Cosplay Girl of the Month: November 2009

Published on November 5th, 2009

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 Meghan as our Cosplay Girl of the Month! Find out  more about Meghan and her love for Catwoman  and how little boys are often a bit intimidated, but coerced into approaching with their fathers when she is  Catwoman.

1. What is your name? Meghan, though ever since my latest costume was featured in the local paper, most people refer to me as some variation of “Catwoman”.

2. How old are you? 22!

ladyjoker3. Do you read comics and if so what do you like to read? I do! I work in a comic book store (it’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it). I read a lot of Batman. I’m a big DC fan. Marvel…not so much. I grew up on The Batman Animated Series, and started getting into comics about five years ago. I wasn’t allowed to read any Batman comics growing up, so my dad would buy me Betty & Veronica instead (FYI: I’m a Veronica).

I have read some Superman and Wonder Woman and JLA; I’ll read anything with Darwyn Cooke’s name on it, basically. I’ve also dabbled in a few other titles, like Fables and most recently Scott Pilgrim, but I have a rule that for every graphic novel I read, I must read an actual novel (you know, no pictures) after. I’ve been so busy catching up on all of the Batman stories out there that I haven’t had much time to develop an interest in other things. I guess I’m a sort of…comic book idiot savant. The “Rain Man” of Batman, if you will.

4. What is your favorite comic book character? Aquaman……Just fucking with you. It’s Batman.

I love how layered he is. I’ve always had a deep interest in forensics and criminal psychology, so I love the fact that he relies on his expertise in those areas to solve crimes and deal with sociopaths that even Superman couldn’t handle. He’s a bona fide bad-ass.

Catwoman is hands (claws?) down my favourite female character. She has always resonated with me as a character. I honestly believe that growing up with her as a role-model taught me a lot about being independent and standing up for what you believe in. She was often portrayed as an animal rights activist in the first few seasons of The Animated Series, and I loved that about her.

I also adore Slam Bradley; I’ve honestly contemplated hanging out in bars at two in the morning in search of my very own Private Eye in a fedora.

5. Who are your favorite artists or writers? Darwyn Cooke is one of my favourite artists AND writers. He writes the best Catwoman, and his work with Batman is unsurpassable. I also love Alan Moore, Gail Simone, Ed Brubaker, Jeph Loeb and Paul Dini. As for artists, I love Adam Hughes. Even though I did Darwyn Cooke’s Catwoman, I put the Hughes spin on it (the sheen, the red lenses, etc). For a man who is renowned as a “pin-up” artist, it speaks volumes about his talent that a great number of his fans are women. He is one of the only artists within the industry who takes the time to contemplate the differences in the physiques of the women he draws. His Supergirl and Catwoman would not be able to share jeans.

His Powergirl and Lois Lane wouldn’t be able to squeeze into the same dresses. I love how much detail he puts into the expressions of the women he draws. I remember having a conversation with another fan, and we both agreed that even if you took photos of just the eyes, or the eyebrows, or the noses, you’d be able to tell who you were looking at. He’s supremely talented, and incredibly humble, a combination that sadly does not often go hand in hand.

I also adore Amanda Conner, Dustin Nguyen, Jim Lee, Cameron Stewart, Ty Templeton, and of course, Bruce Timm.

6. What got you into cosplay? Money. See, my boss at the comic book store kindly offers his employees trade if they come to work on Free Comic Day wearing a costume. The first one I did was The Dark Knight Joker. I was the FIRST. I did the costume prior to the release of the film, prior to that year’s San Diego Comic Con, where everyone and their mother decided to smear black face paint around their eyes. That’s right, I’m owning it. I actually put it together at Good Will, and had to coerce an old man into giving me the purple jacket.

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I wound up having a lot of fun, and as I’ve always loved Halloween, decided to start taking advantage of any and every opportunity in which I could dress up. I want to be an actress, and I find cosplay to be an excellent form of practice. It’s a lot of fun, bringing my favourite characters to life for fellow fans.

indywatchmen7. 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?

This is a hard question, because they all have their plusses and minuses. For instance, Silk Spectre II? Impossible to pee. You have to take off the belt, unclip the suit, wriggle it down, untwist the straps, and so on and so forth. The “red dress” is comfortable, but sometimes a girl just wants to sit down and hunch over and have a drink.

That dress does not hide a thing. Catwoman is, believe it or not, not the most functional costume. It is surprisingly comfortable, but the claws make it a bit difficult to unzip your purse and take out a business card. Taking it off after a few hours is like removing wallpaper. Rooftop rendezvous? Yeah, not happening.

That said, it probably is my favourite. I’ve had many good times in that suit.

I think for my next costume, I’d like to try a really good Lois Lane. She’s another woman I grew up idolizing, and it’s a relatively simple costume to pull off.


8. How long does it take for you to make a costume?
Make? I killed a man for The Joker costume, borrowed the red dress from one of my other copies, had my alcoholic mother sew me the Silk Spectre dress, and stole the catsuit and accessories from Wayne Enterprises.


9. Have you met any of the artists or writers that your costume is based off of their work?
See, I don’t even want to answer this question, because even though I’m merely responding to an inquiry, I can’t help but feel as though I’m bragging. I have, indeed, met quite a number of the artists and other people associated in some way with my costume. Number Six, for instance, has been seen by quite a few of the cast members of Battlestar Galactica (thankfully not Tricia Helfer, you could not pay me to stand beside her in that dress). Michael Hogan (Tigh) even gave me a smooch while I was wearing it.

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As for Catwoman, I’ve met…(while wearing it) Adam Hughes, Bruce Timm, AND Darwyn Cooke. I even have sketches of me as Catwoman from two out of the three.

I know. I know.

10. Do you buy any toys, busts, etc., and base some of your favorite 
costumes on them? I’ve run out of room on my shelves, and there’s a NEW Catwoman statue coming out this month designed by Adam Hughes!

I do buy the statues and busts of my favourite characters, so long as I think they’re well-made. However, if something has obviously been created with men in mind, I pass.

11. So do people know you dress up like a comic book hero on your free 
time? Well, they do now! I’ve never made it a secret; I really enjoy being a geek. I think the majority of my city now knows I have a catsuit. Selina Kyle would not approve.

12. What is the funniest thing that has happened to you at a convention? Most recently it was hopping up on Darwyn Cooke’s table at Fan Expo. Being kissed by Michael Hogan at Dragon*Con was pretty funny, as I wasn’t expecting it.
13. Do kids ever come up to you thinking you are the real life character?

Well, no. Yes and no. They think I’m the character, but they don’t approach me. I made a child cry in my Joker costume (I won’t lie, I considered it a success), and a lot of kids have no interest in taking a picture with Catwoman. Wonder Woman is far more approachable.

That said, there have been a few instances where little girls have come up, and I love speaking to them because I can only imagine how I would have reacted, seeing “Catwoman” in “real life” at that age. Little boys are often a bit intimidated, but coerced into approaching with their fathers.

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14. What are your other hobbies when you’re not costuming? I love to write, I write for a website, in fact, and you can find me here

15. Great do you have a website or a MySpace so people can contact you? I have a MySpace, though I very rarely frequent MySpace You’ll have more luck finding me on my blog and more recently, on Twitter!

If you do decide to say hi on any forum, please do let me know where you found me!

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.

Simon Daoudi
Simon@comicimpact.com