What an exciting month. Along with the launch ofour sister site Cosrater.com, we also bring you one of the most famous cosplay models around. Hailing all the way from Canada by way of Atlanta, we bring you Cosplay Babe of the Month: Riddle! Currently she is taking time from her busy schedule at the TNT Comic Expo in Mexico to speak with us so let’s get right to the questions.
Comics Ninja: First, a little background. We understand that you were born and raised in small town Canada before moving to the Atlanta area in the last decade. We also note the absence of Alpha Flight costumes. Where’s the love for Canada’s premier super team? All right, we’re just kidding but any Alpha Flight costumes on the horizon?
Riddle: I had planned to do An alpha Flight costume but wasn’t quite hairy enough for puck.
Comics Ninja:How did you first end up getting into cosplay and why?
Riddle:I started cosplay before I knew what it was. When I was in high school, my friend and I wanted to go out for Halloween, and I had started to really get into anime. So with help from my friends mom, we made a Devil hunter Yohko costume. From there I just really enjoyed all aspects of it from the design and creation to the interaction with other fans.
Comics Ninja:What was your first convention cosplay experience like?
Riddle: My first con experience was anime expo 99, I was dressed as Lina inverse from Slayers. I don’t remember too much other than being excited about seeing other costumes… and regretting trying to dye my own hair red. I swore to never do that again and only use wigs now.
Comics Ninja: What was the reaction of your family, friends and/or boyfriends at the time?
Riddle: Everyone has always been supportive of my costuming! I’ve been very fortunate in that regard. My mom used to express concern over the revealing outfits when I first started, but she seems OK with it now. I think I wore her down.
Comics Ninja:Amen. Now, we noted pictures of “Costumes of Atlanta” on your website and other references to cosplayers from the area. What is the cosplay scene like in Atlanta?
Riddle:It’s pretty big, mostly thanks to Dragoncon. I’m surprised, because it’s a talent pool I could see in LA. Lots of skilled people. It’s funny, we generally never see one another except at out of state conventions and Dragoncon.
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?
Riddle: I am so flattered and surprised at the attention I receive. I’m really just trying to do my own thing, the best I can and I really appreciate that people enjoy what I’m doing. It makes me really happy.
Comics Ninja:What is your best and worst fanboy experiences?
Riddle:Best: Is the drawings I have received. The fact that someone who is talented at drawing is taking the time to draw me never ceases to flatter me. Also as I write this interview I’m in the Hotel in Mexico city attending TNT Comic Expo. The generosity of the hosts and the attendees is astounding. I would have never gotten to experience this if it wasn’t for cosplay.
Worst: Sometimes fanboys think they are complimenting you, but it comes across as an insult. Usually everyone is very respectful, but at conventions there can be people that don’t respect time and money that has gone into an outfit. They will grab, pull, flick the costume.
That’s it for part one our feature on Ms. May, Riddle. Come back tomorrow for part two. Until then enjoy a few more photos.
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