Interview with Huxxley Costumes and Rhetoric

It’s time for another interview, this time with Huxxley Costumes and Rhetoric! He’s an international cosplayer from Canada, who enjoys making props look as realistic as possible!

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Huxxley Costumes and Rhetoric as Ian Nottingham from Witchblade, photo by Eurobeat Kasumi, Coat by Reva Dawn

What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
Huxxley Costumes and Rhetoric. I have used to alias Huxxley for ages in various online games and whatnot and I wanted to have something other than ________Cosplay. I thought that considering that I’m usually spewing some sort of rhetoric that the name would be appropriate.

How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
I have been cosplaying for about 9 years now I suppose. Initially it was my wife who got me into it. It’s something she had been doing for years and her passion for it kind of swallowed me up. Now it’s something we do together. Lots of “couples cosplays” and group things. We find it more amusing to do things as a group.

What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
I guess Worbla was the real game changer. I’m by no means an expert with it but it has been very fun/exasperating/rewarding/annoying to work with. I also enjoy utilizing poly carb and like materials for weaponry as I feel it creates a very “realistic” appearance. I have always been one who tries to make things as real as possible, shying away from a more animated look but that’s just my personal preference.

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Huxxley Costumes and Rhetoric as Ron Stoppable, with his wife Brooke as Kim Possible, from Kim Possible, photo by Eurobeat Kasumi

What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
Hard to say. I’ve been experimenting with Thibra and that’s proved to be a real steep learning curve. I like the results that are possible, especially when it comes to armor panels but it’s really easy to mess it up if you overheat things. I suspect at some point I should really learn to sew because we currently lean very hard on our amazing seamstress friend Reva Dawn who does most everything fabric related for us and is skilled beyond belief.

What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
I like seeing creativity in costuming. I enjoy when people “make things their own,” as in creating their own versions of characters. I don’t feel there is a huge need for pinpoint accuracy on costumes. For instance; I like seeing characters that are battle scarred and beat up and not all pristine and unscathed. When I did my Punisher, he was really beat to crap and looked like he was fed through a mulcher. I think anyone does well in a costume they love. This whole thing is a labor of love and I really like seeing what people put into their passions.

What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
This is an interesting question and I feel it’s much like any scene with positives and negatives. I have met some great friends in this scene and I have seen some really stupid drama in this scene. I think this scene can be super judgmental at times and incredibly welcoming. It really depends on the specific folks involved.

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Huxxley Costumes and Rhetoric as The Punisher from Marvel Comics, photo by Ekello Harrid Photography

What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
I really would like to see the scene in general be more accepting of things like POC cosplayers and body positivity. There are some absolutely amazing POC cosplayers out there just rocking it and I love seeing them do traditionally white or Asian characters and doing an outstanding job of it. Honestly I don’t think it matters a single bit what color your skin is, if you cosplay a character you cosplay a character and are just as valid as anyone else. I have seen a lot of outrage over POC cosplayers or people whose bodies “aren’t ideal” for the characters they are cosplaying and that absolutely needs to stop. People need to learn to check their intolerance, its 2018 for Christ sake.

What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
Do whatever you like. There isn’t really a wrong way to do things. Find what works for you and roll with it. Don’t let other people’s opinions shape how you do things. This whole community is about expressing your fandom and nobody can tell you that’s wrong unless you are doing something like wearing a German SS uniform at a con. Then I’ll happily tell you its wrong because it is. Period.

What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
I would have to say Emerald City Comic Con and Rose City Comic Con as we have met some amazing friends at those cons and its really an opportunity for us to hang out with people we don’t get to see very often, including one Denver based cosplayer that needs to get her butt back to the Pacific Northwest… No names mentioned *cough,Koi*. Our local con in Vancouver is good too because it’s close and we don’t have to buck up for a hotel room in USD which is always a pricey endeavor.

Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
Ha! I don’t tend to do a lot of mainstream stuff so when I get recognized its pretty cool. I was cosplaying Constantine pretty much from the get go which was long before he came back to prominence with the TV show. Actually it was funny because people thought I was Castiel but I have been reading those old Vertigo titles since the late 80’s and have a lot of love for them. But I suppose the main fact I like about them is they represent my personal fandom and at the end of the day that’s really what cosplay is all about.

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Huxxley Costumes and Rhetoric as Constantine, photo by Darkain

Thanks for the interview, Huxxley Costumes and Rhetoric! You can check out his Facebook page here!

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About Yunie

I am a cosplayer, a nerd, a geek. I am whatever you call me. However, I have a brain and tend to use it.
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