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Comic Book Divas Publishing sits down with North Texas cosplayer Emily Ann, we talk to her about coplaying, comics and her insights of women in pop culture; we also talk with Emily about her first ever comic book appearance as she portrays “Goldilocks” in the “Goldilocks In ZombieLand” mini-series our first published comic featuring a cosplayer model.
Q: Let’s really start with the tough question. Tell us a little about yourself.
EA: Oh, goodness! Let’s see… I work in a children’s hospital in the NICU and I’ve got a bachelor’s in Business Management. I’m working on a second bachelor’s in Information Systems currently and I’m learning lots about computer programming languages as I go. I really enjoy a nice cup of tea and to hang out with my puppies when I’m not working on a costume. I like to read books (dystopian young adult novels are apparently my favorite) and I have an unhealthy addiction to daytime judge shows such as Divorce Court. Pasta and I are the best of friends (except with just plain old marinara sauce!) and I love cheese.
Q: When you were young were you drawn to things that many consider being nerdy or geeky like comic, gaming, cartoons..etc?
EA: I was an only child and didn’t grow up around cousins or anything, so I gravitated to the computer when I was very young and haven’t been far from one since I was six or seven. It is an easy way to entertain yourself without needing someone to “play with”. I remember being super into Sonic the Hedgehog. I would make my dad tape it every weekend in the morning, so I didn’t have to get up too early (gee, I suppose I was never a morning person!) and I played the Sega Genesis games like my life depended on it. I never beat one, but I guess it never mattered because I still love Sonic and his friends. I didn’t know that comics were really a thing until I was “too old” and “too cool” for them so I missed out on that part of the “geek” childhood, sadly.
Q: Do you think you were looked at as being the “Weird Girl” for liking many of the same tings that were primarily enjoyed by the boys?
EA: The things that I liked never seemed to cause people to look at me funny, but the way I dressed did bring those judgments. I was quite into brightly colored hair and dark clothes and it usually made people think I was unapproachable or some sort of Devil worshipper. I’m still a little darker than most, but I’m actually pretty friendly and I’ve never worshipped a Devil in my life haha. I was pretty much in the same classes with the same 20 or 25 kids from elementary school until high school, so we were very tolerant of each others’ weirdness.
Q: Growing up what comics, game genres, and cartoons did you like and still enjoy today and why do you still enjoy them?
EA: The comics and graphic novels (Umbrella Academy, for example) I loved as a teenager, as well as the cartoons I gravitated towards (for example Ahh! Real Monsters), tended to be more dark and strange than some of the other choices I could have gone for. As I mentioned, I loved Sonic the Hedgehog, and I still love him. I play the games every once in a while and I’m really considering rewatching the series! My mom played a game called Wasteland when I was very small and I loved watching her play it. That game is what my favorite game ever,Fallout 3, is based on. I think I just really tend to stick to the same formula because it’s always worked for me!
Q: What pop culture characters did you enjoy reading, watching or playing growing up and which ones do you enjoy today, have your tastes changed greatly?
EA: As a child I was incredibly into the Disney Princess thing and I absolutely loved all of the movies. I loved to be a Princess and dance around the house singing their songs. I tended to read some strange things like Egyptian historical accounts, mythology, and things like that. I am still into that stuff, but it’s hardly a part of pop culture. I’m not so much into the more recent Disney adventures, though there are a few princesses/strong ladies from animated films that I’m still obsessed with such as Anastasia, Megara from Hercules, and Esmeralda. I try to read, watch, and play characters that I can feel connected to. My favorites have been some of the Harry Potter characters (Bellatrix and Pansy Parkinson for example) and Hunger Games characters (Katniss and Clove, in this case). I’m still very much the kid I was years ago, haha.
Q: What comic book and comic book characters are you following now and why?
EA: Right now, I am only following one comic book. School tends to guilt me out of reading much. “Oh, if you have time to read, it should be a textbook!” I tell myself. The series is called Vitriol the Hunter and I just love the art style. Very dark and edgy and I really dig it! Vitriol is the main character and he’s a vampire hunter, so there’s lots of really neat fight scenes and just general awesomeness.
Q: Which video games have you screaming and yelling at the television right now?
EA: My favorite video game of all time is Fallout 3 but I play World of Warcraft pretty often and it makes me quite the competitive mess! I’m also trying the beta of Wildstar Online and it’s had me frustrated a time or two so far!
Q: When playing video games online or playing against someone next to you, if you are victorious do you do a “Victory Dance?” or give them smack?
EA: I am not much of a victory dancer, but I will talk crap incessantly! It’s actually sort of embarrassing!
Q: I am a “Old School” guy, and not a fan of many of the comic book based movies bcause the origins or the comic is changed so much. How do you the movies studios and comic book publishers are doing telling these stories on the big screen?
EA: This question is probably not one that I can really answer, as I haven’t ever read the comic books that many of these movies are based upon. :( Boo
Q: What female comic book character, and or video game character do you think should have their own title or video game, why do you think they should have their own title or game?
EA: Comic book wise, now that Harley Quinn is having more of her own titles, I think it’d be nice to see the same of Poison Ivy or maybe some revived Batgirl! Oppositely, it’d be really neat to see some comics based on Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, I would think.
Q: When did you start or first get interested in cosplaying?
EA: I would say I’ve been into cosplaying for only about three years. I have become more immersed in the culture within the last year or so.
Q: What was your very first cosplay, and did you create it yourself?
EA: My very first cosplay was Bellatrix Lestrange from Harry Potter. I bought the skirt and shirt and repurposed them and redesigned them to fit the character, bought her official wand, and (poorly) made a corset from scratch to match her design. I made it the night before the final Harry Potter movie came out in theatres, to wear to the release.
Q: When deciding what character to coplay, do you cosplay them because you just like the design of the character or is it a character that you have followed or are following at the time?
EA: This decision is usually based on my love for the character, not the design of the character. For example, I am just really in love with Katniss’ character, so I’ve cosplayed multiple versions of her over the last couple of years. The exceptions I’ve had to this rule were Raven from Teen Titans and the Silent Hill nurse. They just look cool! I couldn’t resist recreating their iconic looks.
Q: When selecting a cosplay what type of connection do you have with that character to make you want to portray them?
EA: If I can feel a part of myself in them, or a part of them in myself, I usually can’t help myself. People hate the character Narcissa Malfoy, but she would do anything to protect her family and I can empathize with her and I empathized so much that she is one of my all-time favorite characters. On another end of the spectrum, so many people love the character of Katniss and I felt empathy for her emotional struggles and strength that she displayed in the face of so much uncertainty.
Q: On a scale of 1 to 10, what is the hardest cosplay costume you have worked on in the past and currently?
EA: I would have to say either Narcissa Malfoy (because making a coat is just a pain in the butt) or Daenerys Targaryen. Daenerys should have been a simple costume, but it seemed that everything that could have went wrong did! It was such a disaster, but it turned out alright in the end.
Q: You stated that you were going to be scaling back on your cosplaying for a time, but is there certain characters you would like to cosplay as in the future?
EA: My absolute dream costume is the Lone Wanderer from the game Fallout 3. But I plan to continue working on Hunger Games costumes as I have more time, and also some fun things like Princess Jasmine or the Corpse Bride.
Q: For those cosplayers just starting out, what types of cosplay should they start out with working on?
EA: Anything that you love! You don’t have to make something “screen” accurate or worthy. HAVE FUN. Never take it too seriously. Choose someone you feel strongly about and go for it. You’ll always get better and learn new things and that’s the beauty of it all.
Q: As a cosplayer are there any cosplayers that you look up too, if so who are they and why do you admire them?
EA: All of them. It sounds really cheesy, but anyone doing something they love is someone you should look up to.
Q: This is a question that I sometimes ask to cosplayers and also those in the pop culture genres. Women are often portrayed in cosplay, comics, and video games as not being depicted as “everyday” women, that they are either drawn or cosplayed as being to sexy. What are your thoughts?
EA: Without a doubt! So many places in media, women are portrayed as supermodels and the like, and there aren’t enough every day women. You don’t have to be a barbie doll to be beautiful and worthy of being featured in the media. Beauty is something that radiates from within and shines through on the outside. However, it’s also important to mention that it’s also okay to look like a barbie doll! Everyone is beautiful in their own right and we should all have equal representation. Regardless of ethnicity, body shape, size, or disability, we should all be represented in the media equally and it should be celebrated that we are all so different but so similar!
Q: Women have really made their presence known in the pop culture community, but it still seems that there are still very few women comic book artists and gaming designers; do you think that is a correct insight or do you feel that they are just not as well know?
EA: I think we are going to see a boom in these industries soon of women from the younger generations being more involved and more well-known and one day we might not even remember how unbalanced the world of Geekdom can feel at times.
Q: Those last questions got a little heavy. So how about this to lighten the mood. You are the shotgun wielding, zombie butt-kicking Goldilocks in the upcoming “Goldilocks In ZombieLand” mini series, Can you tell your fans about being in your very first comic book?
EA: It’s such a lovely opportunity and I’ve met so many wonderful people through Goldilocks in Zombieland and CMD. It’s something really just awesome to be able to tell people that you’re going to be in a comic book (and then explaining that you’ll be a blonde hehe!). I am so grateful for the opportunity and I can’t wait for everyone to see all of the awesome art and great characters and freaking awesome monsters! It’s a really fun script and I think a lot of people will enjoy it from beginning to end. I am so lucky to be a part of it!
Q: How would you survive a zombie apocalypse if one actually occurred?
EA: Oooh, this is not a fun answer from me. I’d hide. I’m not actually any good in a situation like that, I’d imagine!
Q: Where can your fans follow you and keep up to date with your cosplaying?
EA: I’m not the best at updating it, but I always respond to messages and comments on my FaceBook Page!
Q: What conventions will you be attending this year?
EA: I will be at Texas Frightmare Weekend and Dallas Comic Con in May then possibly (work allowing) one of the days of A-Kon in June! I will not be cosplaying, but I will be attending QuakeCon in July. Past that, no plans set in stone.
Comic Book Divas Publishing is excited to announce that “Goldilocks In ZombieLand” #1 will be revamped and re-launched in 2014; once again Comic Book Divas Publishing and Richard and Kristi Zerga of Legends Of Heroes And Villains are collaborating to bring fans this fairy tale turned nightmare
In the past Comic Book Divas Publishing and Legends Of Heroes And Villains have teamed up on such projects as Taffy: Love Is Not A Laughing Mater” and the Alfred Hitchcock “The Birds” parody “SQUIRREL: The Chattering” (Issue #2 To Be Released in 2014); Now the two publishers are teaming up again to re-launch and revamp one of Comic Book Divas Publishing’s earliest comics the zombie and fairy tale epic story “Goldilocks In ZombieLand”; as in the past writer and owner Jeff Hughes of Comic Book Divas Publishing has written a fun but twisted comic, with artists Richard and Kristi Zerga bring life to the zombie-filled fairy tale world.
Some of you may recall “Goldilocks In ZombieLand” from the past and wondered what had happened to the comic; well we had to place the comic on hiatus for a little while but now that Richard and Kristi Zerga have agreed to be collaborator’s on the project, fans can expect to see Goldilocks kicking major zombie-fied fairy tale butt
In this revamp of “Goldilocks In ZombieLand”; Comic Book Divas Publishing decided to scale back on the cast to only include one center model in the leading role in the comic; Jeff Hughes decided to feature a talented local North Texas cosplayer named Emily Ann; Emily Ann is a well-known and fan favorite at such conventions as Dallas Comic Con, Dallas Fan Days, Dallas SciFi Expo and many more Texas and North Texas conventions. Emily Ann will be portraying our lead character, the sexy zombie butt-kicking “Goldilocks”!
We will have more about Emily Ann as time grows nearer, in th meantime be sure to look for Emily at the Dallas SciFi Expo, February 8th-9th 2014.
“Goldilocks In ZombieLand” Synopsis
When we were children we all read the classic storybook stories of Red Riding Hood, The Three Blind Mice, Jack and Jill, the Gingerbread Man and many other stories that taught many of us valuable lessons in life.
What if that world did not exist because of an unknown zombie virus that spread like wildfire throughout the storybook world and turned this lovable characters into brain loving flesh-eating monsters!? Welcome to StoryBook World 2012 one of many story book worlds in the storybook universe, but this storybook has been devastated by that unknown zombie virus, turning many storybook residents into flesh eating monsters.
Who can save them?!, Who can stop this madness?!, Who can kick major zombie butt plus have the fashion sense and look really hot doing it?!
That’s when you call GOLDILOCKS!!!!
“Goldilocks In Zombie Land” tells the story of Goldilocks and her band of zombie hunting friends “Bo Peep”, “The Woodsman”, and Jack “From The Bean Stalk) as they fight, hack, slash, and shoot their way through a horde of fairy tale zombies in order to reach Castle Tower the last safe haven in StoryBook 2012 and the home of “Queen Rapunzel”. The queen has summoned Goldilocks to discuss a mission to rid their world of this very un-storybook behavior, problem will this turn into a suicide mission before their is another Happily Ever After?
“Goldilocks In ZombieLand #1 is scheduled for release in 2014, however Comic Book Divas Publishing will still have the original “Goldilocks In ZombieLand” #1 digital download until February 1st, 2014 for only .99 cents. So get yours before it’s too late.
Look for more news about the re-launch of “Goldilocks In ZombieLand” in the coming months; and be sure to visit the Comic Book Divas Publishing Facebook Fan Page, and Twitter; also visit the Legends Of Heroes And Villains website as well as their Facebook Fan Page.