The Cosplayer Spotlight is back, this time featuring Lana Marie, a 25 year old from Texas!
COMIC ATTACK: How you got into cosplay on a serious level.
LANA MARIE: I’ve always been into costumes & making them, video games, and comics since I was little. A few years back (maybe about 5 or more) a friend introduced me to cosplay, then I started getting invited to events & conventions, and it just went from there.
CA: Which character was your first to cosplay as? Whom have you portrayed since?
LM: Lara Croft- Tomb Raider was probably officially first. Oh my, there’s many [laughs]: Kitana (Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3), Catwoman (Batman Returns Movie), Frost (Mortal Kombat Deadly Alliance/Deception VG; Alternate Costume – Mortal Kombat Deadly Alliance/Deception VG), Kitana (Mortal Kombat 9 Video game (just finished)), Zafina (Tekken Video Game), Sonja Blade (Mortal Kombat – Shoalin Monks – Video Game), Zatanna Z (Batman/Justice League/DC Comics), Posion Ivy (Batman/ DC Comics; 2nd alternate outfit – Batman/DC Comics), Harley Quinn (Batman/DC Comics), Lady Deathstrike (X-Men 2 movie/Marvel Comics; X-Men/Marvel Comics comic book version), Elektra (Marvel Comics), X-23 (Marvel Comics/X-Men; Marvel vs.Capcom 3 Video Game), Chun Li (Street Fighter Video Game; alpha/Zero version – Street Fighter Alpha; Crimson Viper – Street Fighter 4), Ibuki (Street Fighter), Miyu (Vampire Princess Miyu Anime), Faith (Mirrors Edge Video Game). I believe that’s all right now, always working on more. I’ve also, in the past, made costumes for friends: Sub-Zero (Mortal Kombat VG), Scorpion (Mortal Kombat VG), and a Mask for Lavva of Vampire Princess Miyu anime.
CA: That’s quite the resume! Which of your costumes are you most proud of? What sets them above the rest?
LM: Hard to pick one; there’s something I’m proud of in each one, and then other things I later think I could do better in each. I love my Catwoman, Frost and Kitana, as well as my leaf work on Poison Ivy and claws on Lady Deathstrike. I put my heart into all of them and try to get every big to small detail I can in the costume, as if this is what you would see if the character was in front of you. Sometimes I add something a little different to make it mine. I know I probably sound a little crazy [laughs].
CA: On average, how many hours of labor go into making each outfit? How much does it cost you?
LM: Hard to mark a time on it, I try to fit as much as I can with my other daily activities. I just know not at nearly as much time as I like to. Some costumes have taken me a week, to 2 weeks, to a month or 3, depending on the costume, and are there weapons or wigs to mess with as well. I try my best to shop around and find a nice fabric at a fair price.
CA: Which Cons have you attended in costume?
CA: Ever had any weird or awkward encounters with fans while on the Con floor? What happened?
LM: let’s see… I’ve had run-by huggings and interesting requests, such as when I was dressed as Catwoman someone asked if I could whip them with my whip [laughs].
CA: Have you met any of the creators of the characters you’ve depicted while in costume? What was their reaction?
LM: I’ve seen a few of the comic book artists in person and taken pictures while they draw, but I’ve never spoken with them due to fear of seeming too fan girlish & bugging them [laughs].
CA: Which costumes do you plan on debuting in 2011?
LM: Kitana of Mortal Kombat 9, Zafina of the Tekken Video Game, Lady Deathstrike, and something Terminator. 🙂
CA: What comics are you currently reading, and who are some of your favorite characters?
LM: I’ve actually went back to my old Catwoman comics (purple outfit). Batman and Catwoman I guess would be my main favorites. I have many.
CA: What do your friends and family think of your cosplay?
LM: They’re really supportive, and seem to enjoy seeing what I can create next.
CA: What do you do in “real life”?
LM: Job-wise or just in general? Job- acting, voice acting, modeling & promos, graphic/visual art.
CA: What acting/voice acting gigs have you booked? How about modeling shoots?
LM: Voice – small roles with Adv Films like the anime Magikano, and a few local anime indies. Acting – several commercials like Walmart, Feista, and Reebok shoes. Some TV, and I’m about to start filming for the feature film Katy Nation.
CA: Tell us more about your visual artist side and what you create.
LM: I’m always challenging myself and seeing what else can I create. I do a lot of fantasy and mythological looking digital art, as well as just simple retouching (as a note, I do not retouch my own photos; just don’t like to unless it’s just a background i’m adding [laughs]). the last projects I made were a demon in a fiery cave and a mermaid underwater. One of my friends that models came over and I took pictures of her in a swimsuit, and then I turned her into a fish digitally. One of my next projects will involve something a little reptilian…
CA: Which martial arts do you study?
LM: Mixed Martial Arts, but Karate mostly. I was learning stunts for film with a stunt director, as well as Capoeira & Gymnastics, but for now that is on pause and I hope to return to it.
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