Friday, August 09, 2013

Who should I cosplay? (poll embedded)

Since my stroke, some people on my recovery team have suggested that I need some new hobbies. They think it would be good for my brain to learn some new skills and do something that gets me out around people more. I've been thinking about that, and here's an idea I came up with: cosplay. It seems like a pretty engaging hobby. Since I'd hate to do something like that in a half-assed way, I'd need to do character research and learn how to do costumes, makeup, and props. Then, I could go to cons, which would cover the "people" part.

To do cosplay, the first thing I need is a character. Here are my ideas so far for characters I could cosplay:
  1. Jayne Cobb (Adam Baldwin's character) from Firefly
  2. Klingon warrior from Star Trek
  3. Zed (Sean Connery's character) from Zardoz
Who should I choose? Of course, there are pros and cons to each of those. Here's a breakdown:

Jayne
Pros
  • Authenticity: Physically, I'm a natural for the part. I'm the same age as Adam Baldwin (we were born 27 days apart) and about the same size (I'm actually a skosh bigger).
  • Simplicity: All I'd need are boots, fingerless gloves, khaki pants, an appropriate T-shirt, maybe a fatigue jacket, a Jayne hat, a big knife, and a couple of big guns. All easily available. I wouldn't have to worry about a hairstyle; I'd just keep the hat on. And I already have the beard, I'd just need to trim it a little differently and darken it.
  • Bonus: The character has his own cool theme song that people might sing to me:

Cons
  • Simplicity: It's actually a little too simple. I'd probably end up buying almost everything rather than making it, which would kind of miss the point a little bit.
  • Obscurity: Of course, anyone at a con would probably recognize a Firefly character, but if I were to be Jayne for Halloween or something, only cool nerdy people would even know who I am.

Klingon
Pros
  • It'd be challenging. A good Klingon costume requires extensive makeup, including prostheses for the nose and forehead, a wig, and an elaborate costume. I'd have the opportunity to learn and apply a bunch of new skills. But, do it right and it can look this good.
  • Creativity. I don't have a specific character in mind (just "a Klingon"), so I could invent one, along with a backstory, on my own.
  • Recognizability. Just one glance, and everyone would know what I am. It would be just as good for Halloween as for a con (if not better).
  • In a good costume, I'd make a hella imposing Klingon. I figure I'd be about 6'9" (206 cm) from the soles of my boots to the top of my skull ridges, with girth to match. In fact, I'd probably be a lot like James Worthy:

Cons
  • It'd be very challenging. I'd have to learn how to do makeup, how to make facial prostheses, and how to sew. I'm not sure I really want to put in that much time. And it's easy to make the prostheses look bad, like you're just wearing a bumpy helmet or something.
  • It'd be expensive. I'd need a wig, makeup, liquid latex, and a lot of material, including leather (or at least vinyl), which isn't cheap. Plus props.

Zed
Pros
  • Simplicity. All I'd need is a wig (I could grow the mustache), boots, and some red material to sew. (It's not like I'd need to make a shirt or pants.)
  • Authenticity. I'm a lot like Sean Connery. Middle-aged? Check. Hairy? Check. In decent shape, but nowhere near good enough shape to really rock thigh-high leather boots, bandoleers, and a red bikini? Check.
  • High comedic value. In that costume, I'd be sure to attract a lot of attention and laughter, and I'm all about the laughter.
Cons
  • Authenticity. I'm a lot like Sean Connery. Middle-aged? Check. Hairy? Check. In decent shape, but nowhere near good enough shape to really rock thigh-high leather boots, bandoleers, and a red bikini? Check.
  • High comedic value. In that costume, I'd be sure to attract a lot of attention and laughter. Sure, I'm all about the laughter, but I really prefer that people laugh with me, not at me.

Well, that's what I'm thinking. Help me make up my mind by clicking one of these answers, and, if you want, explaining why in a comment.


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2 comments:

  1. I have not heard of Zed or Jayne (I'm a bit out of the pop culture loop, I guess). It looks like you have one choice in the difficult-costume-easily-recognizable category and two in the simple-costume-more-obscure category (such that those who aren't in the know might not realize you're in costume). With the latter, it would probably be less fun to make the costume but more fun to see if people recognize you.

    Do you have any ideas that are more in-between on these parameters? i.e. medium-level difficulty and medium-level obscurity?

    I think it would be really fun to do a Klingon costume (and learn to speak Klingon, etc), but it's not terribly original. OTOH, there's the advantage that it's easy to find a community of Klingons who can give you advice and help on your costume. OTOOH, they're weirdos. ;)

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  2. "Might not realize I'm in costume"? Who is going to see me walking around in thigh-high leather boots, bandoleers, and a red bikini, and not realize I'm in some sort of costume?

    Anyway, I've also been thinking I could do "Heisenberg" (not Werner, the other one). I've already got the shaved head and the beard; all I'd need is a pork-pie hat and an old-man windbreaker. Or I could go with a yellow hazmat suit and gas mask.

    I'm already thinking of being Heisenberg for Halloween. I could stop all the kids right before they knock on my door and say "I am the one who knocks" and give them blue Jolly Ranchers.

    Of course, all that is in the simple-but-obscure category again.

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