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HOLLY GLOHA COSPLAY

HOLLY GLOHA: COSPLAYER, GEEK, GAMER, & NINJA PRINCESS

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.1510662_1024420907573959_5105550381373533212_n

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?375484_343957325620324_557715320_n

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?400039_343988065617250_2136483575_n

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?404298_358371497512240_156933011_n

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

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COSPLAYER EMILY ANN TALKS COMICS, GAMING & GOLDILOCKS

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.EMILY ANN 1

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.EMILY ANN 2

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 basedEMILY ANN 3 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.EMILY ANN 4

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?EMILY ANN 5

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.