The Cosplay Confidential train keeps rolling as this week’s installment features Lonstermash and he’s got some fun costumes. Let’s check it out now:
How did you get into cosplay? I got into cosplay after having already done my costumes as Halloween costumes in the past. Halloween is my FAVORITE time of the year. But it was all an accident that I even discovered it in the first place, and then randomly met a fellow cosplayer (and now good friend) named Angi Viper, who then really got me into it.
I was down in San Diego visiting a friend who lived there two summers ago, on what happened to be Comic Con weekend, so we went down to check it out (but we didn’t have tickets, so we just hung out on the outside). I saw tons of cosplayers walking around and reminisced to how I dressed like Wolverine 3 years prior to that on Halloween and thought how FUN it would be to do it here some day. I didn’t even know about other cons, and I live in LA, so when someone there handed me a flier to Stan Lee’s Comikaze, I then decided I would attend that.
When I showed up, I think I had more pics taken of me in one day then I had in my entire 42 years of life at the time, and I loved interacting with the fans and seeing other cosplayers. I had been featured on a video that day, and Angi had been, too, so we met via YouTube after she made a nice comment about my cosplay. We then became friends, and then I learned about many other cons. So that’s how it all happened.
How long have you been doing it? I have been cosplaying for about 16 months.
What was your first costume? My first costume was Wolverine, and it’s what I’m most known and appreciated for.
What’s been your favorite? My favorite costume, however, has been my Rocky Balboa, because that is my all-time favorite fictional character. But I LOVE doing my Logan, too.
What was the hardest costume you’ve done? Batman has been the hardest costume I’ve done, since it involved painting myself in liquid latex over my entire upper body. I figured this would make me truly look like the outfit Christian Bale wore in Batman Begins. It took forever to apply and dry, and it often tore (especially at my elbows and armpits).
How much do your costumes take to make? My costumes don’t take much to make. I obviously use regular clothes for much of them, and once my props were purchased, then they were easily re-used.
How much time does it take to make an average costume? The time it takes to make my costumes is highly variable. My Batman took over 2 hours to apply the latex and eye make up. My Rocky takes about 30 minutes to apply and paint my eye prosthetics, now that I’ve done it a few times.
My Rambo takes almost no time at all, and my Wolverine takes about 15 minutes to color my hair and beard (unless I’m adding the open wounds, which takes about 30 minutes).
What makes it so rewarding? What makes it so rewarding is all the compliments and good reaction I get.
Do you have a regular group you partner up with for costumes? I often partner up with my X-Men buddies, like Angi Viper, Cosplay Tay, Katherine Crown, Lost Boy Cosplay, the Trinity All-Stars, Dead FNPool, Madison Grey, and Kaotic Cosplay. I once brought a date to a con, who cosplayed for the first time, too, dressing up as Jean Grey, obviously.
I recently wrote and organized an epic parody song video for the holidays, called The 12 Days of X-Men, which showcased most of the above, and many other amazing cosplayer friends. The video is on YouTube, and it came out really nice!
What would you say to people who have thought about doing cosplay, but haven’t quite worked up the nerve yet? To people who haven’t worked up the nerve to cosplay but who really want to do so, I recommend trying it out for Halloween, perhaps, to see how comfortable you are in the costume and how good of a reaction you get. After the great reaction I always had on Halloween, I was pretty confident that my cosplays would be well-received at a convention.
Do you have a website people can check out more of your costumes? Please check me out at https://www.facebook.com/Lonstermash for more pictures, and be sure to check out The 12 Days of X-Men on YouTube.
Thanks for sharing your cosplay exploits Lon! If you’d like to share your cosplay adventures, hit me up here or on Facebook.