About “Steampunk Harley Quinn”
My name is Susan Hubbard and I’m a 30-something, soon to be 40-something, old school cosplayer from “back in the day” (Back in the day = late 90’s early 00’s).
My older costumes were rarely hand made, because I didn’t know how to sew. I am quite adept at modifying and altering to get to what I want.
And yeah, I’m not a real blonde either.
Now that I’ve learned how to (mostly) use a machine, I’ve been making some of my own pieces. I still modify or buy if it suits me, is outside my current skill set, is exactly what I want, or is pretty damn nifty.
Several years ago, in an effort to be “managerial”, I stopped dyeing my hair fun colors, tried to look how people expected, and worked myself to the point of exhaustion that I no longer traveled to conventions nor desired to make costumes.
I no longer pursue that career path and my creativity is back. Once again, I have fun with my hair & clothes and I’ve fallen in love with cosplay all over again.
What turned my costuming bug back on was when my puddin’ and I were asked to photograph a friend’s wedding. It was a come as you are event and costumes were encouraged. My wheels spun for a bit. I had no money for anything new, but I had all these wonderful pieces I had collected and never worn through the years (I hoard pretty things, what can I say, I’m a magpie). I was able to put together my initial idea for a steampunk jedi, which went over very well. To be surrounded once again with people who appreciated my efforts was so amazing! I needed to do more!
Creating Steampunk Harley was a little bit of an evolution. After creating a steampunk jedi, I was initially going to go into the opposite direction with a steampunk sith. Once it started to form in my head, I realized that it was also pretty damn close to what I would envision a steampunk Harley Quinn would be. I debuted V1.0 at a small one day local comic-con and it went over crazy well! Once I got a sewing machine that actually worked, I went right ahead to upgrading and evolving the look.
Which leads us here, to this site. I hope to use it as a log of old and new costumes, sewing & craft fun, hopefully network and meet people/groups to participate with. Please feel free to contact me! I’m happy to help with bouncing ideas around.
And if you’re wondering why Harley Quinn is my primary cosplay persona, its because my husband says she reminds him of me 😀 <3
Name: Susan A. Hubbard
Current Residence: Buffalo, NY
Past Residences: Merced, CA & Austin, TX
Married: To my Puddin’, Bob Hubbard since 2009, together since 2000. We are definitely Lum and Ataru
Age: Much older than I act
Style: Steampunk, Riot Grrl
Current Weakness: Lu La Roe and any cute leggings to wear with my kilts, kilts themselves, Funko figures, Converse, and Skechers.
Occupation: Portrait Photographer, primarily pets. Office Site Manager. Former pet store operations manager. Queen Geek of many fandoms, Devourer of Pizza
Recognized At: Think Geek, Hot Topic, and Ferro’s Famous Pizza
Tattoos: 7 so far. Unicorn with Celtic knot/tribal band, dragon with sword, wolf snarling with forest scene, Totoro in a TARDIS, Harley Quinn diamonds, purple luck cat, Green Lantern logo
Fandoms: Lots. Star Wars, DC (Harley and Batman in general), Marvel (Deadpool), Doctor Who (8th, War, 9th, and 12th), Firefly, Sailor Moon (Usagi and Minako), Miyazaki films (Totoro). OG 80’s cartoons like Voltron, Care Bears, and Rainbow Brite. X-Files was my jam in the 90’s. I never really outgrow my fandoms, I just add new ones in so I’m going to cap the list now
Cosplay Persona: Harley Quinn. Sometimes I do established costumes, sometimes I do my own or other fan’s variants
Costuming Best Friend: Gorilla Glue
Costuming Style: MacGyver. I take whatever I have on hand and make it work. Usually twenty year old fabric and notions, random patterns, 5 paper clips, 1 rubber band, and a lot of willpower. Also copious amounts of “please work, please…”
Sewing Machine:Brother XR3774
Convention Info Pre-2005
First Convention: Anime Expo 1999
First Convention Costume: Super Sailor Moon pieced together from a leotard and skirt meant for a dancer
Past Conventions Attended: Anime Expo (99-01), Anime North (00-02), Toronto Trek (#15-18?), CNAnime (2000), Fanime (2003)
Past Convention Costumes: Revolutionary Girl Utena, CereCere, Hikaru Shidou, Lum, Generic Jedi, Mara Jade, Trinity, Lara Croft, Kenshin, Ranma Girl Type, Vampire Princess Miyu, Fuu Hououji, Sailor Venus/Minako “DDR” variation (We did a dance skit at AX01)