Name: Samuel Brooker
City: Clarksburg, WV
Photographer(s): The Portrait Dude – Cosplay Photography
What was your first Cosplay Experience?
I was Nightcrawler at Wizard World Ohio 2013. I loved seeing people faces light up when they saw me and wanted pictures. I also entered my first costume contest during that con and even though I didn’t win, it still felt great to hear people cheering for my cosplay.
How long have you been Cosplaying?
This will be 1 year of Cosplaying. So I’m still rather new to it.
Who or What inspired you to take up Cosplaying?
When I was a kid, I had this awesome Marvel Legends Nightcrawler action figure. I still have and love that action figure and decided I would do my best to bring the character to life. During Wizard World Ohio, I saw Michael “Knightmage” Wilson as a guest. Before that I didn’t even know you could be a guest for cosplay. I thought his costumes were amazing and decided I wanted to do what he does. So seeing him and all the other costumes in the contest really inspired me to go home and make more costumes.
If you had to pick a favorite Cosplay you have worn or see someone else where What would it be?
I like most of what I’ve made, but I think it’s a tie between Nightcrawler and Agent Venom. Nightcrawler was my first and is still my favorite comic book character. Plus people always seem to love seeing it. Agent Venom was my first time working with foam and I think it turned out pretty well. Even though a lot of people aren’t familiar with that version of Venom, I still feel awesome every time I wear it.
If you had unlimited funds and resources, what Cosplay would you create?
This is a tough one since there are still so many I want to make. I think I’ll have to go with Rattrap from Beast Wars. I love Beast Wars, plus it’s a character I’ve never seen done before.
What advice would you offer others who are aspiring Cosplayers?
Just have fun with it. As long as you love your costume, it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. Also, when making a costume don’t feel like you have to make it 100% accurate. You can do your own take on the character or change the design to work better for you. As long as it captures the essence of the character, fans will still know who you are cosplaying as.
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