By all accounts…I’m a pretty geeky guy.
Wow, please, don’t gasp in shock all at once.
But I am. I collect DVD/blu-rays/comics and the occasional toy. I can talk endlessly about movies and comics. I know the works of directors/writers/actors off the top of my head. I watch fringe comedy/sci-fi shows. I go to fan conventions.
So yeah, I’m super geeky.
There are only a few things I’m don’t do the world of geekdom. 1.) I’m not a video gamer (I like video games just fine, but I don’t own a system and I just play casually with friends) 2.) I’ve never cosplayed (costume played)
Like video games, I have nothing against cosplay, but I just never did it. When I was younger (and a lot more cynical) I used to mock cosplayers at conventions. That’s ridiculous of course. It’s basically the kettle calling the other kettle black but with a weirder spout.
I never thought about cosplaying until…well…last year.
It was the midnight screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2. My friends decided to dress up in full Harry Potter cosplay that night.
Now for them, they only did Halloween costumes and never did a convention. Tonight, well tonight, they felt the love.
Fans got excited, tons and tons and tons of people wanted pictures. They were mini celebrities that night, and they were having a blast. At the end, they started thinking about wanting to do this for an actual convention. I saw how much fun they were having, and soon my brain started thinking.
In the months to come, I saw a few more friends try out cosplaying (this time at conventions) and soon they saw the fun in it too. The joy of pretending to be a character, the fun of posing for pictures….it was starting to be appealing.
Cut to a few weeks ago. I was hanging out with some friends. We just watched a movie together and were walking to get some dinner. Two of my friends were planing on cosplaying at ANIME EXPO (an Anime Convention in LA).
One was going as Deadpool….
The other was going as movie style Hawkeye….
My friends (lets call them Deadpool and Hawkeye respectively for this blog post) asked if I had plans on cosplaying for AX. I told them no, and that I wasn’t sure what to dress as anyways.
I told Deadpool that I had some mild interest in dressing up as Nightwing or Robin at one point, but I don’t have the time or the money.
Deadpool said “How about Red Hood? I have one of those masks from comic con.”
What mask is he talking about? This one….
And who’s Red Hood? Red Hood is former Robin Jason Todd, who is now a “dark” vigilante.
Huh….I thought about it.
When I went home, I reminded myself on how Red Hood looked like.
I quickly realized I HAVE that jacket. The rest is all black, some guns and a bat symbol. While Red Hood is not really one of my favorite characters, I can make the costume really quickly and easy.
So…..it wouldn’t hurt to do it…for ONE day.
I made a cheap (and I do mean CHEAP) red bat symbol out of cardboard, borrowed some belts and holsters from friends and well…..
Ok….I think it stinks and I look like a weird Mexican wrestler.
But you know, thats ok, I have seen worse at other conventions.
So I walked around with Deadpool and Hawkeye at the convention. I wasn’t getting much attention (especially since their costumes were AMAZING) until we were looking at one table at artist alley. The artist behind the table looked at me and quickly said….
Artist at Artist Alley Table: ….whoa, dude…are you….uh…oh crap…RED HOOD?!?
I nod my head.
Artist at Artist Alley Table: DUDE! Can I take a picture of you?
Ah….so it begins.
Or so I thought.
Not shocking, Red Hood (an American Comic character) is obviously not very well known at an ANIME convention.
But that’s ok. For every 3-4 people who confused me for Deadpool (which is funny because I was standing right NEXT to Deadpool!) Spider-Man, Batman Beyond (the red bat symbol makes it confusing I guess…), Batman (REALLY?!?) I got the few really excited guys who knew who I was.
One moment played like this….
Young Fan 1: OH man! Check out who this guy is dressed up as!
Young Fan 2: Duude, that’s a sick Deadpool!
Young Fan 1: NO YOU IDIOT! That ain’t Deadpool, this is Red Hood!
Young Fan 1 proceeded to tell me and Hawkeye how much he loved Red Hood, got excited because I was doing the new comics version of him, showed us his very cool pipe cleaner toys he made (his Red Hood one was at home he said) and proceeded to geek out to me. It was pretty adorable.
Now, Red Hood’s history has a dark one. You see, when Jason Todd was Robin, he got beaten to a pulp by Joker. When Todd came back from the dead as Red Hood(long story), lets just say he had some beef with Joker.
So of course…look who I bumped into at the convention…
He mockingly called me Deadpool and bird boy…and yeah, I played along, acting tough and gruff. Not gonna lie, it was pretty awesome.
I also enjoyed freaking out my friends that I did see at the convention, but didn’t know I was in costume…
I did that twice, and probably enjoyed it more then I should.
I ended the day taking some duo pictures with Deadpool and Hawkeye..
Then we ended our day at Denny’s.
So my finale thoughts on my first time trying out cosplay? Well, like my friends earlier in the blog post….I finally get the appeal. It’s fun, and yeah, its extended dress up for the right crowed.
And yes…I’m going to do it again. I want to actually put some WORK into it. I want to have a character that I can have some fun with. I have ideas for the next ones. Nothing crazy or elaborate. I won’t be ready for San Diego Comic Con, but the plan is to have it ready for Long Beach Comic Con. So yeah…I guess I cosplay now. Who knew. Sorry that I avoided it for so long.
P.S. All photos were taken by either Deadpool (if he’s not in the shot) or Hawkeye (if she’s not in the shot). Also, to commemorate my first cosplay, they got me this pin from Artist Alley. Thanks guys, your the best!