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Your new Cosplayer of the Month: Jason Zackowski.
Welcome to Cosplayer of the Month, where we feature an incredible cosplayer from our community of fans and learn about who they are beneath the surface and, ahem, WORBLA. This month, we have Jason Zackowski!
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What do you do for a living/what are your hobbies?
My day job is that of a Chemistry Teacher and my part time jobs are running the social media accounts for my much more famous dog, Bunsen, the twitter science dog (he's @bunsenbernerbmd) who is one of the biggest dog accounts on Twitter. I also run a super wholesome podcast called "The Science Pawdcast" which has timely science news, dog studies and an interview with a scientist every week. My life is super busy, and cosplay is my creative outlet when I need downtime!
Tell us the first time putting together a cosplay piece.
The first cosplay I put together was a very terrible Commander Shepard from the Mass Effect games. It was made of foam and I watched a tutorial about how you could use foam and heat guns to build “space” armor. I worked hours on that and made so many mistakes. Some parts of it looked SO good (like the back) but others were awful. This was before I would even go to comic cons. When I’m at cons now, I’m just so happy to see people dress up in their fandom, regardless of what it looks like. It could be their first cosplay and we all start at zero.
What are the types of characters you’re drawn to cosplaying as?
I have my big builds and my small builds. The big builds, Groot and Korg, are almost childlike and really family friendly. I love being big Groot and hamming it up with families and kids, because he’s like a big kid himself. My Captain Mal, Star lord and now my Mando builds seem to have a theme of the anti-hero. Characters who have made poor choices in their life, probably hurt many people, but when push comes to shove, they are heroes because deep within is a sense of right and wrong. I LOVE that mythos of some heroes. They are the ones that when it really matters, when all hope is lost and others have given up, these heroes won’t, despite choices in their life to not always be good.
What do you want to achieve through cosplaying?
HA! You know, I’m not sure! I do love showing off my hard work. I love seeing other people’s work too, I’m always so impressed. Perhaps...ok...most of all I love the look on people’s faces when they see my cosplays. From up high as Groot I can see the little girls in their wonder woman outfits spot a Wonder Women cosplayer and LOSE THEIR MIND, or similar situations with a Spiderman or some anime character. It’s the same with Groot and Korg. When kids see the Groot and I let out a “I AM GROOT” and dab or something, or I say, “Hey Man, do you want a start a Revolution”? The smiles and happiness make the hours worthwhile. I’m hoping to get the same reaction with my family build of The Mandalorian.
Also, being part of something that connects us all is pretty cool. Comic cons rule!