It's me Derf taking time to explain something that some people have questions about. I am now a writer/reviewer/interviewer for the website www.somewhatnerdy.com. In taking this position, I have my hands full. So, I have just been posting links to my work at SomeWhatNerdy to save time and because that is my new gig as well as dream job. So, I will still post my stuff here as well, but if you want to read my interviews, just check the links that are provided and you will still get to see my great adventures in the realm of nerdy.
Back in December of 2010, I interviewed a cosplay model named Vera VanGuard. We have become friends since then and we keep in touch from time to time on her latest projects. She emailed me the other day talking about how her web series Goth Girl is starting season 3 soon so of course I wanted an interview. I interviewed Vera as well as Nick who happens to be the writer/director/producer of the series. Well, after a few messages back and forth, I had enough information for the interview. For this interview, the answers are Nick's and the photos were provided by Vera. Just so I can give credit where it is do, the photos were taken by Edward G. Negron (stormgodphotography.com). And now, I present my interview.
1. What is the show Goth Girl about?
Goth Girl is a webseries comedy about a 17 year old girl, Selena Ravenvox, who is the middle child in a middle class family. She is into the Gothic scene and she feels neglected by her family (yet, we the audience can clearly see that's not the case and that she's somewhat spoiled), so she lashes out at friends, family, and innocent bystanders with her anger management issues.
2. Whose idea was the show?
The show was an idea that I hatched with a friend of mine, Malaki Keller, who coincidentally edited the first two seasons of our show. When we originally created Goth Girl, it was going to be a dramatic tragedy where Selena was going to kill herself at the end of the series, but I thought it was way too heavy of a downer, so I didn't want to do that. I started looking at it from a fresh perspective and I saw a comedic angle that works so much better.
3. What makes your show unique?
Well, as far as I know, our show is the only live-action series that features Gothic people as the lead characters. We deal with a lot of taboo subjects that you can't necessarily explore on network television, but we do it in a comedic fashion. There are underlying morality themes in what we do, but we do try to bury them underneath laughs and extremities.
4. Is there non-stop action in every show?
No, not every episode features a fight scene or action sequences. Many of the episodes take place in Selena's bedroom and feature a lot of character interaction mixed with numerous insults and one-liners.
5. I saw this is season 3, when did you start?
I actually wrote the first 3 episodes of Goth Girl back in 2006, but we didn't film season 1 until 2009.
6. Where does the show take place?
We always said that the show took place in a middle class suburb of anyplace, California, but this season we actually defined it as being in the city of Burbank. There is a pivotal point in one of the episodes coming up where you will definitely catch Selena telling everyone that we are in Burbank.
7. Who are the main characters and who are they played by?
The main characters are Selena Ravenvox. She's the 17 year old Gothic Girl that the series is based on and she's played by the very talented Vera VanGuard. Her best friend, who may or may not be gay, is Asteroth Darkchiller. He is played by Joel David Reed. We also have Asteroth's troublesome, perverse cousin, Sadisto. Brilliantly portrayed by character actor Darth Schuhe (yes, his name really is Darth! How cool is that, right?). We also have his on again, off again physically abusive girlfriend, Desiree Angelripper. Jocelyn Schutte plays Desiree perfectly. The voice of reason on the show, Selena's father, is played by Mister Marco. This season, our main antagonist is a nemesis from Selena's youth who goes by the name of Trinity Divinity. We are very lucky to have her played by Cara Manuele.
8. Do you travel the con circuit? If so, will you be at the SDCC 2012?
Yes, we do a lot of the Cons in Southern California and we have done one in Las Vegas. Some of us will be down in San Diego for this year's Comic-Con. I personally will be attending.
9. Is there anything else my readers should now about the show?
The show is just a lot of fun! Prepare to tune in and see a lot of things that are just plain wrong. I would loosely compare our show to the American Pie films or maybe even a little of Family Guy. I have made Selena a very extreme character. I actually based her on an ex-girlfriend of mine from years ago (except I amplified her behavior by 10!).
10. What are the future plans for Goth Girl? Comics? Toys? Posters?
As far as the future of Goth Girl goes, we would love to do this show for Adult Swim or a similar channel. We also have an idea for a Goth Girl feature film. I'm not opposed to a Goth Girl cartoon, but it definitely won't be for kids. A comic book would be fun and we are already tossing around ideas for a fourth season. The sky's the limit!
I want to thank Vera VanGuard and Nick Griffo for taking the time to talk to me and answer the questions for this interview. If you would like to see my interview I did with Vera back in 2010, just click the link.
Today we have a special treat. I have an interview with a local cosplayer. Like myself, she is from Louisiana. I discovered this young lady through deviantart.com and I really enjoy some of her cosplays, especially the X-men ones. Anyway, here is my interview with the talented and beautiful, Cheeker Cosplay.
1. Who are you and where are you from?
I am CheekerCosplay, otherwise known as Megan and I am from Louisiana.
2. How did you discover cosplay?
One of my high school teachers actually turned me on to it. She's also a cosplayer and really inspired me to start.
3. I really love your Shadowcat cosplay? What made you choose her?
Thank you so much! I absolutely LOVE the X-Men. ShadowCat is my all time favorite. I just love her so much. Her powers, her personality, everything. Although I loved her before, I think Astonishing X-Men really made her my all time favorite. She was just AMAZING in that series.
4. Have you cosplayed other comic characters?
Yes, I have. So far I've only done female X-Men characters, (two versions of ShadowCat, Emma Frost, Pixie, Dark Phoenix, Marvel Girl) although I am working on DeeDee from BatMan Beyond as well as Stephanie Brown BatGirl.
5. What other genres do you cosplay?
I cosplay anime, video games, and comic book characters. A majority of my cosplays are anime based but comic book cosplay would have to be my favorite genre.
6. Do you go to conventions to show off your cosplay or do you do photo shoots only?
I always bring two to four costumes to conventions. I love it so much, I get so caught up going around in cosplay that I barely even go to any panels. Although most of my costumes HAVE been worn to cons, I do have some that have only been used for photo-shoots.
7. Do you do other modeling besides cosplay?
I haven't done any serious modeling yet besides taking photos. But I am a member of the D20 Girls and Charisma+2. Hopefully I'll be able to get more serious about modeling in the future.
8. What are your plans for the future?
I really hope that I can go somewhere with cosplay. I'd love to be a featured guest at conventions and for people everywhere to know who I am. Cosplaying is that one thing that I consider myself really good at, I hope it can all work out for me.
9. Where can my readers see more examples of your work?
10. If you had to pick one cosplay, which one is your favorite?
My favorite currently is my new ShadowCat cosplay. As I said before, I just LOVE her character so much. I feel like I really relate to her. The costume was a last minute one I had decided I wanted to do like, two days before MobiCon 2012 and I was really scared it was going to turn out ugly. But once I put it all together I fell in love.
For this week's cosplay interview, I have a wonderful surprise for you. I am sure you have seen her pics all over the internet. I was very fortunate to get an interview with the always beautiful and very talented, Tamar Wolfe.
1. What is your name and where are you from?
Tamar Wolfe, I'm from Toronto, Canada
2. How did you discover cosplay?
A friend of mine got me into it back in 2002, she had learned about Anime North and really wanted to go. She was lucky, because her mom could sew and made her this beautiful Cardcaptor Sakura dress. I was out of luck getting help on my outfit so I went as Ed from Cowboy Bebop
3. What characters have you cosplayed in the past?
Oh man! The number's pretty large, so I'll just list the ones from the past couple years: Morrigan and Hawke from Dragon Age, Yoko and Nia from Gurren Laggan, Heather, Bubblehead Nurse, and Maria from Silent Hill, Black Cat and the Punisher from Marvel Comics, Terra from FF6, and Rapunzel from Tangled.
4. What sites have you worked with?
5. Who is your favorite character to cosplay?
Morrigan! She's my favorite DA character, and more akin to my regular fashion style, so I really enjoy her costume. Second would be Rapunzel because it's fun being a princess, and getting to make kids days when they come up to you all excited!
6. Do you read comics? If so, what are your favorites?
Astonishing X-men, Civil War, and Young Avengers
7. Are you a gamer, if so what are your favorite games?
Silent Hill, anything by SUDA51, Resident Evil, Dragon Age, Mass Effect and Assassins Creed
8. What are your future plans in terms of cosplay?
Juliette from Lollipop Chainsaw with my friend as Rosalind, Demon Hunter from Diablo 3, and Tira from SoulCal
9. Where do you like to show off your costumes the most?
Cons (of course) tumblr, and deviantart
10. What would you say is your favorite genre to cosplay?