I’ve always had a thing for villains, and after seeing Into the Spiderverse it was either I did KingPin because of how absurdly blocky and massive he was or Prowler because I was very pleased with his re-imagining for the movie and I thought it’d be dope to have a Bluetooth speaker embedded in the costume that played that moody banshee scream soundtrack everywhere I went to freak people out … Plus he had lights and was more of a challenge (I hate sewing ) so the Prowler it was!
I had a limited amount of time to get him done as I think I’d seen the movie 2-3 weeks before Katsucon so I got some advice from my seamstress friend @curiouslycrimson as to how I should go about the suit, she gave me some pointers and with a game plan in mind that was the first thing I tackled since sewing is not my strong suit ( pun intended ) … I’d bought the action figure on Amazon and that was a big help in figuring proportions and placement of the panels as the screenshots I found online were at extreme angles and a bit unclear sometimes what was where. I made the cape first ( making it, I added some light batting in between the purple/green layers as I wanted it to remain stiff mostly just like in the movie ) … I used an old long john set to pattern the top and bottom of the suit ( he just looks like he’s wearing some fancy PJ’s to me ) and spent a good 2 days putting everything together that was fabric related.
The prop/armor stuff came after I had the suit done. I attempted to Prototype the boots from existing patterns I’d done for my Killmonger76 cosplay but ended up starting from scratch
The gauntlets were also made out of Eva foam but unlike the
I mean, how hasn’t cosplay impacted me … it’s how I make a living now … Cosplay has brought so many positive people into my life and is also responsible for my constant striving to better myself as a crafter and as a person. I’ve learned so many new skills from the amazing community that’s willing to share most of their process and secrets right there on YouTube or blogs and also acquired the know-how of lasers and 3dprinting which I wouldn’t have discovered if it wasn’t for my interest in cosplay.
Photo (top) : David Ngo (rest) : GiveWave Studios