Sometimes I want to see one of those someone-asks-Power-Girl-about-the-boob-window scenes, but in which Peej replies not with a lengthy justification that sounds more like the author than it does like her, but with a simple, “Because I like it.”
and then that would be the last of it, and people would treat it as a personal style choice on par with the Flash’s golden boot-wings (not the usual choice, but not especially deserving of attention, and certainly not the focus of most Flash fanart)
also I want a pony and a unicorn and a narwhal and I am sure I will get all four of these things at the same time
Fantomah debuted in Jungle Comics of February 1940, and created by Fletcher Hanks. She is an ancient Egyptian princess, sent to protect the jungle. Her powers include fly, transform and levitate objects, mutate humans. When she used her powers, her face would turn into a blue skull.
(Reposted from DgitalHippos, by Francis “Martialbullet” and editors of DH)
At DH, we look for interesting people that have impacted communities relating to video games, film and music. If they can draw a bunch of fans and admirers, we’ll do what it takes to have ‘em featured.
So, who do we have for this edition of PoW? Well at the recent SDCC (San Diego Comic-Con), I came across a few cosplayers that led me to taking endless photos of them throughout the 4 days. Some of the ones that stuck out were a Morrigan, a Juri and a White Phoenix. Turns out they were the same person. No joke, she’s one amazing cosplayer. The gal has a talent for coming up with intricate cosplays that are gorgeous, beautiful, sexy and downright awesome. She’s also gorgeous, beautiful, sexy and downright awesome even without any cosplay. Her name is Linda Le aka Vampy, and when she’s not busy designing props to wear for the next photoshoot or convention, she headbangs to the most metal of music and talks about the sheer greatness that is Earthbound. Truly a geek in every sense of the word, and that’s a good thing of course. She has been featured on Otacool Magazine and YouBentMyWookie.com as her popularity continues to grow. Looks like the line of suitors is a long one.
Check out the questions she answered along with a gallery of her latest photos and try not to fall in love.
So let’s start with some easy stuff, shall we?
What is your favorite:
Game - Earthbound / Mother 2 in Japan
Film - Whole Series: Lone Wolf and Cub
Song - Hard one but the first thing that came to mind: Slayer: Reign in Blood
Francis: I’ll come up with a few things for you to choose between and no, you can’t have both!
Nathan Explosion or Eddie Riggs?
Vampy: Nathan Explosion!
Street Fighter or Darkstalkers?
Vampy: Street Fighter for sure, but I got love for my lil night prowlers. Just gotta give it up to Street Fighter, the empire is never gonna go anywhere!
Cosplaying at a huge geeky event or walking down a runway/red carpet wearing the hottest designer clothes?
Vampy: Cosplaying of course, I’d probably fall down halfway the runway in those outfits.
Francis: Are you a Twihard? If so, Jacob or Edward? You can definitely say neither…
Vampy: I honestly never watched even 1 min of the movie, so I wouldn’t know. Isn’t Jacob the character that has a toy with no shirt on? So not down with collecting those.
Francis: How did this SDCC 2010 go for you? Anything that stuck out?
Vampy: 2010’s SDCC was an awesome experience for me since I got to meet many amazing people. Tons of cosplayers, just to name a few famous cosplayers: Yaya Han, Alodia, and Jan Illenberger. Working with the most amazing people at Kotobukiya and giving out toys, Capcom producers, Ono San and Niitsuma San, also hanging out with the guys of Udon Entertainment is always awesome. That all stuck out and made me very humbled by the whole experience. Everyone contributed to my happy SDCC ^__^
Francis: All us geeks have experienced it at one time or another, so what’s the greatest geek moment you’ve ever had?
Vampy: I totally geeked out when some dude at fanime was holding a Mr. Saturn on top of his head, I screamed OMG where did you get that? And then we started going off on how the game changed our life. It was like one of those conversations that you don’t know where you are and everything else doesn’t matter and you get trapped into your conversation. And earthbound was it. Then we left after like 5 min not even asking for each others name, like we didn’t care. Just spurted our similar feelings about earthbound. Just for that, I recently made a blog post about it on my site. I adore that game!
Francis: You’ve done a lot of cosplays, do you have any personal favorite(s) among them?
Vampy: Yes I do, I really liked cosplaying Rei Ayanami. She’s pretty stellar and I love love love mecha, and also of course Morrigan. If I could dress up like her everyday, if it didn’t give me such a wedgie I’d be all about it ! XD
Francis: What is best in life? *and megapoints if you know where that line is from*
Vampy: Duuuude as a kid growing up in the 80’s I’d slap myself if I didn’t know that one. CONAN THE BARBARIAN! My dad and I watched that and I remember my dad always saying, “thats AHHH-nold” Haha thanks for bringing that one up, memories :)
Eric: Describe your involvement in the cosplay community
Vampy: Well being able to go to cons (conventions) and really getting to know everyone its just amazing as it is. Usually it’s at these places where people can just be themselves and talk to everyone who they admire and even for myself I’m a huge fan of everyone around me, so inspiring. I just enjoy being amongst such creative people thus, I get to set up events and get everyone together to just geek out with one another. I should be planning another one soon! ^__^
Eric: What makes you passionate about cosplay?
Vampy: There’s a whole realm of things to talk about but the things that really stand out is that being a fan girl of such anime/manga/ shows and being able to reproduce a look and a feel of the character is just awesome on its own. Also it makes me let loose on my ideas, and sometimes making something out of nothing is the thing that makes cosplaying fun too.
Eric: What has been your most ambitious project?
Vampy: To date I have to say Morrigan’s cosplay. Getting the whole thing to come together was definitely a process. Like every cosplay careful planning doesn’t always mean perfect execution. There were many times where I wanted to quit, but I wanted to do her character justice so bad I just went for it.
Dylan: What was the strangest cosplay you’ve ever seen?
Vampy: There isn’t too many that makes me think as strange, but I am a fan girl of all the cross play that men and women do. Especially men because I gotta say, wearing thongs and stuff like that is strange enough but I still find it pretty awesome. They got the guts!
(Francis: Look up Man Faye on Google for the best example. CAUTION: Cannot unsee once you see it and maybe NSFW)
Dillinger: What is your most embarrassing moment?
Vampy: Well most recently my outfit which was the White Phoenix had a tear on the bottom, and it was almost time for me to do the Kotobukiya Marvel trivia and instead of going back I just used the sash and covered my derrière the whole time. So I think most of the people there thought I really needed to go to the restroom. haha
Dillinger: If Heaven exists, describe yours
Vampy: Oh thats easy, ice cream all day and 2 million flavors!
Dillinger: If Hell exists, describe yours
Vampy: Being stuck in moonside in the game Earthbound. That level pisses me off. Everything in that level is backwards, and the people are rude, and even the enemies are just horrible. One character after you defeat him, he blasts into flames and you get hurt even after you win, and you could get your HP down to zero and POOF dead! BLAHHHH!
Dillinger: If the world is going to implode tomorrow, what are you doing tonight?
Vampy: The usual, probably trying on really long uncut wigs and blasting some iron maiden while head banging before I cut them. thats always fun :D Then I die I guess.
Francis: Anything else you’d like to say about yourself? Vampy: I like shiny things
And as this spotlight draws to a close, do you have anything to say to all the geeks/otaku out there?
Vampy: YOU ALL RULE!
Thanks to the wonderful Linda Le for taking the time to answer our questions. If you want to know more about her, check out her site: http://www.vampybit.me.
Alodia Almira Arraiza Gosiengfiao, “Alodia Gosiengfiao” is a cosplayer, artist, model, blogger, performer, pianist, figure collector and BJD enthusiast residing in the Philippines. She graduated year 2009 from the Ateneo de Manila University with a BFA Information Design degree.
Born on March 9, 1988, Alodia Almira Arraiza Gosiengfiao, started cosplaying year 2003 at the age of 15 by joining various competitions in the Philippines specifically in Metro Manila. When she was 15, she wowed the crowds at the 2003 C3 Convention portraying as Magic Gunner Rikku from Final Fantasy along with her younger sister Ashley who cosplayed as Gunmage Yuna. The sisters’ 3rd place & Crowd Favorite winnings led them to be featured on the cover of Issue 14 of Culture Crash, a manga magazine distributed locally and abroad.
While in college, she garnered the 1st Place award in Best Design during the Ateneo Siklab Fashion Design Week in September 2005. She also won 1st place in Digital Art Contest at the UGot Game X3M Xpo in 2007.
Alodia first modelled in her high school years when she was chosen as a member of the Avon Teen Advisory Council in the Philippines.
Alodia was Animax’s first ever Levi’s Kawaii Girl winner in the last episode of Mad Mad Fun. Since then she has continued to cosplay various anime & videogame characters. As a multi-awarded cosplayer, she is now being invited to grace conventions with her appearances or to judge competitions. She started judging at the age of 18.
When creating her costumes, she first draws the characters she wants to cosplay from diferent angles including the minutest details & designs on the costumes, meticulously chooses the right fabric/materials to be used, and closely coordinates with a professional seamstress. She also makes her own props, does the painting job & finishing touches on them. While preparing the wigs, she trims, styles & airbrushes them to attain the right shade/color.
➤ENDORSEMENTS & PRESS: Due to her rising popularity, currently she is endorsing Kojie-san www.kojiesan.com, a whitening skin care product; a trendy Japanese sushi bar called Robot, a huge video game company based in Japan, “Tinier Me” by CyberAgent; a clothing line, Fresh Gear Jeans; Japanese Snack, Pocky. She is currently also one of the ambassadors/ TV VJ host for Animax Asia www.animax-asia.com, a TV Channel based in Singapore and airs all over Asia - Philippines, Malaysia, Korea, India, Hong Kong, Indonesia, etc.
Past endorsements include many video game companies such as Level-Up Games, E-Games, Kelphil’s Shade, SEGA’s Love and Berry, and many more. As the official model/endorser of IPVG-EGames Zx Online game, Alodia, an avid gamer, was given the opportunity to hold her first Fans Day during the Domination 3 Event held on April 2009. Her stint with the company paved the way for her to be on the cover of the EGames 2009 Calendar. A Toy/Figurine distributor based in the Philippines, Maxicollector www.maxicollector.com, has followed suit in hiring Alodia as a Model/Endorser for the said store. She also has been featured in several magazines such as Candy Mag, Meg Magazine and making it into the cover of two isues of GAME! Magazine; and newspapers like Phil. Daily Inquirer, Manila Bulletin & Manila Times. She was also invited to appear as guest on TV shows like MogTV, QTV 11 & Front Act. Other than local media, Alodia has also been featured many times in newspapers and magazine in different countries such as Japan, Singapore and the US.
The Philippines edition of FHM ranked her number 87 in its 2009 poll for 100 Sexiest Women in the World. And this year 2010, her rank went up to number 73. She has been named by UNO Magazine as one of the Most Influential Women in the Philippines.
A very passionate toy & figurine collector, Alodia together with top Otaku blogger, Danny Choo (son of Jimmy Choo shoe designer), were featured in a new book of well-decorated rooms of otakus (anime-fans) around the world called “OTACOOL: Worldwide Otaku Rooms”. She had an autograph signing with Mr. Choo during the book’s international launch on November 22, 2009 in Singapore during the Anime Festival Asia. Alodia has also made it to the front cover of the new cosplay photobook, OTACOOL2: Worldwide Cosplayers published in April 2010.
As finalist/representative of the Philippines for the Anime Festival Asia Regional Cosplay Championship 2009, Alodia w/ sister Ashley cosplayed as Amaha Masane & Shiori Tsuzuki from the Witchblade anime in November 2009 in Suntec, Singapore. Again they won the hearts of the Singaporeans with their elaborate sexy costumes & exciting acrobatic fight scene. The competition judge Kaname, a popular Japanese cosplayer, gave them perfect scores across the board.
Currently dubbed as the “Cosplay Queen/Princess” of the Philippines, she has been recognized as the one responsible in putting Cosplay on a higher level. Mainstream media has started to notice & considered it as an art form. SM(Shoemart), the number one chain of shopping malls in the Philippines, recently has just concluded their SM Cyberzone Cosplay Tour tapping the crowd-drawing Alodia as one of the judges for the competition.To this date, she has a following of more than 130,000+ fans in Facebook www.facebook.com/AlodiaGosiengfiao and over 4 million page views in her Deviantart http://blackmage9.deviantart.comwww.facebook.com/AlodiaGosiengfiao and over 4 million page views in her Deviantart http://blackmage9.deviantart.com account in the internet.
➤PERFORMANCE: The most recent performance Alodia has been part of is an opening dance number for the 1st Nationwide Cyberzone Cosplay Competition Grand Finals, held at SM Megamall, The Events Place last August 28, 2010. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGQykQYhtGY Other performances include a song and dance number performed by the sisters Alodia and Ashley at the Singapore Mascot Parade in Scape Mall, Orchard Road, summer 2010. They have also done another sister tandem performance during “Alodia Fan’s Day” at the E-Games Domination 3 where they sang as a duo while playing instruments - Alodia on the keyboards and Ashley on the guitars.
➤OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS: Due to her constant contribution to the cosplay community, she has landed a big role in the San Diego Comic Con Documentary directed by the famous Morgan Spurlock (director of “Supersize Me!”) and produced by Legendary Films (300, The Dark Knight, Inception, Watchmen). The huge documentary team followed 5 different people from around the world to document what they did at the San Diego Comic Convention in the US - line up includes an artist, comic book enthusiast, cosplayer, etc. Part of the team was Stan Lee, the father of Marvel Comics.
This led to a meeting with Legendary Pictures CEO/Founder, Thomas Tull, and VP Alex Garcia, regarding their new upcoming movie called Warcraft. After this meeting was featured in a very popular US-based website Kotaku.com (http://kotaku.com/5602176/cosplay-queen-eyes-the-world-of-warcraft-movie), Blizzard, maker of Warcraft, got in touch with Alodia regarding business and an endorsement deal for their new game, Star Craft 2.
Alodia and Ashley has also been invited by the Mascot Parade supported by the Singapore Government to perform and judge the cosplay competition. http://mikeabundo.com/2010/07/05/filipina-cosplayers-alodia-ashley-singapore-mascot-parade-2/ This lead to numerous projects offered by different event organizers from different countries - such as Chile, Australia, Itlay, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, etc - to bring in Alodia and her sister Ashley to judge and perform during cosplay conventions in the organizers’ respective countries.