We recently had a chance to catch up with Lon, one of the preeminent Wolverine cosplayers in the country. Lon is relatively new to the hobby, but just like his favorite character, he has come out swinging!
G33K-HQ: What was the first comic you ever read?
LON: Spider-Man (when I was like 6 yrs old; he was battling “The Lizard,” and I’m pretty sure it was a Christmas theme story, too, as I can totally remember getting it for our drive from LA to Phoenix to celebrate the Holidays with family there).
G33K-HQ: How long have you been involved in cosplay and what was your very first costume?
LON: About 15 months; Wolverine.
G33K-HQ: Does your family and “regular” friends know about your cosplay hobby? What do they think about it?
G33K-HQ: What do you think is the biggest difference between the male and female cosplay experience?
LON: Male cosplayers, in general, don’t get the sexual advances and admiration from their female fans (at least not so overtly, anyway), that female cosplayers get from their male fans. It’s definitely not a “man’s world,” either, in terms of cosplay fandom. We have fans, yes, but the hot females are what the fans mostly want, since most fans of cosplay (at conventions, anyway), are men, and we are VERY visual.
G33K-HQ: Initially there was a negative reaction to Hugh Jackman being cast as Wolverine and we all know how that turned out. What do you think of the fan backlash against the casting of people like Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck?
LON: I never knew that Hugh had any such reaction—-no one even knew who he was, pretty much, and even Dugray Scott, who was supposed to originally play the part, was far from a household name in Hollywood. So it’s not entirely a comparable situation to Ben Affleck, who IS a major star, AND, more importantly, is taking over the role from someone else who, in my opinion, was excellent. I guess Gal Gadot is more comparable, since she’s not that known and is not taking over the role. In regards to the fan backlash, hey, everyone is entitled to an opinion. I just think we should really wait and see, and THEN make our judgments. We might be pleasantly surprised. I actually think Ben will be good, and, as you might know, he WAS on the original short list to play the part before Bale got it. With Gal Gadot, I would prefer a more strong looking actress (though that might be hard to find and still get a good acting job), but, again, I’m open minded enough to give her a fair shake. I had my doubts about Anne Hathaway, too, but I LOVED her performance, so there you go.
G33K-HQ: What movie are you looking forward to the most this year?
LON: X-Men: Days of Future Past!
LON: Try to let go of any insecurities and fears and just have FUN! If you plan on taking pics, practice your poses so that you can get into them right away and know your best angles, etc, to feel even more confident.
G33K-HQ: What is on your cosplay bucket list?
LON: Attending another very big out of state con besides Dragon Con, which I attended last year.
LON: “Geek” has really evolved in my lifetime. If you asked me that question 15 to 30 years ago, I would tell you that it refers to a social misfit, who is probably not good looking, not popluar, etc (and, for the record, those types of things should NOT matter, either, so please don’t anybody think that I look down upon people—-I’m just telling you how I think that word was used as I was growing up and even not that long ago). But now, I’d say a “geek” is more favorable, and it refers to someone who knows a lot about a hobby or interest, like comic books, video games, cosplay, even fantasy football (so a “jock” could even be a Geek, now)
G33K-HQ: What is your zombie apocalypse survival plan?
LON: Dress up as Logan—-he is not vulnerable to zombies, thanks to his healing factor (I actually discussed this with Len Wein, his creator—lol)
G33K-HQ: Tell us about your X-Mas parody video you shot.
LON: Although the holidays are over, I was very proud of a short “X-MAS” video and parody song I wrote, organized, and co-starred in along with many of my mega talented cosplayer friends, and it was produced by 2 of my friends who are really talented, as well. It’s called “The 12 Days of X-Men,” and I hope people will still watch, like, and maybe even share it as much as possible throughout the year and make it another holiday classic by the time Christmas rolls around again—-lol. Here is the link http://www.youtube.com/
photos courtesy: Ning Wong, Geri Kramer, Jonathon Courtot, and Debshots