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Steven Griffin, aka Griffin Cosplay is a new cosplayer based out of Dayton, Ohio. This blog follows his successes and failures as he immerses himself in the culture both behind the scenes and at the conventions. You can find him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GriffinCosplay and Twitter @GriffinCosplay.

I am not even sure where to begin when talking about ColossalCon. This was my first year attending this convention and the thing about it is that it is far different then any convention that I have ever been to. Normally in my experience at a convention you are in the minority when you are in costume. However at ColossalCon it is very much the opposite. While there walking the convention hall I think I may have seen 10 people that were not in some kind of costume.

First and foremost though, I have to thank Jeremey and Mallie Adams of Malmey-Studios.com for offering to have my wife and I stay at their house for the weekend. This was very generous of them and we had an absolute blast hanging out with them!

At the convention I would debut my Magneto costume having finished it only a few weeks before the convention. The costume was very well received and it was a lot of fun to wear. The best part was watching people’s faces light up when they saw it. I would try to keep a stern face and be Magneto like but when people would react to the costume it was really hard not to smile.

MagnetoPortrait2

While walking the halls of the convention we ran into some other people in Marvel character costumes and they informed us that there would be a Marvel photoshoot going on later in the day. We decided that we would meet up around that time and head to the shoot together. There were lots of great costumes and the shoot ended up being a lot of fun.

Afterwards, the two people we had ran into earlier in the day ran up to us this time in different costumes. This time they were dressed as Quicksilver and the Scarlett Witch, which made for some great “family” photos.

Familytime

It was also shortly after the shoot that I ran into my good buddy Knightmage who was rocking an incredible Shredder costume that he made. I demanded that we get a quick shot together… but also meet up later for some professional shots.

Magneto_Shredder

This would come later in the day when a group of people involved in Fighter’s Cause including our amazing photographer, The Portrait Dude met up to do a quick group shot for the Fighter’s Cause page. I am extremely happy with these shots so I wanted to share them with you here. As you can see The Portrait Dude (Wes) is an amazing photographer and I have some really talented friends.

FCFam

After the convention a group of people involved with Fighter’s Cause all went back to the Malmey house for a little party and a wrap up to one of the best weekends that I have had in a long time. Hopefully we will be able to do it again next year!

FIghters Cause
Fighters Cause

Steven Griffin, aka Griffin Cosplay is a new cosplayer based out of Dayton, Ohio. This blog follows his successes and failures as he immerses himself in the culture both behind the scenes and at the conventions. You can find him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GriffinCosplay and Twitter @GriffinCosplay.

I started out on this cosplay journey less than a year ago. If you would have told me that in just a few months I would be working with Knightmage and arranging a huge photoshoot for charity I would have looked at you funny and then called you nuts. However that is exactly what is happening. I am going to take the time in this blog to give you an idea of where this all came from.

It all started with a simple Facebook post with a picture of a character from Mortal Kombat. The character was Smoke. The caption I put on it was “Hmmmm… should I?” Fairly quickly people chimed in and told me to go for it and I figured why not. This would be an extremely tough build especially considering it will be my second build but a very large one as he wears a full suit of armor. Obviously this would all be new to me. But I liked the idea of taking on something hard and if I fail I learn and I could keep trying until I got it right. So I decided that I would indeed try to build it. Shortly after I decided to go forward with the build Hailey S Cosplay had commented and said that she was going to be working on a character from the same game. I then thought, “Hey it would be cool if we could get together and do a shoot once we were both done.” So I shot her an e-mail and she was all for the idea.

Smoke
Smoke

I would think about that shoot for a few days and started to think about how cool it would be if I could find a few other cosplayers to do a few Mortal Kombat characters and just do a shoot. Well that idea quickly snowballed in my head and I thought about adding other games into the mix. One morning I woke up with the idea to do a fighting game shoot and sell prints from the shoot to raise money for charity. I wasn’t sure how to do it or if anyone would even be interested but the idea grabbed me so I contacted Knightmage to see if he had any advice for doing something like this as he had been involved in large shoots in the past. Knightmage loved the idea and wanted to be involved. He then came up with the name Fighters Cause and the idea that each fighter would choose a charity to “Fight” for and all the proceeds from a print depicting them would go to their cause.

After talking with him and seeing his excitement for it I started up a Facebook page and put out a call. I didn’t know how many people we would be able to find or how hard it would be to find a photographer (even though Knightmage and I both had the same guy in mind I think). Once the page went live there were a few people that immediately jumped on and really helped the page gain traction. Those few people would become the first 10 cosplayers to get spots in the shoot. And while we were planning all of this we were contacted by “The Portrait Dude” Wesley Smith and he wanted to be a part of the project. This was perfect considering from the very start this was the guy I wanted behind the camera.

In just a few weeks we had gathered over 200 people who were excited about the project and a lot of them had contacted us to find out how they got involved. In order to keep everything as fair as possible we decided to draw the final 10 names from a hat. We now have our 20 fighters as well as 3 photographers involved in making this project a reality.

We decided that the shoot will be held on November 15th in Columbus, Ohio. Giving everyone time to get their costumes made and get everything prepared. Over the next few months I will introduce you to some of our fighters and keep you updated on the project! You can also follow the projcet as it happens on Facebook at www.facebook.com/figtherscause.

Steven Griffin, aka Griffin Cosplay is a new cosplayer based out of Dayton, Ohio. This blog follows his successes and failures as he immerses himself in the culture both behind the scenes and at the conventions. You can find him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GriffinCosplay and Twitter @GriffinCosplay.

I am just a few days removed from Lexington Comic and Toy Con, which was my very first convention in costume. I will say that I did have a blast! Overall the experience was amazing. Here’s a rundown of how the day went.

I think that the hardest part of the whole experience was making sure that my wife and I had everything together and ready to go before we left. I got on part of my costume and then double and triple checked that we had everything we need before we take off. The last thing we wanted to do was drive two and a half hours only to find out we had forgotten a very important part of the costume. The drive there was not bad aside from the fact that the closer we got the more nervous I became. By the time we arrived I was just a big pile of nerves.

When we arrived to the convention it was packed. There were lines all over the building but no one really directing traffic at all. It took us about 20 minutes to figure out which line was the preregistered line. This is where the small complaint comes in. The preregistered line was extremely long and weaved around the building 4 or 5 times with no clear beginning or end and none of the volunteers seemed to know how to help or where people were supposed to be going. After finding the end of the line it was about an hour-long wait to get checked in and get your wrist band. The line for people who had not preregistered was about a 10-minute wait and then you could just walk right into the convention hall. I have a feeling that the people in charge of Lexington Comic & Toy Con learned a valuable lesson from this year’s fallout, as there were a lot of very unhappy people.

One of the best moments came while standing in line when we ran into Knightmage (@Knightmage). He is a cosplayer who has given me a lot of advice and has just been an all around great guy and not to mention does amazing work for charity. When we saw him he stopped and posed for a picture with us and I gave him a print to say thanks for all the help he had given me (he seemed truly happy and excited to get the print too). It was a really great moment for me to meet him in person finally and had completely put my nerves to rest. I also don’t even have to mention how amazing his Blade and Deadpool costumes were. Holy cow!

@Knightmage as Blade
@Knightmage as Blade

Once we made our way through the line and got our wristbands and headed into the hall the fun began. The hall was packed and it was very slow-moving but everyone was friendly and excited to be there. I was met with lots of “Awesome Costume,” and “Wow, nice work,” complements that you can’t help but feel great getting. I was also humbled by the amazing costumes people had put together and just how awesome everyone was. Whether being asked to pose for pictures or I myself requesting to pose with people, everyone was willing to drop what they are doing and rock a cool pose.

One of the highlights of my day was coming across the very well known Ani-Mia’s (@Ani-Mia) booth and having her light up when seeing me costume and saying “Wow, really nice!” She was incredibly friendly and took the time out to talk to my wife and I and pose for some pictures. I will say I had a bit of a geek out moment when meeting her. Very cool.

@Ani-Mia as Jessica Rabbit
@Ani-Mia as Jessica Rabbit

After hours my wife and I were invited to go to dinner with Comic Con Cutie Hailey (@CCC_Hailey) and her friends at a local place called the Village Idiot. There we met up with some of her friends including a photographer that I had talked to a bit on twitter in the past Wesley Smith (@ThePortraitDude). The Village Idiot had an amazing burger called the Idiot which I cant recommend enough. That paired with a West Sixth IPA really hit the spot but after the hours walking around the con we were all just exhausted. So after dinner we said our goodbyes and headed our separate ways. My wife and I double and tripped checked everything again and then we piled into the car for the long drive home.

@CCC_Hailey as Poison Ivy
@CCC_Hailey as Poison Ivy

This was a great experience for me. I went in not knowing what to expect at all and came out really excited for the next convention and ready to meet more amazing people. I want to thank everyone whom I met at Lexington and the people who put on the Con as well. Other than the hiccup at the beginning it was an amazing time and I came away with some great new friends and an overall great outlook on my future as a cosplayer!

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