Dynamic Duo Props Cosplay are a husband and wife cosplay and costume fabrication team. While relatively new, they are deep into the design, construction and showing of costumes. Recently I was able to fit the two into the hot seat for a little Q&A time for the fans.

Jack Nickelz: What first got you started in Cosplaying?

Dynamic Duo: I had been working on a Halloween costume, a Zombie Capt America, and a friend said I ought to think about charity work. Well zombies aren’t good for hospital visits so I bought a UD Replicas Dark Knight and the rest is history! Started going to cons, then a friend said with great costumes comes great responsibility, so I started doing charity work as well. I’m technically a noob lol. Under 4 years of costuming, but I have always been a costumer for Halloween, school, etc. I knew my friends were doing cons, but I never had the means or time due to college. Had to earn my degrees.

Jack Nickelz: What was your first Cosplay?

Dynamic Duo: Zombie Captain America and Dark Knight were the first costumes I wore to a Con.

10409118_518181321651383_6808153299294143154_n Jack Nickelz: How do you pick which Cosplay to do?

Dynamic Duo: I have a list one mile long lol! Just finished up my proton pack for Ghostbusters, ordered the Arkham Knight Batsuit from UD Replicas and finishing up War Machine. Plus an Exoskeleton suit and I’m hoping to score a Mr. Miracle New 52. I build a lot but also feel no shame in buying master level work or something I know it would take too much time and money to do a one off of. Plus an Iron Man MK3 too…*sigh* too may costumes too little time.

Jack Nickelz: What have been some of your fav. Cosplays to do?

Dynamic Duo: Always Batman lol.

Jack Nickelz: Do you have a Cosplay that you are becoming known for?

Dynamic Duo: The Dark Knight

Jack Nickelz: Do you always pick matching Cosplays? We as a couple try. She’s working on a Huntress and if I score the Mr. Miracle, we’ll add Big Barda to our collection.

Jack Nickelz: What do your friends and family think of your Cosplaying?

Dynamic Duo: I am so blessed my boss is a comics and movie fan. He gets it. My coworkers think I’m odd and my staff…well they praise the charity work and raise eyebrows at how excited I get for props.  J  Folks love costumes and my father helps build things he has tools for. He is currently building me a roto-casting machine to make copies of my armors when they are through.

Jack Nickelz: Who are some of the Cosplayers that you admire?

Dynamic Duo: Cosplayers who do what they do for children’s charities. There are some I can name, but if you want a list I can provide it.

Jack Nickelz: What are your thoughts on body shaming and the bullying and harassment that seems to be going on in Cosplay?

Dynamic Duo: Simply? It should stop. I was bullied as a teen and have ZERO tolerance of it. Maybe that is why I identify with Batman so well. I have stopped two date rapes and put one person in the hospital for it. No, means no. Period. I also want to add, that I hate the way con promoters are riding geek culture like a witch rides a broom. They are rapidly expanding the cons, increasing the prices and not offering anything in return. I see a handful of security for a con with 40,000 people, it’s no wonder women are getting harassed and worse. Nerds and Geeks are very self-policing and lovely people, but huge cons are growing so fast and attracting some very unsavory folks who come to look and prey on the people who enjoy con culture. This is several potential tragedies in the making.

Jack Nickelz: Now have you always done props and fabrications or did you start because of Cosplay?

Dynamic Duo: I have always built. I used to build custom radio control airplanes for people and models when I was a kid. I grew up in a building and hobby family so when I got into Cosplay, the prop building took off. Understand too, that I am very meticulous and people notice that very quickly. I keep hearing about the 10 foot rule and you’re too fussy!! LOL! I have a 10 inch rule, if I can see it that close it’s got to be better. That is what I want to bring to my prop building business.

Jack Nickelz: What have been some of your hardest pieces to do?

Dynamic Duo: War Machine Hands down.

Jack Nickelz: What is the longest it ever took you to do a piece?

Dynamic Duo: 2 years and still going strong. Hope to finish by March 2015 though. There were design issues between the torso and the abs/cod. They were so matched; they locked when I put the suit on!!! Hahaha! Couldn’t turn at all. Almost had to call 911 to get out. Fixed now!

Jack Nickelz: Are there any pieces that you want to tackle…but seem like they maybe a bit much?

Dynamic Duo: Steam Punk Iron Man or War Machine is on the list and a host of weapons. After War Machine nothing is too hard, but I leer from each project and get faster and more efficient…and the tools I collect with each build helps to speed up the process.10653780_519881441481371_3061228884160974206_n
Jack Nickelz: For those who want to get some pieces done from you…how would they go about doing so?

Dynamic Duo: As I build pieces I will be offering reproductions. One offs are very difficult to justify the cost for an individual client and the time for me. I once had someone very muscular but smaller framed ask for a very great costume but with a very limited budget. I had to pass. If he were 5’10 to 6’1” I could make more than one copy after I make my molds. This would allow for a broader customer base. One offs are also very expensive for the average costumer. I hear, “Wow!! That expensive!!”

“Why?”  Answer…time and materials. On a one off you break even on materials if you are lucky and lose your time unless you have a strong operation or are very fast…I work full time and prop build on the side, so time is valuable…

But fast doesn’t always mean quality. I have to admit I envy people who can put garbage out very fast and watch as they sell, sell, sell. I’m sorry, but asking someone to pay $1100.00 for a Master Chief costume that looks like you rolled down a mountain in it is crazy!

I personally love pristine costumes! You’ll hardly ever see serious battle damage on my gear, unless it is part of the props history. Too many folks use battle damage to hide poor building and finishing….caveat… normal wear and weathering are an art form and I have people I associate with who are master builders who weather their builds. They are awesome!!! They are however NOT covering up poor building.

Jack Nickelz: Well thank you for taking time out to answer some questions. Is there anything else you would like to say to the fans and readers?

Dynamic Duo: Thank you for reading my long answers! Please feel free to reach out to me. I love to help fellow builders and if I am free to do a commission, I will.

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