Since 2013, I have undertaken a cosplay photo-essay every year to try & capture the diversity & camaraderie of the cosplay community. A large majority of my Insta followers initially were drawn to my account on the back of many of the cosplay photos that I have posted in the past.
Having dealt with a lot of cosplayers, I have developed friendships with many of them & I have enjoyed watching them step up their cosplay year on year.
One such person is @cosplay_chris
aka Chris Stanley, a talented cosplayer, prop builder, YouTuber & self-confessed geek. Chris is part of what I call the ‘detail-orientated’ fraternity of cosplayers where a great deal of time [& money] is spent on achieving near perfect replication of a pop-culture character.
At OzComicCon Sydney this year, Chris cosplayed Mickey Rourke’s version of Anton Vanko as ⚡Whiplash⚡ from ‘Iron Man 2.’
Utilising his own extensive prop-building skills, Chris also enlisted the help of talented people like @fluxelectronics
[aka Myles] & @benablefx
[aka Ben] to create an intricately detailed build of Whiplash’s apparatus. The greatest challenge in undertaking such a build is that the movie version had the benefit of CGI to help bring the apparatus to life – something that Chris & company did not have, here.
In the 1st of 2 posts, I wanted to highlight the level of detail in this build. Seeking the assistance of @sonofpumkinhead
[aka David] & @gordontarpley
[aka Gordon], a mouth grill was created to match Mickey Rourke’s appearance in the movie; unfortunately, I couldn’t find an inset photo that showed what it looked like in ‘Iron Man 2’ – but you get the idea.
This is a perfect example of how cosplay has evolved beyond just being a passing interest for many serious cosplayers; the combination of art & science mixed in with hours of frustration & elation in creating this level of detail is both staggering & inspiring. ©️