May 12, 2011

Cosplayer Spotlight: Lana Marie

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Written by: Andy
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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?

LM: San Diego Comic Con, Austin Comic Con, Dallas Comic Con, Wizard World TX, Comicpalooza, Ikkicon, Anime Matsuri, Astuicon, and Onicon. Most of them multiple times. A lot of Texas cons…and probably some others.

CA: How do all of these Cons compare to one another? Which are your favorites to attend and why?

LM: They all seem to have a very laid back feel. Some are more intense then others. I love seeing the different costumes and artists and what activities are going on. My favorite con so far would be San Diego Comic Con- it’s like a whole different world.

CA: What are some of your most memorable moments in costume at a Con?

LM: Hmm… Seth Green and Tyrese Gibson asked to take a picture with me at Comic Con, as well as a few wrestlers.

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.

To check out more of Lana’s work, visit her official site, her Facebook page, and Twitter feed!

Be sure to view past editions of The Cosplayer Spotlight!

Andy Liegl



  1. Thank you Andy for the Opportunity! ^_^
    – Lana Marie

  2. Really hard to pick a favorite because they all look good! Very good work here Lana! 🙂

  3. The Catwoman costume is awesome! Love the makeup design with that one, too. The eyes look great.


    Lana , you look fantastic in all your pics. Keep on cosplaying!!!

  5. ken meyer jr

    Beautiful girl, really nice costumes and some really awesome photography in this one!

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  7. kellyy

    Would you be willing to sell or rent one of these costumes out!?

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