Who’s That Geek? It’s Anna Lee Mueller!

Anna, aka Glitzy Geek Girl as Black Widow from the Avengers

Anna Lee Mueller, a geek girl blogger at Glitzy Geek Girl, is a true cosplay original. Cosplay is the kind of thing that takes practice and time to perfect, but from her very first cosplay, it is so painfully obvious that Anna is destined for Con greatness. Her character choices are original and perfectly crafted to work for her unique style. She crossplays and gender bends with the best of them. And she loves Disney as much the rest of the world should, so what’s not to love?

Anna as Shredder from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Fiona from Adventure Time

Anna has worn a dozen cosplays so far, but many of them aren’t your typical ‘cute girl’ cosplays. In addition to this terrifying Shredder, she has also crossplayed a fantastic Legolas from Lord of the Rings. Other cosplays on her list of unusual character choices include Fiona from Shrek, Jessie from Toy Story 2, and Jigsaw from the Saw movies. It’s such an odd mash up of cosplays you don’t hear about too often, and these original choices truly make her as a cosplayer stand apart from the rest.

2 of my favorite cosplays of hers have to be Sailor Venus and Annie from League of Legends. Have you seen my bear Tibbers? Annie is on my ultimate bucket list of cosplays!

Don’t let me get you too far off track, because Anna is a girl of many other talents besides just wearing cute costumes. She runs an Etsy store that sells Disney cosplay jewelry and unique Harry Potter wands. She offers DIY and tutorial posts on her blog as to how she crafts cosplay magic. She dyes her hair so much that you can never be sure which color it will be next. She goes to Renaissance Faires, which gives her a very special place in my heart, as I am a Renaissance Faire super geek! In short, she’s cosplay pro from Texas who demands you follow her on Twitter and check her out on Facebook. I will be staying tuned to find out which awesome cosplay choices she puts together next. Spoiler alert… I am looking forward to MORE DISNEY! I love her Jessie and Fiona cosplays so much, and word on the street is that she has a Frozen cosplay in the works. Disney is a way of life… and I think Anna gets that.

1. What was your first cosplay, and what was your favorite cosplay? 
Before I moved to Dallas I had never heard of comic or anime conventions. So when I saw an ad for the Dallas Comic Con in 2012 I decided to check it out. I really didn’t know much about costumes, but I kinda resembled my favorite comic girl Ramona Flowers. I found her purse on Amazon and since my real hair was already blue it was pretty easy coming up with the rest of her outfit. I was blown away by all the talented cosplayers at the convention and immediately decided I wanted to make more! It’s hard for me to pick my favorite cosplay, but I feel really proud when I look at photos of my Fiona from Shrek. That’s the first costume I made entirely by myself and the body paint took me nearly 2 hours to apply. Even Yaya Han complimented it and asked ME for a photo! I couldn’t believe it!

Anna’s first and favorite cosplays

2. What would you tell a girl who wants to start cosplaying, but is nervous or scared?
As a girl that goes to a lot of conventions by herself, I find that wearing a costume actually helps me come out of my shell. Almost everyone around you is either in a geeky tshirt or costume themselves. It’s a great conversation starter to be dressed up because people will come up to you and say you’re their favorite character! Unless you plan on entering a costume contest there’s hardly any judgement on the quality of your costume. So don’t be nervous about whether or not it’s handmade, store bought, the right colors, etc. It’s about having fun and loving your character.

3. What was your favorite cartoon as a kid?
The cartoon that stands out in my mind as one of my favorites was Tiny Toon Adventures. I can still sing the entire theme song, and I carried around a Babs Bunny doll with me everywhere. I even had a Tiny Toons birthday party when I was in pre-school. My other favorite cartoon was Aaahh!!! Real Monsters. I still believe monsters secretly steal my nail clippings when I’m not looking.

4. Apocalypse!  You have to choose 1 guy (real or fictitious) to repopulate the earth with. Who do you choose?
Most of my male crushes are all fictitious characters. Since Divergent is the most recent book I read I would absolutely have to choose Four (also known as Tobias). I am sure he and I would get along really well, and I tend to fall for guys with tattoos. Plus, I’d like to think our kids would have nice mix of bravery and selflessness. That’s something the world could use more of.

5. What’s your favorite food?
Pizza! I used to be a cheese only girl, but lately I’ve discovered I like pineapples on it. It’s been my favorite food for as long as I can remember. I love it so much I have a slice tattooed on my arm!

Captain My Captain: The Heartfelt Reasons I love Captain America

The question of, “Who is your favorite superhero?” is one we pose to our friends time and time again. But what does the answer say about us as people? Is it true that, if you love Batman, you’re mysterious and born from tragedy. Or if you love Superman, you’re a traditionalist. Perhaps if you love Wolverine, you’re a rugged loner. Let’s explore this idea, shall we? My favorite superhero is Captain America. Why do I love him? And what does that say about me?


He’s got a bit of Ugly Duckling Syndrome.
Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, is continuously rejected by Army enlisters, when attempting to sign up for the War Effort, due to his scrawny stature and frail body. He’s picked on for the way he looks and totally self conscious about his size and shape. Despite his continual rejection, he signs up and successfully joins up on one condition. He becomes the guinea pig in Operation: Rebirth, the Super-Solider project. He gets pumped full of an experimental serum and exposed to low levels of radiation, gives him a super human body, stronger, faster, and 100x better than before. And yeah, he looks a LOT different than he once did. But he’s still that frail guy in his mind, and retains that adorable modesty and genuineness about him.

He’s a gentleman, woman charmer, and an old-fashioned nice guy.
Time and time again, we see the good old boy in Steve Rogers, reflecting those old school values… a God-fearing, nice guy, and a gentlemen. The type of guy who’d ask your dad before asking you on a date. The type of guy who’d hold a door, pull out your chair for you to sit in it, and give you his coat if you were cold. Something is oddly charming about his old fashioned ways… go figure. He’s a classic gem.

Captain America: The First Avenger

He won’t back down from his morals and what he believes is right.
He might be a man out of time, but he’s a true blue superhero, in his unabashed approach to righteousness, morality and justice. He became a superhero for the right reasons, to protect his friends and loved ones. And if he finds himself to be in the wrong on an issue, he’ll be the first to change sides. He’s not bullheaded, he just believes in doing the right thing, no matter what. And while I’m not pro War, but I can see this sense of moral justice transposing into other areas I do support. Here’s a good read on the timelessness of his morality.

I love his iconography.His branding and iconography are so great… and easily transposed into any number of interpretive mediums. I am not normally a fan of the red white and blue, but his icon just works so well for so many things.

Til next time, kids, every bond you buy is the bullet in the barrel of your best guy’s gun.

Who is your favorite superhero, and what do you think, philosophically, this says about you as a person? I’d love you to leave a comment and tell me!