Today is a big day! Today is very, very exciting. Yesterday was the first anniversary of our blog. We have been around for one, whole, good-crazy year, which makes today the start of a whole new year for us. But that’s not the only reason that today is super exciting around here, because we get to kick off our new year by introducing a new featured artist!
Musable is an award-winning cosplayer, a talented artist, and a self-professed nerd. When we caught up with her this week, she gave us a window into her life, her work, and what cosplay means to her.
– Roggen Wulf
My name is Karen, my cosplay handle is Musable, and I am a self-taught seamstress and crafter from the Southeast United States. I have been cosplaying for over five years now and I have had a blast the entire ride.
Cosplay has been a very positive force in my life. It gave me a space where I could become more social and helped me increase my self-esteem, which in turn has helped me build an exciting and rewarding career. When I’m in cosplay, I become the character I am portraying. Outside of cosplay, though, I have come to realize how I am so much more.
Cosplay is special to me. It’s when everyone can be a superhero. Everyone can be a Princess. Everyone can be anything! I never had a lot of friends when I was growing up, and I often felt isolated and alone. I would go to bed crying at night because no one wanted to hang out with me. I didn’t have a boyfriend all through high school. I went to the prom with a friend. I was even invited to parties just to be made fun of. It was always really hard for me. I had skipped a grade and was a late bloomer. Obviously, I was the girl everyone was lining up to date, right?
All that changed when I went to my first con. I was surround by people like me. People who were made to feel excluded and lonely elsewhere. People who connected with these characters the same way I had. I met my husband Ben Be Jammin through cosplay. He was at the second ever con I went to. We took a photo together and swapped numbers. We started dating a little less than a year later and now after three years together we are happily married. We live on our own, playing smash, MMOs and going to conventions together.
I am so glad I went to that first convention and I am even more thrilled to be the person I am today. I have a great career, terrific friends, and I have a hobby that makes me feel complete.