To celebrate our theme of togetherness, we at Sub Cultured came together to focus on a few of our fellow content creators by spotlighting their work around the web! Today our focus is on cosplayer and Dragon Ball Z aficionado, Uncanny Megan! Read on to find out how she started cosplaying and why she wouldn’t want to be a telepath!
Let’s kick this off with some basic stats! Who are you, where are you from, and what is your job class?
Hi there! I’m Megan, aka Uncanny Megan. I’m from Louisiana and I (try to) do costume-y stuff for a living.
As a woman with geek interests, were you always comfortable with yourself?
Sometimes! I still get slightly uncomfortable in nerdy situations that involve men who pretty much ignore me or my opinions because I’m a girl.
According to social media, you have a multitude of different creative outlets. Which one is your favorite medium as far as production?
I really like sewing, although recently I’ve been pretty burnt out on it so I’ve been focusing more on YouTube instead, which I love just as much!
We’ve featured some of your costumes on our website before. When did you start creating costumes and what inspired you to start?
I started cosplaying in 2008 because I had a teacher in school that taught us about the hobby. The way I saw it was that I couldn’t go to my first convention WITHOUT a costume so I stayed awake the night before the event making Kairi’s stupid pink dress from Kingdom Hearts II.
What is your personal day-to-day cosplay creation process like? Do you have a designated area, some sort of sacrifical ritual, a no-pants rule? Pillow fort, perhaps?
I have a room dedicated to cosplay, drawing, and figure collecting! I often sacrifice blood to my costumes by way of accidentally stabbing myself with a needle so hard that I yip like a scared dog. On occasion there is a no pants rule, but my current crafting room has terrible lighting so my window is always open and nobody needs to see me and my granny panties making costumes, hahaha.
Everyone has a character that resonates with them. Which character(s) do you identify with the most?
Even before I started cosplaying I always thought I really identified with Tohru from FruitsBasket. Thinking like Tohru got me through some rough patches in my life so I was more than thrilled to get to actually cosplay her a few years ago.
Pick a superpower and its yours. What do you choose?
Ahg, that’s hard! Can I have the ability to not be tired all the time? Haha. But really, I guess some sort of telekinesis would be cool. Not so much telepathy because I wouldn’t want to unintentionally read people’s minds.
I’m a sucker for guilty pleasures, do you have any that you’d care to divulge?
I love, love, love stuff made for teenage girls! TV shows, books, you name it. Pretty Little Liars is probably my worst guilty pleasure from that category. I’ve never been so invested into a series to the point of writing conspiracy theories and re-watching/reading it over and over again.
Proudest achievement, cosplay or otherwise?
I’m really proud of myself as a cosplayer in general. I often think about little Megan and how she would feel if she knew I’d be doing all these things, meeting all these people, and going all these places. I wish I could go back in time and tell her that, even though being a nerd sucks right now, one day it’s gonna take you great places!
What sorts of media are you consuming right now?
I’m kinda in between shows right now, because, you know, the only way to watch TV is to marathon a series on Netflix. I just got hooked onto Once Upon a Time and How to get Away with Murder but I’m waiting for the next seasons to be added. (Even though I have actual cable, haha) As for books, just the usual comics: lots of X-Men, Walking Dead, Archie, and some other stuff. I also just picked up the manga for One Punch Man! Super excited to read it.
In the spirit of togetherness, who are some of your favorite content creators that you can’t get enough of?
Togetherness! In cosplay land I really like Quantum Destiny and Kearstin, and gaint handful of other really talented people! On Youtube, I can’t get enough of Jontron, Lewtoons, Super Carlin Brothers.
Where do you spend most of your time on the internet and where can people find you?
I spend all of my time on the internet because I’m a loser! Hooray! You can find me at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Snapchat and whatever else under the username Uncanny Megan or UncannyMegan!
Major faux pas confession: While researching pt 1 of this post, I tweeted @Lea Hernandez (Killer Princesses, Teen Titans Go!) and it turns out she is not actually of Hispanic descent (oops!). Mrs. Hernandez, however, was happy to shout out other fantastic Hispanic comic creators who definitely deserve to be featured during Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs September 15- October 15 (yay!). Be sure to check out pt 3 as well!
This Venezuelan-American artist is the creator of Fall On Me, the popular web comic, which chronicles her life as an artist, wife, and mother.
We’ve mentioned the superb work of this Argentinean artist in the pages of Archeologists of Shadows, but certainly not enough can be said of his mind-blowing blend of digital, sculpture, and comic mediums.
“Shouri” Maria Victoria Robado
This Argentinean artist has been cranking up the 80’s neon glam as colorist on Jem and the Holograms and The Littlest Pet Shop.
This Mexican-American political cartoonist is the celebrated creator of La Cucaracha, which is a nationally syndicated comic strip that focuses on Latino culture and politics.
Before this Spanish artist was an Eisner Award nominee for her iconic work on the Image book Pretty Deadly, she did phenomenal interiors for Marvel titles like The Amazing Spider-Man . We await the next issue of Pretty Deadly for Ríos’ art as much as we do for DeConnick’s words.
Mario A. Gonzlez
This Mexican artist is the creator of two adorably-drawn webcomics Wyliman and Clink: two series which explore the paths to and nature of heroism.
The Hernandez Brothers
Jaime, Gilbert, and Mario Hernandez were giants on the alternative comics scene with their legendary 50-issue Love and Rockets. After their collaborative title concluded, these Mexican-American creators went on to separate but still laudable projects (though have returned to work on Love and Rockets sporadically).
Who are your favorite Hispanic comic creators? Shout ’em out in the comments!
This weekend, thousands of fellow X-Men fans went to check out Fox’s latest installment to their franchise, Days of Future Past. As I sat, I couldn’t help giggling to myself as I thought about what must have been going through Kitty Pryde’s mind during the entire flick, as this was originally a story centered around her. Please note, there are spoilers below, and as always, I enjoy hearing what you guys have to say.
Although I had planned to write something different leading up to SDCC, complications arose, ensued, were overcome, and I find myself here with that original idea on hold and a general personal plan for the weekend. So here we are.
This is the first year I am attending with zero costumes and it is certainly liberating. My friends are cosplaying each day and I will be following along for a time but I would like to see a few panels, compared to the none I saw last year. Today I am looking forward to the Sherlock panel with Steven Moffatt and Mark Gattiss. I will possibly end up seeing the Hannibal panel this evening with Bryan Fuller, David Slade, and Hugh Dancy, but will have to compare the risks of spoiling the end of the season (which I have yet to finish) or watch the last two episodes this afternoon without my girlfriend/watching partner. We might need to have a talk.
Friday will likely be my first foray into Hall H. The Worlds End with Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Edgar Wright has a panel I need to see as it is my most anticipated movie for the rest of the year. I like you Peter Jackson, but The Hobbit didn’t need to be a trilogy and the Cornetto series did. I’m a huge fan of these guys so I would be happy to see them talk for an hour and not see a second of footage. Later in the same room is the Game of Thrones Panel with too much of the cast to mention but Peter Dinklage is there so I’m sure it’ll be a good time. I haven’t read the books but have been enjoying the show and look forward to whatever they can show or tell me about next season, aside from giving more work to Mark Gatiss.
Saturday and Sunday I have a few off site events in the evening, but will probably wander the floor most of the day. I still love cosplay, even if I’m not dressing up, and since the best costumes come out on the weekend I will want to be on the floor to see those. I haven’t prepped myself much for what to expect in the giant exhibitor hall this year, but I am looking forward to the Assassin’s Creed 4 booth to see if I can get my hands on some gameplay. The naval missions were my favorite from AC3 but this is another developer and I am just hopeful this isn’t another ambitious but disappointing pirate game. Think Geek has booth for the first time this year and I am pretty sure that I will turn into Fry within ten feet of that.
I will very much be going where the river of Comic-Con takes me this year and will give you the entire best recap I can give you at the end of it all. In the meantime, I’ll be posting updates, pictures, thoughts and general musings on my ol’ fashioned Twitter @josefonmovies.
KO Cosplay as Crimson Viper from Street Fighter IV and Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3! All photos by Ron Gejon Photography and TheBigTog Photography. Go visit their pages and throw a “like” their way, or check her out on Twitter @KO_Cosplay and let her know that IHOGeek sent you!