One of the features we do here at Comic Impact is the monthly Cosplay Spotlight. The idea is to showcase people from every facet of this wonderful world of fandom we call, “Cosplay.” We believe in the fun of dressing up and want everyone who plays a part to be recognized.
What is your name?
My name is Tyler Scott Hoover but I go by a cosplaying nickname called TstunningSpidey (short for “The Stunning Spider-Man”) as well as my dancer alias B-boy T-Stunna.
How many years of experience do you have and what got you into cosplay?
Well as far as dressing up for fun and entertaining folks I’ve been cosplaying in that sense for as long as I can remember. I would make short films with my sister as a kid or with my friends. Wearing costumes to school was always fun. In terms of going to conventions I’ve been in the scene since the summer of 2013.
What character/design are you most well known for?
My most respected and well known cosplay is definitely Spider-Man. I cosplay in the numerous variations and attires of the Web-slinger such as his classic red & blue, Synbiote, Ben Reilly Sensational Spidey, Scarlet Spider, Broadway Turn Off The Dark, Miles Morales, and much more.
Which is your favorite character/design?
At the moment my current favorite suit is the Spider-Man “Turn Off The Dark” design. The suit pattern creator GunHead Design had based the look off the Broadway musical as well as adding his own gnarly finesse to the look. Besides that my favorite Spidey costume of all time has always been his clone Ben Reilly’s take on Spideys red and blue suit known as the “Sensational Spider-Man” attire. I own two versions of that look one created for my by the talented Kino Kaoru and the other by The RPC Studios.
Did you know how to sew/fabricate before you started cosplaying?
I took a few sewing classes back in high school but nothing that great. Since being in the scene I’ve been picking up new tricks here and there to improve my creating skill set. How have your techniques improved over the years? *Well I have a better mind for approaching cosplays and fixing issues now verses what I did prior to meeting so many skilled cosplayers. How long does it usually take and what’s your typical process to complete a costume? *Well recently I have new suits completed and sent to me by the wonderful RPC Studios. But in the past when I would work on my Spidey suits it would take hours on end to puff paint every little web-line or brick pattern on a suit. I would create my lenses and even by hand darken my suits with fabric markers and dye. I put my fair share of effort into making my suits look as cool as I could in the past.
Is there a particular fabric/pattern/accessory that you consider your Achilles’ heel?
i don’t need to do it this as much now but the most painstaking method I had to deal with was spending hours upon hours using a puff paint bottle with an applicator tip slowly and carefully painting out all the webbing and scale like brick patterns on a suit.
Have you met any of the artists/writers/celebrities whose work your costume is based on?
considering Spidey is a fictional character my answer would be no. But one day I’d love to meet the man himself Stan Lee. That’s something I need to cross off my bucket list.
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you at a convention?
Whenever my cosplay crew “The Web-Pool” gets together for a con there are always shenanigans that unfold. We have a ton of those con moments recorded and posted up on YouTube.com/thewebpool as well as my YouTube channel: BboyStunna.
What is one of your best memories in cosplaying?
My whole intent behind becoming Spidey was to leave amazing lasting impressions for any and all children I meet. I use my acrobatic breakdancing skills to suspend their disbelief. They always think they are meeting the real deal and it melts my heart knowing I’m making their dreams come true. I think back to how I would have felt meeting my childhood hero and It means a lot.
Do you read comics and if so, what are your favorite titles?
I have been reading comics since I was a young boy. My father collected Marvel comics since the 70s so naturally he passed that passion onto me. I would read The Amazing Spider-Man, The Uncanny X-Men, and Avenger comics in particular back then. Nowadays I enjoy of course the numerous Spidey titles out there.(Spider-verse, Superior, Ultimate, etc) What is your favorite comic book character? *At this point in reading the answer should be know to be web slinger himself Spider-Man. But my close second would be Eddie Brock’s Venom.
Who are your inspirations?
In regards to the cosplay community I had numerous people I looked up to when I started taking this art form seriously. Guys such as Zack Santiago, Ryan Turney, Blake Barrett, Brad McDowall, Tim Hurles and more. Even my peers nowadays keep me motivated and inspired like Luc Luzzo, Soni Balestier, Zach Bravo, Oliver Marriott and more. There are so many talented Cosplayers out there.
Have you ever participated in any cosplay events or costumed fund raisers?
I have participated in quite a few. I help out with the “Coslove Organization” created by Patrick Strange. We go to schools and entertain the kids out there as well as making hospital visits and videos to entertain sick children. I’ve done my breakdancing as an entertainment performance during many Con stage shows as well.
What do you like to do when you’re not costuming, such as other hobbies?
I’m a B-boy(Breakdancer) as I stated prior so I enjoy practicing with my dance crew known as the “Incredible Sushi Kings Krewski” we do performances and battles around the DMV area. I also enjoy video editing and making trailers and music video montages.
Do you have any advice for others wanting to get into cosplay?
Enjoy what the culture has to offer. Have fun being yourself while embracing the characters you are pulling off. Don’t get caught up in what other people say about you, as long as you’re enjoying yourself that’s all that matters.
What is your convention schedule looking like for this year?
For the year of 2015 my schedule looks to include a DragonCon, VGU, Otakon, Baltimore Comic-Con, Annapolis-Con.
Where can people find and interact with you?
I have numerous outlets for people to reach me. My main being Instagram.com/Tstunningspidey as well asFacebook.com/TstunningSpidey and finally my video channel YouTube.com/BboyStunna
Every month, we will be feature a new Cosplay Spotlight. If you’re interested in having your hard work featured, contact me.