It’s time for March madness and we’re doing our part by bringing you our Cosplay Babe of the Month for March 2012, Ginny McQueen. Let’s join together and give Ginny a warm welcome from the Ninja Nation! Alright, with that out of the way let’s get right to part one of our two part feature and interview with Ms. March.
Comics Ninja: Ginny, thank you for joining us today all the way from Las Vegas. Briefly tell us a little bit about yourself.
Ginny: I am a small, weird girl with encyclopedic knowledge of TV and a UFO obsession. I also dress up in crazy costumes.
Comics Ninja: That is concise. Next. What first got you into cosplay?
Ginny: My first convention was Otakon ’98. A couple of friends were going and they told me that people dress up in costume. I threw together some item from my closet and went as Minnie May from GunSmith Cats (I’m short and blonde, so it worked). I had so much fun at the convention meeting people and being silly, there was no question that I wanted to do it more.
Comics Ninja: We see that you have traveled extensively around the world. Have you always had the urge to explore other countries and cultures?
Ginny: Honestly I’m very much a hermit most of the time. Most of my time is spent working from home and when I was younger I had never even been on an airplane until I was a teenager and never really went on vacations or anything. So getting to see so much of the world was a shock to my system, but now I’m addicted. I can’t wait to visit new places.
Comics Ninja: Between Germany, Russia and Mexico which country seemed to have the best grasp on cosplay and an actual cosplay scene?
Ginny: Mostly all cosplayers and convention goers are the same no matter where they are. They just speak different languages. The conventions have different rules for competitions, but at it’s base level no country is better than another. You walk into a convention where no one is speaking English and you still think “I have found my people!”
Comics Ninja: We note that you were home schooled. Do you think this affected your creativity or your urge to cosplay and become part of the convention scene?
Ginny: I started college at 16, and had to live completely on my own when I was 17. I don’t think there was anything that pushed me in one direction aside from the fact that I’m just weird. I was always a geek and have the Power Glove to prove it.
Comics Ninja: What do you think of all of the attention you have gotten from the fanboys (and girls) on the internet and at conventions?
Ginny: When I started, it was crazy to me. There were only a few of us girls who went to the conventions and I had a website pretty early on. As someone who never had to really deal with high school in terms of cliques or drama, it was really strange to me. It’s still strange to me sometimes! But now I’ve been doing this for 14 years, I feel more confident about it simply because of the years of experience I have. I am that old lady who just doesn’t care what people think. Soon I’ll have many more cats and be threatening people to get off my lawn.
Comics Ninja: What are your best and worst fanboy experiences at the conventions or events?
Ginny: I have had some people say some really rude things, but nothing that has ever particularly stuck with me. I am much more overwhelmed by how nice most of my fans are.
Comics Ninja: Thank you, Ginny, for a wonderful part one of our feature and interview. Stay tuned for part two. Until then, get the latest comic book, gaming, sci-fi, movie, cosplay and animation news on The Ninja Report, containing sourced and aggregated news from every corner of the internet and updated every ten minutes! Never miss another headline, preview or breaking story, Ninja Nation!