Comic Book Divas is always scouring the different social media networks in search of talented women in the comic book and pop culture genres to interview for our website; a couple of weeks ago Kate McCullough aka Katy Bear caught our eye on Facebook as she was featured by NerdChotic.com as she cosplayed as the Black Cat.
We contacted Kate and she was nice enough to sit down with Comic Book Divas and talk to us about comics, cosplay and give her insight from a geek girls point of view of all thinks geekdom and nerdy.
Q. For those that are un-cool, please tell us a bit about Katy Bear.
KB: My name is Kate McCullough, my hometown is Albuquerque, New Mexico, aside from cosplay I love video games, anime, horseback riding, and snowboarding.
Q: You are a fast becoming a popular and fan favorite in the cosplay world, what drew you to cosplay and what do you enjoy about it?
KB: I actually didn’t know people cosplayed until a little over a year ago, I immediately jumped on it. I am born on Halloween, so naturally I love to dress up!
Q: Do you create your own costumes, or do you shop around for materials and put them together?
KB: When I first started I bought the harder stuff (such as my Cammy bodysuit), and made the smaller things, (such as Cammy’s gloves). Now I make everything.
Q: What are some of the most difficult costumes you have created and what made them so challenging?
KB: The most difficult cosplay I have made is Smoke from Mortal Kombat 9. It was just a lot of little armor pieces and painting. I also had to carve the detail into the armor as well.
KB: I’m glad you liked it! A long time ago I was interviewed by Jazma online magazine, and I recently have also been interviewed by The Geek Den, as well as NerdChotic.
Q: What characters would you like to cosplay as in the future and why?
KB: I really want to make a World of Warcraft cosplay, I won’t go into detail as to which one, but it’s pretty epic. I would also like to do every alternate Cammy costume, I LOVE Cammy.
Q: If you could portray any comic book character super-hero or villain who would you like to be and why?
KB: Hm, I would probably say Lady Deadpool, she’s a smart ass and can kick ass.
Q: Were you a fan of comic books growing up, and if so what comic book did you read?
KB: I have only recently started reading comics, some of the ones I have read are Spider-Man, Cable and Deadpool, Deadpool, and the Avengers.
Q: Do you read comics books today, if so what titles are you reading; which titles have really piqued your interest?
KB: I am actually interested in the World of Warcraft comics, and of course anything Spider-Man related.
KB: I would rather be like Black Cat, and just do whatever is in my best interest. I would probably have the ability to fly, as well as a healing factor like Deadpool. And of course a snarky attitude.
Q: You were born on Halloween, what were some of your favorite childhood costumes growing up, and which ones would you rather not remember?
KB: I think my favorite ones were the ones from when I got older, I have dressed as a French maid, a police woman, a german beer girl, and referee, a pirate, a school girl, and a ladybug. I would like to forget about the time I dressed up as an M and M when I was in 4th grade.
Q: Pop question, which is your favorite Halloween, New Comic Book Day, or Free Comic Book Day?
KB: I would have to say Halloween, I love dressing up, and I love seeing everyone’s costumes.
Q: I ask this question to women in all my interviews; and would like your insight. In recent years women have come to the forefront of comics and pop culture, and gaming, do you think that women have always had a presence but over the years they are becoming more involved?
KB: I definitely think that women have always had a presence, but I think they are becoming more proud of it now, as before it was a little taboo. I am proud to be a female gamer, and I really dislike girls that pretend to like games just for popularity.
Q: As an ex comic book dealer and now a small press comic book publisher, I have had many women come to me and say “Women are drawn to sexy, why don’t they portray the real female form?” Do you think that not only comic book characters, but characters in movies and video games are portrayed to sexy?
KB: I think they are portrayed that way, but I don’t see a problem with it. There are some women that do actually look like that. If people bitch about it, it’s probably because they are jealous or maybe feminist. I don’t think they are too sexy, sexy is a good thing. What about all the giant muscular men in the comics and movies? It’s a two way street.
Q: For years geek guys have lived with the stereotype of the nerd wearing the glasses, with the pocket protector; do you feel that women are also stereotyped for being geeky?
KB: I think they were, but I also believe that they are slowly starting to come out, and accept their nerdism. Nerdy girls come in all shapes and sizes. That’s another pet peeve I have. I get comments on my page telling me that I’m not a nerd just because I’m not that stereotype that everyone thinks of, it’s frustrating. I did go through a very awkward stage all throughout elementary and middle school.
Q: Women and female characters have taken bigger roles in comic books, movies, what would you like to see more in female roles?
KB: Maybe a GOOD story that has a woman as the hero. I really like Selene in Underworld.
Q: In comic books, do you think that there should be more female titles, if so who would you like to see get their own comic?
KB: I might be mistaken, but I don’t think Black Cat has her own, I would like to see that.
Q: What conventions can fans find you at this year?
Q: Where can fans follow you and your cosplay adventures?
Thank you to Kate McCullough aka Katy Bear for taking the time to sit down with Comic Book Divas, be sure to follow her on Facebook and her other websites and look for her at conventions .