Welcome to another installment of “Confessions of a Cosplayer”. Each week I will feature a cosplayer in the Friday franchise who I either know personally or through social media. As time moves on, I will also be focusing on other iconic horror characters from other franchises then I will have horror inspired cosplayers.
If you are a horror cosplayer or know someone who is a horror cosplayer and would like to be featured on a weekly spotlight please reach out to me on Facebook, Instagram or send me an email at SouthJerseyJason@gmail.com
Bobby is another cosplayer I followed before I donned the hockey mask. Not only does he cosplay as Jason Vorhees, he also suits up as another famous slasher from another franchise; Michael Myers. Within the past year he switched genres and took on the form of the T800 from Terminator 2. You can also see and listen to Bobby along with another past featured cosplayer John Drancsak (3/6/2020) on the Gore N More podcast part of the Dewback Discussion Network on Facebook and wherever you listen to podcasts.
What is your first memory of watching a Friday the 13th movie?
When I was about 11 years old I found part 7 playing on AMC. So as I was watching, Jason was just rising out of the water and my eyes lit up. At that moment my grandmother saw the look of him and was like what is this and changed the channel. From that moment I was hooked and then part 2 was the first full Friday movie I saw.
What is your favorite Friday the 13th movie?
I have a couple; parts 4 and 6. I loved how 6 continued from that film (part 4) and you saw Jason go from a super human type to the supernatural zombie we come to love. Part 7 for the look of Jason and kills. Being a Kane Hodder fan along with Ted White and CJ Graham, Jason Goes to Hell is probably my all time favorite look so I’ll take the heat for that.
What made you get into the art of cosplaying (how old were you? Where did you first show off your cosplay, do you design your own clothing, hood, hockey mask etc.? If not, who do you use to help with your costume?)
I honestly did not know cosplaying was the term for it. I just made costumes for the hell of it and it was Halloween year round really. First show that I cosplayed at was Chiller Theater 2008 then again in 2009. I Started doing Monster Mania around 2014 cosplay wise. I design all my costumes. I look at what I want to do from the films and I tend to want to change it up to make it my own. I like screen accuracy but for me personally that means I can mimic the film. I like to make it a bit different and have my taste to tie in with what I took from the films and combine myself and what came from them. Hood wise I used a hood for at least 10 years and I unfortunately can’t tell you where I got it from cause I don’t have the name. My newest hood is from Sculpt or Die along with the hockey mask on it. All previous masks were made from Cryptkeeper 9 productions and were changed and custom made for how I wanted them to look. When it comes to weapons I do us real machetes. At shows I have a fake one but all else are real blades. It adds to the scare factor for the good people 😉
How many versions of Jason costumes do you have? Do you have plans to showcase more costumes?
I’ve done a total of about 6 or 7 Jason’s; one was a repeat to try and make it just as good or better. A new one is in the works and is pretty much complete but still needs to be tweaked and all. It will be ready for summer shows if they happen!
Do you attend conventions? If so which ones do you attend? Are there any you recommend for someone who has never attended? What advice would you give to someone who has never attended a convention as a cosplayer?
I attend Monster Mania Convention in Cherry Hill NJ twice a year and occasionally the Maryland show in October. I also do Chiller Theater as well and pretty much any show in PA or NJ. I am looking to expand this year and more as I roll along. In order to grow you must expand!!! I recommend all those mentioned to start.
What advice would you give to a first time cosplayer?
Make it yours, get into it and have fun but don’t be afraid to be a perfectionist. If you make it yours make it your best work each time. Have fun!
Who are some of your favorite cosplayers that you follow on social media or personally know?
Well I know quite a few. My very close friend Taylor Vitelli, (who was just featured on 5/6/2020). She always has new ideas with cosplays and she always puts her spin on everything she does. She is a wonderful cosplayer, always skilling it. @Jenn nniferfx, brings everything to life every character and all that comes with it and more. She really goes all out with her stuff always. @tomkattcosplay, he always does pretty damn good screen accurate cosplay and he also changes it up with different characters and brings them to life pretty well. Corinne Main, she is always outside the box with her work so many different characters and some that have never been done and she makes it all herself its always wicked. She out does herself every time. Joshua Stewart brings to life some unique characters. Ones you wouldn’t think about which makes it fun and enjoyable and always a pleasure to see his work. A few more who I know but too many to mention in sentences @chuckryancosplay, @harvey.cos (previous spotlight, 2/14/2020) @the.caped.collector, @nightmare_on_halloween, @paul_dog_of_war. This is just a few I would need a whole page for the rest!
Do you have any social media accounts for your cosplay that you would like to promote?
You can find me or hunt me down on Facebook- Bobby Aimone and on Instagram @killing_machine_cosplay93 Come check me out and say hello….. OR ELSE!!!