Welcome to the first-ever installment of Meet Your Heroes, a segment dedicated to the wonderful members of the geek community. To kick off this segment, we’ll be interviewing Mia Moore and Liz Locksley, the co-founders of Superheroesque.
Tell us a little bit about yourself! Who are you, where are you from, and what do you do?
Hey everyone! My name is Mia, and I live in Austin, Texas. By day, I’m a digital marketing manager, and by night, I’m a geek of all trades. I love to make online content and am always juggling different projects — including Superheroesque, my own blog, xo Mia, and my podcast, Fake Goth Girls. I’m passionate about cosplay, style, and helping others learn how to express themselves.
How did you find yourself part of the geek community? What is your origin story?
I’ve always been a nerd at heart — I grew up on Batman and Star Wars. Until college, I didn’t really self-identify as a geek. I didn’t feel geeky enough to claim that label, especially since I also had non-geeky hobbies. It was a lot of the “fake geek girl” thing mixed with general teenage insecurity. Once I broadened my horizons after high school, I realized that the geek community isn’t as elitist as it seems on the surface, and that I am definitely, unequivocally a geek.
What about being a geek and the geek community is most important to you?
Being a geek and becoming involved in the community through cosplay and creating stuff online has been so important in my life. The connections I’ve made and the welcoming atmosphere of the geek community as a whole have done wonders for my self-esteem and self-worth. More than anything, I am grateful to the geek community for the equality that I see — everyone is welcome, regardless of physical appearance, fandom, opinions, and so on. It has helped me learn that my hobbies, interests, skills, and personality are valued.
We’re all about being your own hero. What is your favorite thing about yourself?
In no particular order: my efforts to treat all people fairly and equally, my work ethic (#GIRLBOSS!), and my tattoo. These are all things that make me feel good about myself in one way or another.
As someone with anxiety and depression, I have experienced quite a few terrible, no good, very bad days. My favorite method of combatting my anxiety currently is small meditations every day. I use the app Buddhify on my phone, select what I’m currently feeling or doing from the list, and spend about 5 minutes listening to a guided meditation. It’s a great way to connect my body with my mind and stop thinking about the worst possible scenario.
What made you want to start Superheroesque?
Superheroesque is a passion project that Liz and I dreamed up several years ago, before we were even really best friends. We dreamed of a space where people could share their experiences within the geek community, including struggles, achievements, and how people are making a difference within the community. I have always envisioned this site as a love letter to my past self — what would help me if I was 14 again, confused about everything from how to get more involved with things I love to how to find confidence and end self-destructive patterns?
It took us several years to go from an idea to a website, including lots of time brainstorming the name, content ideas, and execution — including a bumpy start. Despite all the struggles that have come with getting the site together, I think the mission of Superheroesque is one that lots of people can relate to. I think the web needs a space like this, and I look forward to seeing the site thrive.
Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us! How can we find you around the web?
I’m @xoMiaMoore pretty much everywhere online — I’d love to chat with all of you on Twitter or Instagram!
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