Rick Stafford is a cosplayer with a wide range of charters that he brings to life, but he is most known for his many variations of DC Comics’ heroic defender of the deep, Aquaman. Rick dons the green & gold to attend cons and volunteers to visit sick children in hospitals. He has attended numerous charity events, and conventions to inspire the hero in all of us.
Like any true hero, Rick has had to overcome some extremely difficult obstacles in his life. Some of these obstacles would have broken weaker men, yet Rick continues to preserver, moving forward with the strength and endurance of the indomitable characters he brings to life through his cosplays.
We at NerdBastards had a chance to talk with this real life hero and learn what motivates him to cosplay and volunteer so much of his time to others.
Standing six foot, nine inches, Jake Estrada truly is a giant among men. With his catch phrase, “We can do this!”, and his positive encouragement of indie creators, Jake has made a name for himself in his local community and beyond. This gentle giant is a husband, father, indie comic creator, blogger, teacher, producer, artist, actor, and entrepreneur. He is a producer and host for many cons in his local community, including; The Spacie Awards (an award event celebrating indie creators on the Space Coast of Florida), Space Coast Comic Con, and Indiecon (A talent show that will showcase indie creators in Brevard County, FL).
With his publication, Space Coast Comixx, Jake has been able to share his own content as local talent with his local community, elevating those around him as he chases his own dreams.
We had a chance to talk with Jake recently and learned a lot about the indie community, making a movie, and time management. (more…)
Thousands of comic fans and shopping fanatics came out to this year’s New York Comic Con but one of the best parts of this year’s con was the awesome cosplayers.
Fierce. Regal. Beautiful. No matter how you describe them, cosplaying women of color are powerful forces of nature that command attention for their stunning costumes and the personas they take on. They display their love for their favorite characters right on their faces, and they don’t let anyone stop them. Cosplay is for everyone and these 5 women of color show exactly how well it can be done by lifting their hobby to new heights.
The Ancient Egyptians held cats in the highest esteem. Regarding their cats as loving, important members of their families, and treated them with as much respect and dignity as their own children. Some 5000 years later, not much has changed. Actually, scratch that. A lot has changed. Where once cats were heralded as great protectors and practically worshiped as gods, our furry friends have been reduced to idolatries of amusement. Cat memes. Youtube videos. And now…. Cosplay?
Cats being silly and doing cat stuff is no longer the status quo. Owners are projecting their penchant for pop culture onto their 4 pawed pals and dressing them up as superheroes and other cultural icons. And oh f**k, is it cute.
Get ready to dawww your eyes out…. (more…)
A hijab, which is often referred to as a headscarf, is worn by Muslim women all over the globe. It is a symbol faith, much like a flag or a banner. In cultures around the world, one can see the beautiful array of this traditional Muslim head dress. Most western eyes, however, don’t understand its purpose, what with their passing frosty glares and all. Some even see it as a sign of oppression, which couldn’t be further from the truth.
To close this transcontinental gap and challenge stereotypes, there is a growing number of Muslim women who are finding creative ways to integrate their modest clothing styles and hijabs into pop culture via Cosplay. The most prominent of which, is Malaysian-based makeup artist Saraswati, known to her Instagram fans as Queen of Luna. (more…)
Oh, balls. Dragon Balls that is. The long running and beloved anime from Akira Toriyama, Dragon Ball Z, has taken a turn for the worst. No… they’re not making a sequel to that horrid adaptation Dragon Ball Evolution. Nothing will ever be THAT bad. But the next best worst thing has occurred. The obligatory porn parody. (more…)
Whether you come to comic-con looking for toys, panels, or to raid the back issue bins in search of those books that you need to fill your collection, you can’t miss the breathtaking cosplay that fills the show floor. Homemade costumes that took months of nights spent losing fingerprints to a glue gun or hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of dollars spent on pro made props that help to blur the line between fan film grade — both were all over the Jacob Javitz Center for New York Comic Con this past weekend. And while no one could capture all of the wildly imaginative and incredibly geeky looks, we did pull a few selections from our time there for you to see. Rick and Morty, Negan, Game Of Thrones, and a few surprises — hopefully there’s something for every single fan.
Every year, fans come in droves to San Diego Comic Con. Among those fans, there are those who brave the heat and wear elaborate costumes to show their support for their favorite characters. Extensive research, planning, and construction can go into these labors of love. Other times, it’s just cardboard and paint. Whatever the level of skill and commitment, one truth is clear: everyone loves cosplay! Without further ado, here are some of the cosplayers we encountered at this year’s San Diego Comic Con.
As the quality of cosplays from creators all across the world gets ever more impressive, many artists are exploring new ways to make their work stand out. From perfecting their battle cry to recreating their gait as they walk the convention floor, today’s cosplayers fully commit to bringing their favourite characters to life in every way possible. Stuntman Ben Schamma¸ better known to his fans as Maul Cosplay, takes this dedication to a whole new level. Between his martial arts skills and his stunt experience, Ben brings the dangerous attitude of the hardest fighters and renegades from popular culture to the real world.
A staple of German TV and movies, where his fights and stunts have become a part of the action-packed fabric of German entertainment, Ben still takes the time to showcase his cosplay work at conventions all over the world. From the fiercely competitive scene of his native Germany to the emerging community in Ireland, his stony-face, musclebound characters are hard to ignore.
We caught up with Ben to find out how he gets inside the head of pop culture’s roughest, toughest characters. (more…)