Truthful Comics- How long have you been Cosplaying?
Lonstermash- 16 months.
TC- Cosplay or Crossplay? Or both?
L- Only Cosplay (trust me, you DON'T want to see me as a female character)
L- I cosplay because it's obvious fun, and I love interacting with the fans (especially the kids) and my fellow Cosplayers.
TC- Is Cosplay a hobby you consider yourself doing for a long time?
L- I hope to cosplay for a few more years. I am 43 years old, though, and I take great pride in really looking the part, so I don't know how many more years I really have in me.
TC- Homemade Cosplay or bought/comissioned cosplay?
L- Well, my beard is home made, lol, but the rest of it is either store bought or commissioned. I do, however, do my own special effects make-up.
L- Rocky Balboa (because he is my favorite fictional character and the reason I got into fitness and have a great work ethic and never quit attitude)
TC- What is your most expensive Cosplay?
TC- What Cosplay has gotten more attention from your fans?
L- Wolverine, but Rocky and Rambo get a good amount, too.
L- Stan Lee's Comikaze 2012. Let's just say I had more pictures taken of me in one day (dressed as Wolverine), than I had taken in my life! I received tons of compliments, too. I said to myself, "This must be what Justin Timberlake feels like at an awards show".
TC- What is a Cosplay pet peeve of yours?
L- I can't say I have any "pet peeves" per se.
TC- Photoshopped or un-photoshopped images?
L- The only thing Photoshopped in my images are the occasional special effects (like when I'm fighting a Sentinel). Besides that, nothing is Photoshopped.
L- With my credit card (lol). No, fortunately, I have a very good job for the past 20 years as a physical therapist, so money has not been an issue. Then again, my cosplays are pretty inexpensive over the long haul, since I use the same stuff over again.
TC- When do you do Cosplays? At conventions only?
L- I cosplay at conventions and for separate photo shoots. I also have had some paid gigs for parties, and I have visited a children's hospital in costume (which I LOVED doing and hope to do a lot more of).
TC- What got you into Cosplaying?
L- I have always loved dressing up on Halloween, and all of my cosplays started out as Halloween costumes. For years, I only knew of San Diego Comic Con, and I didn't really even know of the term "cosplay." When I was randomly at SDCC two summers ago, and just hanging out on the outside area and not even in costume, I saw how fun it looked, and someone handed me a flier for Comikaze, near where I live in L.A.. So, a couple of months later, I went to Comikaze, and I had the experience of a lifetime that weekend, but I had no idea about other cons, etc, so I figured that would be it for me, until SDCC rolled around, assuming I could even GET a pass for it. About a month later, I read a very nice comment about me on a YouTube video from that weekend, in which I was featured. The comment was from my now good friend and fellow cosplayer, Angi Viper, who I then ended up meeting. She then basically introduced me into this crazy world and exposed me to other cons, etc.. So, that's how I got into cosplaying.
TC- Thank you for a fun interview. Hopefully we'll do this again soon, maybe spotlighting your newest Cosplays. If you want to see all of Lonstermash photo galleries visit his official Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Lonstermash and tell him the good people from Truthful Comics sent you.