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Whoever thought that the source of Hydra would be in Denver, CO? Well, I did…and that’s because I…am always in the know. Heh, all joking aside, meet Hydra. A costume designer, prop maker, illustrator and geek! Who has been everything from a Ghostbuster to Imperial Officer. Recently I able to get her to sit down with me and explain to me why exactly we should “Hail HYDRA!!!” 

Jack Nickelz: First and foremost, Hail Hydra!!

Hydra: Yay, hail me!

Jack Nickelz: What first got you started in Cosplaying?

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Hydra: I attended Star Wars Celebration I in 1999. I saw folks in Storm Trooper costumes back then and it certainly sparked my imagination. Once I had the means to make my own costumes as a teen, I found the community and have never slowed down.

Jack Nickelz: What was your first Cosplay?

Hydra: Cammy White from Street Fighter! I didn’t even use a wig! But, we all have to start somewhere.

Jack Nickelz: What was your first convention in full gear like?

Hydra: The first time I wore a full set of armor was Dragon Con 2008. It was claustrophobic, hot, and SO MUCH FUN! I loved feeling all dressed up and got a decent amount of attention. It sealed the deal – I just loved Cosplaying.

Jack Nickelz: What have been some of your fav. Cosplays to do?

Hydra: I’ve really loved my Anubis costume from Monster Girls Encyclopedia (acting like a puppy). Also the Post Appoc costumes I’ve done at Wasteland Weekend in California are ridiculously fun to wear (*acts like a crazy person*).

Jack Nickelz: Do you have a Cosplay that you are becoming known for?

Hydra: I think I’m best well known for my custom Star Wars costumes! Which I love because they’re my design, one of a kind.

Jack Nickelz: How do you choose which Cosplay to do?

Hydra: Whatever I love the most. For example, Menace from Queen’s Blade. Her outfit might be revealing, but I just loved the character so much, I had to do it.

Jack Nickelz: What has been the hardest Cosplay that you had to do so far?

Hydra: The ODST from Halo has a LOT of layers and is super uncomfortable to wear. The sniper rifle I carry with that costume is about 30lbs alone.

Jack Nickelz: Have you ever had to adjust or change a Cosplay because it was too reveling?

Hydra: I generally have modified my more reveling costumes because of this reason. Menace from Queen’s Blade is a good example – even though I added a bit to the design, I don’t feel it detracts from accuracy too much. Tastefulness never goes out of fashion!

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Jack Nickelz: What are your thoughts on Cosplay bullying and harassment?

Hydra: It is NOT okay. Before I overstay this question I’d like to say this much: Costuming is for fun. Costuming is for EVERYONE. I do not tolerate poor behavior and I believe no one else should either! Everyone needs to be advocates for respect, to encourage change – if you see it happen, say something! Do something!

Jack Nickelz: Now were you always crafty or did that come about because of Cosplaying?

Hydra: I’ve always been into creating and drawing. In my teens I taught myself how to sculpt, sew and mold/cast, so I could Cosplay better.

Jack Nickelz: Now on your page it says that you are an illustrator. What type of illustrator work have you done? 1623265_894394183919449_3956724464943311485_n

Hydra: I adore conceptual design. While once upon a time I wanted to go into concept design for movies, but I chose to pursue other ventures. I still draw in sketchbooks, I usually post my sketched for costume development on my Facebook page.

Jack Nickelz: How was it to be at the NASA TV host desk for the MAVEN Mars Orbit Insertion event?

Hydra: I was simply attending the MAVEN orbital insertion even and stepped in to test the cameras for the official NASA coverage of the Mars satellite! Haha. Although, my everyday job is a Satellite operator.

Jack Nickelz: Tell us about Hydraworx.

Hydra: Hydraworx is my “brand name” and the name of my workshop/collaborations. So far it comprises me and my Fiancé. 14. How do you feel about the Sci-fi museum in Hollywood that they are proposing? I LOVE the idea, it would be fantastic to visit and would be great to see Sci-Fi artifacts go into a safe display environment instead of being won by the highest bidder or going to the dump.

Jack Nickelz: Thank you for taking time out to answer some questions. Is there anything else you would like to say to the fans and readers?

Hydra: Thanks to the support of my followers! I love that people want to follow my shenanigans and the folks who find me at conventions are just so kind. Thanks friends!

For more on Hydra, check out:

http://www.hydraworx.net/  https://www.facebook.com/Hydraworx

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Photo credit: EBK, Robbins Studios, Adam Grumbo


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