If you’re a guy, and if you’re a geek (hey, who isn’t these days?) chances are you spend several hours a day Googling hot cosplay chicks. And they don’t get much hotter or geekier than Liz Katz.
The Los Angeles-based brunette has only been attending conventions since early 2012, and she’s already starred in numerous YouTube parodies, rocked a Princess Leia slave girl outfit, and caught the attention of IGN (she was voted WonderCon 2012’s Cosplay Battle Winner)
I had the chance to chat with one of the fastest-rising stars on the cosplay circuit about everything from skimpy outfits to bad pick up lines. Check it out, and wrap your eyeballs around some of her stunning photos.
Blake Northcott: Hey Liz! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me.
Liz Katz: Well thank you! You are in for some ramblings and terrible puns!
[Editorial note: *gasp!*]
BN: I first started following you when I saw your Tifa Lockhart (Final Fantasy VII) cosplay pics circulating online. Was that when you first noticed people really paying attention, or was there another breakout moment?
LK: Well I’m not sure if I have really reached my breakout moment yet. I sense it’s coming soon though! I have big plans. Prior to summer of 2012 the majority of my cosplays were original characters I created, like wood elves, faeries, pixies…I have always been very fond of dressing up on a day-to-day basis.
I wasn’t active online at that time – my Facebook page didn’t even exist – it was more of a hobby I had at home. I worked with Time of The Faeries at Wondercon 2012 and a photographer snapped a photo of me in one of my Wood Elf Cosplays.
To my surprise, a month or so later someone sent me the link to IGNs website and I was voted best cosplay at Wondercon.
My first cosplay I attempted of a comic book character was Catwoman, which I played for the first time in Alex Farnham’s “The Dark Knight Rises” music video.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quNLEeAfU0w&feature=youtu.be&t=1m14s]
I also shot with I <3 Girls as Catwoman in lingerie that summer. The fall of 2012 I put together my Tifa Lockhart cosplay out of clothing pieces I already had lying around in my closet. Sexy Cosplay Girls featured the photo set and much to my surprise and glee it was the first of my cosplay photo set to really go viral and start making the rounds on the Internet.
BN: You just appeared on the Arcade Sushi 75 Hottest Cosplay Girls list, and your social media following keeps expanding exponentially. Are you getting as lot of fans approaching you at conventions, or just in everyday life?
LK: When I work at conventions fans do approach me. It’s great to get to see their faces and actually meet the people that I interact with through my fan pages.
In day-to-day life I don’t think I’m really a big enough “thing” to be approached yet. (laughs) Though occasionally after I go out somewhere and post a picture on Instagram or Facebook, I’ll get a comment from a fan saying they saw me there, but didn’t come up and introduce themselves since they were uncertain if it was me.
BN: Do you make all your own costumes?
LK: No, I don’t make all my own costumes. I’m very, very new to sewing. Many of my cosplays I commissioned or found the pieces separately and put the costume together.
It wasn’t until the past month that I have started creating my own costumes, starting with Supergirl, and next from scratch is Harley Quinn.
BN: Fans must have requests and suggestions for cosplay costumes all the time – what do you hear the most?
LK: Yes Fans do make quite a few cosplay suggestions. I hear a lot of requests for post apocalyptic characters like Mad Moxxi, and Gaige from Borderlands, Jill Valentine, and Lara Croft. I like to give fans the opportunity to not only pick my cosplays (which include both photo shoots and videos) but to be involved and credited in the production of my cosplays through my Adopt a Cosplay program.
For a small fee and the cost of the materials and costume or donating the costume itself I will cosplay as any character of your choosing. You can make suggestions about the costume, photos, locations, poses, anything! My New Supergirl cosplay was actually commissioned by an epic fan of mine, Daniele Mattiuzzo.
BN: You’re an actor, model, writer, and an artist. You’re very multi-talented! Do you plan to narrow it down in 2013, and focus on any one project or niche?
LK: I don’t think I’ll ever limit my focus to any one project. I work better juggling multiple projects. I can say that from this month through the next two years a lot more of my time and efforts are being spent on movies and video. Both on YouTube and beyond.
BN: You’ve been Catwoman, Tifa Lockhart, Princess Leia…what’s next for you?
LK: What’s next? Well as far as the future of my cosplays go, there’s an updated Catwoman that I can’t wait to show everyone! I also have a ton of Supergirl work, Wonder Woman, Lady Wolverine, Sexy Princess Peach, and a new web series that I can’t give much detail on right now.
Aside from that, you will see all you favorite super heroines, villains, and video game vixens in some never-before-seen and silly situations!
BN: Are you ready for the lightning round?
LK: Are you ready!?
BN: What was the last great movie you saw?
LK: Well, I just re-watched Hook the other night, which pretty much was my childhood! It’s still epic!
BN: What movie are you looking forward to most this summer?
LK: I live under a rock and to be honest I’m not even certain as to what films are coming out this summer!
BN: What’s the best part about being a cosplay model?
LK: It feeds into my costuming habit. Some people drink, some people smoke, I cosplay!
BN: What’s the most annoying?
LK: The most annoying thing would have to be people misinterpreting being an attractive cosplayer as being an attention starved faux “nerd.”
I grew up with Magic the Gathering and Vampire: The Masquerade. My father and I used to attend Miniature Gaming Conventions throughout the northeast and run our own historical miniature games, based on the rules of Warhammer 40K.
I mean, I’ve been playing computer games since I was two, and then evolved into loving RPGs like Baldur’s Gate and Planescape: Torment. This isn’t new grounds for me.
BN: Watchmen: great graphic novel, or the greatest graphic novel?
LK: Watchmen was a great series, but I prefer Preacher.
BN: Worst pick-up line anyone has ever tried on you?
LK: “My name is chance, can I have one?”
BN: If someone played you in a movie, who would you cast?
LK: I would be played by a wacky inflatable wiggly arms man.
BN: If you could have any superpower what would it be?
LK: The power to manipulate the perception of time.
BN: And finally, what flavor should more things come in?
LK: Awesome… awesome is my favorite flavor!
BN: Correct – I would have also accepted “Dr. Pepper” flavor – or “bacon.” Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me, Liz!
LK: Epic! Thank You!
Blake Northcott is an author, Twitter-er, and occasional Slayer of Vampires (only the ones that sparkle).You can follow her on Twitter, or pick up her best-selling Sci-Fi/Superhero books Vs. Reality and Relapse over at Amazon.com.
Blake previously interviewed YouTube sensation ComicBookGirl19 in She Makes Geek Chic and proved cosplay is on the rise with The 5 Hottest Trends of 2012’s Summer Fan Conventions.