Kitty Kaboom first made her cosplay debut at San Diego Comic-Con 2001 as Mai Shiranui. Fighting games started her popularity and success as a professional cosplayer, but also towards a passionate career in modeling, acting, prop making, wire and stunt work, appearing at import racing events, and numerous martial art films and multiple shows aired on G4TV. She also enjoys a love of drift racing, and could often be found dumping quarters into the arcade machines like Street Fighter and Para Para Paradise.
She started to make costumes inspired by the characters she watched growing up and playing in fighting games while performing fight choreographies with friends. Even now her latest cosplay creations have gained lots of attention in the fighting game community, being featured at The Super Saiyan Showdown and fighting against professional gamers in the exhibition matches dressed as Helles / Heles, Goddess of Destruction from Dragon Ball Super, and making appearances as the popular Majin Android 21 from the Dragonball FighterZ game. She was asked to take part in the Guinness book of world records biggest Kamehameha. Her cosplay was featured on many pages from Funimation, Toei Animation, Bandai Namco, and on American television on Inside Edition.
Now traveling around as a cosplay guest at multiple conventions including fighting game/Esports events throughout the states, she loves to help the future cosplay generations by informing them from her own experiences how to make cosplay, props, make up, wig styling, shop for fabric, and most importantly, believing in yourself with confidence in cosplay at her panels. She also works with well known anime conventions in Southern California like Anime LA and Anime California on staff, from being a guest to working behind the scenes.
Because of her skills of being on stage during cosplay competitions that lead her to become an actress and making a film career, she is very experienced in running and judging cosplay masquerades and contests. Her eye for detail, craftsmanship and cosplay construction has her now running and hosting the cosplay masquerade for the main conventions year round in the states. Since her Esports Awards 2019 nomination, Kitty has continued her work with the FGC, helping run fighting game events like Electric Cancel and SCR, and continues working with Red Bull as a returning cosplayer at events like Capcom Cup 2019 and the RedBull Pin Drop tournament. She was also a cosplay ambassador for the popular gaming company SNK working with them to promote Samurai Shodown.
Over the years, Kitty has frequently been seen many times on G4TV, she has been featured in PlayStation Magazine, Animerica, Over Rev, Option 2 Import magazine, has appeared in leading roles in such projects as "Action Angels", "Everyone’s Kung Fu Fighting: Reloaded", "Everyone's Kung Fu Fighting Again", and "East of Byzantium”, as well as pioneered her own events as the co-founder and creator of Jurassic Con in 2012. Throughout her continuing adventures, she has made and met many fans and friends, won several Cosplay contest and Masquerade awards (such as Best presentation, Best performance, and multiple 1st Place awards, craftsmanship ), and even met some of her role models - including a very special encounter with Yuji Shiozaki, author / creator of one of her all-time favorite manga, Ikkitousen, who was so impressed with her cosplay that he even immortalized their meeting in the pages of his work.
Continuing to pursue her dreams, she was able to have two of them come true in 2020. Her work with SNK lead her to finally reach international cosplay status working again for SNK at EVO Japan 2020 . Shortly after she was dealt with trying to continue her cosplay during the Covid pandemic where she is now taking part in the Strike 1st gaming show team. Embracing the fighting game community as an established cosplayer who also supports and is active in helping the community she loves. Currently teaming up with close friends to make a SNK fanbased group called SNKronize to make a better experience for everyone. This year will be her 20th cosplay anniversary. She's currently working on a auto biography to share her cosplay stories with the world.
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