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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