Krystal’s Cosplayer of the Month – April 2016
This Months Cosplayer is…..
Christopher Justin Moneymaker
1. What is your name and do you have an Alias?
My Name Is Christopher Justin Moneymaker. The two characters I cosplay as are Bellator Fellblade, and Drizzt Do’urdan.
2. How long have you been cosplaying?
That depends on what you call cosplay. I have been putting together a costume to go to renfests in, for about 7 years. That’s what Bellator sprang from. Drizzt my first true cosplay I wore for the first time about 15 months ago.
3. What was is or who inspired you to start?
I have always had a love for fantasy, so all I needed was a place I could express that love without getting arrested. My friend Jason invited me to my first con about two and a half years ago. From there my wife and I decided to start a costuming and jewelry business, and have been vending the local cons every since. We always cosplay while working our booth.
4. Tell us about your first Cosplay experience?
The first time I wore my Drizzt cosplay to a con was November of 2014 at Fanboy Expo Knoxville. Only a small percentage of the attendees knew who I was supposed to be, not a fantasy crowd, but those who did were blown away. I won the best overall male category in the costume contest. My wife said while I was gone that several people came by the booth three or four times looking for my. So not a bad first outing.
5. What is a challenge you find with Cosplay?
Locating materials, particularly good sturdy moldable stuff. If I am making something for a commission, I want it to last.
6. What is the most enjoyable part of Cosplay for you?
Talking shop with people about the way we made this or that.
7. Have you met any lasting friends because of Cosplay? Describe one.
I have been lucky to have met several great people while in costume at cons. The local con community here in east Tennessee has lots of awesome people. Unfortunately we lost a really great photographer and cosplayer January the eleventh. Jake died of cancer at the age of thirty, leaving behind a wife and two very young sons, one is four and the other is less than a year old. He was an awesome photographer, and a great friend. Our community is pulling together to help his family, with his medical and funeral costs, by holding a fund raiser in February. Here’s a link to the fund raisers event page on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/events/503246749847813/permalink/503252496513905/ If they can’t make it to the event Jake had a go fund me page that his wife is still operating. Donations can be made there as well. hps://www.gofundme.com/jbenvenuto
8. Is Cosplay now a life time hobby for you? Or say maybe Addiction?
An addiction, no, but it is a lot of fun. It also has the added perk of being advertising for my business. If someone sees what I am wearing and tells me they wishes they had something like it, I can say, “No problem. I can make you one.”
9. What is one or two characters that you want to do in the future?
My friend Jason wants me to do Kraven the hunter, from Spiderman, because I look so much like him. I have been thinking about doing Lord Soth of Dragonlance and Ravenloft, a T-800 terminator, or Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones.
10. If you had to choose only one costume to wear for the rest of your life what would it be?
MyBellator cosplay, he is my creation, so he is more fun for me.
11. What makes your decision on who you decide to Cosplay? EG:(Difficultly body match or do we look a like?)
Sometimes body type and facial similarities, But other times not. My wife wanted to do a female drow, a dark elf from D&D, that’s what got me interested in cosplaying Drizzt. I’m a foot taller and ninety pounds heavier than that character.
12. Some People Don’t Understand why you do it. How do you answer them?
My answer to this question may be different to most of the other people you ask it to. Because one of my cosplays is of a character of my own creation, lots of the con goers don’t understand it. Not just that they don’t recognize it, they don’t understand the concept of an original character. If it didn’t come from an anime, comic book, video game, or a movie based on one of those three, it’s beyond a lot of con goer’s comprehension. That’s not to say everybody at a con is that narrow minded, but you would be surprised how many people just don’t get it.
13. Who do you hope to inspire?
People in general. Being entertained by others imaginations is fine, but people need to use their own as well. Inside your head is a huge universe of possibilities. I want to see more people develop their creativity.
14. Do you have plans for your next convention yet?
Yes. My wife and I are going to vending a con in May.
15. What are some insider tips or tricks you would like to share with fellow Cosplayers?
I don’t know if this is an insider tip, but here are two things your readers might know. #1. EVA foam is extremely cheap and easy to use. There are more, “how to” videos on Youtube about how to work with EVA, than you can shack a stick at. EVA foam goes by a few names. The thin stuff is craft foam, while the thicker stuff is exercise mat or puzzle mat. Not all exercise mats are made of EVA foam, but the ones that are usually say so somewhere on their packages. #2. Leather isn’t that hard to work with. It is expensive though, so measure twice cut once.
16. Can you explain how you feel in your Costume?
It lets me come out of my shell a bit. The people I talk with when I’m in costume see the character more than me, so I can be a little freer with what I say and do.
17. What other fun things are you into?
I D.M. an AD&D 2nd edition Dark Sun game that I have run since 1993. I write, I have one novel that I have self-published, called, “World Beyond the Maelstrom Gate” http://www.amazon.com/World-Beyond-Maelstrom-Gate-Outlanders-ebook/dp/B007VUR7HG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1436481294&sr=8-1&keywords=world+beyond+the+maelstrom+gate I also have written another fantasy novel for young teens called, “Gennevieve and the Glass Egg” it’s still in the editing faze right now. I am also working on a novel set in modern times involving vampires, zombies, and mages. I’m not sure when it will be done. My wife and I run a business called, “Forgotten Relics” we make cosplay costumes and props, as well as real chain maille armor and jewelry. We also do home décor, such as sculptures, paintings and drawings. This week I’m working on two dragon figurines for a young lady. One is for her character in D&D, and the other is to hold a counter diefor Magic the Gathering. https://www.facebook.com/ForgottenRelics13/
18. Have you had any funny or interesting stories from cosplaying?
My wife and I wear color contacts when we dress up. She wears contacts that are white with a black border, while I were read ones, at least when I’m dressed as Bellator. People see her eyed and are drawn in. parents point them out to their children, and everyone comments about cool they look. Then when they look me in the eyes, and see they are red, people literally jump back. Even some adults won’t come close to me because of it.
19. Now that you have experience, what can you say to first timers that are nervous about loosing their Cosplay virginity?
Don’t let what you look like or a lack of experience at making your costume frighten you. Cosplay is for fun. Take a friend with you to the con, and shear all the cool stuff there is to do and see. If someone makes fun of you ignore them. Most of the people at a con have met people like that and they will not put up with it, so you have support all around you.
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