Interview with Cosplayer Holly Brook a.k.a. Pokey Panda about Free Comic Book Day

Cosplayers Celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

FCBD: How long have you been doing cosplay and what got you started?
Holly Brooke (HB)- "I have been playing dress up for as long as I can remember. My mother had me in my first Halloween costume by the time I was 3 weeks old. Even my sister made me a Sailor Moon costume when I was in the 4th grade, and I spent the entire summer pretending to fight justice in the name of the moon. As far as cosplay goes, I dressed up at my first comic convention in 2009. Ever since then my love for costuming has escalated exponentially!"

FCBD: Who has been your favorite character to cosplay?
HB: "This is a tough question, as I almost always enjoy dressing up the most in my newest costume. Also some costumes that I really love the design of are really uncomfortable to sport at a con! That being said, right now I would say my favorite character to cosplay as is either Ghost Rider or Sailor Moon. I have some upcoming projects that may be some good contenders though!"

FCBD: Who has been your most difficult character or costume to create?
HB: "I would have to say that Morrigan Aensland was the most difficult character for me to create at this point. It was my first attempt at sewing a "bunny" suit, and the giant batwings were a bit of trial and error. It is hard to move on from a project like Morrigan, because you learn so much in the process, it is easy to get stuck in a cycle of wanting to constantly improve on what you have made. I have already made 2 versions of her since 2009, and I can't say that I won't ever make a version 3.0!"

 FCBD: What are your plans for FCBD?
HB:"I have always celebrated Free Comic Book Day in my hometown of Fresno CA, at Heroes Comics. This is the first year I've moved to a new town for school. Right now I am unsure as to whether I'm going to be able to make it home and stick with tradition, which I am sad about! Wherever I end up though, I am sure I will be enjoying it in costume!"

FCBD: Are you going to be getting any free comics? If yes, what comics are you looking forward to getting?
HB:"Of course I'm going to get some comics!! I have my attention on Futures End, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Teen Titans Go!"

FCBD: What is your favorite part about doing cosplay?
HB:"I get an unexplainable amount of happiness from putting on a costume I slaved over for the first time. When I look in the mirror and see that all my hard work brought a character I love to life, it is really an amazing feeling. Cosplay is as close as I can get to living in the realms that I love!"

FCBD: What is your favorite part about FCBD?
HB:"Well who doesn't love free comics? I have to say though, the best part about FCBD is the fact that it is like a secret holiday only for people that have similar interests! It brings you together with people like yourself, and you get a chance to have fun, enjoy your fandom, and make new friends."


To see more of Holly's cosplay, check out her Facebook page and Twitter.
Also visit The League of Hot Geeks Facebook page to see even more cosplayers and Laughing Orge Comics for news about comics, cons and other special events. Photos by Lucky Monkey Photography and Eurobeat kasumi Photography

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