Another year, another Heroes Con! Take a gander below to peer at a plethora of pandemonium-producing pics spotlighting the three-day event, including a copious collection of colossal cosplay-connected clicks! Click each image to enlarge!
|Above: For this convention, I wanted to create|
a sort of "riot squad" version of the Captain America
uniform, all in homage to the late-70s TV Cap, as
portrayed by Reb Brown! Look below to see how
I did just that!
|Above: This cool motorcycle helmet was a good starting point...|
|Above: Something is missing...To bring the helmet more in line with the |
70s TV Cap, I wanted symmetrical wing designs affixed to each side, so it was
time to create a stencil, transfer the design, create masks, tape, paint,
|Above: The finished helmet, after adding a |
customized visor, is ready to go!
|Above: With added mask beneath the helmet, "riot squad Cap"|
is almost ready! Just one more element is needed...
|Above: I approached master shield maker, Brandon Redd, to|
see if he could create a clear plexiglass shield, much like
the one used in the 1979 TV movies! He could, and this
riot shield was his starting point!
|Above: All done! Clear shield in place, a few "riot cop" items |
added (baton/nightstick, cuffs, knee guards), and the look
|Above: The Watcher appears at the show to...watch. Pic by Matt Starnes!|
|Above: Archangel (Owen Davis) and Flash (Dean Davis) stop by!|
|Above: Anyone who rocks the short-lived (and super |
obscure) 1971 Hawkeye duds deserves a shout-out!
|Above: It's the amiable Victor Goldberg,|
as the irritable J. Jonah Jameson!
|The rest of this costume is made up of my |
standard "Cap" outfit, as seen here!
|Above four images: Rockin' the cosplay panel (with sen-|
sational Suzann Knudsen presiding as Black Orchid), and
our huge, captivated audience!
|"Uhmm..I'm no doctor, but you might wanna get that looked at…"|
|Above: My favorite cosplayers! A wonderful family |
has fun as the 60s X-Men (and foe)!
|Above: Direct from Gizmonic Institute, I meet--Jolene Robinson?!|
|Above: Flanked by two beauties: Bettie Bombshell (check out Bettie Bombshell |
Cosplay on Facebook and Instagram), and Delilah, as "warrior Harley Quinn!"
|Above: An amazing cosplay group, as the uncanny Inhumans!|
|Above: One of the funniest cosplays at the show!|
|Above: A terrific Colossus cosplayer!|
|Above: "But--I thought we were friends!"|
|A fun day one is over! It's a wrap!|
|Above: For the 2nd day of the show, I wanted to debut|
my idea for a "cowboy Cap" version of the iconic image!
Note Jack Kirby's 1976 illustration, my inspiration for
this cowpoke costume!
|Above: Based on Kirby's idea, here are my rough designs!|
|Above two images: The customized mask and hat are ready!|
|Above: I wanted a wooden shield, one that looked authentic to the |
Old West time period, and was lucky enough to find this round table top!
After some roughing up, painting, and "distressing," I got the "rough
and ready" look I wanted!
|Above: The finished western shield! I wanted it to look as if the|
character created it, from scratch, in just a few minutes...
|Above: The tunic is painted and prepped...|
|Above: With a custom top made in conjunction with a local |
seamstress (painted by me), custom boots and spurs, customized
hat and mask, "cowboy Cap" is ready for action!
|Above: At an art dealer's table, I pose with the memorable cover to 1973's |
CAPTAIN AMERICA #168! Learn more about that captivatin' comic here!
|Above: Showdown with "Pirate Batman," as portrayed by Ronald Rossmann!|
"Where are my guns? I guess I'm not as quick on the draw as I thought…"
|Above five images: I'm joined by western versions of Agent Peggy |
Carter (Allyson Bigley), and Bucky (John Tompkins)!
|Above: John/Bucky meets comics legend Jim Steranko! A tremendous meeting of titans!|
|Above: Vociferous Victor Goldberg returns (with |
friends), this time as the jovial Joker!
|Above: Great Kingpin, Matt Murdock, and She-Hulk cosplays!|
Court was in recess?
|Above: John Tompkins returns as the Phantom, famed newspaper strip hero!|