandom. Another gateway for me was more comic book-focused: The Adventures of Tintin kickstarted my love of comics as a young adult.
If you’re interested, I have a lengthy post where I discuss my nerdy Origin Story!
Q: What is your favorite comic book?
My favorite series is Tintin, and my favorite superhero is Batgirl. I don’t have a favorite issue necessarily, but I do like the Tintin stories called “The Black Island” and “The Castafiore Emerald.” Other series that I love are Korgi, Paper Girls, and Star Trek: The Next Generation Mirror Universe.
Q: What is your favorite geeky/nerdy movie?
Does Jurassic Park count?
Q: What comic(s) would you recommend for someone who is new to that world?
I’m actually working on a post that goes more in-depth, but I would say if you’re going the superhero route, you can’t go wrong with a classic like The Killing Joke. I also recommend the Hellcat series by Kate Leth, Korgi (again), Wytches if you want something a little creepy, and Paper Girls (again).
Q: What’s the funnest project you’ve ever worked on?
That’s a tough one. I think a lot of them are fun! But the one that makes me laugh the most is perhaps my sexy pizza costume I made for Halloween a few years ago.
Q: What was your first cosplay? / How long have you been cosplaying?
These will be answered in one go, so I combined them. My first cosplay was Tintin, which was my Halloween costume from the previous year, and that was 6 years ago. Wow.
Q: How long have you been sewing?
About 3 years I think? I always get my timeline mixed up, but it was around the same time that I was officially done with college, and trying to find full-time jobs.
Q: What was the first project that you were 99%% to 100% satisfied with?
Probably my Batgirl cosplay. I was so happy with how that turned out, as it was a dream costume of mine.
Q: What do you recommend as a low-cost sewing machine for beginners?
This one by Singer. It’s the one I started off with, and it’s great for getting a feel of the practice. And it’s exceptionally affordable on Amazon.
Q: Do you have any tips for people that want to cosplay, but can’t sew/don’t have access to a sewing machine?
As someone who did costumes long before knowing how to sew, I can assure you that it is doable. My first few cosplays were made using store-bought/thrifted pieces that I modified and altered to suit the needs of the character. For example: my female Two-Face cosplay was mostly thrifted items–the suit, shirt, and shoes were all bought at a Goodwill. I hand-sewed spikes, hand-painted half of the shirt, and dyed/painted the shoes I wore. The wig was a $10 one I got off of Amazon. My make-up was all eyeshadow and eyeliner.
So I guess my main tips would be to look for basic pieces you know you can alter, whether that’s at a thrift store or online somewhere, and get super crafty and creative! Even if you can’t sew, or you don’t have access to a sewing machine, there are many adhesives out there that will do the job just as well until you build up your sewing chops.
Q: How do you decide who you want to cosplay? What inspires your costume choice? / What’s your process for coming up with an idea for and a developing a cosplay costume?
When I plan out my big projects for the month/year, I try to keep in mind:
- How much it’s going to cost me to make
- Am I at a skill-level yet where I can pull this off without too much difficulty
- What skills can I learn to incorporate into a project
- Go off a list of all the characters I’d like to cosplay
Sometimes I get a little too overzealous and don’t think about cost so much, but I do try to get the best materials I can for a decent price. Mainly, though, my biggest concerns are if I can actually pull it off, and what I can learn from it.
For example: I believe that, by winter, I should have enough skill and patience to finally make a Captain Marvel cosplay, which is something I have been wanting to do ever since I started sewing. I got amazing stretch fabric for 70% off the original price, so it shouldn’t be an expensive project at this point, and I have many new resources at my disposal to reference. Plus, I have an opportunity to work more with stretch fabrics on a machine that is way more capable of handling such material.
You’ll see this process used more recently in my Renaissance Faire Witch costume overview once that post is done, because I really applied these principles to that project.
Q: What’s your dream costume/design to make if you could?
I have so many, you have no idea. But my main ones are:
- Captain Phasma
- Captain Marvel (which will be a reality soon)
- Anastasia’s yellow ballgown from the animated movie (I need an excuse to use crystals on a project)
- Odette from Swan Princess
- Sailor Jupitor
- Leia when she’s on Endor (in the camo poncho)
- The blue dress Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen wear during the “Sisters” song in White Christmas
- The red wedding dress Lydia Deetz wears in Beetlejuice
So, either I need to attend more conventions, or I need to get a second job to pay for all of this.
And that’s all of the questions! Thank you to those who have made it to the end of this very long post! What are some other questions you may have that I didn’t answer here? Let me know in the comments below!
Life was meant to be lived nerdily, so what are you waiting for?