This weeks Hero Behind the Mask has a great Batman costume!!! Some of the pictures he sent for this interview seemed to be out of a movie! I completely geeked out when I saw them! He was also a guest at Toymania in Murfreesboro, TN. Something many cosplayers dream of but few actually get to do! In addition to making appearance, this man also focuses on charity and his community. Which is why I selected him to be part of this interview! I hope you enjoy this week’s interview with one of the biggest Batman fans I have met so far! – Mala
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
What got you into CAUSEplaying?
The love of the fictional character Batman.
What keeps you CAUSEplaying?
I love to entertain. I love what the character stands for and the impact he gives others.
What was your first CAUSEplay event?
Shelbyville Autism benefit
What is your favorite costume to wear while CAUSEplaying, and Why?
Anything Batman.. The character means a lot to me. In my life whenever things got bad I looked up to Batman as a child. When I’m Batman I feel proud to represent a iconic character.
Most memorable CAUSEplay moment: I have so many… I was at an autism event in a small town seeing kids and families. My mother told me to grow up and stop wearing a mask until the day she saw me show up to a event and walk up to a kid in the hot summer heat , get down on my knees and hug the little boy and then hold his hand and talk with him while walking. I looked up at her to see her cry with joy.
What is your favorite cause to support?
Children’ s hospitals . Helping promote literacy in all age groups. I like to show support to as many causes as possible, whether it’s supporting adult groups or children there are all equally worthy.
The silliest/strangest thing you have done for a cause?
Dance at a 5k event
Who inspires you?
Batman… As a child growing up in school I was picked on for my weight. I got into fights all the time with bullies. Girls and guys of all ages. My parents loved me and tried to help me the best they could until they decided to home school me after it became too much. I got to the point where I was suicidal and depressed until one day I was looking at a comic and realized I’m stronger than what the world throws at me. I went into karate and joined a volunteer fire dept around my high school years. I lost 105lbs. I got involved in volunteer work in my area. For the last 13 years I have been Batman. If I can reach one or two and help them then I feel that I’m doing what Batman did for me… to never give up.
Advice for CAUSEplaying: Treat the character with respect. You don’t know who is watching you. You might make a difference in someone’s life.
What CAUSEplay events do you have coming up?
May 1 I have Free Comic Book Day. June I’ll have Fanboy Expo in Knoxville, TN. Superman Celebration in Metropolis IL. Dickson County Public Library in June. August Shelbyville Autism Benefit. September Nashville Wizard World. Ghouls at Grassmere in October. November GMX… I have random charity events and hospital visits I do randomly through the year. Not sure on exact dates.
Do you prefer to be called a cosplayer or costumer?
It doesn’t matter to me.
What was your first costume/cosplay?
1989 rubber Batman suit
What is your day job (a.k.a. how I pay for my expensive hobby)?
I’m a farmer and a painter and a writer/mascot for a batman website (www.darkknightnews.com)
If you could have any job what would it be and why?
I would say Fireman but I did that for 5 years. I would say any job that I was able to break away when I want to vounteerl my time seeing kids as Batman and still have the wealth to not worry about paying the bills on time would be awesome!
Tell us something random about yourself: I love going hiking in the mountains with my wife.
Star Wars or Star Trek: Star Trek
Marvel or DC: DC all the way 🙂
Favorite Comic Series: Batman No Mans Land
Favorite Comic Character: Batman
Favorite Book: Batman The Ultimate Evil
Favorite Video Game: All the Batman Arkham games
Favorite Convention: Nashville Wizard World
Affiliations (clubs or groups): The Bestine Fanforce / The Rogues Gallery / Heroes Alliance / Dark Knight News