Welcome back to Cosplay Spotlight! For the fourteenth edition we present to you D-Piddy! As usual, our promise is to bring you some of the amazing work these cosplayers do, but also we will be focusing on the why’s and the how’s!
The Merc with the Moves. The Dancing Degenerate. That one Deadpool cosplayer you’ve probably seen on the internet.
Comic Book Therapy – What got you into doing cosplay?
D-Piddy – Friends. I always saw pictures of cosplayers on the internet, and being a super-duper geek myself, I’ve always wanted to try it. Of course, I didn’t wanna go and dress up myself. But when a bunch of my friends decided to attend Anime Expo in Los Angeles a couple of years back, I decided to join in on the fun. We dressed up as a group of Anbu ninjas from Naruto. Seeing how much I enjoyed the experience, I attended more conventions, and did more cosplays. I always had a good time whenever I went to a con, but it wasn’t until I decided to cosplay as Deadpool I found the full extent of how much fun I could have at a convention.
CBT – Deadpool is definitely a fan favorite for many. What interested you to portray the merc with the mouth?
DP – Deadpool was always a favorite character of mines, so cosplaying him was inevitable. I also thought, “if I was Deadpool, I can act silly and still be in character!” Win/win for me.
CBT – Your videos are hilarious and fun. What inspired you to do the “Deadpool Vs.” videos?
DP – Firstly, I’ve always wanted to make a convention video. I mean, there’s already tons out there, but they’re always the same: feature a cool/sexy cosplayer, pan the camera around the subject, pan away, fade into the next cosplayer. I thought, “conventions are FUN,” and I wanted to record a nice, humorous, silly video. My friends at Critiques4Geeks.com asked me to come along to a convention with them, and they suggested I do a video in my Deadpool outfit for their YouTube channel. At the time, I actually retired my Deadpool, but I did for them. Apparently, a lot of people liked the video (Deadpool vs Fanime), so I did more, and more, until it ended up being this… thing. Now I’m getting tons of request to do Deadpool vs Whatever. Hopefully I have the time to do them all, cause some of the fans’ suggestions are pretty rad.
CBT – How did you come about creating your costume?
DP – I never cosplayed a full-on spandex suit before, and I had no idea how to make one, so I initially eneded up buying a Deadpool outfit from eBay. Unfortunately, it didn’t look the way I wanted it to look. The eyes were weird shaped, small and pointy, and the blacks weren’t that bold. The face was just completely wrong. So, I decided to go out and shop for some materials, and with the help of some costly forums, was able to make my suit. For all the straps, utility pockets and holsters, I bought them all from a local army surplus store and sewed them all together. My straps for my sword I had to make myself. The belt buckle was a piece of wood I carved, sanded and painted on myself. And… yeah, that’s basically it. My suit is really damaged though, so I’m currently making a new version.
CBT – Creating costumes is very time consuming, especially when you want to make sure it’s authentic as possible. What keeps you motivated to continue and how do you handle the stress?
DP – Motivation? I just don’t have a life.
CBT – Have you participated in any contests?
DP – To be honest, I think my Deadpool costume sucks. People say I’m great as Deadpool, which is flattering, but my costume isn’t the best Deadpool costume out there. People don’t judge cosplay contests by the way you act; they judge by the quality of the costume. Maybe if I think my Deadpool 2.0 is good enough, I’ll enter that.
CBT – What is your best Con memory?
DP – I have too many. I always have a good time at every convention.
CBT – Cosplaying as Deadpool must’ve given you a lot of praise and great encounters from other cosplayers. Aside from Cosplay, how would you describe yourself as a geek?
DP – I’m a huge geek, in almost every aspect. While I don’t have the time to play as much as I’d like to, I play tons of video games. Some of my favorites are Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy VI, Super Metroid, Super Castlevania, Mega Man X, Einhander, Puzzle Fighter, Xenogears, Katamari Damacy, Ikaruga and Fallout 3. Nowadays, I’m only playing UMvC3, Persona 4 Arena, Tekken Tag 2 and SF4 (I love fighters). I also love film. Some of my favorite films are Fight Club, Seven, Drive, Die Hard, Taxi Driver, Oldboy, Perfect Blue, Watchmen and The Departed. And while I don’t watch or read much anymore, I was into a lot of anime and manga. Now I’m only reading Berserk. I have a pretty big collection of comics and figurines, and I have two, 5-shelved bookshelves full of novels, art books and other random stuff. I like studying about World War II and film. Uh… comic books are a given, I guess. I’m not reading too many “superhero” books though, as I find independents a lot better. I’m really enjoying Brian Vaughan’s Saga, and of course, The Walking Dead. I love almost all of Mark Millar’s stuff… and, yeah. That’s about it. Oh, and I’m totally looking forward to Star Wars Episode VII.
CBT – There’s been a lot of turmoil because of the “sexual” component that is being discussed amongst convention organizers that sees many cosplayers getting asked to put some more clothes or turned away because their costumes are to “risque”. How do you feel about the apparent censorship of these costumes?
DP – Well, if they’re trying to be as accurate as possible to the character they are portraying, I don’t see why the problem. I mean, a girl can’t be Spider-Woman without a skin-tight suit, or a Vamprella without some skin showing, am I right? But when a girl dresses up as a “slutty version of Homer Simpson,” and then wears nothing but yellow body paint, a white bra and some denim underwear, then yeah, I understand the problem.
CBT – Many Cosplayers are either into Comic Books or Manga/Anime. What are you most into? Favorite Comic or Manga/Anime?
DP – I was always into American comics since I was young, but started to get into anime during my early teens. Now I’m back into reading comics again, but not so much the mainstream, superhero stuff. As for my favorite manga: Death Note, Berserk, Dragon Ball. Anime: Paranoia Agent, Princess Mononoke, Trust/Betrayal (Samurai X). Comics: Watchmen, Neonomicon, Y: The Last Man
CBT – Cosplayers are vital and very popular at conventions. Is there a network that cosplayers established to assist each other?
DP – A network? I dunno, I just kinda ask them for there phone numbers so we can hang out.
CBT – Any advice you would like to offer up and coming cosplayers?
DP – Don’t do drugs.
CBT – Thank you so much for your time. Anything else you’d like for us to be on the look out for?
DP- I’ll finally be making a new cosplay, which I’ll be debuting at WonderCon 2013. I’m going to be Daken, Wolverine’s son. Oh, and of course, more Deadpool vs videos.
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