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My Dublin Comic Con & Cosplay Interview on TodayFM!

I was in Dublin yesterday to be interviewed on Neil Delamere’s Sunday Best on TodayFM!

It was my first time ever to be interviewed on the radio and I had such a good time chatting with Neil Delamere and Joe Griffin about this years Dublin Comic Con & my love for cosplaying.

If you missed the interview, you can listen to the podcast below:

Harley Quinn Cosplay Shoot!

How cosplaying as Harley Quinn has changed my life.

Feeling like a freak is never easy. You feel incredibly out of touch with other people, it makes you think that no matter what you do or say, people are judging you or laughing at you. You never quite feel like you blend in right in social situations, it’s awkward. It’s an uncomfortable feeling. Being odd is like having spinach stuck in your teeth, you’re aware of it and so is everyone else.

I have always felt different from others but doesn’t everybody? We all feel disconnected from each other sometimes, so when we find a common interest or passion, it allows us to click with each other on another level. That is what cosplaying does for me, it allows me to be creative.

My first ever cosplay was dressing up as my favorite comic book character, Harley Quinn.

I remember walking down to the lobby of the hotel room I was staying in, to join a group of friends who I was cosplaying with at a convention that evening, we were dressed as Batman villains. My heart was racing and it took me all the courage in the world to leave my hotel room in full costume. It was terrifying, nauseating and ridiculously liberating all at once! There really is something incredibly strange about being in costume when it’s not Halloween. It’s odd!

Once I got over the feeling of being stared at by strangers and having a few old people laugh at me in the elevator, I was on a high! I got loads of compliments on my costume and a few people took pictures with me, it was such a confidence boost. Since then I have cosplayed as Harley Quinn many times, sometimes I dress up as her just for kicks, even when I am not at a convention.

I understand that may sound very strange to anyone who doesn’t understand cosplaying but it’s so much fun! I don’t think people do enough of what makes them happy sometimes, in fear that others might think it’s weird or unconventional. If something brings you joy, you have to indulge in that passion, not matter what others think. After all, life is for living & you only live once!

In a previous blog post I explained my thoughts on Harley Quinn as a character but her character means more to me than just being someone fun to dress up as. I relate to her personally and I find her to be very enchanting. Cosplaying as Harley has given me more confidence in myself, by allowing me to not take everything so seriously. You’re never too old to have fun cosplaying!

Cosplaying has been a major part of my life for about two years now. I don’t get to cosplay as often as I would like but there’s something to be said about planning a future cosplay. It gets my creative juices flowing and makes me excited to share my costume with other fans.

People may laugh at me for dressing up as a comic book characters in my spare time but the way I see it, who cares? I have a blast! I get to chat with other people who share a common interest and let loose for the day. I find cosplaying to be stress-reliving and a way to build my self esteem.

Any time I explain to someone that I like to dress up as comic book characters and go to conventions, I am met with raised eyebrows or suppressed laughter. It doesn’t even bother me because I know that those people probably care too much about what others think about them, to ever enjoy something so authentically. Cosplaying and Sci-Fi Conventions have allowed me to meet some of the most wonderful people I have ever met. I’ve made life long friends and memories that will stick with me forever. It’s been a blessing in my life & I’m so thankful for it.

For a long time I felt like I didn’t have a creative outlet that allowed me to express myself and once I found cosplaying, it was like a light bulb went off in my head. This was the perfect way for me to combine my love for fashion and geeky stuff together! It was perfect for me, I could piece together an outfit and feel creatively satisfied at the beginning, middle & end of the process.

Harley Quinn is a huge part of my life and truly has changed my life for the better.

To quote Bertrand Russel, ‘Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.’ Don’t be afraid to try something outside of the box, you might just enjoy it!

My thoughts on Harley Quinn & Her New Suicide Squad Outfit.

Let me start this off my saying that I have been a fan of Harley Quinn since the day I saw her on Batman: The Animated Series. Her lovable personality and goofy sense of humor enchanted me from an early age and I have loved her character ever since. Even though she is portrayed as a deranged woman who fell in love with a psychopath clown, she’s strangely relatable.

Many people have uttered the words, “Harley doesn’t set a good example for women”.

You know what, I don’t disagree in the slightest. I am well aware that Harley isn’t the perfect example of a stable woman, functioning well in society and within relationships. She is far from it.

She is insane. 

Anyone who is a fan of Harley will know that her relationship with the Joker is far from perfect. The more emotionally and physically abusive he is to her, the more she craves his approval and love. I honestly think those who romanticize their relationship are missing the point entirely.

She represents something seriously dark and twisted. She represents a lot of fucked up things like domestic violence, toxic relationships and mental illness. Make no mistake, Harley Quinn is one of the most popular female characters in the DC universe, hell, she’s probably is the most popular.

The reason why so many people love Harley is because she’s relatable. She speaks to the deepest, darkest parts of a lot of people’s minds and she provides the comic relief that people dealing with these kinds of issues need. One of her costumes (which I love!) in the new Suicide Squad film, is in direct relation to all of this. Her outfit shows her obsession with the man she loves. Her choker says ‘Puddin’, which as a lot of fans will know is her pet name for The Joker & her t-shirt say’s ‘Daddy’s Lil Monster’ represents her obsessive and submissive behaviour towards The Joker.

Harley Quinn never tries to be a hero to women, she simply represents a lot of our fears and secrets. She is an extremely animated metaphor for a lot of physical and emotional struggles people live through on a daily basis. Art is created to evoke feelings, these feelings can either be negative or positive and all art is subjective.

In a lot of way’s she is art imitating life and that terrifies people.