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EVELYN FERNANDEZ

EVIE GREY TALKS COSPLAY AND ALL THINGS GEEK

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

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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 y168285_10200960154062370_186867430_nou 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?580948_4554510377104_1196944664_n

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.1391432_533007710113937_1997881375_n

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?

EG:  Fans can follow me on my FaceBook Page and on my Website.

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.

 

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COMIC BOOK DIVAS BRINGS NEW TITLES TO DALLAS COMIC CON 2014

Dallas Comic Con Is Fast Approaching, as it brings top guests from around movie and television, comics, animation guests from around the country all under one roof of the Dallas Convention Center May 16th-18th 2014, Comic Book Divas Publishing is once again making our appearance at DCC, we will be bringing some old and new titles along with some very cool offers and coupons.STAN250

The Dallas Comic Con just keeps growing and getting better, after outgrowing the Richardson Convention Center, then the Irving Convention Center last year the Dallas Comic Con now moves to the Dallas Convention Center for their new home. This year DCC will be bringing in guests that will excite fans from all over the spectrum  from comics, horror, sci-fi, animation and much more.

Since Comic Book Divas is a comic book publisher, let’s start with some of the comic book artists that will be amazing fans with their art and talent; once again DCC has brought in some of the best in comics. Leading the way at the DCC convention is the godfather of comics, the man behind the masks of Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, DareDevil and many more..Stan Lee!   But wait the list keeps growing and getting better, also appearing, the man behind Gen13, and Marvel cover artist J. Scott Campbell, Marvel and DC Comics artist David Finch, Harley Quinn artists Amanda Connor and Jimmy Palmiotti, Greg Land, Arthur Suydam and many more.SHATTNER250

Dallas Comic Con has also gathered many of the top sci-fi actors and actresses from around the earth and beamed them into the convention; heading the expedition of the sci-fi guests is the captain of all captains; Captain “James T. Kirk” himself William Shattner! For all of the Firefly and Serenity fans Dallas Comic Con has something very special in store for you; as they are bringing in many of your favorites from the series such as Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Morena Baccarin, Summer Glau, Jewel Staite, Alan Tudyk, Ron Glass, Sean Maher, and Akira Takarada,

This sounds like a Firefly and Serenity reunion to us!

As in past conventons  the Dallas Comic Con has brought in some of the top scream-makers in horror, this year is no different as they welcome “The Gloved One” and theEOBERT250 man that made nightmares fun Robert Englund, also from A Nightmare On Elm Street is Amanda Wyss; For all the Walking Dead Fans, Dallas Comic Con has you cover in rotten flesh as they welcome Emily Kinny, Michael Rooker, and Denise Crosby.

The Dallas Comic Con 2014 has so many more guests, and events that we can’t list them all, for more information visit the Dallas Comic Con website to get  all the information and details.

This year Comic Book Divas Publishing will be bringing some old titles plus two new titles that will be debuting for the first time on the convention circuit and in Texas. In addition we will also be debuting the very first comic featuring a cosplayer in our line of comics; Comic Book Divas will also be offering some cool offers and discounts at the convention and on our website.

SQUIRREL: THE CHATTERING #1SQUIRREL2WEBSITE

Comic Book Divas Publishing will once again be offering one of our most popular titles,  SQUIRREL: The Chattering“  #1; this comic has been a fan favorite for many conventions.

SQUIRREL: The Chattering” 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 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,

The comic features actresses from all over the B-Movie and horror community including from the original “Halloween” and Carrie” movies PJ Soles, from B-Movie and from the 80′s television show “USA Up All Night” Rhonda Shear, from the “Walking Dead” Amanda Dyar, plus actress Lily Cardone, Anjanette Clewis, and Kristen Hall.

The comic has two cover a regular cover by Legends Of Heroes And Villains artists and Co-publishers Richard Zerga and Kristi Zerga and a very special variant black and white air-brush cover by artist Bianca Thompson.

SQUIRREL: THE CHATTERING #2

We will be bringing the second and final issue of “SQUIRREL: The Chattering #2,; In issue #2, the “SQUIRREL” invasion has begun, the small town is now over-run with fluffy-tailed varmints, as people run for their lives and try to protect family, friend, and their nuts, there are a few that are in thick of the madness. PJ and Lily are in the battle of their lives as they try to get home to safety, and PJ ponders is this babysitting career is really worth $6.00 and hour? Teacher Amanda Dyar attempts to get her students home and hopes that “Parent – Teacher Night” is cancelled the next day. Reporter Rhonda Shear is in the middle of the mayhem bringing viewers the breaking news on the invasion, as she reports and runs for cover; she wonders “Will she survive this day and will she ever get to the news anchor desk?”

It all comes down in “SQUIRREL: The Chattering” #2, who will survive, who will fall under the squirrel swarm, and who will lose their nuts?!

The comic features actresses from all over the B-Movie and horror community including from the original “Halloween” and Carrie” movies PJ Soles, from B-Movie and from the 80′s television show “USA Up All Night” Rhonda Shear, from the “Walking Dead” Amanda Dyar, plus actress Lily Cardone, Anjanette Clewis, and Kristen Hall.

The cover is drawn by Danielle Grandsaull, it features Rhonda Shear being harassed by squirrels. Co-Published and Interior art by Richard and Kristi Zerga of Legends Of Heroes And Villains

GOLDILOCKS IN ZOMBIELAND #1goldi color 1 web

Goldilocks In ZombieLand“  is a re-launch of a previous title Comic Book Divas Publishing had published but was shelved until we teamed up with with artists Richard Zerga and Kristi Zerga of Legends And Heroes Publishing; the comic went from a two issue series to a five part mini series because of all the additional action. This will also be our first comic book that is published that features a cosplayer in the leading role, portraying our zombie killing “Goldilocks” is North Texas cosplayer Emily Ann; the comic also has a cameo with cosplayer Dallas Fan Girl.

When we were children we all read the classic storybook stories of Red Riding Hood, The Three Blind Mice, Jack and Jill, the Gingerbread Man and other stories that taught many of us valuable lessons in life. What if that world did not exist because of a unknown zombie virus that spread like wildfire throughout the storybook world GOLDI3001and turned this lovable characters into brain loving flesh eating monsters!?

Welcome to StoryBook World 2012 one o many story book worlds in the storybook universe, but this storybook has been devastated by that unknown zombie virus, turning many storybook residents into flesh-eating monsters.

Who can save them?!, Who can stop this madness?!, Who can kick major zombie butt plus have the fashion sense and look really hot doing it?!

That’s when you call GOLDILOCKS!!!!

The “Goldilocks In ZombieLand” #1 comic book will feature a regular edition and a pencil and ink sketch cover that features Emily Ann as Goldilocks; the variant cover can be purchased and then taken to cosplayer and colorist Cara Nicole aka AZ PowerGirl or Eagle Award Winning colorist Jeff Balke, these outstanding colorists can add there coloring touch and make this variant a truly one of a kind variant. (Coloring Cost Will Vary)

HERO GIRL #1 FIRST LOOK

Comic Book Divas Publishing’s owner and writer Jeff Hughes and comic book artist Joshua C. Lyman will be offering a very limited supply of a FREE 5 page first look of our very first all ages comic book “HERO GIRL” #1; the comic book features North Texas cosplayer Scarlett Wolf who portrays Madelyn Evans aka “Hero Girl”.

When science nerd and all around geek Madelyn Evans goes a science class project to study the rare “Moirai Metor Shower”, one of the meteors falls to the ground spurring Maddy to investigate the meteorite and it’s impact. she slips and falls knocking herself unconscious. When she awakes she discovers that she has mystrious watch on her arm. Soon Maddy will discover the creatures called nano-ants that created the watch and the powers they will bestow on her tranforming this once geeky girl into “HERO GIRL”

Hero Girl is not only a comic book for all ages but is also a comic that is also meant to educate, each issue of “Hero Girl” will contain science facts and a page that has a science section with a topic based on that particular issue.

“Hero Girl” is written and co-created by Jeff Hughes and Joshua C. Lyman; with artwork and character design by Joshua C. Lyman. Joshua. C. Lyman will be at the Dallas Comic Con in the artist alley section to sign copies, and talk about the comic. In addition cosplayer Scarlett Wolf will also be on hand at the ComSCARLETT WOLF MISTYic Book Divas table to sign copies of the first look edition.

COSPLAYERS SCARLETT WOLF AND EMILY ANN APPEAR AT COMIC BOOK DIVAS TABLE

Comic Book Divas Publishing will have two very special guests at our table over the weekend of the Dallas Comic Con; we will have cosplayers Scarlett Wolf and cosplayer Emily Ann. Be sure to stop by the table to meet these terrific cosplayer.

Cosplayer Scarlett Wolf is a popular and fan favorite North Texas cosplayer who can be seen at many comic book, anime and pop culture conventions; she is best known for her cosplay as Ariel from “The Little Mermaid” and “Misty” from Pokémon. While Scarlett Wolf is still new to the cosplay community but she has made a very big splash in cosplaying, in addition to her cosplay she can be found on YouTube demonstrating how to create cost efficient costumes and props.  Scarlett Wolf is also the first official Comic Book Divas “Booth Diva”, she is also the featured cosplayer in the upcoming all ages comic book “Hero Girl”

Scarlett Wolf will be at the Comic Book Divas Publishing table on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday: 10:00-11:00, 1:00-2:00, 4:00-5:00312141_10151952987292519_1506774565_n

Sunday: 11:00-12:00, 1:00-2:00, 4:00

Cosplayer Emily Ann is also a popular and fan favorite cosplayer that has attended comic book, anime, pop culture conventions from all over Texas and North Texas areas; some of the cosplays that Emily Ann is most recognized for are Katniss, Raven, Nurse from Silent Hill, and Yuna from Final Fantasy.  Emily Ann will be at the Comic Book Divas Publishing table on Sunday Only to meet fans and sign copies of the “Goldilocks In ZombieLand” #1

Emily Ann – Sunday Only.

Visit our post about the special offers and promo offers that we will have available online and at the Comic Book Divas Publishing table; Comic Book Divas Publishing hopes to see you at the Dallas Comic Con 2014 May 16th-18th at the Dallas Convention Center.

Be sure to come by the Comic Book Divas Publishing table to checkout our titles, talk about our upcoming comics including our new “8 Page Action” comic book series titles “8 Page Action Featuring BlackBird” featuring cosplayers Lhars Ebersold as “BlackBird” and cosplayer Evelyn Fernandez as “Jolly The Clown”, with art by Ben Carbonero and “8 Page Action: Featuring Marvelous” featuring actress Michelle Shields with art by cosplayer and artist Evelyn Fernandez.  ; we will also be talking about “Goldilocks In ZombieLand” #2, and the upcoming suspense comic by Nora Tarr; Deidre Dark’s Delightful Dolls”

We hope to see you there!.