Time to shine the light again on the people that give life to conventions everywhere, cosplayers. Its Chaos Prince Cosplay’s turn under the spotlight. While browsing the explore section on Instagram, I noticed a mix of Captain America and Spider-Man in one and I thought to myself, “Summbitch, that’s rad!” –I looked through BboySpiderman’s instagram and that’s when I realized as far as Spidey cosplayers go, he’s pretty much the man! I sent him a quick message on the grams and he promptly replied with some of the most entertaining answers ever.
A little origin story, after securing his degree in English Literature, Luc Luzzo began working for BioWare/EA at a subsidiary in Sacramento, where his passion was ignited. Working with other like-minded, who wore their Nerd Flag with pride encouraged him to do so himself. After agreeing to attend Wizard World Comic-Con in Sacramento, his peers asked him if he was going to cosplay anything, much to his surprise he had never heard of that before. After doing his research on the subject he knew that was something he was perfect for. Having been the school mascot all through college, Luc excelled in staying in character as well as dancing around(he’s also a contemporary Hip-Hop dancer) and just cheering the crowd during games, which made cosplaying come natural to him.
His Spider-Man outfit stood out from a list of 4 cosplays he planned on tackling first, the others being The Flash, Superboy, and Gohan. He still plans on doing Superboy, and he almost did The Flash for Comikaze, but opted for his Miles Morales suit instead. So why Spider-Man?
Peter Parker and I were both 5’10” and 150lbs, had similar body types, and had many of the same morals in common. I related to Spider-Man more than any comics; plus it didn’t hurt that I own hundreds of the Spectacular and Amazing issues.
In order to get into the character, Luc jumped online and looked up everything from poses, to suits, to sayings and common phrases as well as his relationships to other characters. He excitedly told me that this last February he finished reading every Amazing Spider-Man issue ever, so he’s well versed in the character of Spidey.
On to the questions then!
Q: Your Cosplays, do you make them all on your own?
A: My first three suits: Amazing Hybrid Spider-Man ( a mash-up between the first two ASM movies), Superior Spider-Man, and Miles Morales were all the suits I had consolidated by myself. I had the designs by some great artists (Carl9419, Gun Head Design, and Taylor McManus) printed out on Lycra Spandex, puff painted by myself and my buddy El Fett, sewn up by a seamstress, and then detailed with a faceshell and lenses by Tjack of TheRPF.com. For my girlfriend (Maid of Might) and her Spider Gwen suit she rocked at WonderCon this year I made the faceshell and lens set by myself with the help of some 3d files by Ken Landrum. I’m slowly learning how to make props and how to detail them, to cut commission costs on cosplay and even make some money on the side for myself. Another great example is my Captain Spider-Man shield, I made that myself out of an ABS plastic pull, worbla, and a bunch of paint detailing, weathering and battle damaging. Nowadays, to skip doing everything step by step I have The RPC Studio do everything for me. It saves me months of time, costs of individual shipping, and a lot of stress. They are like an all-in-one service for spandex suits. So far they’ve done my Ultimate Spider-Man suit, Cosmic Spider-Man suit, Future Foundation Spider-Man suit, and my most recent Captain Spider-Man suit. They do such a great job on making the suits, that all I have to do is imagine a new Spidey to do, have my buddy SpiderBite Designs make a suit pattern for it, send it to The RPC Studio, and boom, done. you can’t really beat that. I 100% have the ability to make my own suits, but the extra money I spend having them do it, saves me time I spend on doing the accessories and lens work.
Q: What’s Your Artistic Background?
A: My artistic background goes pretty deep. I started college as a double major in Music and Digital Art, I wanted to be a composer for video games and apps. Eventually I found out that I was getting nowhere in that field and I switched over to Dance and English. So I’m extremely well versed in all of the arts, and I have quite the appreciation for all facets of costume creation.
Q: What do you do when you’re not in costume?
A: When I’m not in costume I usually am relaxing with friends. I collect and duel Yu-Gi-Oh! cards a ton. I collect comics (though 90% of my collection is digital). I am a serious cinephile, and I love to go out dancing. My instagram actually doubles as my dance studio. When I’m feeling extra energetic I’ll go out and record a dance video and post it there. It’s a nice change to all the cosplay sometimes for my followers.
Q: Time for a little something we call ‘The Nightmare Round’, The Spider-verse. It’s a thing. Every spiderman Ever. You’re a spiderman. You’re being persecuted along with the rest of them, who do you team up with and which one of your outfits with its respective abilities would you go for?
A: If I am being completely honest, Captain Spider-Man. Cosmic Spider-Man is the obvious choice, but (SPOILER ALERT) you find out eventually that his powers are exactly the wrong type to go up against the father of the inheritors. So I would say Captain Spider-Man. A Vibranium shield would work wonders with my spidey sense and increased strength. Captain America can lift about 1200 pounds over his head, max. Spider-Man has about 10 tons (And up to 25 tons in certain story arcs) going for him. Think about what he could achieve with the same shield, but all that extra strength, speed, stamina, agility, and innate ability to sense nearly everything around him. Captain Spider-Man is a fearsome foe.
Q: We’ve established you ARE Spider-Man, who’s that villain you are not looking forward to squaring up against?
A: Well besides the beyonder and any S-Class villains, I would absolutely loathe having to battle the sandman or the juggernaut. They just seem like very annoyingly persistent. They are both extremely hard to incapacitate.
As for the absolute most dangerous villain in my opinion to battle? Probably Thanos with the infinity gauntlet. That’s a scary thought. (in THAT case I’d definitely take having Cosmic Spider-Man’s powers, those are a bit more tangible against that kind of power)
As far as future plans for Luc go, he won’t be attending any conventions for a while as he’s shipping out to basic military training for the Air Force where he’ll be a Cryptologic Language Analyst, putting him out of the cosplay game for at least 16 weeks. After attending Tech School he will have a couple of weekends off to escape to conventions like Comikaze, StocktonCon, and Wizard World, RPC Studios is currently working on a couple of Spider-Man suits. (Spider-UK, and a Digital Spider-Man)
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