Cosplayer of the Month: Lonstermash (Special 4th of July Update!)
Every month we pick a cosplayer and feature them on Geeks With Wives as our Cosplayer of the Month! Check back on the last Wednesday of each month to see who we are featuring that month! You may have noticed that we have changed things up a little bit, and it’s in response to the popularity of this section. We are going to giving you weekly Cosplay features each Wednesday, that lead into our pick for Cosplayer of the Month on the final Wednesday!
I was inspired into starting my cosplay career by the great reactions I got from fans and fellow cosplayers at my first convention (Comikaze 2012). I have never received so much appreciation in my life! It made me feel like Michael Jordan or something!
What does “cosplay” mean to you?
“Cosplay” means to me dressing up as a character and having all kinds of fun while doing it. It’s basically Halloween whenever you want it to be (my favorite holiday, by the way)
You aren’t the typical Coplayer physically, tell us, what does the Weapon X workout consist of?
My work out consists of hard core weight training 5 to 6 days a week for about 90 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of ab work, followed by 20 minutes of cardio. i also incorporate kick boxing workouts (I studied karate for many years), and running up and down stairs, often on my “days off.” My diet (or as I like to call it—my eating lifestyle), is a MAJOR component, and it consists of 6 high protein, moderate carbs and fats meals, and at least 10 glasses of water each day, too. I DO cheat here and there with things like pizza and candy, but I’m a very light to nothing drinker, which helps a lot.
To buy a good set of claws—lol. Not knowing my cosplay would ever get this far after my first con, I used my home made claws for my first photo shoot and another 3 cons, 2 of which were really big (LBCC and Wondercon). They looked OK, and I got a lot of compliments on them, BUT, when I got the claws I’ve used since, my cosplay got SO much better! I had made them for Halloween many years before, which is when all of my cosplay characters began, and had NO idea they would ever be used again years later, let alone at multiple conventions.
You are pretty well known for your “Hugh Jackman” Logan Cosplay, are we ever going to see you in a classic Wolverine suit?
Probably not, as I don’t think I’d look too good in yellow spandex, lol. AND if you put a mask on me, I lose my resemblance to Hugh, which really sets me apart. I WOULD try it out, however, if someone else makes it for me, though, but I’m not about to spend several hundred dollars (close to $1000 if I got a good mask) it would cost.
I’d love to, but, especially being a man (and it’s NOT a “man’s world” when it comes to earning money selling prints/making appearances, and/or getting appearance expenses covered), I don’t think it’s a realistic way to support yourself. Fortunately, I’m a physical therapist and have been gainfully employed for 20 years now, so my career is pretty solid (though not as fun as cosplay). I HAVE, however, earned money for private party appearances at non-cosplay events, and I hope to do as much of that as possible while I still can.
If you had unlimited resources, what is your dream cosplay?
My dream cosplay, with unlimited resources, would be a movie quality Batman outfit like Christian Bale wore in “Batman Begins” and at the beginning of “The Dark Knight.”
Where can we follow your future cosplay endeavors?
Follow me at https://www.facebook.com/Lonstermash
Photographs provided by: Jonathon Courtot, Ed Stuart & Craigs Cosplay Corral