Jessica Nigri has become a fan-favorite cosplayer over the years. Her breakout role as the mascot for Lollipop Chainsaw put her into the spotlight. Since then, she has established a character as a professional cosplayer, traveling to conventions around the world, and recording her adventures on YouTube. With her commitment to crafting costumes, a wacky sense of humor, and personable fan interactions, it’s easy to see why Nigri has become so popular over the years.
I had the chance to speak with Nigri briefly before her photo signing at FanExpo Boston.
Tito W. James: How do you like FanExpo Boston? Have you been before?
Jessica Nigri: It’s crazy! I went last year and the people were really great. The vibe and the energy was really good and it’s the same this year.
TWJ: What was your favorite cosplay that you’ve made in this past year?
JN: Oh my gosh! There’s so many, it’s like trying to pick your favorite child.
TWJ: Do you have a favorite cosplay that you’ve seen at this convention?
JN: I haven’t been able to see any cosplays at this convention. We have to come in, work, then leave. It’s so sad!
TWJ: Are there any characters that you have yet to cosplay that you’re excited about?
JN: [Whispers] Those are secret.
TWJ: You’ve been to conventions all over the world. Do you have any international conventions that you’d recommend?
JN: GamesCom is amazing because it’s one of the biggest conventions in the world.
TWJ: Where does that take place?
JN: Gamescom is in Germany. There’s also Festa Dell’Unicorno. That’s an Italian convention that is literally held in the town that Leonardo Da Vinci grew up in. It’s the most picturesque amazing convention. Everything is so beautiful!
TWJ: Do you have any advice to aspiring cosplayers?
JN: Always just follow your heart and do what you love because there’s always going to be a lot of people online that tell you what you doing is wrong. Don’t listen to them. Don’t offend or hurt anyone’s feelings and then you’re doing it right.