Cosplay Spotlight: Eric “The Smoke” Moran

Learn about the cosplayer known as Eric “The Smoke” Moran. COSPLAY SPOTLIGHT!!!!!

Why do you cosplay?

I cosplay because I feel on top of the world when I can dress up as characters that I love. Whether it’s from comics, TV, horror, video games, etc., I don’t have to apologize nor explain. Dealing with everyday hustle and bustle of life, I think it’s cool to cut loose and have fun as a cosplayer. At the same time it helps me stay in shape, and most importantly I feel great when I cosplay. Fellow fans love it as well.

What was your first cosplay?

My first cosplay stems back before it was called Cosplay/Costuming. It was the late 1980’s and for my Senior Prom, I cosplayed the Blackhawks in a tuxedo dress uniform.  I got the idea from an issue of Blackhawks by Howard Chanykin. Where the Blackhawks were at this dinner event in dress uniform.  So I drew out the designs, down to the military props and custom shoes and had my mom make it form me.  My prom date thought it was very cool.

Do you make your own cosplay costumes? If so, which ones, and how long does an average costume take to make?

I do make some of my costumes/armor, but at the same time I’ve been blessed to get help from fellow cosplayer/costumers:  Norman Antonio, Brin Londo, Anthongy Le, John Clark, James Panetta and many more.  On average it can take four days to six months to make a great costume.

Who is your favorite character to play?

I have a lot of costumes and I love three that stand out for me.  They are my:  Black Adam, War Machine, and my Justice Lords Batman…Also special mention to my boxed Galactus!

Amongst animation, comics, movies, or video games, what is your biggest inspiration for cosplay?

My biggest inspiration for cosplay is my wife and most importantly kids who don’t have any heroes to look up to.  I giving kids a reason to keep their spirits up.

Have you ever made any mistakes that you’d warn a first timer about?

The only mistake I’ve made with my costume is not wearing the right costume for the season.  I would tell any new cosplayer to make sure they have something to keep hydrated so they don’t sweat to death or pass out.

Are there certain characters that are easier to play than others?

There are always easier costumes to wear than others.  It’s all about being comfortable and having fun in your costume.

Is there any advice you want to give to new cosplayers or people too shy to cosplay?

My advice to all new cosplayers:

  1. Know the character(s) you cosplay.
  2. Cosplay any character you like.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a different color,  size, sex, etc.  It’s what you bring to that character that counts.
  3. Don’t be a Troll/hater. Just because your costume may be better than someone  else’s doesn’t give you the right to pass judgment on them.
  4. If you’re going to Cosplay a hero, carry yourself as one.  If you’re dressed up like Superman, be Superman!  If, for example, you’re dressed like Captain America, then you decide to walk outside and smoke a cigarrette out in public and kid sees you, that kid may think, “If Cap can why can’t I?”

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