Cosplay Confidential: Michael and Karen Malomay

I love spotlighting couples or families that cosplay together and this week, I’m profiling the Malomays – Michael and Karen – who specialize in sci-fi cosplay like Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica. Enough of my ramblings though, let’s meet the Malomays!

CC - Michael Malomay3CC - Karen Malomay2Name? Michael and Karen Malomay

How did you get into cosplay? We got into cosplay after we got married in Vegas during the big Star Trek convention in 2012.

How long have you been doing it? We have been into cosplay for a couple years.

What was your first costume? Hers were a few Vulcan characters-a priestess character, Kolinar robes, a steam punk Vulcan and Kara(Starbuck-BSG). Mine are the EMH, Picard,

What’s been your favorite? Her favorite is T’PEAL(a non-canon Vulcan), mine is the EMH-Voyager Medical Hologram and Col Saul Tigh-Battlestar Galactica.

What was the hardest costume you’ve done? Dax is a hard character because Trill freckles down her face/neck. Mine are fairly easy because mine are human but I’d like to do aliens like a Ferengi, or Vulcan or armored characters like Shepherd from Mass Effect. We love to watch “Face Off” and really are inspired by the talent and skills of the contestants and being artists ourselves really want to learn and experiment with make up, prosthetics and props.

How much time does it take to make an average costume? It may take a few months to get costumes special ordered, then to modify/tailor or embellish with props.We are novices to cosplay and don’t sew our own costumes, but want to start learning how to sew costumes and construct props. I do make weapons by taking Nerf guns and painting/modifying them to look the weapons used in Star Trek or Mass Effect, which can take a couple weeks.

CC - Michael Malomay4CC - Karen MalomayWhat makes it so rewarding? The reaction of fans who really enjoy the cosplay/character and can appreciate the workmanship of the costume/make up or the skill in the portrayal of your character.

Do you have a regular group you partner up with for costumes? My wife and I are in Fleet 31, a Star Trek charity/social group based in Dallas, Texas-founded by Admiral Cameron Wilkinson near the end of 2009. Fleet 31 has about 250 members in 8 states including TX, MA, KS, CA, WA, SC, AR, FL, and Windsor, Ontario. CC - Michael and Karen Malomay with Star Trek cosplayers

What would you say to people who have thought about doing cosplay, but haven’t quite worked up the nerve yet? Everyone has to start somewhere and even the professional costumer/prop maker had to start at the beginning. It will take work to get better but passion for character, the fun of dressing up and going to conventions with other like-minded fans makes it rewarding.

CC - Michael Malomay gun propsDo you have a website people can check out more of your costumes? I have a webpage ME3 gun mod page where I show my guns before/after and cosplay pictures. My FB page has a lot of Star Trek cosplay from Las Vegas and Comicon.