It’s Day Four of Cosplay Week! We’re pleased to bring you the multifaceted Vampy Bit Me, who has done two fantastic Batman Arkham Cosplays with her Arkham City Nightwing and her Arkham Origins Deathstroke.
You may have seen her in the news last month as she was part of a featured article on CNN.com. The video follows her for 24 hours as she toured NYCC in full Batman Arkham Cosplay. See the article and video here: http://money.cnn.com/interactive/pf/24-hours-with-a-comicon-character/
Who are you/ general intro?
My name is Linda Le but I go by Vampy online most of the time.
How long have you been a cosplayer?
Well technically I was raised into a family that had a strong emphasis into creative outlets, my Mother is a seamstress and she taught me how to sew at an early age of 4-5 years old. I would say she triggered me really learning in depth all my life. I could say over 15 years making costumes easily.
What interested you in the Batman Arkham Series?
What is there not to like about the game! I love it, the mechanics of the game actually got me hooked. The gameplay is fun and being about to explore Gotham as my favorite character was too intense as a fan. I also loved the Boss battles. I wouldn't be able to not mention the costumes in this game was an insane Bonus. I am a huge design nerd so the costumes were on point.
What interested you in the character?
I chose two of my favorite characters from each side. One being Nightwing, and of course Slade is the ultimate enemy, who doesn't like extremely awesome villians? I also love Deathstroke's character design in this game because of the armor, although it really looks like I could even pass as his daughter in similar armor, I really also liked that the costume itself was harder to make. I love that in cosplay you can really have fun with the character and act out even if you are a girl, you can still show your love for the design and character through that medium.
Is there another Batman Arkham Character you would want to Cosplay as?
I actually really love to just cosplay these two characters since I feel most drawn to them personally.
What was the first cosplay you did? What other characters do you like to cosplay as?
The first cosplay I ever made when I actually knew what cosplay was, is Paula from Earthbound. It was a closet cosplay, which means I just literally found clothes in my closet that looked somewhat like the character and adjusted it with my sewing machine. I think I was around 11-12? Then a Silent Hill nurse at 15, for a local Horror Convention. Once again I didnt know there was a term cosplay I literally just liked to make stuff and dress up.
How do you create your own costumes?
It all really depends on the costume. I like to do a ton of research before I start any really intricate costume. Turnarounds of the character is a must and also I do like to use the right materials for each. For example, I used real steel for the chest plate for my Nightwing, and bent it into shape with help from my friend since it was a tad bit hard. I liked the feeling of real metal armor on me for that one. As for the Deathstroke it was a combination of materials since they had to be comfortable as well as easy and light to travel with.
How long does it take you to create your costumes?
The time span of each costume really all depends on what I am working on. For heavily armored projects I usually take a few months. My longest project was a Gundam Unicorn Cosplay that took me around 550-600 hours to complete by myself. Some costumes like Lucca from Chrono Trigger takes around one week, with armor and simple fabrics.
(Here's the Gundam image - Yorick)
How often do you go to shows, where do you show your work?
I travel quite often for shows in general. I would say I have about 1-2 shows a month, but sometimes during the Summer and Fall season, international shows I would have about 3 shows. It really all depends on my costume projects and running my company.
Links to your channels and pages.
And, an added bonus here:
If Catwoman's AK should there be strife between her and robin or Nightwing like in the Hush comics ? Or do you think they should get along for the sake of helping batman ?
And , should batman reveal his true identity to catwoman also ?
I am a gigantic Batman fan, and I LOVE your games!! Arkham Asylum and City were absolutely amazing. I have full faith and trust in you that Arkham Knight will be amazing as well. However, Arkham Origins was not that great. IMO the main reason (besides the tweaked combat) was the bugs and glitches that were in the game. I don't know if you're up to date on other games, but recently, a bunch of AAA games that were released were so buggy/glitchy and bits and pieces of the game could be deemed "broken". I am writing to plead with you guys to do one very important thing with Arkham Knight:
Take your time with it!!!!
Since all of these other buggy games have been coming out, I have been happier and happier that you have delayed Arkham Knight. Asylum and CIty were mostly bug free and felt very polished IMO, and I expect the same from Arkham Knight. In fact I expect more since its the finale and its on next (current) gen consoles. I trust you guys totally. If you have to scale the resolution back during optimization to say 900p to get it to run totally smoothly at your chosen frame rate (30 prob but I'm hoping 60), by all means PLEASE do so!
You have no multiplayer (as far as we know) to worry about, so I, and many gamers, expect the game to be polished to a T. We want super smooth gameplay and absolutely no bugs/glithces that will ruin the experience for us.
I am begging you Rocksteady! Please polish this beautiful game like no ones ever seen before. If you have to delay it, delay it. We will wait. I am buying the Batman statue version of this game and I dont want to spend $100 on a game that is going to be broken and barely playable on release day. I trust you Rockteady, but PLEASE do not rush the game. We want a smoothly playable and polished game. Don't rush. Take your time.
I'm calling it now. Arkham Knight will be the first truly next gen game and it will be a console seller. Its the reason I'm buying a new console. It's going to be an amazing game, and I hope you take this message to heart and deliver an extremely well polished, smooth as butter running product.
If you actually read this, thank you so much and I'm anxiously awating some more gameplay footage of this game.