We like to think we have a fun and inclusive company culture here at Diablo Sound, which includes a lot of board games and “nerd culture.” We’re very proud of our employees and take a genuine interest in their interests. One employee in particular - Heather Waters - had great success in this year’s San Diego Comic-Con Masquerade, so we had to share her passion for cosplay with you. Enjoy.
Honestly, there have been so many times that I have almost quit due to seeing someone’s (better) version of my costume or hitting a stumbling block on how to make something work. I don’t even know how many unfinished costumes I have at this point. But I keep going, because when I do finish that costume there’s a great feeling of knowing I have accomplished something. Also, it’s pretty awesome walking around a Con and showing off my work.
Tell me about your cosplay character, Sylvanas Windrunner.
She is a character from World of Warcraft. She is the Queen of Banshees, Leader of the Undead and Warchief to the Horde. She has been one of my favorite characters since I started playing the game years ago.
She has such a great back story and she’s truly a kick ass character. She was killed while protecting her city and then raised from the dead and forced to serve the guy who killed her. She eventually won back her freedom and took all the others that were forced to serve under her wing, created a kingdom for them, and protected them.
I have been wanting to cosplay her for years but up until recently she had a very skimpy costume, because “video game logic.” But they finally updated her costume into a pretty rad concept that I was willing to wear in public.
Tell us about the Comic-Con contest. How does it go down?
San Diego Comic-Con’s Masquerade is not only a costume contest but also a show. Each of the contestants basically puts on a skit for the audience instead of just walking out and showing the costume. It helps keep the audience interested and really gives the cosplayers a chance to act/become their character. There are a handful of judges awards, and then there are the “Industry” awards. All the contestants get a chance to meet the judges before the show for “pre-judging” where the judges get to see your costume up close and ask you questions regarding how you built it and such. You’re then given your packet of info and a photo is taken. The industry judges don’t get to see you until the actual show.
Did you win? And if you did, which award?
When I first signed up for the contest, I did so just for the sake of having a deadline for this costume. I knew that this costume was going to be an undertaking and I knew that I needed more of a reason - than just wearing it to the convention - to get it finished. So I never went into this content with the intention of winning. It was more about getting the experience. So to have won one of the judge’s awards for Best Workmanship in the category of Recreation was just a complete surprise. Like, I was legit sitting backstage getting ready to take my costume off when they called my name to come back to the stage.
What’s next? If you could cosplay any character, what would you choose?
Honestly I don’t even know anymore. Sylvanas was kind of high goal. I mean I have a bunch of “I want to do” but I can’t really pick out my next high goal right now. Now on that note, I do already have my next costume for either WonderCon or San Diego decided. And I am in the design phase of it.
Can we ask what it is?