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Your new Cosplayer of the Month: Erwin @imnotbradpitt
Welcome to Cosplayer of the Month, where we feature an incredible cosplayer from our community of fans and learn about who they are beneath the surface and, ahem, WORBLA. This month, we have Vancouver’s Erwin known on Instagram as @imnotbradpitt!
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Tell us the first time putting together a cosplay piece.
I have always loved Halloween and looked forward to it every year. My first true cosplay was as a Judge Dredd character with my eldest son in 2014. I had miscalculated the cost of the movie accurate cosplays and went way over budget, BUT it was completely worth it the first time we geared up as Mega City Once Judges. I felt I was moving in slow motion, as I couldn’t get my gear on fast enough once we got to my first FAN EXPO. I was giddy and extremely excited. For a character that should be grim and sullen, every picture we took with con goers had me grinning from ear to ear! The reaction to the characters from other con attendees was received very well and it felt so surreal.
What are the types of characters you’re drawn to when cosplaying?
At first, I only cosplayed as characters whose faces are covered and whose bodies resembled my own body. Personally, I felt that accuracy to the character was more important than getting my face out in public. Judge Dredd, Black Panther, Killmonger/Golden Jaguar and Venom were my “go to” characters. I enjoyed representing the characteristics and physicality while in cosplay.
Shazam is my first non-masked character (which has been extremely liberating) as I feel his personality is closer to mine. I am a big goofy man-child.
What do you hope to achieve through cosplaying?
I would like to contribute in spreading positivity, whether it’s by hanging out with fellow geeks or welcoming newcomers to the hobby. I would like to continue to volunteer for BC Children’s Hospital events in cosplay and find other ways to give back to the Vancouver cosplay community. I entered the cosplay community to help my eldest son (Hi Brandon! Daddy loves you – but not in a weird way!) overcome his shyness. What I found was a place of non-judgmental acceptance with like-minded folks from all different walks of life.