At the past weekend's NY Comic Con, there were a number of women dressed up as both of the aforementioned heroines, but the ones featured here get my vote as being by far the most visually outstanding, both in terms of being visually accurate to the characters' looks on the printed page, but also for the women who made the effort being physically capable of pulling off bringing these fantasy creations to life. For example, this case in point:
While this incredibly accurate and utterly stunning Batwoman looks like she literally walked right off the page, that character did not ascend to recent prominence in the annals of fandom as a result of the efforts of Jimmy and Amanda. The other two, however, absolutely did. Our Paperfilms couple's take on Power Girl, a character created in the mid-1970's and used to mostly iffy effect, unarguably rewrote the book on P.G. and made her beloved by a sizable cult fanbase featuring a surprisingly large number of women readers who got what Jimmy and A.C. were doing and realized that Power Girl could be a lot more than just a cute, super-powered blonde with enormous boobs. There's a richly-realized personality to her and a charm that resonates deeply with the fans, so perhaps the increasing number of cosplayers rocking the character over the past six years or so is not as surprising as one might think.
There's also a growing presence of cosplayers who are into showing up at cons decked out as Terra — the second character to bear that name, only this time the brainchild of Jimmy and Amanda — and that's due in no small part to them enjoying the sidekick role she played in the Power Girl monthly series (which, BTW, is available in collected form via Amazon, as well as the mini-series that introduced the new Terra)). That relationship was rare in the DC Universe thanks to its big sister/little sister dynamic and the fact that it remained compelling to readers when the characters were doing things other than fighting villains and suchlike.
So here's to you, o noble cosplaying ladies! Your ongoing support and costumed tributes make it all worthwhile, and never think that what you do doesn't touch the hearts and minds of those who slave over keyboards and drawing tables to get these characters and their adventures out there.