I love this band way too much.
And yes, I believe they are singing about sperm.
I won’t be posting any more John Byrne images for today. Just one day, tomorrow I’ll be back. This is the reason why.
John Byrne today on his website:
Just spent a few minutes on the IMDb, clicking thru images of fans in costume at San Diego. A reminder of one of the many reasons I don’t do…
Fucking hate this attitude about policing cosplayers and hate it even MORE when pros do it.
Also, I don’t know your wife, but tell her that I said she was EXACTLY the perfect size to cosplay Batgirl.
I honestly don’t know this guy, but he comes across as a fucking prick. I am one of the fat Batmen who bulge out of their costume. Even though I’ve lost 70 fucking pounds trying to look better in costume. I’m still working on it but I refuse to let assholes like him ruin it for me. Because it’s all worth it when you turn up to a con and you see people light up because you’re fucking Batman. Or like I did the other day at the comic store for the 75th and watch as a kid’s eyes light up when they see Batman before them and they are completely awestruck.
Don’t let any asshole tell you that you’re too big or too small for a costume. Do what you want because YOU love it.
So I’m kind of stunned right now. How’s the day been for you? Because for me…well I can’t even comprehend it.
I’ll be honest and say at the start of the day I was dreading it. I dread the moment before I put my costume on cause I have my same doubts every time. I’m not a good Batman. I’m overweight and look stupid in spandex. People are going to make fun of me.
But I push through it cause I know I’m going to have a blast. Every time that costume goes on I have a good time and today was no exception. I walked into the store with Megan and I see a couple of kids notice me immediately and are just kind of awestruck. Either that or terrified but they didn’t seem upset so I’m going with awestruck. And that was how most of the day went. And I got the same reactions from young and old. There’s a man I often see at the comic store, he spends so much on comics and he just kind of gasped when he saw me in costume. He actually forgot his camera and said that he had to go home right away grab it and come back to take a photo.
Not long after I got to the store, Joe comes up to me with my weekly comics and says, here, you don’t have to pay for them. I’m kind of shocked and couldn’t believe it. So I asked if he was sure and he said yes and gave them to me. Then later on he comes up to me with a pile of comics. These are every variant of DC comics this month that has Batman on the cover to celebrate the 75th. He says you can have them if you want them.
It doesn’t stop there.
There’s a cape for the 75th that they’re giving away in the raffle, he gave me another one of those. They had the four little masks, he gave me one of each. There was a poster for the 75th with a timeline. He gave me that. This all felt like way too much and I really felt overwhelmed.
Just before I leave, he hands me a gift certificate for the store. I didn’t know what to say. I kind of didn’t want to take it because I already felt like I was offered so much but he said it was okay. He was just so appreciative that I spent my time in costume at the store just to help out in any way possible.
So yeah, now I’m home, tired and gross from being in costume. But I’m also just overwhelmed too. Both with the reactions I got in costume but also the kind generosity of Joe. I swear that his store is one of the best. Megan and I go basically every week. We are always treated so well and I want to keep supporting them as much as possible.
So if you’re ever in Central Pennsylvania, I strongly recommend you head to Comix Connection, 6200 Carlisle Pike, Suite C, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050. They have a fantastic staff and they have an excellent store. I can not recommend it enough.
They’re posting photos on their Facebook page and I included a photo of my insane haul. I think I’m going to go collapse now.
So tomorrow is Batman’s 75th anniversary. We usually pick up our comics every Wednesday and when I knew about the 75th I thought, huh, it might be fun to just turn up in costume. I mean the 75th is a big deal and I think turning up as Batman would be pretty neat.
Well last week when picking up comics, my local store asked me if I’d be willing to be at the store for a few hours in costume. I guess it kind of blew my mind that I was asked. I was willing to go, but to have them ask me if I would be in store as Batman. I think it made me feel like that hey, I kind of make a pretty decent Batman. Yes I’m overweight and there are a bunch of things I want to improve on my costume, but in the end I still make a pretty good Batman.
So yeah, that’s what I’m doing tomorrow. Hanging around in a comic store dressed as Batman. Isn’t this like a geek dream?
I have no words, but when the photographer requested that I pose in front of this background, I couldn’t say no.
Photography by Christa J. Newman
I’m really happy with the upgrade of my cowl. I know last year I felt a minor irk with all my pictures because of it. Now my ire is drawn towards my cape which is not as bad but something I definitely want to improve next time (improving my weight is a bloody given!).