North Texas Cosplayer Emily Ann talks about comics, gaming, and portraying Goldilocks in the Goldilocks In ZombieLand comic book mini-series. CONTINUE
North Texas Cosplayer Lhars Ebersold the woman behind the BlackBird mask talks cosplay,comics, and all things geek. CONTINUE
Comic Book Divas Publishing is offering the Goldilocks In ZombieLand #1 sketch variant cover at the Dallas Comic Con 2014. Get the sketch cover colored by colorist Cara Nicole or colorist Jeff Balke CONTINUE
If you were around during the 80′s, then you look back a bit and remember some classics such as many of us cursed or threw the puzzle known as “The Rubik’s Cube”, or we were all amazed by the astonishing graphics of the”Atari” game system, and the emergence of wrestling with Hulk Hogan; the VHS tape that made it possible for millions of people to record their favorite television shows.
Speaking of television shows, who among us can forget the classic 80′s television shows? It would take hours to sit here and look back on all the classic television shows from the 80′s but for me 80′s television was the start of the late night television movement; while many people immoderately think of David Letterman when this is brought up, I think outside the box a bit and also think about two iconic women Cassandra Peterson from “Elvira Movie Macabre” and of course Rhonda Shear from USA Up All Night”
While many people recognize Rhonda Shear from her roles in Happy Days, The Dukes Of Hazzard, The A-Team, Dallas, CHiPs, and Married With Children, plus a host of movie appearances including Spaceballs, and Basic Training; most of use remember her as the host of USA Up All Night.
Rhonda brought her own unique style, flair, and of course sense of humor as the host of USA Up All Night, helping to alleviate some of the painfully entertaining B-Movies that were shown by talking and inserting her quick comedic with about the movie, or taking viewers around to several locations around HollyWood or the California area that were not only entertaining but also learned about some cool locations not matter how unusual they may have been.
But what made many of us really tune into “USA Up All Night” wasn’t the movie, but to see Rhonda herself, to see what eye-popping and jaw-dropping outfiit she would be wearing that night, this made watching the movie more like a commercial that made many start yelling “Get on with the movie, let’s see Rhonda!”
Since those years Rhonda Shear has become a success in the lingerie and intimates industry as the head of Shear Enterprises, LLC and the designer of the “Ahhh Bra”, her company has nearly 20 full-time employees, its own 15,000sqft corporate office space in sunny Florida, and customers in over 30 countries! From its humble beginnings the company has grown incredibly quickly, now selling millions worldwide each year!
Of course taking over the world of lingerie wasn’t enough for Rhonda she has set out once again t take over television once again! After many years of her fans wanting her return to television but most all to her return to Up All Night, Rhonda is now returning to television with her new show “Rhonda Shear’s Up All Night“.
“Rhonda Shear’s Up All Night” is premiering in April, 2014 on various stations across the U.S. The show will feature cult films, sketches, parodies, music, interviews, stand-up comedy plus much more, be sure to watch your television listings for times and channels, visit the website for full details.
Comic Book Divas Publishing must do some selfish promotion by saying that Rhonda Shear can also be seen in the Alfred Hitchcock parody of “The Bird” “SQUIRREL: The Chattering” two issue comic book where she portrays the local on-scene reporter covering the squirrel invasion on a small town.
Special thanks to Rhonda Shear from Comic Book Divas Publishing, Legends Of Heroes And Villains, artists Richard and Kristi Zerga, and Jeff Hughes for her participation in the comic book, it is a true honor and privilege.
Comic Book Divas Publishing reached out to North Texas cosplayer Evelyn Fernandez aka Evie Grey. we spoke to her about her start in cosplay, her thoughts on comics, gaming and of course being an artist and a cosplayer. Fans can also find Evie Grey in the upcoming coming comic book “8 Page Action: Featuring: BlackBird” where she plays “Jolly The Candy Clown”, in addition Evie will be drawing “8 Page Action Featuring Marvelous”
Q: For those us that are just know finding out who you are, give us a glimpse of who Evie Grey is.
EG: I guess I classify myself as an Artist. I’m a painter, illustrator, and love all things geeky. I was born in Argentina and came to the states when I was about five years old. I always had a very supportive mother, who has let me embrace my weirdness and continue exploring with my artwork, in which I now find myself Cosplaying (because aside from what some people might think, it IS a form of art and expression.)
Q: You are still pretty new to the cosplay scene but already making quite the impression; how did you get started in cosplay?
EG: Ever since I was little I have loved making costumes. One of my first costumes when I was little was of a closet created Supergirl. As I got older I started learning how to sew from my mother, then I got into making costumes for Halloween which is what really got me into costume making. Then I found the wonderful world of cosplay and now I am hooked.
Q: What was the first cosplay costume you created, what was the greatest challenge you faced creating the costume?
EG: I guess the first cosplay costume I created was Corpse Bride, even though I had no idea what cosplay was at the time. I had a friend that wanted to get rid of her old wedding dress so I thought what better use for it! I made all the parts to that costume, but the most challenging part had to be the wig. I decided to make my own so I bought a wig cap and some synthetic weft and attacked it with a hot glue gun, and then I painted it with acrylic to give it that dead matted look.
Q: When we spoke not to long ago, you were doing prosthetics for a project, that is a very intense and complicated material to work with, what made you want to work with this medium?
EG: love sculpting, but I have never worked with latex before and have always had a fascination with prosthetic makeup. I’ve always wanted to learn, and what better way to do it than on a friend and for Comic Con!
Q: Do you create all the elements to your cosplay costumes or do you also by certain parts or props?
EG: I tend to be super frugal so I try to make my own costumes and props as much as possible. Thrift stores and hot glue and two of my friends whenever I’m making costumes, I also like to have control over the finished product so it’s easier to just do it myself.
Q: What is the most challenging cosplay costume you have created and/or are you working on?
EG: I’m still fairly new to this cosplay thing so I don’t have many costumes I’ve created yet, but one of the most challenging costumes so far I think was my Injustice Wonder Woman. It was the first time I had made armor and I was experimenting with craft foam. I made her breast plate, tiara, and the appliques on the boots all out of craft foam, and the gauntlets I made with sheet aluminum.
Q: All cosplayers have their list of cosplay costumes they want to create what are some of the costumes you would like to create and why?
EG: I’ve always LOVED Tomb Raider so Lara Croft is definitely in my list. Witchblade is also one that I have been thinking about because her costumes are so intricately detailed it would be a great challenge to make it. Plus it will be challenging to get my body into shape for it. Goblin Queen, Female Thor, so many others…
Q: Why do you enjoy creating cosplay costumes, what gives you the most enjoyment?
EG: I just enjoy creating basically. It takes me far away from the real world.
Q: When selecting a cosplay costumes, do you select the costume because of the design of the costume or is it because of the character?
EG: Both. When you cosplay, you somewhat become that character, so knowing you character is a plus. Some characters just have awesome costumes that would be fun to make.
Q: If you could re-design any costume in comics, gaming, cartoons..etc which costume would you change and why?
EG: Probably most of the female costumes out there. Something about fighting in a thong and high heels just isn’t practical to me. ( Kitana, from Mortal Kombat)
Q: You are probably a really big fan of comics, gaming, cartoons; what costume or part of a costume drives you crazy and why?
EG: Going back to the female characters in thongs, Practicality just wasn’t something men thought of whenever they were creating costumes back then. That’s why I was so happy to cosplay Jim Lee’s version of Wonder Woman when she had pants. Sadly, that didn’t last very long, but I love Wonder Woman no matter what, pants or no pants.
Q: When you were younger, what comics did you read and what characters did you follow, what in the comic and characters did you enjoy?
EG: I used to read a lot of X-Men comics and loved everything about mutant powers. I wanted to have a power of my own, but what I was REALLY into when I was younger was Sailor Moon! It was just cool to watch teenage heroines from different planets kick some ass.
Q: What comic book, gaming, or cartoon character do you relate to more and why?
EG: I didn’t really know until I cosplayed Wonder Woman. I began to study up on her and realized I had a lot of the same qualities. I like to think of myself as strong and independent and able to kick some booty when I need to.
Q: We are guessing you are a video gamer, what games did you enjoy playing in the past and what games do you play currently, and what do you enjoy about the games?
EG: I love gaming! They are just fun and I love seeing the new graphics that come out every time. I’m not a hardcore gamer because that requires you to have almost no contact with the outside world, but I do play any time I get the chance to. I love the classics like Super Mario Bros., Sonic, and Toe jam and Earl. I’m also a super Tomb Raider and Halo fan.
Q: If you could assemble your top three female characters into a comic book, video game or movie; who would you select and why would they be your top three?
EG: To select just three is difficult, but I guess I would choose Wonder Woman for strength and fortitude, Jean Grey for her telepathic powers and because she’s just awesome, and Mystique because you always need a villain and she’s a bad ass who can transform herself into anyone.
Q: When I was a comic book dealer and even now as a publisher there are some women that women are depicted as being too sexy in pop culture and in cosplay, what are your thoughts?
EG: I don’t think it’s wrong to have sexy characters in comics. Women are sexy, so why not show it off. On the other hand I do like seeing female characters that aren’t just wearing pasties because there is a growing audience of young girl comic readers that are very impressionable. So I would see a problem with really young girls wanting to cosplay a really sexy character like Starfire for example.
Q: There are many girls that want to cosplay but they may feel that they need to be a certain “body type” what would you tell them?
EG: I think that as long as you feel comfortable in your own skin and are having fun with your cosplay, that is all that matters.
Q: What female comic book or gaming character deserves to have their own comic book or have their own game and why?
EG: I’ve always wanted to see a well done Sailor Moon game. It would be really fun and bright, and full of Moon Power!
Q: How or what have been the most major changes you have seen in comics and in video games both good and bad?
EG: As an artist I look at the quality of art that has drastically changed. Comics are getting more and more detailed and games are becoming highly realistic with their graphics.
Q: We know you have only been doing cosplaying for a short time but where you see cosplaying going in the future?
EG: I would like to keep Cosplaying for as long as possible, but I would also like to make costumes and props for others to enjoy at conventions.
Q: This is one of the standard questions we like to ask in our interviews. Women have come to the forefront of the pop culture community in the past several years, but there still seems to be a lack of female comic book artists, writers and gaming designers, why do you feel this is occurring?
EG: There is a growing number of female artists in the comic world, but this industry is very much male dominated, that’s a given. Comics have always been directed towards mainly teenage boys and their issues, so the female demographic just isn’t as large as the male. It doesn’t mean that women don’t want to be in the comic industry or read comic books, just that most women are not interested in comics and gaming. There is something empowering about seeing a woman’s name on the cover of a comic. That is something I am striving for.
Q: That question was a bit heavy, so let’s ask something a bit lighter. You are portraying the villain “Jolly The Clown” in the upcoming comic “8 Page Action: Featuring BlackBird”. Who do you think has more fun in comics the heroes or villains?
EG: I believe the villains have more fun. They always have a dark, traumatic past the builds their character and it’s interesting to see that character progress as the stories take place.
Q: Where can your fans follow you and your cosplay?
Q: What conventions will you be attending this year?
EG: Dallas Comic Con 2014, Fan Days, Sci-fi Expo, And if time and money permits, many more.