Today in the virtual studio we would like to welcome Ivy Doom Kitty:
1) Who is Ivy Doom Kitty?
Ivy Doomkitty is someone who is obsessed with cats, comic book villains, video games, and has a knack for belly dance and cake decorating. I’m also an advocate for body positivity and am heavily involved with a charity group to help save cats from high kill shelters in Southern California. I’d say that I try to follow my passion in life.
2) Where did you come from?
The fires of Mount Doom 🙂
3) What are your hobbies and influences?
Some of my influences come from comic book artists like Frank Cho, J Scott Campbell, and Arthur Adams. I love their artistic take on the female form. My hobbies include reading, gaming, collecting comics and art, bellydancing, checking out the latest tea spots, helping a SoCal based cat rescue, and cats. Lots of cats. I can seriously lose myself watching cat videos on YouTube.
4) What is “every day cosplay”?
To me, everyday cosplay are pieces that you wear that could be considered cosplay and pay homage to a character or genre, yet are subtle enough to be worn without looking like you are in full costume. Some pieces could be corset dresses or leggings that are inspired by characters, or even steampunk elements.
5) What were your earliest cosplay experiences?
I first started cosplaying at San Diego Comic Con 2012 as a Star Trek Red Shirt. I had made the costume a few days before the convention and felt at home with everyone there that shared the same love and passion for it. It was something that I had always wanted to do. Prior to that, I had been going to conventions as an attendee for over 10 years, collecting comics and art. I was afraid of trying it because I didn’t want to be teased.
I had been bullied throughout my childhood and teen years because of my weight, and had no friends because I was into gaming and comic book characters, which was not considered the norm for girls at that time. Because of the name calling, etc I developed insecurities in myself, in addition to low self esteem and self worth. I carried this baggage with me into my adulthood. This is why when I went to my first con and saw cosplay for the first time, I loved the idea behind it, but was terrified of putting myself out there and be ridiculed by everyone. I didn’t want to re-live my teen years.
When I first cos-played, there was this rush of accomplishment of something that I had wanted to do for so long. I enjoyed every minute of it. Later that evening, I saw that my photo was online and there were many positive comments, but also negative ones. While the negative ones hurt, I realized that I can’t live for others. I learned that people with have opinions, but it is up to me to decide if I want to continue doing what I love, or if I am going to let those opinions affect me and ultimately deter me from enjoying my life. I embraced myself for who and what I was and I learned to love the skin I am in. Cosplay has given me confidence that I never knew I had. I look at life differently now. The glass is always half full.
Since then, I’ve created a set of panels that I do at conventions that discuss body confidence and how to be positive. These panels in turn, help others embrace themselves, their bodies, skin color, size, age, etc and learn that they can do anything, regardless of what the outside world tells them. I want to try to give back to a community that has given me so much.
6) What are some of your favorite cosplay experiences?
I think the greatest thing about cosplaying are the friendships and bonds that are made in the community. It’s a place where you can feel safe and be yourself without judgement. Not just that, but the memories you create with your friends and fans is something that I will cherish. I love being able to meet the fans at conventions. Meeting them in person and being able to talk to them is one way that I can say thank you in person for following my work. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do and I am so very thankful for that.
7) Any future projects we should be on the look out?
I’m currently working with Kitt Crusaders, a NPO rescue group in Southern California, that saves cats and kittens from high kill shelters. They also help cover their medical costs and place them in their forever homes. I was lucky enough to be a part of their charity photo shoot that included talent like Stan Lee, Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn, and Katrina Law, where the sales from the photos go directly to the charity. You can help support their cause here: http://www.kittcrusaders.com/
I’m also working on several new costumes for the year, producing my 2017 calendar, as well as a few other projects currently under wraps. Make sure to follow Ivy Doom Kitty on my social media accounts to stay up to date!