FBN Cosplayer of the Month: Luc Luzzo “I Am Spider-Man”

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Name: Luc Antony Luzzo

City: Dixon, California

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ChaosPrinceCosplay

Instagram: BboySpiderman

What was your first Cosplay Experience?unnamed (4)
Well I had been the school mascot all through college, so dressing up and acting like a fool really came easy to me. After I graduated I started workingat EA games and the nerd in me sort of sprouted a new leaf. Everyone had been talking about the new convention coming up and I was pretty interested. At first I started looking into which character I would best portray. A lot of people were pushing The Flash and Nightwing, but I wasn’t really feeling the “vibe” you get when you see a character you just really connect with. Until I thought about Spider-Man. I went and looked up Peter Parker’s height and weight and it turned out to be exactly mine as well. I researched for about a month before deciding on how to go about executing the suit right. Once I had all the materials and services lined up, it’s a detail horror story from there. Fast forward a month and I’m cosplaying Spider-Man at Wizard World Sacramento. I got stopped every other minute for pictures, and for day two I barely even got through the lobby I was stopping so much to pose and take pictures. It was a great experience that really got me hooked on doing cosplay in the future. It’s very intoxicating to have children think you’re the real deal and for parents to have mini-nerdgasms.

How long have you been Cosplaying?
This is my second year cosplaying. But I’ve always loved dressing up for events and Halloween.
I technically started in Sac Con, but I like to think of that as my, “learning experience” convention. It was small and personal and I learned about 100 , “what not to do’s” in about four hours. I found out: how quickly lenses fog up without anti-fog applied to the inside of the lenses, how hard it is to put on a suit by yourself, the importance of centering your mask web between your lenses, what poses can be used in the middle of a crowd, what poses CAN’T be used in the middle of a crowd (ouch), and (probably top of the list) the importance of using compression shorts in a tight spandex bodysuit (cringe).

10922190_10153022621883781_869575112_nIn what ways does Cosplay influence your daily life?
Well, every day I’m always working on cosplay, researching new techniques. For example today I got my shipment of worbla in to make custom star on my Captain Spider-Man shield, I am watching tons of videos on how to use worbla before I even touch the stuff. Also, I’m researching paint stripping, propper painting techniques and always looking to further my knowledge on cosplay.
People I used to be friends with in high school that follow me on instagram call me spidey when they see me now. I am CONSTANTLY bombarded with questions, comments, and all types of messages through my cosplay page, instagram, and even my personal Facebook. So answering questions about cosplay, Spider-Man, and everything pretty much takes up my mornings. It’s a therapeutic way to wake up I suppose, since it gets your cogs turning. If you couldn’t tell, I’m really in love with Instagram haha; it’s definitely my, “check once and hour” thing. Some people have twitter, some people have cats, I have Instagram.

What is your favorite cosplay you have worn?
My favorite cosplay I’ve ever worn would have to be my Superior Spider-Man suit. ESPECIALLY when I wore it to Long Beach Comic Expo last year. I was climbing walls, striking poses on fire hydrants, just generally having a great time. There was a giant dance-off between some Deadpools and I. There was a push-up contest I won against a deadpool and a Captain America. It was just a great convention to debut that suit. The shoes I used in it were some really nice ZEMgear split toe workout shoes. It felt amazing to pose in those compared to my first suit which just had rubber soles. The suit altogether was just an amazing success.
Sometimes I’ll look back on videos and pictures of the convention to sort of revel in the amazing times I’ve had in that suit.
I’ve officially retired the suit, but may be interested in making a Superior Spider-Man in the future, or having one commissioned by The RPC Studio ( my buddies in Thailand ).

What makes you Spider-Man?10417706_10153048685568781_484455349428297710_n

The way I move around, carry myself, and interact with others. Whenever anyone asks for a picture, I’ll literally throw myself to the ground in some exaggerated Spider-Man pose. Whenever a kid asks if I’m real, I always say yes. Whenever I put myself into the suits I have, I always take on as many characteristics of Spidey as I can; whether it be with my movement and posing, or in the way I’m acting.

I spent months training in yoga, doing p90x, and even a couple free running courses. This was all to sort of sculpt my body to get that lean Spider-man look I wanted. I lost about 10 pounds, and had little to no fat lef ton my body. I still keep up with my workouts every day and I try and eat better.
Cosplay is a mental, physical, and emotional activity. You have to be ready in all those aspects before you can attempt to portray a character accurately. I’ve seen people in Spider-Man suits do the “shooting web” hand pose just…wrong. There’s a huge difference between, “rock on” and “thwip”.
I guess it all boils down to my personal dedication to the character. I’m absolutely, 100%, dedicated to bringing the absolute best aspects of the character to life when I put on my suits. I mean after all the time it takes for a suit to be made, why would you not put the same amount of effort into wearing it?

If you had unlimited resources, what Cosplay would you create?
If I had the money, the “Somehow this can work” and the technology… I would definitely make Iron Spider-Man. That suit is one of my favorites I’ve ever seen. Ever since I read Marvel Civil War I have been in love with that suit.
But I’m a stickler for accuracy, at least somewhat, and would never do the suit in dye-sublimation form or with foam.
The suit would need to have a functioning faceplate, and moving mechanical limbs attached to a metal plated backpack. Somehow it would need to be near skin tight, but malleable enough to walk and do spidey poses in, yet still be metallic (and in no way can be considered fabric). It would also need working electronics to simulate blasters in the hands, and I’d probably want that, “ironman-y” walking sound with every step I took.
Lastly I think I’d want a vox in the helmet. Some way to project my voice from within the suit like Storm Troopers do.

IMG_7935 (2)What advice would you offer others trying to break into Cosplay
My advice is just to start. The first thing you make will never be your favorite, but you’ll learn so much just by jumping into it. One of the best resources out there right now is the RPF.com, which is a site dedicated to makers and designers of props and screen-accurate replicas of tv show/movie items. It’s my main resource right now as I’m working on my Captain Spider-Man shield.
The advice given to me by some previous spidey cosplayers, who are now good friends of mine, is to, “research, research, research”. The only way to end up with a cosplay you’ll be happy with is to give it your all. And the only way to give it your all is to equip yourself with the proper tools and services.
Your first cosplay could be commissioned, made, or consolidated. It doesn’t make you any less of a cosplayer if you don’t make your own stuff. If you’re interested in the creation process, you usually end up spending hundreds less on magnificent suits and costumes.
I always suggest to people they make things themselves before looking to commission. And then, when they still want to commission, I send them exactly where they can get quality commissions. Once you get started you slowly build a personal community of new friends willing to share their experiences and techniques to make you a better cosplayer.
Lastly I recommend looking into character acting. The one thing I’m told I do well is “represent” my characters (mostly Spider-Man). I spend endless hours during my free time looking up Spider-Man animations, cartoons, comics, pictures, and re-watching movies. I dedicated a full two months to character movement and speech for my first Spider-Man cosplay. I went to school partly for performance arts, so I tend to get really into character when I’m at a convention; especially, for some reason, when I’m alone. I think I allow myself to be taken over by this other person for five hours and let everyone else into the world I’ve created.
Cosplaying in character is a choice everyone has to really make. It’s quite fun though when you really get the hang of it.
To sum everything up:
1. START NOW
2. Research research research
3. Dive into the community
4. Get really into it

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