Learn about Marc “Knuckles” Carter, a new star in our COSPLAY SPOTLIGHT!!!!!
Why do you cosplay?
The reasons why I cosplay is because I love to challenge myself, especially if it’s a complicated character that I want to develop. Also I cosplay to satisfy the fans, I always get a good feeling when someone comes up and say that they love my character or talk about the anime/video game that I’m from. Sometimes they even act as if I was the actual character and they would ask questions like “Why did you do this in episode 3? Or why did you have to die?” so it’s a funny feeling. And I also cosplay to be competitive. I love entering into competitions and compare my cosplay with others.
What was your first cosplay?
My first cosplay was Darth Maul from Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace and that was for Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con 2008. I was kinda timid about doing it because comparing it to other Darth Maul cosplayers I looked really weak because I didn’t have enough detail to actually make me look like a legit character. It was a learning process from then on.
Do you make your own cosplay costumes, if so, which ones, and how long does an average costume take to make?
I don’t really make my own costumes, if its available online i will definitely purchase it. But i’m starting to learn how to make my own costumes from attending sewing panels and craftsmanship panels at various conventions so hopefully I can accomplish a full cosplay that I can proudly say that i made myself. I have done little things like making holsters for the Red Ranger out of an old boot or making glowing yellow eyes for Anti-Sora (since I’m an electrician) so dealing with wiring and LEDs is like my greatest attribute when pertaining to costume making.
What is your favorite character to play?
My favorite character to cosplay so far is the Red Ranger from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers since it’s such a classic and everybody has either seen or known about the original Power Rangers. I have received so much attention and commendation from other cosplayers and congoers, I felt like it was a total success.
Amongst animation, comics, movies, or video games, what is your biggest inspiration for cosplay?
My biggest inspiration for my cosplays has to be the storyline behind the character. Whether my character is from an anime or video game or tv show. Usually if the character has a deep background that i find fascinating (like if he is a misunderstood villain turned hero, or a respected leader of a group of famous heroes, or one who wants to avenge the death of his father) I find those stories touching and I usually end up cosplaying as that character.
Have you ever made any mistakes that you’d warn a first timer about?
The only mistake I have made that I have warned a first timer about is that you can’t rush a project. Veteran cosplayers know that it takes a while for a cosplay to develop. From creating a blueprint, to budgeting, to buying supplies, to recruiting others (if it’s a group cosplay), to choreographing your characters routine, to leaving ample time if a plan doesn’t succeed. You have to make a lot of time for a project.
Are there certain characters that are easier to play than others?
There are characters that are easier for me to cosplay than others. For instance, it’s easy for me to cosplay as Yoite from Nabari no Ou because it doesn’t require that much to cosplay as him. No makeup, no helmet, no wiring. The only thing I had to maintain was his hair since its unique and how his hair is style brings out his character. So his cosplay is simple, hardly any maintenance and still others appreciate the detail of the character being portrayed.
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