by Courtney Lockhart
COOL COSPLAYERS: CRITICAL MISS AND RETRO JOAD
The pair, known professionally as Critical Miss and Retro Joad, met when they were both cast in a summer production for Eddie May Murder Mysteries. Soon after, at the Heroes and Villains party they debuted their first and arguably favourite joint costume: Harley Quinn and Joker. “I love my classic Harley, and I still wear her.” Thea commented “But We’re kind of getting into elseworld stuff where we do our own thing, like the ”
“We want a Joker and Harley for anything we show up at” Jody added before they riffed on what it would be like to go to an event like an Ottawa Senators game in costume. Because of their acting background, they believe characterization is a big part of a successful cosplay. “The word means costume play.” said Thea. “We enjoy acting like idiots when we’re Joker and Harley.” While their antics are usually well received, they don’t sweat it when the reactions are less than hospitable.
“Life’s a lot easier when you don’t <care> what anyone thinks.” Jody recounted one time in Toronto where they were trying to get back into the convention centre at the same time a Blue Jays game was letting out and they encountered some judgemental sports fans. “Everyone has their own thing they are going to be a fan of. You’re going in to spend a lot of money to watch a baseball game very far away, eat a cold hot dog and drink a warm beer for $25. That’s not what I want to do. If you want to go and do that, go and do that. If I want to go do this, I’ll go do this.”
Each cosplay experience offers something different. “At a movie premiere you see people who don’t necessarily go to comic conventions.” Thea explained. The costumes are appreciated at a different level and the reactions more varied at a Con. Jody finds for example that when he wears his Lucius Malfoy cosplay, people get very quiet versus the explosive reactions some of the other outfits get.
While they definitely have their dream ‘Money is no object’ cosplays, Worf and Jadzia’s wedding outfits from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine currently top that list, Thea and Jody insist that anyone can cosplay at any budget. “Most people are going to see you from three to five feet away for a minute and then move on. It doesn’t have to be perfect.” Jody said. Their Cosplay on a Budget panel that ran last year inspired one attendee to go out that very night and put together a cosplay to wear for the remainder of the weekend. “It made running the panel worth it.”
You can follow their ongoing adventures in cosplay at their or on twitter and They will also be working with Browncoats Burlesque on the May 17th show,
Courtney Lockhart lives in the west end of Ottawa with her husband and step-cat. She is polishing her skills to pursue one of her dream careers as either a costume drama character, Torchwood operative or executive assistant to a billionaire vigilante. You can follow her daily mission to DFTBA on Twitter .