Romi Lia – Featured Cosplayer Interview

Romi Lia

Romi Lia as Daphne Blake - Scooby Doo (Photo by Adrian Ummo)

There are many talented models and performers who bring their love & enthusiasm to dressing up as their favorite characters. Comic Book Critic will occasionally showcase a performer who embodies this spirit of cosplaying.

Whether it’s creating the costume from scratch, altering the appearance of an existing one, or just getting into character, these performers spend a lot of time and effort on their craft. As much as we all enjoy seeing our favorite fictional characters represented in real life, let’s not forget the behind-the-scenes work that goes into that portrayal.

One thing is for certain though, their love of cosplaying shines through in their work.

The Comic Book Critic Featured Cosplayer Interview is:

Romi Lia From Buenos Aires, Argentina

Romi Lia as Polaris (Photo by Estampida Fotografia)

Romi Lia from Buenos Aires, Argentina has been creating costumes and cosplaying for over ten years. The amount of time she’s put into her craft over those years really shines through. Her attention to detail in her costumes and her portrayal of those characters are excellent.

Even though she sometimes has trouble with the English language, Romi was kind enough to give us an interview and let us showcase her talents for you to see! We left out so many of Romi’s amazing costumes that weren’t comic book related, so please check out her Facebook page to see them all!

Romi Lia as Psylocke - costume by Lilia Lemoine (Photo by Fernando Brischetto)Romi Lia as Psylocke - costume by Lilia Lemoine (Photo by Fernando Brischetto)

When did you begin cosplaying?

I began in 2003, at a Con in the Japanese Garden.

Romi Lia as Amora a.k.a Enchantress (Photo by Fernando Brischetto)Romi Lia as Daphne Blake - Scooby Doo (Photo by Adrian Ummo)

What made you decide that it was something that you wanted to do more often?

Meeting a lot of people who loved the same things as me.

Romi Lia as Jean Grey (Dark Phoenix - X-Men) (Photo by Martin Hegre)Romi Lia as Jean Grey (Dark Phoenix - X-Men) (Photo by Martin Hegre)

Have you made all of your own costumes and is there one which you’re most proud of?

Yes, i made them all. The one I’m most proud of is my Paladin set from World of Warcraft! It took me a month and a lot of effort to create.

Romi Lia as Paladin Set 2 "Judgement" - World of Warcraft (Photo by Adrian Ummo)Romi Lia as Paladin Set 2 "Judgement" - World of Warcraft (Photo by Adrian Ummo)

Have you ever done any fashion modeling work? 

No, I’ve never had the chance, I hope to some day though!

Romi Lia as Catwoman - Selina Kyle (Photo by Fernando Brischetto)Romi Lia as Catwoman - Selina Kyle (Photo by Fernando Brischetto)

Which are some your favorite costumes?

Definitely Catwoman and Supergirl.

Romi Lia as Supergirl - Kara Zor-El (Photo by Martin Hegre)Romi Lia as Supergirl - Kara Zor-El (Photo by Martin Hegre)

Did you grow up playing video games or reading comics and do you still do those things? If you read comics, which are some of your all time favorites?

Yes, I grew up playing lot of Nintendo videogames and reading comics like Spiderman and X-Men. I still do, but now I’m reading a lot of DC Comics. My favourite will always be X-Men and Green Arrow.

Romi Lia as Jean Grey (Dark Phoenix - X-Men) (Photo by Estampida Fotografia)Romi Lia as Jean Grey (Dark Phoenix - X-Men) (Photo by Obturia)

Did you consider yourself a nerd or geek while growing up and do you now?

Yes. When I was growing up, I was such a nerd. I played Magic the Gathering with my friends and all console games… now I’m more into playing MMORPG games.

Romi Lia as Nord Dovahkiin (Dragonborn) - Elder Scrolls V (Photo by Fernando Brischetto)Romi Lia as Paladin Set 2 "Judgement" - World of Warcraft (Photo by Adrian Ummo)

How is the cosplay community like in Argentina?

Its really big, with lots of cosplayers and geeks. There are a lot of cosplay contests, but the cons aren’t as big as the ones in America.

Romi Lia as Mera (Photo by Estampida Fotografia)Romi Lia as Mera (Photo by Estampida Fotografia)

Have you gone cosplaying to any conventions outside of Argentina?

Yes, i went to the Animela Finals in Venezuela. I won First Prize at that contest!

Romi Lia as Luxanna "Lux" Crownguard, the Lady of Luminosity - League of Legends (Photo by Adrian Ummo)Romi Lia as Astharoshe Asran - Trinity Blood (Photo by Adrian Ummo)

You have so many different and amazing costumes, how do you find the time to create all of them?

Well, I try to make them after work or on the weekends. Sometimes I’ll work on them with my friends at my house, or every free moment i have!

Romi Lia as Velvet from Odin SphereRomi Lia as Daphne Blake - Scooby Doo (Photo by Adrian Ummo)

Do you create costumes just for yourself, or others as well?

I’ve created costumes just for myself, I’ve never made any costumes for other people.

Romi Lia as Echo - Riddler helper (Photo by Fernando Brischetto)Romi Lia as Scarlet Witch (Photo edit by Patricio Gandara CGI)

What keeps you wanting to do more cosplays?

Being with my friends, and sharing this hobby with them.

Romi Lia as Catwoman - Selina Kyle (Photo by Fernando Brischetto)Romi Lia as Elektra Natchios (Photo by Adrian Ummo)

What’s one of your most memorable moments?

The trip to Venezuela!

Romi Lia as Elektra Natchios (Photo by Adrian Ummo)Romi Lia as Wanda Maximoff a.k.a Scarlet Witch (Photo by Fernando Brischetto)

Have you ever had any bad experiences with people at conventions or while cosplaying?

Yes, of course I have, but sadly it happens everywhere.

Romi Lia as Wanda Maximoff a.k.a Scarlet Witch (Photo by Fernando Brischetto)Romi Lia as Amora a.k.a Enchantress (Photo by Andres Sanchez, Edit: Candu Stark)

Do you have any cosplayers that you look up to?

Yes, of course! LIghtning from Germany and Kamui too!

Romi Lia as Dinah Lance - Black Canary (Photo by Adrian Ummo)Romi Lia as Dinah Lance - Black Canary (Photo by Adrian Ummo)

What are your thoughts on how the hobby has been progressing?

I think it’s really great! It’s awesome that every year more people begin participating in this beautiful hobby.

Romi Lia as Carol Danvers - Ms. Marvel (Photo by Martin Hegre)Romi Lia as Carol Danvers - Ms. Marvel (Photo by Martin Hegre)

What advice do you have for a novice cosplayer?

Cosplay as much as you can, have lots of fun, and enjoy it!

Romi Lia as Wasp - Janet Van Dyne (Photo by Estampida Fotografia)Romi Lia as Wasp - Janet Van Dyne (Photo by Adrian Ummo)

If you could change anything since you started, what would it be?

The economic problems in Argentina. We don’t have access to the variety of fabrics that many other places have.

Romi Lia as Sue Storm Richards (Photo by Adrian Ummo)Romi Lia as Sue Storm Richards (Photo by Adrian Ummo)

Do you have any new costumes that you’re working on, that you can tell us?

Yes, I’m working on a lot of comics cosplays right now and I’m planning another big World of Warcraft costume!

Romi Lia as Dinah Lance - Black Canary (Photo by Adrian Ummo)Romi Lia as Daphne Blake - Scooby Doo (Photo by Adrian Ummo)

What does the future hold for you?

Hopefully good things and lots of projects!

Romi Lia as Catwoman - Selina Kyle (Photo by Fernando Brischetto)Romi Lia as Catwoman - Selina Kyle (Photo by Fernando Brischetto)Romi Lia as Paladin Set 2 "Judgement" - World of Warcraft (Photo by Adrian Ummo)The beautiful Romi Lia!

Romi, thanks again for allowing us this interview and we hope to see more of you in the future! If you want to see much more of Romi Lia, please check out her links below!

 

Romi Lia Cosplay Links

Facebook

DeviantArt

 

Photographer Credits

Adrian Ummo

Estampida Fotografia

Fernando Brischetto

Photographes Sans Frontieres

Martin Hegre

Obturia

Patricio Gandara CGI

Andres Sanchez

Candu Stark

Psylocke Cosplay made by Lilia Lemoine

 

Share your thoughts about Romi Lia and her work in our comments section below!

 

– The Comic Book Critic

1 Response

  1. thank you so much for this interview hope you all like it :D

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