After a small hiatus, our featured KCCP members are back with accomplished cosplayer Greg Bosko. His love for science fiction and fantasy was an easy translation into the world of cosplay and he continues to grow the hobby with new costumes, charity work, and fellow friendly cosplayers.
How did you get into cosplay?
I’ve always loved costumes, movies, sci-fi, you name it. I had built a Tusken Raider costume from Star Wars myself, and met a bunch of 501st/Rebel Legion members at Planet Comicon 2012. They invited me to take pictures with them, and to attend other events – it was great!
After that, I branched out into many Star Wars Costumes – Rebels, Imperials, Bounty Hunters…you name it. As I learned and my skills grew, I branched out into other costumes from my favorite movies and books, such as Aliens, Lord of the Rings, Star Trek – it was a hobby that continued to dominate my time, and increase my confidence.
I get to ‘play’ my hobbies, what could be better than that?
How many characters are you currently cosplaying and what are they?
Star Wars – various: X-Wing Pilot, Imperial Scout Trooper, Bossk, Endor Commando, Jedi, Imperial Knight
Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit – Bard the Bowman
Aliens – Colonial Marine
Game of Thrones – Prince Oberyn Martell
Fantasy – North German Barbarian
Marvel – Winter Soldier
What’s your favorite cosplay you’ve done so far and why?
Prince Oberyn. I love, love, love Game of Thrones – the books, TV shows, games, you name it. I can somehow relate to the ‘world’ that’s been created, and Prince Oberyn is a character filled with confidence, eagerness, devotion, love, and passion. He knows what he wants, acts how he wants, and lives his life to the best of his ability, not trying to live for others.
Those who only know him from the TV show see him one way – those who’ve read the books can see a deep, passionate character that is utterly devoted to his family. His love for Ellaria, even if not formally ‘married’ in the sense that most people understand, is felt throughout the books and TV show, and reflects a passion for someone he is devoted to – aside from his family.
In the show, his combat capability is shown, and it’s a surprise to all around him. That’s great! He’s always preferred to be a mystery, to let himself be thought of lightly, only to surprise everyone around him.
What’s your favorite way to craft?
I enjoy painting and ‘weathering’ armor, crafts, and other items. I’m not the best at sewing, and don’t enjoy armor sculpting, but I enjoy painting and making things look weathered, older, battered – giving costumes that extra look that just stands out.
I’m very much a trial and error kind of guy, when I realize something won’t work, I go on to something else.
What’s your favorite crafting item to work with and why?
Probably spray paints, and other painting tools. I love the creativity, and what you can accomplish with them. My patience is often tested with a dremel, despite how useful it is, but spray painting is a great tool, and using acrylics, oils, other items to add those additional ‘layers’ to a costume is rewarding! The experimenting you can play with, the aging, weathering, you name it – painting tools can add so much to each kit that it is always something new.
What are your cosplay goals?
I’d like to continue with the hobbyist/charity world. Being a professional cosplayer would take away from my current career, which I enjoy.
Devoting myself to charity and such is alway rewarding. Whether it’s a hospital event, a school event, or an event for a bookstore – those events are always rewarding. I’ve never had a desire to sell photos of myself, but taking photos with the people whose eyes light up when they see you, that is really rewarding!
What’s your dream cosplay and why?
A Mondoshawan from the Fifth Element!
That would be amazing, for so many reasons! The size, scale, scope, and the rarity of it would make it nearly a one of a kind. We’ve never seen one of these cosplayed in person, so it’d require an entire community to help with.
What advice would you give someone who wants to get into cosplay?
Patience! You will fail, and succeed at many things – often the first attempt at something is not successful. You may have a great idea, try it, and it doesn’t work – that’s okay!
Accept that, but learn from it – and learn your strengths and weaknesses at certain craft items. No one is good at everything, and that’s okay, we’re all different.
Also, enjoy yourself. Find something you love, and go for it – even if it is a lesser known movie or TV show, make the costume. You never know who you’ll meet that also loves the same thing, and may just make things that much more enjoyable. You love Squirrel Girl? Make the costume! Don’t worry if it’s rare, or maybe it’s unknown, make it known – and make it your own.
What other interests do you have outside of cosplay?
I love books, movies, and video games. What kind? Name it. My favorite of course are sci-fi, fantasy, comedy…and I absolutely adore Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.
Books range from things like Watership Down to Starship Troopers to Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones – everything in between. Rabbits to Gondor…my interests are always changing.
I’m a huge history buff, mostly associated with military conflicts and operations from Roman Empire times until now. I’m a fan of history, not a historian, so I study all different aspects to get as much enjoyment as I can.
If you could have dinner with one fictional character, who would it be and why?
I’d have to say Gandalf from Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit. Whether he’s known as “The Grey” or “The White” he has a capacity to see the best in people, and work to find positive resolutions to conflicts. He encourages people, faces his enemies, acknowledges weaknesses, and works to overcome adversity.
His devotion to friends is well known, and that is something we can all aspire too. I imagine having dinner with him would include debate, discussions, jokes, admiration, and even fictional testing – to test one another.
He’s not concerned with material goods, he’s concerned with doing ‘right action’, and talking to him, learning from him, would be an amazing opportunity. Asking about his history, where he came from, what he wants, what his opinions are, how he thinks humanity could do better, Coke vs. Pepsi, all of that would be a dinner that results in nothing but excellence.