Marie-Claude Bourbonnais Talks Cosplay, Advice, and Getting Started

This Halloween weekend, Marie-Claude Bourbonnais will be making an appearance at Tampa Bay’s first ever MegaCon.  We had had the chance to interview Ms. Bourbonnais and talked cosplay advice and how to get started.

For those of you who don’t know her, Marie has been cosplaying for over six years and has a social media following of about 500K.  She is French Canadian cosplayer who is best known, not just for her glamourous looks, but because she is especially gifted at designing and hand-crafting every inch of her cosplays. Previously, Marie studied fashion design which led to her career producing garments and costumes including swimsuits, prom dresses, and pretty much any other costume designing outlet.

She started off modeling, but became well-known in the cosplay realm after the New York Comic-Con in 2010. Draped in blue latex as Sue Storm, Marie steadily grew into a professional cosplayer and is now known for her unique materials and high quality cosplays and props.

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Cosplay & Coffee: How long have you been cosplaying?

Marie Claude Bourbonnais: I started cosplaying and attending conventions in 2010.

C&C: What was your first cosplay?

MCB: My first cosplay was Frost from Mortal Kombat. The pictures were a tribute to the video game that I loved as a teen. I had no idea what cosplay was at that time.  It was back in 2009.  People’s reaction to the pictures online made me search to understand why the pictures were so popular. This is how I discovered that dressing up as a character was called cosplay. I had never heard of it before.




C&C: What inspired you to start doing this?

MCB: When I discovered cosplay, I was already known to the public as a model, but nobody knew at that time that I had studied fashion design.  I had been sewing all my life and was already very skilled as a costumer. I loved Japanese anime, comic books and video games. Cosplay was bringing together all the things that I loved and I simply started making cosplay costumes and attending conventions.

C&C: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Are there any exciting projects that you’re working on now?

MCB: I now have my own workshop where I build costumes, props and sets for photoshoots as a full-time job.  I have been collaborating with some companies, like the table top game company Ninja Division, for many years.  It’s for this company that I made my two most impressive cosplay projects: two big fiberglass structures, Lug the Robot, (unveiled at Gen Con 2015) and Rachnera from Monster Musume (unveiled at Anime Expo 2016).

I manage everything in my company by myself, making the costumes and props, updating my website and online store, developing the products that I sell online, processing the orders, answering my mail, and even the accounting work for my company. So truth is, I have very little free time.  I like to watch anime when I can, most of the time before going to bed.  I travel when I’m a cosplay guest for a convention.  The rest of the time, you’ll find me in my workshop. I love my workshop. 🙂

Cosplay is still not very well known in the province of Québec, Canada, where I live, so it’s hard for me to share my passion with people around.  I’m working hard to make cosplay become more well-known in my province. 

C&C:  Tell us about one special moment you had while cosplaying.

MCB: When we unveiled my fiberglass Rachnera cosplay during Anime Expo at Ninja Division’s and Seven Seas Entertainment’s booth, I had the honor to meet Okayado, the manga artist who created Rachnera and Monster Musume. He came to the booth and we took a picture together while I was sitting on my huge spider. That was certainly the most exciting moment out of all my cosplay adventures!

C&C: What is something you want to tell all your followers?

MCB: I wish people could see how many hours you really need to build something, all the problems you encounter, all the technical solutions you have to come up with. That hidden side; what is essential in costuming that people don’t see.

C&C: What is something that your fans don’t know about you?

MCB: Many people think that I go to the gym to stay in great shape… Truth is I have no time for that! But I work so much at my workshop. That’s my real training! And yes, I do eat chocolate every day, I’m not kidding.

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C&C: What Tips & Tricks would you give to your fellow cosplayers and fans (important DIY materials, where to buy costumes, etc)?

MCB: To the people who want to start making costumes, I have 3 very basic tricks that I think are very important, even if they look simple.

The first trick is to choose a character that they like to start with.  It almost sounds stupid, but it’s really easier to stay motivated when you work on something that you like.  If something in the costume goes wrong, at least you will be motivated by the love you have for the character. 

The second trick is to start by a simple costume, finish it, then move on to something more complicated.  Very basic trick, again, but believe me, if you start by an ambitious project, you may get discouraged and you’ll never want to build anything again.

The final trick (and technical one) is to always make a mock-up before making the real, final costume.  A mock-up is like a prototype, a ‘fake’ costume done in a cheap fabric only to see if your pattern is alright before cutting the pieces in the real fabric. Yes, it’s long and it costs something to use fabric that you will later throw away.  But a pattern is never perfect on the first try.  Even I always, always make many mock-ups to see how my new pattern looks like when I wear it and I always have adjustments to make to my pattern before I finally cut the pieces in my final fabric and start to sew the real costume. 

This is, by far, is the best advice I can give to any costumer.  And good luck with all their projects!

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The Top 11 ‘Suicide Squad’ Harley Quinn Cosplays

The Top 11 ‘Suicide Squad’ Harley Quinn Cosplays

With Suicide Squad breaking the box office (at this time,  an escalating 731 million) and Halloween just around the corner, we found it only prudent to find the best of the best Harley Quinn cosplays on the market. After all we all know what’s coming…

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Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad  is a strange leap from the DC character’s original black and red jumpsuit, but it might be safe to say that the look is appreciated and approved by fans everywhere.

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With that being said, the quest to conquer this seemingly effortless, yet chaotic mess of a look is harder than one might think. There’s the intricate earring details, the clown makeup, the tattoos, and the ability to pull off those red and blue shorts. But these cosplayers take the cake for the Top 11 Best Harley Quinns that are out there (so far, at least).

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11. Andrasta 

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Kamila is known by her cosplay name, Andrasta. She began cosplaying just two years ago and seems to be a natural at it! Andrasta went all out when it came to replicating the tattoos that are plastered all over the Suicide Squad character. Being a makeup maverick also helps, which is why she gets a spot on our Top Harleys.

10. Cheryl

Whoa, nerd alert! That’s where you can find this awesome Harley Quinn cosplay on Instagram. Like most Quinn impersonators, Cheryl is simply gorgeous, so her DC cosplay seems effortless. However, if you take a look at her photos, you can see how she progressed this Harley cosplay by being as specific as possible to the small details.

She does a pretty mean Joker, too.

9. Richard Schaefer

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This young Californian can be just about any Disney princess, but he also rocks it as Harley Quinn. He brings out each of his characters with eccentric beauty and flawlessness. If there’s one thing that Richard can teach cosplayers, it’s that a wig and a knack for the glamorous can transform you into just about any character you want to be.




8. Mary

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With the help of hair legend and stylist, Guy Tang, @SuprMaryFace made this Harley Quinn look fierce! The homemade “Little Monster” t-shirt also goes to show that a little creativity goes a long way. Kudos to her for being crafty!

Mary is an Australian turned Mississippian who cosplays and models. She also makes a pretty sweet Gothic Snow White and runs a Youtube and Twitch channel.

7. Kristen Hughey

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Kristen Hughey’s Quinn look is so on point it landed her on the cover of Cosplay Culture Magazine. She is  (of course) a model and was actually featured in GQ Magazine.  Kristen goes to many a convention, mostly in this accurate Harley Quinn portrayal and is becoming quite the professional cosplayer!

6. Anna Faith

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Anna Faith has been known to accurately pull off all of her cosplays, and has been widely recognized by her 700K fans for her Quinn look. She has a couple different takes on the SS  version of Harley, including an everyday look for those who can’t get enough of this crazy character. You can see the comic version of Quinn, along with her other cosplays on her Instagram.

5. Chris Villain

This is one of the most vivacious genderbent cosplays we’ve seen! Chris shows his style in true Harley Quinn fashion, from the bullet belt, the Puddin’ chain, to the suspenders. It’s not specific to the look that’ Robbie declares in the film, but this unique take can only be pulled off with crazy personality.

Chris defines himself as a content creator, actor, singer, anime addict, and Pokémon Master.

4. Tahnee Harrison

A Disney princess by day, Tahnee makes a variety of Harley Quinn looks by night. This cosplayer and LA-based actress can take on any HQ look from the latest film. Tahnee doesn’t limit herself to fashioning in just the red and blue action attire. Besides this atypical Suicide Squal style, she also fixed herself up as a Blue Lantern Harley Quinn!

3. Heidi Mae

Heidi’s take on the Margot Robbie look is bright, yet dark and mysterious. Notice her attention to detail with the snazzy gold Quinn accesories like the cuffs and the earrings. Heidi makes parody videos on YouTube and even has her own Joker to cosplay with (who also looks exceedingly similar to Jared Leto).

This cosplayer actually got the opportunity that every Harley Quinn fan hopes for. In a costume contest at the Comic-Con, Heidi and her very on Suicide Squad won and had the chance to meet the entire cast of the new film.

2. Mykie

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Mykie deserves a spot on our list since she actually fooled tons of Suicide Squad  fans into thinking DC had leaked this official photo from the film.

Mykie is a professional makeup artists who’s talent is beyond anything you will see from your every-day cosplayer. Her social media channels are full of useful tips and tricks which can turn dutiful cosplayer into a work of art.

1. Laura Gilbert

And our #1 pick for the best Harley Quinn is Laura Gilbert. Laura bares an incredible likeness to Margot Robbie, particularly when she dons the red and blue attire. Her quirky smile and overall demeanor constantly reminds her fans of Robbie in Suicide Squad. She’s puddin’ in a lot of competition for the rest of those who decide to go as the super-villain this Halloween!

Like Robbie, Laura is also Australian. She has become quite good at impersonating the fun-loving, crazy character and makes plenty of appearances at comic cons. You can follow her as the Infamous Harley Quinn on Instagram.




 

Are these some of the best Harley Quinn cosplays you’ve seen? Tell us in the comments below!

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Margot Robbie as “Suicide Squad’s” Harley Quinn

[Sources: Instagram, Movie Pilot, Youtube, Twitch, GQ, IMDb, Glam and Gore]

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This Girl’s Disney Horror Makeup Is To Die For!

This Girl’s Disney Horror Makeup Is To Die For!

You may remember Mykie’s makeup work from last year when her shoot of Harley Quinn tattooing the Joker’s back was mistaken as a leaked photo from the then upcoming film Suicide Squad.

Her look was so convincing that DC Live Feed (a fan account for DC Comics fans) unknowingly tweeted the photo as a leaked picture from the new film. Mykie and her Joker partner-in-crime (her friend, Kaleb), perfected the look after Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn guise was first released in 2015. The debate over whether the picture was real or not shows just how talented her makeup work is.

But don’t let Mykie’s stunning beauty deceive you. Since Mykie stirred the debate last year she hasn’t stopped, and nowadays her Instagram is crawling with brilliantly horrific works of art. As a self-taught makeup artist, she has gained national attention for her impressive (which is an understatement) makeup work. She has 1.2 million Instagram followers and 1.7 million YouTube subscribers.

Check out one of her makeup tutorials here:




Mykie has continued to work on her stellar makeup skills, along with the L.A. special effects team known as Glam & Gore. Her Youtube channel describes her work as:

“The swiss army knife of makeup tutorials. Beauty. Special Effects. Avant garde. Industry advice. Products. Foundational teaching. There is something here for everyone, and if you hate makeup, I invite you to at least laugh at my strange face.”

Besides the illustrious and truly glamorous makeup skills that every girl dies to posses, Mykie’s  attention to detail includes graphic and gory versions of Disney princesses:

Cinderella

Ariel

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Beauty

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Rapunzel

Snow White

Sleeping Beauty

Elsa

 

 

Clearly, Mykie isn’t only confined to gorifying Disney princesses. Her other elaborate horror makeup is to die for and is an incredible inspiration for the upcoming Halloween season.

 

 

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Oh, if only I could look so Glam and Gorious!

What do you think of Mykie’s horror makeup looks? Tell us in the comments below!

[Sources: Glam&Gore, Youtube, Instagram, Movie Pilot]

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