Comic Book Divas Publishing is very excited to announce that cosplayer Nicole Marie Jean has agreed to portray our Red Riding in the upcoming “WANTED: Red Riding” CONTINUE
Comic Book Divas Publishing reached out to the very talented cosplayer Holly Gloha to be part of the upcoming comic book “WANTED: Red Riding”; we wanted our fans to get to know this very energetic and talented woman just as we have the past few months. We ask Holly from everything from growing up geek to her insights to cosplay and the cosplay community; sit back and get to know about Holly Gloha cosplayer, geek and self-proclaimed Ninja Princess.
Q: Tell us about who is Holly Gloha?
HG: I am very much a nerd, an adventurer, and like all cosplayers, a definite attention seeker. I do adore my cosplay family, and want to give a collective *hug* to everyone-experienced and new-for being part of this amazing hobby.
Q: Growing up were you into geeky things, if so what kind of geek-ery did you enjoy?
HG: My geekery started off with comic books (mainly Marvel, but I gave DC some love, too). My all-time favorite heroine was Psylocke, which is probably why I grew up to love flashy clothing and get a black belt. My nerd friends expanded me into anime, then eventually cosplay. I still read comics, but sewing dominates a LOT of my time.
Q: Looking back on your childhood, what comics and cartoons do you look back on fondly, and why did they put a smile on your face?
HG: My favorite was always X-Men-I think the storyline of being different, but having a group of friends to support and stand by you resonated with me. Besides, who wouldn’t want a superpower? Not sure what I’d want my superpower to be….it changes depending on the awesomeness of the stories the comic writers put out there. Storm’s weather manipulation powers from the X-Men is usually my fallback, but if I’m going to ride the winds, I’ll have to stop wearing skirts.
Q: Did you consider yourself a geek growing up, and do you think kids treated you differently because of this?
HG: I was very much a geek growing up, and sadly there was isolation and bullying because of it, however I had some amazing like-minded nerd friends to spend my time with. I’m very glad that nerd culture is pop culture and that people can freely be nerdy without being harassed for it.
Q: Looking at your photos you seem really into anime, what do you like about anime compared to traditional cartoons?
HG: I have a bit of a Princess Complex, and fell in love with the Magical Girl concept. I thought it was absolutely amazing to be trendy, fun and still be able to put up a fight when evil shows up. (It still appeals to me-if the world ever needs a Princess Ninja, I’m right here) ♥
Q: Who are some of your top anime characters past and present, and why are they at the top of your list?
HG: This is a bit of along list, but I’ll whittle it down a bit. My first choice was Shampoo from Ranma ½. She was fashionable, adorable, one amazing fighter and because of Circumstantial Events she occasionally turned into a cat. Sailor Venus because she was playful, loyal to her friends and could save the world. As I watch more anime the list will grow, but these two top the list.
Q: Many cosplayers are also avid gamers, are you a gamer as well?
HG: I game, but recreationally. I’m definitely not competition to anyone wanting to spar on the digital field, but that doesn’t really bother me much. Any free time I get is spent on the sewing machine-but my boyfriend is getting me into gaming a bit at a time.
Q: What video games are you currently playing; when you play against someone are you competitive? Are you a good winner or do you do a victory dance?
HG: I just finished Bayonetta 2…..I got so addicted to that one! I love puzzle or mission games, for some reason I can play those with no stress, but competitive fighting games…yeah, I usually Rage Quit at some point or another. I’m a martial artist, and it’s rather frustrating to see how to block and counter an opponent’s attack, but not be able to mush the buttons to get the combo done. (I do victory dances for chocolate and lattes. Or just because. I’m either a lot of fun in public or extremely embarrassing-your choice)
Q: You’re a very talented costume designer/cosplayer. How long have you been designing and cosplaying?
HG: I’ve been doing this for about 7 years now. It’s rather a shock seeing that in writing, I never knew I’d be doing it for this long, or that I would Level Up in Sewing and Going Onstage. Maybe we need Cosplay Badges that Cosplayers can earn. I’ll design a few!
Q: What was your first costume design, and looking back on that very first project do you remember it fondly or grumble about how nuts it made you?
HG: The first one was Musical Sailor Saturn. At the time, I was so incredibly proud to bring that beautiful design to life. There were the usual sewing hassles, and I’m sure I cussed a bit (every seamstress/tailor does). Looking back, at it, I can see a lot of Newbie Mistakes, but I’m still a bit proud it. Even if I still hide the pics from the internet to this day.
Q: What made you want to start cosplaying at conventions?
HG: I was invited by an incredibly kind and talented group of Austin Sailor Moon cosplayers to attend a convention with them. From that first moment on…I was hooked. I loved the community of artists, fans and cosplayers. Now I try to find and attend as many conventions as my finances will allow.
Q: Looking back at your first convention what was your first experience like, and what have your overall experiences been like at the conventions and with fans?
HG: I’ve had nothing but a fun time! I love meeting new fans, artists and cosplayers! It’s beautiful seeing someone celebrate something that means so much to them, and it encourages me to do the same.
Q: There has been some controversy regarding some convention attendees taking inappropriate pictures of cosplayers. Some people say it’s because of how the cosplayers dress. What are your thoughts and how do you think coplayers can protect themselves from this occurring?
HG: It breaks my heart when attendees assume that cosplayers in sexy costumes are Free Game. Cosplay does not equal consent, and the community is doing a lot to make that known. Cosplayers should always be aware of their surroundings, try to stay with friends and alert any convention/hotel security if they ever become harassed.
Q: What is the most difficult cosplay costume you have designed so far; and what made the project so difficult?
HG: Each one presents a level of difficulty when I make them…I try to push myself out of my comfort zone with each costume. Currently, I’m working on NoFlutter’s gorgeous version of Sailor Venus, and making a bustle and incorporating so many beautiful flourishes are challenging me. In a good way, of course.
Q: For those just starting or thinking about getting into cosplay, what advise would you give them?
HG: Enjoy yourself! Your only competition is you, not the Cosplay Renown, not the person cosplaying the same character as you, not the internet. Be proud of your fandom, the work you put into your costume and your amazing ability to cosplay the character you love. With that point of view, you’ll have the most amazing time and make new friends in this cosplay family.
Q: You primarily cosplay as anime or other characters. Do you plan on cosplaying more comic book characters in the future?
HG: I actually do plan on it! Poison Ivy, Huntress, Dark Phoenix and Nico Minoru are definitely on my list of characters I want to cosplay. As a total gooberdork, I even designed a costume for myself if I was ever given the Power Ring of the Star Sapphires. If ever made that costume, I’d have to carry the Violet Lantern so people would know what I was trying for…I went a bit bonkers with the Magical Girl Look on that one.
Q: You created a very unusual cosplay of Catwoman. Where did that idea originate from and what was the reaction from fans?
HG: I absolutely adore DC for trying new looks for their characters! From the Pin Ups to the Square Enix redesign, it’s a cosplay dream field. When I saw their Ame-Comi lineup I immediately fell in love with the second version of Catwoman and had to cosplay it! What surprised me is that so many fans recognized that version! Hooray for the fandom!
Q: What cosplay costumes do you have in mind for 2015?
HG: The list tends to fluctuate, since I am a Woman. 2015 is going to be the year of Princessy looks! A lot of Sakizou, a lot of NoFlutter’s designs, and maybe the occasional wild card. If you go to HollyGlohaCosplay on Facebook *shameless plug* you can keep an eye on the costume I’m currently crafting.
Q: It’s still early in the year but can you tell fans what conventions or events you are planning to attend?
HG: Anime Matsuri for sure! Everfree (a MLP convention), Akon, San Japan and whatever comic conventions that happen to pop up. Once I know for sure, I’ll share.
Q: Where can fans follow you to keep up with what is going on in the cosplay world of Holly Gloha?
HG: More Shameless plugging? Don’t mind if I do! I’m on Facebook as Holly Gloha (if you want to keep up with my day to day statuses and cosplay pictures), HollyGlohaCosplay (if you want to see progress pictures of my Cosplay in Progress). I’m on Twitter @Holly_H, Instagram HollyGloha and also on Deviantart.com HollyGloha.Deviantart.com.
Q: Before we end out interview. You’re also going to be in the upcoming “WANTED: Red Riding” comic book; where you’re going to portray “Holly Gloha” world renowned modeling agent and photographer. What are your thoughts about being a comic book character?
HG: I won’t lie: I’m extremely flattered, honored and excited. Being in a comic book was always a dream of mine, and knowing that it’s going to happen makes me Victory Dance Giddy. Plus, since I’m a modeling agent, I’m hoping to have the sassiest outfits.
Psylocke Photo by Filmshooter Event Photographer
Internal Sailor Venus Photo by Event Photographer
Dr. Mrs. The Monarch Photo by Judy Escalante
Catwoman Photo by Judy Escalante
Comic Book Divas Publishing and artist James David Bui are ever moving forward on the upcoming “WANTED: Red Riding” ; so far we have revealed the cast of the comic book that includes cosplayer Nicole Marie Jean as the beautiful and rebellious Red Riding, actress Michelle Shields as the evil Queen Snow Whyte, and cosplayer Holly Gloha as the outrageous and world famous modeling and photographer Holly Gloha. In addition Comic Book Divas Publishing has revealed the concept art of Nicole Marie Jean as Red Riding by James David Bui, now it’s time to show the second round of concept art featuring Michelle Shields as Queen Snow Whyte.
Here is the second penciled concept art for “Queen Snow Whyte” of storybook 1590 in the upcoming “WANTED: Red Riding”. We will reveal more about this character when the final artwork is completed by artist James David Bui; however we can tell you that she is a character not to be trifled with; if you do challenge her rule you just may end up missing, dead, or wide up part of one her many trophies that she proudly wears. Be sure to take a very close look at the sketch you may see some of Queen Snow Whyte’s trophies of those tha have tried and failed to escape her rule.
We will have more about not only about “Queen Snow Whyte” but also about the actress and model Michelle Shields in our next concept art update, so stay tuned .
WANTED: RED RIDING SYNPSIS
There is a universe hidden in plain site but one we can not see; this is the “StoryBook Universe”, all the storybooks around the world form this universe; when the storybooks are open these character are frozen making up the pictures of the storybook but when the book is closed that is when the characters come to life and go about their daily lives. Humans are not no aware of their universe however the characters are aware of ours.
Snow Whyte the evil and power-hungry ruler of StoryBook 1590; one of the universes oldest world; she rules her world and all its lands with an iron-first. Those that try and over throw or protest her will are swiftly dealt with, and those that try to escape her world are met with even swifter punishment or even worse. Although the stakes are high many have tried to escape with many being returned or some have gone missing.
StoryBook 1590’s Red Riding is one of this world’s most vocal opponents of Queen Snow Whyte’s rule; despite the overwhelming odds Red Riding makes a daring escape into our world where she undergoes a transformation and begins her new life where she achieves fame and stardom as a world-famous model. As time has passed so has the anger of Snow Whyte and assigns her head bounty hunter to bring back the renegade runaway Red Riding DEAD OR ALIVE.