But what to do?
I was planning on doing Mario cosplay at some point, but maybe doing an edgy/tough version of him or something. I started finding pieces, ie things to build a hammer, but as I slowly realized, my mind was drifting into a mash-up of some sort. Mario meets Marvel...Something...Then it hit me: Mario had wings on his hat like Thor. They both had hammers. Both had red in their costume. Thor and Mario: THORIO.
A wonderful and insane idea was born. I was floored. Thorio and Luiki.
From there, my fiance Sue and I started building the props and costumes. We planned to have them ready for Boston Comic Con. After several weeks of planning, creating and building, Thorio and Luiki made their debut.
Little did we know that this simple idea would be a huge hit. Everyone who saw us loved the mash-up. People stopped us ever couple of minutes to take a photo of us or with us. We got to pose with other cosplayers as well, making sure we got pictures with the Lokis, Thors, Mario Bros and everything else. It was surreal and incredibly rewarding. I couldn't believe it. I was so happy that people really liked what we had done. I was honestly expecting to get some good reactions, but nothing that was so overwhelmingly positive. The energy of the con was amazing as well. The people there were awesome and it just created an unforgettable atmosphere. Everyone was so nice and supportive. That, combined with my elation and happiness, created this small high for me. I could almost attribute the feeling to the one I got when I would be on stage performing, or even just finishing a run for a series of shows. It was a blast.
A shout out to everyone and everything at Boston Comic Con that made that weekend one never to forget.
To be continued...