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Interview: Ginny McQueen, Cosplay Super Star

Interview: Ginny McQueen, Cosplay Super Star


Actress, singer, model, designer, geek, gamer and idol to hundreds of thousands of convention goers all over the world, we are talking about Ginny McQueen. The name instantly conjures up images of amazing cosplays and one hell of a professional cosplayer, with talent, creativity, humour and good looks all on her side, Ginny has become a Cosplay Idol and is known worldwide for her work.

Starting out in 1998 when she attended her very first purely to hang out with friends, she has been thrust into the world of the conventions and the whole scene has benefitted not only from her work but from her energy and spirit!

“Always have fun! Cosplay is an expensive hobby and isn’t worth doing if you aren’t having fun. Never take yourself too seriously.” – Ginny

We drag Ginny away from her work and her tv shows for a couple of minutes to find out exactly what it takes to be an Idol, what her ideal cosplay would be and whether and find out why heels are never ever a good thing no matter how perfect they make you look…

I guess, first things first, could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am a huge nerd with a tv/film addiction and an obsession with UFOs and government conspiracies. Sometimes I dress up in crazy outfits, but most of the time I work in my pyjamas.

When did you first learn about cosplay and how did you start cosplaying? Can you remember your very first costume?
My first convention was Otakon ’98. A couple of friends were going and they told me that people dress up in costume. I threw together some items from my closet and went as Minnie May from GunSmith Cats (I’m short and blonde, so it worked). I had so much fun at the convention meeting people and being silly, there was no question that I wanted to do it more.

You’ve been all over the world, featured in magazines, on the web and even MTV, is there where you thought you’d be when your first started out?
 Not at all! Back then no one started cosplaying because you thought you’d get attention. You did it for fun to be with your friends and fellow geeks. Back then I just happened to be one of the few younger girls that cosplayed and had a website. I have just always liked cosplay as a way to express my love for different series and characters. It definitely opened a lot of doors for me.

When it comes to the costumes and characters, you’ve portrayed, do you have a favourite? Do you have a dream cosplay? Something you’ve yet to try!
Whenever I get to cosplay a character that I love, I’m happy. I believe I am most proud of my Madame de Pompadour/Reinette from Doctor Who because it was a LOT of work with something I had never done before. Plus I got Sophia Myles (the actress who plays Reinette) to approve of it. 

The two costumes I have had on hold until I have the money to finish them are Samantha from Vagrant Story and Kira from Dark Crystal. I believe I can make anything if I have the budget. Now I just have to find the budget!

Reinette, Dr. Who

Not only are you an amazing cosplay model but you also make the costumes you wear, where do you find all the time to make such elaborate pieces?
I tend to do about 3 things at once all the time. When I say I watch TV shows all day long, it’s that I have them playing on one screen while I work on another. I tend to only do something for a short period of time, go work on something else, come back, and so on. I’m also one of those horrible procrastinators. Once I have a deadline, I will work like crazy up until the last second.

So you’re also a self-confessed geek, you know we now kinda need to have to ask the following (these might be tough…) and you can only pick one…

Favourite Hero: Real life hero, or super hero? My real life hero will always be Jim Henson. Superhero, I gotta go with Batman.

Favourite TV Show: I have so many favorite shows. I’m always afraid that I’ll leave one out. But here’s a quick list: Northern Exposure, Firefly, Doctor Who, Sherlock, Home Movies, Rome, Sons of Anarchy, The Sheild, … okay I should stop. I just keep thinking of others I want to mention.

Favourite Anime/Manga:
Paradise Kiss, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Tonari no Totoro, Sailor Moon, Kodomo no Omocha

To see more of our interview with the wonderfully geeky and beautiful Ginny McQueen, click page 2 below!


What are the best parts and worst parts of cosplay?
I love getting photos done, and I hate uncomfortable shoes. So once I get a nice photoshoot, I am happy to get back into comfy clothes. I will specifically look for costumes that don’t require heels because they are so uncomfortable! 

The 2012 convention circuit is only beginning, do you know what you’re going to be cosplaying?
I have no idea! I had a twitter contest a while back and let people chose one of my next costumes, so I will be making Catwoman at some point. Right now I have a project that isn’t cosplay related, so I may not make as many costumes this year.  

If you had any advice to someone who is only now beginning to find their feet in the world of cosplay, what would it be?
Always have fun! Cosplay is an expensive hobby and isn’t worth doing if you aren’t having fun. Never take yourself too seriously.

Finally, if you were trapped in an Arcade for eternity and you could only play one game for the rest of time, what would you pick?



Personally we’d go nuts if we had to play Tetris for eternity…we don’t do shapes! If you would like to learn more about Ginny then you can find her website here: Ginny McQueen Official Site

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