It’s that time of year again when television series fanatics, movie enthusiasts, comic-lovers, crazy gamers, creative cosplayers, and anime, book, and manga readers get their nerd on. Oz Comic-Con is the Australian sister event to the US’s Comic-Con and is graced with international and local actors, artists, cosplayers and fans alike. So if you’re in Melbourne on Saturday, June 8, or Sunday, June 9, and you find yourself on a tram next to Harry Potter or if Pikachu or Captain America walk past you on the street, you’ll know why. Kate Sears speaks to Safety Beach resident and university student Sam Moody, who at 24 is absolutely smashing the cosplay scene. We’ve also got a chance for you to win a double pass to the Melbourne Oz Comic-Con, which you don’t want to miss.
How did you first get into cosplay?
I first got into cosplay back in 2015. I was actually talking to a close friend of mine about the idea of doing a trip to PAX. PAX is Australia’s biggest gaming convention, very similar to Comic-Con. And she threw the idea of trying to dress up for it, so we both did our research and came back with costumes from the TV show Arrow. She went as the Black Canary and myself as the Green Arrow. And I guess you could say it’s become more of a passion ever since.
Why do you do it?
I love being able to create and bring to life some of my favourite characters from movies, comics and even anime/manga. And over the years the costumes and/or props that go with them have become more and more intricate and harder to build, which keeps all of the excitement alive. I also do it because being able to meet everyone with the same passion, give children the biggest smiles imaginable, and collaborate with some amazing people just makes you so happy.
How long does it take to create a costume from start to finish? Who will your next cosplay be?
How long is a piece of string? Ha ha. No, but in all honesty it does depend on a few variables. Having a job and going to university does shorten the amount of time I have to work on a costume. But for instance, my Green Lantern costume I did in just over a week. It goes from patterning, to shaping and cutting foam, to electronics and then finally painting. And then the same thing with my Bakugou, from the anime My Hero Academia. It took about two weeks, as sourcing some items like boots or clothing can be somewhat difficult. But with a costume like my next one still yet to come, Master Chief from the Halo game series, he has taken me well over a year. 3D printing parts take a lot of time to smooth out perfectly and finish off, but in the end it will be well worth it.
What’s your favourite movie/comic?
Movie would have to be Captain America: Winter Soldier, followed closely by Avengers Infinity War. One with my favourite character of the MCU, Clearly. And the other is just one of the best movies to come out in the last 10 years. And I guess when it comes to comics, you can’t really go past DC’s Injustice series. The comics depict a world where if one bad thing were to happen to Superman and he did want to rule the world, that’s how it would look, and Tom Taylor did an incredible job on those.
What does a day at Comic-Con look like for you?
Well, when going to one of these conventions, staying with friends is the best way to do it. But that also means everyone is helping out everyone with each other’s costumes, wigs, jackets, capes, zips, armour . . . the list goes on. But this also means having to get up nice and early so that everyone is ready for the big day. Once there, it can take hours before we can even get into one building as most of the time we are getting stopped at the gate for photos and not being able to move. But this is why we do it. Having kids and families lining up to get photos with their favourites superheroes is so fulfilling, and it’s great to see all the smiles on their faces too.
Who have you dressed up as?
Green Arrow, Bayek (Assassins Creed Origins), Green Lantern, Newt Scamander, Captain America, Owen (Jurrasic World), Bakugou (My Hero Academia) and Broly (Dragonball Super).
To see Sam’s builds, progress shots, and final cosplays, follow him on Instagram @sammmymcosplays, and if you see him at a convention, he’d love you to come up and say hello.
To go in the draw to win a double pass to the Melbourne Oz Comic-Con, make sure to visit our Facebook page @mornpenmag on Monday, May 13, and follow the steps on the competition post. Or visit ozcomiccon.com/Melbourne to purchase your tickets before they sell out.