Riddle me this; and riddle me that. Who’s afraid of the big bad Bat? My name is Sean, but I am better known as the Riddler. I have been cosplaying him for three years now, and having a blast doing so. In that time frame, my popularity has increased and have developed the character well. One of the reasons for my success is that I always have a few riddles memorized; people always ask for riddles, so having a few on the spot definitely helps. Some of my favorite riddles actually come from the variety of movies, TV shows, and comics of the Caped Crusader. Batman Forever and Batman The Animated Series has a lot of good riddles that a majority of people will be able to solve. Two riddles I commonly use are from the movie Batman Forever. They are the following; “The eight of us move forth not back to protect our king from a foes attack. What are we?” and “IF you look at the numbers on my face, you wont find 13 any place. What am I?” These two are fairly easy and are good for the spur of the moment “HEY! Give us a riddle!!” Of course, I always throw in the catch phrase, “Riddle Me This!” before starting any riddle.
Cosplayingthe Riddler is a lot of fun people love to take pictures of/with me. But beware; if you start to get a group
together, you start to make an ensemble. With that, you’ll be standing and posing for hours with fellow cosplayers dressing up as characters from Batman, but it’s all in good fun. On the plus side, the ladies seem to love a man in a green question mark suit. Especially Ivy ;). Just remember to ask first.
When posing, get creative. Remember that they are fans too, and they probably know as much of, if not more of, the show than you. So have fun with doing some action poses. They make great memories and are worth a chuckle here and there as you swipe through the pictures on your phone days later. Also, you don’t want the same pose for your Facebook Ads or Twitter or Instagram accounts that you will later use for advertising.
I love going to these cons for many reasons. One being the unique eats you can find. It has been a dream of mine to go to Japan, and while I may not have the funds yet, I can always get some home made goodies like Taiyaki; which can be difficult to find here in the US. Another
reason is to go shopping. You can find a lot of cool things that make great gifts: such as a Spirited Away poster that was used in Japan when the movie first came out. But, don’t forget about the Artists in Artist Alley. I hired an artist to do a commission mashup of my two favorite characters. It’s basically the character Kurumu Kurono cosplaying as the Riddler. The artwork (to the right) was done by CelestialBiohazard (follow her on twitter) and she did an amazing job.
Speaking of Rosario + Vampire, that is the last reason I go to cons. I look for people dressed up as characters from my favorite shows like Rosario + Vampire, Death Note, Other Riddlers (even though I give them a hard time with my riddle, “How are you and a photo of the Mona Lisa alike?” “You’re both pale immitations of the original.”), and many more.
Going to cons is a wonderful experience. I have been going for five years and I will continue to go for many years to come. Every year it gets more and more exciting. It’s an experience that is fun for all ages. Just please ask before you take pictures with people: “ Cosplay is not Consent.” Should you ignore this, just be warned, if the dynamic duo doesn’t stop you, some under cover cops will.
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Riddle me this, what is at the beginning of everything and at The End of time?
Written by: Sean Vehec, Marketing Manager of Crafty Weavers