Cosplayer Spotlight: Adam Frey

Posted by October 15, 2017 Comment

Cosplayers are one of the best parts about conventions. They bring a ton of enthusiasm and joy with them to cons, and really embody the fan spirit. I got a chance to hang out with Adam Frey not too long ago, and he shared with me some of his insights into cosplay!

Bleeding Cool: How long have you been cosplaying?

Adam Frey: I think I go back to 2002 on a technicality. I made a near-complete Boba Fett costume for Halloween back when I was in law school, before I even knew what cosplay was. I just really, really wanted a Boba Fett costume because I was a Star Wars nerd at the time. I stumbled across The Dented Helmet forum and discovered the madness of how to create a full Fett suit, so I spent an entire summer cutting pieces of industrial plastic while my sister sewed the cloth components.

Anyway, then I got married, joined the military, moved around the country for a few years, and became a parent, so I didn’t have a lot of time for conventions or costumes. I finally got reassigned to Maryland in 2012 and went to my first Baltimore Comic-Con, and then I really learned about the deep, insane world of cosplay.

By 2014, I decided to finally give cosplay a go, so I made a half-decent Scarlet Spider costume (which still needs some work, LOL — I wore Crocs because I didn’t know how to make cosplay footwear) which I wore to both BCC and the next year’s Free Comic Book Day. By then I’d fallen into the DC-Maryland fan community, so I guess that’s when I really considered myself a cosplayer.

What was the inspiration behind your costume?

Ha! This needs a bit of backstory. Somewhere around 2015, I got it into my head that I wanted to try crossplay — that is, cosplaying as the opposite sex.  People can do some amazing crossplay, so I think I wanted the challenge of seeing if I could “pass” for a female character.  I was originally going to do a Jim Balent ’90s Catwoman, and assembled a lot of the costume…except the mask, which I couldn’t sew myself. The person who was supposed to make my mask never finished it, so I was kind of stuck with some lady accessories which I couldn’t use.

From there, I somehow got the idea to go as Power Girl, which I debuted at Third Eye Comics on FCBD 2016. They absolutely loved it, and I wore Power Girl again at Halloween Comicsfest and BCC 2016 and it was a big hit. At that point, I developed a reputation as a crossplayer, and my friends at Third Eye kept expecting me to do another female character.

I really can’t sew, and I don’t have the time to work in my garage for hours on armor or sheet metal. (If I had my druthers, I’d do Angela Odinsdotter — and maybe if I get the time in the future, I’ll do it.) But I really wanted to do another female, and I realized that Poison Ivy’s New 52 look would work for someone at my level. It was really just a matter of getting a black morphsuit and hot gluing leaves all over it.  That, and I couldn’t let the Third Eye folks down.

Also, come on: Ivy is hot.

What do you like about cosplay?

I’m impressed that the cosplay community is so damn open to letting people be whatever they want to be. If you’re a blond-haired, blue-eyed guy who reasonably looks like Chris Evans, then you can be Captain America, and that’s cool. But if you’re a black woman in a wheelchair who wants to be Steve Rogers, that’s also cool, and nobody has a place to complain when the cosplayer is legitimately having fun.

I am absolutely floored when I see someone who’s made working Iron Man armor with lights and electronics. But I’m no less floored when I see a kid who’s made a cute little Iron Man suit out of spray paint and cardboard boxes. That kid has a ways to go, but he’s learning and experimenting and using his imagination to take his fandom to the next level.

My Poison Ivy was a big hit this year, and I’d like to think it turned out pretty good. But I saw a lot of other Ivys at BCC and all of them did something a little different, and all looked good in their own way (and a lot better than me). I appreciated the opportunity to see what they’re doing and get ideas on how to up my game and make it better. And more importantly, I liked that we all got along with each other. I joked about “Who wore it better” with them, but really: we were all Ivy, and we were all enjoying ourselves.

Do you have a fan page or Instagram you’d like to share?

Nope, but I do post stuff on my personal Facebook page. I also regularly do comics, film, and TV news and editorials at Pop Culture Uncovered if anyone wants to read my stuff. :)

(Last Updated October 15, 2017 7:19 am )

About Lauren Sisselman

Baltimore Lauren is a self professed comic book nerd, with a strong focus on Archie and Golden Age comics. She also enjoys Disney World more than the average person, and bad movies. Speed Racer is one of her favorite movies. Seriously. You can find her on Twitter at @BaltimoreLauren

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