I had the pleasure of meeting Marlesa Popp today – some of you may know her (or of her) from her “Miss Mouse Cosplay” page on Facebook, or have seen her at events dressed as one of her creations.
She was delightful to talk to — very passionate about her craft!
We talked about the increasing popularity and acceptance of cosplay – it used to be kind of a purely geek thing, in terms of public perception, but thanks to the surge of super-hero movies and TV shows (Batman, Wonder Woman, Dr. Who, even Big Bang Theory), the explosion of video games, and the massive cultural phenomenon of comic and sci-fi conventions, cosplay is pretty much everywhere now – even right here in Great Falls!
We also talked about some early influencers on her love of cosplay, and threw around some names such as Piers Anthony, Terry Brooks, Jim Butcher, etc.
She was also very passionate about explaining how supportive and positive the cosplay community is; she thrives on the positive vibes.
I was happy to see her response to my half-baked idea for a “Halfway To Halloween” party held every year on the last Saturday in April. Seriously – why isn’t this a thing yet?
It would be cool to see her win!