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Comic Book Divas Publishing not only loves bringing fans their occassional dose of kick butt comics, but we also like sitting down with women from around the industry and genres to talk comics, gaming, cosplay or whatever topics that are important to them. This time wee were fortunate enough to sit down with dancer, gamer,comic fan and just all around geek girl extraordinaire Alouette Cosplay.
Q: Before we get started, for that may not know Kendall Kane; tell us a little bit about your awesome self.
A: Hello! First off, you’re way too kind! My name is Kendall and I go by Alouette Cosplay online! In my “normal life” I am a dance teacher and performer who has worked at the big theme parks here in Orlando, but in my free time I love to read comics, watch horror movies, play video games, and dress up as my favorite characters!
Q: Growing up did you enjoy comics, gaming..etc? Or did that come later on in life?
A: I did! I always say I grew up in a very nerdy family, for example my dad’s grooms cake at my parents wedding was the Watchmen smiley! Some of my fondest memories growing up are playing video games, watching old sci-fi movies, and all kinds of stuff like that. The love only intensified with age!
Q: Did you ever feel like an outsider embracing your geekiness growing up?
A: Totally! I mean who didn’t? While other girls at dance or school talked about bands or clothes or whatever I just wanted to talk games and comics! Thankfully my friends growing up were extremely tolerant of my geeky ramblings, and I even got some to check out shows or games I liked! But beyond that not many people “got” me, but that’s okay because I never really “got” their interests either, haha!
Q: What was the very first comic you picked up, and what did you remember thinking after you read it?
A: I honestly couldn’t tell you what the very first comic I read was! It feels like ages ago. I know when I was younger, I was introduced to a lot of comics that maybe were a bit mature, but I’d like to think I was a very mature kid with pretty awesome parents. One memory does stick out though, and that is reading Watchmen when I was probably a bit too young for that one haha! I remember after reading thinking I had A LOT of questions, but also being totally drawn into the comic world. Thankfully I was then handed more “age appropriate” comics but Watchmen will stand as one of my firsts and one of the best.
Q: What was your first favorite video game, and why was it your favorite?
A: That would have to be a tie between Tomb Raider and Pokemon! While there were many games before those that I loved, I mean I was (and still am) killer at Tetris, those two stand out as my first loves. I remember playing Tomb Raider with my mom and dad, and having panic attacks anytime Lara had to hold her breath or deal with piranhas, and also hating that butler. Pokemon was the first game I was addicted to I think. I would play it for hours determined to level up my party pokemon and catch them all! Nothing has changed there though, haha!
Q: How have comics and video games changed in your opinion over the years when you began reading and playing?
A: The first and obvious answer for video games is graphics! Sometimes I look at all my older games and think wow, I thought this was incredible now look where we are! I love how games are becoming more and more interactive in the story line as well. As for comics, there have been some recent story lines that to me just stand out story wise!
Q: After you beat your opponent in a video game, do you do a victory dance?
A: Of course!! But even though I am a dancer, my victory dance is more like spastic kicking and fist pumping with some cheering!
Q: When and why did you first get the idea of wanting to cosplay?
A: It was about five and a half years ago! I was talking to one of my friends at dance who was really into anime, and she mentioned Anime Festival Orlando! We spent a lot of time looking into what exactly conventions were (vs. trade shows or the dance conventions we were used to) and found out that dressing up had a name and was encouraged at these events! It immediately caught my interest and after that con, I was hooked!
Q: What was your very first cosplay costume you created?
A: My very first costume was Mello from Death Note! Back at that first t talk much about that costume though! It was pretty tragic and I was in a walking cast that whole weekend.
Q: When you are looking at doing a cosplay are you more influenced by the design of the character or just because you like the character?
A: I have to say a mixture of both! First things first, I have to love the character! I just don’t find it fun to “be” a character that you don’t like, and it is also hard to motivate myself to work on a costume if I’m not in love with the character! I definitely do look at design as well. If it is something I feel I can’t “pull off” or look good in, I look at slightly modifying the design to something I am comfortable with.
Q: What is the most difficult costume you have created and what made it such a challenge?
A: Easily Princess Tutu! While I don’t do much anime cosplay any more, tutu is pretty special to me! I had to do her because of my ballet background and love for the series, and I chose to do her Odette tutu. The process that goes into a “real” ballet costume (the structure of the bodice, the tutu, etc etc) is insane! Plus all the rhinestones! Im very happy with it though, and its very special to me! A close runner up would be Liara T’Soni from Mass Effect, which I am working on now. I have never done a full armor costume before (just small pieces) so this sure is an experience!
Q: We know you are one busy woman; how do you make time to work on your projects?
A: Sometimes I’m not even sure myself how I make time! Some days I am blessed with a whole day or two off, and that is sweatshop time for me! Beyond that I always try to spread out a costume so that I can work on it piece by piece, and get it done in time!
Q: How has cosplaying changed since you began, and where would you like to see the genres go over time?
A: Honestly, I haven’t been cosplaying as long as others so I haven’t had the chance to see a huge change! For me, cosplay has changed on a more personal level. While I used to be “serious” about it, I know just focus on friends, loving the character, and having fun! I think the biggest change I have seen is that there is WAY more cosplayers than there was before! Which I think is awesome! I also think with the introduction of facebook pages, there are a lot more cosplayers “out” there getting popular and what not. I love pages though because it is such an easy and convient way for cosplayers to meet, interact, and share photos/progress/technique. I love it!
Q: I attended a few conventions this year and saw many really impressive cosplayers and costumes; however there was a guy with a wig and wearing a Wonder Woman outfit walking around getting pictures taken; does this bother you as a cosplayer and someone that takes her craft seriously?
A: Not at all! I think it is tons of fun to see fans show their love for something no matter how they do it.
Q: What advice do you give those individuals that want to start in cosplay but just don’t know how to get started?
A: My best advice is just jump right in! Find a character you love, and take small steps. If you need a wig, start the experience of trying to find the right wig and maybe even learning some basic styling. Then take the costume step by step (main parts, shoes, accessories, etc) and tackle each one! Just remember its okay to make mistakes, its okay to feel like you’re going crazy, and it okay to ask for help/advice! As long as you love what you’re doing, you’ll have a blast! Plus the friends you make researching, working on costumes, and at cons in costumes is worth every bit of it!
Q: What is the geekiest thing you have ever done?
A: That is such a hard question! It is more like what haven’t I done that’s super geeky, haha! I think the tops would be choreographing a production for my dance studio that was all based on DC heroes! It was a huge hit though, and so much fun!
Q: Where can fan follow you and do you know what conventions you will be attending in2014?
CATWOMAN PHOTO by Morayta Photography
BLACK CANARY PHOTO from Dragon Con
MATSURI PHOTO by Tiger Shot Productions
DRAGON CON PHOTO by BentPic5
SAILOR MOON PHOTO by ThirdStop
Comic Book Divas Publishing will be attending Dallas Fan Days 2013 and we are bringing along some great comics and some events and giveaways with us, and let’s not forget the first appearance of our “Booth Diva” cosplayer Scarlett Wolf.
This year we will be bringing along to the table one of the fan favorites “Miss Misery’s A Haunting Desire“ that features the Exclusive Comic Book Divas Publishing Photo Variant Cover that features horror host Miss Misery herself.
San Francisco and Bay Area horror hostess 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.
In addition we will also be bringing along the “Penny Dreadful’s Cauldron Of Terror“ comic with the Exclusive “Spell-Bound” Variant Cover by artist Alfred Trujllo and colored by Jeff Balke.
“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”.
The first story entitled “Sprite Fright”;Penny takes you to a storybook time, and tells the tale of a little girl named “Christina” and her sprite friend “Cymbeline”; she and “Cymbeline”; along with the other sprite and fairy friends talk and play games in the garden, but when the sunsets “Christina” must say goodbye to “Cymbeline” and her other magical friends until the next day.
“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,
Meet The Comic Book Divas Publishing “Booth Diva” Cosplayer Scarlett Wolf
For the first time we will be introducing our official “Booth Diva” cosplayer Scarlett Wolf. Scarlett olf will be hand to talk to fans about Comic Book Divas Publishing titles, our upcoming comics such as “SQUIRREL: The Chattering”, and our first kids comic “Hero Girl”; r she will be happy to talk to fans about all things geeky.
Scarlett Wolf will also be taking pictures with her fans and signing her prints; plus she will be handing out free swag and coupons. So be sure to meet this fun and all-around geek girl.
NEW Comic Book Divas T-Shirts Available
As many of our fans know, we have rebranded our logo; now you can get the brand new and cool Comic Book Divas T-shirt by Fast Custom Shirts. Be sure to get your shirt first at the Comic Book Divas Publishing table at Dallas Fan Days.
Be In The Hero Girl Comic Book
Have you ever wanted to be in a comic book?…wait have you ever wanted to be in a comic book that features your likeness so you can take it to your friends and say “Hey that’s me!” Then it’s your chance to be in the “Hero Girl” #1 comic book.
Comic Book Divas Publishing will be coming out with their first kids super hero comic book, we are looking for a few people to put in the comic book in cameo roles; if you are a woman/girl of 10 years old and up and want a chance to be in this “girl power” comic book then come by the Comic Book Divas Publishing table at Dallas Fan Days and sign up.
Hero Girl Story: What happens when your All-American geek and science nerd Maddy Maddison meets some inter-galactic creatures that give her the ability to turn into a super hero..well she become “Hero Girl”.
Win A Comic Book Divas Publishing “Swag Bag”
When you come by the Comic Book Divas table at the Dallas Fan Days convention October 4th-6th, be sure to enter for a chance to win a “Swag Bag” full of cool Comic Book Divas Publishing swag that includes: “Geek Girls Bag”, Comic Book Divas Publishing T-Shirt, Comic Book Divas Comics, and much more.
Drawing will be on Sunday October 6th, you must be attending the convention to enter and receive the rize.
”SQUIRREL: The Chattering – Find The Nuts Contest”
With the new “SQUIRREL: The Chattering” comic book coming soon; we thought it would be fun to offer fans a ultra cool contest to win a very special “SQUIRREL: The Chattering” variant cover.
Come By the Comic Book Divas Publishing table at Dallas Fan October 4th-6th; we will have a sneak peek of the special cover by artist David Faught that will parody the classic Todd McFarlane Spider-Man #1 cover.
Count the number of hidden nuts on the cover and enter your guess with a chance to win a free copy of “SQUIRREL: The Chattering” special Spider-Man #1 parody cover by David Faught.
NOTE: All Contests and Entries are only valid at the Comic Book Divas table during the Dallas Fan Days Convention October 4th-6th; we won’t accept any entries or applications online. You must be in attendance to enter and receive prizes.
We hope to see you at the Dallas Fan Days Convention!