Truthful Comics- So, let's begin by asking you the obvious question: How long have you been Cosplaying?
Viva Wonder Woman- 3 years.
TC- You prefer Cosplay or Crossplay? Or both?
VWW- Not sure what Crossplay is.. so I will go with Cosplay.
TC- Well, Crossplay is when you take a character that's originally a male and make it a female version of the character. I asked because I know you've Crossplayed The Punisher before, and looked great doing it by the way. But anyway, let's move on. Why exactly do you Cosplay?
VWW- Because I firmly believe EVERYTHING IS BETTER IN COSTUME! (That is my motto in life).
TC- Everything is better in costume? Ok, I'll take that to heart. Is Cosplay a hobby you consider yourself doing for a long time?
VWW- Yes! I love it!
VWW- I make all my own stuff.
TC- That's pretty impressive considering the amount of detail that goes into your costumes. Do you have a current Cosplay favorite?
VWW- I'm obviously a big fan of Wonder Woman.
TC- Yes you are! What is your most expensive Cosplay?
VWW- Probably my warrior version of Wonder Woman.
TC- Oh yeah, the Amazonian warrior! What Cosplay has gotten more attention from your fans?
VWW- My Wonder Woman ones receive a lot of attention, but outside of that.. it would have to be my Miss Punisher.
TC- Yeah that Punisher costume will catch everyone's attention if you all on the convention floor. What is a Cosplay pet peeve of yours?
VWW- I don’t think I have one.
TC- That's very rare believe it or not. Speaking of conventions, what was your first convention dressed in costume and what was the reaction from the fans?
VWW- Amazing Las Vegas Con in 2013... I had a blast!
VWW- It depends on the shoot and what look I'm trying to accomplish.
TC- Fair enough. Here's an odd question for you, how do you pay for your Cosplays?
VWW- I have my own custom superhero costume business. www.vivawonderwoman.com, and so I can make my own costumes.
TC- Smart! When do you Cosplay? Only at conventions?
VWW- Conventions, hired events, photo-shoots and then I do a ton of charity work with my non-profit HEARTFELT HEROES where I dress as WW and visit kids in hospitals and schools and shelters.
TC- Wow, you truly meant it when you said "everything is better in costume", you're in costume a lot! So, Heartfelt Heroes is your Cosplay non-profit group correct? What exactly is it that you do with that group?
VWW- Heartfelt Heroes enables me to do all kinds of charity work dressed as Wonder Woman. I visit kids in hospitals, burn units, cancer centers, elementary schools and women’s/children’s shelters just to name a few. I also visit assisted living centers and other special events including things like being at the starting line for the GIRLS ON THE RUN 5K RACE (Girls on the Run is a national group that trains little girls for a 5K while teaching them empowerment skills), etc. I also travel and have done charity work in Phoenix and Salt Lake City. Pretty much any charitable endeavor that could use a superhero, I am there! I also have a program called “CAPES FOR A CAUSE” where I make personalized superhero capes for special kids all around the country. Kids dealing with fatal illnesses, devastating losses like losing a parent, those terribly hurt in an accident and those facing difficult disabilities. I make them a cape and a care package filled with items/toys based on their favorite superhero. If they are local, I hand deliver the package in costume and if not, I make the child a short video of me in costume explaining that I made the cape for them, that I honor them for their bravery and assure them they have superheroes in their corner. I am assisted in my endeavors by my dear friends Tasha (cosplay name: Beautiful Blue Lantern) and Auri.
VWW- What a nice thing to say! You are totally making my evening. What got me into Cosplay? Well, I fell in love with Wonder Woman as a little girl, watching Lynda Carter rock her star-spangled granny panties. She was beautiful and strong, she was nurturing and sweet but could still be tough and kick some serious villainous booty; everything I wanted to be when I grew up. So, little four year old me proudly suited up in my underoos and I have been wearing them ever since!
TC- Nothing wrong with that. Well, I'd like to thank you again for such a fun interview and for your great charity work; you're truly an example of what a Cosplayer should strive for. Hopefully we'll do this again sometime, maybe spotlighting your newest Cosplays or charity events. If you want to see all of Viva Wonder Woman's Cosplay pics visit her Official Facebook page at: Viva Wonder Woman and her charity page is Heartfelt Heroes. Go Like her pages, share the love and tell her the good people from Truthful Comics sent you. Her official website is: VivaWonderWoman