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Confessions of a Cosplayer: Ronald Bowen

Welcome to another installment of “Confessions of a Cosplayer”. Each week I will feature a cosplayer in the Friday franchise who I either know personally or through social media. As time moves on, I will also be focusing on other iconic horror characters from other franchises then I will feature horror inspired cosplayers.
If you are a horror cosplayer or know someone who is and would like to be in a future spotlight, please reach out to me on Facebook, Instagram or send me an email at SouthJerseyJason@gmail.com

What is your first memory of watching a horror movie?  What movie was it?
My first horror movie would had to have been “Nightmare on Elm Street”. My father had sat me down as a small child and watched it. He laughed while I was in pure terror during the viewing. Thinking back on it now, I can see why he was laughing and that also kind of built up a sick sense of humor I now posses.

You currently cosplay as a Wendigo.  For those that may not know what that is, can you share the lore of the Wendigo?
The Wendigo is a part of Native American lore/myth. It’s said that “if you were to consume the flesh of a human while desperate for food, the spirit of the Wendigo would consume your body and spirit. Thus giving you an almost immortal body with unyielding hunger for the flesh of human beings.”
Its also said that these creatures vary from size and shape, to completely different appearances. They also apparently know how to mimic human speech to lure in unsuspecting prey.

When did you first become aware of the lore of the Wendigo?
I’ve known about these beasts for many years but never really delved into the lores so drastically while making this costume.

You are the first person that I have seen, cosplay as a Wendigo.  What inspired you to cosplay as the creature?
My wife actually was the inspiration for this costume. She’s huge in the macabre arts and saw that I could make a monstrosity with relative ease. Originally it was supposed to be a “Leshen” from the Witcher video game series but as time grew on I realized I’d rather just make a beast in general.

What made you get into the art of cosplaying (How old were you? Where did you first show off your cosplay, do you design your own costumes as well as make them?  If not, who do you use to help with your costume?)
I got into costuming recently about 5-6 years ago. I started out doing anime characters with friends at conventions and gradually built up my skills from using “foam and duct tape” to “metal and leather”.
I have yet to show this beast in the convention centers that my group and I go to but hopefully soon. Every costume I have ever made was made by myself; trial and error is the best way to learn.

Do you attend conventions?  If so which ones do you attend?  Are there any you recommend for someone who has never attended?  What advice would you give to someone who has never attended a convention as a cosplayer?
My group and I go to Otakon, Katsucon, New York comic Con and basically anywhere we feel like going to. If I were to suggest a convention, definitely hit up Katsucon in Maryland. Fantastic group of people run it and even better people attend it.

What is your most memorable experience as a cosplayer?
My most memorable time at a convention was when I was in my “Sith” star wars costume. My apprentice and I had started doing saber duels together in an outdoors area. WITH IN MINUTES we had every star wars cosplayer coming up and joining the fray. We must have had 30 people just dueling with light sabers.

What advice would you give to a first time cosplayer?
My advice is this: never think poorly of what you’ve created. Trial and error is an amazing way to learn the ropes. Layers on costumes make for the most splendid achievements in sight. Above all else, have fun! It’s not a competition.

Who are some of your favorite cosplayers that you follow on social media or personally know?
@Jessica Nigre, @ya-yahan. I’ve personally met Jessica and honestly she has an amazing sense of humor!

Do you have any social media accounts for your cosplay that you would like to promote?
You can find me on Instagram- @Mirtis_creations
I have more pictures to upload as time goes on! My apprentice is my motivation and vice versa. We are always in the work shop trying to make our costumes better than the original set up followed by fine tuning everything as well!

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