One of the things I love about Conventions and Social Media, is the ability to make new friends. New friends that are like minded individuals that I am immediately able to bond with over shared Geek interests.
In meeting some cosplayers at Steel City Con over the weekend, I joined a facebook chat group. I was immediately accepted into their flock with salutations and awesome posts of geekdom. That's where I met The Peoples Republic of Raynstroyk. I have seen many different Cosplays over the years, but never a Strato-Viper from G.I. Joe.
IMP- what/how did you get into cosplay?
PRR- Actually, a friend of mine cosplayed as Gene Simmons at Awesome Con DC 2014. He was the only one in our group that dressed up. It was great to see all the smiles he was bringing to people's faces. We all agreed that we will cosplay at Awesome Con DC 2015 (which we did). I decided to do Bazooka. It seemed cheap and easy and I always loved the character growing up. I researched cosplay sites and came across The Finest and said “that's what I want to do”. I did Bazooka and all of the recognition, smiles, and love I was getting was great and I fell in love. The Finest accepted me and they have become good friends. A great bunch of people. They got me out of a dark place.
IMP- how long have you been doing cosplay?
PRR- If you count Shaun from Shaun of the Dead for Halloween...2 years.
IMP- what are some of the biggest challenges when it comes to cosplay?
PRR- Getting my ideas materialized. I learned how to use a sewing machine and work with foam real quick. I became the “seamstress” for my friends. Also, getting over my social anxiety and going out in public dressed up.
IMP- what is your favorite cosplay?
PRR- So far, my Strato Viper. I can hide behind my mask. ;)
IMP- tell me about the charity work.
PRR- I haven't done much, yet. Girls of the Finest 2015 is the first of many. It was the main reason I joined The Finest...charity work, but it's turned into more for me.
IMP- how many cons do you do a year?
PRR- Not many. It's hard to do with family and work priorities. I am getting my wife and kids involved now. My son cosplayed as Indiana Jones at a recent event and he loved it. Hopefully, we will do more.
IMP- favorite con?
PRR- I love Awesome Con DC, but so far Retro Con in Oaks, PA is my favorite. It's where I met more of my Finest family and made more friends. My Bazooka also landed me a hug from a fellow Finest member I have never, and still, really haven't met.
IMP- do you do other events beside cons? If so, what are they?
PRR- I did a recent costume thing with fellow Finest members just to see my friends, but I would love to do more.
IMP- what advice would you give to someone just starting to cosplay?
PRR- Do it for the smiles and love, not the fame. Don't be afraid to do what you love, no matter your color, size, situation, budget, etc. Be yourself in someone else clothes.
IMP- what other aspects of geekdom do you enjoy?
PRR- Name it.
I am really glad that I got to meet P.R.R. and that there are more people out there like me who enjoy all facets of geek. #GeeksAreSheek
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