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Comic Book Divas Publishing reached out to North Texas cosplayer Evelyn Fernandez aka Evie Grey. we spoke to her about her start in cosplay, her thoughts on comics, gaming and of course being an artist and a cosplayer. Fans can also find Evie Grey in the upcoming coming comic book “8 Page Action: Featuring: BlackBird” where she plays “Jolly The Candy Clown”, in addition Evie will be drawing “8 Page Action Featuring Marvelous”
Q: For those us that are just know finding out who you are, give us a glimpse of who Evie Grey is.
EG: I guess I classify myself as an Artist. I’m a painter, illustrator, and love all things geeky. I was born in Argentina and came to the states when I was about five years old. I always had a very supportive mother, who has let me embrace my weirdness and continue exploring with my artwork, in which I now find myself Cosplaying (because aside from what some people might think, it IS a form of art and expression.)
Q: You are still pretty new to the cosplay scene but already making quite the impression; how did you get started in cosplay?
EG: Ever since I was little I have loved making costumes. One of my first costumes when I was little was of a closet created Supergirl. As I got older I started learning how to sew from my mother, then I got into making costumes for Halloween which is what really got me into costume making. Then I found the wonderful world of cosplay and now I am hooked.
Q: What was the first cosplay costume you created, what was the greatest challenge you faced creating the costume?
EG: I guess the first cosplay costume I created was Corpse Bride, even though I had no idea what cosplay was at the time. I had a friend that wanted to get rid of her old wedding dress so I thought what better use for it! I made all the parts to that costume, but the most challenging part had to be the wig. I decided to make my own so I bought a wig cap and some synthetic weft and attacked it with a hot glue gun, and then I painted it with acrylic to give it that dead matted look.
Q: When we spoke not to long ago, you were doing prosthetics for a project, that is a very intense and complicated material to work with, what made you want to work with this medium?
EG: love sculpting, but I have never worked with latex before and have always had a fascination with prosthetic makeup. I’ve always wanted to learn, and what better way to do it than on a friend and for Comic Con!
Q: Do you create all the elements to your cosplay costumes or do you also by certain parts or props?
EG: I tend to be super frugal so I try to make my own costumes and props as much as possible. Thrift stores and hot glue and two of my friends whenever I’m making costumes, I also like to have control over the finished product so it’s easier to just do it myself.
Q: What is the most challenging cosplay costume you have created and/or are you working on?
EG: I’m still fairly new to this cosplay thing so I don’t have many costumes I’ve created yet, but one of the most challenging costumes so far I think was my Injustice Wonder Woman. It was the first time I had made armor and I was experimenting with craft foam. I made her breast plate, tiara, and the appliques on the boots all out of craft foam, and the gauntlets I made with sheet aluminum.
Q: All cosplayers have their list of cosplay costumes they want to create what are some of the costumes you would like to create and why?
EG: I’ve always LOVED Tomb Raider so Lara Croft is definitely in my list. Witchblade is also one that I have been thinking about because her costumes are so intricately detailed it would be a great challenge to make it. Plus it will be challenging to get my body into shape for it. Goblin Queen, Female Thor, so many others…
Q: Why do you enjoy creating cosplay costumes, what gives you the most enjoyment?
EG: I just enjoy creating basically. It takes me far away from the real world.
Q: When selecting a cosplay costumes, do you select the costume because of the design of the costume or is it because of the character?
EG: Both. When you cosplay, you somewhat become that character, so knowing you character is a plus. Some characters just have awesome costumes that would be fun to make.
Q: If you could re-design any costume in comics, gaming, cartoons..etc which costume would you change and why?
EG: Probably most of the female costumes out there. Something about fighting in a thong and high heels just isn’t practical to me. ( Kitana, from Mortal Kombat)
Q: You are probably a really big fan of comics, gaming, cartoons; what costume or part of a costume drives you crazy and why?
EG: Going back to the female characters in thongs, Practicality just wasn’t something men thought of whenever they were creating costumes back then. That’s why I was so happy to cosplay Jim Lee’s version of Wonder Woman when she had pants. Sadly, that didn’t last very long, but I love Wonder Woman no matter what, pants or no pants.
Q: When you were younger, what comics did you read and what characters did you follow, what in the comic and characters did you enjoy?
EG: I used to read a lot of X-Men comics and loved everything about mutant powers. I wanted to have a power of my own, but what I was REALLY into when I was younger was Sailor Moon! It was just cool to watch teenage heroines from different planets kick some ass.
Q: What comic book, gaming, or cartoon character do you relate to more and why?
EG: I didn’t really know until I cosplayed Wonder Woman. I began to study up on her and realized I had a lot of the same qualities. I like to think of myself as strong and independent and able to kick some booty when I need to.
Q: We are guessing you are a video gamer, what games did you enjoy playing in the past and what games do you play currently, and what do you enjoy about the games?
EG: I love gaming! They are just fun and I love seeing the new graphics that come out every time. I’m not a hardcore gamer because that requires you to have almost no contact with the outside world, but I do play any time I get the chance to. I love the classics like Super Mario Bros., Sonic, and Toe jam and Earl. I’m also a super Tomb Raider and Halo fan.
Q: If you could assemble your top three female characters into a comic book, video game or movie; who would you select and why would they be your top three?
EG: To select just three is difficult, but I guess I would choose Wonder Woman for strength and fortitude, Jean Grey for her telepathic powers and because she’s just awesome, and Mystique because you always need a villain and she’s a bad ass who can transform herself into anyone.
Q: When I was a comic book dealer and even now as a publisher there are some women that women are depicted as being too sexy in pop culture and in cosplay, what are your thoughts?
EG: I don’t think it’s wrong to have sexy characters in comics. Women are sexy, so why not show it off. On the other hand I do like seeing female characters that aren’t just wearing pasties because there is a growing audience of young girl comic readers that are very impressionable. So I would see a problem with really young girls wanting to cosplay a really sexy character like Starfire for example.
Q: There are many girls that want to cosplay but they may feel that they need to be a certain “body type” what would you tell them?
EG: I think that as long as you feel comfortable in your own skin and are having fun with your cosplay, that is all that matters.
Q: What female comic book or gaming character deserves to have their own comic book or have their own game and why?
EG: I’ve always wanted to see a well done Sailor Moon game. It would be really fun and bright, and full of Moon Power!
Q: How or what have been the most major changes you have seen in comics and in video games both good and bad?
EG: As an artist I look at the quality of art that has drastically changed. Comics are getting more and more detailed and games are becoming highly realistic with their graphics.
Q: We know you have only been doing cosplaying for a short time but where you see cosplaying going in the future?
EG: I would like to keep Cosplaying for as long as possible, but I would also like to make costumes and props for others to enjoy at conventions.
Q: This is one of the standard questions we like to ask in our interviews. Women have come to the forefront of the pop culture community in the past several years, but there still seems to be a lack of female comic book artists, writers and gaming designers, why do you feel this is occurring?
EG: There is a growing number of female artists in the comic world, but this industry is very much male dominated, that’s a given. Comics have always been directed towards mainly teenage boys and their issues, so the female demographic just isn’t as large as the male. It doesn’t mean that women don’t want to be in the comic industry or read comic books, just that most women are not interested in comics and gaming. There is something empowering about seeing a woman’s name on the cover of a comic. That is something I am striving for.
Q: That question was a bit heavy, so let’s ask something a bit lighter. You are portraying the villain “Jolly The Clown” in the upcoming comic “8 Page Action: Featuring BlackBird”. Who do you think has more fun in comics the heroes or villains?
EG: I believe the villains have more fun. They always have a dark, traumatic past the builds their character and it’s interesting to see that character progress as the stories take place.
Q: Where can your fans follow you and your cosplay?
Q: What conventions will you be attending this year?
EG: Dallas Comic Con 2014, Fan Days, Sci-fi Expo, And if time and money permits, many more.
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.