Cosplays at Comicpalooza Are Always Fun

It’s amazing how people react to me when I put on a Spider-Man costume. I don’t know how many kids, teens, and adults either fist-bumped, hugged, or posed for pictures with me on Saturday at Comicpalooza, but it was a lot. I know they’re responding to the costume, and the positive associations they have with Spider-Man when they see me, and it’s always a rewarding experience.

I like to think there’s at least one part I bring to the cosplay that goes beyond just the costume, though. Striking dynamic poses and imitating Spider-Man’s mannerisms is something I’ve come to also enjoy about “being” Spider-Man. I’ve studied his movements from movies, cartoons, and video games, and do what I can to incorporate them into my disguise.

I know I’ve gotten more than a couple of good-natured giggles when I’ve crouched up on the seat of a chair, knees bent and arms gripping the front of the seat between my legs, turning my head in short, quick motions. Con-goers and fans have often reacted with surprise and admiration when I’ve crouched into a Spidey pose for a picture. I also make a point of talking in a friendly, interested manner to any little kids who notice me, something that parents always seem to appreciate.

During the con, I had one little girl, a tiny, cute little thing whom I could scarcely believe was old enough to be walking, run up to me and give me a hug. She was so far ahead of her mother that we finished the hug before the mother was able to catch up with her, so she had to hug me again in order for her mother to take the picture. When we were done, her mother was so grateful and happy that her daughter got to give her favorite superhero a hug.

Another little boy was so excited to see me, he ran to get into the picture I was taking with his older brother, yelling, “SPIDER-MAAAAAN!!” all the way until he crashed into me with a hug. It was without a doubt one of the funniest, most satisfying moments of the weekend. I high-fived both brothers afterwards, told them to enjoy the con, and wished them and their parents well as they headed off into the growing crowd.

These are the kinds of moments I live for. They’re one of the big reasons I do cosplays in the first place.

Spider-Man in particular gets a lot of love at these kinds of events, though he’s by no means the only cosplay I’ve done. Past costumes have included Nightwing, Hawkeye, the Crow, and an anonymous Jedi. I consider them all wins, as I’ve always gotten at least one compliment from an onlooker. I realize that may make my standards low, but I think as long as anyone has enjoyed the cosplay I’ve put together, then that’s all I need to know.

To say I enjoy doing cosplays would be an understatement. I look for any and every reason to put on a costume and let my nerd flag fly. Just ask any of my co-workers!

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Spider-Man: Homecoming Set Photos Takeaway: I Want That Backpack

Yesterday Looper, an entertainment website, put up some photos fresh from the set of 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming showing actor Tom Holland in his Spider-Man costume.  They’re pretty good, and aside from showing a clearly less-shiny version of Spidey’s costume from Captain America: Civil War, provide a clear glimpse of a backpack presumably used by the character both for high school and hero-ing.

The fact that this is a fairly plain JanSport backpack actually makes me really happy, as whenever I cosplay Spidey at conventions, I usually have had bags that I carry (because hey, gotta keep that spare set of civvies nearby) and fish through when I need something in them.  While I haven’t actually carried one in a few years, I’ve always felt a backpack was an appropriate thing for Spider-Man to carry around.  Clearly writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Mark Bagley agree with me (or I with them), as Peter Parker from the Ultimate Spider-Man comics also carried around a backpack with some regularity.

I’d also argue that if you’re going to be a masked, anonymous vigilante with superpowers who wants to keep his identity secret yet still carry a backpack, you’re best going with a commonly carried, plain-colored backpack that will be hard to easily identify as belonging to just one individual.  Still, in this day and age of social media, mobile phone cameras, and Instagram, it’s probably not going to throw people off that easily.

In any case, yeah, I now want one of those things.  I’ve actually wanted one for a while, but now even more so.  Maybe not in that color, but definitely for my cosplay purposes at the least.

I can’t wait for 2017 to get here.

Achievement Unlocked: The Latter Half of the Web-Line

Those of you who know me are well aware of my obsession with a certain web-slinging superhero.  For the last few years, I’ve been on a quest to collect the full run of Amazing Spider-Man, and for the most part I’d say I’ve been pretty successful in making progress to that goal.  Today at Comicpalooza, I found a number of issues from the 400s (and/or that horrible volume 2 “relaunch” that I only barely acknowledge) that have unlocked what I feel is a personal achievement.

I don’t know if I’ll actually ever complete a full Picture 23run of ASM, but I can at least now claim I’ve completed the latter half of the original 700-issue run (yes, there are more issues since those, but I’ve got all of them, as I’ve been subscribing to ASM since 2012), as the acquisition of these issues–in addition to the 9/11 “black” issue earlier this week–mean that I now have every issue of Amazing Spider-Man from #300-700.  It’s taken me about four years of searching and hunting, and spending, but I now have a massively unbroken streak of these comics that more than comprises the latter half of the original run.

To be sure, I have plenty of other issues in my collection previous to #300 (though numbers 298 and 299 are literally the highest numbers of the comic that I currently do not have), and I’m gradually filling in those gaps as I’m able to.  I have already gotten my hands on every one of the anniversary issues (#100, 200, 300, and so on), and even got #100 signed by Stan Lee a couple years ago–at Comicpalooza, of course (more about that at another time). Now my main focus is probably going to be to work my way backwards, as the key issues get more expensive, and the older issues get rarer and harder to find.

Since I’ve gone ahead and given my achievement a name, I figure I’ll create one and add some text to it:

  • The Latter Half of the Web-Line: Collect an unbroken run of Amazing Spider-Man from #351-700.

In fact, I think I’ll add a couple more to this particular quest for now, as I think they’re worthy of mention (and this is fun!):

  • Happy Anniversary: Collect each of the anniversary issues of Amazing Spider-Man.
    • ASM #100
    • ASM #200
    • ASM #300
    • ASM #400
    • ASM #500
    • ASM #600
    • ASM #700
  • Questionable Allies: Collect the first appearances of Morbius, Punisher, and Black Cat.
    • ASM #101
    • ASM #129
    • ASM #194

And if you take a look at my collection thus far, you’ll see I’ve completed Happy Anniversary, but not Questionable Allies yet.  And it may be awhile before I do.  I think I may try to come up with some more achievements for collecting ASM, later.

Anyway, it’s been a long, and exhausting, but ultimately rewarding day at Comicpalooza.  I’m looking forward to more pictures and fun tomorrow, and hopefully I’ll have more to talk about soon.

Scarlet Spider CP 2016
Yep, that’s me at the GRB, ready for Comicpalooza to start.  Did you know that Scarlet Spider stole Cap’s shield from him once, too?  Why would I make this up?