We were introduced to the Cosplay Producer at the Northeast Comic Con, Chris Doherty. He was in cosplay himself, dressed as the Tenth Doctor. Whovians will argue about the best doctor on Doctor Who, but many can agree that David Tennant is the sexy doctor. We were happy to talk to Chris about his passion, especially because he must have said “cosplay is my life” and that he “loves people” about a dozen times within five minutes.
LaPrade: “What goes into being a cosplay producer for a convention like this?”
Doherty: “You have to plan fun twists to competitions, be resourceful, promote everything, and be a people person. I wear many hats.”
LaPrade: “What draws you to cosplay?”
Doherty: “I love the people and the environment. I like to interact with fans. Children are so impressed! However, they also get scared sometimes. This happens when I cosplay as Two-face from the Batman series.”
LaPrade: “What other characters do you dress up as?”
Doherty: “Obviously the tenth Doctor, Sebastian of Black Butler, the Smallville Superman, Riku from Kingdom Hearts, and a jedi.”
LaPrade: “Are there any costumes you are working on putting together?”
Doherty: “I am getting materials together to be a male version of Rose from Doctor Who.”
LaPrade: “What are the cosplay contests that you set up for the Northeast Comic Con?”
Doherty: “We have create a hero/villian/character contests, a Jessica Rabbit cosplay contest, a cosplay dating contest and a cosplay death match. Cosplayers could have registered online or in person.”
We had a chance to catch some of those cosplay events as they happened on the stage throughout last weekend. Wearing costumes that fall under either the hero/villian archetype, something completely original or competing as a very specific character are pretty self-explanatory. A cosplay death match is when the audience determines the winner in rounds. Usually this involves characters that have weapons and can use fighting poses. Makes sense, right? What about the cosplay dating? Like the dating game shows of the past, they found one guy and he had to ask questions to a few ladies. The fun spin on things is that they have to answer the questions in a manner like what we might expect their character to say in response.
The cosplay judges picked a cosplayer emulating Starlord from “Guardians of the Galaxy.” It was rather comical that one of his possible matches is imitating Gamora from the same series. Other female players were a lady cosplaying as Jessica Rabbit, a female Sebastian from Black Butler, and what looks like a crossplaying Italy Veneziano from “Hetalia:Axis Powers.”
The first question that Starlord asks his female suitors is: “If I lost my ‘Awesome Mix Vol. 1’ tape, what song would be on your mixed tape for me?”
- Gamora says “It isn’t easy being green”
- Jessica Rabbit sings a sultry phrase from a song
- Italy said “a song about pasta?”
- Sebastian states “I’m simply one hell of a butler.”
Starlord asked (in a roundabout way) what their battle cry would be if they had to fight for their lives together?
- Gamora yells “I’m not some starry-eyed waif here to succumb to your pelvic sorcery!”
- Sebastian said “I order you to save me.”
- Italy exclaimed “I surrender!”
- Jessica Rabbit retreats “I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way!”
Starlord’s final question to the contestants was “If there was a movie based on your life, who would play you?
- Gamora indicates “Mila Kunis”
- Jessica Rabbit claims “Salma Hayek”
- Italy presumes “anybody who likes pasta”
- Sebastian postulates “somebody who wouldn’t mind being tied forever to a demonic butler.”
Starlord had to pick just one of these participants and he hesitated to make his choice. He explained “I don’t want to break any of their hearts…mostly because I don’t want to incur their wrath.” He wound up chosing Gamora and they had a free lunch together.
Other cosplayers of interest at the Northeast Comic Con and Collectibles Extravaganza were Katherine Zan dressed as Rogue from X-Men, Emily Simon showing her version of Queen Rapunzel, Negative Stacey cosplaying as a fembot from Austin Powers, Matches Malone as Batman, Kuno Yuro as Poison Ivy, a gentleman named Martin dressed as Captain America, and the Super Adequate Cosplay Society (SACS). Emily Simon must have spent a painstakingly long time to create her Rapunzel outfit out of scrap fabric. Her attire is just one affirmation that the fashion created for cosplay can truly be an art in it’s own right.