100 Creatives 2012: Nicoletta Maranos
What She Does: Sharp-eyed readers might recognize Nicoletta Maranos from previous coverage on Comicpalooza and the Final Fantasy: Distant Worlds concerts. If you did, you're well ahead of this reporter because every time we see her she dazzles us, and we never recognize it's the same girl. Maranos has made a name for herself as a local cosplayer, and the characters of Final Fantasy are her specialty. We've seen her as Aeris from VII and Yuna from X. She makes all her costumes herself from scratch.
Why She Likes It: "The characters in Final Fantasy are so detailed and creative. It is a challenge to dress like them. I love the attention and the appreciation from fans and people on my cosplays because it takes a lot of time, money and effort to make them."
What Inspires Her: As you can probably tell from the fanboy first paragraph, hardcore Final Fanatics share an unshakable bond of enthusiasm and camaraderie...unless you get into a debate about whether VIII sucks, but hey, every subculture has its taboo topic. The world of the games is so magical and all-encompassing that being able to portray some of the amazing characters in real life is its own inspiration.
If Not This, Then What: Maranos has many other creative outlets, such as drawing and designing bags. As you might have guessed, she also plays a fair amount of video games.
If Not Here, Then Where: "I love Houston but I would love to work at Greece since it is my second home. I would work there if it was not so bad over there right now."
What's Next: You'll be sure to see Maranos when Distant Worlds returns this year, and again at Comicpalooza. Her latest characters are Serah from Final Fantasy XIII-2, Alex Mercer from Prototype and Ezio from Assassin's Creed Revelations. We can't wait to see what she puts together.
More Creatives for 2012
(In order of most recently published; click here for the full page).
Carol Simmons, hair stylist
Joseph "JoeP" Palmore, actor, poet
Greg Carter, director
Kenn McLaughlin, theater director
Justin Whitney, musician
Antone Pham, tattoo artist
Susie Silbert, crafts
Lauralee Capelo, hair designer
Marisol Monasterio, flamenco dancer
Carmina Bell, promoter and DJ
ReShonda Tate Billingsley, writer
Kiki Lucas, choreographer and director
J.J. Johnston, theater director
Mary Margaret Hansen, artist
Richard Tallent, photographer
Viswa Subbaraman, opera director
Emily Sloan, sculptor and performance artist
Sonja Roesch, gallery owner
Enrique Carreón-Robledo, conductor
Sandy Ewen, musician
Camella Clements, puppeteer
Wade Wilson, gallery owner
Magid Salmi, photographer
Carl Williams, playwright