First name and last initial: William H.
Where are you from originally or reside currently? I’m originally from Amarillo, TX but currently live in Valdosta, GA.
How long you have been cosplaying? I have been cosplaying for 7 years.
Other characters cosplayed: Curse of the Spawn, Predator, Deathstroke, Deadpool, Death of the Family Joker, Endgame Joker, Heath Ledger Joker, Venom, Knightfall Batman, Ghost Rider (Agents of Shield), Robbie Reyes Ghost Rider (comic), 30 Days of Night Vampire, and Kylo Ren.
Who or what inspired you to cosplay? The community on a forum called Predatorium is what inspired me to cosplay. Seeing the amazing predator suits that everyone made, and how supportive everyone was of each other, was awesome. It made me want to branch out and try other characters, which led me to the RPF. I really do love the community, because of how much people support each other.
What do you do when you aren’t cosplaying? When I’m not cosplaying I am trying to learn more techniques, especially in SFX makeup. I actually want to become a professional artist when I finish my time in the military. My other hobbies are reading comic books and playing video games. It also helps that my wife is so supportive of all my hobbies.
What costumes provided the biggest challenge and rewards so far, and why? I would have to say my Predator and Curse of the Spawn were the most challenging and personally rewarding. My predator was the first cosplay I had ever done. I hunted for hours to find a mask and skins that I liked and were affordable. For the armor, dreads and hands, I did research to do my own. Hours sitting in front of a computer screen reading forum after forum. A lot of painting, trial and error with just as much frustration in between. The responses that I got from the finished product fueled me to make more though. My Curse of the Spawn was the biggest scratch build I had ever done. I used every technique I had learned over the years. Parts are sculpt and cast in resin, others were made from thremo-plastic and foam fab. The cape was hand-sewn, which is driving me to learn how to use a sewing machine.
What is the best advice you would give someone new to cosplaying? The best advice I could give for a new cosplayer is be patient. This is a hobby that will challenge you, and sometimes make you scream. Also, be open to constructive criticism. You will run into people who will be mean and nasty for no reason, but some that will try and give you advice on how to improve your costume.
What is one thing the cosplaying community can do better when it comes to dealing with each other? I would say we need to stop being so judgmental with each other. It has gotten worse over the years, and sometimes it can come off as very harsh. If we don’t support each other, we cannot improve as artists or people.