Cosplay Sneak Peek: Tom Sidoti as Negan!

We caught up with Artist and Cosplayer Tom Sidoti to get some insight into the creation of his latest cosplay, Negan from The Walking Dead. Read on to see what Tom had to say about why he chose to cosplay Negan, how the cosplay came to be, and what went into making some of the props that would bring Negan to life.

 

 

What was it about the character Negan that made you want to cosplay him?

I wanted to cosplay Negan because I first fell in love with him in the comics and I felt that he was the best villain that the comics ever had. When they announced he was coming to the TV show I was very scared that they would not be able to portray him the way he needed to be because it was on regular TV, but Jeffrey Dean Morgan was able to make the character into someone the viewers both loved and hated at the same time, which was very unique from my perspective.

I love everything there is about the character Negan and I can see his point of view in the way he is surviving the apocalyptic world, but I also see his enemy, Rick Grimes’ point of view and I do often find myself siding with both at the same time and that’s mostly because of how well both of those actors portray their characters.

Though I can relate to and side with both Negan and Rick, when it comes down to it I don’t think my look can pull off a Rick Grimes cosplay. However I did feel that I could pull off a Negan cosplay properly and even though it’s well known in the cosplay community that you don’t have to look a certain way or have a certain body type to pull off any character, I do think my natural look helps this character come out even more and that’s definitely one of the reasons why I wanted to do it.

What went into the creation of this cosplay?

When it came to creating the costume I already had a leather jacket, a white shirt, grey pants, and black combat boots. I do have more accurate boots to use for this cosplay I just couldn’t find them right now so the black combat boots will do this time.

I got a hold of a brown leather belt and put bullet holsters on it and since you definitely cannot take a Bowie knife into a convention I made one out of foam. As for the most important piece of this cosplay, Lucille “The Vampire Bat” as Negan calls her, I purchased a replica Lucille off of Amazon. So realistically not too much went into making this character as a lot of it is made up of stuff I already owned or could easily purchase.

Can you tell us about the creation of the parts you made?

The things I did have to make were pretty simple for this character. When I added the bullet holsters to the belt I used craft foam and a battery. I rolled the craft foam around the battery to measure out the size of a bullet and I used a finger drill to drill holes into the leather belt and the foam and then I stitched it on the belt. Negan has about 10 bullet holsters on his belt so I made 10 bullet holsters by repeating the above process 10 times.

Now, I watch a lot of prop making tutorials and tv shows so when it came to the Bowie knife I knew it was going to be a pretty simple prop to make. I started with a sketch on paper then moved the sketch to cardboard and cut it out. Then I used craft foam to cut out the center of the blade. I strengthened the handle of the blade with more craft foam and then strengthened the center of the blade with another small piece of craft foam which is the Orange piece in the pictures. From there I used a dremmel to give the blade some shape and let it all dry and harden. Once it was dry I covered it in primer and painted it black and silver.

It was also fairly simple when it came to the sheath for the blade. Same beginning process went into it as once again I started with paper sketch and transferred the paper sketch to foam. After that was cut out I stitched it together and painted it black so that it had more of the authentic look of an actual leather sheath. While making the bullet holsters, Bowie knife, and sheath, I was able to look back and think of things I’ve seen people do in the past to get the ideas of how to do them easily and effectively.

When it comes to prop making in general I’ve been perfecting my number one go to cosplay. which is my tactical Captain America. I wore that cosplay for the first time at New York City Comic-Con in 2011 and I’ve been working on perfecting the props for that one since then and it wasn’t until last year, 2017, that I was completely happy with the way it looks. I’ve done everything from making chest armor, helmets, over the head ear pieces and weapons. Even with that amount of prop making experience I’m still not as extensive with my prop making as other people are but I do enjoy making props very much.

What are you looking forward to the most about debuting this cosplay?

I’m looking forward to going to wonder con this year and seeing more people cosplaying as characters from The Walking Dead and taking pictures with them. I also like to find other people wearing that same character as me and taking pictures with them so I’ll be keeping my eyes open for more Negan’s and getting some great pictures throughout the convention.

Thank you so much to Tom Sidoti for sharing this cosplay sneak peek with us. Make sure to keep an eye out for him as Negan during WonderCon 2018 at the Anaheim Convention Center March 23rd-25th!

Overwatch’s Hero 27 REVEALED!

The world could always use more heroes…”

Finally we get to welcome “Hero 27” to the roster by name. Welcome Brigitte Lindholm!

Brigitte, the daughter of Torbjörn and Ingrid Lindholm, and also Reinhardt’s squire, has officially been announced as the highly anticipated hero 27. The official reveal was prefaced by three teasers from the official Overwatch twitter account.

The first teaser on February 24th, gave us a glimpse into a previously classified mission Operation: White Dome. In the mission report for Op: White Dome we got a name we’ve never heard before, Private First Class Emre Sarioglu, as well as the mention of the injury that took Torbjörn’s arm and would have taken his life had Reinhart not intervened. Along with the after action report, the teaser also gave us a letter written by Torbjörn to his wife Ingrid. In this letter we see the mention of an unborn child whom Torbjörn has promised Reinhart he could name as well as appointed Rein as the unborn baby’s Godfather.

On February 26th, two days after the release of the letter and after action report we got our first glimpse of the weapon of choice for Hero 27.

This image had fans not only speculating on the type of weapon this is, but also looking up the word on the schematic to translate them to English. At this point it seemed that for the most part fans were already putting together that Hero 27 could be Brigitte. Still, there were some who hadn’t settled on Brigitte as there was also some talk of the schematic showing a weapon that was reminiscent of the one wielded by The Junker Queen.

Our last teaser was posted by the Overwatch Twitter account on Feb 27th, this image a bit more detail that all but confirmed the new hero would indeed be Brigitte.

With the symbol on the mug and the shield, this image confirms that hero 27 has a relation to both Torbjörn and Reinhardt. We also get a bit of a glimpse of the fabled Jet Pack Cat who was a scraped original Overwatch hero. If you look closely you can see a sketch of Jet Pack Cat peeking out from underneath the schematic for the shield. It’s even circled for us in a ring from the coffee mug.

On February 28th, after much hype and speculation hero 27 was finally revealed and Brigitte Lindholm was confirmed as our new hero.

She was released today on PTR just before 1:00pm PST. I had the chance to play her today but that’s a different story for a different article, though I will say she’s very interesting.

With her reveal we got some in depth details about her abilities. She’s a support class hero with ranged melee attacks and a a very clutch healing ability.

Here’s what Blizzard has to say about her abilities from their official Overwatch site:

Her current abilities have the potential to change the meta that is currently played in Overwatch. With her close quarters combat and stun capabilities it is going to very hard for heroes that are typically played as flankers to be viable against her. She seems like an overall great addition to the hero roster, but I do need to play her a bit more to be more through in my assessment of her in game role.

All in all I am very excited to have a new hero, especially one that will come with some inevitable changes to how the game is played. With Mercy Meta over, could Brigitte lead us into a “support tank” meta? Let me know your thoughts on Brigitte Lindholm and where the addition of her to the hero roster could lead the current meta. Be sure to check out Brigitte’s Origin Story then sound off in the comments below!

Puppy Power: Overwatch brings us The Puppy Rumble

On Monday, February 19th, in celebration of The Year of The Dog, Overwatch gave us one of the greatest events in esports: The Puppy Rumble. This event brought out two teams of puppies from Wags & Walks, a non profit dog rescue in Los Angeles, California. The two teams went head to head in an action packed game of capture the flag that was expertly casted by Monte and Doa, two of Overwatch League’s top casters. The amount of serious hosting and casting that went into The Puppy Rumble made it such an enjoyable event to watch. The hosts, Mitch “Uber” Leslie and Rachel Quirico did such a great job providing the viewers with information on each of the dogs and where to adopt them, as well as very detailed information on Austin Pets Alive and PAWS Atlanta , which were two additional non-profit dog and rescues that partnered with The Puppy Rumble. The game ended with Monte and Doa adorably cuddling the pups on the field while Monte declared the match a draw and named Lulu as the match MVP. The hosts followed up the end of the match by spending some time discussing how to be a responsible dog owner. Overall the entire event was not only a welcomed bit of levity in the Overwatch esports community, but also a very educational event that gave the viewers some really great information on pet ownership and animals rescues. While this entire event may not be everyone’s cup of tea, I definitely enjoyed it and I am looking forward to more special events from the Overwatch team.

Artist Appreciation: Tom Sidoti “TxtremeArt”

I asked site contributor and the man behind our new logo, Tom Sidoti, to give us a little insight into his art process and what got him started. He’s done some incredible artwork and even presented some of his work to some very well known cosplayers! Check out our mini interview and some more of his work below!

 

My name is Tom and I have been drawing all my life. It wasn’t until 2006 on a deployment with the military that I was first introduced to photoshop and my love for digital art began to grow. From there I became self taught on how to use PS and Illustrator from Adobe to make vectors and images of all kinds. I then learnt about a little company called Wacom and their bamboo tablets and fell in love. I figured from there I could stop drawing on paper and move to my computer screen so I did. I have had 2 different bamboo tablets throughout my digital art life and love them both. I worked alot in photoshop and Illustrator with my computer tablets to recreate some of my favorite cosplay and modeling pics I could find. I also enjoyed working with Manga Studio which has many cool features that the others didn’t. In the past 2 years I have been drawing mainly on my samnsung note tablet and love
that more then drawing on my computer. I use Autodesk Sketchup 10 when drawing on my Samsung. I am always looking for new programs with new features to help along with my digital art.
If you would like to follow my art page it can be found on Instagram @txtreme.art”