Greetings and salutations loyal Nerdarchy readers!
For those that don’t know, Knightmage has been a voice of dignity and inspiration within the cosplay world for a while now. Beyond this, he has shown a prodigious amount of talent and dedication to the craft of cosplay.If you have seen a mind blowing John Stewart, Luke Cage, The Tick, Blade, or Spawn (among many others) it was likely Knightmage. What is most worth note about Knightmage, in my humble opinion, is his work for charities. Though as someone from a military family I must say Knightmage, sincerely, thank you so much for your recent work with The Fighter’s Cause and bringing attention to The Wounded Warrior Project.
Without further delay, I present to you “A Night With Knightmage”!
Knightmage: I honestly think I have to credit my big brother for a lot of it. Some of my first memories is watching him read comics. He’s an extremely talented artist and would draw different characters all the time. Sometimes even creating his own. I would stand over him just watching.
Ironically as I’m currently working on a Shredder costume I remember Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles being his favorite comic which in turn became mine. I distinctly remember reading in the t.v guide that the cartoon would be airing. I couldn’t wait until he got home to show him. We watched it together and he was so upset that the Turtles was changed to make them more kid friendly (I enjoyed it). While I probably would’ve still become the person I am I like to think that those moments with him had an impact.
Knightmage: I’ve always tried to have a positive outlook on life. As far as cosplaying, when I made my first costume, Green Lantern John Stewart, admittedly I chose that character not just because I like him, but because I was under the mindset that it would be “frowned” upon dressing up as a character that is traditionally seen as another race.
It was only meant for a Halloween costume but I didn’t know any better. I had never been to a convention so I hadn’t witnessed the cosplay community in action. It wasn’t until after I made the costume and started searching online for other people’s costumes that I start to see how I was so wrong.
After making a few more costumes and getting noticed by well known cosplayers then attending conventions I really started to see the light. Who has inspired me? The entire cosplay community has inspired me. My goal now is to let my voice be heard in hopes that a beginner hears it and doesn’t make the same mistake I did.
Knightmage: First I would have to say the hobby of cosplaying itself. When I first started cosplaying the looks I would get from people, mainly co-workers were crazy. I got ragged on all the time. Once they saw all the fun I was having. The places I was going. The people I was meeting. The doors that were opened by it. They changed their tune.
Now they ask what I’m doing next or can I do a birthday party for their kids or some other event. As far as cosplays, so far I would say The Tick. I debuted it at an Anime convention. I was really surprised at the amount of people who knew who it was but there was still many that had no clue.
Also for The Tick I made “Little Wooden Boy”. So many people thought it was “Plank” from the cartoon “Ed Edd and Eddy”. They do look similar. Maybe that was one of the reasons for confused looks. I’m thinking when I wear The Maxx it will be same.
Knightmage: I was approached by an individual, who will remain anonymous until later in the year, to do this commission. He said “I want you to make Piccolo from Dragon Ball Z.” After explaining to him that I don’t do commissions he said that it was for me! I was really confused then he explained it.
He said that he and his kids love the character. He also loves my work. So much so that he really wants to see me as Piccolo. Knowing that I don’t do commissions and am big on charity, he offered $500 to go towards any charity of my choice to do the costume. I was completely taken back by this.
Regardless of me being unfamiliar to the material there was no way I could turn that down. My plate was already pretty full this year but we agreed on a Christmas time debut. As for the cause the money will go to, that’s yet to be determined.
Knightmage: Steven Griffin a.k.a Griffin Cosplay approached me with this idea. A photo shoot consisting of various characters from fighting games. Proceeds from the shoot goes to various charities. After bouncing ideas this is what we came up with. 20 Cosplayers.
Each cosplayer is a fighter from a game and fighting for their cause. We will have the photo shoot on November 15th in Columbus, Ohio. After the photo shoot there will be 3 different prints available. 1.) Group Shot: This print will feature all 20 cosplayers/fighters and the money will be divided up to go to all the causes. 2.) VS: This print will feature 2 cosplayers/fighters battling one another. The money will be divided between the featured cosplayers causes. 3.) Victory: This print will feature 1 cosplayer/fighter.
All money will go to the featured cosplayers cause. So purchasing a print gives you have the choice to support one cause or multiple causes. It’s really a cool and original idea. Hopefully this will be the first of many projects like this to come.
Knightmage: Best experiences? There’s none that I can single out. Of course going to convention and having fans of the character you’re cosplaying as just lose their stuff over your work. Anytime my work can make someone smile especially kids, it’s a win for me.
The after con festivities of hanging out with friends is always a good time. Bad experiences? I can say that I’m pretty lucky not to have a had any of those aside from minor wardrobe malfunctions. Any bad experiences from cosplaying would come from the internet.
But that goes back to me saying that you need to have thick skin if you’re going to cosplay. You’re not going to please everyone with your vision and there’s those out there who love to spew there negativity. You can’t let that get you down though.
Though on a personal note, if you ever need a bit of help on your charity work, I would be happy to help in any way, shape, or form that I can.
For more information on the charities mentioned here and a few that made a difference to those close to us, Nerdarchy invites you to visit the following charity’s and non profit organization websites.