First name and last initial: Lennon P
Where are you from originally or reside currently: I’m from Los Angeles, California but currently reside in Sherwood, Arkansas
How long you have been cosplaying: Since 2009
Other Characters cosplayed: Spiderman-my favorite: my last name is Parker just saying; Superman, Captain Kirk, Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger, Emmet from the LEGO movie
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1. Who or what inspired you to cosplay?
Two things inspired me to cosplay. The first was seeing cartoon characters in mascot costumes in person as a child. I thought it was so cool as a child to see characters I would watch on TV appear right in front of me. Which is why I will stay in a hot, hot, hot costumes (like my Emmet from the LEGO movie) for hours with no complaints to make the children happy who want a picture or just to meet me. I was once their size and understand the excitement they feel. The second thing that inspired me were [sic] the comic books! As a kid and even now I enjoy reading comics and keeping up with my heroes. When I went into my local comic book store over ten years ago, I saw a flyer for a comic-con with a cosplay contest. I wondered what a cosplay was…sometime type of theatrical play? The clerk told me, you dress up as your favorite superhero and have a meet and greet with other fans and get judged for your costume. I thought of my childhood of when I saw characters in person and the thought of dressing up as a hero when its not Halloween, which is my favorite holiday sold me! My first cosplay was Superman and from than on I alternated different characters at cons.
2. What do you do when you aren’t cosplaying (hobbies, community service, or work)?
When I’m not cosplaying I am working at the best community college in Arkansas! Pulaski Technical College, where I manage the content on the college website, and provide photography and videography services with a lovely side title to my job other duties as assigned. I love what I do, especially since its a technology based job where technology is always changing which keeps me on my toes! In the evenings I can be spotted at the gym keeping myself healthy and teaching Zumba Fitness to children and after spending time with my wife and three kids. On the weekends, I enjoy building with LEGO’s which I teach LEGO classes to children around the state, collecting action figures and comic books. I love Iron Man comics!
3. What costumes have provided the biggest challenge and rewards so far and why?
A lot of the costumes I have worn have been pretty simple, but the biggest challenge that comes to mind would have to be my Emmet from the LEGO movie. That is the hottest costume I have ever cosplayed in! The challenge is my vision. It’s a big wide outfit and my eyes are really small so its a pill walking around without falling on my rear but the reward of it is appearing screen accurate in person and giving the look and feel of a LEGO Minifigure. The kids love it and that’s the reward for me! Since I’ve been cosplaying, the highlight and personal reward for myself was getting to play the William Shatner version of Captain Kirk (real Captain Kirk to me) at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California.
4. What is the best advice you would give someone new to cosplaying?
Save your pennies! Cosplaying can get expensive if your the picky type that wants screen accurate plus, plus, plus quality. I’m putting together my dream costume of Iron Man that is screen accurate and I’m having to save and purchase pieces to it a little at a time. Having friends who cosplay as well is a plus because trading is a plus and if you are a cosplayer something in you has a creative talent so when you and a bunch of cosplay friends team up to help each other out with costumes the possibilities are endless and saves money!
5. What is one thing the cosplaying community can do better when it comes to dealing with each other?
Enjoy it! I hate seeing people in the cosplay community that are so vain and take cosplay way to seriously. I’ve seen kids try really hard to look like a character and to hear a adult put them down isn’t right. I see this a lot. If they don’t have a million dollar costume, they are doomed. Its all about having fun and that’s what people need to remember who are doing cosplay. It’s great way to temporarily escape the real world by becoming a fictional character for a short time. It brings joy to a lot of kids who attend cons and even brings joy to adults. Our world needs more joy and happiness in it!