Ram-Man and Shadow Weaver makes a Cosplay Splash at Pittsburgh Comicon

Ram-Man and Shadow Weaver makes a Cosplay Splash at Pittsburgh Comicon

This week I decided to do something a little different. Rather than review a cartoon, I want to present to you a time that I recently became one. As some of you know I attend the Pittsburgh Comicon every year and (thanks to my darling, cosplay loving wife Leslie aka PhishBon3s) I usually go in costume.

This year I had a spark of inspiration! Given that there aren’t a ton of hero types for a teapot kinda guy like myself (short and stout) one character finally dawned on me. One of my favorite (if dim-witted) heroes of the Masters of the Universe and one of the most controversial toys in the classic MOTU line; Ram-Man!

My darling wife spent months working and slaving over sewing machines and hot glue guns. We made more trips than I would like to remember, to Jo-Ann Fabrics (I should really win some kind of medal of honor for the amount of fabric cutting lines I had to stand in).

Leslie brilliantly chronicles the good natured “can-do” spirit that I maintained through the process, in this hilarious comic:

After all was said and done I really enjoyed dressing up like Ram-Man (a character I was BORN to play), I even like putting on the armor during the fittings!

Leslie portrayed the dark and mysterious villainess, Shadow Weaver (I’ve always had a thing for the bad girls) and she took to the project immediately.

Finally the costumes were done and we set out on our trip to the beautiful city of Pittsburgh, PA. The drive was peaceful and we even saw a fox on the way there! We arrived and got dressed in a parking lot (pretty normal for me actually, clothes are for squares) and entered the convention. After stepping into the con, we made a bee-line for the pamplet table and left a stack of Retroist newsletters, CW windowclings and magnets; all of which were scooped up quickly. Thankfully we kept restocking it throughout the day!

Immediately we got a lot of attention. People where overjoyed that among the latest and greatest in comic book and pop culture nerdery they got to see some characters straight out of their childhood! (Somebody really oughta create a website to capitalize on this nostalgia thing)

While most people called Leslie Orko…Orko! ….enough times to depress any dark sorceress.

…She made an immediate friend in a kindred spirit named Sarah Jane. Sarah turned out to be a huge fan of the old She-Ra cartoons. She had herself cosplayed previously as Catra and recognized Shadow Weaver immediately. The two hit it off immediately

(Sarah was also in an amazing throwback costume, brilliantly portraying the devious, whip-wielding villainess Cat Woman!)

Already plans have been made between the two of them to coordinate a future convention appearance together. Cosplay world, look out!

As you can probably tell from the photograph; Leslie went the extra mile with her costume, not only making Shadow Weaver’s eyes actually glow, she created several eye plates that could be quickly replaced to show a wide range of emotions!

We met a ton of great people at the convention (sadly I didn’t think to exchange contact info with any of them) A wonderful couple that each posed for a picture with us separately and a great Green Lantern!

The con was a huge success. We even won second place in the “group” contest against some amazing competition. We had never even planned on entering the contest and only did, after the third time that someone wished us luck in it!

So that’s about it; we left the convention feeling great, made some new friends and saw a lot of great merchandise and costumes. I picked up a few great dvd sets from my childhood and even the drive home was lovely! (We saw a coyote on the way home…weird!)

The Pittsburgh Comicon was and always is a great time! I’m already looking forward to next years trip (I have no idea what kind of costume project my Mrs has planned for me.) Nevertheless, you should really check out this convention and if you wanna meet up, get in touch with me! I’d love to meet you. And also feel free to contact me if we actually did meet this year.

Until next time, stay retro friends!


Dedicated fan of puppets, horror and classic animation. Fueled by nostalgia and driven to spread my own brand of "truth" to the fandom. Remember playing as a kid and trying to tell a coherent story with totally mismatched, unrelated toys? It's like that....of the mind!

This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. 2nd place!? How dare they? This is first place material all the way. Well done.

  2. Haha thanks man. Les really impressed me with these. It was a blast!

  3. So awesome! Great costumes, and it looks like great times!!

  4. Dammit! The one year we skip it, something cool happens.

  5. @D13 thank you sir. It really is a good time and it’s not huge so its pretty paid back. Do you ever go to any kind of conventions?

  6. Heidi Woulda been cool to meet ya! Do you go every year? We’ve been the last four years. Always a great time

  7. Great post, CW! You are one lucky guy to have a wife that will craft you a Ram-Man costume, not to mention a Shadow Weaver outfit for herself! I have to agree with the Retroist on this one…you guys got robbed!

  8. Hey guys….loved the costumes at Comicon! We had a blast meeting and chatting with you and the rest of the cosplayers all day long. I have to admit, that with all the tough competition at the costume contest, I thought we only were going to take 3rd place at best. I was really surprised to hear we beat you guys out in the end….I think our Ecto-1 out front helped us out a bit, because the uniqueness of your costumes should have been a plus for you two to put you in first place. All in good fun, I guess. Hope to see you all at the next Con….can’t wait to see what you two come up with. My hats off to the wife…she is truly a wizard when it comes to costumes!

  9. @Vic I am a very lucky man. Geeky wives are the best thing on earth, she never ceases to amaze me. Thank you for the kind words my friend!

  10. @Pittsburgh Ecto-1 You guys ruled! Between the ecto-1 the costumes and those amazing proton packs it’s hard to believe that you guys don’t actually bust ghosts! …or do you??? I’ll pass on the kind words to Les she loves making costumes (and any other project she can get her hands on lol)

  11. @CW I try and make it to NYCC, and I’ve been to SDCC twice!

  12. Thats so cool!

  13. @D13 I’ve never been to either of those Pittsburgh and some other local cons have been about it for me. Thinking about checking out this con in Jersey though…

  14. Thanks for taking us along with you guys to the Pittsburgh Comicon, CW.

    Great to see the prep-work and brainstorming that went along with the event.
    I really dig the comic and the resulting costumes.

    I wonder, since it was in Pittsburgh, were there any zombie Con-goers, or was it strictly for the living?

  15. @AtariAdventureSquare Thank you sir and I’ll pass on the kind words to Leslie! Not only was it Pittsburgh but it was Monroeville. Right next to the Monroeville Mall! Zombies indeed.

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