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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 will be heading is heading back to one of the biggest and star packed comic book conventions not only in Texas but in the country, Dallas Comic Con 2013 May 17th-19th and we will be bringing some greaat Comic Book Divas models, Cosplayers, and Variants with us.
Comic Book Divas will be heading back to one of the biggest comic book events in Texas, and rapidly becoming “Must Attend” conventions in the country; this year the Dallas Comic Con will bigger and better than ever as they are bringing some of the top artists and celebrities from around the comic book and entertainment world. This year the DCC will be offering fans a lineup a lineup of guests bigger than “Big Tex” himself! The guest list is so long we can’t possibly mention everyone but here are just some of the headliners attending DCC 2014; “The Captain himself” William Shatner, star of McGyver and StarGate Richard Dean Anderson, from Firefly, Serenity, Castle, and voice actor for Justice League Nathan Fillion, voice actor and the voice of “Batman Kevin Conory, the Pink Ranger herself Catherine Sutherland, artist and Marvel Zombies artist Arthur Suydam, artist Amanda Connor,artist Jim Steranko and many more.
Among all the guests and fans, Comic Book Divas will be setup in the artist alley/small press area, Comic Book Divas will be debuting some awesome variant covers including “SQUIRREL” #1 Featuring actress and Comic Book Divas model Anjanette Clewis, the Rondo nominated “Penny Dreadful’s Cauldron Of Terror” Spell-Bound Variant by Alfred Trujillo, the Miss Misery’s A Haunting Desire” Comic Book Divas Photo Variant Cover, and a special print featuring cosplayer Krystle Starr as “Pamela Strong” from the upcoming super hero mystery comic “Donor” by Eddie Medina.
Created and Written by Jeff Hughes
Art by Richard and Kristi Zerga
Featuring: PJ Soles, Rhonda Shear, Lily Cardone, Amanda Dyar, Anjanette Clewis, Kristen Hall, Sara Barrett
This is the special “SQUIRREL” #1 Movie Poster Variant Cover edition that features the face of one of the fearful fluffy-tailed varmint coming through the darkness of the black background. At the top are the words “SQUIRREL” The New Word In Terror” below are the credits of the cast.
“SQUIRREL” is a parody of the Alfred Hitchcock classic “The Birds” where a flock of birds attack a sleepy Northern California community , creating chaos and death everywhere. The 1963 film starred Tippi Hedren , Jessica Tandy,Suzanne Pleshette, and Rod Taylor. The movie is famous for some of the inspirational camera angles and frames, and with some of the most memorable cinematic scenes from Alfred Hitchcock.
A campus security guard pepper sprays s baby squirrel in front of school children, the squirrel squeals in pain as the children watch in horror; one of the students named “Lily” grabs the baby squirrel and she and her babysitter PJ takes the squirrel to the vet.
The next day Lilly, PJ and the vet release the baby squirrel back into the field and campers back into the forest. After returning to the forest the baby squirrel tells the other squirrels and other creatures of what occurred, soon the sound of chattering fills the forest
Soon the horde of squirrels will descend upon the small town; attacking everywhere including the tranquil park where both old and young had gathered to relax, play, and feed the squirrels but now the squirrels want something other than peanuts they want revenge!
PENNY DREADFUL’S CAULDRON OF TERROR #1
Created and Written by Penny Dreadful
Sprite Fright art by Josh Barker
Puppy Love art by Frankie B Washington
Penny Dreadful the horror hostess of “Shilling Shockers” has brought chills and and chuckles throughout the Massachusetts and New England areas; who has also spell-bound fans in over 150 cities throughout six states and also over Internet channels, and past seasons are now available on DVD including “The Dreadful Hallowgreen” Special” Halloween Special featuring Penny and fellow horror host Dr. Ganggreen. Now Penny Dreadful is bring her “Dreary Ones” (Fans) and comic book lovers her first comic book that is created and written by Penny Dreadful herself.
“Penny Dreadful’s Cauldron Of Terror” contains two haunting stories that will take you back to the days of the classic EC Comics (For those Dreary Ones and comic book fans that are too young to remember EC Comics, please read here and check them out at your favorite comic book store). Penny has created and written two stories that will give both “Dreary Ones” and comic book fans a good chill and chuckle with her creations “Sprite Fright” and “Puppy Love”.
“Christina” wants to invite her friends inside the house to play after sunset but Christina’s mother will not allow her to invite them into the house.
What happens when Christina’s mother leaves her alone with her baby sister and invites her friends into the house?
Penny Dreadful’s next story comes straight from the question, “How did Penny And Garou Meet?” in a story entitled “Puppy Love” ; since Penny wants to keep this story a surprise for her fans, we at Comic Book Divas can not say to much in fear that Penny may turn Comic Book Divas owner Jeff Hughes into a Texas horn-frog!
All that Comic Book Divas can say is this “When Penny and Garou met it was love at first fright
MISS MISERY’S A HAUNTING DESIRE
Created by Miss Misery Written by Miss Misery and Jeff Hughes
Art by Arianna Sherman, Colors by Sean Salazar
Featured: Horror Hostess Miss Misery, Musician John Gillette, The band DAMMIT
Published by Comic Book Divas and Last Doorway Production
Miss Misery first comic book is entitled “Miss Misery’s A Haunting Desire”; the comic book tells the tale of Miss Misery’s obsession with her favorite band “DAMMIT” and how she follows them everywhere they appear, she is clearly the bands biggest fan, but her heart belongs to John the band’s lead guitarist John, the only problem is he doesn’t know how she feels.
Miss Misery doesn’t do flowers, candy or jewelry to get the attention of a potential boyfriend..but KIDNAPPING will really impress them.
Reyna Young who created this first installment of the “Miss Misery” comic book series approach Jeff Hughes the owner and primary writer of Comic Book Divas , where they collaborated to bring the story to the pages of a comic book.
Joining Comic Book Divas will be some of the Comic Book Divas models including actress and Comic Book Divas model Anajnette Clewis who is featured in “SQUIRREL”; she will be on hand to sign her “SQUIRREL” variant cover edition aswell as her photo prints and DVD’s. Cosplayer and Comic Book Divas model Krystle Starr is best known for cosplaying Batgirl, Green Lantern, and Princess Leia and who will be portraying “Pamela Strong” in the upcoming suer hero mystery comic book series “Donor”; Krystle Starr will be at the Comic Book Divas table signing her special edition print from “Donor”
with art by Eddie Medina. she will also have prints of herself decked out in some of her popular cosplay costumes;
plus she will be discussing her role in “Donor”. Also joining the Comic Book Divas table for the first time will be fan favorite cosplayer Enasni Volz who is widely known at conventions for portraying the lovable, sexy but whackily derranged Harley Wuinn; she will be at the Comic Book Divas table taking pictures and signing prints.
Visit thw Comic Book Divas table on the third floor at the artist alley and small press area, visit with Comic Book Divas owner and writer Jeff Hughes, pick up the Comic Book Divas Variants, and of course meet Anjanette, Krystle, and Desiree.
Dallas Comic Con
May 17th-19th 2013
Irving Convention Center