Our featured member this week has used all of her cosplay glory to bring happiness and awareness to the Kansas City community and the multitude of charities within. She has been a staple in helping to grow both cosplay awareness as well as the many events cosplay is now accepted at so freely. Without Jessica Porter, the Kansas City cosplay scene may not have flourished so wonderfully. Here is your chance to learn about her cosplay journey.
How did you get into cosplay?
It’s a crazy story that all began with a boy, a girl and Elite Comics. I told my husband(boyfriend at the time) he should really check out this great comic book store down the street from our apartment. I didn’t understand why he was ordering them or even going in to Vintage Stock and then complaining about not finding the one he needed. So one day we went into the store and checked it out. This of course ended with Brandon asking me to pick up his books on Comic Book Wednesday. He said it’s really important you go early to get the books. So, I started going in every Wednesday with the pull list. I laugh about it now because I would hand my scrap piece of paper to William and asking him to find the book, which by the way were all laid out in front of me. I said “these are for my boyfriend”. I don’t think they believed me. Let’s fast forward at bit. William would eventually get to know Brandon and I. He learned I enjoy helping others and that I was a personal trainer. So he asked Brandon one day if I would be interested in dressing up and standing at his booth for comic con. Brandon said yes, of course, without asking me and the rest is history.
How many characters are you currently cosplaying and what are they?
Well after years, and I really mean years, of dressing as Supergirl, this year I added Black Canary. I was asked to judge a contest and to be honest it was cold and I wanted to wear something warmer. I enjoy Black Canary and I thought I would give it a go. I was worried people wouldn’t like it. And this was my first attempt at a costume that I had no help on.
What’s your favorite cosplay you’ve done so far and why?
I will always love Supergirl. She has allowed me to do so many things. Most of which have been geared around charity work and Children’s Mercy Hospital. I am able to be someone else for a little bit and I love seeing children smile.
What’s your favorite way to craft?
I love to be creative. When I am inspired by something, I want to try it right then. It absorbs me. For me to craft something, it’s not just about Cosplay. It’s about the freedom to use your hands and build something. I love being outside and have a great song on and let my mind go.
What’s your favorite crafting item to work with and why?
As far as a crafting item, I don’t have one particular thing that I love working with. I like to try something, whether it’s a textile or paint. I build or create and then move on. I pretty much suck at sewing and my home econ teacher can confirm that, so the Supergirl Suit was not done by me. I am willing to try sewing again. I just not promising greatness.
What are your cosplay goals?
This is a great question to follow up the last. I would love to learn how to sew. Past that my goals are all charity based. I want to do more. I love giving back and I hope it inspires others.
What’s your dream cosplay and why?
I would really like to create other versions of Supergirl. These would all be my own design. I know there are people who really dislike that but cosplay to me is about being creative. So maybe you will see a Viking Supergirl soon.
What advice would you give someone who wants to get into cosplay?
Getting into cosplay is different for everyone. We all have our ideas of what cosplay is. I suggest being true to yourself. Whatever you choose, own it! Do it for your reasons, not someone else’s. Ask questions. Everyone has their way for building and you will only learn by asking questions and falling on your face a few times. Some people have crazy talent. If you are one of those lucky ones don’t be an ass and put down others. Don’t be judgmental. Remember this, when you tell people you don’t have confidence, that couldn’t be further from the truth. You dared to be different. You dared to dream. And you ROCK THOSE TIGHTS so stomp it out my friend!
What other interests do you have outside of cosplay?
For those who don’t know me. I am a personal trainer. I do enjoy working out. It’s a secret I am willing to share no matter who makes fun of me. But, when I work out it’s to soundtrack music. I’m kind of in my own movie montage. And working out is not always easy, so I need to believe I’m getting ready to kick some bad guy ass in the parking lot. Let’s see…something else most people do not know about me, is my love for horses. I was raised around horses and I love heading out for ride. Sadly I no longer own any horses but I felt most free on the back my horse. Lastly I’m a sports lover. I love my Jayhawks and Sporting Kansas City!
If you could have dinner with one fictional character, who would it be and why?
I bet most people think I would say Supergirl. But that is the obvious. She would be pretty amazing. However I would love to have dinner with Professor X. Yep I have a hard time trying to figure out what I want to eat and it would be nice to just have him look into my head and then order for me. LOL! Just kidding. To be honest I would want to eat dinner with Jean Luc Picard. I know, I know, really Jessica. But I remember being about 8 or 9 years old watching Star Track on my black and white TV, with the covers pulled over the screen so my mom wouldn’t see the lights, and the headphones in so she wouldn’t hear it. If I take it back to what I enjoyed as a kid, it reminds me of how excited I was to see that show and thats the happiness I feel when I cosplay.