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Comic Book Divas may not have had a table at the Dallas Sci-Fi Expo 2013 but we had a great time meeting not only some of the great artists and guests but also many of the great and talented cosplayers that were walking around the convention and taking photos with fans from around Texas. One of the cosplayer we met was Lizzie Leigh, Lizzie may be new to cosplay but we are sure you will see a lot more of her!
We sat down with Lizzie and talked to her about cosplay, costume design and her career as a make-up artist.
Q: Just so our readers can get to know you a little bit; tell us something about yourself; who is this woman Lizzie Lynch?
LL: I am a local Houston Cosplayer and a Special Effects Makeup Artist. I actually grew up in a small town outside of Boston, MA which is why I lack the typical Bostonian accent. I have also been moving around a bit since 2010 from Boston to Toronto to Houston. i am a huge Stargate fan, I have the “home” symbol tattooed on my wrist. Tv/Movies are a passion for me, my list of favorites is endless, It’s a bit of a problem. I love painting, drawing, DIY craft projects and reading.
Q: You are pretty new to the comic book and cosplay community; what made you want to get involved with all us geeks?
LL: I have always been drawn to the more nerdy side of life and watched tons of sci-fi and fantasy. My first con was Anime Boston, I went twice, and then the first Comic Con was fan expo in Toronto. I didn’t dress up since I had only been living there for two weeks and went on a whim. I loved every second of it!
Q: How long have you been cosplaying; and do you create your own costumes?
LL: I have only been cosplaying “for real” almost year now, I did one Harley Quinn cosplay for Anime Boston in 2008. It was store-bought, the black fabric dyed my skin black but I still had an absolute blast acting like her! I create what I can, sewing them was all thanks to my friend who taught me a lot along the way. I now have my own sewing machine I hope to be creating tons more! I also make the props, casting prosthetics has very similar techniques that can carry over to multiple mediums. I made a black widow belt and Dani Moonstars belt this past year, as well as an arrow which I still need to perfect.
Q: We saw you cosplaying “Dark Supergirl” did you create that costume and how long did it take for you to design it?
LL: Actually not all of it. I commissioned that piece from Heroes and Tights two years ago for Dragon*Con 2011 right when I moved to Houston from Toronto. Long before I ever even considered making my own. It came out beautifully, the cape was so perfect! The only thing I did to it was modify the cape and top for a more stable attachment to each other and for Expo I created a new skirt.
That character is a personal favorite of mine.
Q: What is the most difficult costume you have designed to date and what makes designing a costume the most challenging for you?
LL: The X suits for my Dani Moonstar New Mutant cosplay, my friend and I were going out of our minds on how to attach the yellow parts to the suit while making it functional.
Q: Looking at some of your photos on Facebook; you have attended some anime conventions; have you cosplayed any anime characters yet?
LL: Not yet, I don’t watch much anime anymore mostly due to lack of time. My favorite animes are Wolf’s Rain and Yu Yu Hakusho, so I would love to do a character from them.
Q: When you are looking to cosplay a character do you select the character because of the costume or because you are following that character?
LL: Both. I like variants from the classic designs but sometimes I will see a gorgeous drawing which attracts my eye and makes me want to bring the character to life. Wether I know who they are or not. I do my best though to either research the crap out of the character, which usually ends with my loving them anyway or I choose one I know and am already a fan of.
Q: You said you haven’t yet gotten into deep with comics; but are you reading any comics right now since we spoke if so what are you reading, w hat are you enjoying about the series?
LL: The only one I have followed closey is the New 52 Supergirl storyline and I am really liking it. I loved the issue 0 release they did for some of them as well. I thought it was a very cool concept.
Q: You are a make-up artist. How did you get started into that field?
LL: Drama Club in Highschool actually, I became the head of the crew when I was a sophomore and really became passionate about it. I was lucky that the Drama Teachers, the both that I had, were extremely supportive of it all which allowed me to really know this was what I wanted. I then took a year off after Highschool and got to work on an Independent horror film, I loved it. The next year I went to college in Toronto to Complections International Academy of Makeup Artistry and graduated in the top three of my class.
Q: What projects do you primarily work on, do you work on photo shoots or movies?
LL: Whatever I can get. I would love to work on set consistently but L.A. is certainly not my scene. As long as the creative outlet is there and I have some hand in the final production I am happy. I try to avoid heavy photoshop or CGI that changes what I created. There is a difference between adding to the scene around the model to totally changing how she looks therefore changing my work.
Q: How do you incorporate your make-up skills into cosplay or how would you like to mix both skills?
LL: I try to apply it every look. How can I make my face close to the character? Would she wear this color blush or a bronzer? Should the lip shape be fuller or lessened?
I want to try to bring it up to a higher level than just wearing the outfit. I want to do that with prosthetics too but it’s very hard to apply those to myself on a large scale. My goal is to have a site that is a center-point for cosplay makeup tips and tutorials.
Q: Who would you like to cosplay as where you could use both your make-up and cosplay design skills and why?
LL: Oh man so many! My number one choice is Princess Nuala from Hellboy: The Golden Army. I absolutely love her look but to the costume extremely accurately is hard which is why it hasn’t happened yet. The next one is Jack from Brom’s book “The Plucker” he is a toy from a jack in the box but his look is rugged and handmade. He has ginger hair and freckles with a much sharper Jaw. I haven’t cosplayed as a male yet but he is a goal of mine. So those are my top two :)
Q: What gives you the most joy in cosplaying?
LL: The excitement I recieve from other people who share in the genre and the creative outlet it gives me. Everything I do can be applied into my portfolio for makeup as well. But in all seriousness every time I go to a con, in costume or not, I feel so happy and always walk out the door on Sunday with a new stash of friends and memories.
Q: You were at the Dallas Sci-Fi Expo 2013 where we saw you dressed as Dark Supergirl”; was this your first time attending the convention?
LL: Yes it was and I enjoyed it quite a bit!!! I had been at the Irving Center for Fan Days last year though.
Q: What did you enjoy about the convention as a cosplayer and a fan, did you get to meet other cosplayers and hangout with them?
LL: I hadn’t been to such a small sci-i con before it was refreshing to actually be able to have conversations with people. I met some other super sweet cosplayers and got to see some again too that I didn’t expect.
Q: From your POV; what were your thoughts about the convention and what you enjoyed about it?
LL: I liked the intimate atmosphere it had and that it was easy to navigate. I found a few action figures from my favorite book, The Plucker by Brom, and that was so aweosme!
Q: You are doing All-Con in March, what cosplay can fans expect to see you in?
LL: I’ll be doing two makeup panels that weekend so a lot of my time went into that. So on Friday I will be wearing my Muscle and Bone Catsuit from Black Milk with some FX makeup to go along. Saturday will be a Star Trek Uniform and Sunday is Dark Supergirl hopefully with new boots if I can find them :).
Q: Where can fans follow you and see what is coming up for you?
Special thanks to Samaze for the use of the photos.
Comic Book Divas looked over the pond and found Stacey Rebecca a model, cosplayer in the UK. Stacey caught our eye after we saw her Mary Jane photo shoot mirroring J Scott Campbell’s famous cover Amazing Spider-Man #601; we talk with Stacey about the cosplay and comic book industry in the United Kingdom.
Q: For those that don’t know please tell us a little bit about Stacey Rebecca.
SR: I’m a nerdy alternative model from London taking my first steps into cosplay!
Q: Have you always been into comic books, or are you getting into comics because of cosplaying?
SR: Comics definitely came before cosplay – I really haven’t been cosplaying for very long at all. It’s just another way to express myself!
Q: Did you read or follow comic books or comic book characters growing up, if so who were some of your favorite characters and why?
SR: I didn’t start reading comic books until my teenage years, when my Batman obsession began. I was totally in love with the Tim Burton Batman movies as a kid, and had some comic reading friends later in life who introduced me to the classics. I’m not sure what exactly it is about Batman, I just love Gotham so much!
Q: Do you collect or read comic books now, if so what titles are you reading and what are some of your favorite storylines now?
SR: I usually wait until the nice hardback comes out so I tend to be a little behind everyone else. I’m currently catching up on Batman: Court of Owls and some of the new 52 stuff. I picked up a few single issues when they came out but it’s so damn expensive to keep up with every storyline! My boyfriend is desperately trying to get me into Marvel but I’m a pretty stubborn DC fan!
Q: You are in the UK, is there just as big a fan following for comics in the UK as there is in the United States?
SR: I’d assume so, but that might be partly due to the brilliantly nerdy people I surround myself with!
Q: Who are some of your favorite British comic book artists and writers and why?
SR: Ultimate faves are Alan Moore, Grant Morrison and Brian Bolland (who signed my copy of The Killing Joke at a convention recently, SQUEE!)
Q: Cosplaying has really taken off here in the States, is it the same in the UK?
SR: I don’t think we’ve quite caught up with you guys yet, it’s not as huge over here. That said, people do go all out for MCM Expo, which happens twice a year in London. I don’t usually go to cons in costume but I’m putting something together for the next one :)
Q: The British are always thought as being very reserved, so when you or other cosplayers appear at conventions do some people think I’s a bit revealing or over the top?
SR: Hell no! I think you can get away with it if you’re in costume (as long as it’s appropriate for the character). There are so many people in costume at cons that it pretty much goes unnoticed. I’m sure in the ‘real world’ the reaction would be somewhat different!
Q: When did you start getting into cosplay and how did you get into it?
SR: I’ve always been really into costume parties and I think the cosplay was born out of a kind of competitiveness with myself – I’d always try to up my game! It started with essentially making alterations to existing costumes (and I still do a lot of that) and developed from there. The ‘alternative’ modeling came first and the cosplay followed. I made a Psylocke costume for a sci-fi themed party and loved it so much that I HAD to get some good shots of it… And that’s how it started! I had no idea anyone would be interested in me or my work at all, it was all a big surprise!
Q: We loved your Mary Jane photo shoot especially the image of the Amazing Spider-Man #601; how did you get the job for the modeling shoot?
SR: It was just a silly idea I had… It’s an instantly recognizable cover and a pretty simple cosplay, so I felt comfortable taking my next steps into cosplay with the costume. I’ve worked on a couple of projects with Andy (Paranoid Android Films) before and when I told him my idea he was happy to give it a try – and he did such a great job with it! It’s always good to find someone who understands your vision and works hard to achieve it.
Q: The images from the Mary Jane shoot looked great what was the most difficult part of the shoot from a models point of view?
SR: Definitely the pose from the cover! Obviously I couldn’t see what it looked like so I just gave it my best shot and adjusted my position with Andy’s help and somehow it worked out okay.
Q: Are you thinking about doing another Mary Jane or J Scott Campbell cover photo shoots?
SR: I think I’m done with MJ for a while but I’m definitely considering some more cover recreations. I’d also love to do a J Scott Cambpell Black Cat!
Q: You channeled the character Mary Jane very well, are you a fan of the character, if so what do you like about the character?
SR: Ultimately I chose MJ because I thought she’d be easy to do, but she’s definitely a character that Spidey fans have a lot of love for (and I never knew Kirsten Dunst’s portrayal was so unpopular!) My boyfriend is a huge Spidey fan so I think a lot of it was for him.
Q: You also recently did a Psylocke photo shoot, this was another great shoot, with a very cool effect of Psylocke’s Psy-power, very realistic looking. Can you tell us more about the shoot and how did you get picked to be in the shoot?
SR: I was contacted by the awesome Alan Howden on ModelMayhem about working together on something, and I jumped at the chance. He wanted to get some more alternative / nerdy stuff in his portfolio, which was right up my street – so I thought it would be a good opportunity to shoot my Psylocke costume, and it turned out so well! Alan’s editing was particularly impressive on those photos!
Q: What other comic book, gaming or other female character would you like to cosplay as in the future, and he reason why you would want to cosplay as the characters?
SR: I’m currently working on a gaming cosplay for the release of a new game (one of my favorite series of all time), it’s under wraps at the moment but I’m hoping to take it to Eurogamer at the end of the month! I also have a Dark Knight Rises Catwoman costume lined up to shoot and after that I’m hoping to get started on that J Scott Campbell Black Cat. Lots to keep me busy!
Q: In recent years women have taken a more active role in comic books, gaming and other what was once mainly a male oriented communities, why do you think women have taken more of interest in these genres Or do you think that women have always been involved just but stayed in the background?
SR: There’s definitely an imbalance in those industries but it is being addressed. It can be difficult for women to admit that we’re into some of these things, not for fear of being labeled a nerd, but because (some) guys can be pretty disbelieving. I can’t count how many times I’ve heard, “I bet you don’t even read comics,” and “You only play video games to get attention!” That said, there are plenty more women working in comics and gaming these days, and it’s a freakin’ great thing!
Q: Some people say that women are portrayed to sexy, that they don’t represent the typical female. Do you think that women in comics, gaming and movie are seen as being too sexy?
SR: I think that’s the case, yeah. But it’s not the worst thing in the world. I figured I could either whine about it, or make a lot of nerds happy by bringing their favourite characters to life. I also make sure that I show my fans who I am in real life though, minus all the make up and Photoshop. I think it’s important for people to know that I’m a normal, boring person and nowhere near as sexy as I look in my photos!
Q; As a fan of pop culture, what female character would you like to portray in a comic, video game and movie; why do you think you would fit the role?
SR: I had a go at acting briefly in a music video recently and it was HARD. I don’t think I’m cut out for it, I have the same number of facial expressions as Kristen Stewart, haha! If I wasn’t so terrible at acting I’d love to play Batgirl. Maybe if it was Cassandra Cain I wouldn’t have to do any talking :D
Q: In comics and gaming, what female character would you like to see in a movie, and who would you cast in the role and why?
SR: I’d like to see Poison Ivy done well, no idea who I’d cast though! Black Cat would be fab too – Bad Luck Kitty can play her… I don’t care if she can act, I’d just look at her
Q: You are a model, and there are many young aspiring models and cosplayers out there that want that perfect body or that “look” what advise can you give them about looking and staying healthy?
SR: Be yourself, don’t worry about it. The alt modeling world is a lot more accepting of different shapes and sizes, just have fun and express yourself in a way that makes you happy. I’m a little self-conscious about my bottom so if I’m wearing something skimpy for a shoot I might do some squats in the run up to it but that’s about it – I just do a lot of walking and try to snack on fruit rather than biscuits when I’m at my desk during the day!
Q: In video games there still seems a little bit of a gap in the women gaming community with not many featured female leading role characters, do you feel that this is true?
SR: There is something of a gap but it doesn’t bother me too much. I think that’s being addressed too!
Q: Do you think more women are in the gaming community, and do you think female gamers are interested and participating in the same games as their male counterparts?
SR: I think female gamers have as diverse tastes as male gamers, I’m not really sure there’s a lot of difference in what we play. Women that identify as gamers anyway, I’m not talking about old women that play Farmville on Facebook!
You can follow Stacey Rebecca on her Face Book Page.