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 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!
When did you begin cosplaying?
I began in 2003, at a Con in the Japanese Garden.
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.
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.
Have you ever done any fashion modeling work?
No, I’ve never had the chance, I hope to some day though!
Which are some your favorite costumes?
Definitely Catwoman and Supergirl.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
What keeps you wanting to do more cosplays?
Being with my friends, and sharing this hobby with them.
What’s one of your most memorable moments?
The trip to Venezuela!
Have you ever had any bad experiences with people at conventions or while cosplaying?
Yes, of course I have, but sadly it happens everywhere.
Do you have any cosplayers that you look up to?
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.
What advice do you have for a novice cosplayer?
Cosplay as much as you can, have lots of fun, and enjoy it!
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.
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!
What does the future hold for you?
Hopefully good things and lots of projects!
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
Psylocke Cosplay made by Lilia Lemoine
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– The Comic Book Critic