A Geek-Filled Weekend! (Part 1)
What a weekend!
The last several days have been nuts and I am sad it's all over, exhausted from the craziness and above all drained from the festivities that I was a part of.
First things first, a while back I was contacted by someone at the Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut to be a part of a Star Wars themed event, a Disco and Dessert after party after they had seen my Disco Fett. Needless to say, it was kind of surreal and kind of awesome that someone wanted me to be a part of it!
So, we headed to the museum to an author event beforehand, where a couple of the Extended Universe Star Wars authors giving a talk. Granted, I don't know much about the EU but it was one of those events as someone who loves Star Wars and writing, it was a great chance to hear from these writers about their experiences. It was overwhelming positive and inspiring in many ways, given that I struggle as a writer myself and seeing these men given encouraging words about it all was extremely uplifting. I had to say, I was very pleased with the talk, the questions and overall vibe of the event.
The panel was of course, a nice bonus, but I was definitely more concerned about the party after, given that I didn't know what to expect. I mean...I didn't expect much as far what I needed to do, other than to shmooze and hang out with everyone and possibly take pictures. I didn't realize I would be getting into something SO much bigger. As someone who usually goes to cons in costumes, this was something else entirely...But...It ended up being pretty great.
Yup. I got a throne. My contact, Joey, got me a throne and I got to sit and chill as people started showing up. With lights and pounding disco music, this was a very different animal. I mean, it wasn't necessarily a HUGE event or anything, but you could tell that the people at the Mark Twain House put in a really in a fantastic effort to make this something special. There were desserts, music and an open bar, but as the people filtered in, no one was really coming to dance. I mean, getting the party started is always a challenge and to make the first move was key. So...I was in costume. With my helmet. I couldn't let this stand.
Disco Fett: What the What?
The last couple of weeks have been kind of nuts for my most recent cosplay.
I have to admit, when I decided to cosplay as Disco Fett, I was going to wear the costume a few more times at a handful of cons and maybe do a photo shoot or two. However, that notion changed when I shared the look with a few groups I was in, including the Replica Prop Forum. The results for the latter were overwhelming and it was a huge hit.
Not just a few days after that, I was contacted by someone from the Mark Twain House in CT for one of their upcoming events: A Star Wars-themed Disco After Party. Needless to say, it was a surreal moment and I was completely floored. I never expected such a positive reaction.
That wasn't the end of it either.
The Dented Helmet, a Boba Fett costume construction resource group, shared a video of me goofing off and dancing before heading off to Terrificon in CT. I mean, I wasn't trying to do anything serious, and if I had known that it was going to be shared to such a large audience, I would've made something a bit better. However, as simple as it was, it was apparently good enough to share with people and that was kind of mind-blowing. I guess it's an excuse to maybe to a video later on? Star Wars themed Disco Music Video? MAYBE.
In any case, those two random occurrences caught me off guard in such a good way. I was proud of the work we (my fiance' and I) put into this whole thing. It was a strong effort and the results were awesome, however it was crazy that so many people loved it. I went into this cosplay thing partly to challenge myself as an artist with something new, as well as maybe getting SOME recognition. To be honest, I don't see myself doing this as a full-time kind of thing, but lately, I wonder if I should explore the possibilities, IE going to places as a Disco Fett, perhaps to Downtown Boston as a tourist (an idea suggested by multiple people) or perhaps link up with other Star Wars groups for events and projects. Who knows? It's still too early to tell, but maybe it's worth looking into. Not holding my breath, but maybe I should try? As I said, the notion of doing something more with this cosplay is at the forefront...
Who knows what will happen? I await for the next few possibilities and potential appearances I could make at random events. Someone famous could see me and tell their friends...Or not...I mean, it's not like JJ Abrams is going to invite me to the Star Wars premiere this December. Or could he?
IT COULD HAPPEN.
OK. Here's to the next chapter with this costume...
Cosplaying at Connecticut ComiconN
After the success of Thorio and Luiki, I decided I wanted to continue on this mash-up cosplay road. I've done straight up interpretations of characters, but lately I've felt that doing a combination of two things provided a chance to be really creative, along with providing a set of fun challenges.
A while back, I bought a Boba Fett helmet and while I wanted to maybe dress up as the iconic bounty hunter, I decided to try something different. After brainstorming and bit of inspiration, I decided to go with Disco Fett. I had seen other interpretations before, but I wanted to make something different.
After some spray painting and the placing of several hundred plastic mirror tiles (eventually trying to place them on a round surface became a challenge on its own), plus the building of a moving disco ball for the antenna, which was built using a spinning lollipop, the idea became a reality. It was a lot of work and I owe a great deal to my fiance' for her work on said antenna, and after a lot of trial and error, it soon came together.
Funny enough, I had a suit and other pieces ready to go, so the helmet was actually the last thing to become part of the final look. Yes, I even had the platform shoes beforehand.
Sterling arts & Design
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