Novella Nikita | A Nerd Initiative Exclusive Spotlight Look
These days the geek/nerd community has grown more popular than ever. Whether it be gaming, comic books, movies, etc., one thing that’s for sure and will always be a part of the community is the growing art of cosplay. This is where we introduce to you Novella Nikita. In the past, this Filipina and French beauty was involved with the import car culture scene and was fortunate enough to be part of magazine and print projects along with doing television, video, and radio work. For the past few years, the bay area native transitioned over to the world of cosplay and has made a huge impact in the cosplay community. Novella took her skills in designing costumes for herself and friends and started posting her customizations on Etsy. Realizing that there was potential business in what she loved to do, she became co-owner of Geek Crafters. Geek Crafters is a custom costume, accessory, and rave-wear company specializing in all things “nerdy” bringing all things geek inspired to life. We had the opportunity to communicate with Novella and threw down a little Q&A with her. Here is what she had to say:
TNI: So tell us a little bit about yourself?
Novella Nikita: Hi guys! My name is Novella and I am a graphic designer, writer, artist, and cosplayer. I am also the co-owner of Geek Crafters, a custom costume, accessory, and rave-wear company. We specialize in all things nerdy, and our designs are often inspired by geek pop culture, such as science fiction movies and TV shows, anime and manga, comic book characters, and video games. I am very excited about our newest offering: geek mystery boxes, which are exclusively available to our Patreon supporters! Our monthly geek mystery boxes are full of fun surprise items and they start at only $10.
TNI: What inspired you to create?
Novella Nikita: I have been cosplaying for a long time, and my friends often ask me to help them with their own costumes and accessories. Just for fun, I decided to post some of the things I had already created on Etsy. When I started receiving orders, I realized that my hobby had the potential to grow into a real business. I have been mainly promoting my business through social media and have been receiving tons of support. It really makes my day every time I get a friendly message or a positive review from my customers. I love helping other geeks express themselves by wearing my designs.
TNI: Besides creating, what do you do in your spare time?
Novella Nikita: I spend nearly all of my time designing, but when I have free time I enjoy cooking, watching anime and sci-fi shows, and snowboarding. I learned how to snowboard last year, and this year I have started doing jumps and hitting boxes, which I am pretty excited about.
TNI: Do you have a quote that you live by?
Novella Nikita: Haha, not really. I used to love quotes, but now I feel like it would be oversimplifying everything a bit too much if I tried to live my life by a single quote.
TNI: What are some of your favorite video games?
Novella Nikita: Tekken is my all time favorite game, but I also love other fighting games like Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter. I also have a soft spot for retro arcade games like Galaga and Pac-Man.
TNI: Do you prefer PC or console?
Novella Nikita: Console.
TNI: Xbox or PS4?
Novella Nikita: PS4
TNI: If you could be any superhero who would it be and why?
Novella Nikita: This is such a tough question! There are so many inspiring female (and male) superheroes that I don’t even know where to start! Catwoman isn’t exactly a superhero, but she was my favorite comic book character from a very young age. I had a ton of Catwoman and Batman toys when I was growing up! I love every single incarnation of her character, even though each version is so different! However, I think my favorite version will always be Julie Newmar’s portrayal of Catwoman in the 1960’s TV series.
TNI: What is your number one goal?
Novella Nikita: My dream is for Geek Crafters to grow successful enough for me to be able to devote myself to it full time! Crafting costumes is my passion, and I would love to do it 24/7. That’s why I created a Patreon account to help raise funds to expand my business and give back to my fans at the same time.
TNI: Is there anything you want to say to your fans?
Novella Nikita: Thank you for all your love and support! Your positivity is what keeps me going and makes Geek Crafters so much fun! If you haven’t already, please feel free to check out our online store at www.etsy.com/shop/geekcrafters. If you are a geek and you enjoy surprises, then please consider signing up for our monthly geek mystery boxes by supporting Geek Crafters on Patreon at www.patreon.com/geekcrafters. Feel free to follow Geek Crafters and my personal accounts on Facebook and Instagram too, so you can stay up to date with our shenanigans and latest creations! IG:@geekcrafters & @novellanikita FB Fanpage: Geek Crafters & Novella Nikita
Shout out to Novella Nikita and Geek Crafters! We look forward to working with you in the near future!!