Last year at SDCC, a little girl came up to me and her dad asked me for a picture. After the picture was taken, I noticed she was wearing a hearing aid and when she went back to her family, they were using American Sign Language! I am an ASL interpreter, so I sparked up a conversation and she was elated that a superhero knew how to communicate with her using her language!
Nightcrawler has always been one of my favorite characters. Because of his looks, he was bullied and ostracized by society and could easily have lost his faith and his faith in humanity. Instead, he fights to protect them. His whit and charm make him loved by those who know him and his powers and acrobatic skills make him an important member of the X-Men and other groups he has been associated with.
This version of Nightcrawler is my third iteration. I wore my first to Rose City Comic Con in 2013. It was my second time putting together a cosplay and I was really proud of how it came out. A year later, after many hours of watching YouTube tutorials, I decided I could do better and revamped it. Several years later, more experienced, and many more hours of tutorials, I decided I wanted to make the body suit myself and have that red “V” made from the same material as the suit and actually attached.
Body Suit: Wet-look spandex from Spandex World Inc. and a Yaya Han pattern, HEAVILY modified. The end result when following the pattern was incredibly baggy, so most of it needed to be taken in. I also tweaked the pattern to include the red “V” and shoulder pieces, which are spandex pockets with craft foam shoved up in them.
Feet: Water socks cut down the middle to make two distinct toes and a ping pong ball in the back.
Tail: Wire for the 3D shape, cardboard for a carving guide, insulation foam, and attached with belts cinched around my abdomen…painful!
Swords: Metal rod, cardboard carving guide, insulation foam, and paper mâché clay.
Face paint: Airbrushed – ProAiir