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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
Geek Girls News is proud to have cosplayer Constatine In Tokyo as one of our judges for the Geek Girls News/Comic Book Divas “Top Geek: Who Will Be The Face Of Geek Girls News” Contest. Constantine In Tokyo is highly respected writer, interviewer, and cosplayer and designer.
Constantine is a writer and costumer based in Los Angeles, CA. A former participant in the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (JET), Constantine holds a BA in History and International Relations from Boston University with a specialization in East Asian Studies.
Alongside her life-long interest in Asian culture, Constantine has also begun to make a small splash in the world of cosplay since she started sharing her costume work online in the summer of 2012. She enjoys reading about WWII, rock climbing, and watching obscure horror movies.
She is the Editor-In-Chief of TakoPop.com and Senior Editor at JapanCinema.net. You can see more of her work at ConstantineInTokyo.com and Facebook.com/ConstantineInTokyo
Also be sure to read the Interview of Constatine from Comic Book Divas now available to read on Geek Girls News, Read it HERE
to read on Geek Girls News, Read it HERE
Comic Book Divas may not have had a table at the Dallas Sci-Fi Expo 2013 but we had a great time meeting not only some of the great artists and guests but also many of the great and talented cosplayers that were walking around the convention and taking photos with fans from around Texas. One of the cosplayer we met was Lizzie Leigh, Lizzie may be new to cosplay but we are sure you will see a lot more of her!
We sat down with Lizzie and talked to her about cosplay, costume design and her career as a make-up artist.
Q: Just so our readers can get to know you a little bit; tell us something about yourself; who is this woman Lizzie Lynch?
LL: I am a local Houston Cosplayer and a Special Effects Makeup Artist. I actually grew up in a small town outside of Boston, MA which is why I lack the typical Bostonian accent. I have also been moving around a bit since 2010 from Boston to Toronto to Houston. i am a huge Stargate fan, I have the “home” symbol tattooed on my wrist. Tv/Movies are a passion for me, my list of favorites is endless, It’s a bit of a problem. I love painting, drawing, DIY craft projects and reading.
Q: You are pretty new to the comic book and cosplay community; what made you want to get involved with all us geeks?
LL: I have always been drawn to the more nerdy side of life and watched tons of sci-fi and fantasy. My first con was Anime Boston, I went twice, and then the first Comic Con was fan expo in Toronto. I didn’t dress up since I had only been living there for two weeks and went on a whim. I loved every second of it!
Q: How long have you been cosplaying; and do you create your own costumes?
LL: I have only been cosplaying “for real” almost year now, I did one Harley Quinn cosplay for Anime Boston in 2008. It was store-bought, the black fabric dyed my skin black but I still had an absolute blast acting like her! I create what I can, sewing them was all thanks to my friend who taught me a lot along the way. I now have my own sewing machine I hope to be creating tons more! I also make the props, casting prosthetics has very similar techniques that can carry over to multiple mediums. I made a black widow belt and Dani Moonstars belt this past year, as well as an arrow which I still need to perfect.
Q: We saw you cosplaying “Dark Supergirl” did you create that costume and how long did it take for you to design it?
LL: Actually not all of it. I commissioned that piece from Heroes and Tights two years ago for Dragon*Con 2011 right when I moved to Houston from Toronto. Long before I ever even considered making my own. It came out beautifully, the cape was so perfect! The only thing I did to it was modify the cape and top for a more stable attachment to each other and for Expo I created a new skirt.
That character is a personal favorite of mine.
Q: What is the most difficult costume you have designed to date and what makes designing a costume the most challenging for you?
LL: The X suits for my Dani Moonstar New Mutant cosplay, my friend and I were going out of our minds on how to attach the yellow parts to the suit while making it functional.
Q: Looking at some of your photos on Facebook; you have attended some anime conventions; have you cosplayed any anime characters yet?
LL: Not yet, I don’t watch much anime anymore mostly due to lack of time. My favorite animes are Wolf’s Rain and Yu Yu Hakusho, so I would love to do a character from them.
Q: When you are looking to cosplay a character do you select the character because of the costume or because you are following that character?
LL: Both. I like variants from the classic designs but sometimes I will see a gorgeous drawing which attracts my eye and makes me want to bring the character to life. Wether I know who they are or not. I do my best though to either research the crap out of the character, which usually ends with my loving them anyway or I choose one I know and am already a fan of.
Q: You said you haven’t yet gotten into deep with comics; but are you reading any comics right now since we spoke if so what are you reading, w hat are you enjoying about the series?
LL: The only one I have followed closey is the New 52 Supergirl storyline and I am really liking it. I loved the issue 0 release they did for some of them as well. I thought it was a very cool concept.
Q: You are a make-up artist. How did you get started into that field?
LL: Drama Club in Highschool actually, I became the head of the crew when I was a sophomore and really became passionate about it. I was lucky that the Drama Teachers, the both that I had, were extremely supportive of it all which allowed me to really know this was what I wanted. I then took a year off after Highschool and got to work on an Independent horror film, I loved it. The next year I went to college in Toronto to Complections International Academy of Makeup Artistry and graduated in the top three of my class.
Q: What projects do you primarily work on, do you work on photo shoots or movies?
LL: Whatever I can get. I would love to work on set consistently but L.A. is certainly not my scene. As long as the creative outlet is there and I have some hand in the final production I am happy. I try to avoid heavy photoshop or CGI that changes what I created. There is a difference between adding to the scene around the model to totally changing how she looks therefore changing my work.
Q: How do you incorporate your make-up skills into cosplay or how would you like to mix both skills?
LL: I try to apply it every look. How can I make my face close to the character? Would she wear this color blush or a bronzer? Should the lip shape be fuller or lessened?
I want to try to bring it up to a higher level than just wearing the outfit. I want to do that with prosthetics too but it’s very hard to apply those to myself on a large scale. My goal is to have a site that is a center-point for cosplay makeup tips and tutorials.
Q: Who would you like to cosplay as where you could use both your make-up and cosplay design skills and why?
LL: Oh man so many! My number one choice is Princess Nuala from Hellboy: The Golden Army. I absolutely love her look but to the costume extremely accurately is hard which is why it hasn’t happened yet. The next one is Jack from Brom’s book “The Plucker” he is a toy from a jack in the box but his look is rugged and handmade. He has ginger hair and freckles with a much sharper Jaw. I haven’t cosplayed as a male yet but he is a goal of mine. So those are my top two :)
Q: What gives you the most joy in cosplaying?
LL: The excitement I recieve from other people who share in the genre and the creative outlet it gives me. Everything I do can be applied into my portfolio for makeup as well. But in all seriousness every time I go to a con, in costume or not, I feel so happy and always walk out the door on Sunday with a new stash of friends and memories.
Q: You were at the Dallas Sci-Fi Expo 2013 where we saw you dressed as Dark Supergirl”; was this your first time attending the convention?
LL: Yes it was and I enjoyed it quite a bit!!! I had been at the Irving Center for Fan Days last year though.
Q: What did you enjoy about the convention as a cosplayer and a fan, did you get to meet other cosplayers and hangout with them?
LL: I hadn’t been to such a small sci-i con before it was refreshing to actually be able to have conversations with people. I met some other super sweet cosplayers and got to see some again too that I didn’t expect.
Q: From your POV; what were your thoughts about the convention and what you enjoyed about it?
LL: I liked the intimate atmosphere it had and that it was easy to navigate. I found a few action figures from my favorite book, The Plucker by Brom, and that was so aweosme!
Q: You are doing All-Con in March, what cosplay can fans expect to see you in?
LL: I’ll be doing two makeup panels that weekend so a lot of my time went into that. So on Friday I will be wearing my Muscle and Bone Catsuit from Black Milk with some FX makeup to go along. Saturday will be a Star Trek Uniform and Sunday is Dark Supergirl hopefully with new boots if I can find them :).
Q: Where can fans follow you and see what is coming up for you?
Special thanks to Samaze for the use of the photos.