Cosplay Adventures with Superior Spider-Man

Cosplay Adventures with Superior Spider-Man

“Farewell, Peter Parker. Know this, I will carry on in your name. You may be leaving this world, but you are not leaving it to a villain. I swear. I will be Spider-Man. Better yet, with my unparalleled genius—and my boundless ambition—I’ll be a better Spider-Man than you ever were. From this day forth, I shall become…The Superior Spider-Man!” The Superior Spider-Man Those who follow my Facebook or Instagram pages know I’m a dedicated Spider-Man cosplayer. It started with buying the black suit to celebrate completing Les Mills Combat, then…

Conquering the Spectrum: Conventions and Cosplay with Autism Panel – NC Comicon Oak City 2017

Conquering the Spectrum: Conventions and Cosplay with Autism Panel – NC Comicon Oak City 2017

Many people in the nerd and convention communities are diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, which includes more severe cases of autism as well as higher functioning Asperger Syndrome. At NC Comicon: Oak City 2017, I sat down with Aaron Busse (AKA Something Different Cosplay), and local NC writer Zack Smith to discuss our experiences living with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, what draws people with autism to video games, fandoms and conventions, and advice for overcoming its challenges. If you are interested in having me speak or sit on a panel at conventions…

Cosplay Tutorial: Simple Spider-Man Web Shooters

Cosplay Tutorial: Simple Spider-Man Web Shooters

Between the Spider-Verse comic crossover and the webhead’s triumphant homecoming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Spider-Man character cosplays are all the rage at comic conventions lately (like my friends the Web-Warriors). It’s easy to see why, there are plenty of webslingers to choose from and they’re not difficult to procure and wear. A decent Spidey/Silk/Gwen suit costs less than $100. Every spider needs a pair of web shooters though, and today I’m going to show you how to make a cheap and easy pair in just a few hours. On…

The Newbie’s Guide to Charity Cosplay, Part 4: Great Power, Great Etiquette

The Newbie’s Guide to Charity Cosplay, Part 4: Great Power, Great Etiquette

Note: This is the fourth entry in a four-part series about entering the world of charity cosplay. Check out part one, part two, and part three! You’ve chosen your character, you’ve assembled your costume, you’ve joined a crew of fellow costumed Samaritans to volunteer with. Now comes the exciting but sometimes scary part: diving into character to brighten the day of a child less fortunate. It’s intimidating as you suit up for your first hospital visit or charity benefit, I won’t lie. Once you cross that first hurdle though, you’ll find a heartwarming experience…

The Newbie’s Guide to Charity Cosplay, Part 3: Heroes Unite

The Newbie’s Guide to Charity Cosplay, Part 3: Heroes Unite

Note: This is the third entry in a four-part series about entering the world of charity cosplay. Check out part one, part two, and part four! You picked your character. You acquired their costume. You’re well on your way to being a superhero for someone less fortunate. But what is just one hero though? If the Avengers, Justice League, and the X-Men taught us anything, it’s that a group of heroes can accomplish much more than any solo underoos crusader. Route 29 Batman rides solo, but it’s always more fun with friends. You’re probably…

The Newbie’s Guide to Charity Cosplay, Part 2: Suit Up

The Newbie’s Guide to Charity Cosplay, Part 2: Suit Up

Note: This is the second entry in a four-part series about entering the world of charity cosplay. Check out part one, part three, and part four! Last week, I detailed the first step in entering the world of charity cosplay: Choosing your character(s). It’s an important decision, because you need the right ‘fit’ to best portray a child’s hero. The thought and research spent picking a hero (or villain) was the easy part, though. If you don’t have your chosen costume already, there is much time and money to be spent ahead. I…

The Newbie’s Guide to Charity Cosplay, Part 1: Choose Your Hero

The Newbie’s Guide to Charity Cosplay, Part 1: Choose Your Hero

Note: This is the first entry in a four-part series about entering the world of charity cosplay. Check out part one, part two, part three, and part four! Children love their heroes. Think back to your childhood (or now!) and how your favorite superhero or hero from another inspired you. One of the most thrilling experiences is ‘meeting’ that hero. Just look at stories of Hollywood actors visiting children in hospitals in character, like Chris Evans (Captain America) or Johnny Depp (Captain Jack Sparrow). But, what if I told you that you don’t have to be…

What Pokémon Means to Me

What Pokémon Means to Me

It’s time: Pokémon Sun and Moon release today. I’m clearing my weekend schedule to kick back and enjoy a new generation of monsters, battles, and adventures. This will be my fourth post about the twenty-year-old series, and I snuck in tiny references to it in almost every other piece. Pokémon is, without a doubt, one of the most important things in my life. Surreal to think I followed this franchise for seventeen years, ever since I discovered these crazy creatures on the back of a Lunchables box in the summer of 1999. The…

CosFit: Cosplay as Motivation for Fitness and Better Living – Cosplay America 2016

CosFit: Cosplay as Motivation for Fitness and Better Living – Cosplay America 2016

This year I began hosting a panel at local comic and anime conventions entitled CosFit: Cosplay as Motivation for Fitness and Better Living. I finally had an opportunity to get a recording of the panel when it was held at Cosplay America on October 23rd, 2016. I was joined by Captain Cosplay, QuidditchDragon Cosplay, and Klaus Edwards Cosplay and with recording by Goth Mama Cosplay. If you have your own questions about cosplay and/or fitness, feel free to contact me or any of the other panelists on the Facebook pages….

Cosplay Tutorial: Create a Duct Tape Head Cast

Cosplay Tutorial: Create a Duct Tape Head Cast

Time for something a little different, if not just because my intended post for this week has spiraled out into something larger than originally intended. With all of the Pokémon Sun and Moon revelations rocking the Internet, I decided to return to humanizing Pokémon species for cosplay (my first was Cubone). A friend suggested a group cosplay themed around new Pokémon species as well as the Alolan Forms of existing ones, and the idea struck me: Create a human version of Alolan Marowak, roughly based on Yokai (Big Hero 6) with a skull helmet…