Cosplay Girl of the Month: May 2012

Published on May 5th, 2012

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 Gina G.  aka Raviekins  for this months Cosplay Girl of the Month!

1-What is your name?
Gina G. Though I often go by ‘Raviekins’ online, or even Red Ribbon. A lot of people also know me as Hawkgirl.

2-How old are you?
I was born in ’89. baby. You do the math.

3-Do you read comics and if so, what are your favorite titles?
On and off (I’m ashamed to say, but who can afford it in these bad economic times… right?). I’m also very new to comic books, only having taken a larger interest in them in the last 2 years. I’m reading Batgirl and I, Vampire right now, and I’m absolutely in love with journey Into Mystery, Fear Itself and Civil War. I’m also partial to anything involving Power Girl (especially the Amanda Conner work), but I prefer her before the new 52 reboot. Before that I just really liked watching Super Hero cartoons – namely Justice League and Earth’s Mightiest heroes.

ginagreco24-What is your favorite comic book character?
A tie between Power Girl, Loki, and Iron Man. Power Girl is an incredibly strong, confident woman who doesn’t take any crap, and she reminds me a lot of myself if I were incredibly tall and blonde… and Kryptonian. On the other hand, I love Loki because I’m a complete sucker for Norse mythology, and I just love how Loki is written and the neat spins they’ve given him in the world of comics versus the mythology. As far as Iron Man goes, he’s a human like the rest of us who uses his creative genius to do something more – to rise above. He’s incredibly flawed, but he also has the capacity to do the right thing when it comes down to it. That, and Tony Stark is a fox.

5-Who are your favorite artists or writers?
I’m actually pretty new to comics, so what attracted me first is definitely the art. I really love Bruce Timm, Greg Horn and Amanda Conner, and have a special place in my heart for Leonard Kirk. Their styles are all distinct and original. Bruce Timm’s work also reminds me a lot of when I first started getting interested in Batman, so it’s a bit nostalgic, really. I can’t say I have a favourite writer though… yet.

6-What got you into cosplay?
When I was 12 I was so desperate to have a Slytherin robe from Harry Potter for my Halloween costume, so I asked my aunt to teach me to sew. I’d seen cosplay online and thought ‘if these people can do it, why can’t I?’. When I was 15 I heard about Anime North, a Toronto-based anime convention, from a friend of mine and she convinced me to go. I really wanted to be in costume, so I started my first major sewing project – Nanaka Nakatomi from an anime called Maho Tsukai Tai/Magic User’s Club.  Since then I have been quickly making a ton of new friends and getting into all sorts of diverse and complicated costumes!

7-If you do more than one character which one is your favorite, and if you do only one do you have some ideas for more costumes?
Probably my Black Lantern Hawkgirl costume. It’s my most complex costume and it taught me a lot about prop building and integrating obscure pieces into my sewing (like wings). The logo on the shirt alone took me over 4 hours to position perfectly… yes, I am a perfectionist. It’s also not a common costume, so running around as zombie Hawkgirl certainly gets me some looks! Sadly, it’s a very uncomfortable costume to wear, so I only break it out in the fall and winter months.

8-How long does it take for you to make a costume?
It depends on the costume. I’ve done one in two days, and some take me months. It all depends on the detail involved and if I plan to compete in contests with said costume.

9-Have you met any of the artists or writers where your costume is based on their work?
Yes! Greg Horn signed my Black Lantern Hawkgirl helmet at Wizard World Toronto 2011! He also took a photo of my Black Lantern group and a video of our crazy zombie makeup. It was so awesome to meet him, and he was really nice.

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10-Do you buy any toys, busts and etc. based on some of your favorite costumes?
Absolutely. I have an ever growing Hawkgirl & Hawkman collection. I started that earlier this year, and I think I’m up to 11 figures now. I have a few other random figures, including some of Power Girl, and quite a few of Loki and Iron Man. I also have a Sailor Moon collection worth several thousand dollars that I have been working on since I was 8 years old.

11-So do people know you dress up like a comic book hero on your free time?
Oh yes. Most of my friends cosplay as well. My family supports it too. On more than one occasion my parents have asked why I DIDN’T go to a certain convention! They’ve even come along to a few. Everyone at my work knows me as the ‘Costume Queen’. It’s how I got my job. Needless to say, every Halloween I’m working a lot of shifts at the fabric shop!

12-What is the funniest thing that has happened to you at a convention?
At Dragon*Con 2012. Can I say the whole convention? But really, someone yelled “Nice boots!” While I was wearing Power Girl, and of course I misheard it as another comment I get very often when I’m dressed as Power Girl, so I made a bit of a face, and he, realizing what I probably thought he had said, really apologetically came up to me as said that no, he really liked the way I made my boot covers and thought they were really well done. Then we both had a good laugh. It was kind of awesome.

13-Do kids come up to you and think you are the real life character?
Not yet, but I made a few little girls cry with my Black Lantern Hawkgirl costume… one of them thought I was a dragon.

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12-What is the funniest thing that has happened to you at a convention?
At Dragon*Con 2012. Can I say the whole convention? But really, someone yelled “Nice boots!” While I was wearing Power Girl, and of course I misheard it as another comment I get very often when I’m dressed as Power Girl, so I made a bit of a face, and he, realizing what I probably thought he had said, really apologetically came up to me as said that no, he really liked the way I made my boot covers and thought they were really well done. Then we both had a good laugh. It was kind of awesome.

13-Do kids come up to you and think you are the real life character?
Not yet, but I made a few little girls cry with my Black Lantern Hawkgirl costume… one of them thought I was a dragon.

14-What do you like to do when you’re not costuming, such as other hobbies?
Mostly gaming. Generally PC games (MMORPG’s), XBox360 and my Nintendo DS. I am a Pokemon addict, I admit. I also enjoy drawing, hiking, and downhill skiing, and I have a sick addiction to tumblr.

15-Do you have a website or a MySpace? So people can contact you?
Yes! There is a contact form on my website for anyone who has any questions. You can also contact me through my DeviantArt or Cosplay.com page, or ‘Like’ my fanpage on Facebook and leave me a comment!

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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