Hey gay geeks and gaymers, our cosplay crush this week is Zack The Ripper from Central Florida. Fun fact, he can eat a whole pound of cheese in one go, cosplayed as Prince Gumball, Handsome Jack, Jack Frost. So let’s find out more about this shy but awesome cosplayer.
How old were you when you started cosplaying?
I was either 12 or 13 years old… so it been a while! I’ll be going on 10 years in august!
What got you into cosplay in the first place?
Friends did! I had some friends in middle school who would cosplay and go, and I always loved Halloween, so I figured I would love conventions too… and I did!
What’s your favorite memory from a convention?
Hosting the very first “Hottest Men In Anime” show at Holiday Matsuri! We ended up being a hit and getting more attendees at our show then the main events did! Who would’ve thought people would love to watch their Favorite characters up on stage doing a strip tease? Years ago I was cosplay Kaito from VOCALOID when I was in the dealer’s room with a friend looking at wigs. I accidentally bumped into a girl and she looked at me and started crying. I felt so bad and was pretty confused and concerned… Her sister then told me it was because she loved Katio a lot! I then hugged her and offered a picture with her. Things like that are the reason I continue cosplaying!
What is it about cosplay that you like the most?
Well… It’s cosPLAY. I believe it should be done with the intent to have a good time and party! I love being able to step into someone else’s body and stepping away from the stress of my own life. It’s honestly an escape, I go to conventions to get away and have a good time! It’s honestly gotten mine through one of my lowest points in my life. Getting dolled up and going to conventions is almost therapeutic to me.
Do you think being gay affects your cosplay in any way?
Ummm, I don’t think so? I feel like people typically don’t really care about my sexuality? If anything it affects the characters I chose to cosplay… Because as a gay male, I’m sure my cosplay choices are a bit different of that than a straight guy. Personally I haven’t encountered any issues. the people I surround myself with are usually very open and accepting. Thank the lord.
How has your cosplay changed since you first started?
Not exactly for the better in my opinion. I started way back when everyone was just there to have a good time and Caramell dance… In more recent years, cosplay has become more about getting your name out there. I feel like it’s very much a popularity contest now, especially with social media. And in my opinion, while it’s great to be noticed, fun shouldn’t be sacrificed for cosfame. My first cosplay was Sasori from Naruto. I feel like I’ve improved sooooo much over the years… Just with makeup and wigs alone!
What was your most expensive cosplay?
Most expensive might have to be my Prince gumball cosplay. I commissioned a good friend of mine to do it, since I know if I did it wouldn’t turn out nearly as well… The most difficult cosplay might be handsome jack. The makeup alone takes a lot of effort, and cel shading that whole cosplay was… an experience! haha! I typically commission them. I’ve made a few, but for the most part, I leave it up to the professionals!
Tips for first time cosplayers?
Be in it for the good times, and practice makes perfect!Don’t worry about being perfect, because nobody is! Just go to have a good time, and the rest will come easily to you!
Anything you’d like to stay to your fans?
Thank you so much for supporting me and hopefully I’ll have many more years of nerdy greatness to provide!
You can catch more of Zack the Ripper’s cosplay at Metrocon, AFO, OUTcon, Colossal East and on Instagram.