August Bombshell Onizemus Packs a Punch!

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Redneck Avengers

It feels like 2018 just got started, and here we are already in August. I'd say it was the height of the convention season, what with SDCC having just wrapped up and GenCon kicking off, but really the convention circuit has become a year-round event -- which keeps cosplayers busier than ever!

This month, Critical Blast has selected as their monthly cosplay Bombshell a cosplayer who not only strives to bring characters off the page and screen into life, he also isn't afraid to reinvent them. Whether he's ready for action as IRON FIST or ready for another cold one as Hawkeye from the Redneck Avengers, this Bombshell knows how to bring the heat to his cosplay game.

So without further yakking, Critical Blast is happy to introduce to our readers the...

 

Critical Blast Bombshell, August 2018

Onizemus


Left: Hawkeye, Redneck Avengers

What is your interest in cosplay?

I love the idea of taking a character who has never been seen in live action (movies, TV shows, etc.) and bringing this character to life. This also allows for a lot of creative freedom, to bring it to life with my own creative touch.

How did you get into cosplay, and what was your first cosplay experience?

I had a friend get me into cosplay, because at the time (2010) the character I portrayed (Iron Fist) was not shown in any form of live action.  Not only was this my first costume, but it was shirtless.  It got a great reception and because of my physique, I was really able to pull it off!

How has your cosplay evolved since you began?

Since I started I have picked up a bunch of super helpful skills including 3D Design, airbrushing, makeup, sewing, 3D model finishing, wig work, dye sublimation design and printing, electronic custom wiring, LED lighting, plastic forming... and many other things I have likely forgotten I know.


Iron Fist (MARVEL COMICS)
Photo: BriLan Imagery

What is your "secret identity" outside of cosplaying?

I work at Corporate Campus in a very Corporate Job, and I also bounce on weekends at a huge bar downtown Minneapolis.

What kind of social or charity activities do you get involved in with your cosplay?

I am part of Minnesota Superheroes United. We do charity work and events all over the state. Check us out at https://www.facebook.com/mnsuperheroesunited/.

Do you make as much of your own costume as possible or rely on purchased materials -- and is that important overall to cosplaying?

I make as much as I can, but I like the idea of trading services. I have a lot of friends who know how to sew, and I know how to paint, so often they sew something for me and I paint something for them.  I will sew easy stuff, but if I am doing a full Lycra suit, I will have a friend help me out.  This is what I find great about being part of such an awesome community! I think making your own stuff is fun, but I do not think it is required.

What's your favorite cosplay, your "go to" look that you just love to put on and act out?

It is a strong Tie between Goku (Mastered Ultra Instinct, his current “Final Form”) from Dragon Ball Super or Moon Knight from Marvel Comics.


Goku - Mastered Ultra Instinct Form (DRAGON BALL)
Photo: Reality Reimagined

Where can people go to find you online?

Instagram (@onizemus) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/marc.spector.395)