Hairdresser by day, Karma by night
SHE'S A hair stylist by day but for Carmen Harris, it's the weekends when she's the most creative.
The local hairdresser is one of Rockhampton's biggest cosplay fans who'll be at this weekend's first ever CapriCon steampunk and pop culture convention.
Carmen, 22, has always loved playing dress ups which is how she become interested in cosplay.
"Cosplay is the art of dressing up as fictional characters, whether it be cartoons, comics, movies, famous people, pretty much anything really," she said.
"I've always been interested in cosplay and about a year ago I found out through Facebook that there was a convention in Mackay. My sister and I made my costume and I went along and have been hooked ever since."
For Carmen, known as Karma in the cosplay world, her cosplay character is her second identity.
"My whole life I've loved dressing up, at my birthday parties, at other events, so I've just taken it to the next level," she said.
"I just feel really good about myself when I'm in character and I see how great a costume looks after all of the effort I've put into it. It's just so much fun to go along to cosplay events as Karma and then go home and wake up the next day as Carmen, I love it.
"Cosplay is still pretty small here in Rockhampton but I think there's a lot of closest cosplays but it's definitely growing. I think because there are a few people out there who want to get involved but don't know what their friends will think or might think that cosplay is kind of taboo.
"I hosted Rocky's first cosplay meet a few months ago and had a few people approach me wanting to know more about it and asked if they could come along so there's a lot of interest in it I think. That's the good thing about these events, people can come along, see how it all works, ask questions at the cosplay panel, it's fun for all ages."
Where: Rockhampton Regional Library, Boslover St.
When: Saturday, April 16, 1pm to 4pm.
Free entry, games, costume panels and more.
YOUTH WEEK EVENTS:
Today: Anime and Manga Drawing Club at Rockhampton Regional Library from 3.30pm to 5pm.
Tomorrow: 3D Printing and Design with TinkerCAD at Rockhampton Regional Library from 11am to 1.30pm.
Tomorrow: SteamPunk Jewellery Making Workshop at Rockhampton Regional Library from 3.30pm to 5pm.
Wednesday: Mario Kart Gaming at North Rockhampton Library, Berserker St, from 3.30pm to 5pm.
Wednesday: The Library at night anime/steampunk masterpiece-Howl's Moving Castle at Rockhampton Regional Library from 6pm to 8.30pm.
Friday: 3D Printing and Design with TinkerCAD at Rockhampton Regional Library from 11am to 1.30pm.
Friday: SteamPunk Jewellery Making Workshop at Rockhampton Regional Library from 3.30pm to 5pm.
Bookings essential for all events, call 4936 8043.
WHAT IS COSPLAY?
The practice of dressing up as a character from a film, book, or video game, especially one from the Japanese genres of manga or anime.