Interview Done By Mike Wilkerson
Please introduce yourself?
Hi! I’m Kelldar, I’ve been costuming and going to conventions for over 10 years. I love Star Wars, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Disney, Marvel comics and a bunch of other stuff!
What made you want to get into Cosplay?
When I was a kid, my parents took me to the local convention (I wore a Star Trek: Next Gen uniform), and we always had elaborate Halloween costumes and parties. I went to college for illustration and sewing my own costumes just became an extension of illustration for me. I love that I’ve been able to learn so many different crafts through one hobby.
What characters do you do?
A few of my favourite characters are Princess Leia, Belle, Wonder Woman and my current favourite is Donna Noble right now. I’ve done nearly 200 costumes, so beyond those I’ve also done a lot of Marvel & DC, quite a bit of other Disney costumes and other Star Wars costumes. Pretty much any book/movie/tv series I’ve ever liked, I’ve done a costume from it.
Tell me about each one?
I’ve done a lot of Leia/Padme and other Star Wars costumes thanks to my involvement with the Rebel Legion over the years. I love Wonder Woman and all the variations on her costume, so I’ve done, I think at this point, 5 different Wonder Woman costumes. I’ve done most of Belle’s costumes from Beauty and the Beast. I’m told I have a resemblance to Catherine Tate so Donna Noble is a lot of fun for me right now.
Some more of my particular favourites are Ms Marvel, Marie Antoinette, Anne Boleyn, Valkyrie, Queen Hippolyta, Jane from Tarzan, Sally Jupiter and Ozma of Oz.
Have you ever won any costume contest?
A few, though I don’t enter them much anymore. I used to always enter at every convention I went to, but it got old after a few years; I’d rather spend time with my friends at a con rather than waiting backstage for hours.
Which character did you win with?
Most recently I won “Most Creative” in BBC America’s Halloween Doctor Who costume contest in 2011, for my TARDIS version of Marie Antoinette.
What did you win?
A $50 BBC America gift card; I bought a set of Doctor Who figures
What conventions have you gone to?
Dragoncon 2002-2012, San Diego Comic Con 2004-2006, MidSouthCon 2002, 2004-2011, C2E2 2013, Timegate 2012, Emerald City ComiCon 2011, Anaheim Comic Con 2010, Megacon 2009, Adventurecon 2007-2008, Superman Celebration 2009, Anime Expo 2003, Otakon 2002, Project A-Kon 2003-2005, Animazement 2001-2002, MTAC 2001-2004, 2006-2007, 2010, GMX 2009-2012, Con Nooga 2008, Wonderfest 2006, Star Wars Celebration 3, Katsucon 2003-2004.
What conventions will you be going to?
Right now the only definite I have planned is Dragoncon 2013; we are in the midst of our usual summertime schedule – prepping for Dragoncon.
Which one is your favorite convention to go to?
Definitely Dragoncon. I love it because it’s really a little bit of everything, every geeky or pop culture show or book or movie, etc is represented somehow. The costumes people bring are amazing, and it’s like a 4 days long party.
What do you do in the real world?
I have a 9-5 and I also do theater costume commissions/consulting, and I’m hoping to soon expand that into regular commissions available online.
Would you rather be in the real world or one of your characters world?
If I had to pick one I’d pick the Doctor Who universe. Travel in time and space and still be home for dinner.
What would you like to say in closing?
Thanks for having me! If anyone would like to see more of my costumes or construction info on them my website is http://kelldar.com