For most conventions and other events I cosplay as Batman using the EVA foam suit I made. I’ve wanted to branch out on my cosplay for a while now. I have actually had a desire to cosplay as Frollo for about 3 years.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is my favorite Disney film and Frollo is my favorite villain. With all the Disney films the villain tends to be the character I like the most and Frollo always really struck a chord with me. I was raised Christian and it was with Frollo that I first saw a representation of how people can use religion or their status for power and personal gain. I liked the idea of cosplaying a character with a good amount of depth with intentions that are not pure and for me that character was Frollo.
A lot of trial and error was needed for this costume. I have only ever worked with EVA foam and some electrical wiring. I am still in the beginning stages of working with fabric, so a very good friend of mine helped me with the sewing. The hat was simply purchased from a seller on Etsy.
The first velvet material I bought for the robe had a defect that could only be seen once we held it straight up, so that was $60 gone. The robe we ended up with is a velvet consisting of 75% acetate and 15% nylon. Once we took the pattern and put it all together we realized it didn’t flow as well as we would have liked. We took it apart, added 3 more inches of fabric and added pleats to hide those seams.
For the rings I took a good few months to hunt those down. Rather than make them out of plastic material I wanted to have real rings. The green ring was the hardest to find and luckily I got that one the week of Animazment! My wonderful wife styled the wig and really brought everything together with the makeup. To make me look as old as possible I sat in the chair for 30 minutes while she made my skin lighter and contoured my face. She really was a trooper to do her makeup as well as mine.
The response I received was absolutely amazing! I was not expecting so many people to want to get a picture of/with me. I couldn’t walk 10 feet without someone asking me for a photo. I think a lot of that had to do with the fact I was the only Frollo there. It’s always enjoyable to see people’s positive reactions. I tend to be too hard on myself and see every little flaw, so hearing all of the positive feedback helps me to realize I know at least little bit about what I’m doing. Haha.
Cosplay has really helped me come out of my shell. At first, while at conventions, then slowly it trickled into my everyday life. I went through some severe bullying from elementary school all the way through high school, mainly due to my choice of clothing, looks, and interests (like anime).
When I first started cosplaying it gave me a way to be myself around others for the first time in 10 years. I have only been cosplaying since 2011 and truly wish I would have started earlier. It has really helped me become less introverted and much more open to other people. Since I began, it has changed from being almost like an escape from my life, to being an important and fun aspect of it.