Walter's cosplay gallery
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In 2006 or so, I stumbled upon the Batman cosplay world in the form of the Brotherhood of the Bat, a community of costumers and hobbyists who share their love of Batman through costuming. Many of them are independent effects supervisors or costuming professionals who have a real business sculpting and designing costumes for film and theater. When I realized that I could actually be Batman, not just wearing one of the crappy store bought costumes, I knew I had to get into this. I grew up watching Batman: The Animated Series, and the character has had a huge influence on my life. I put together my first Batman suit in 2007 and have steadily made improvements since then. My costume is used mostly for charity purposes. For the last six years I have made routine visits to Seattle Children's Hospital the night before Halloween to visit the kids who won't be able to go out trick or treating, and I've also participated in several of their charity events to raise money for the hospital. I'm also a regular at Emerald City Comicon.
For the last few years, people had been asking me if I wanted to ever do another costume for Con. And for the longest time I didn't want to, I thought Batman was certainly good enough to be my only costume. But when I visited a hat shop in downtown Seattle with a friend of mine, I saw a very large fedora and realized that if I were ever to do another costume, it would be The Shadow. I'd grown up listening to my mother's tapes of the original radio shows, and I loved the 1994 film starring Alec Baldwin. With every year bringing a wonderful but exhausting effort to wear the Batsuit, I began to think more and more of the idea of having a second costume; one that didn't have such a physical cost to wear, but was still important to me. When my mother passed away just over two years ago, I used the creation of the Shadow costume to honor my mother and the character we both admired. I became The Shadow for the first time on March 1st of the next year for Emerald City Comicon, which would have been her birthday.
I now attend Con every year wearing The Shadow costume for two of the days (usually Friday and Sunday) and become the Batman for the third (usually Saturday). This allows me to see the convention and enjoy it on Friday, take on the physical challenges of wearing the Batsuit on Saturday and then ease my sore muscles on Sunday.