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Cosplayer Scarlett Wolf sits down with Comic Book Divas Publishing and talks about growing up geeky, her love for comics, gaming, and cosplay, and about being the new “Booth Diva” for Comic Book Divas Publishing.
Q: Scarlett Wolf, tell us a bit about yourself, what are you doing when you’re not absorbed in all things geeky?
SW: Well when I’m not glued to my TV screen playing games I’m usually out rock climbing or riding horses. I am also avid book reader and photographer.
One of my favorite things to do is draw and paint although every time I get crafty I tend to make a big mess. I have also recently taken up hunting. I may live in a small country town but I can always find something to do.
Q: Did you consider yourself or did your friends consider you a geek growing up?
SW: I have always considered myself somewhat of a geek. From the time I was born till I was about seven I was best friends with the boys next door. I guess you could say they started my passion for games because we were always competing with each other and getting into all sorts of trouble.
I was the girl who had every Pokémon figure and every game console available at the time. I remember waking up every day and watching Sailor Moon and Cartoon Network before I went to school. I can still say I have just about every game console but sadly my Pokémon figures have been passed down to my little brothers who keep me in check on my video games and superhero information.
I was never really into sports when I was younger and I was tall, pale, and scrawny.
Q :Did you read comic books growing up, if so what did you like to read and why did you like the character or title?
SW: I never really got into the comic books but I did become addicted to novels. I like to read supernatural books like the twilight saga and the Wicked Lovely series. My favorite book would have to be Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater because it has similar characteristics to twilight except you get to see the minds of both a guy and a girl, plus i
t has wolves in it. As far as books go you can’t go wrong with vampires and werewolves to me.
I am not saying I don’t enjoy Comic Books though because I really do. My little brothers and
I like to hit up the local comic book store on occasion and find a good read. I love the X-men and anything with superheroes in it.
Q: What are some of your favorite female comic book characters today and what makes them special in your opinion and to other female fans?
SW: Well I have a bit of a dark side when it comes to favorite characters because they are just so darn interesting to me. I am a big fan of Poison Ivy, Cat Woman, and Harley Quinn because I grew up watching those bad girls try to mess with the big black bat.
I also really like Elektra’s character on the movie Daredevil and have probably watched that movie over a dozen times. As far as Marvel characters go I am a Black Widow and Miss Marvel fan. I also really like Emma Frost and Kitty Pryde off of the X men.
I think these characters are special because each one is unique in her own way. Some are bad girls while oth
ers try to save the day but each one has confidence in what she does and fights right alongside the male heroes.
Q: We know you are a big video game fan, but you love “Zelda”; what draws you to the game and the characters?
SW: Zelda was a big part of my childhood and it has to be one of my favorite videogames. An adventure game where you run around fighting big bad monsters with a sword in order to save a pretty princess and you get to ride a freaking horse, what more could you ask for in a game. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for Nintendo 64 is my favorite of them all and it’s because that game had great graphics for that time and it was the most entertaining and realistic game I had to play.
The characters on Zelda are all so unique and the game didn’t involve driving a cart or finding golden bananas or stars it asked you to battle creatures that you might find in your nightmares. I am not dissing on Mario or Donkey Kong because I love those games as well but if you go back and look at the bosses from those games verses the ones from Zelda there is a BIG difference. Even the original Legend of Zelda was pretty awesome,
I clearly remember playing that game when I was little and wish I still had it. Let’s just say as far as games go I will always have a soft spot when it comes to Zelda games.
Q: What other video games are you currently playing, and which ones are the stands outs? (Excluding Zelda)
SW: Well at the moment I am currently addicted to Call of Duty: Black Ops for my Play station 3.
Sadly I find myself waking up in the morning and immediately turning it on and playing for hours and I can proudly say I am at level 50 right now. I have also started playing some games on my I pad like Dragon Vale and Knights and Dragons because I like dragons and anything of that sort.
I usually find myself going back and playing old games on my Nintendo and play station a lot and re-beating them for fun. I also have been playing the Infamous games on my PS3 and Borderlands on the Xbox 360.
Q: The new game systems like PlayStation 4, XBOX ONE, and others are going to be hitting the shelves starting in November. If you could have your pick which of these would be your pick and why?
SW: I would have to pick the PlayStation 4 for various reasons. I currently have both an Xbox 360 and PS3 and as far as the cost for internet goes Xbox Live has become a pain. I am hearing that the new Xbox system will be just as costly and that they may be making certain rules that I think are a little overboard.
The PlayStation 4 on the other hand may only be charging a five dollar fee, if even that, for the internet. I am glad to see that there will be something new to play with on the shelves this year but the downfall is there won’t be any more new games for the PS3 so I will have to purchase the new systems to keep up with the games.
Q: As you have read comics and have played video games; do you think that female characters are well represented in the genres or do you think that at times they are still in the background of the male characters?
SW: Quite honestly I still think that female characters tend to fall behind the male characters because girls just don’t seem to be as open about their interests in comics and video games as guys these days or at least the ones I know don’t. Maybe if female characters were more present in games and comics the geeky girl inside might come out in girls that are unsure of their interests.
I would really like to see some more games where there are strong female characters that aren’t all bubbly, Barbie look a likes and that are the lead characters for a game.
I read of a game idea the other night online that I think would be a lot of fun involving 1950’s housewives, weapons, and zombies. I could just imagine some of my guy friends making a hot girl version of themselves and kicking some zombie butt with her.
Q: What comic and video game characters would like to see in a television show or movie; and why do you think they would make a good show or movie?
SW: I am actually going to do a little reversal on this question and give you some television show and movie characters that I think would make an interesting game. I used to watch Sailor Moon all the time when I was younger and I still occasionally have to relive the past and watch an episode or two.
I think Sailor Moon would make for a fun video game because each sailor scout could have their own ability and they could be trying to save all of the planets from destruction. I think it would also be cool if it was like the next generation of sailor scouts or if you could make your own. Another character that
I think deserves her own game is Princess Zelda from the Legend of Zelda. She is always getting saved by Link and I think that for once it should be her turn to save Hyrule from some evil creatures. She has always had a tough side (Sheik) so why not give her a sword of her own. Last but not least I really wish Disney would make a game similar to Kingdom Hearts but in this game all of the Disney princesses have had their happily ever after taken away from them and they have to battle an evil queen to get them back.
Princess Ariel would have a trident and control over water and Aurora would have a sword and a pet dragon or something of that sort. I tend to have a lot of random ideas for games and movies so I could probably go on for forever on this topic.
Q: You are studying to be a teacher, as a future educator what are your thoughts about teachers utilizing comics in the classroom?
SW: I think that comic books could be a great way to get students excited about reading. In my teaching classes now we are always discussing how important it is for our students to become interested in reading as a recreational activity not an educational one.
Comic books allow the reader to use their imagination and become part of a world outside their own which is an essential skill emergent readers need to develop. There are many genres of comics out there so students will always have something to spark their interest.
As a teacher would you utilize comics in your lessons, if so how would you do this?
For teachers it is important to find new and interesting ways to get your students to read so as far as comics go I am all for using them with my students. I would really like to read a comic to students and then have them come up with one of their own, maybe give each student empty pages with boxes and have them fill them in themselves.
This type of lesson could be used to help students understand the components of a story such as the main idea, setting, and conflict. I could also using them during science lessons like reading Spiderman while discussing the characteristics of arachnids. There are so many ways you could incorporate comics into education.
Q: You are still pretty new to the cosplay scene, what made you want to get into cosplay?
SW: I decided to get into cosplay because I have always liked getting dressed up in costumes and acting out characters.
I was in drama club and One Act Play all four years of High school and won lots of awards for my creativity. I missed it a lot when I graduated so I thought what better way to get back what I lost then by going to a place where everyone can dress as their favorite characters.
The fact that I love anything geeky and am very creative also draws me to the conventions because it’s a chance to see what other people can come up with. I feel very at home at the conventions, it’s like all of my favorite things have come together as one.
Q: What are your top 5 characters you want to cosplay and why would you like to cosplay them?
Well that’s a tough one, there are so many great characters out there. I would really like to go as either Sailor Moon or Sailor V because I grew up watching that show and Sailor Venus and Moon were always my favorites. I think it would be interesting to do Sailor V because she has the cute little red glasses and I think I could pull off the character well.
I would also love to cosplay as Zelda from the Legend of Zelda because I love her outfits and she is from one of my favorite games, plus I have already got my Link outfit down so it would make a good set for a weekend of cosplaying to do them together. I would also love to go as Harley Quinn just so I could act crazy and because she is one of my favorite comic book characters. Her love interest with a mad man makes her so awesome and I would love to be the bad girl for once.
I am also a big Cat Woman fan and she is another character that I think I could pull off well. My favorite animals are cats and I have a little bit of a dark side so Selina Kyle’s character kind of fits me.
Let’s see I think I’m at four so this would be my last but not least cosplay dream character and it would be Starfire or Blackfire. I used to watch Teen Titans when I was younger and fell in love with both of the sister’s crazy personalities and backgrounds. I really liked Starfires sweet disposition in that series and Blackfires fiery attitude.
I looked into both characters after watching Teen Titans to learn more about them and have like them since then.
Q: Do you have any cosplayers you are following or you would like to meet and get advice from for your cosplay career?
SW: I really haven’t started following anybody yet but I would really like to get some advice from fellow cosplayers and fans about what characters they think I should do for events and things of that sort.
I Have been looking at fellow Comic Book Divas to get some information and ideas about what to do but other than that I am just so new that I haven’t figured it all out yet.
You are also new to the convention scene; what are your thoughts about the conventions so far?
The second I pulled up to my first convention I became excited and thought WOW this is not like anything I have ever seen before. I was constantly taking pictures of people and was surprised to find people asking me for pictures.
I had never had so many strangers ask me for pictures before but I easily became comfortable with it. I really enjoyed meeting other people who are just as crazy about games and comics as I am. On top of the wonderful array of people there is so much merchandise for sale that I wanted to get my hands on so badly.
After walking around for a while I ended up getting a pair of anime ears for free from this amazing company who said that I had been eyeing them all day and that they were meant for me. I had such an amazing first time that I didn’t want to leave; I am surprised that they didn’t have to drag me out of there. I am so ready and excited for the next event that I can attend!!
Q: Do have any favorite moments yet at the conventions?
Well of course getting those cute little anime ears from that awesome company was pretty cool but I would say the moment
I started getting asked for pictures and it dawned on me that I had done a good enough job on my costume to get the attention of others and got the feeling of self accomplishment because I had put a lot of work into that costume.
Another very memorable moment was meeting Mr. Bob Saunders who is the person responsible for my being interviewed today. I was noticed by the company that day and I will never forget the amazing time I had and how eager I was to be considered for the Booth Diva position.
Q: Where can fans follow you?
SW: You can follow me on:
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Comic Book Divas Publishing is shaking things up and we are starting with the brand new logo; you will see the new logo gradually appear throughout everything Comic Book Divas.
The logo isn’t any drastic changes to the logo; we just wanted to make more of statement of what Comic Divas is all about and of course create something that would grab fans attention and we think that new logo does this. For some fans it will take some getting used too but in time you will love the new look.
For the new logo we place a new slicker action-type font that really gives more weight to the logo and at the same time gets the eye of fans, then we placed the CBD heroes at the top of a purple sphere; this places the figures at the top but it does not cover up the font. We wanted to place the figures above the text so they didn’t cover up the message, their way they are almost of the same eye level..
The logo now also features the word “Publisher” making it clear to all our fans that Comic Book Divas not only creates awesome comics but we are also a publisher.
Comic Book Divas will have variations of our logo to showcase the other aspects of Comic Book Divas, and we will have the new logos on new shirts.
Comic Book Divas reporter and photographer Bob Sanders caught up to cosplayer Anna Lee aka GlitzyGeekGirl at the Dallas Comic Con 2013 and sat down with her about her life in geekdom and her path towards cosplay.
Every Comic or SciFi convention will bring out cosplayers of all types. The Dallas Comic Cons, SciFi cons and Fan Days are no exception. One fan favorite cosplayer is Anna Lee. Better known as Glitzy Geek Girl is celebrating one year of cosplaying this May.
Anna’s first costume was Ramona Flowers from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Enjoying putting the costume together and fan reaction she soon started planning her next costumes. We have recently seen her as Arwen from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Princess Zelda and Fiona, Ogre Warrior from Shrek Forever. At the May 2013 Comic Con we saw her as Evil Mary Marvel. She was excited because it was her first time to be a Superhero!
BOB SANDERS: People are curious about the amount of time and work that goes into costumes. Anna discussed how she gets her costumes.
ANNA LEE: “I create most of it but if there’s a piece I have no idea how to make then I have no shame in buying something. There are some great sellers on Etsy that know what the
y’re doing. I’ll order something and maybe tweak it to fit better.
I was inspired to do Arwen when Billy Boyd (Pippin from LoTR) had been announced for Dallas Fan Days. Arwen’s outfit took a few weeks because of the crown. I didn’t have time to make the dress from scratch so I ordered it but had to tailor it to fit better. It was too short and the sleeves didn’t fit. So it still required a few trips to the fabric store and some time with the sewing machine. The crown is completely handmade by me. I cut it out of foam, painted, and hot glued it to a headband. That was my first time using foam so I’d love to remake it someday and spend better time on it.
I was inspired because I was eager to meet Billy Boyd and didn’t want to be dressed as Asajj Ventress, my other cosplay for the weekend, when I met him.”
BOB SANDERS: Much thought and planning goes into a high quality cosplay. Anna believe’s “It’s important to know your character and their storyline.
ANNA LEE: I wasn’t familiar with Asajj Ventress but after more research I really grew to like
her character and her outfits. I try to pick cosplays that I think will fit my body type. I’m not going to try and dress like someone I’m not built to be. I would love to do every Princess Zelda cosplay possible because I love that character and her dresses.
BOB SANDERS Anna was not a comic book reader growing up but was into video games,
ANNA LEE: “I played video games with my brother more than I played with dolls. I had a blast watching him and picked up tips on how to get better myself. I didn’t know many people that were into the same things as me so when I got older I spent most of my time on the computer playing PC games.”
BOB SANDERS: Anna describes herself as one of those “crazy fan girls.” She got hooked on Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games. She just finished Beautiful Creatures and is about to start The Mortal Instruments.
ANNA LEE: “I’ve been really into the TV show Once Upon A Time. I love fairytales and this show puts an interesting twist on the characters. It’s appealing because it’s almost believable. How cool would it be if heroes, villains, and princesses lived in this world and still had to fight epic battles? Snow White and Captain Hook are my favorite characters on that show”, said Anna.
BOB SANDERS: Anna’s future cosplay plans? She is “very eager to do the champion Ashe from League of Legends.
ANNA LEE: I love her outfit from head to toe and would love to carry her awesome bow and arrow. I am trying to get better at the game League of Legends and she is a fun champion to play.”
BOB SANDERS: Growing up was Anna considered a typical “geek” but was it a bad thing? “
ANNA LEE: I was a pretty geeky growing up. I’m not sure what a female geek is stereotyped like these days. I guess it’s similar to the guy version. Some might not expect me to be into gaming and comic conventions when they first meet me because I am a hairstylist and have a lot of tattoos. Yes, it is possible to enjoy fashion and art and music AND be a geek. I’m proud of all my interests.”
BOB SANDERS: Women of all ages are a much bigger portion of the comic and gaming fan base. Is this a new trend or just seems to be noticed more with the increase in cosplaying and characters?
ANNA LEE: “I think it’s still mostly a guy thing to be honest. I know a lot of AWESOME geeky girls. But I wish I knew more! For me, I’ve always been interested in these genres. I didn’t always know about conventions and cosplay, though. So maybe some girls with these interests just don’t know there’s a community for them.
BOB SANDERS: Who is Anna’s choice for a female character to have their own comic book, movie or game?
ANNA LEE: That’s easy for her…..”I’m going to pick Princess Zelda because she’s one of my all-time favorite characters. I would love to have the chance for her to be the hero. Don’t get me wrong – I love me some Link. But Zelda has a tough side (Sheik anyone??) so why not give her, her own game. I mean it’s called The Legend of Zelda after all. I think a lot of women would love to see the princess save herself for a change”.
Article by and photography by Bob Sanders – Comic Book Divas Reporter