Summer is winding down, . . .sadly. Time to indulge in that last BBQ, beach and rooftop get together with friends before the autumn leaves start to fall. I am excited to say that I am also ending my summer by attending DragonCon in Atlanta; one of the largest cons in the east coast. I’m excited, as this is my first regional comic con. I am also inspired by my niece, Akua Harris, who has attended many regional comic cons through the years.
Akua was born on Star Wars Day “May The Fourth Be With You” we also grew up together. Although she is my niece, in reality, she is more like my sister. There is a difference of four years between us.
Akua is smart, beautiful, creative and passionate about what she does; particularly about traveling, cosplay and gaming. Her travels had led her create the group “When Geeks Travel” a travel initiative celebrating the geek in all of us. She is passionate about her cosplay costumes; meticulous in every detail. Cosplay is truly an art form. Akua’s Cosplays are always on point! And, did I mention she is fluent in Spanish.
Akua in addition to attending comic cons all over the country, works in digital marketing offering her services to Black Girl Gamers and is also an officer at Geek Girl Brunch NYC. Geek Girl Brunch, was founded in NYC about three years ago, is an awesome group that meets once a month, with a new theme and a new place where geek girls like us can meet up with a mimosa and talk all things geek. The organization has expanded across the country, to the Caribbean and Europe!
In between work and prepping for upcoming DragonCon in Atlanta, I was able to ask Akua a few questions about prior cosplays and what advice she might offer to aspiring geek girls.
O.C.O: What's your favorite cosplay to date?
A.H: Probably Spidergwen for the comfortability of it. I could wear it all day, which is important for a cosplay!
O.C.O: What advice would you give a budding geek girl going to her first ever comic con?
A.H: Take an emergen-c in the morning, bring portable chargers and download the con app - that's what's been most helpful for me at least. Don't get caught up in your cosplay being perfect either, half the time no one notices it isn't perfect but you. Spend that energy having fun instead!
O.C.O: Tell us more about the NYC division of Geek Girl Brunch
A.H: We've become a bit of a family and I imagine a lot of the other chapters have developed that kind of relationship as well. I've seen a lot of friendships blossom and flourish because of GGB. Outside of brunch we coordinate movie dates, holiday parties and even trips. We have a lot of entrepreneurs in our chapter as well, and I love seeing how supportive the girls are of one another.
O.C.O: What do you like the most about Dragoncon as a cosplay and media professional
A.H: I like Dragoncon for the fact it’s by the fans for the fans. A lot of our cons are more business focused than fan focused now, so I appreciate more than ever that Dcon will never be that.
O.C.O: When did you decide to take your cosplay to the next level (mashups etc.)
A.H: When I was planning a Darth Vader cosplay I wanted to put my own spin on it, rather than just be regular Vader. And I for some reason like to wonder about which Hogwarts house a character would belong to, so I took that and ran with it.
O.C.O: Marvel or DC?
O.C.O: Favorite female comic book character.
A.H: Currently Penny Rolle. I'm late to pick up on bitch planet, and now that I have I love it. She's the embodiment of self-acceptance and having zero fucks to give regarding other people's opinions of you.