The Genderbent Justice League of America

The Genderbent Justice League of America

April, 2011

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On the internet there is a Rule. Rule 63 states: “For any given male character, there is a female version of that character.” This rule’s exceptions are only in the instance that A: the male character is already so androgynous that a female version would be basically the same, or B: the female version hasn’t been drawn yet.

This shows that all kinds of possibilities exist, DC has done something similar with Earth-11, but this isn’t your Daddy’s Justice League.

Earth-11 is the name given to the Earth, and the universe that contains this particular Earth, in which the superhuman populace are of the reverse gender to the superhuman populace of New Earth.

The goal for these cosplayers was to take the Original Justice League and swap genders, all the while trying to keep the costume designs and idea as close to the original as possible. Even so, this isn’t just the Regular Justice League, nor is it Earth-11; it’s a whole other idea where the focus is not just about whom they portray, but how they portray them.

Roxanna Meta, Who portrays Aqualass/Martha Curry, said of the issue, “Some of the costumes adhere very strictly to the originals (the Flash, Batma’am), some of them went far in the direction of the swapped gender (Power Guy, Green Arrow). We have a good mix in that way. Although Silver came up with several of the concepts, we all in the end made them our own and did designs that we were comfortable with.

Our project has sparked a lot of discussion, both in person and on the internet, of gender identity and the meaning of genderbending and sex-swapping. I personally found it interesting to observe the differences in adapting female costumes to male bodies and male costumes to female bodies, with the men needing more design modification in order to appease societal restrictions. And then it was fascinating to observe the different reactions to the male and the female versions once we were put out in public. Both were objectified, but in different ways. Our (straight) men sometimes had their sexuality put into question, as did I with my somewhat dykeish design. None of us minded this, but it’s all been really interesting”.

They jokingly, in their interview, called themselves Earth-63, which is an apt name and has begun to take a life of its own. Tallest Silver, who is the resident Batma’am said it best, “Just be sure you know we’re NOT being Earth-11 characters. They have their established designs and what not. We’re our own Earth-63”

This Justice League has taken the League and swapped the genders in a unique way.

Kit Quinn, who portrays Clarissa Kent/Superma’am, states: “We’re basically a social experiment.”

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The residents of Earth-63 Justice League are as follows (From Left to Right as pictured above):

Mia Ballistic: Hailey Jordan/Green Lantern

Psykitten Pow: Flash/Wendy West

Black Canary/ Danny Lance

Roxanna Meta: Aqualass/Martha Curry

Littlehotshot: Green Arrow/ Olivia King

Steven Meissner: Power Guy/ Darren Starr

Kit Quinn: Clarissa Kent/Superma’am

Clyde Max: Wonder Man/Dan Prince

Tat Zee: Plastic Lass/Elaine O’Brian

Vixen

Tallest Silver: Bernice Wayne/Batma’am

These cosplayers are wonderful and were gracious enough to allow me to actually interview them. I set out to learn as much as I could, from the spark of the idea, to the people chosen to portray their character, to the essence of the why, the when and the how.

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So, without further ado, I present an exclusive interview with the Genderbent Justice League of America.

Jonathon:

  1. Tell me, how did you guys first decide that you were going to do the Genderbent Justice League of America?
  2. How did you decide who would be who, did you just claim characters and work from there?
  3. To clarify, which Con did you debut at?
  4. I’ve noticed you guys get a lot of attention with your debut, did you expect that or was it a surprise?
  5. When did you first discover Cosplay? What drew you to it? What was your first Cosplay ever and do you think you did it well, or is it embarrassing to look back on?
  6. Where did you all meet one another?
  7. What drew you to the portrayal of your character, did you model it on another existing portrayal or did you make it entirely your own?

218080_202309826467854_100000665130151_623752_6688281_nTallest Silver: “As for your questions, I can answer… most of them on behalf of the group.”

Jonathon: Tell me, how did you guys first decide that you were going to do the Genderbent Justice League of America?

Silver: “It was my brainchild to have the JLA. Psy had the cutest Flash costume and one night, Meta, Mia, and Psy and I were joking around and I declared that we should make a whole Justice League to match Wendy West.”

Kit: “I’ll defer to silv on that one for the origins, but I got a text one day saying ‘Hey btw you’re going to be Superman to my Batman’, that was all I needed to know, I was in.”

Roxanna Meta: “All I remember is Tallest Silver with her sketchbook and little exclamation points popping up over her head, drawing furiously and squealing ‘And YOU can be AQUAMAN! And SHE can be GREEN LANTERN! AND! AND! AND!”

Clyde Max: “It’s all really hazy. The idea spawned probably about 10 months ago. I think there was something from Silver like ‘We’re doing a genderbent Justice League and we need a Wonder Man’ or ‘We’re doing a genderbent Justice League for Wondercon next year and..’ then I might have interjected with ‘And I will be a male Wonder Woman! Duh!’ And the idea quickly evolved into a complete identity and gender reversal as opposed to everyone just in drag.”

Steven Meissner: “Silver and Kit talked me into it. Actually, I think ALL the girls joked about it, but I get the impression they were still pretty surprised when I actually agreed and then DID IT.”

Littlehotshot: I was a latecomer in all of this. From what I know, Catherine Pow decided to be the Flash at some point. She kept the costume faithful to Flash, and was simply a female version — not a “sexy” Flash. It kind of snowballed from there.”

 

Jonathon: How did you decide who would be who, did you just claim characters and work from there?

Silver: “At that point, everyone got really excited and we started brainstorming as a collective unit who looked like who, which dynamics within the team worked with 216020_202309733134530_100000665130151_623746_1921473_nother people’s dynamics and our own friends, and who would want in. There was a process. And as we told more of our immediate friends who also cosplay about it, the circle grew.”

Kit: “Silv probably answered this better too. But yeah we all relate or match our character in some way. Either our affinity towards the character or how our friend dynamics work in the group. Really everyone just naturally fell into place. There wasn’t a lot of difficulty (at least none I knew of) figuring out what character worked for each person.”

Roxanna Meta: “Who we identify with, who we look like? Who Silver assigned us (to)! LOL!”

Tat Zee: “Well Silv told me that PlasticMan would suit me very well. I was skeptical at first and tried throwing out some other ideas. Kit was also very insistent that it would be a great match. See, I wasn’t super familiar with Plastic Man, so I wasn’t too keen on making a costume for a character I didn’t really know that well. So I looked him up, read and watched and learned. I saw the fun quirkiness that was Eel O’Brian and loved it. Once I knew him, I was all for bringing him/her to life!”

Steven Meissner: “See question one. Actually (and this goes with #6 as well), I also have a Spartan costume from 300, but as I’ve yet to actually make proper leather underpants (for the costume) I wear brown boxer-briefs. Silv told me this was, ‘basically your Spartan costume, but with white underwear.’ Which is totally true. She had a rough drawing at this point, and I pretty much let these ladies talk me into just about anything…”

Littlehotshot: “I really decided about a week before WonderCon that I was going to get a Green Arrow costume. It was mostly figuring out who was already taken and who would match me best out of the characters left.”

Jonathon: To clarify, which Con did you debut at?

Silver: “We debuted at WonderCon 2011 in San Francisco.”

Steven Meissner: “Although there are very definite plans to do this again at SDCC (We can say that, right? It’s not a secret? Clearly, I’m not in charge of anything).”

Littlehotshot: “My own personal debut coincided with our JLA’s at WonderCon 2011. I portrayed Green Arrow (Olivia King) with the JLA and Zatanna Zatarra later in the con.”

208137_202310643134439_100000665130151_623776_3722519_nJonathon: I’ve noticed you guys get a lot of attention with your debut, did you expect that or was it a surprise?

Silver: “Yes and no. We figured people would like us, but also thought they were unsure how to react since we’re girls dressed as guys (and actually wearing their clothes, not skimpy versions of it), I know I was anticipating on seeing how people reacted to our menfolk. It’s not everyday (that) guys dress as female characters, and it was wonderful to see them accepted in a positive light. On the internet sure, we had a couple of naysayers, but really it was all in good fun and people saw that.”

Kit: “I was surprised. I thought people would find it funny/cute but I didn’t realize people would love it as much as they do! I think it’s a testament to how awesome all our costumes are. If we half assed this and did crap versions of these costumes, no one would care. But because everyone put in so much effort and make really quality good looking costumes, the con goers loved us, and now the internet is digging what we did!”

Roxanna Meta: “It was a surprise – we didn’t see the costumes finished or the group together until the day of the Con either, and while we were very proud of ourselves, we just thought it was a lark; we were unprepared for being called ‘the highlight of the convention’ in so many blogs and websites. The attention since has been so gratifying!”

Clyde Max: “I knew it would certainly get some fanfare, especially given the caliber of cosplayers we had taking the lead with it. So I can’t say I’m entirely surprised about the webbernetz having a mini cosplay explosion and subsequent gender identity roundtable spurred by our day in the sun, but it certainly was a bit more than i had anticipated.

In a related story, I tend to look up to the East Coast / DragonCon cosplay crew out in Atlanta, as their costumes and passion are hardly matched. So, when I had heard that they all thought what we did was great and that they were throwing around the idea of doing it themselves, I knew we really had made a splash (queue Meta’s Aqua Lass)!”

Tat Zee: “I didn’t expect it at all! But I hadn’t seen what anyone’s costumes looked like until that day, so I had no clue what kind of monster we were unleashing on the Con. Everyone did such an amazing job on their various interpretations and despite the differing styles, they all worked well together. Also as coming from one of the JLA’s more “obscure” members I was shocked by how many people recognized the character. It was a happy surprise though.”

Steven Meissner: “I was completely blown away. I’ve never done anything as popular as this. As Monarchs (my most popular group costume till this) we make a lot of 215342_202309503134553_100000665130151_623739_5125732_nattendees very, very happy, but we don’t explode teh internets the way GBJL did. I was expecting it to be a fun, silly, we’re-doing-is-cuz-we-think-it’s-funny/cool kind of deal. I also had no idea there were so many of us until we all actually showed up! Quite honestly, I’m still kind of giddy at the press we’re getting.

However, I was completely unsurprised at all the questioning of my sexual orientation. It doesn’t bother me in the least. As a Spartan, it’s a little less… abundant. Most guys think 300 was a pretty awesome explosion of testosterone and manliness. Women rarely seem to care WHAT my orientation is. I knew PG would be different. What DID surprise me though, was the sheer tidal wave of positive feedback and defense of my choice to be whatever I wanted. There was plenty of the ‘What’s wrong with being gay?’ variety, but an even greater supply of ‘What’s sexual orientation have to do with ANYTHING?’ Although I’m not gay, I still find this incredible positivity in defense of me overwhelming.”

Mia Ballistic: “It has been intense and a bit overwhelming, but I think it’s awesome. Definitely unexpected for sure, (and) I’m thrilled that people are as excited about it as they are and I feel really special to be a part of it. As Roxanna has already mentioned, there’s something exciting about the debate on sex and gender identity that has formulated from the costuming, too. It’s always awesome when your nerd hobby suddenly enters the realm of social debate. I love it.”

Littlehotshot: “I had never been to a Con before, so the amount of attention our group got was a bit of a shock to me. I’d been warned that we would likely attract a lot of attention because there are so many ladies in our group, but I really did not expect this, especially with all the positive reactions. I’d thought that people would think we were strange, but only very few people have had something negative to say, and that (was) only really on the internet where they can hide behind a screen.”

Jonathon: When did you first discover Cosplay? What drew you to it? What was your first Cosplay ever and do you think you did it well, or is it embarrassing to look back on?

Silver: “That is HIGHLY individual and I’ll let everyone respond to that. But my first one was Sally from the Nightmare Before Christmas, at (the) San Diego Comic Con in 2005. I was 16 and I had just won a makeup contest with the design. So I wanted to walk around like all of the other people in costume and celebrate my nerdom. It was good, but I perfected it over the years and I’m very satisfied with it now.”

Kit: “I first discovered cosplay when Silv drew me in! Wait…that’s what she said…anyway…yeah so SDCC ‘07 was my first year. My first costume, well technically that would be Sailor Mars, because I wore her day 1 of the Con, but I cracked out three brand spakin’ new costumes (for the Con), and I have never made three new costumes for one Con again. Oye, that was tough. I brought Sailor Mars because…well I loved me some Sailor Moon and I looked (like)/had a connection to that character. The next day I did Snow White, my favorite Disney princess, and the final day we had the big awesome Alice in Wonderland group. We were inspired by our most recent production of a slightly Burtonized version of the show, so we brought it to Con with us.
I look back on ‘Mars’ and cringe a little, it’s not horrible and hey I looked cute, but yeah…that one got upgraded and I’m finally done upgrading (it) and it’s perfect now. Snow White was fabulous and still is, poor Cheshire Cat is dead, got turned into Harley Quinn; but I love all those costumes. I had so much fun that year and I’m proud of the work I did (with) my first go at making costumes.”

Roxanna Meta: “I’ve always dressed up for fun, and as an adult I started by recreating movie costumes (Jadis from Narnia, Jack Sparrow from Pirates, etc.). Then my group of friends, including Psykitten and LTC America, began making comic book costumes, and it was obvious that I should join them. My first superhero costume was Black Canary. I still wear an improved version of it, (because) I don’t love the way I looked the first time, but it could have been worse!”

208405_202309479801222_100000665130151_623738_5502131_nClyde Max: “In 2009, I was finishing up a 15 month deployment in the Horn of Africa and was thinking of things to do when I got back over the summer. I randomly thought of SDCC and how I had never been…and also how I now had the means to go (I grew up in Florida and had only lived in Oklahoma up to that point). So, I got my best friend to tag along with me and we showed up as Wolverine and Deadpool from the Wolverine Origins movie. I knew we had to take it seriously and make it legit as possible if we were going to attempt it. So I went on leave, grew my chops out, ordered the jacket, the claws, and some swords for my buddy. We showed up and had the greatest time. It was, as my friend kept exclaiming at the time, “the best idea, ever”. I found out what the term ‘cosplay’ meant a few weeks after the convention. “

Tat Zee: “I’ve always loved dress-up and video games, so I combined the two. I started making costumes at anime conventions (Fanime 2003 I think was my first one). My sister LuckInSpades was the one that got me into it. I loved bringing the characters to life and chatting with the other Cosplayers. I’m not positive which one was my very first, (but) it was either Velma from Scooby-Doo, or Quistis from Final Fantasy VIII. I’ve revamped Velma on one occasion, but I don’t think I could look back on Quistis now and not cringe. But at the same time I’m proud of it, because I made every piece of it from scratch.”

Steven Meissner: “Well, I have yet to miss making a Halloween costume (since, I think, I was one, and I Trick-Or-Treated straight through college). And I’d heard of “cosplay” but mainly as something Japanese schoolgirls did to be extra weird. But when I realized you could do it at these things called “Cons” and people would think you were cool… oh man, I was sold. But for myself, personally, there was never any real divide between making costumes for Halloween or, well, anything else. I’ve always gone kind of crazy with them.

My story is completely, utterly selfish and egotistical. I’d made a bet with an ex that I’d make a 300 costume if I got in shape, and after moving to San Diego, I did it, for Halloween in 2007. It turns out women love mostly naked men in decent shape – who knew? It also turned out I loved the attention – this was totally new to me (until that point, I was ALWAYS the shy, quiet, reserved guy). I realized shortly after that I now lived IN SAN DIEGO and had no reason to not go to Comic Con (which I’d dreamed of seeing for years), but that I needed a costume. So I fixed up my Spartan armor, talked my roommate into making some as well (so I wouldn’t be in my underwear in public ALONE) and off we went. It was glorious. People loved us, and the costumes got us (briefly) on Conan O’Brien. Also, again, the women loved us. Those two events are the ONLY reason I’m as comfortable in my own skin as I am today. I still wear the costume, and once I get some proper leather briefs, I actually think it’ll be essentially perfect. I love it.”

Catherine Pow: “Cosplay entered my world in 2005. My boyfriend at the time made a Batman: TAS costume, and I cobbled together a Bruce Timm-inspired Catwoman 215448_176940289023936_100001238984130_449428_2729427_nto match. I liked the idea of prancing around in public as a character, so I started picking up more projects and making friends with folks who also liked comics, costumes, and shenanigans.
You know, for someone who has no artistic tendencies and has never tried to make a costume before, I think I did fine with that costume. It was certainly Halloween-worthy, if not convention-worthy. Just like Roxanna’s BC (Black Cat), I still wear an improved version of the Catwoman costume, and constantly think of more ways to modify and fancy it up.”

Mia Ballistic: “I had run into cosplay as a hobby on the internet several times and thought, ‘Wow, I wish I had the guts to do that. It looks like a lot of fun.’ I LOVE costumes and dressing up, so this community provides an excuse to do it outside of Halloween. I’m also a trained theatrical costume designer, so I have been making costumes as a profession since college. When I discovered that I had a group of friends that were not only cosplayers, but SUPERHERO cosplayers, I totally died of joy. I built my best friend a Batsuit and that was the beginning. I actually never thought I’d personally be dressing up; I still was a bit intimidated. I had to be coaxed into it actually. I would have been far too shy and self-conscious to ever really try the hobby if it had not been for Roxanna and Psy. They shoved me into Psy’s Domino get-up for fun, (and) then I took a deep breath and decided to join the party. My first technical cosplay was Alfred, which I put together for The Dark Knight premiere. I had a lot of fun with it; it was the first time I realized the appeal of group costuming. Also, people got a kick out (of) a girl dressed as Alfred. Clearly, I am a die-hard fan of Rule 63, since my first real cosplay was Punisher and I haven’t stopped since.”


Littlehotshot: “My boyfriend has bugged me for literally years about going to a comic book convention. I finally caved when I found that a lot of our other friends were really into it, especially with all the other girls involved in cosplay. Now I am glad that he never gave up on getting me into cosplay. I love it!

This is a double answer — my first official cosplay ever was Green Arrow, but my first costume that I personally worked on was Zatanna. I’m kind of embarrassed about GA now — I wish it was better, but had less than a week to pull it together. I am currently working with Silver on redesigning my Green Arrow to conform better to our JLA’s look. It should debut at SDCC this year!”

215246_202309453134558_100000665130151_623736_8132608_nJonathon: Where did you all meet one another?

Silver: “Squeeee! My favorite part! OKAY. Kit, Tat and I knew each other since middle school ♥. I met Clyde and Steven at SDCC 09, and inadvertently met Meta, Psy, and Mia through him. TECHNICALLY I met Meta and Psy before that at WonderCon 09, but it was a slight interaction in costume. Then we all REALLY met at Anime Destiny at US Berkeley in 09. Then the rest of the GBJLA (Black Canary, Fox, Green Arrow) and I met through Meta, Psy, and Mia, NOT in costume but in regular civvies.”

Kit: “Yeah like Silv said, I met her and Tat back in middle school. Goodness we’ve known each other a long time. Everyone else I’m pretty sure I met in a costume! Clyde and Steven were collected in 09, and to my endless amusement Steven was in his Monarch costume and I was in my Dr. Mrs. (The Monarch) costume when we met. I met Meta, Mia, and Psy at WonderCon 10 (moderately fell in love with all of them, especially Mia who I’m pretty sure is my sister from another life or something.) Then I guess came Seth, who amusingly enough I didn’t meet in a costume, I met him at Disneyland where we rode a roller coaster Lonely Island style. And the last two awesome people I met, Little Hotshot and our Vixen, I met when we all teamed up for our Gender Bent Justice League!”

Roxanna Meta: “Oh god…… um… I’ll defer to Silver’s long, clustercuss description.”

Clyde Max: “I met Meta and Silver at SDCC 2009, both independent of each other. I stayed in touch with both of them, and like to think I was a conduit into putting their two cosplay camps in touch with one another.”

Tat Zee: “As mentioned, I’ve known Kit and Silv since middle school. I met Meta, Mia, and Psy through Silver. I first talked with Clyde and Steven at SDCC 09, but it was only in costume and more in passing. The con was the first time I had met the others (who were Green Arrow, Vixen, Black Canary).”217440_202309346467902_100000665130151_623731_3225989_n

Steven Meissner: “I met Silver at SDCC in ’09, because she was the most hilarious, entertaining, in-character Deadpool I’d ever seen (male or female). And I ran into her like, 12 times that day. I met Kit later that same day because we were dressed as The Monarch and Dr. Mrs. The Monarch, and there was no way NOT too. I met Clyde at Long Beach Comic Con when I went up to hang out with Kit and Silv. LTC America (who was mentioned, but not in our JL) and I were actually in the same Batman Class at UC Berkeley (yes, that’s a real thing). Mia, Psy and I were apparently in school together as well, but we didn’t know it at the time. And I ended up being Facebook friends with pretty much everybody else, especially as planning for this went along, but I didn’t meet them until WonderCon of this year. Although I THINK I saw Psy and Mia at SDCC ’10 for like, 2.5 seconds.”

Mia Ballistic: “College and Cons, mainly. It’s been an interesting game of six degress of Kevin Bacon, san Kevin Bacon with all of us.”

Littlehotshot: “I’m backwards to everyone else — I actually met about half of this group at the Con when we all found each other on Saturday morning! I’ve been with our Vixen/Fox for years, and I met Seth through him. Seth introduced me to Mia, and I met Cat and Silver through them at Cat’s birthday party last year. I really met Meta through Mia and Cat the weekend before WonderCon 2011, and I met Steven, Kit, Tat, Clyde the next weekend at WonderCon.”

Jonathon: What drew you to the portrayal of your character, did you model it on another existing portrayal or did you make it entirely your own?

Silver: “As for the designs, I did most of them and it was strictly to capture the exact essence of the character we were portraying with a tiny bit of our own flair. We didn’t want to sexify the costumes in ways they wouldn’t be, but (we) still (had to) make them a bit effeminate or masculine for the correct aesthetic. I approached it like, ‘Okay. If this were a real world in the DCU (NOT Earth-11, they have their own designs), how would we show these are Hailey Jordan, Bernice Wayne, Clarissa Kent, Daren Starr, etc. WITHOUT making it look like Batgirl, Supergirl, Power Boy, etc. – already canon characters.’ Overall, it was a HUGE group collaboration, everyone putting their own style on the costumes but with the same theme and aesthetic to make everything extremely cohesive.”

Kit: “Silv did the main design work then we each kind of ran with it. I know I bounced ideas off of her because I wanted to make sure we all matched in a weird sort of way. For instance the off the shoulder idea for my costume came from Silv, because she knew that’s just a style that I like. She did the initial designs for all of us, and then we went out into the world and slaved away making our costumes. As far as character portrayal, I just tried to embody what the image of Superman is to me. He’s the strong, calm, archetypical hero. And that’s what I wanted to be as Superma’am. I mean someone has to balance out Batma’am’s emo, brooding crap. 😉

Oh and I need to add, another reason I did Supes is because my hair just naturally does that curl thing, so it was fate.”

Roxanna Meta: “Oddly enough, I don’t remember what drew me to Aquaman. Somebody in our brainstorming came up with the idea of making it really campy, lots of glitz and glitter, and I was hooked. Originally I was going to bare my tummy but decided that would make me uncomfortable. I kept the glitter aspect though, and I’ve since grown to really love the costume and the concept. As you can tell, this was really a group effort, with everyone contributing to everyone else’s projects on some level. We’re very proud of that.”

215233_202310516467785_100000665130151_623771_2078203_nClyde Max: “This was taken very seriously. I was going to be Wonder Man. As if all along, Wonder Woman had a Y chromosome. In figuring out who I was going to be, I purposely did not research any other male version of her (later found out there was Wonder Warrior and ‘Dane’ of Earth-11). I only looked at who she was. She was a Greek warrior princess, so I made Wonder Man a Greek Warrior Prince. I researched what a Greek (and maybe Roman) soldier would look like. Warrior = Greek/Roman breastplate: Greek gladius (sword); Greek sandals; Roman warrior kilt. Prince = gold, laurel leaf crown (circlet). Wonder Man = maintained all of her color scheme; I chose to go with the “W” and “M” logo on the chest as opposed to an eagle to make sure everyone knew I was “Wonder Man” and not a dude dressing up as Wonder Woman; the stars were certainly mandatory on the waist to knee region; I also chose to go with star spangled underwear (manties) because that’s what she wears, and a large part of me is a mix between ridiculous and shamelessness and of course the lasso had to be shiny, gold, and prominent (it was kinda thick). I also made it a belt, as I thought it would add more to the functionality of being a warrior and stuff.”

Tat Zee: “The design for the costume was Silver’s. She thought of this adorable 50’s pin-up outfit and I found this cute little pair of glasses with a bow that I painted. Since Plas’s costume is a bit on the androgenous side, the skirt was a great alteration to make it more feminine.”

Steven Meissner: “Silv made a drawing and said, ‘Do this!’ so I did. But actually, for the longest time all I had was her initial rough sketch. So I turned to the current run of Power Girl comics (I didn’t like what I saw of the original run back in the 70s). Turns out the Amanda Conner design was Silv’s favorite too, so we were pulling from the same source material! Her logic (the internet agrees it is flawless) was that the equivalent of massive cleavage on a girl (hot) on a guy was to be simply shirtless (also hot). Hence the shorts, instead of the one piece. The large cape was actually more of a nod to my Spartan costume, and a way of keeping me from freezing completely solid in San Francisco weather (also, huge billowy capes are awesome). Essentially everything else stayed the same, with minor alterations. I saw PowerGirl as being just a little bit punk and rebellious (I mean, look at her hair, or half her expressions!), so I figured PowerGuy would be a little more so. Instead of shiny, polished gold, all the metal bits are worn, tarnished brass. The boots are combat boots; the color scheme was adjusted to a darker, more somber color-pallet…(but) there really wasn’t much room to do anything else.”

Catherine Pow:The animated Justice League and Justice League Unlimited show basically has all of my fangirl boners, but I’ve always harbored a particular love for 217530_202310556467781_100000665130151_623772_3130802_nWally. He’s hilarious, he’s spunky, he’s voiced by Michael Rosenbaum, and he bugs Batman. The combo of those things with my love for running meant that I could not want anything more. LTC America and her Cap costume was a huge inspiration to me – I loved that she didn’t make a lot of changes to fem up her outfit. I tried to design my Flash to look as much like Wally’s own costume from the shows, and I think the only variation I have is my high heel boots. Any man can run in the Flash’s boots, but only a superhero can run in mine.” 😛

Mia Ballistic: “Silver “assigned” me Green Lantern, drew a sketch of a possible concept, and I was convinced. I felt like the challenge of the GL costume was how to make it not look like a female member of the Corps, but rather a distinctly female version of Hal Jordan. When creating the design, I was inspired by Barbarella and Gil Elvgren’s pin-up paintings. I really wanted to be an ultra-feminine, slightly retro GL with the original elements of the iconic Hal Jordan suit intact. Originally, I was going to do a fishbowl helmet, but I was convinced to cut that.”

Littlehotshot:I made this version of Green Arrow (on) my own with very little input from (the) others in our group. My timeframe was much too limited to do allow for a quality design and good execution. Now that Con is over, I have time to revisit Green Arrow’s design with Tallest Silver. By SDCC ’11, my Green Arrow should be updated and fit much more cohesively with our group.”

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As you can see, this set of cosplayers are unique enough to have started a phenomenon. And I’m sure that we will see them generate more noise and excitement, at the next couple of Cons that they plan to attend.

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Also check out their Facebook page: United Underworld

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 5587960548_0608eac7f5_oKit Quinn: “I loved the moment when you, psy and mia came down the escalator and I saw all your costumes for the first time. I died from joy at the immense amount of awesome you all exuded.”

Roxanna Meta: “I’m grinning like a fool and about to throw caution to the wind and yell as loud as I can ‘GENDERBENT JUSTICE LEAGUE!!!’”

Psykitten Pow: “I love my friends and they are truly righteous.”

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