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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.

Over the past few years Gen Con has remained my favorite convention. I have been attending long before I started in cosplay. So how do I feel about it now that I have been in costume? I would say very well… as a matter of fact I think I even enjoyed it more this year! That is really saying something as I have always really enjoyed Gen Con.

Thursday we arrived to Indy, checked into the hotel and made our way to the con. The first day there I didn’t go in costume. It was my day to walk around the hall and test out some games. If you have not been to Gen Con this is the real appeal to the con. All of the big board game developers are there unveiling and running demos of their latest and greatest games. However, there are so many people that you may have to wait for quite some time to get a demo in of some of the bigger games.

This year I was able to try out a few but there were two stand outs for me. One was Space Junk by Lamp Light Games. This is a very simple and easy to play game. No real complex mechanics and it is pretty quick. I do encourage you to look it up for more information as my wife and I had a lot of fun with this one. The second game is Eons by Gamer Nation Studios. This one is a bit more complex but all around a ton of fun to play. In the game you use elements like Carbon, Oxygen, and Hydrogen to create stars and once you have the stars you can use them for fusion and create other elements to create even more stars, planets and other celestial bodies. I think the concept is cool and they really delivered on the execution as well. [Read more about Eons, Space Junk and more of this year’s games in our round up.]


The rest of the weekend I spent in costume. First was on Friday I attended the convention as John Constantine. This was a really simple costume to put together and it is one of my favorites because not only was it simple but he is one of my favorite Anti-Heroes. The costume was well received but it I was mistaken a lot for Castiel from the TV show Supernatural. This is a very easy mistake to make as the costume is pretty much Identical which tells me that in the near future I should probably go out as Castiel. This was also a costume that was easy to walk around the con hall with as it is not very cumbersome. The best part of this costume is that when someone recognized it their face really lit up. This one was a lot of fun and I’ll definitely be wearing it again soon.


Saturday was Magneto. This one always gets a great reaction from people. However my absolute favorite thing about this costume is when you walk around and you can see kids faces really light up and they get excited. At one point I even did battle with a mini Wolverine. He won this round but there will be a round two! Even walking back to our hotel on the streets of Indy people really loved it. I was stopped a lot by the good people of Indy to take pictures and just to say that they loved the costume. At one point a van full of kids parked on the side of the road erupted with yells of “IT’S MAGNETO!!” And they were so excited that I couldn’t help but smile even though I did my best to give them my scowling Magneto face.

Saturday I also got the chance to do a quick shoot with my good bud Wes, also known as The Portrait Dude. He is always so much fun to shoot with. He knows exactly what he wants and he does it fast! He is fun and funny and always has the biggest smile on his face. The man loves what he does and it shows in his work. This also prompted a quick shoot with Kaminsky Kandids another photographer who also took some really awesome shots! Here is one that he took that was also edited by Big Dave Co. on Facebook.


Saturdays at Gen Con are crazy. The hall is packed and there are tons of amazing costumes roaming the halls. I was so overwhelmed that I didn’t get a chance to snap many pictures but It was an amazing time and I got to see some really talented cosplayers. As well as have lots of pictures taken either alone or with others.

Sunday was meant to be Red Hood but my wife and I were so exhausted from the other three days that we just decided to take a quick trip through the hall and see if there was anything that we wanted to pick up before packing up and going home. We were able to score some good deals but left shortly after.

In closing I have to say that Gen Con is one convention that you really should try to attend at least once. Whether you are a cosplayer or not there is something for everyone at this convention. The exhibit hall closes but there are things going on 24 hours a day up until the very end on Sunday. I will have some more coverage of Gen Con coming up soon as I also have an Interview with Anja Keister from D20 Burlesque as well as coverage of the actual burlesque show it’s self! So stay tuned for that!

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.


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.


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.


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.


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!

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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.

To give you guys a kind of look back so you can see where I currently am I thought I’d share with you a few things.

My first two cosplays were the Red Hood and Black Mask. The Red Hood I had some commission work done because at the time I had no idea how to make the stuff myself and it scared the crap out of me. So in order to get started I commissioned the shirt from Snakepit Studios. Keith at Snakepit is amazing. He has given me tons of advice and has been invaluable when it comes to not only getting my suits but also learning how to build myself. If I ever have a question he is always willing to help out. The helmet I had commissioned through a company called Wreck’d Studios. They also did a really great job however as I learn I think I am going to make an attempt to build a Red Hood helmet of my own. The rest of the suit was things that I hunted down a second hand shops, Halloween stores, or the good ol’ internet.

The Black Mask was a little easier. The mask was just a cheap Halloween mask that was really rough and goofy looking. So I took a exacto knife and a heat gun and got to reshaping and cutting and doing anything I could to get the mask to fit better and not look as awkward. I think I achieved my goal on this one and am really happy with how it turned out. The rest of what I am using right now is just a suit that I had around. I am however going to be replacing it with a much nicer suit and hopefully I will be having some new shots taken once I have the nicer suit.

Griffin Cosplay Blog, Black Mask | 2014
Griffin Cosplay Blog, Black Mask | 2014

I also had a Green Lantern suit commissioned however I have not yet completed that costume so it remains in my closet until I can get the rest of what I need together.

Next on the list of characters that I absolutely love is Magneto. By far and away he is my favorite villain of all the comic book worlds. So I just had to figure out a way to do it. It scared the crap out of me because I didn’t know how I could ever do him justice. This all came together for me when I saw a helmet that was being produced by XDProps. This helmet just screamed out to me and I had to have it. And then realized that I had access to someone who made incredible body suits. So I contacted both designers and they got to work. First I received my helmet from XDProps and then shortly after my suit from Snakepit.

While the suit looks amazing I really wanted everything to pop so I decided that it was time for my very first ever build. So I decided to start working on the harness that attaches to the cape. I went out and bought a bunch of foam and I got to work. It started with just a basic outline. This first draft looked a lot like a big grey bib. And while I was okay with it at first the more I looked at it the more I decided that I didn’t like it and could do better.

Griffin Cosplay Blog, Magneto | 2014
Griffin Cosplay Blog, Magneto | 2014

So I went back to the drawing board and mocked up a second draft. On the second draft I had decided that it would be better to make it a lot smaller and try to be more detailed in the design. What came out looked like this…

Griffin Cosplay Blog, Magneto | 2014
Griffin Cosplay Blog, Magneto | 2014

This design I was much happier with so I decided to move forward. What came next was just a bunch of trial and error. Going to the craft store buying different materials and seeing what would work best. What I ended up with were some thin foam mats and some styrofoam balls.

Griffin Cosplay Blog, Magneto | 2014
Griffin Cosplay Blog, Magneto | 2014

It was at this point that I started getting really excited. I could see my very first build taking it’s shape. I was very happy with how this turned out and couldn’t wait to get it sealed and painted so I sent my wonderful wife out on a supply run to get the materials. After getting what I needed, I sprayed the harness with Plasti-dip to seal it so that when painting it didn’t just look like painted foam. (Note: if using Plasti-dip make sure to use a really good respirator because this stuff is very toxic when in it’s liquid form)

After finishing with the Plasti-dip I went on to use an automotive primer. My theory was that I wasn’t sure which types of paint would stick to the Plasti-dip but most paint will stick to an automotive primer and it would help bring out the color of the paint a lot more. So two coats of grey primer were applied.

Once the primer had completely dried it was time to get on with painting it. I was lucky that Danny from XDProps was awesome enough to let me know exactly what colors he had used to paint the helmet so that I could match everything up. So I went out and hunted down the purple color that I had needed to match the harness to the helmet and painted on three coats. After it dried this is the final product… with me wearing it (I couldn’t resist).

Griffin Cosplay Blog, Magneto | 2014
Griffin Cosplay Blog, Magneto | 2014

Now you are completely caught up to where I am now. Next step on this build is to put together the cape, gloves, and boots. I am not quite sure how I will be doing this but stay tuned to this blog and I will be going over it as everything comes together!

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!

Thank you guys again for taking the time out to read my blog. Your input is valuable to me so please feel free to contact me on Facebook or on Twitter and give me your input.