Interview with the founder of SuicideGirls, Missy Suicide and SuicideGirl Liryc Suicide

Interviews, Off Site/Parties, San Diego Comic Con '15

I was lucky enough to interview Missy Suicide, founder of SuicideGirls, and Liryc Suicide, regarding the upcoming Blackheart Burlesque show on July 9th at the House of Blues in San Diego, during SDCC! And look for my tweets to win free tickets to the show!!

Lindsey: SuicideGirls, originally started with static images online and in print. What made you decide to move into the live arena with burlesque in 2003?
Missy: In the same way the the photos on suicidegirls.com take the sexy spirit of classic pin-up photos and creates a modern version of femininity;  We wanted to put our own spin on classic burlesque and bring the same confident energy that we conveyed in our images to life through our geeky, fun filter.
Lindsey: Burlesque in general has seen a popular resurgence in culture today. Why do you think that is? With more competition, do you feel any pressure to innovate?
Missy: We always try to push ourselves and to try to top the numbers we have done previously.  Which is hard.  The pressure is internal, we have so much fun creating unforgettable numbers.  Some of my favorites are the Game of Thrones, and Planet of the Apes numbers but we have some amazing things planned with Tarantino themes and…. I don’t want to give too much away!  We want to bring the best show possible and we are always looking to up our game. You won’t be disappointed.
Lindsey: Do the girls come up with their own geeky ideas for dance sets, or is a more collaborative effort between the girls, the choreographer, director, etc?
Missy: It is all about finding the right song to go with the geeky themes we love.  We have an ongoing list that has like 250 geeky theme ideas and I go through and choose a song that fits the theme. To be right it has to have the same spirit of the theme but is surprising and catchy and modern and feel oddly so right.  Like The Black Keys Adventure Time number.  Finding the music is my favorite past time but we all contribute to the ideas on the list.
Lindsey: SuicideGirls, like a great deal of geek culture, has become more mainstream. There has been a greater acceptance of female driven movements, and what used to be considered ‘alternative’ subcultures (tattoos, geek-subculture (video games, comics)). Why do you think that is? And with a wider audience, do you think there is any drawback?
Missy: I feel like the internet has been the great equalizer of culture, it has allowed people to find their tribe.  There are so many more choices these days in media and it is all so easily accessible, it is possible to find art that truly calls to you AND to find the other people that it speaks to as well from all over the world, no matter how obscure.  There has never been a more exciting time to be an artist or a fan in my opinion and I am excited to see what the future holds.
Lindsey: This will be your second year at SDCC with Blackheart Burlesque. What do you think makes the convention so unique? Will the show be any different from the show currently touring on the road?
Missy: We are always super excited to do comic con every year.  It is the most fun show as it brings so many true fans together from around the world. It is people who love geek culture in all forms, pop culture, comics, cosplay, gaming and everyone exists together in this happy utopia for 5 days.   It’s insanely crowded but everyone is so cool to one another it isn’t overwhelming.  You can kind of just get caught up in the flow of things and know that no matter where you look there will be something amazing to see, a girl dressed up like She Hulk, The Lego Booth, Black Milk booth, your favorite comic artist or the cast of Game of Thrones just walking by, there really are no wrong turns at comic con.
We try to bring our A game to comic con.  We try out more numbers and dancers at comic con than we do on our Fall Tour so the show is a bit longer and more involved than our touring show.  It’s also a bit more unpolished and we bring some geekier themes to see how the audience reacts. The energy of the Comic Con crowd is not easily duplicated.  It is one of our favorite shows to play all year.
Lindsey: SuicideGirls is nearing it’s 15th year anniversary. How have things changed, and what accomplishment are you most proud of? Is there any special plans for the SG anniversary?
Missy: It is shocking to me to think about how closed off culture was 15 years ago when we started and the most incredible change has been the acceptance of individuality.  We have not started planning just yet for the 15th anniversary but we are looking forward to our Fall US Tour and hoping to do some international touring next year as well.   Getting to travel the world and meet people whose lives you have been able to touch is the most rewarding thing.  Hearing all the stories about how SG has given girls self confidence and seeing smiles on faces is by far the best part of all of this.
@missysuicide on Twitter
https://suicidegirls.com/girls/Missy/
 
Below is my short interview with Liryc!

Lindsey: How did you become involved in SuicideGirls?

Liryc- I’ve been a dancer for years now and I began to get turned away from a lot of auditions because of my alternative look. I saw a posting on the SuicideGirls Instagram about their auditions for the Blackheart Burlesque tour and I knew that I had to attend them! I went to the auditions and instantly felt like home, all the girls had a similar style like myself! I made the auditions that day and knew I wanted to grow with this company as much as possible.I help with the tour by working in the amazing office booking opening acts for each city we travel to, and I also assist in our rehearsals in any way I possibly can. I am so happy to be involved with such a great company!

Lindsey: What does the art of burlesque mean to you?

Liryc- There is so much beauty and art behind burlesque! Not only does burlesque appeal to men , but woman also. Performing burlesque helps even the most insecure person feel beautiful and comfortable in their own skin! As a child, I was the most shy and timid girl you’d ever meet, Now I’ve grown into a woman who isn’t being afraid of being herself and when I hit the stage to perform, burlesque is my escape and my way of showing every person in the audience that it is OK to be YOU and be proud of what you got!

Lindsey: Do you come up with your own geeky ideas for performances, or is a more collaborative effort between you, the choreographer, director, etc?

Liryc- The thing I love about working with SuicideGirls is that they are always open to suggestions and ideas when it comes to the tour! I have many ideas I think would be a great tribute to the show, and they always listen to our ideas. Also, when we have solos in the show its our way to help the crowd get to know who we are as a performer and a person, it’s fun to have freedom when it comes to choreographing and picking themes for our solo acts.
Lindsey: What are you most looking forward to in performing during SDCC?

Liryc- The number one thing I am extremely excited about performing for San Diego Comic Con is how involved and relatable our crowd is! Our audience at the SDCC show has to be the most energetic crowd I’ve performed for! We do different fun, nerdy and pop culture themed numbers like Stars Wars, Game of Thrones, Fight Club and Adventure time and I know that the crowd can relate to each number we do and when they hear the song and see the costumes, the energy we get from them is amazing!

-Liryc Suicide

liryc@suicidegirls.com

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instagram : @Liryc_suicide

@SuicideGirls

@SGBlackheartburlesque

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