Presenting: Khal Drogo
Geekfest 2017, ICON (Saturday)
Owen has done some previous cosplay, such as Deadshot and Agent Venom, and plans to continue following Momoa's career. On Saturday, at ICON, you will see him in the intermediate category as Khal Drogo in part of a Game of Thrones group cosplay, also featuring several fantastic local cosplayers. On Sunday, he will continue to follow Momoa's career when he attends as Aquaman!
While discussing the creative use of everyday objects and how they fit into cosplay ideas, I mentioned that cosplay doesn't have to be fancy. To this point, he responded, "That's what I like about cosplay as a pursuit; it's taking that to the next level and trying to put together something that's really convincing." So—for a beginner, how do you do this?
The best piece of advice is to look around to your local shops for materials that closely match what the original should look like, and not get caught up in trying to make it exactly the same. Take a walk through your local fabric store, and don't be too shy to look in sections like upholstery and blankets (thanks for the tip, Owen). There are also some amazing 3-D printing businesses, like Fairy Fountains, who specialize in cosplay items and would happily print out anything you need! (Look for a great blog on them in the next couple weeks.)
That said, don’t become discouraged. There are a lot of great cosplayers in the Jo'burg/Pretoria area who would be excited to share their knowledge and advice. I'll be working on a blog later covering some great places to find materials like foam, latex, etc.
Know a good spot? Feel free to drop me a line! If we get a big enough list, I'll create a one-stop spot for links to them all. :)
One last piece of advice for those like me who love the creativity of cosplay and can't wait to see what amazing ideas people will come up with next: Don't be shy, ask for pictures! Doing so will get some great poses and is a lot less creepy than a sneaky side shot.