Mileena is returning to New York City Comic Con.
Alyssa, the cosplayer who sent whispers through the halls of the Jacob Javits Center (and prompted many a messageboard, Twitter, and Facebook query) is making her grand reappearance at New York City’s geekiest of geekfests. 2D-X interviewed the Mortal Kombat fan last year, so we thought it only appropriate to check in on her plans for this year’s show.
Consider this mini-interview a teaser of a bigger interview to come at the show itself. And a teaser for the new outfit itself.
Your Mileena cosplay at last year’s NYCC generated quite the buzz both on the showfloor and on various gaming, cosplay, and social media sites. Why did you decide to return to the character this year?
Did I ? I decided to cosplay as Mileena because she is a one-of-a-kind badass. After playing the newly released Mortal Kombat 9 and seeing her new costumes and her wild attitude, I couldn’t say no.
Will the outfit be the same as last year’s?
The costume will be totally different. Last year’s was from Mortal Kombat Gold and this one is from MK9. Many people dressed as her this year, but wanting to be different, I chose something that hasn’t been done yet. It’s a surprise.
NYCC embraces all forms of geek culture. What are your more geeky tendencies?
Although I do enjoy the culture’s entirety, from reading comics to gaming, I have to say cosplaying and seeing other cosplayers excite me most. Being able to transform into your favorite character is something special. I admire those cosplayers who show craftsmanship and accuracy in their costume and can also perform as their characters.
Does your significant other, family, or friends support those tendencies?
Of course! My friends are especially supportive! They also like to dress-up in their favorite characters. We had a sewing party and we helped each other with creating our costumes. Not geeky at all.
So, some of your friends will join you at NYCC?
Yes, a handful of my closest friends will be with me. If you see Mileena, Kitana, Sub-Zero, Altair, and Taiga, you will have found our group.
What are you most excited to see/do at the show?
Again, I am most excited to see all these comic book, video game, and anime characters brought to life. I know I will be blown away by some of these costumes. Hopefully, I can amaze some people too.
What are some of your non-geek tendencies?
Being quite bubbly, many things make me smile. Being with my friends or puppy make me smile. Volunteering, watching comedies, baking, eating cupcakes, having people read my writings, and a whole lot more make me happy.