One of the features we do here at Comic Impact is the cosplay girl (NO anime, manga, role-playing games just comics) of the month, that’s right hot girls dressing up like your favorite super- hero characters. This month we’re privileged to have Roxanna.
1-What is your name?
2-How old are you?
3-Do you read comics and if so, what are your favorite titles?
I do! In true girlie fashion, I’m a sucker for Amanda Conner’s art, so I’m loving Powergirl right now. I’m also enjoying the new Batgirl. But my heart will always belong to Green Arrow and Black Canary, no matter how odd and convoluted their story is becoming (I do miss the Judd Winick days). I love Marvel equally, but I don’t seem to be following any particular Marvel title at the moment.
4-What is your favorite comic book character?
Green Arrow for DC (swoon), Nightcrawler for Marvel (swoon).
5-Who are your favorite artists or writers?
I guess I already started on this question, didn’t I? I love Amanda Conner, Adam Hughes of course… others are slipping my mind… Writer-wise, I’m not very good at keeping track, but I really enjoyed Kevin Smith’s run on GA/BC as well as Judd Winick’s. In the non-superhero vein, David Petersen has my undying devotion for Mouse Guard. Some other favorites are Christian Slade, Jeff Smith, Guy Delisle, and Ursula Vernon. My taste generally runs towards the goofy, adorable, and otherwise undignified.
6-What got you into cosplay?
Peer pressure! Haha, no, seriously. I’ve always been a cosplayer/costumer, even before I knew what that was. As a kid I made costumes all the time, and was always that girl with the weird Halloween getup made out of cardboard and scotch tape. Thus, you could say my first cosplay was my original character “Super Rat” at age 7.
As an adult, I started making reproductions of movie costumes for Halloweens. I was one of the first to really study and recreate Jack Sparrow’s costume, and then I made Keira Knightley’s Battle Costume Guinevere from King Arthur and Jadis’s Battle Garb from The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. And then my friend asked me to help him make a Superman costume… and then I met more people who were into superheroes… and they were all making costumes too…
Once that group of friends, who are now United Underworld, all had DC cosplays, I gave in and chose Black Canary with which to join them. That was back in 2007; I picked her because I liked her look, but now I love her character too. So you could say Canary was my gateway drug – to cosplay AND comics! My friends said “it’s about time.”
By the way, United Underworld includes LTC America, Cosplay Girl of the Month for May ’09. Glad ta know ya, LTC!
7-If you do more then one character which one is your favorite, and if you do only one do you have some ideas for more costumes?
It’s not fair to make me pick a favorite! My current costumes are Black Canary (Dinah Lance), Batgirl (Barbara Gordon), Polaris (Lorna Dane), Black Cat (Felicia Hardy), and Domino (Neena Thurman). There are a few others, mostly movie costumes, that I’ve retired now. I love them all for different reasons. They each flatter a different part of my body, and bring out a different side of me. I think Batgirl looks best on me but needs the most repairing at the moment, Polaris is the most unique/famous of my costumes, and Black Cat is utterly cliched but SO much fun to play. I do have others in the works, but you’ll have to wait and see what they will be…
8-How long does it take for you to make a costume?
Several months of research, purchasing and receiving supplies, construction, failure, going to the Superhero Costuming Forum for advice, purchasing and receiving more supplies, sewing, cursing, sewing, constructing when sewing fails, and then realizing it’s not going to work that way and starting over.
I usually end up spending several hundred dollars on a costume, much of which goes to materials and pieces that aren’t in the final product. But I have so much fun in the process!
9-Have you met any of the artists or writers where your costume is based on their work?
I was super excited to meet Amanda Conner at Dragon*Con last year, and although I wasn’t wearing my Canary, I told her about it and she was pretty psyched. Hopefully I’ll be able to show her at WonderCon this April. Did I mention I’m a hopeless fangirl?
10-Do you buy any toys, busts and etc. based on some of your favorite costumes?
I have plenty of toys! I love dolls, so I have the Barbie Black Canary and Batgirl, as well as a bunch of action figures. I also have some toys of characters I don’t dress up as, such as my gorgeous Tonner Harley Quinn. No busts though – I’ve gotta be able to pose ’em!
11-So do people know you dress up like a comic book hero on your free time?
Yep! My parents are unsurprised, given my history… my coworkers think it’s cute/hot/completely hysterical… and my friends usually are dressed up with me at conventions!
One of my costumes, Domino, actually belongs to my best friend Psykitten. We call it the “Traveling Pants” costume, because three of us have worn it and embellished it by now.
12-What is the funniest thing that has happened to you at a convention?
Conventions are basically made up of a series of surreal, hysterical, utterly entertaining events interspersed with standing around doing nothing. Here’s one of my favorite little stories.
My dear friend and I, dressed as X2 Nightcrawler and Rogue, were sitting upstairs at San Diego Comic Con 2008, resting our feet (and tail) and looking through the windows at the heads of the main hall crowd. Watching the packed-in figures milling beneath us, I joked in my best southern drawl, “Where’s Waldo?”
There was a beat, before Nightcrawler pointed one large blue finger and said “There he is.”
…Yep. It was a guy cosplaying Waldo.
13-Do kids come up to you and think you are the real life character?
Kids are interesting in this respect… From my own childhood memories and from what I’ve observed, when faced with a person dressed as their favorite character, I think a child doesn’t really care to make a distinction between what’s real and what isn’t. Deep down, they may suspect I’m not ACTUALLY Batgirl, but pretending I really am Batgirl is so much fun that it overshadows everything else. I love children’s imaginations.
As far as stories go, I loved the little girl who was completely awestruck by my friend’s Green Arrow, because Green Arrow was her favorite character (what little girl loves GA best? MY kind of little girl, that’s what). And the little girl at Dragon*Con who got a fistful of my Polaris wig, slid onto my lap, and wouldn’t let go. She kept stroking the wig and outfit, repeating in awe “it’s so green… it’s sooo greeeen…”
14-What do you like to do when you’re not costuming, such as other hobbies?
I love to read and write children’s literature; I do collect certain toys, such as My Little Ponies (old school), and I enjoy taking photographs as well, often of those toys! In a more mature vein, I’m a huge animal lover and spend a lot of time working with dogs in particular. I just got my first apartment and am really excited to be fixing it up and turning it into home; and I’ve become quite a foodie and locavore these days too. Combined with costuming, all those things could take up twice as much time as I actually have!
15-Do you have a website or a MySpace? So people can contact you?
My favorite is Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/roxanameta
But I also have a MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/roxanameta
A Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/roxanameta
And a Twitter! http://www.twitter.com/roxanameta
Our DC group, United Underworld, also has a small website: http://unitedunderworld.weebly.com
Whew, that is MORE than enough! Thanks to Rendy Lai, Eurobeat King, and Patorama for pictures, and thanks everyone for reading!
Would you like to be featured as the Cosplay Girl of the Month(NO anime, manga, role-playing games – just comics)? Then drop us a line! We would love to hear from you! We will also be posting a new Cosplay Girl on the 5th of every month.