Photo : David Ngo
One funny interaction with con-goers this past weekend was unknown to me while in the costume, and I only realized once my friend told me later. Whenever a kid would take a photo with our Spiderman Spiderverse group, if they stood near my robot, they would gently hold onto one of the fingers of the claws. During these photos, I would stand very still to avoid bumping into the child, so I had no idea this was even happening.
My friends and I had been trying to decide on a group cosplay for ECCC for a while, then we saw Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and we immediately knew we wanted to do the Spider Fam. Of all the chharacters to build a costume for, the SP//dr suit seemed to
The costume is built mostly of EVA foam, and the larger sections have an internal structure of PVC pipe for support. I designed and 3D-printed the claws on the arms so they would snap together without other hardware, then added a system inside to control them from the midsection of the arm. The dome was one of the more challenging pieces, as I had to find a way to darken the inside enough to obscure my face while still being able to see. I ended up airbrushing a few transparent layers then applying a spray gloss to bring the visibility back. I will be putting together a more complete write-up for the build on TheRPF.
I have always been a collector of hobbies and skills, and cosplay has allowed me to use a wide variety of those skills to contribute to a single goal. I think it is important to find something you have a passion for and then nurture that passion whenever you are able, because it is bound to bring you joy. I love to design and create, and if my creations can cause joy for others that is just icing on the cake.