Hello friends! My name is Lonstermash, and you can find my cosplay work on Facebook here (where I post the majority of my pictures), and a few of my images on my Instagram account, at the same name. In addition, because someone was actually impersonating me on Twitter using my name and pics, I now have a Twitter account called @reallonstermash, but I almost never post there (FB and IG are enough work, alone, and I really take pride and joy in interacting with EVERY fan who writes to me). Oh, and if you like adult humor parody music, I even write that and perform it (sometimes IN cosplay) on my YouTube channel at Lonstermash.
I call this article "The Accidental Cosplayer," because 2 and half years ago, my cosplay career was launched thank to a twist of fate a few months before, while I was accidentally on the outside of San Diego Comic Con and checking out the many cosplayers who strolled by. I live in L.A., and the only reason I was even in San Diego was at the request of a cool girl who lived down there that I was casually dating. I didn't even want to go, given the long drive and little to no hope for any relationship, but she convinced me to do so, and it ended up being a life altering day. I was very familiar with Comic Con, but I didn't even realize it was that weekend until I arrived and she suggested we go. I had always wanted to attend, so, even though we did not have passes, we hung out there, and I immediately reminisced to how much I loved dressing up as Wolverine a few years before on Halloween. So I decided I would attend the following year, not knowing that there were tons of great cons all year long, many of which were near my home. Later that day, I accidentally walked by someone who was handing out fliers for a fairly new, but big (and getting bigger each year) con called Stan Lee's Comikaze, right in my own back yard in LA, practically, in a couple of months, so I decided to not wait for Comic Con, and revived my Wolverine two months later.
I showed up to Comikaze, and I honestly think I had more pictures taken of me those two days than in my entire 42 years of life! I truly felt like a well loved celebrity, and I loved interacting with the fans (especially the kids!) who seemed so happy to meet me and take pics of/with me. I met a few other cosplayers and photographers that weekend, too, and here's where another twist of fate happened.....
One of the cool people I met that weekend interviewed me for a video on his YouTube channel (he even made me the thumbnail for the video). He had interviewed many other cosplayers, too, one of whom (my now friend Angi Viper), took the time to comment about how much she loved my cosplay. If I didn't accidentally see that comment (because it was not sent directly to me----it was simply listed on the video), I would not have then chatted with her, met her in person, and, thanks to her and her cosplay friends and photographers, learned about other cons in our area and gotten some great photo shoots. And after attending 2 more cons after Comikaze, I REALLY met a lot of other cosplayers/photographers, so many that I now had tons of images! And here's where the final twist of fate came in.....
Soon after Wondercon 2013 (my third big con, and fourth overall, at that point), I began a relationship with a girl who, let's just say, was not quite so supportive of my new cosplay hobby. She questioned why a man of my age (almost 43 at that point) wanted to even do this on a regular basis (as I had then attended two more cons, though on the smaller side, and for sure planned to attend San Diego Comic Con in a few months). And she suggested, at one point, that I start a fan page on Facebook, because she was "sure that a lot of my non-cosplayer Facebook friends were probably also sick and tired of constantly seeing pictures of me dressed up as Wolverine on their newsfeeds." Given how many great images I now had, and given that I had cosplayed as three other characters besides Wolverine, I had considered doing a fan page some time before even meeting her, but her bitchy attitude was the spark I needed to truly get it off the ground (to get HER off my case!!).
So in June of 2013, "Lonstermash" was officially born, and even though this girlfriend and I soon broke up regarding ANOTHER issue, I will forever be grateful to her for being such a bossy, control freak, as the notoriety I have received from my page has now led to some amazing things in my life, like charity appearances, paid gigs as a cosplayer for parties/events (and even as a "booth babe" at last year's Comikaze), friendships/relationships with fellow cosplayers/photographers, and some incredible private photo shoots! But, best of all, it's given me a world-wide platform to interact with some really cool fans who make me feel like a TRILLION bucks at times with their nice compliments, and, according to many of them, I brighten their day and serve as inspiration for their cosplay and fitness goals.
Sometimes it's good to have accidents, I guess! And if you would like to see more of my work, please LIKE and follow me on Facebook page here. Thank you!